CUBO Winter Conference 2017

Innovation is Key to Business Success

Wednesday 22nd, November - Thursday 23rd, November



Wednesday 22 November


Depart Telford for optional Wolverhampton campus tour

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11.45  Return to Telford
12.00-12.30  Registration and exhibition open
12.30-13.30  Lunch and meet exhibitors
13.30-13.45  Conference open - welcome

What is innovation and how can your business benefit?

Innovation v limitation presented by Kevin Parr, Motivational facilitator and business coach


Afternoon refreshments

Join our sponsors for refreshments and a chat.


Innovation is change that unlocks new value 

Presented by CUBO’s Aspiring Directors:

Heather Fitzgerald, Head of Campus & Commercial Events, Falmouth Exeter Plus

Patrick Craig, Assistant Head of Sport, University of Leeds

Harmohinder Bahl, Facilities Director, Oxford Brookes University


The big brand debate 

Chaired by Giles Poyner

Are high street food and beverage retailers really that much better than University brands?

Debated by our panel:

Matthew White, TUCO Chair

Andrew Hesketh, Head of Business Development, Greggs

Amanda Shipley, Operations Manager, University of Wolverhampton

17.00  Close

Drinks reception - Innovation in cocktail service presented by Welbilt 


The dress code is smart casual.

Thursday 23 November
Time Session




Vision with IT 

Presented by Christine Sexton, Consultant

Christine has served on the Russell Universities Group IT Directors Forum, including two years as Chair, the HEFCE Steering Group on Cloud Computing and Shared Services and the UK Task Group on Efficiency and Modernisation. Christine successfully led Corporate Information and Computing Services at the University of Sheffield for over 20 years.

10.15- 10.45

 Morning refreshments and exhibition


Innovation in performance: creating a desire for the luxury "workhorse"

Presented by Trevor Leeks, Operations Director, Jaguar Land Rover


CUBO strategy and key themes

Jan Capper, Chief Executive, CUBO


Hot topic presentation

Presented by a corporate partner


 Lunch and exhibition 

Inventing the Next Big Thing 

Presented by Robbie Bargh, Gorgeous Group

Robbie Bargh is the Ringmaster, Founder and Chief Storyteller of the Gorgeous Group. Robbie has been in the hospitality business for over 30 years, living and working in New York and London. He loves the business, lives for the business and enjoys everything about the Hospitality business.

People talk about “being ahead of the curve”. Well Robbie Bargh appears so far ahead of it that he is round the corner and out of sight! 

Robbie is also a guest lecturer on ‘food and beverage guest experience’ at École hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland, and a contributor to the World Hotel Food and Beverage panel and Restaurant 200. He is an F&B forecaster for LVMH Luxury Brands, The Dorchester Collection, Ritz Carlton, and Hilton, presenting on such areas as global bar and restaurant trends, consumer preferences, and the latest online trends and technologies.

14.30 Close of conference