BOSS LOTF Conference 2021: Looking to the Future

The Leaders of the Future Committee are delighted to announce that their next conference will take place virtually on the 2nd of February. After a year of businesses being forced to react at speed to the COVID-19 pandemic the LOTF Committee have curated a roster of speakers who will delve into how individuals can be proactive and drive theirs and their companies ambitions forwards.

We’ll be considering purposeful disruption, how to offer a better service but cause less environmental harm and how to ensure mental wellbeing and diversity are high on your companies agenda in 2021.

In addition to running smaller more interactive roundtable sessions led by leading figures on sales and marketing, mental wellbeing, ecommerce and how to present yourself virtually. It’s a day not to be missed.

2021 Speakers


Mark Shayler, Founder, This is Ape & Founding Partner, The Do Lecturers

Mark helps big companies think like small ones and small companies think like big ones. He works on innovation of products, services and business models; he works on sustainability and company purpose; and he coaches businesses and individuals. He has saved his clients in excess of £120 million per annum through environmental improvements, has increased sales of products by 8000% by introducing circular economy business models and trained over 2000 people in sustainability.  He has worked for Nike, Coca-Cola, Seedlip, Unilever, Hotpoint, Samsung, John Lewis, Fenwick, Teapigs, Bacardi, Diageo, Mars, Thorntons, 3M, Amazon, Panasonic and hundreds of funky little businesses like Propercorn, Teapigs, Hiut Denim, and Ugly Drinks. He was a lead for the RSA Great Recovery programme of Circular Economy and was once the Head of Environment for ASDA. He is a Founding Partner of the Do Lectures and author of the book Do Disrupt. His new book Do Present is due out in 2020. He has a new book called Do Present.

Mark will be talking to attendees about Purposeful Disruption and how companies can provide a better service with less environmental harm. He’ll be challenging our thinking on how businesses should approach their strategy for 2021 after a year dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alison Green

Ali Green, Head of HR, Open

Ali Green heads up the people function at a niche creative response agency, based on Regents Canal near Shoreditch.  With a masters degree in organisational leadership and a professional HR career that spans a variety of sectors including retail, leisure, manufacturing and charity fundraising, Ali’s experience provide great balance to contemporary debates. Thriving in a multi-generational workplace is a matter close to her heart not least because her 14 year old will likely be managed by a Millennial – this cohort needs to be ready for generation Z!

Alison will be considering what the workplace will look like in 2021 and how company cultures will be affected as different generations return to the office in 2021.

Tom Dickinson, Sales Director, OSI Ltd

Tom sadly lost his best friend & brother in October 2015 to suicide. Two years on he had his own battle with depression & suicidal thoughts but he came through the other side. Now he delivers Tom’s Talks explaining his journey, the social media effects on mental health and ways of fixing your mental health.

Tom will be encouraging all attendees to join him on his mission to help improve mental health awareness and will be explaining how businesses can ensure mental wellbeing is high on their agenda for 2021.

Kelly de Silva, Group Marketing Director, OT Group Limited

Appointed as Group Marketing Director in 2019, Kelly is focused on transforming the marketing strategy from a traditional model to a data-driven, technology-led programme — turning her marketing department from a sales support function into a revenue driver for both the end-user and wholesale channels within OT Group.

Kelly will be hosting an interactive roundtable session on sales and marketing.

Jack Milner, Presentation Coach

Jack Milner provides organisations and individuals with all the tools required to influence, persuade and engage – in short, he shows attendees ‘how to speak like a stand up’.

12 years ago he got in touch with Cisco Webex with suggestions on how they could improve their software. In time he ended up working with Webex on a regular basis which in turn led him to designing virtual training programmes for some of their biggest clients.

His funny, insightful and refreshingly interactive masterclasses, help organisations take dry often technical information and render it clear, memorable and engaging. Clients include Cigna US, Samsung, Google, Cisco, Microsoft, GVC, Ofsted, McCann, Adam&Eve DDB, Virgin Media, Commerzbank, BBC, National Theatre and Channel 4

He has coached the world’s best-selling professional speakers (3 best-selling speakers in Europe in 2018 and 2019), and in 2019 coached the winning team for Webinars That Rock 2019 – which essentially is the Oscars of webinars. The award was for best webinar in the world as judged by ON24.

Away from virtual land, he also works as a comedy playwright – his comedy plays “Octopus Soup” (co-written with Mark Stevenson) and “The Mummy” have completed number one tours nationally and internationally.

Jack will be running a roundtable session showing attendees how they can best present themselves in a virtual environment.



Virtual platform opens


Welcome – Amy Hutchinson, BOSS CEO


Welcome LOTF Committee


Mark Shayler, Founder, This is Ape – The Future hasn’t been cancelled.

11.15 – 11.45


12.00 – 12.30

Ali Green, Head of HR, Open Creates - What will the Workplace look like in 2021?

12.30 – 13.30


13.30 – 14.05

Tom Dickinson, Sales Director, OSI - Toms Talk, My Mental Health Journey.

14.20- 15.10

Virtual Roundtable Sessions

Session 1: E-commerce – Richard Sinclair, COO/CPO, EO Group

Session 2: Sales and Marketing – Kelly de Silva, Group Marketing Director, Office Team

Session 3: Mental Health – TBC

Session 4: Presenting yourself virtually – Jack Milner, Comedian, Presentation Coach

15.10- 16.10

Roundtable Debate and Feedback


What does 2021 hold for our sector? Panel Session. Simon Drakeford, CEO EO Group asks 6 Leaders of the Future their thoughts.


Networking at the Pub