pro-manchester was established more than 35 years ago originally we were an organisation representing the financial and professional services sector, since then the North West business community has grown and so has our membership - we now represent over 12 different sectors and have a programme of specific sector activity designed to engage those businesses and for the member firms within our community to connect with the sectors which are important for their growth.
In this session, we’ll hear from CEO Sam Booth and our Sector Group Chairs as we take a look at how members have been able to get involved in the past 12 months, what’s coming next and how connections made have led to real business growth.
About the Speakers:
At pro-manchester, Sam has been an integral part of its growth from a small, effective membership network to a sophisticated business development organisation. A firm part of the Manchester business community, Sam is a familiar face to most, constantly and efficiently working to bring businesses together in the city region.
As chief executive, Sam is responsible for the organisation’s corporate engagement as well managing all existing key partnerships and member relationships. Whilst providing support to her team, Sam manages the day-to-day running and strategic direction of the business.
Sam also sits on the board of trustees for Forever Manchester, a charity that supports community activity across Greater Manchester. As well as this, Sam also sits on the City of Trees Executive Advisory Group and the Greater Manchester Organisational Representatives Group. More recently, Sam has become the Regional Deputy Chair of TheCityUK, where she helps to engage on a regional level on behalf of individuals in the financial and professional services industries.
An award winning commercial and technology lawyer specialising in the health and care sector, Charlotte advises health and care organisations on legal, commercial and strategic issues relating to commissioning, contracting and collaborating. Having worked on a range of health and social care projects from system and place based integration and provider collaboration to electronic patient record procurements and digital health platform development, Charlotte works in partnership with clients to help them to navigate complex issues in order to deliver the desired outcome.
Charlotte is an advocate for innovation and transformation in the sector and in addition to her legal role at Mills & Reeve she proudly chairs pro-Manchester’s healthcare committee, co-leads One HealthTech’s Manchester hub and is an elected member of techUK’s Health and Social Care Council.
Adam has been working within the transport sector in Greater Manchester for almost 20 years. He supports local authorities and transport bodies to deliver their transformational and challenging projects and has been involved in Northern Powerhouse Rail, Stockport Station redevelopment, Cheadle Station, HS2, Northern Hub, the redevelopment of Manchester Victoria, Metrolink upgrades, Altrincham Interchange and a whole host of other local projects.
He is the Chair of the pro-manchester’s Transport & Infrastructure Sector Group and leads a team of Project and Programme Management Advisory specialists within Mott MacDonald.
A graduate from the University of Manchester, Rachel joined MIDAS – Manchester’s inward investment agency in 2014. She is currently Business Development Manager for the Financial, Professional and Business Services sector and specialises in FinTech, recently working on projects with Fibonatix, Intrapay/Tappit and Wonderbill.
Through her work, Rachel has a strong awareness and understanding of what FinTech companies are looking for when setting up or expanding into Manchester.
Rachel sits on the pro-manchester FinTech committee.
Before entering the patent profession, Ean spent several years working as a design engineer for Marconi and Motorola. This real-life commercial experience was invaluable and gives Ean an insight into some of the challenges faced by clients.
Ean works with leading clients in the defence and telecoms sector, handling patent filing and prosecution work, in a range of technologies, as well as advising on freedom to operate and infringement issues. He also jointly manages our work in the Higher Education sector, dealing with several leading universities in the UK and abroad. He has handled several application through the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO) Green Channel, which prioritises environmentally-friendly inventions.
Ean has experience of hearings before the UK IPO and European Patent Office (EPO), and frequently advises clients on contentious issues where their rights may be infringed or where they are accused of infringing the rights of others.
Ean sits on he pro manchester Green Economy committee.