Loading Events
This event has passed.

Keeping Innovation Relevant to the Business

Why this topic matters

Innovation teams are often involved in longer-term product development.  Right now, understandably, their organisation may be more focused on the short-term.

This event hopes to encourage and embolden those teams to see this time as an opportunity to find new ways to reach into (and beyond) the organisation, using their valuable investigative and problem-solving skills to help their organisation flex and adapt to immediate market needs.

We’ll address this topic from two angles:

Firstly, how to be more of an “Intrapreneur” and creatively influence within your organisation. Jamie Qiu of Studio Zao will speak on this, as it is a subject is close to his heart.

Secondly, we’ll explore how to use change opportunities positively – such as when a major disruption occurs like we are going through now. Kerry Outlaw, a seasoned veteran of organisational change management, will speak on this and has many valuable nuggets to share.

For this event, we are allowing attendees (members and paying guests) to bring a colleague from another part of the business – free of charge.  A colleague you feel can support the cause of innovation in the organisation or benefit from the material.  Who might you bring?


Jamie Qiu

Studio Zao

Jamie started his career as a start-up founder in the education technology sector, in the burgeoning London start-up ecosystem of the late 2000s. He then moved into strategy consulting at EY, where he held leadership roles in the Innovation practice as well as the Founder and Director of EY’s start-up accelerator.

Jamie has also led venture investment in Financial Services as the Managing Director of a FinTech accelerator partnered with HSBC, Visa and the Dubai International Financial Centre, in the Middle East. He has significant experience in leading innovation strategy and operating model development; designing innovation and venture development programmes; facilitating immersive design sprints, and advising start-up ventures.

He has worked with global clients across multiple sectors such as EDF, Sony Music, NHS, Unilever, Pentland Brands, Vodafone and the Dubai Customs Authority. Jamie is now the Founder and Managing Partner of the boutique innovation studio, Studio Zao, where he works with global brands and multinational corporations to harness, empower and develop Intrapreneurial talent and capabilities.

Kerry Outlaw

Yellow Bean

Kerry had a successful career in investment banking before establishing her own consultancy post her MBA. Her customer base has encompassed private, public and third sector organisations such as Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Barclays, NHS organisations, Government departments, and Water Aid. She and her team have designed and driven multi-million budget global programmes of change management and business transformation involving business strategy, organisational design, new ways of working in the digital age, HR transformation, cultural change, non-financial risk and benefits realisation.

Kerry has a proven track record of encouraging the innovation and collaboration required to successfully redesign and implement new business and operating models where there is a growth agenda, or where the current state is becoming obsolete. Her passion lies in identifying sustainable strategies to re-invent or re-build strategic and cultural resilience in organisations in support of creating value for the ultimate customer. This is perhaps particularly relevant in this current COVID impacted environment.

Event Details



A link will be sent to registrants.


10:00am – 1:00pm

Friday 20th, 20/11/2020.


Members: Free*

General admission: £250 +vat

*One place per subscription.

Register for this event

Related Events