Launched in 2010 as the JIBS Annual Directors Convention, the Business School created what proved to be a ‘thought leadership event’, without equal in Jersey.

In association with the Jersey Evening Post the programme has responded to change during these critical times and the event has been redefined as the JIBS Annual Leadership Forum in order to provide inspiration and direction for today’s high performing leaders.

Taking place this year on Wednesday 22 November at the Hotel de France, there is a phenomenal line up of speakers from the business sector, the military and politics who will be examining current key issues.

“I am delighted that Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE and John Bird MBE, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Big Issue will be key speakers and I look forward to the ensuing debates throughout the programme. Miles Templeman, Director General of the IoD, Pall Mall will be chairing the event and his interview technique is second to none. Leaders will be in a position to raise their bar through information and critical analysis ” STEPHEN PLATT, DIRECTOR, JERSEY INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SCHOOL

Business survival, and the prosperity of Jersey, depends upon the leadership and management skills of senior personnel across all sectors – public and private. Equally important is to invest in our future and once again the Business School will extend invitations to a number of students from Sixth Form Colleges who will be representing our leaders of the future. Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, regarded as “The World’s Greatest Living Explorer” by the Guinness Book of Records is well equipped to speak about ‘Leading Through Adversity’.

Brought up in South Africa, his early career began as the youngest captain in the British Army when he joined the SAS in 1965/1966 at 21 years. He then went on to fight Marxist Terrorists and received the Sultan’s Bravery Medal from HM the Queen. Sir Ranulph was the first to circumnavigate the world along its polar axis (with Charles Burton) ‘…a 3 year, 52,000 mile odyssey…the circumnavigation has never been successfully repeated’. In 1992/1993 he completed the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent (with Mike Stroud), the longest unsupported polar journey in history, and his most recent achievement was to summit Everest in May 2009 at the age of 67.

“An inspirational business leader with an outstanding record of using business as a tool for social change, John Bird is an original and authoritative voice on a range of social and business issues”. JULIAN RICHER, ENTREPRENEUR AND AUTHOR

At a time when Corporate Social Responsibility is preoccupying business leaders and consumers alike, John Bird offers an authoritative yet fresh perspective on the interaction between business and society. Having spent nearly 20 years balancing the dual objectives of profit and social impact he is uniquely placed to offer crucial insights, fascinating observations and entertaining anecdotes. His diverse experience, combined with his exuberant personality, erudition and often trenchant views make him a compelling speaker.

“… my message is simple: It’s about motivation, leadership, drive, learning from your mistakes, and turning rejection into something positive. I have been homeless, an offender, and an addict. Yet I’ve achieved more than many who started life with more advantages than me. I am now ready to help other people to realise their goals.” BIRD ON BIRD