Law firm CEO Alexandra Hatchman  is the latest speaker confirmed for an exclusive event in Manchester on May 25th.

The boss of growing law firm Napthens is one of nine speakers taking part in the ‘How to PROGRESS in business’ event at KPMG’s Manchester office.

The business breakfast, which has been organised by Proactive Progress, is different to other events because it tackles some of issues that can stop people progressing in their careers, like imposter syndrome and communicating under pressure.

Hatchman has enjoyed a stellar international career, having lived and worked in Australia, Belgium, Spain and the US.

After returning to the UK in 2016, joined Fletchers Solicitors, and helped the firm grow its turnover from £18m to £45m during her five-year stay.

She’s also held senior roles at Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Accenture in the UK before joining Napthens in February 2022.

Hatchman said: “My mantra is to lead people with a wise head, with a kind heart and with strong backbone and use them in that order. You only use strength if you need to. But if you use wisdom first and then kindness second, that will take you an awfully long way.”

Big-name speakers confirmed for growth event

Among the other speakers are Amman Ahmed, founder of MusicForPets, and Beckie Taylor, co-founder of Tech Returners,

MusicForPets has been described as the Netflix for pets  – or ‘Petflix’ – and is now used by more than 50 million pets worldwide.

Taylor is the co-founder of Tech Returners, which specialises in training and placing of mid-senior level professionals looking to re-enter the workplace after a career break in the technology sector.

Earlier this year the company was acquired by Northcoders in a cash and shares deal worth £1.5m.

The other speakers are: Garry Partington, CEO of digital product consultancy Apadmi, who will talk about the company’s plans to build a 1,500 workforce in five years.

Former hostage negotiator Nigel Taberner, MD of Level2Communications, will explain how to communicate like your life depends on it. The former detective inspector successfully oversaw more than 130 high-risk armed sieges, suicide threats and international negotiations during his police career.

Rick Stark, director, corporate finance and KPMG, will be speaking about selling your business  while Laura Sisson, investment manager at YFM, will share tips on becoming investment-ready.

The stellar speaker line-up is completed by Isobelle Panton, director of student recruitment and international at UA92 and Chris Townsend, MD of video content expert What Media.

The ‘How to PROGRESS in business’ event has been organised by Proactive Progress, a new monthly business group for ambitious companies in the North West.

The co-founders are Chris Maguire, executive editor of BusinessCloud and TechBlast, and award-winning entrepreneur Paul Woods, managing director of Proactive Despatch.

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The event, which is being hosted by Maguire, is free to attend but spaces are strictly limited. Register here.