Essex Business School Successful Futures Conference 2021

The Essex Business School Successful Futures Conference is back for 2021.

Welcome to the Successful Futures Conference 2021. This year, the conference will focus on Surviving the Chaos. We'll hear from global and local organisations who will explore the impact of COVID on their operations and will discuss their future priorities. 

See below for a glimpse of what you can expect from the 2021 conference!

Event speakers

Jake Schogger, Bright Network 

"Bright Network are proud to be a partner of University of Essex. We are the UK’s no.1 careers platform empowering students and recent graduates like you with the advice, tools and insights to get ahead and land that first graduate job. The graduate market has never been more competitive, but with access to over 300 of our leading partner employers and our range of exclusive events and tailored support, you’ll gain the skills you need to stand out from the crowd. Join today (it's free!) to kickstart your success.

We are delighted to be hosting a unique webinar in collaboration with University of Essex Successful Futures Conference. If you’re looking for ways to continue boosting your employability during lockdown, then this is for you.

Our skills session will be delivered by City Careers Series author and ex-Freshfields lawyer Jake Schogger, who will be covering a variety of topics from expert application advice and top tips on how to avoid common mistakes, to developing resilience and how to effectively articulate a range of skills and experiences to set yourself apart from the competition. This will be an interactive session with plenty of time for questions, so come prepared!"

Richard Busby, BDS Sponsorship 

The lasting impact of COVID on sports, arts and other areas of sponsorship

Richard Busby joins us from BDS Sponsorship. Richard has been at the forefront of the sponsorship industry for many years. Innovating in many areas from sport, the arts and leisure through transport, medicine and partnerships focusing on achieving sustainable development goals. From the first ever sponsorship of the closure of a building (Wembley Stadium), to the first ever title sponsorship of a national sporting stadium (Hampden Stadium sponsored by BT Scotland).  

As one of the first people to enter the global sponsorship field, Richard is recognised as an industry expert, being a prolific guest speaker at international conferences, whilst also chairing Europe’s largest sponsorship conference for 13-years.  

Stephen Bloom, Colchester Citizens Advice 

Citizens Advice Colchester - catapulted into the 21-century: How the pandemic accelerated digital change in the third sector
Stephen Bloom of Citizens Advice Colchester tells us "The aims of Citizens Advice are to provide the advice people need for the problems they face and to improve the policies and principles that affect people's lives. I have been a part of Colchester Citizens Advice for over six years and my current roles are that of an accredited Debt Advisor and a Session Supervisor.  I also offer outreach support to clients with mental health issues.

Prior to Citizens Advice, I was employed within the Insurance/Risk Management industry for over 25 years.  I am married and live in Colchester with my wife Lou; we have two adult sons and two cats borrowed from our neighbour." 

Gary Tucker, Jane Cattaneo and Raj Chatterjee, Network Training Partnership 

"Network Training Partnership are delighted and very grateful to be joining as speakers at the University of Essex’s annual Successful Futures Conference, where we will talk about opportunities for the future workforce in the sectors we work with, as well as the remarkable journey we have undertaken to adapt to COVID-19 as a company.

We’re an Essex based industry-leading, multi-award winning, collaborative training and recruitment company that delivers professional training services for the automotive, logistics and emergency services industries, using a network of quality training providers throughout the UK and internationally. We produce and deliver a range of accredited and bespoke, industry leading legislative Certificate of Professional Competence, Mental Health, H&S, First Aid, and Management courses to grow your career.”

We will be joined by Managing Directors Gary Tucker and Jane Cattaneo alongside Business Development and Marketing Assistant and final year EBS student, Raj Chatterjee. 

Satha Alaganandasundaram, NHS 

Ups and downs of NHS during this extraordinary time

Satha Alaganandasundaram (Pronouns: he/him/his) join us from the NHS North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT). Satha is the Senior Finance Business Partnering Manager, BHR Health Economy including Barnet and Member of Board of Governors (Staff side - Corporate Services) for NELFT.

Charlynn Koranteng , KPMG 


We've all faced times when challenges must be overcome to achieve a goal. What's important is how you react in these times of difficulty. Join KPMG to understand different approaches to developing resilience through emotional awareness, self-management, and social integration. This session can help you develop in both your personal and professional life.

"KPMG in the UK is part of a global network of firms. Our 16,000 people, based in any one of our 24 UK offices, use their expertise and talents to build businesses and support growth. Our work spans four areas: we audit many of the UK's largest companies. Our people in Consulting, Deal Advisory, Tax & Law and Technology & Engineering work shoulder-to-shoulder with clients to help them solve some of their most complex business problems. Charlynn is the Attraction & Outreach Officer at KPMG delivering inclusion, diversity and social equality activity to ensure we engage with a diverse range of applicants.” 

Andrew Southern, Southern Grove Real Estate and Future Generation

With 24 years’ experience in the industry, Andrew Southern is now the Founder and Chairman of Southern Grove Real Estate and Future Generation and owner of a residential, student and hospitality portfolio in excess of £1bn.

Southern Grove is a mixed use developer specialising in the residential and hospitality sectors, they combine exceptional design and commercial acumen to finance, design and develop residential, office, student and mixed use schemes across the UK. Southern Grove believe beautifully designed homes have the power to provide communities with long-standing economic benefits and we work hard to ensure that each development sets new benchmarks for the industry to follow. Future Generation is Southern Grove’s sister company offering Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA). Future Generation creates superior quality, award-winning student living with superb finishes, high-tech interior design features and a unique approach to creating cohesive communities.

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