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ICFIB 2013 - Members' Conference - Drayton Manor 7th / 8th March 2013

Date: 7th March 2013

Location: Drayton Manor

Drayton Dinner Table - Drayton Manor Hotel - Thursday 7th March - 7:00pm

We initially heard from Colin Bryan, the senior generation leader of the Drayton Manor business. More recently we had the benefit of listening to a fascinating discussion with Colin's sons, William and George who shared some of the privileges and pleasures of growing up in and being part of this unique family business.

Many of you will have met Andrew Clayton, the non family Finance Director at Drayton.  Most of us will be aware of the huge contribution Andrew makes to the business.  To complete the Drayton trilogy Andrew will be sharing his story of joining the business as a finance professional and his experiences since then of working alongside the family to perpetuate and grow the Drayton business in the harshest of economic environments. 

Inside the Family Business Mind - Members CPD and Training Day - Friday 8th March 2013, Drayton Manor - 8.30 am registration 3.30 pm close

A significant number of Members have expressed an interest in learning more about family business dynamics and the psychological aspects of family business life.  This one day CPD course is designed to meet that requirement. 

As family business practitioners, we are all keen to understand more about the dynamics and, at times puzzling, behaviours of our family business clients.  The aim of the day is to introduce and develop an understanding of the key psychological concepts of most relevance to family business situations.

In practice there is no such thing as a universal family business mind.  Accordingly, there is no single unifying theory of family business psychology.  However, there are a number of perspectives or "lenses" through which to view family business behaviour.  The day will introduce Members to key concepts, such as: -

-   identity theory;
-   personality profiling;
-   family systems theory;
-   transaction analysis.

Although we will all still be a few years short of becoming qualified psychologists, at the end of the day, and armed with this introduction, practitioners should be in a position to return to the challenging family business situations they encounter in their day to day practice with greater insight and increased confidence. 

The day will mix theory with interactive exercises and discussions and will be led by ICFIB Professional Member, Caroline Gourlay.  Caroline will be known to many of you.  She is a Chartered Psychologist with over 15 years experience in business psychology.  In addition to work with larger corporations and public sector clients Caroline has a particular focus on working with mid-sized owner managed businesses, including family businesses.

Please note the earlier start and finish time.   At the last conference members made the point that most of the delegates to conferences would be staying overnight at the hotel following the Drayton Dinner Table and expressed a preference for early starts and finishes to training days.


Overall the membership were keen to see lower membership fees in 2013 but with training and CPD on a "pay as you go basis".

Again we have to thank Drayton Manor Hotel for their support for the Conference.  The prices will be  will be:

Package Professional Members Associate Members Non-Members
Drayton Dinner Table Overnight Accommodation and Conference £285.00 plus VAT £375.00 plus VAT Not available
CPD Conference only £225.00 plus VAT £315.00 plus VAT £450.00 plus VAT



 To reserve your place please contact Danielle Woods of the Veale Wasbrough Vizards events team by email or by phone.  Danielle's contact details are:- Tel: 0117 314 5347  Email:


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