Platform ExO – Manchester’s ultimate leadership conference

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What’s the difference between a Business Owner and a Business Leader?

That’s not the start of a joke, we promise – but it is the premise behind Platform ExO.

In an increasingly uncertain economy, there is more pressure than ever for those at the helm to make the right decisions, build and manage the most effective teams, and establish themselves as key persons of influence.

Leadership doesn’t come with a manual, so we’ve brought together well-respected industry experts to take a close look at every facet of what it takes to be the best.

Who is this conference for?

The game changers, the innovators, the pioneers.

If you’re a North West Business Owner, with an interest in self-reflection and improvement and looking to make the most of their business, this is for you.

Plus, as sponsors, BIMA members get 50% off the £40 ticket price. Contact for discount code.

All profits go to Royal Manchester Childrens’ Hospital! Platform ExO Organisers


Daniel Priestley, Founder @ DentGlobal

Daniel Priestley is an entrepreneur and best-selling author. He started his first company at age 21 and built a multi-million-dollar enterprise by age 25. He has since gone on to grow businesses in the UK, USA, Singapore and Australia, as well as be an advisor and stakeholder in a portfolio of ventures.

Sandy Lindsay, Founder @ Tangerine PR

Sandy Lindsay MBE is the founder and chair of Tangerine, one of the UK’s leading communications consultancies that employs over sixty people, working with some of the world’s leading brands. She has also set up a multi award-winning apprentices’ academy, The Juice Academy, to help plug the digital skills gap in the NW. She is Chair of the IoD NW’s Skills Group and a national ambassador for Apprenticeships. In 2015, Sandy was given an MBE for services to business and young people and in the same year was named North West Director of the Year (SME) and was Highly Commended in the same category, nationally, by the IoD.

Siam Kidd, CEO @ The Realistic Trader

Siam Kidd is a Currency Trader / Investor / Educator / Entrepreneur. He has spoken at many Keynote events, most notably at TEDx Norwich & Expert Empires in London.  Siam runs multiple businesses in a variety of sectors, but mainly focuses on “The Realistic Trader”, where he teaches people how to realistically and profitably trade the Foreign Exchange markets through a number of long term trading strategies. He setup The Realistic Trader as he was fed up with charlatans promoting get rich quick schemes and making thousands from day 1. He remains one of the most ethical and genuine trading educators on the market.

Dena Marshall, CEO @ Royal Manchester Childrens’ Hospital

Dena has held a number of senior positions in both acute hospitals and in commissioning since joining the NHS in 1993 as a management trainee, with12 years experience as a Board level Director.  Her key strengths are my communication and engagement skills, enabling her to work with multiple stakeholders to achieve sustainable improvements in complex environments. With an inclusive and collaborative leadership style, Dena achieves results through working with and inspiring her team. She supports and encourage clinicians and managers to implement changes that improve quality and performance, challenge assumptions and hold people to account for delivery.

Roger Longden, There Be Giants

Over the past twenty years, Roger has amassed a broad range of leadership experience across many businesses, and sectors, leading to him becoming an internationally recognised thought-leader in the field of Objectives & Key Results. Born from his frustration as to the ineffectiveness of “traditional” appraisals, and what he observed in many businesses around generally poor capabilities in executing strategy, he undertook two years of research into how performance management was evolving. This lead to him to publish his white paper “Priming for Performance” in early 2016. 

Martin Murphy, Elite Leadership Coach

As a former Special Forces soldier and international security consultant, Martin has formed and trained teams worldwide to effectively combat terrorism and narcotics smuggling in the commercial sector. He has also been a bodyguard to ‘A-List’ celebrities but he then turned his focus to studying behaviour and peak performance psychology. He now operates as an international coach, trainer, speaker and writer, using his wealth of experiences and broad foundation of personal research to share his insights into peak performance in leadership, building ELITE teams and personal development with clients.


Thu, 15 Nov 2018
09:00 - 17:00


CityLabs, Manchester Science Park,
North West

Manchester Science Partnerships Citylabs 1.0 Nelson Street Manchester M13 9NQ



Leanne Scaletta

Operations Director, We Are Adam

Leanne Scaletta has been a BIMA member since 24th October 2019.

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