Speaker: Richard Marsh BSc (Hons) Computer Systems Engineering, CEO, Computing Information Systems (CIS), Faringdon
THURSDAY 15TH JUNE 2017
Richard is CIS’s CEO. With a BSc(Hons) in Computer Systems Engineering, Richard offers a rare understanding of how software and hardware interact at every level. Richard has directed IT for larger corporations such as Autonomy (AU. or AU,L) taking them through mergers and acquisitions. Richard has also helped to start and build smaller companies on very small budgets, assisting growth into multinational companies and eventually IP, the most successful being blinkx(BLNX) the world’s largest and most advanced video search engine. Richard has a vast experience working on worldwide scales, with projects over most of North America and parts of Europe. Now concentrating his skills on virtualisation and the SME market Richard helps CIS to provide some of the first class solutions that help many smaller companies grow and achieve contract wins in markets above their level.
Attendees should expect a whirlwind 15 minutes about ransomware, viruses, security as a whole and how to better protect themselves and their organisations, what to look out for, what to definitely do and what not to do, all boiled down into English and facts.
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Speaker: John Kirk, owner of Home Instead Senior Care Swindon & Vale of White Horse and Chair of the Swindon Dementia Action Alliance.
THURSDAY, MARCH 16TH 2017 at 12.30pm
We are all ageing and most of us don’t like to think about the time we might become so frail that we or someone we love might need additional care and support. Finding and funding good care is difficult enough when it’s planned but many of us tend to leave it until the situation has become critical. John’s presentation will provide SHBC members with guidance on how to be better prepared. Home Instead is based on Shrivenham Hundred Business Park.
Speaker: Sarah Gardner, Founder and Chief Executive of charity Action Through Enterprise (ATE)
THURSDAY 20TH APRIL 2017 at 12:30pm
Following five years of teaching in Newbury, Sarah Gardner took a sabbatical to volunteer in a poor and neglected part of Ghana where she saw first-hand many barriers to children accessing education, disabled children being included in the community, and challenges for people starting up and sustaining small businesses. Sarah will share her experiences of setting up and leading a successful, small charity to tackle these issues, the importance of relationship-building to succeed, and the entrepreneurship of the small business owners ATE mentors to grow and survive in this tough environment. ATE is based on Shrivenham 100 Business Park.
Speaker: Jackie Smith MBE, CEO, Uplands Educational Trust (UET), Swindon
THURSDAY 18TH MAY 2017 at12:30pm
Uplands is a school for students aged 11-25 years with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties and/or Autistic Spectrum Condition. Since joining the school, Jackie has, together with the Board of Trustees, formed the charity Uplands Educational Trust (UET). She will explain how, with the help of local businesses, disabled young people can make a valuable contribution to their community.