11 May 2017

CEO of Flybe Keynote Speaker at Business South Annual Conference 2017

In the year that celebrates 10 years of the highly successful Business South Champion programme, businesses from across the region are invited to attend the organisation’s prestigious Annual Conference.

Christine Ourmières-Widener, CEO of FlybeTaking place on Friday 16 June, at Hilton at The Ageas Bowl near Southampton, the Business South Annual Conference is an unmissable event in the business calendar for the region.


Focusing on the themes that have driven Business South initiatives for over a decade, this year’s event will explore People, Place and Prosperity in our region.  The event will consider the challenges, process and outcomes to deliver transformational change in these areas.  


Delegates will hear from speakers in both the private and public sectors discussing the interlinking themes of People, Place and Prosperity, including:


Mark Smith, CEO The Southern Co-operative who will explore responsible leadership and what it means to be a ‘Good Corporate Citizen’ and a responsible employer of our region’s people.


Alastair Welch, Associated British Ports Director who will be sharing his transformational journey and his vision for the Port of Southampton, one of the key assets for the place in which we do business.


Keynote speaker, Christine Ourmières-Widener, CEO of Flybe who will share how Flybe has grown to become the largest independent regional airline in Europe and how this success has brought prosperity not only to the business but to the community as a whole.


“Flybe is all about connecting people and communities. This is why bringing together businesses and stakeholders around shared themes and collective purpose like this is essential for the sustainable growth and development of regional economies as a whole and also of individual businesses, no matter how big or small,” says Christine, Ourmières-Widener. “As a key South coast operator, it is important for us to maintain regular engagement with other businesses. High quality events like the Business South Annual Conference provide us all with a hugely beneficial platform from which to connect, share experiences and learn from each other.”


Compered by Alastair Fee, Business Correspondent, BBC South, the conference will also feature:


Steve Frampton, Principal, Portsmouth College

Neil Fedden, Managing Director, Fedden USP

Dawn Baxendale, Chief Executive, Southampton City Council

Roger Brown, Former Vice-Chancellor, Southampton Solent University

John Mitchell, Group CEO, Business South says: “Business South has established an unparalleled network of high calibre businesses in the South.  As we celebrate 10 years of the Champions Programme, we want to ensure that all our collective influence and experiences is used positively and in the right areas to benefit our region and the organisations that are based here.”

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