The Management & Leadership SuMMit – The Pinnacle of Management Month
The SuMMIt took place on Friday 20th April 2018.  A list of the speakers and unedited delegate feedback is below


Rene Carayol MBE

World-Leading Executive and Leadership Coach

Rene has worked closely with history-defining leaders such as Mikael Gorbachev, Nelson Mandela, Sir Richard Branson, Bill Clinton and Kofi Annan. He is also a best-selling business author and in his latest book, SPIKE, he asserts that none of these world-renowned leaders are flawless or ‘all-rounders’. However, they all tend to know their 2-3 Spikes, and have taken the time and focus to fine tune them to near Olympic standard. Crucially, Rene himself has actually been Chairman, CEO and MD of blue chip businesses. He has served on the boards of some of the biggest international organisations; including Marks and Spencer, IPC Media & Pepsi and he therefore speaks with the authority and confidence of the expert practitioner who has seen and experienced it all before. René s messages take the form of practical, real life experiences delivered with electrifying effect. Rene will host the event and deliver a talk entitled SPIKE: The Strengths-based Revolution.

Dr Bill Wolsey OBE

Managing Director, Beannchor Group

Bill Wolsey is Managing Director of the Beannchor Group, owners of the five-AA-star Merchant Hotel, over 40 pubs, the popular Little Wing Pizzeria chain of restaurants and the recently opened Bullitt Hotel. Originally from Ballysillan, North Belfast, he opened his first bar in Bangor over 39 years ago. Today, the Beannchor Group is one of Northern Ireland’s largest employers in the hospitality industry, with over 750 employees.  A self-made man, Bill is a true believer that tenacity, drive, determination and hard work are essential qualities to succeed in business and he commits significant personal time to support community and grass roots initiatives, helping contribute to positive socio economic change. He has been awarded many accolades including an Honorary Doctorate for services to business, and received an OBE for services to business and the hospitality industry in the Queen’s 2014 Birthday Honours list. Bill will offer his own Lessons on Leadership.

Mark Gallagher

F1 Leader and Business Author

Having worked at the forefront of the Formula One motor racing industry for 30 years, holding executive roles at Jordan Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing and Cosworth, Mark has worked with many of the sport’s leading Drivers, Owners and CEOs. In the process, he has developed a unique insight into the way they operate. Mark’s latest book, ‘The Business of Winning – Strategic Success from the Formula One track to the Boardroom’, has received acclaim from the worlds of business and motor sport and he is currently collaborating with 13-time Formula One race winner David Coulthard on a business book to be published in the early summer. Mark will  deliver a speech entitled Marginal Gains: Performance & Leadership Lessons from F1

Sinead  and Adam Murphy

Co-Founders of Shnuggle Ltd

Founded by Husband and Wife team Sinead and Adam Murphy, Shnuggle designs clever baby products for the mid to high end of the baby market. They sell to almost every major UK nursery retailer including John Lewis, Amazon, Boots and Mothercare and export to over 20 countries worldwide. All of their products are designed with three core principles; Safety, Function & Design. With a £225k seed investment in 2013/14 they have managed to grow revenue 10x from £120k to £1.2m in just 3 years. They have recently taken an equity investment of £450k to implement their accelerated growth plan, which will boost revenue to over £7m+ in 3 years. In 2017 the secured investment offers from two Dragons on the BBC’s Dragon’s Den and in 2018 Shnuggle received Royal approval when Prince Harry and Megan Markle inspected their product range on a recent visit to Belfast. Sinead and Adam will share the ‘Shnuggle Story’ and the lessons that they have learned along the way.

Professor Phil Scraton 

Criminologist, Social Researcher and Author

Phil is best-known for leading the Hillsborough Independent Panel’s research team and was lead author of its ground-breaking 2013 Report, ‘Hillsborough’. He was Adviser to the families’ legal teams throughout the inquests and his new edition of ‘Hillsborough: The Truth’ was published in 2016. In the same year he was awarded Freedom of the City of Liverpool and honorary DLaws by its university, his alma mater. He is Professor Emeritus in the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, and was a factual consultant on, and contributor to, the 2017 BAFTA winning documentary ‘Hillsborough’. In the same year he was Castaway on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs radio programme. Phil will deliver a speech entitled Respecting Dignity, Humanising Authority, Challenging Power.

The Management & Leadership SuMMit – Feedback from  2018

The best return on £100 you will ever get

Maurice WarburtonJenkins Shipping Co Ltd

This conference has re-enthused me to make a difference

Andrea McCulloughBallyclare Highschool

Not many will remember what you said but everyone will remember how you made them feel. I feel very motivated leaving this event.

Sarah-Ann GambleUlster Business

Inspiring, uplifting and great to hear of the leadership talent and innovators in Northern Ireland across a range of sectors.

Dr Roisin McCooeyHeath & Social Care Board

Once again, amazing and inspirational speakers! MLN never fail to surprise me with the quality of leaders they source- well done!

Fiona McCabeBrain Injury Matters

Excellent speakers, well-run event. I feel inspired to make a difference

Carmel MulhollandBelfast City Council

An excellent, well-run event that will leave you feeling confident+ inspired for the challenges of tomorrow

Robert CaldwellNFU Mutual

An amazing line up of speakers - a fascinating and insightful morning

Janet McKayJanet McKay PR

The most inspirational event in the events calendar.

Sylvie BrandoUlster Business

Probably one of the most inspiring and well organised events I've attended. Rene, Bill and Sinead were superb

Geri MartinChocolate Manor

I will be doing something different today. That is why the event is brilliant

Sean McGahanMcKinty & Wright

Fantastic to see great examples of authentic leadership. So many lessons to take away and apply in my own business. Thankyou.

Caroline GreenleeSustainable People Performance

What a challenging, informative and inspiring event for business leaders. Great to step away from the microscope and look through the telescope!

Elaine KerrInternational Synergies

In a time of political stagnation in NI, it is refreshing to see leadership emerging from other sectors to give us all optimism and energy.

Anya O'ConorQueen's University

Another fantastic SuMMit from MLN - inspirational and moving speeches this year. Well done all.

Glenda NelsonLHH Penna

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