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January Monthly Meeting


To see in 2015, Advanced Manufacturing Forum brought in guest speakers from the University of Sunderland and Growth Accelerator to talk about Leadership in Manufacturing.

AMF Meeting Beginning

Pictured - AMF Chairman Ian Fawdon addressing the attendees.

As usual our meeting began with a half an hour sign in period so that our members could network with one another and have a spot of lunch before the presentations began.

The chairman of AMF, Ian Fawdon, started the meeting by giving a rundown of the results of the annual survey. This was a chance for members to see what the overall opinion of the forum was and to receive some feedback on what we were going to do to address certain ideas; for example extra sub-forums.

Our first speaker was Dr Trish Bryans from the University of Sunderland who gave a presentation that covered the development of leaders and managers within a company. This presentation covered various types of management, the differences between a leader and a manager and routes to progression. Trish"s colleague Hazel Rounthwaite then jumped in to promote the university"s Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Change which would help to both train up new leaders and to give those with leadership qualities a qualification to back that up.

The second presentation we had was courtesy of Julie Skevington and Mike Cratchley from Growth Accelerator, talking about the Business Growth Service (which Growth Accelerator is a part of along with a number of other organisations) and what planning and services they can offer to help a company to expand and develop.

The day was rounded off by the Manufacturer"s Round-Up, which is a chance for manufacturing members of the forum and guests to say a few words about how their companies are doing since last meeting.

January"s meeting was another of our "live-tweeted" events, with pictures and comments posted onto our social media platforms as they happened by young Jack. You can see what was psoted by looking for @AMFNorthEast on twitter.

January"s Speakers

Pictured - (Left to Right) Dr Trish Bryans, Julie Skevington, Hazel Rounthwaite, Mike Cratchley.
Dr Trish Bryans giving her presentation (below left) and Julie Skevington & Mike Cratchley (Below right).






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