Top tips and advice for entering MiMA 2021

Date: Wednesday 28th October 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Webinar, Zoom, Joining instructions to follow,
Cost: Free

Made in Manchester: A Young Professionals Panel


Join Future pro-manchester as we’ll be putting together a stellar panel of previous winners and judges from Made in Manchester Awards onto a panel discussion.

Within this session, previous winners will be sharing their personal journeys, challenges and achievements as a young professional in Manchester. They’ll also be discussing how they’ve taken charge of their careers early-on and provide handy tips on how others can also jumpstart their careers.

In addition to this, we will also be inviting some of the Made in Manchester expert judges to share their tips on what makes a good entry and what qualities they look for in entrants when deciding who they will crown the next future leaders of Manchester.

Future pro-manchester is  dedicated to promoting and developing young talent within Greater Manchester’s business and professional sector. This year our young business professionals have faced challenges like never before. That's why we feel that more than ever it's important to recognise them.

MiMA 2021 also sees the introduction of two new awards - Manager of the Year and Team of the Year, allowing us to shine a light on collaborative and high performing teams like never before.


MiMA 2021 will be going virtual. You can find out all the details and enter on the MiMA website - 

About the Speakers:

Laura Guillon Senior Associate - Hall Brown

Laura is a Senior Associate at Hall Brown Family Law and the Chair of Future pro-manchester. She specialises in divorce and financial remedies following separation.

Laura gives concise, straightforward advice and seeks to ‘cut through the detail’ to help her clients navigate whatever situation they may face. At the same time, she recognises the emotional impact separation has on the individuals involved and keeps a firm focus on the whole family dynamic, in particular the importance of parents maintaining a healthy working relationship following separation.

Laura is a regular contributor to legal and non-legal publications having featured in the Family Law Journal, The Daily Mail and Radio Four Woman’s Hour.

Harry Thompson Associate -

Harry is an Associate in DLA Piper’s Manchester Litigation and Regulatory team, and has been advising on commercial litigation matters spanning a range of sectors and practice areas since his qualification in September 2019.

During his training contract at DLA Piper, Harry obtained a significant amount of disputes experience across a wide variety of contentious matters. This included advising on a multi-million pound insolvency dispute, attending a mediation for a FTSE 100 client and assisting with several adjudications and arbitral proceedings. He has collaborated across offices and practice groups, and spent 6 months of his training contract in the Litigation and Arbitration team in DLA Piper’s London office working on complex, international multi-billion dollar arbitral disputes. During that time he was also seconded to the High Court and Court of Appeal (May-August 2019) to assist the judiciary in the assessment of commercial cases brought before the Chancery Division in London. This has given him a detailed insight into the inner-workings of commercial litigation in the English courts.

Harry is also the Joint Pro Bono Coordinator for the North West at DLA Piper, and is heavily involved in the firm’s Pro Bono offering. He has acted on mandates spanning from regulatory and enforcement projects on environmental issues, to the support of charities focusing on modern slavery and immigration rights in Manchester. Harry has lectured on these topics at universities in the north of England several times, and helped to formulate and organise a cross-practitioner Pro Bono Network in the North West earlier this year.

Harry won the Graduate of the Year and Rising Star awards presented at the Made in Manchester Awards in February 2020, which are produced by pro-manchester. The Rising Star award recognised the top individual from across the 12 categories, spanning a range of business sectors in the North West, and is a remarkable achievement.

Max Whiteley Cloud and Accounts -

MiMA 2020 Apprentice of the Year

Alison Loveday Consultant - LLM Solicitors

A lawyer who has a passion for people and business, who is well embedded in the Manchester business community . Alison is based in the City Centre where she is a consultant with the commercial legal firm Lockett Loveday McMahon Solicitors, and she also has her own business advisory company.

Alison is a champion of equality in the workplace, recognising the importance of diversity, inclusion and promoting health and well-being at work. This is not in response to ‘the latest trend’ but is something she has done throughout her thirty plus year career. In addition, she is keen to support the future generation – promoting links between the workplace and schools /colleges/ and our universities and working with various Mentoring programs.

Alison is a keen supporter of North West Business Community, being a Director of pro-manchester, and Co-Chair of the pro-manchester Skills Committee. She is also an Ambassador for the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity (which raises money for and promotes awareness of the experience of homelessness) ,supporter of the Booth Centre for the Homeless, the Smart Works Charity and is a Trustee for the Wise Owl Trust.

Alison is a member of the Northern Power Woman Power List, and the Women of the Year Awards. She regularly provides comment to the media- National press, radio and television.

Claire Sofield Company Director -

Interested In The Event?

If you’re interested in attending, you can book online here.

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