If you work for, run or advise small businesses, this webinar is a must for you. Iain Wright, Director for Business and Industrial Strategy will discuss the Small business ecosystem with the senior leadership from the Office of the Small Business Commissioner, highlighting the support and regulations surrounding fair payment practices. We will then encourage your questions and views on this important topic for the UK economy.
Phillip King was appointed interim Small Business Commissioner on 27 January 2020. In a career spanning 40 years, Philip has held senior credit management roles in the high-tech and communication sectors, in distribution and retail, including spells at Olivetti and Vodafone. He was appointed Director General of the Institute of Credit Management (ICM) in 2005, and later Chief Executive, and was behind the institute’s drive to become a chartered body (the CICM) in 2015.
Iain Wright FCA, Director for Business and Industrial Strategy, ICAEW started his career as a chartered accountant with Deloitte before moving to One North East the regional development agency for the North East of England. In 2004 he became Labour Member of Parliament for Hartlepool, having succeeded Peter Mandelson in a by-election. During his time in Parliament Iain was a Minister in Gordon Brown’s Government, first as Minister for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government between 2007 and 2009 and then as Minister for Schools and Apprenticeships in the Department for Children, Schools and Families from 2009 until 2010. In opposition Iain was Shadow Minister for Industry between 2011 and 2015. Following the General Election of 2015, he was elected by the House of Commons to be Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, where he led high profile inquiries into the sale of BHS and working practices at Sports Direct. He stood down at the 2017 General Election. Iain is a Governor of Middlesbrough College and trustee of Kings College London’ Industrial Strategy Advisory Board. He also chairs the policy forum of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Suzanne Burke, Head of Operations, Office of the Small Business Commissioner
Yvonne Gale FCA - Chief Executive, NEL Fund Managers Limited and Non-Executive Director for Finance and Procurement, Office of the Small Business Commissioner. She joined NEL Fund Managers in 2002. She is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of all teams within the organisation. Her role also involves sourcing funds for management, fund design, achieving maximised returns and impact for investors, and investor relations. Yvonne is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an Associate Member of the Institute of Economic Development. She holds a DBA, MBA, IOD Diploma in Company Direction. Dr Gale’s area of research is investment decision making. She is also a member of the Advisory and Decision Committee for the UAE Ministry of Finance-backed, Mohammed bin Rashid AED 2 billion Innovation Fund. Prior to joining NEL, she qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a national accountancy firm and has held senior management positions in several high growth businesses. She brings a wealth of experience to the team of investing in high growth businesses.
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