WEConnect International Europe Conference 2015 - Presenters

More about our keynote speaker and presenters.


Julie Baker
the Royal Bank of Scotland

Mark Baxa
Monsanto

Janet Beck
GlassEye Productions

Maggie Berry
WEConnect International in Europe

Sherry Coutu
Founders4Schools

Shirley Creed
Dell

Bruce Dorricott
the Royal Bank of Scotland


Tracey Eker
Flexiworkforce

Angela Bates
IBM

Tina Freed

E2W

Clare Hill

Sysdoc Limited

Jamie Holman

AIG

Olu Joseph-Asikhia

Synergy Organisational Solutions

Justin Lambert

Roche

Samad Masood

Accenture

Carolyn Pearson

Maiden Voyage

Sandra Sassow

SEaB Energy
Anne Stokes
Streamwire

Megan Stowe

Intel

Julia Streets

Streets Consulting

Elizabeth Vazquez

WEConnect International

Talwyn Whetter
Sysdoc Group

Julie Baker
Head of Enterprise, the Royal Bank of Scotland


Julie Baker
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Website: www.rbs.com

Twitter: @baker_jules

Julie is responsible for leading the ongoing delivery of new and better ways to support enterprise within NatWest’s SME customer base across the UK. Julie supports the RBS Women in Business Accreditation Programme, endorsed by Chartered Banker and certified by everywoman, now held by over 240 Women in Business Specialist Relationship Managers. She acts as an enterprise ambassador, enhancing the profile of NatWest as the “go to” bank for diverse business segments through high visibility across external influencing forums, the media and government. Julie also acts as the RBS representative at the British Bankers Association on the diversity agenda and is an associate member of the Institute of Bankers. Julie has been with RBS for 30 years and has a strong background in business and commercial roles, with extensive people leadership skills and a track record of building strong and effective teams. She is passionate about helping people fulfil their potential, and acts as mentor to a number of people to support their development and help them achieve their dreams and goals.

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Mark Baxa
Vice President; Global Procurement Strategy, Monsanto

Mark Baxa
Monsanto


Website: http://www.monsanto.com

Twitter: @monsantoco

Mark is based at Monsanto’s world headquarters located in St. Louis, Missouri. He leads global teams accountable for driving forward thinking, innovative, collaborative approaches where procurement, as part of a holistic supply chain, is an enabler of Monsanto’s capacity to do great things for society. He is accountable for delivering excellence in global supplier sustainability and diversity worldwide and leads the global procurement collegiate talent pipeline and communications strategy. Mark serves as a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Global Board of Directors and he is presently serving as member of the Saint Louis University Council for Supply Chain Management Studies Steering Committee, co-chairs and teaches the Advanced International Trade Management Certificate Program. He is a Charter Member and Incorporator of the St. Louis Trade Compliance Practitioners Roundtable and serves on the St. Louis City / Lambert International Shippers Council. Mark’s commitment to the Global Supply Chain profession and his colleagues is accentuated through his experience as a supply chain leader. He is a promoter of the profession, a believer in continuous learning and is devoted to helping people grow in the profession. Mark understands achieving desired results is based on casting a compelling vision, aligning across functions and achieving results through the people he works with.

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Janet Beck
CEO, GlassEye Productions, a certified women-owned business


Janet Beck
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Website: www.glasseye.ie

Twitter: @glasseyevideo

Janet is passionate about video and helping clients to harness the power of video marketing. She has been working with video for more than 16 years and started out as a conceptual video artist. In 2002 she founded GlassEye Productions, combining her production and creative talents with emerging technologies to develop a multimedia company creating work that truly engages people and gets results. As CEO of GlassEye, Janet now heads up a team of digital content creators developing concepts and strategies for many well known global brands. She also guest lectures and mentors at PhD level on video marketing.


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Maggie Berry
Executive Director, WEConnect International in Europe

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Website: www.weconnecteurope.org

Twitter: @WEConnectEurope

Maggie is the Executive Director for Europe for WEConnect International – a global organisation supporting supplier diversity in procurement and helping majority owned women’s businesses to connect into the corporate supply chain. She has lead responsibility for the management and development of WEConnect International’s activity in Europe and her role involves developing corporate and public sector support as well as growing a network of majority owned women’s businesses across the UK and Europe. Prior to joining WEConnect International, she ran womenintechnology.co.uk – an online job board, recruitment and networking forum for women working in the technology profession in the UK. She was involved from Women in Technology's inception in the autumn of 2004 and managed all aspects of the website and the networking activities Women in Technology organised. Maggie continues to run the Women in Technology Network on an informal basis in her spare time. In March 2012, Maggie was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and she is a Freeman of the Information Technologists' Company.

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Sherry Coutu
CBE, Executive Chair and Founder of Founders4Schools

Sherry Coutu
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Website: www.founders4schools.org.uk
Twitter: @scoutu

Sherry has decades of experience in the technology and education sectors which includes serving as a non-executive member of the University of Cambridge (Finance Board), Cambridge Assessment, Cambridge University Press, Raspberry Pi, The Royal Society (Translation Committee). Previous non-executive roles in the education sector include teaching at London Business School, serving as a Trustee for NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) and serving RM plc as an NED. As an entrepreneur, Sherry has founded a number of businesses and charities in the past. As a philanthropist, in addition to Founders4schools, she is a supporter of the Crick Institute. Sherry was honoured with a CBE for “services to entrepreneurship”, from HM Queen in 2013, serves as an ambassador for London and the YourLife Campaign and is the author of ‘The Scale-up Report’ on UK economic growth.

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Shirley Creed
Global Corporate Secretary, Dell

Shirley Creed
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Website: www.dell.com/learn/uk/en/ukcorp1/about-dell
Twitter: @shirleycreed and @Dellsuppliers and @DellUK

Shirley is Global Corporate Secretary at Dell. She is a member of Dell’s EMEA Legal Senior Management Team with over 20 years experience in the IT industry. She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Company Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA), Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and Deputy Chair of TechUK’s Women’s Council. Shirley is a core team member of Connecting Women in Technology and a driver in supporting efforts to encourage more women into IT and expanding the opportunities for women in IT both internally within Dell (as co-lead of the gender network in Dell England) and externally.

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Bruce Dorricott
Head of Supply Chain Partnerships, the Royal Bank of Scotland

Bruce Dorricott
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Website: www.rbs.com

Twitter: @Doocott

Bruce is responsible for creating and leading the programme to develop the SME, entrepreneurial, third sector and innovation supply chain proposition within RBS. His role works with, and co-ordinates, colleagues across the RBS supply chain function that manages a spend of c£4bn pa with over 300 staff globally driving the development of the RBS Supply Chain proposition including a cohesive approach across the business. Bruce and colleagues from Supply Chain Services are providing an increasing amount of resource and collateral into this space through the development of new engagement models, delivery of training, support and mentoring and working with enterprise organisations. Bruce has worked with RBS for eight years leading a number of category sourcing teams across operations, outsourcing and was most recently aligned to the corporate and retail franchises. Prior to RBS, Bruce spent 10 years working with the Mars Corporation covering commercial roles in co-manufacturing, commodities, ingredients and sales.

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Tracey Eker
Flexiworkforce, a certified women-owned business

Tracey Eker
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Website: www.flexiworkforce.com
Twitter: @traceyeker and @flexiworkforce

Tracey is the CEO of Flexiworkforce, the only UK-wide job site truly specialising in flexible working. Flexiworkforce was inspired by Tracey's own difficulties in finding high quality work that fitted around her family life. Realising her job hunt would be made so much easier if there was a single employment platform that pulled together all the best flexible work opportunities, the concept for Flexiworkforce was born. Tracey's entrepreneurial passion and dedication to flexible working has seen Flexiworkforce develop key relationships with world-leading companies including Santander, RBS, Hays Recruitment and PwC.

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Angela Bates
Global Entrepreneur Leader, UK and Ireland, IBM

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Website: http://ibm.biz/CloudStartup
Twitter: @angelajbates

With over 25 years of experience at global and small-to-medium-sized technology companies, Angela has specialised in driving innovative marketing and business development programmes with developers, influencers and business partners. In 2010, she launched the IBM Global Entrepreneur technology programme in the UK and Ireland which has since supported thousands of start-ups to scale their business with IBM technology. A marketer at heart, Angela has led teams that have built business development campaigns linking clients to diverse ecosystems driving multi-million dollar revenues and launched software brands around the world. She also mentors tech start-ups at accelerator programmes such as Startupbootcamp Collider and MassChallenge in marketing and partnering strategies.

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Tina Freed
Co-Founder, E2W, a certified women-owned business

Tina Freed
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Website: www.e2w.co
Twitter: @Freed_Tina and @e2w_global

Tina is the co-founder of E2W and through the effective organisation of day-to-day operations and client management, Tina identifies where and how growth can be achieved, for the clients and the development of E2W. Most significant is the global expansion of E2W into the overseas market place. This was certainly no mean feat and required expert client relationship building and a clear vision of how E2W’s model could and would adapt to the geographical and cultural nuances. With over 15 years’ experience in sales and marketing in the financial services industry at renowned institutions such as the London Stock Exchange and Credit Suisse, Tina is best placed to understand each client’s unique requirement and guide them through E2W’s strategic approach. This invaluable client facing and business development experience has been fundamental in understanding E2W’s client prospects and evolving key business-to-business relationships – an essential element in E2W’s continued growth and success. On a personal level Tina recognised the gap in the market and sought to provide working mothers with a sustainable work life balance and a career that builds on their extensive City experience, without compromising the responsibilities of family life.

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Clare Hill
Chief Executive, Sysdoc Limited, a certified women-owned business

Clare Hill
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Website: www.sysdocgroup.com
Twitter: @clarebuglerhill and @sysdocgroup

Clare has 15 years change management experience and is CEO of high-growth consulting company Sysdoc Ltd. She has a diploma and certification in company direction from the Institute of Directors UK and 15 years experience in advertising, latterly as a media planning director. She is a member of the Cabinet Office panel of SMEs, influencing policy to enable small and medium-sized enterprises and the voluntary and communities sectors to achieve their potential and bolster the UK economy. Clare is passionate about good business and brings innovative thinking with a pragmatic approach.

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Jamie Holman
EMEA Sourcing Director, AIG

Jamie Holman
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Website: www.aig.co.uk
Twitter: @AIGemea

Jamie joined AIG four years ago as EMEA Sourcing Director into a ‘start-up’ sourcing function. The EMEA sourcing team now provides support across 44 countries, including all indirect categories, and they manage a $500m spend as well as a claims specialist services, supporting a $4bn indemnity spend. During a 14 year procurement career, Jamie has worked at TUI, Barclays, Merrill Lynch and Bank of America prior to joining AIG. Supplier diversity is a new programme for AIG outside of the US and Jamie is leading this initiative in the UK.

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Olu Joseph-Asikhia
Managing Director, Synergy Organisational Solutions, a certified women-owned business

Olu Joseph-Asikhia
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Website: www.call-centreconsultant.com
Twitter: @oasikhia

Olu has over 18 years customer management, training and marketing experience. She has worked with a range of companies to set up, improve performance, develop staff and implement change management programmes and she has extensive experience of developing customer contact and retention strategies. Olu gained an MBA from Henley Management College and is also a Certified Master Practitioner of NLP. Olu Joined SITEL Consulting, the call centre consulting division of SITEL Corporation, a $1.3bn NYSE listed call centre business and progressed to become Commercial Director before leaving the company in 2005 to set up and manage her own consultancy business, Synergy Organisational Solutions, which she has successfully run for 10 years. Olu has direct experience of new business development and growing client accounts and her experience spans various geographies and a range of vertical markets including telecoms, public sector, financial services.

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Justin Lambert
Head of Procurement, Roche

Justin Lambert
Roche


Website: www.roche.co.uk
Twitter: @Roche

Justin is a seasoned sourcing professional with an inclusive approach to the work he does; his style is to bring the best out of any situation both within procuring goods and services but also within his team and colleagues across the globe. He started a new journey in 2015 with Roche as Head of Procurement and is using all of his experience and knowledge to take procurement at Roche in the UK to the next level ready to face the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead. In his previous company (MSD - Merck Sharp & Dohme) after many sourcing and management roles, Justin built a business case that persuaded the global MSD procurement leadership to invest in creating a project so that he could drive Merck's expansion of their supplier diversity programme into Europe and South Africa. He was 18 months into this project when he left to join Roche and that supplier diversity work was the most fulfilling of his career to date.


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Samad Masood
Open Innovation Lead, UK, Accenture

Samad Masood
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Website: www.accenture.com
Twitter: @badmoodmasood

Samad currently leads Accenture’s Open Innovation programme in the UK, driving engagement with technology start-ups and entrepreneurs that want to partner with Accenture. For the past two and a half years he has run the FinTech Innovation Lab accelerator in London, having been part of the team that set it up in 2012, giving him senior level access to the CIOs and IT directors of the 15 retail and investment banks involved in the programme. Prior to Accenture Samad had worked as an IT outsourcing and technology industry analyst, market researcher and journalist, spending 13 years analysing and advising B2B technology companies and technology buyers on new trends and the shifting competitive landscape. Samad holds a BSc in Sociology from the University of Surrey and in 2014 was listed in Financial News’ “FinTech 40: Innovators Shaping the Future of Finance”.

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Carolyn Pearson
Founder and CEO, Maiden Voyage, a certified women-owned business

Carolyn Pearson
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Website: www.maiden-voyage.com
Twitter: @maiden_voyage

Carolyn is the founder and CEO of maiden-voyage.com, the global community for female business travellers, making their trips both safe and social. It was on a lonely business trip to LA that Carolyn found herself dining alone in yet another restaurant and decided to create a social network to enable women around the world to connect for dinner as an alternative to work and room service. Prior to launching Maiden Voyage, Carolyn had a successful career leading technology teams for blue chip organisations such as ITV, BBC, Sony Music, easyJet and KLM. Today Maiden Voyage provides employers with a number of solutions to enhance employee duty of care for business travellers. These include: an international standard for female friendly hotels – hotels that have been physically inspected to ensure a good level of safety; a corporate membership solution for ‘travel responsible employers’; travel policy audits and female traveller safety training. Maiden Voyage has appeared widely in the international press including CNN, Sky TV, the New York Times, the Guardian, HR Magazine and the Mintel Report and now has over 7,000 members in 70+ countries. Carolyn has been widely recognised for her work and has received a number of awards and is representing WEConnect International at the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge in Istanbul this year.

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Sandra Sassow
CEO, SEaB Energy, a certified women-owned business


Sandra Sassow
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Website: seabenergy.com
Twitter: @sandrasassow and @SeabEnergy

Sandra is the CEO and co-founder of SEaB Energy which has developed a patented, localised energy system, built in a shipping container which uses organic waste as its fuel. The energy can be used on site, reducing demand from the grid, whilst eliminating the costly collection and disposal of waste. Sandra holds a BSc in Biology (specialising in micro-biology) and a Masters Degree in computer science. Sandra has launched a number of innovative world-class divisions and companies where she has led high performance teams to achieve significant global profitable revenue growth and market thought leadership. SEaB Energy has won numerous awards for innovation, entrepreneurship and investment readiness. The company was selected by the NASA backed sustainability initiative, ‘LAUNCH: Beyond Waste’ and more recently was a winner of the prestigious Cognicity Challenge smart city accelerator that will offer the company the opportunity to site their technology in Canary Wharf, London. In 2013, Sandra won the inaugural Global Pitch Competition at the We Own It Summit and collected the ‘‘Eco Entrepreneur of the Year” at the 2013 Great British Entrepreneur Awards. This year Sandra was announced as a winner of 2015 Enterprising Women of The Year Award and was listed in BusinessGreen magazine’s Top 30 influential women currently shaping green business.

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Anne Stokes
CEO, Streamwire, a certified women-owned business

Anne Stokes
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Website: www.streamwire.co.uk

Twitter: @Streamwire

Anne is a highly accomplished business leader with a distinguished record of achievement on a global scale. She is solution focussed and profit driven with the vision and business acumen to formulate cost-effective strategies that deliver real business value. A senior business development executive able to build and lead cross functional teams focussing on achieving and consistently exceeding targets, Anne has a strong focus in start-up operations and new market penetration throughout Europe. Highly experienced at board level, Anne has a successful track record of winning and managing large, complex deals and relationships across multiple industries including financial services, manufacturing, retail, transport, energy, automotive, pharmaceuticals and media - continually improving upon customer perception of service as evidenced through CSAT scores and independent evaluations. Embracing challenge and change through creating strong teams focussed on their own capabilities, Anne is recognised for having the ability at CxO level to meet financial and commercial objectives and for contributing over $6bn in business sales over the last 15 years. Anne has an open and focussed leadership style that builds high performance teams.

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Megan Stowe
Global Program Manager, Corporate Strategic Procurement, Intel

Megan Stowe
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Website: www.intel.co.uk
Twitter: @meganstowe and @intelUK and @Intelsmallbiz

Megan has been at Intel for 19 years during which she’s worked in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK. She started in sales and marketing in Australia working in PR and events management and then moved to Hong Kong to start up their SMG site procurement in Asia. She has covered a variety of roles including sales and marketing, travel, relocation, immigration and HR procurement areas. She has predominantly held global positions setting global strategies, performance metrics and managing global teams. Currently, Megan looks across the indirect services/procurement supply chain working with the different verticals (sales and marketing, HR, travel, IT, logistics, product engineering services etc.) to ensure Intel are encompassing all aspects of CSR into their supply chain initiatives and choices. Megan is managing supplier diversity initiative strategies for the international markets to ensure Intel are working with an inclusive supply chain. With this initiative they are looking at and have achieved increasing spend with diverse businesses in their supply chain at both the tier 1 and tier 2 levels and developing their pipeline of inclusive sourcing opportunities. Megan is a global board member of WEConnect International, chair of the WEConnect International Europe Advisory Council and she co-chairs the WISE Young Womens Board. She works closely with schools and universities ensuring STEM is promoted to girls. Megan’s passion is to promote the education of women and girls especially around the STEM subjects.

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Julia Streets
CEO, Streets Consulting

Julia Streets
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Website: www.streetsconsulting.com and www.juliastreets.com
Twitter: @Streets_Julia

Julia is a business woman, writer and comedian. She is the founder and CEO of Streets Consulting, a fast growing UK and US business development, marketing and communications consultancy which supports financial, technology and early stage/fast growth companies. In 2013 Julia was named one of Brummell Magazine’s 30 Inspirational Women on Boards. In 2014 they named her one of their 30 Inspirational Women Entrepreneurs. This year Innovate Finance named her one of their 100 'Women in Fintech'. Julia regularly speaks, hosts, performs and auctioneers at corporate events with her own blend of business comedy. She has been reported in national and city media, is a regular on BBC Radio Kent's drivetime show and has been featured on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme. In 2012 Julia’s first book was published entitled ‘The Lingua Franca of the Corporate Banker’ lampooning the excessive use of corporate jargon and she pens the ‘Watercooler’ column in CIMA’s global monthly publication, 'FM Magazine'. She is proud to serve as a trustee of the charity 'Children in Crisis' that seeks to improve the lives of children and their communities in some of the hardest to reach, post conflict territories by providing sustainable education and development.

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Elizabeth Vazquez
President, CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International

Elizabeth Vazquez
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Website: weconnectinternational.org
Twitter: @CEOVazquez and @WEConnection

Elizabeth is the President, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, a corporate led non-profit that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets. She is a serial social entrepreneur and world leader in global supplier diversity and inclusion. Elizabeth is the co-author of the book ‘Buying for Impact: How to Buy from Women and Change Our World’. The book includes information on women business owners and ways to support and leverage their potential to create a more sustainable and inclusive global economy. Elizabeth sits on several boards of directors including the Global Banking Alliance for Women, the Cornerstone Capital Group and the Eisenhower Fellowships Board of Trustees. She is an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative, a member of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership led by Ambassador Melanne Verveer and the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton and she sits on the International Advisory Council for the Walmart Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative. She is a speaker and has trained leaders in all regions of the world on a range of issues—supplier diversity and inclusion, women's entrepreneurship and economic empowerment and corporate and government sourcing policies and practices.

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Talwyn Whetter
Head of Global Solutions and Sustainability, Sysdoc Group, a certified women-owned business

Talwyn Whetter
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Website: www.sysdocgroup.com
Twitter: @talwynw and @sysdocgroup

Talwyn is Head of Global Solutions and Sustainability at high-growth consulting company, Sysdoc, where she has gained international, multi sector change management experience on a wide range of complex and challenging projects including on one of the largest SAP programmes in Europe with Jaguar Land Rover. With an MSc in Environmental Management, Talwyn now focusses on embedding sustainability into the very heart of businesses Sysdoc work with – demonstrating the value in considering environmental and social impacts as well as financial considerations of large scale transformation programmes.

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