Date: 6 Sep 2017
Where: Northampton


The next IIBA UK Midlands Branch event will be held in Northampton on Wednesday 6th September 2017 at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start. Registration is now open for this event.


IIBA UK Chapter Midlands Branch is delighted to welcome Beth Hayward, Anna Darvas and Glynn Wakefield.


Building Successful Stakeholder Relationships

No doubt you are trying really hard to be a great team member and make a valuable contribution, but it is often not just what you say but how you say it that makes you effective. In this session we will challenge some of the assumptions we can all make about other people in the workplace and explore how to have more effective conversations with others.

 We will look at how to:

  • create trust and rapport quickly through listening and reflecting
  • deal with negativity, our own and our stakeholders
  • understand different  stakeholders‘ responses to change and strategies to deal with resistance

This session has been arranged by Aspire Business Analysis (founded by Alex Papworth and Adam Sedgwick). We help individuals and organisations increase their return on investment from their business analysts by improving their capability fast. One of the ways we do this is by developing their BA 'super powers' (skills that are recognised as critical for the best business analysts). One of these is the ability to create successful stakeholder relationships.


Liz CarterBeth Hayward BA (hons) is a writer, director, and communications skills workshop designer and facilitator. In 1992, having worked as a professional actor and director for many years, she discovered the intellectually challenging world of using drama and theatre as a learning and development tool and has been working in the field ever since. Combining custom written, witty scenarios with interactive processes, Beth specialises in building safe environments for participants to explore and come to grips with the grey areas that exist in workplace communication.




Liz CarterAnna Darvas has worked for the past 20 years as a coach and facilitator in both the public and private sector. Before that she worked as an actress and violinist in theatre and on TV as well as recording many documentary voice overs. She has extensive experience in presentation skills coaching, feedback coaching, how to tackle difficult conversations and, with her experience as an actress and musician, connecting what you say with how you say it – the words, the body language and the tone of voice.  She is skilled at flexing people’s delivery style and offering participants an opportunity to ‘try something new’ in a safe environment. She works through facilitating feedback from herself, the individual and the participant group. In the last year, Anna’s clients have included: BBC; KPMG; London Stock Exchange; Accenture; Coca Cola; EDF and 02.



Neurodiversity and Business Analysis

The presentation will look at neurodiversity, considering how it is relevant to business analysis and why it is important to your organisation. In the presentation, Glynn will share some of the techniques used in an inclusive approach that aims to deliver better outcomes. The talk will give people a better understanding of using our senses so that we can better ourselves and be more successful in our interactions with others.


Liz Carter


Glynn Wakefield joined Nationwide Building Society as a Business analyst just over a year a year ago. He has worked various projects within the business and IT arena. Previously Glynn spent 12 years at the Environment Agency as a System Analyst, Project Manager & Business Analyst. He is now in the role of Business Analyst, responsible for eliciting & documenting requirements and problem solving. Glynn has a passion for supporting and guiding people for them to achieve individual and overall company goals.



Networking session with refreshments

A great opportunity for informal conversation with guest speakers and other event delegates from different industries and organisations across the Midlands.   


The Event is hosted and refreshment is sponsored by

Our sincere thanks go to Nationwide Building Society who are providing the venue & refreshment  for this event.



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