Members say there is nothing like it elsewhere. You’ll meet a fascinating mix of accomplished senior peers representing a wide range of sectors in high-tech manufacturing. Together you’ll explore topics identified as current and relevant by members, elucidated by speakers at the forefront of their fields – many of whom are members of the Network.
You’ll be richly informed and inspired, and take helpful ideas and insights back to the workplace. Plus you’ll have had an enjoyable time. Even if you are a natural introvert and think networking is not your forte, you’ll leave having effortlessly built several meaningful connections with other attendees that could, and probably will (as has been experienced many times), bear fruit. Serendipity is to be expected!
How are we different?
We are about far, far more than networking. Each of our events is, in fact, a carefully tailored mini-conference that addresses a highly topical innovation-related issue from several perspectives. The day (8.45am to 3pm) is choreographed carefully to allow a rich sharing of peers’ in-depth experience, allowing valuable time to process new thinking via peer dialogue, and to translate insights into pragmatic application back in one’s workplace. Furthermore, relationship-building is gently facilitated and made easy – we do “networking, naturally”.
Unlike events for specific professions, diverse disciplines are represented – engineers and scientists from many fields, alongside professional advisors and business managers – all play a key role in fostering innovation of products and processes in theirs, or their clients’, organisations. Everyone is keen to learn and generously share of their wisdom.
If you think you would fit in and benefit from being part of the group, and believe that you could bring something to it, please come and experience us, we would love to meet you.
NB: If you fit the profile of our membership, your first event is free!
What is its Purpose?
The Network exists to foster exploration of best practice in leading innovation in UK high-tech manufacturing. Cross-fertilisation across sector and discipline boundaries is encouraged.
Key events are run throughout the year where eminent speakers present their latest thinking and practices.
Attendees enjoy a rich learning environment where they have the rare opportunity to mix with respected peers and receive quality input on issues that are directly relevant to their contribution at a strategic level in their organisation.
- advances in technologies in other fields
- trends in the wider business environment
- strategic business leadership for technical experts
Ultimately the goal of the Network is to help members’ businesses to prosper by innovating to meet customer needs in a rapidly changing world.
Who belongs to the Network?
Members are a select group of strategic leaders from high-tech manufacturing firms and relevant professional services across the South of the UK. Many are technical innovators of global repute in their own field. All are deeply curious about advances in the leadership of innovation in other organisations and sectors, and wish to explore the potential benefits for their own organisations and for their personal leadership effectiveness.
The Annual Events Calendar
The programme typically consists of five quality events per year. The mix of topics and speakers ensures that each event informs and inspires members. Connections between members are facilitated and the opportunity is provided to consider the translation of any learning into members’ own environment.
Network members access leadership Masterclasses from Active Insight at an attractive preferential rate. Topics include, e.g. Strategic Thinking for Senior Technologists.