Global Family Business
Learning Symposium

A 24 hour online global learning symposium event for family businesses to engage in peer to peer learning and knowledge transfer.

The symposium unites a community of family businesses from across the world to engage in peer to peer learning and provides an opportunity for sector specialists to transfer their own knowledge to new groups.

Through the Symposium, we share informative and educational content, encourage connectivity and positively challenge and enlighten the mindsets of families and those working within family businesses from across the globe.

2021 date tbc 


2020 Symposium Agenda

Symposium Schedule will run from 08:00 GMT as follows:


Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson, Co-Directors The Family Business Network – opening address

Alec Blacklaw with guests, Earth Sanctuary – Exploring family Business in Australia

Professor Kiran Trehan with guests David Dickson, Andy Lee and Tom McGinness – Great Expectations:  what impact do family firms have on the Economy and Society?

Matt Bennett – The Heart of the Matter Family Business Interview with Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson, Part 1

Cal Bailey – Being a responsible business in today’s world

Professor Andrea Calabro – The courage to choose wisely during succession

Nigel Watson – Uncovering your history – Developing a Family Business Story

Matt Bennett – The Heart of the Matter Family Business Interview Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson, Part 2

Professor Steve Kempster – What’s the purpose of a family business? – A responsible leadership perspective

David Dickson  & Matt Carr – Family Values versus Business Values

Professor Josip Kotlar with guests – Managing family values through time – Lessons from around the world

Professor Kimberly Eddleston – When the Family Undermines the Business: Understanding The Fredo Effect

Matt Bennett – The Heart of the Matter Family Business Interview Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson, Part 3

Christian Mancier in conversation with family business, Dunsters Farm – A journey with the next generation – succession planning, external support & generational learnings

Matt Hutchinson with family business guests Andrea Challis, Steve Dunne and Ian Steel –  The Power of Peer: How making time and space to work on the business with the support of a strong peer network helped three family businesses to innovate, develop and grow.

Marnie Millard – A Non Family Leader’s Perspective on Running a Family Business

Jimmy Stobart, Dustin Pascoe, Antonio Bunster, Phil Weir and Alex Nutter – International Family Business Agricultural Hour live discussion

Professor Joe Astrachan – Developing Responsible Boards and Family Goal Setting

Mairi Mickel & Ken McCracken – The ‘Authority moment’ – what can happen to family ownership and leadership in a family business during a crisis

Dr Linda Murphy with guests Richard Blair and Jackie Cohalan – Careers in family business – the role of the next generation

Pippa Franklin – Family Business interview with AGMA, The Family Business Network and Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors

Fam Biz Stories – Film 1 documents real-life accounts of family businesses J-Flex, JJ Smith & Co and Whitakers Chocolates

Fam Biz Stories – Film 2 documents real-life accounts of family businesses Dodgson Wood, Stan Sherlock Associates and Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses

Janet, Trevor & Lucy Kettlewell – Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson in conversation with family business Kettlewell Fuels

Professor Alfredo de Massis & Emanuela Rondi – Covid-19 and the most important challenges for the future of family businesses

Giovanna Campopiano & Laura Cattaneo – A family business interview with Plastik Group, talking innovation, sustainability and Covid-19

Doug Baumoel – Deconstructing Conflict: Understanding Family Business, Shared Wealth, and Power

Dr. Roger King – Preserving Family Harmony, Legacy and Value

Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson, Co-Directors The Family Business Network – closing summary

2020 Speakers and Contributors

Cal Bailey

Speaker and writer on responsible business, UK

Alec Blacklaw

MD – Blacklaw Advisory and Founder – The Business Improvement Program, Australia & UK

Kiran Trehan

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Partnership and Engagement & Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of York

Dr Roger King

Adjunct Professor of Finance, Senior Advisor and Founding Director of Tanoto Center for Asian Family Business and Entrepreneurship Studies – Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Christian Mancier

Partner – Gorvins Solicitors, Manchester & family business advisor

Mairi Mickel

Founder – Mairi Mickel’s Business Families, family business advisor and 4th generation family business owner, Scotland

Ken McCracken

Family business consultant and teacher , UK

Dr Linda Murphy

Lecturer in Management at Cork University Business School, University College Cork, Ireland

Tom McGinness

Global Leader of Family Business – KPMG Private Enterprise, UK

David Dickson

Family business advisor, Non-Exec Chair – Western Pension Solutions, NED and trustee of multiple family businesses and trusts. 

Nigel Watson

Writer and editor, Nigel Watson Corporate Histories, UK

Gill, Matthew and Daniel Hall

4th generation family business, Butlers Farmhouse Cheeses, Preston, UK

Maria Benjamin & John Atkinson

6th generation farming family, Coniston, UK 

Bobby & Emma Sherlock

2nd generation family business, Stan Sherlock Associates, Carlisle, UK

Joanne Stronach

Director and Head of Employment and HR – Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, Carlisle, UK

Alfredo de Massis

Professor of Entrepreneurship & Family Business and the Founding Director of the Centre for Family Business Management at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

Steve Kempster

Professor of Leadership Learning and Development, Lancaster University Management School, UK

Marnie Millard, OBE

Group Chief Executive for international family business, Nichols PLC, non-exec Director for Finsbury Foods, non-exec Chairman for UA92, Vice President – Management Board of BSDA (British Soft Drinks Association), Board of Trade advisor, UK.

Matt Bennett

Chief Executive at family business – DRB Group, North Wales, business mentor and IOD member

Matt Hutchinson

Programme Manager for the Family Business Excellence Programme, Lancaster University Management School, UK

James Stobart

Farmer, Cumbria and Nuffield Farming Scholar 2020

Antonio Bunster

Agronomist, farmer & wine maker, Chile. Nuffield Farming Scholar 2020. 

Dustin Pascoe

Farmer – Pascoe Farms, Australia. Nuffield Australia 2020 Scholarship winner

Kimberly Eddleston

Schulze Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, Fellow at Cornell University’s Smith Family Business Initiative & Founding Editor of 

Andrea Calabro

Director of the IPAG Entrepreneurship & Family Business Center and Professor of Family Business & Entrepreneurship at IPAG Business School, France

Josip Kotlar

Family business professor, speaker, and advisor. Associate Professor of Strategy and Family Business – School of Management of Politecnico di Milano. Board member & Research Director – International Family Enterprise Research Academy (IFERA), Associate Editor of Family Business Review.

Steve Dunne

Family business – First Trace Heating Direct, Preston 

Andrea Challis, Robert Kearsley

4th Generation family business – Partington’s Holiday Parks, Blackpool, Lancashire, UK.

Joseph H. Astrachan, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus – Cox Family Enterprise Center, Kennesaw State University. Affiliated Professor – Centre for Family Entrepreneurship. Ownership Affiliated Professor – Jönköping International Business School. Family Business Fellow – Smith Family Business Initiative, Cornell University. 

Phil Weir

Agribusiness consultant and dry stock farmer, Waikato, New Zealand. Nuffield Farming Scholar 2020, Member of Beef and Lamb Mid Northern North Island Farmer Council, NZ.

Ian Steel

Family business – Atkinsons Coffee Roasters, Times Local Hero. Independent 50 Best Food Shops UK. 

Dan, Ben & Tom Falzon

Family business run by a father and three sons (est in 1999_ – Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre, Northern Territory, Australia

Sam Kirk

Second generation family business – J-Flex, East Midlands, UK

William Whitaker (second from right)

Fifth generation family business – Whitakers Chocolates, North Yorkshire, UK

Rachel Baker

Fourth Generation family business – JJ Smith & Co, Merseyside, UK

Trevor, Janet & Lucy Kettlewell

Third generation family business – Kettlewell Fuels, UK

Giovanna Campopiano

Director – Centre for Family Business, Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Lancaster University Management School, UK. Consulting editor, International Journal of Management Reviews.

Tom Mathew and Hannah Barlow

Next Generation successors of third generation family business – Dunsters Farm, Greater Manchester, UK

Pippa Franklin

Director of family business – AGMA, Northumberland, UK

Alexandria Nutter

Experienced Manager working in the retail industry. Skilled in Data Analysis, Agriculture, Team Building, Livestock, and Food Industry.

Johanna Raitis

Postdoctoral researcher in International Business – Turku School of Economics, University of Turku, Finland. Interests in organizational identity, values, socio-cultural integration and sustainability.

Doug Baumoel 

Founding Partner, Continuity Family Business Consulting, U.S.A. Co-author (with Continuity Managing Partner Blair Trippe) of Deconstructing Conflict: Understanding Family Business, Shared Wealth and Power. A fellow with Family Firm Institute, Practitioner Scholar for Cornell Smith Family Business Initiative and formerly President of the New England chapter of the Family Firm Institute.

David Howorth

Global Customer Experience Director, JJL. Lead director for the development & delivery of the customer & workplace experience on the global FM & Workplace services account with HSBC, operating in 57 countries across 4000 properties.

Jackie Cohalan

Director and next generation successor of family business, Cohalan Downing, Ireland.

Andy Lee

Strategic Lead for Diversity in Business, NatWest

Bingbing Ge

PhD Candidate – Lancaster University Management School, Researcher at the LUMS Centre for Family Business

Emanuela Rondi

Assistant Professor – Faculty of Economics & Management, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano & member of the Center for Family Business Management. Before joining UNIBZ, she graduated from Lancaster University.

Vittoria Magrelli 

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Faculty of Economics & Management, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. She received her PhD in Management from Lancaster University, UK in 2020

Matt Carr 

Co-owner and Director of third generation family firm Carr’s Pasties Ltd of Bolton, Greater Manchester

Laura Cattaneo

 Laura Cattaneo, next generation successor of Plastik, Italy which was founded in 1961 and is a family owned group.

More information

The Global Family Business Learning Symposium will be presented by The Family Business Network Co-Directors, Sue Howorth and Dave Clarkson and is supported by Lancaster University Management School.

The speakers and contributers will cover topics around succession, conflict, governance, and family values. What is it like to work for and from within multi-generational businesses? Should you to lead from within the family or choose to recruit from the outside? What can you learn from cultural differences and how much can really change between the running of a family organisation in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, China, Europe, America, and Canada?

The symposium will deliver a blend of live and pre-recorded interviews, film pieces, panel debates and insight sessions over a 24-hour period reaching a global audience of family businesses and those that support the sector as well as students, educational organisations and research groups.

All the content will be available to view real time on the 19 November and also to download for 30 days after the event.

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