Willmott Dixon: Developing Leaders – The Culture Advantage

Organiser: Willmott Dixon
Location: HOME, First Street, Manchester


Why creating the right culture will give your business the competitive edge


As Peter Drucker once put it: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”

So, ask yourself, what do you think your business stands for?

In an uncertain and volatile market, empowered people are created, valued and inspired to achieve together by businesses with purposes beyond profit.

Join us – and our panel of acclaimed speakers – as we explore what drives us all as individuals, the ideas that create communities of our people and why culture is the true mark of a resilient and high-performing business.

Willmott Dixon is inviting property professionals from across the North to our THIRD annual free, inspirational and memorable event in the exciting surroundings of Manchester’s centre of contemporary arts, HOME.

Our third Developing Leaders conference promises to be another unmissable business event out of the ordinary.

This full-day event is aimed at giving you ideas, inspiration and actions for improving your business, as well as providing quality networking with leaders in the region.

There will be plenty of networking opportunities, to share ideas and meet senior property and business professionals. Refreshments and lunch will be included.

This event is free to attend, but please note, all guests must be registered. To register your interest, email You will receive confirmation if a place has been allocated to you.

Speakers include:

Nick Jankel

Nick Jankel

Nick is a thought leader, keynote speaker, futurist and master of transformational leadership and innovation. He develops neuroscience-driven thinking and powerful tools that ensure leaders forge a thriving future in the digital, disrupted, and damaged VUCA world.

A sought-after speaker, Nick is at the pinnacle of thought leadership, advising and accelerating ambitious organizations like Novartis, HSBC, Unilever, Nike, Genentech, Smucker’s, Diageo, Roche, Intel, Lendlease, P&G and the BBC.

Thirty years in the making, Nick’s rigorous transformation methodology, The Switch On Way, unlocks lasting change in individuals, organizations, and systems. Underpinned by the very latest brain science fused with timeless wisdom, it gets leaders and their teams landing transformational innovation and systemic change as fast as humanly possible.

Jamie Edwards

Jamie Edwards

Jamie is the CEO and founder of Purpose Republic who are ‘solving Engagement to create a world worth working in’. He helps leaders use purpose as a transformative catalyst to ignite passion, performance and growth.

An International Coaching Federation (ICF) and Co-Active (CTI) professional leadership coach, he holds a 1st Class Honours Degree and is Harvard Business School Alumni.

During his career he has lived and worked in New York, Toronto and London, advising many of the world’s most iconic brands such as Starbucks, P&G, Disney, BMW, Diageo, VW, Audi, Heinz, Philips, Mars Wrigley and Warner Brothers.

Damian Hughes

Damian Hughes

Professor Damian Hughes is an international speaker and best-selling author who combines his practical and academic background within sport, organisational development and change psychology, to help organisations and teams to create a high performing culture.

Passionate about sport, Damian is a change management consultant and sports psychologist for Sale Sharks, Warrington Wolves, West Bromwich Albion, France, England and GB Rugby League team.

He is the author of Liquid Thinking, Liquid Leadership, How to Change Absolutely Anything, How to Think Like Sir Alex Ferguson and The Five STEPS to a Winning Mindset, in addition to the three acclaimed sports biographies of Sugar Ray Robinson, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler.

David Robinson

David Robinson

David Robinson is Chairman of Richer Sounds, retailer of hi-fi, home cinema and TV equipment. The business is recognised by the Guinness Book of Records for having the ‘highest sales per square foot’ of any retailer in the world, and for two consecutive years was placed third and second respectively in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For.

Established in November 1978, until May 2019, Richer Sounds was 100% owned by Julian Richer, its founder and MD. On 10 May 2019, Julian Richer passed 60% of his shares into an Employee Owned Trust, giving all employees an indirect stake in the business in perpetuity.

Now, as an employee-controlled trust, Richer Sounds is a diverse, customer-orientated team, united by a passion for music and movies.

The words “Experience Better” sit under its logo for a reason. These are words everyone at Richer Sounds lives and breathes.

Kate Noakes

Kate Noakes

Kate is a senior change leader in the hospitality, travel, customer service and healthcare sectors, with extensive business transformation and innovation experience. She has worked with Willmott Dixon helping deliver personal development to improve business results through the Heartstyles programme.

The name of Kate’s business, Ninety10, encapsulates all that she stands for. A person who only knows how to get 90% of the results in 10% of the time (80/20 is just too low a bar). She often calls her approach ‘pareto on steroids’.

She is a go-to development partner, with a long and exciting track record in transforming businesses and teams.

Kate Jansen

Kate Jansen

Kate, Director of OD & Learning for Willmott Dixon, provides a practical and enlightening insight into cultural change, having been involved in and leading significant cultural transformation programmes throughout the last 25 years.

Through delivering behavioural change within complex environments, Kate’s goal has been to create the right engagement and develop the right mindset to deliver the hard results. The journey is littered with pitfalls and successes that provide invaluable lessons for progressive leaders of the future who put their people at the heart of their success.