Executive Association Solent Newsletter – October 2021

October 6, 2021

I hope you managed to find time for a holiday before the final warm rays of the summer are passed.

We are now well into Autumn and our October meeting is early this month, Friday the 15th. Reception from Noon in the Morning Room. Lunch at 12.50pm in the Garden Room.

Last month our Chairman’s Handover was a great success with Ron Wain settling in as your new Chairman.

His running mate is Matt Smith of Smith Hobbs Wealth Management Ltd, who is now Vice Chairman.

Ron Wain has indicated that following the traditional handover, The Executive Association Solent received widespread media and social coverage of last months meeting.

Our outgoing Chairman Angie Beeston, has asked me to thank all the members for her lovely engraved glass wine cooler, and a very colourful piece of Poole Pottery which so embrased her coloufull character. Due to the Covid restrictions, she steered us through a very difficult period with aplomb, and became our only Chairmain in our history to serve two years. Well done Angie.

Our speaker this month is Lara Bull, full details can be found below.

 

Future Dates for the diary:

  • Friday 5th November. 32nd Anniversary Luncheon Speaker: Rob Marchant, Property Auctioneer (Lake Suite)
  • Friday 10th December. Christmas Luncheon Entertainer to be confirmed (Lake Suite)
  • Friday 21st January. Speaker: Allen Scott Marketing Director of Snows Motor Group
  • Friday 18th February. Speaker: Lesley Keets of Actisense, manufacturer of Marine Electronics

 

Lara Bull, Speaker for October 15th 2021

Lara Bull has had an unusual journey to hosting a STEM and innovation expo and none of that journey involved science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)! But with each part of the journey, there are some common themes…. love for what you are doing, resilience and self-belief.

During 16 years in a specialist construction recruitment company she became responsible for 6 integral support functions. The noughties saw a huge period of growth for the sector and construction and through this time she grew the branch network to 14.

After 7 years of being a stay a home mum Lara stepped out into the business world with her own “project delivery” company and through networking found herself at The Rainbow Centre in Fareham. Lara joined the team during a period of great financial struggle and successfully took them through a crisis appeal raising £175,000 to buy the charity “time”. She worked with the team for 5 years to re-brand and re-position the charity within the region and was instrumental in the launch of 4 initiatives to improve the sustainable income for the charity both in the immediate and long term.

Life turned to a new chapter when dementia affected both her parents and so the focus went back to her own company. At a networking evening she realised that a common topic of conversation was how businesses and universities in the south are leading the way in STEM and innovation and with the pace of change and development she wondered what the south are doing to showcase themselves….. Business Innovation South Expo was born.

 

 

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