Posted on Friday 21 February 2014 by Ulster Business

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Speakers at the Management and Leadership Conference include Jannine Waddell, MD of Waddell Media and David Fish, former President of Cadbury in North America.

Local managers and leaders have been encouraged to make the most of the Management & Leadership Conference, which returns to Belfast at the end of February.

The highly acclaimed conference will feature presentations from a diverse and intriguing line-up of leaders and will take place on Thursday 27th February from 8.15am to 1pm at Titanic Belfast.

The conference is being organised by the Management & Leadership Network (MLN) as the flagship event of the 2014 Management Month initiative. The event is expected to attract over 300 local leaders and managers from across all sectors.

Offering his perspective at the event will be international business leader David Fish, who includes being President of Cadbury North America in his impressive CV. He said: "I am really looking forward to the opportunity to share what are hopefully relevant and useful business experiences gained during my time at Cadbury and other businesses throughout my career. Since coming to live in Northern Ireland I have also been involved with many SMEs, both as the MD and as a business mentor.

"I hope that by sharing some personal insights into leadership and management of change, this will be of help and benefit to those attending the Management & Leadership Conference".

Also speaking at the conference will be Jannine Waddell, MD of local production company Waddell Media, who added: "Operating out of Holywood, Co Down that is, our firm is still very much a family business at its core. However, we have had to learn to adapt to a very dynamic marketplace as we deal with clients who predominantly come from Ireland, GB, wider Europe and the US. They all have very different ways of working and we have to be able to change our approach to each country and commissioning body.

"Many of my own lessons in business and leadership have been earned in the midst of crisis, from the sudden death of my father through to the plug being pulled on a contract, which caused a fifty percent hole in our balance sheet. I hope that by sharing my own experiences I can help attendees identify the style of leadership that works best for them."

The conference will, once again, be hosted by broadcaster and Ulster Business columnist David Meade, who will combine his own work in the area of business development along with chairmanship of the event. It will also feature 2013 Mastermind Champion, Dr Aidan McQuade, the Armagh-born director of Anti-slavery International, a global charity tackling slavery and poverty.

For booking information go to or contact MLN on 028 9076 1030 or email



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