Date: 3 Mar 2020
Where: Skipton


18:00 - 18:30 : Pre-event networking and refreshments

18:30 - 19:45 : Session 1: Helen Sollberger: Becoming a leader’s leader of Change

19:50 - 20.30 : Session 2: Penny Pullan: Virtual Leadership: Practical Strategies for Getting the Best Out of Virtual Work and Virtual Teams

20:30 – 21:00 : Post-event networking 

Session 1: Becoming a leader’s leader of Change

Most people can recall a leader who has had an impact on their career.  Helen will share her career journey to date; exploring some of the challenges, successes and practices from when she moved into becoming a leader’s leader of change earlier this year.  Learn about her experiences from that first month and steps she took which led to expansion of a trainee programme, what she has learnt on this journey so far and how the future is looking exciting.

Delegates will receive the following:

  • How to identify your own personal stretch
  • The value of Investing in home grown talent
  • How to activate the skills YOU already have
  • Learning about what challenges await a leader’s leader, and Helen's lessons learned from this year


Helen Sollberger has over 20 years’ experience of delivering and leading change within the financial sector.  During this period, she has performed a diverse range of roles including Project Manager, Test Lead, Process & Governance Leader, and Business Analyst across multiple organisations.  She has worked for Skipton Building Society since the start of 2014 and has been in her current role of Change Delivery Leader since January 2019. Helen is passionate about the cultural and people effects of change.



Session 2: Practical Strategies for Getting the Best Out of Virtual Work and Virtual Teams

The future of work is virtual, with dispersed teams, telecommuting, remote working and virtual meetings becoming the norm in many sectors and industries around the world. At its best, virtual working can be productive and creative, tapping into the best people wherever they are and bringing skills and experience together efficiently and at low cost. But it can also lead to isolated and disengaged workers, ineffective communication, and uncoordinated and even counter-productive activity.

In this presentation, Penny talks about her new book ‘Virtual Leadership’ where she discusses how leading a virtual team in our fast-paced world requires a new set of skills and a facilitative leadership approach.

Key Takeaways - Practical strategies, tools and solutions for the key issues involved in managing at a distance, and help with the answers to some of the following…

  • How can I provide leadership, motivation and vision through virtual channels?
  • How do I make virtual meetings effective, engaging and productive, and ensure actions are followed through?
  • How do I create engaged and cohesive teams across distance, cultures and languages?
  • How do I stop virtual team members silently checking out, distracted by local challenges and offline issues?

… although you’ll need to buy the book to get help with then all!


Dr Penny Pullan founded Making Projects Work Ltd. in 2007 to focus on solutions to make projects and programmes work

For years beforehand, Penny had wondered what made the difference between projects that soared and those that never took off. She gathered up the things that helped and discarded those that didn’t.

Penny’s quest started during research in Engineering and followed her to Logica, AstraZeneca and Mars Inc. During her travels, she experienced small projects (e.g. new systems for planning a factory) and huge programmes (e.g. cultural change in cocoa farming communities in West Africa).


Over and over again, she found project success came when people worked together with:

  • a clear, shared vision and purpose,
  • commitment, with accountability,
  • openness,
  • trust.

Penny learned visual facilitation skills and found that these were invaluable to her project work. She travelled the world for Mars Inc. consulting internally on making projects work. She developed project managers, business analysts and their teams, in methodology and how to get the most out of groups.

Now, her company brings all these learnings to a much wider pool of change professionals around the world, through open events, in-house work and published books. 


If you will be driving to the event, please use postcode BD23 1AP in your SatNav and park in the Skipton Building Society car park. If arriving from the Skipton High Street or the station, the entrance to the visitors car park is the second one. If arriving from the A65/A59, it’s the first one. The Visitors entrance will be appropriately signed and visible from the car park shown below.


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