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Salt Conference 2020 Programme

Monday 5 October 12:00 – 14:00

Please find our speaker biographies and programme details below.

Amanda Mukwashi, Christian Aid

@AMukwashi

Amanda has more than 20 years’ experience, extensive knowledge and expertise in working to alleviate poverty, injustice and inequality, with a special focus on women’s leadership, civic engagement and volunteering.

Amanda is the CEO of Christian Aid and is joining us to share her experience, knowledge and insight on the place of business in the process of eradicating poverty.

Business Beyond the Bottom Line

We encourage all delegates to engage with speakers pre-released content in preparation for their session. Please watch Amanda's video here.

James Perry, COOK

@James0Perry

James is the Chairman of COOK, the social-hearted business which he co-owns with his brother. COOK employs over 550 people, is rolling out across the UK and in 2013 certified as one of the UK’s first B Corporations.

In 2004 he started working with Panahpur, a UK-based charitable endowment, as it sought solutions to the constraints of charity. Panahpur invested in numerous funds and social businesses in the UK and majority world, including the first social impact bonds, the Social Stock Exchange (where he serves as Deputy Chairman) and the Big Society Finance Fund, a prototype fund for Big Society Capital.

What is the purpose of business?

We encourage all delegates to engage with speakers pre-released content in preparation for their session. Please watch this short video.

Krish Kandiah, Home4Good

@KrishK

Krish is a social entrepreneur with a vision to help solve some of society's seemingly intractable problems through building partnerships between civil society, faith communities, government and philanthropy.

Dr. Krish Kandiah shares three specific ways his work with foster children can reshape what a leader sees, what a leader values, and what a leader does. 

VIP Leadership

We encourage all delegates to engage with speakers pre-released content in preparation for their session. Please watch Krish's video here.

Tuesday 6 October

Morning Reflection: 

Morning Digital Reflections will be sent to you via email once you’ve registered. They will also be accessible via the Salt Facebook page and LinkedIn page

13:00 – 13:30 - Covid-19 and the ongoing economic impact

Omar Hassan, Mena Hub (@hassano_82)

Lunch Time Lecture

A specialist in economic development and entrepreneurship. Omar is a successful entrepreneur, with many successes under his belt. Most recently Inevert.com, which is focused on helping startups and corporates to innovate together globally with operations across Europe, Asia & US.

A passionate supporter of entrepreneurs across the MENA region and strong believer that the region will produce high growth innovation, Omar founded the UK-MENA HUB. The hub is a London based growth incubator providing growth services to technology businesses from the MENA region giving with them access to programs, investors, corporates and funding to scale to the UK market.

 

18:00 – 18:30 Christian leadership and the challenge to #BuildBackBetter

Dr Nick Shepherd FRSA, Church of England (@theonographer)

Evening Prayer and Reflection

Dr Nick Shepherd FRSA, is Programme Director for the Church of England’s Setting Gods People Free initiative. SGPF connects work across dioceses, churches and networks to find ways to embed a culture that enables the whole people of God to serve the whole mission of God.  

Nick will be exploring how Christian spiritual practices link with strategic approaches to leading change in our current context? Christian leaders in business and the church face unprecedented challenges in creating environments to hold people in adverse experience of change and set conditions for hopeful change. His session will introduce a framework for leaders in all fields to share in this endeavour.  

Wednesday 7 October

Morning Reflection

Morning Digital Reflections will be sent to you via email once you’ve registered. They will also be accessible via the Salt Facebook page and LinkedIn page.

13:00 – 13:30 Supporting Mental Health in an Evolving Workplace

Zero Suicide Alliance (@Zer0Suicide)

Lunch Time Lecture

The Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA) is a collaboration of National Health Service trusts, charities, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. We are an alliance of people and organisations coming together around one basic principle: suicide is preventable. The ZSA is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of, and promoting, FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all.

With changing times and patterns of work, it is more important than ever that we understand and have the tools to safeguard our mental health and the health of our teams.

18:00 – 18:30 What Kind of Leader Are You: Prophet, Prince or Priest?

Mark McAllister, ONR

Evening Prayer and Reflection

Mark is the Chair of The Office of Nuclear Regulation. Mark is responsible for ensuring that ONR delivers its mission to provide efficient and effective regulation of the nuclear industry on behalf of the public. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role, gained in a wide ranging career in the international oil industry.

Mark attends church in London and is involved in a number of charitable actives.

Thursday 8 October

Morning Reflection

Morning Digital Reflections will be sent to you via email once you’ve registered. They will also be accessible via the Salt Facebook page and LinkedIn page

13:00 – 13:30 Overcoming climate change: science and faith

Jaco Du Toit, WWF (@JacoDuToitCT)

Lunch Time Lecture

Jaco is the Senior Advocacy Advisor on WWF UK’s, Our Planet programme. Jaco is working to ensure that 2020 is the year in which the world commits to collective action to reverse the destruction of nature and prevent the 6th great extinction.

Jaco is a specialist in sustainability and is a Christian. With insights on the place of science and faith in overcoming climate change, we are delighted to welcome Jaco to our lunch time lecture.

18:00 – 18:30 Supporting Workplace Discipleship

Transform Work UK (@Transformworkuk)

Evening Prayer and Reflection

Transform Work UK is a charitable organisation whose aim is to see the UK workplace transformed, locally and nationally, by every Christian living out their faith in effective workplace ministry, leading to transformation over time in the nation's culture, values and spiritual environment.

We are delighted that Transform Work UK will be joining us to help us reflect upon our work and faith in the last prayer and reflection session of the conference. 

 

Friday 9 October 12:00 - 14:00

Please find our speaker biographies and programme details below.

Val King, BFG Associates

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Val is former Managing Director, now Trustee of the Rooflight Company, a design and manufacturing business with 70 employees based in the Cotswolds. She and her husband Peter sold a majority shareholding of the business to employees in March last year.

The business has been founded on three guiding principles – values led culture, innovation and long-term sustainability both from an environmental and financial point of view.

With a firm belief that business can be a force for good, Val has recently set up a new business, BFG (Business as a Force for Good) Associates helping exiting business owners decide if employee ownership is right for them and working with them to navigate the transition process.

Employee Ownership

We encourage all delegates to engage with speakers pre-released content in preparation for their session. Please watch these two videos for Val's session. Video curtesy of Postlethwaite.

Business Values

Video courtesy of Kina Robertshaw.

Simon Locke, The Body Shop

@Si__Locke

Simon is the Sustainable Design Innovation Manager at The Body Shop. With an eye on longer term sustainability within a future whole system economy, Simon plays a leading role in reinvigorating a culture of ‘informed risk taking and adventure’ within sustainable packaging, design and new systems thinking within the organisation.

‘It’s my responsibility to develop a pipeline of ideas focused on packaging and materials, but also around new ways of selling products. This pipeline will see me collaborate and connect with a mix of suppliers, start-ups, academics, designers and influencers who are all looking at innovations that link the circular economy.’

Sustainability and Building a Circular Economy

We encourage all delegates to engage with speakers pre-released content in preparation for their session. Please watch Simon's video here.

Eve Poole, Writer on Leadership

@evepoole

Eve Poole writes about leadership. From her experience of working with thousands of leaders across the sectors and across the world, she knows that the work of a leader is not as easy as it’s made out to be. It is not the sort of thing you ‘become’ as the result of the right course or the right promotion.

This inspired her to develop the idea of Leadersmithing: a new movement that teaches leaders the tricks of the trade, so they can become masters in the craft of leadership.

Leadersmithing

We encourage all delegates to engage with speakers pre-released content in preparation for their session. Please watch Eve's video here.