On Thursday 20th June, we were delighted to host our first "Leadership on a Box" event at the Cherry Tree in Olney. 
 
We were joined by a wonderful group of invited guests who came along both to share and to hear fascinating Leadership stories from like-minded individuals. From inspiring, life changing leadership moments to accounts of amazing or conversely toxic cultures, we listened to what our speakers had to say. 
 
With stories presented in a relaxed, open-mic night environment, and our presenters literally standing "on a box", we heard from a selection of speakers including: 
 
Freddie Guilmard, CEO, RTP 
Siobhan Godden, Equality Consulting and Senior Associate, RTP 
Debbie Lewis, Regional EcoSystem Manager at NatWest Business 
Martin Lewis-Stevenson, Director, Pulse Group Media 
Jessica Colledge, Vinfast Autos 
Alistair Welham, Marketing Director and Digital & Brand Consultant 
Dr Susan Izadkhasti, Leadership Development Coach 
 
With drinks and canapes provided, our guests enjoyed a relaxed and informative evening, learning and laughing about our leadership journeys together. Thank you to all our guests and for the support from Pulse Group Media. 
 
Following some amazing feedback, we are now keen to arrange our next Leadership on a Box event. This could potentially take place in November so please do watch this space! 
Here is what some of our wonderful guests had to say: 
Enormous thanks Freddie Guilmard and his THE RED THREAD PARTNERSHIP LIMITED plus event cosponsor Pulse Group Media ; Martin Lewis-Stevenson Kerry Lewis-Stevenson and venue Cherry Tree In Olney (especially chef Ben!). 
 
The night had everything against it! 
⚽️ it clashed with the England match (only a French host 😉) 
🪩 I’d already been to a gala ball and awards evening and my rule is one work night intrusion per week 😜 
🥱 I’d also had a 7:30 early breakfast networking so it was a long day 
🫶🏻 As it was an invite to speak, I had gone alone (and later realised I needn’t have 😂) 
But boy am I glad I pushed through and turned up! 
 
The warmest welcome from Freddie and his team, a cheeky welcome drink - perfect for anyone with speaking nerves 😳 and some mingling with the exclusive group of attendees. I was lucky enough to hang out with Dr Susan Izadkhasti and Hannah Klewpatinond and we sat together to enjoy the presentations and gorgeous canapés 
 
Freddie kicked off the evening with some #leadership quotes, anecdotes and humour, he set the scene perfectly. 5 other speakers followed with 10 minutes #onthebox to share their leadership stories; some recounting amazing tales of leaders who paved the way for their success (Jessica; amazing!) some who recalled horror stories of awful leaders - anonymised of course for legal reasons 😝 (Siobhan you made me laugh, brilliant 🤭) and I loved hearing Susan’s story of her road to doctorate thanks to the leadership of her wonderful father. 
 
I shared - for the first time ever - my lifetime journey of leadership 🎢 themed around the #absoluteabsenceofleadership in my first three decades; my own journey of discovery and some embarrassing #rolemodels and sources of #inspiration …. and I won a prize!! You know me, I love a mic 🎙️ 😉 
 
By way of review- if you are a leader, this event is a MUST, currently ‘invite only’ but I know a man 😉 so let me know if you’d like an intro to RTP. I’d attend regularly, I’d take the hubby, I’d go with a girlfriend or 2, I’d take a work wife or I’d go alone. And I will. The setting, the staging, the warmth and especially the hospitality (who’s kidding; the food!) was utter perfection and I left feeling a more wholesome human than I’d arrived. 
 
Congratulations to all involved 🥂 🙌🏻 

Debbie Lewis, Regional EcoSystem Manager, NatWest Business 

Had a brilliant evening yesterday at a networking event with a difference. Hosted by the wonderful Freddie Guilmard from the THE RED THREAD PARTNERSHIP LIMITED it was all about leadership skills 🙌 
 
Speakers were given just 10 minutes to share a leadership story with the room. And we heard the most inspirational and thought provoking stories from some exceptional leaders. 
 
Anecdotes, funny moments and phrases that really made you think. 🧠 
 
It was invite-only but if you’re a local leader this event should be on your radar. Drop me a message if you want to come along. 
 
As a leader myself, the event really got me thinking 🤔 
 
And you should always be learning, right? 

Kerry Lewis-Stevenson, Editor of Business Times & MK / NN Pulse Magazines pictured with husband Martin Lewis-Stephenson and Parm and Karen Banghal 

Siobhan Godden 
Martin Lewis-Stevenson 
Jessica Colledge 
Alistair Welham 
Dr Susan Izadkhasti 
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