Exclusive Networking Event

LEADERS CONNECT: 17th October 2023

Celebrating Failure

A relaxed networking event for non-profit sector leaders in Bristol and the surrounding areas.

When & Where

Date & Time

Tuesday 17th October 2023

09:30 – 12.00 BST



The Foundation Room
Triodos Bank UK
Deanery Road


Reserve your place

We look forward to welcoming you to the next Leaders Connect event to hear from inspirational non-profit sector leaders:

Martin Bisp Founder and CEO of Empire Fighting Chance
Poku Osei Founder and CEO of Babbasa


These two exceptional leaders will share their experiences of failure, and how it has helped them, and their respective organisations get to where they are today.

Many of us might understand that learning from mistakes is an important part of being a successful leader. However, it can be very uncomfortable and it’s natural to want to avoid failure at all costs. This can then lead to stagnant, risk averse teams who struggle with uncertainty.

Martin and Poku are both passionate about embracing so-called failure and shaking up the non-profit sector to encourage diversity of thought and practice.

Come along to hear first-hand from these two founder/CEO’s who have achieved the seemingly impossible by celebrating failure.

Guest Speakers

Martin Bisp

Martin is the co-founder and CEO of multi-national award-winning charity Empire Fighting Chance.

Using a combination of non-contact boxing, therapy, and psychology they work with approximately 5000 young people a year in South Wales and Bristol.

They have also developed a network of boxing clubs across the UK who have they trained and are supporting to deliver their programmes. Empire is also an official partner with the city of Medellin, Colombia.

Martin is a member of an All-Party Parliamentary Group, the UN’s 17 rooms initiative and is the only UK based advisor for a global network of cities working in violence prevention.

Vivid Leadership Event Julie Worrell

Poku Osei

Poku is an award-winning social entrepreneur with a passion for levelling the playing field for low income and ethnic minority groups.

He is the founder and CEO of Babbasa – the first black-led social enterprise to win the prestigious Queen’s Award For Enterprise (Social Mobility) in 2020, for transforming the lives of over 2,200 ethnic minority young people in the UK.

As an African migrant with lived experience of race and class challenges, Poku advocates and advises on social mobility, equal opportunity and inclusion, through talks, consultancy work and on key strategic boards including Business West (Chambers of Commerce), University of Bristol Courts, WECA (People & Skills Board) and UWE Business School.


We thank both of our speakers for giving their time for free and helping to make the event accessible to all.


A buffet breakfast and drinks will be available.

Event Timings:

09.30 – Refreshments and networking
10.00 – Speakers
11.00 – Q&A
11.20 – Networking and skills swap
12.00 – Close

There was such a wonderful relaxed tone for the Leaders Connect event, creating a really welcoming and connecting atmosphere. This enabled effortless networking. I met lots of interesting people, two of which I have contacted since. The speaker was of such a high calibre, and coupled with a nice lunch, I couldn’t recommend this event highly enough.

Lizzie Briggs

Director of Development

It is really hard to find good and relevant networking events outside of London that are pitched at the right level. Leaders Connect is just right. The opportunity to connect with other leaders, from different types of organisations, is really beneficial. It can be lonely when you head up a small organisation, so the chance to share challenges and explore new ideas is really important.

Lisa Cousins

CEO, Ethiopiaid

Pay what you can:

The suggested cost of a ticket is £15 (Incl. VAT) per person. This is not a profit making event, and any payments will go towards covering the venue hire and refreshments. Our speakers have kindly given their time for free.
However, we want this event to be open to all, therefore please pay what you can, or nothing at all. We never want cost to be a barrier, and it’s more important to us to see you there!

Your Host

Vivid Leadership Event Host Charly White

Charly White

Charly is the founder of Vivid Leadership Ltd. She’s an experienced trainer, facilitator and coach. Her background is working in the non-profit sector, specialising in fundraising. For over 15 years she raised significant funds and lead teams for the NSPCC, The National Trust and Mary Potter Hospice in Wellington, New Zealand.

In 2016 Charly trained with Barefoot Coaching to qualify as an executive and personal coach, gaining a Post-Graduate Certificate from the University of Chester. She has coached over 900 not-for-profit sector leaders and emerging leaders, helping them to make a positive step change in their personal and professional development.

Through her company, Vivid Leadership Ltd, Charly and her team provide coaching and training to leaders and teams, helping clients to succeed in demanding roles whilst maintaining a healthy balance. Vivid Leadership develops bespoke training courses for not-for-profit organisations in the UK and internationally. They also design and deliver team away days and strategy days for teams and Trustees.


If there are any access requirements you’d like us to be aware of, please get in touch or call Charly on 07889950166. Any information given regarding personal access requirements will be used to inform access during the event. All information will be kept confidential.

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