Bradford NOW: Panel Session

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Bradford NOW | Nasser Malik, Andy Welsh, Susan Waterson, Paul Mackie and Chris Holland

Event Title | Bradford NOW
Type of Event | Panel Session
Speakers | Nasser Malik, Andy Welsh, Susan Waterson, Paul Mackie, Chris Holland
Scheduled Time | 09:30 until 11:00


The 'Bradford NOW' panel session is superb opportunity to engage with some of Bradford's leading stakeholders, this session will act as a live forum where Bradford businesses can discuss the recent economic growth for Bradford from a business perspective.

It is an open forum to discuss the business landscape of Bradford and what the future holds. The format question and answer format will be like BBC’s 'Question Time', making this a seminar that's not to be missed!


Bradford NOW | Nasser Malik
Chairman | Malik House Business Centres
Chairman | Yorkshire Enterprise Network
Chief Executive | NMC Galaxy

Nasser is Chief Executive of NMC Galaxy, specialists in retail consumer credit, retail financial services, FCA compliance, data management, and all aspects of BPO (on-shore and off-shore).

Previously he was Financial Services Director at Express Gifts Ltd (main trading business of Findel Plc), responsible for Credit Management, Risk, Collections, Debt Recovery, Financial Products & Services, Customer Operations, including all Call Centres in the UK and abroad; and Back-Office operations.

Nasser's previous roles include:

• Head of Credit for Orange and Hutchison Telecom, with responsibility for Group credit/FS Operations (UK, France, and Germany)
• Head of Credit at Grattan Plc (Otto UK) with responsibility for all aspects of Credit, Risk, Collections, and Debt Management/Recovery
• Empire Stores Plc (now Redcats) with responsibilities for Statistical modelling and Risk Assessment systems
• Extensive experience of BPO strategy and operations (onshore and offshore)
• Speaker at conferences across UK and Europe, including Guernsey, Sweden and Germany


Bradford NOW | Andy Welsh
Chief Executive Officer | Bradford College Group
Director and Trustee | Bradford College Education Trust
Director and Deputy Chair | UNIPOL Student Homes

Andy became Chief Executive Officer of the Bradford College Group in August 2014. The Group consists of several associated or subsidiary companies, including City Training Services, Inprint and Design, Beacon Recruitment and Bradford College Education Trust.

Andy took up the position after working for Bradford College for more than ten years as Chief Operating Officer, responsibility for building services, facilities, environmental issues, human resources, technology and library services. Andy was also the ‘Project Sponsor’ and man behind Bradford College’s Accommodation Strategy, which involves an exciting series of large capital projects aimed at making the campus an excellent centre for teaching and learning in the 21st century.

This began with the development of the Trinity Green Campus in 2008, The David Hockney Building in September 2014 and the new Advanced Technologies Centre in September 2015. The new buildings have been tailor made for interactive and innovative ways of learning, giving the students at Bradford College the very best chance of success, with the very best of facilities. The new campuses will continue the College’s ongoing commitment to positively contribute to the regeneration of Bradford, its people and its industries.


Bradford NOW | Susan Waterson
Deputy Director | UK Trade & Investment in Yorkshire and Humber

Susan Waterson supports the delivery of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) services across Yorkshire and the Humber in partnership with regional director Mark Robson and an expert network of International Trade Advisers.

She brings a broad range of experience to UKTI, having previously worked for the Department for Work & Pensions, Department of Education, the Sector Skills Council and Local Authorities. She has also worked for former regional development agencies Yorkshire Forward and the Welsh Development Agency.

Susan has extensive international trade experience through working and travelling abroad, aided by a Master’s degree in the study of entrepreneurial culture.


Bradford NOW | Paul Mackie
Chairman | Rex Procter & Partners
President | Bradford Chamber of Commerce

Paul became Chamber President in July 2013, stepping up from Vice-President of the previous two years. He joined construction consultants Rex Procter & Partners in 1990. Keenly committed to making Bradford a better place in which to live and work, and to drive forward local and regional economic growth and regeneration, he has already played a major role in several other groups and business activities.

He has successfully chaired the local business networking groups, Bradford Professionals' Network and Bradford Property Forum. He chairs the Common Purpose West Yorkshire Advisory Group and is a past president of Bradford Society of Architects & Surveyors.


Bradford NOW | Chris Holland
Business Reporter | Telegraph & Argus

Chris started as a journalist 40 years ago with the Shipley Times. In 1974 he moved to the Telegraph & Argus where he worked for 10 years, but in January 2008 he returned to the Bradford newspaper as their business reporter. He provides the paper's readers with daily business news from Bradford and West Yorkshire, as well as a weekly pullout supplement every Wednesday.