What is Vantage:

It’s a membership group for people in and around Shrewsbury to hear experts from the professional business speaker circuit

Who is it for:

Applications are welcome from people working in businesses in or around Shropshire:

  • Who are serious about their career development
  • Want to learn about new things from leading experts
  • Can commit to attending most of the 4 meetings per year

Note – it is not a group intended purely for networking or selling to each other. You’ll meet like minded people and hopefully stay in touch, but if you want to spray business cards around to get more customers then this isn’t the group for you.

9 March - Dean Van Leeuwen : TomorrowToday Global

15 June - Grant Leboff: Sticky Marketing Club

14 September - Jonathan Bannister, Make Happy

23 November - Roger Martin-Fagg: Economist and Strategist

What Sort of Speakers Do We Have?

Roger Martin-Fagg

Roger Martin-Fagg

A leading economist who is a regular on the executive coaching circuit. Roger publishes an irreverent take on the UK and Global Economy once per quarter, and this is your chance to hear the man himself. He puts a complex topic in to clear and accessible terms and takes challenging questions from the floor as if he’s been doing it for over 45 years. Which he has.

Grant Leboff

One of the U.K’s leading Sales and Marketing experts and a thought leader in his field, Leboff’s main focus is to address the massive changes that are taking place in a world that is constantly being introduced to new technologies and an evolving World Wide Web. He continually challenges Sales & Marketing conventions that become accepted wisdom, but don’t necessarily deliver results.

Jonathan Bannister

Ex of Leo Burnett, Jonathan has a long history of successful communications planning on accounts such as Procter & Gamble and Financial Times. Jonathan leads strategic planning at Make Happy and brings his wealth of experience to find the right strategy for their clients.

Jonathan is a strategic marketer whose passion is to help entrepreneurs and organisations map and innovate their business models and develop intimate long-term relationships for their customers and all their other stakeholders by driving deeper levels of engagement.

In February 2016 Jonathan’s work with social entrepreneurs was recognised by his inclusion as one of the 100 on the second ‘Maserati 100’ index; a definitive list of Britain’s most successful philanthropists, investors, mentors and advisors, and ascending entrepreneurs, who are today supporting the next generation of up and coming business talent.

Dean Van Leeuwen

Expert on the future of work, researcher and business strategist, Director of Storytelling at Tomorrow Today Global and International leadership expert.  Dean is an international speaker and business strategist who provides thought provoking content that challenges the status quo and stimulates creative ‘out of the box’ thinking.

Dean speaks on disruptive trends changing the world and the strategies business leaders can employ to improve organizational performance.  Dean heads up TomorrowToday’s global strategic insights unit and their clients consider their insights and future focused frameworks as world-leading.

Dean strives to bridge the gap between academia and the real world, providing practical examples that have immediate and applicable value.  The most up-to-date research is delivered in an entertaining and accessible way through our keynote presentations, workshops, online resources and larger Leadership Development Programmes.

Michael Nicholas

Michael Nicholas, is a coach, corporate trainer and professional speaker, and the author of two books on leadership. Nicholas works with leaders and teams from organisations ranging from medium size, entrepreneurial businesses up to leading FTSE companies, specialising in helping them to improve their business performance and release more of every individual’s potential. In addition, Nicholas has trained several hundred people globally to become effective coaches and occasionally provide one-on-one help for private clients.

Before becoming a coach, Nicholas first gained extensive and varied leadership and business experience, as an officer in the military and through many years at senior levels in business. Nicholas is also a Chartered Electrical Engineer and Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Roger Martin-Fagg

Dr David Hall

David Hall is the founder of The Ideas Centre Ltd which he created with a mission to provide organisations of all sectors with a mechanism to unleash the potential that is otherwise locked away within individuals and cultures. The Ideas Centre recognises that we can all become stuck within the backward-looking confines of conventional and traditional thinking, and the forward looking organisations of the future will install mechanisms to achieve breakthrough thinking, which will then drive the innovation process.

The purpose of The Ideas Centre is to change thinking, address challenges, develop in-house facilitators, manage creativity and innovation, and deliver organisational transformation.

Sunil Bali - Mind Set and Match Book Cover

Sunil Bali

Sunil is a high energy, multi-disciplinary executive coach with a real business background of his own, a degree in Sports Psychology, an MBA and he is a qualified psychotherapist as well. Listening to him is exhausting, and uplifting.

In his own words, great leaders make a mark because:

  • They are remarkable, defn. worthy of making a remark about.
  • They don’t add to the noise, they are the signal.
  • They’re not “chewing gum leaders” – their impact doesn’t disappear after a few minutes.
  • They leave people better than when they found them.

What Vantage members say:

I thought the event was terrific . The venue was perfect and the speaker was so easy to listen to. His style was something of an education – very good indeed

Martin Thomas

Thank you again for a thoroughly enjoyable and informative evening (and for the hospitality!). Roger’s talk was excellent and if it’s possible to have a copy of the slides, that would be great!

Nigel Harrison

It was an inspiring and enlightening experience. I was particularly impressed with how he expressed some difficult concepts in terms that we could all understand.

Evgeny Romanov

Contact us today to get an application form

Application forms are an opportunity for you to get your manager to sign to say they support you in doing it, and to pay for your costs. They also require you to sign a declaration that you will respect confidences shared in conversations you have at the group.