Jan 312014

Thermal processing of metals company director achieves Chartered Director status

chartered directorAerospace and motorsport surface engineering specialist Wallwork Heat Treatment is marking the election of technical director Peter Carpenter to Fellow of the Institute of Directors and his qualification as a Chartered Director

Peter explained, "I have taken both the IoD certificate and diploma courses at Salford University and join a group of just over 1100 Chartered Directors world-wide."

Peter has been a director of the Bury and Birmingham businesses since 1992, having joined as a metallurgist in 1983.

"There have been significant changes in the industry over 30 years, our main activity is still in heat treatment for general engineering, but with more customers in advanced sectors such as aerospace, motorsport and nuclear there are new technical challenges. This has required major investment in research and development leading to more sophisticated thermal treatment and coating processes," Peter explained.

Peter was involved in the selection and acquisition of Cambridge based technical coating specialist Tecvac in the late 1990’s. To build the business he initiated substantial investment, including relocation to a new purpose built factory, new equipment and the establishment of research, development and metallurgical laboratories equal to that of leading university metallurgical laboratories.

The Wallwork Group has stayed a family owned business since it was first registered in 1959 as a heat treatment processor, moving to the Bury site in 1979. In 1984 the company acquired its first vacuum heat treatment furnaces and shortly after set up a foundry to produce heat resistant castings for its own use and sale.

The Birmingham factory was established in 1989. The acquisition of Tecvac in Cambridge, to provide a specialist coating capability, followed a decade later. Operating from three sites and with a fleet of over 40 vehicles the Wallwork Group now provides a nationwide service to manufacturers in aerospace, motorsport, instrumentation, medical devices and other demanding fields.

As a private company, the Group has always re-invested profits back into the business. This has included new plant to expand capability, research facilities to develop new surface treatment process and investment in a skilled workforce. Services provided by the group are accredited by leading national, international and company accreditation schemes for their quality and consistency.

More Information
Simeon Collins, Sales Director
Tel. +44 (0)161 797 9111 Fax. +44 (0)161 763 1861
E-mail: sales@wallworkht.com Web: www.wallworkht.com
Wallwork Heat Treatment Ltd, Lord Street, Bury, Greater Manchester, BL9 0RE

Jan 232014

Corporate Governance Panel Debate Series:
Tone from the Top - Understanding the Influence of a Chairman

corporate governance

Genius Methods invites you to a free C-level, educational and networking evening

Date: 26 February 2014
Time: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Royal Air Force Club, 128 Piccadilly, London, W1J 7PY
Take advantage of combining a champagne cocktail networking opportunity with Board level peers and learning first hand the influence and impact a Chairman has on organisational culture and ethics, Director behaviour and Board effectiveness.
The latest in the Genius Methods Corporate Governance Panel Debate Series will be approached slightly differently - we shall have two panels, one being experienced Board members and the other panel being comprised of leaders in governance, risk, ethics, culture and strategy.  We would like to understand from the two panels what they feel, from experience, are the areas where the "tone from the top" has the greatest positive and negative influences.
This will be about Board members sharing their positive and challenging experiences while on Boards - an insight into how problems develop and successes are created. 

Chatham House Rule applies
The phrase 'tone from the top' gained traction after a series of well-documented corporate governance failures which highlighted the need for Boards of Directors to develop an ethical culture.

  • What does "tone from the top" really mean?
  • How does this "tone" play out in practice?
  • Do we believe there has been enough change in UK Board rooms and Chairmen's mindsets? Do Chairmen "get it"?
  • What is the right "tone" and why?
  • How is this "tone" communicated to all stakeholders?  Does it matter?
  • Does one Chairman versus another have an influence on an otherwise unchanged Board?

5:30 - 6:00   Registration and networking, drinks will be served

6:00 - 7:30   Panel Debate and Questions from the floor

7:30 - 9:00   Drinks, Canapes, shared discussions and networking
Dress Code:  Club requirements are Jacket and Tie for men and business attire for women
To RSVP, register on Eventbrite or email fburgess@geniusmethods.com to confirm your intended attendance.
Feel free to forward this invitation to Board members and business colleagues.

Jan 032014

Julia Clarke will be a keynote speaker at the 10th annual Mobile Healthcare Summit in Toronto

Julia Clarke Chartered DirectorChartered Director Julia Clarke, Chief Executive of Bristol Community Healthcare CIC, will be a keynote speaker at the 10th annual Mobile Healthcare Summit in Toronto on 29 January 2014.

Julia's talk: "How mHealth Technology is Transforming Patient Interaction and Enabling a Mobile Workforce" will outline how Bristol Community Health is implementing a mobile workforce with an increased emphasis on patient care and a reduction in staff travel.

Conference delegates will hear how healthcare professionals at Bristol Community Health are able to do more at the point of patient contact through the implementation of mobile health technology.

Julia Clarke joined Bristol Community Health as Chief Executive in July 2011. Bristol Community Health is an employee-owned Social Enterprise spin out from the NHS delivering community health services in Bristol and neighbouring areas. The organisation began trading independently in October 2011 and Julia was involved in the final stages of set up and launch between May and September 2011 including establishment of the Senior Management team and governance framework. Under Julia's leadership, in the first year, Bristol Community Health established itself as a key provider and partner in the health system locally, developed relationships with customers and stakeholders, won significant new business, improved internal processes and systems, created a new, vibrant brand and identity, and established the business on a sound financial and commercial footing.

Before joining Bristol Community Health Julia worked with the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust as a Management Consultant, undertaking a two year in depth, wide ranging, strategic review, followed by a number of projects including the marketing of the new Cancer Centre. She was also Chair of the Oxfordshire Learning Disability NHS Trust from 2007 to 2011. Julia is an accredited executive coach and has delivered leadership and strategy development for a number of organisations within the Health Sector. Her earlier career involved a number of senior positions in the Transport Sector. Julia has degrees in Geography and Economics from Oxford University and is an Institute of Directors Chartered Director.

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