John Sylvester – Outgoing Chairman at Sodexo and IPM Chairman to discuss the Effects on Programme Management of a Deal or No Deal Brexit

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John will share his thoughts on the effects on programme managagement by a Deal or No Deal Brexit and also sit on the Brexit Panel to discuss the wider implications to the industry.
John is an entrepreneur, recently retired Chairman of Sodexo Engage UK and Chairman of the IPM – John is a leading industry figure with 35 years’ hands on experience in the Incentive and Motivation industry.

His industry career started fresh out of university in 1985 initially with Grass Roots before moving to Page & Moy Motivation in 1989 (later to become p&mm Ltd). Following two MBOs and an AiM float John was one of the founders of Motivcom plc which was established in 2004 and grown to be one of the leading UK businesses in this field before it was acquired by Sodexo in 2014. John remained on the UK board for five years until his retirement at the end of August 2019.

An early advocate of using technology as the enabler of innovation, John and his team were responsible for the first UK on line rewards platform, the first UK open loop incentive prepaid card and more recently for developing international programmes using a cloud-based SaaS platform. With a strong belief that it is the quality of programme design that fundamentally drives the effectiveness of incentive and motivation solutions, John was also responsible for establishing the Diploma in Incentives and Motivation with the IPM to drive professional standards and provide an industry qualification that all can benefit from.

Awarded ‘Trailblazer of the year’ by the UKGCVA and recognised for his ‘Outstanding contribution to the Industry’ by the Incentive Marketing Association, John is a regular speaker at HR events. Recent appointments include the CHRO Summit in Istanbul, the HR Leadership Summit in Brussels and the Tech HR Conference in New Delhi last year.