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Speakers announced for 2018 Optix conference

Clive Woodward, Karren Brady and Colonel Chris Hadfield are among the names revealed

Clive Woodward

The Optix Annual Business Convention will return to Celtic Manor for a three-day event with a new line-up of guest speakers.

On the first day, former England rugby coach, Clive Woodward, will attend the Optix conference to run a workshop on creating a ‘one team’ culture. 

Following on from his ‘creating a winning mindset’ session at the 2017 event, Sir Clive will focus on how leadership, teamship and partnership must operate in equal measure to create success.

At the informal dinner on the first evening, Paul Sinha, comic and ‘chaser’ on ITV’s The Chase, will provide after-dinner entertainment.

West Ham United FC CEO, Karren Brady, and former United Kingdom Special Forces officer, Wayne Hoyle, have been announced as guest speakers for the second day of the event. Plus the Optix wine tasting tradition returns in the evening as part of the gala dinner, with musical act, iPop, also performing.

On the final day, businesswoman and Dragon’s Den star, Sarah Willingham, and Canadian commander of the International Space Station, Colonel Chris Hadfield, will host sessions.  

Optix managing director, Trevor Rowley, told OT: “It is a real privilege to put together such a unique event for our customers. Each year the challenge gets tougher, but as the number of delegates grows so our budget extends to allow us to bring even higher profile speakers together. We are extremely lucky to have great support from our industry partners and none of this would be possible without their help.”

At the 2018 event, Optix will expand into the large exhibition hall to allow more space for registration, lunches and exhibitors.

Mr Rowley told OT that there will be opportunities for discussion around the new electronic GOS systems for both England and Scotland, debate around the option to run a practice outside the NHS, and around the impact as multiples move from a price driven model to a clinical and service based agenda.

The Optix Annual Business Convention will take place from 19–21 March 2018.

For further information, visit the Optix website.