24th November 2017

155 Bishopsgate, London


We are delighted to announce that Mel Stride MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury & Paymaster General, will be delivering one of the keynotes at this year's VCT & EIS Investor Forum.

He will join other keynote speakers including John Timpson, CBE, the inspirational CEO and owner of Timpson the UK retail shoe repair chain with over 1,300 shops. 

Please continue to check back here as we will be announcing additional speakers in the coming months.

John Timpson 

John Timpson was educated at Oundle and Nottingham University.

The Timpson family business was taken over in 1973, but 10 years later John led a £42m management buyout.  In 1987 he sold the shoe shops and concentrated on building the shoe repairing and key cutting business.

Timpson now has over 1300 branches nationwide with a turnover of £195m.  It is a private business wholly owned by John Timpson and his family.  Timpson is the UK's most active employer of people from prison.

Recently widowed, John was married to his wife Alex for 47 years.  He has five children and John and his wife were foster carers for 31 years during which time they fostered 90 children.

He describes his business philosophy in his book, 'Upside Down Management' and has a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph.

In 2004 he was awarded the CBE for Services to the Retail Sector.


The Rt Hon Mel Stride MP

Mel Stride MP was appointed Financial Secretary to the Treasury on 12 June 2017 and Paymaster General on 13 June 2017. He was elected the Conservative MP for Central Devon in 2010.

In October 2011 Mel was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning, John Hayes. He later served as an Assistant Government Whip from July 2014 until May 2015 and as Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from May 2015 until July 2016.

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