NOVEMBER 2017 – A SPORT FOR ALL

 

THURSDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 2017

 

Clare Hazell (Chief Executive)
Clare joined the PPA in April 2014 following 12 years at The Professional Jockeys Association. During that time her role involved managing and promoting the comprehensive package of support and welfare schemes available to Jockeys and mentoring youngsters embarking on their careers. She was also a Director of the Jockeys Employment & Training Scheme between 2002-2014. At the PPA, the responsibility for the sports’ development and success is central to her role, as well as its administration and provision of support and advice to all participants.

 

Becci Thompson (Communications and Commercial Executive)
After graduating with a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Sheffield in the summer of 2014, Becci spent the following year working for a Science Communication Charity. In her role at the PPA, Becci works to communicate effectively with participants and to promote the sport widely. Although a relative newcomer, Becci has quickly become passionate about the world of racing and is thrilled to be working in such an exciting sport with such dedicated supporters.

Alison Edgar

Speaker: Alison Edgar Managing Director of Sales Coaching Solutions

OCTOBER 2017 – ALISON EDGAR, THE ENTREPRENEUR’S GODMOTHER & MANAGING DIRECTOR OF SALES COACHING SOLUTIONS

 

THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2017

 

Alison Edgar is The Entrepreneur’s Godmother and Managing Director of Sales Coaching Solutions. Alison has developed a fresh new approach to sales training and coaching, teaching start-ups, micro’s and small businesses to sell more of their fantastic products and services through her Easy Peasy Sales course.

 

Alison has been recognised as one of the UK’s top 10 business advisors and was invited to attend the Queen’s Royal Garden party for her dedication to Enterprise. She won GB Entrepreneur of the Year special merit for service award in 2015 and is a Small Business Saturday and Enterprise Nation champion. She is regularly featured in national press and radio as a sales expert and has repeatedly contributed to BBC Breakfast. She was also recently named in Richtopia’s Top 100 Most Influential Entrepreneurs in Britain.

 

For more information about Alison, The Entrepreneur’s Godmother, please visit her website: www.alisonedgar.com

SEPTEMBER 2017 – ARKELL’S BREWERY, QUALITY REFINED THROUGH THE GENERATIONS

 

THURSDAY 21ST SEPTEMBER 2017

 

After running a pub in Oxford, The Rusty Bicycle, I moved into a role as area Business development manager for Arkell’s Brewery. This lead me into a deeper interest in Brewing and so I took a year off to do a master brewing qualification in Chicago and Munich, gaining an international insight into brewing. After this I spent some time working with Fuller’s brewery then returned to Arkell’s to take over the head brewers position. I am the 6th Generation of our family to work at the brewery, where we have been producing beer on the same site since 1843.

 

I shall take attendees through the history of Swindon’s oldest business, Then give a short overview of the brewing process and how we brew our beers using our unique Victorian, steam brew house.

JULY 2017 – EQUINE FACILITATED LEARNING

 

THURSDAY 20TH JULY 2017

 

Graham Dawson is an Equine Facilitator that might be simply defined as a ‘horse whisperer for humans’. He works with horses and humans to help them understand and develop emotions and behaviours that will allow them to develop the skills and resources they require to make progress in their personal and business life. The process is known as Equine Facilitated Learning which is a novel and powerful method of experiential learning based on interactions with horses.

 

Graham will explain how this process works across a very broad spectrum of topics and issues ranging from leadership to personal relationships and wellbeing and how it is equally applicable for young people and Chief Executives. In management terminology, a horse might be defined as ‘500kg of instantaneous, non-judgemental feedback mechanism’. He works regularly with senior executives and teams from large organisations, as well as helping young and disadvantaged people develop emotional resilience.
Graham’s first career was in the Army where he rode horses competitively but stopped when his ‘star’ ride retired. After leaving the Army and working in project management and management consultancy he trained as a coach and Neuro Linguistic Practitioner before being enticed back into the equine world. He will talk about the power and application of Equine Facilitated Learning as a process illustrating it with anonymised accounts of the benefit it has delivered.