Coventry and Warwickshire Champions Breakfast Meeting - July 2024

3rd July 2024 07:30 to 09:30 Butts Park Arena Free


Join Us for the Coventry and Warwickshire Champions Breakfast Event at Butts Park Arena.

Step into a morning of inspiration and connection at the prestigious Coventry and Warwickshire Champions Breakfast Event, hosted at the iconic Butts Park Arena in Coventry.

Indulge in a delicious light breakfast while networking with some of the region's most influential figures, entrepreneurs, and innovators. This event is not just a meeting of minds, but a celebration of the vibrant community that drives progress and success in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Whether you're a seasoned professional, an aspiring entrepreneur, or a community leader, this event offers a platform to collaborate, learn, and grow.

In addition to networking opportunities, the Champions Breakfast Event will feature keynote speakers who are at the forefront of innovation and leadership in the region. Gain invaluable knowledge from their experiences, strategies, and vision for the future of Coventry and Warwickshire.

Join us for a morning filled with energy, enthusiasm, and possibilities. Let's champion progress together and shape the future of our dynamic region. Reserve your seat now and be part of this extraordinary event at Butts Park Arena. 

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This event is Free for CW Champions members. No more than 5 delegates per company. 

This event is free.

Location: Butts Park Arena
Butts Road
West Midlands

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Event Speakers


Jon Sharp

Executive Chairman at Coventry Rugby Ltd

Jon Sharp was born in Coventry and grew up in Hillfields. He went to Bablake School and holds an Honours Degree in Business Studies and a diploma in International Law. After a successful career at Rolls-Royce he founded Engine Lease Finance Corporation where he was CEO for 29 years, growing the company to the position of world market leader and a $5 billion balance sheet. He twice received lifetime achievement awards to recognise his contribution to the air transport industry. He became Chairman of Coventry Rugby in 2010 and since then has been its principal benefactor and in turn its principal shareholder, directing the club’s strategy. In this time the club has prospered and risen through the leagues and by twenty-one places to today’s ranking of the thirteenth highest club in the country, lying third in the English Championship, its highest position since the advent of professionalism in 1995. Celebrated for its family atmosphere, its exciting brand of flowing rugby and its superb match day hospitality, it enjoys the highest match day attendances in the league. With its strategic focus on being a community club, Coventry Rugby’s activities stretch far beyond playing rugby: not only does it develop local rugby talent but amongst other things it runs a wheelchair rugby section, walking rugby for the over 50s, a thriving netball section, and children’s multi-sport camps, particularly for the disadvantaged, where it works hand in glove with our sister charity, Coventry Rugby Community Foundation Ltd. The club’s ethos is that sport is key to mental and physical health and well-being in the community, and that it should be for everyone, irrespective of age, gender, ability or social position.


John Edwards

Chair at Coventry Rugby Community Foundation

John Edwards is Chair of the Board of Trustees for Coventry Rugby Community Foundation. John spent most of his career in the automotive industry, with his last seven years prior to retiring being on the main board of Jaguar Land Rover as Land Rover Global Brand Director and latterly as Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations.


Lisa Hughes

Chief Financial Officer at Royal Shakespeare Company

Lisa has worked at Executive and Non- Executive levels in the not for profit sector for 18 years, 16 of which have been in housing. Lisa has spent the last decade specialising in change and transformation, governance and strategy, working particularly with organisations undergoing a significant programme of change and growth. She is a qualified accountant with over 20 years post qualification experience, and holds a post grad cert in Organisational Development from Roffey Park Institute. She is also a Board member of Chipping Norton Theatre, Oxfordshire Credit Union and the Hastoe Group.


Andy Palmer CMG

CEO at Palmer Automotive

Dr Andy Palmer CMG, ex-Aston Martin CEO, Nissan COO. Today, CEO of Palmer Automotive. Dr Andy Palmer CMG was the CEO of Aston Martin between 2014-2020. Before that, he was the COO of Nissan, where he is responsible for launching the world’s first mass-market electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF. Today, Andy is involved with multiple businesses in the net zero space and runs the Palmer Foundation, a charity supporting disadvantaged young people pursuing an apprenticeship in the auto industry.


Adam Petros

Joint Managing Director at Premier Health Products

Premier Health products Ltd is a brand owner and private label specialist in the Nutraceutical industry. Established in 1989, they have 35 years’ experience in the manufacturing and exporting of high-quality British food supplements. The company is family owned, family run and has been since its inception. They export to more than 30 global markets across 4 continents. In addition to their own brands, they provide a full turnkey solution to companies looking to develop their very own, bespoke range of supplements. They are proud double winners of the coveted Queens Award for Enterprise: International Trade, in both 2017 & 2022.

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