Free Seminars

Surrey Heath expo
Surrey Heath Borough Council are proud to welcome some of the area’s most influential speakers who will inspire and inform you through their engaging keynote seminars. Our speakers will pass on their knowledge and inspiration to help you take your business to the next level.
If you are a business owner, leader, or one in the making, get your answers from some of the best at Surrey Heath Business Expo.
Register to attend the Surrey Heath Expo 2018
Event Timetable
08:00 - 08:30 - Coffee and Networking
08:30 - 09:30 – Breakfast talk presented by Karen Whelan, Chief Executive of Surrey Heath Borough Council
09:30 – Exhibitor Hall Opens
10:30 – Second Seminar Elliot Kay
11:30 – Third Seminar Bill Palmer
12:30 - 13:30 - Forth Seminar presented by Royal Sandhurst Military Academy
14:00 - Speed networking event
15:15 - Drinks
16:00 - Close


Karen Whelan, Chief Executive SHBC

Karen Whelan



Karen Whelan is Chief Executive of Surrey Heath Borough Council and together with a forward thinking management team and a strong political leadership, is instrumental in transforming the local authority into an organisation that delivers on its strategy to become a self-financing organisation, no longer reliant on government funding. 

Whilst Surrey Heath is a small borough council, it has embarked on many ambitious projects, most recent being the regeneration of its major town centre, Camberley, by investing directly in its future.  Such a programme carries with it major risks and managing its funding programme is an art in itself, demanding strong nerve and forward thinking councillors.


Elliot Kay

Elliot Kay

Elliot Kay seminar 10:30 am

Elliot Kay currently runs 2 businesses. A Strategy business and is the Commercial Director and lead trainer for Speaker Express. Elliot has worked across the globe in the UK, Africa, USA and Europe. Elliot has a combined seventeen years experience in both training and coaching, having designed and delivered training for Sky Television, Talk Talk, the NHS and many more. After almost losing everything, Elliot has turned around his businesses to form one of the leading strategy, training and coaching companies for both self-development and strategy in the UK - using his own experience to ensure others don’t make the same mistakes as him.

As part of giving back, Elliot has been a mentor for the Princes’ Trust for the last 5 years. Elliot has unlimited passion for results. His passion is to help business owners to live The Elite Business Lifestyle through strategy boardrooms, workshops and mentoring. Elliot is a certified coach, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist and accredited strategist.


Bill Palmer

Bill Palmer

Bill Palmer - Seminar 11:30 am

I am a seasoned executive with wide experience predominantly gained in senior leadership roles in SI and ISV. Today I am one of the founders of Consentricare, a digital health start-up with a focus upon helping elderly people and their carers by simplifying and speeding up the engagement and provision of necessary and appropriate care from public and private sector service providers.  I am also one of the directors of CSObjective, an executive advisory consultancy which does two things:  We advise board level executives responsible for transforming their business how to start right, remain on track and quickly deliver and maximise their projected benefits. We also deliver Sales empowerment and engagement excellence advice and training to midrange enterprises.
In the past I have amply demonstrated my ability to juggle multiple priorities and lead large and complex initiatives and activities in Associate Director, Associate Partner and Vice President posts.  Over the years I have built a solid reputation for devising, developing, selling and delivering innovative propositions. I have considerable experience of developing long-term sustainable relationships at all levels across business, ISV and SI and have managed large account relationships and acted as executive sponsor of complex transformation programmes.
In addition to my career achievements I am also a published author, adept public speaker and event chairman, photographer and charity fundraiser.

Maj Paul McFarland

Maj Paul McFarland

Maj Paul McFarland - Seminar 12:30pm

SO2 Leadership
Operations Officer 
Centre for Army Leadership, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Paul was born in Belfast in 1983 and attended Belfast Royal Academy. After completing a BSc degree in  Sports  Science  at  the  University  of  Ulster,  he attended the Royal  Military  Academy  Sandhurst commissioning in 2009 and joined the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment as part of 16 Air Assault Brigade.
He  has  served  on  operations  in  Afghanistan  on  Operation  HERRICK  13  in  Nad-e-Ali  as  a  Platoon Commander, and in Ukraine on Operation ORBITAL 1 in Kiev as Chief of Operations for the country wide  training  mission. His additional roles include time in  Army  Recruiting,  Human  Resource Management,  and  both  as  a  Reconnaissance  Officer  for  the  British  Army  and  as  a  Reconnaissance Instructor on exchange to the US Army at the Joint Readiness Training Centre in Louisiana.
He was awarded the Military Cross for valour by Her Majesty The Queen for operations conducted in Afghanistan and the United States Meritorious Service Medal for his work with the US Army.  He completed the Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Land) at the Joint Services Command and Staff College in 2018 and is currently undertaking a MA in Military and Security Studies at Kings College London.
His current role is as the Operations Officer for the Centre for Army Leadership which is based at Sandhurst.
His interests include travel, crossfit, mountain biking, football and skiing.



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