28 September 2017
Holiday Inn Doncaster A1M (J36)
Members: £20.00 excl. VAT
Julie Kenny will be joining us to talk about the highs and lows of her Pyronix story. From her modest start up in 1986, financed by the sale of her home; to her exit from Pyronix after 30 years at the helm. Julie grew Pyronix from a one product manufacturer, to become a name to be reckoned with within the security industry, designing and manufacturing high-end electronics kit and exporting world-wide.
This new event builds upon the success of the ‘Business Growth’ dinners, bridging the gap between national and international players, and regional SMEs. The format will offer ample networking opportunities, including drinks at the start, with a wide selection of substantial canapes. You will also have the opportunity to ask Julie questions about her challenges and successes. We envisage that ‘Up Close With…’ will become a mainstay in your diary.
Julie Kenny's Bio
Julie Kenny is a successful South Yorkshire based entrepreneur. Following the sale in 2016 of award winning Pyronix Limited which she built from start up in 1986, Julie continues her involvement in serving business and local communities and currently holds several trustee/ patron positions for diverse charitable organisations. Julie has recently been appointed as Non-Executive Chair of Robson Handling Technology Limited: she is an Intervention Commissioner at Rotherham Council: Chair of Maltby Learning Trust; a director of the National Coal Mining Museum; a director of Sheffield City Region LEP; and Non-Executive Chair of UK Commission for Employment and Skills which ceased trading on 31.03.2017 and is currently undergoing closure process for Government.
Julie Chairs the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust which has recently acquired Wentworth Woodhouse from private owners. The Trust is committed to securing a long term sustainable future for the buildings, grounds and statuary associated with Wentworth Woodhouse and a programme of extensive works is due to commence in late summer 2017.
Julie’s CBE and Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University were conferred in recognition of her contribution to business in the region.
Julie has served as a Deputy Lieutenant for South Yorkshire since 2005 and was honoured to be the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire 2012/13. Julie was the Vitalise Businesswoman of the Year in 2013 and Private Businesswoman of the Year 2014.
Julie had a successful career as a litigation lawyer in both local authority and private practice before changing direction and founding Pyronix. Julie has 3 grown-up children.
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