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Russell Wardrop

Russell Wardrop is Co-founder and Chief Executive of award-winning Kissing With Confidence, a specialist communication skills training company.  He is a dynamic, charismatic speaker who is passionate about communication. 

An internationally experienced keynote speaker, trainer, coach and facilitator, he works at the highest levels of government, academia and commerce with high performing individuals and teams to make them passionate, charismatic and unforgettable communicators. Recently, Russell has delivered executive training, coaching and conference keynotes from Aberdeen to Exeter in the UK, and in Barcelona, Bordeaux, Dubai and Prague.

A Chartered Architect who studied at Strathclyde University, Russell moved on from this profession to academia, where he held both lecturing and management positions, delivering academic papers in the areas of design quality, graduate employability and communication.  He also pursued his passion for public speaking and debating, winning the National Junior Chamber debating competition no less than six times. 

Oral communication has been taught for 5000 years: it is nothing new,  but the way Kissing With Confidence approaches training in this area is.  Passionate and committed, KWC trainers, coaches and speakers are exceptional and inspirational communicators; and training/coaching is dynamic, challenging, and focused on results.

Over the past ten years the brand has become synonymous with outstanding quality in delivery to the highest levels in both the private and public sectors, thus establishing Kissing With Confidence as a leader in its field, with a client base including many global businesses, in a variety of sectors including financial services, legal services, oil and gas and the university sector (see www.kissingwithconfidence.com for more details).

Russell’s creative architectural training, his passion for communication, and more than 20 years experience of lecturing, training and academic course development, combine to create a unique blend of skills and experience which underpin the design and delivery of all Kissing With Confidence training. 

Russell inspires and motivates all who hear him.  Whether listening to what he has to say about oral communication in the Internet Age, or to his unforgettable Immortal Memory to Robert Burns, we guarantee you will be educated and entertained. 

** to learn more about the art of oratory and public speaking, visit Russell Wardrop On Oratory at www.russellwardrop.com, rate yourself as a public speaker and see critiques of famous speeches. r.wardrop@kissingwithconfidence.com  

Brian Williamson

Brian Williamson is an entrepreneur with business interests that span various sectors. Having received his Diploma in Engineering from The Glasgow Caledonian University he embarked upon a successful management career with Weir Pumps (now Clyde Union, part of the Clyde Blower Group). Over the next fifteen years he ran companies at board level within several different industry sectors including Electronics, Heavy Engineering, Construction, Petrochemical, and Oil and Gas. In each of these positions he had full P&L responsibility.

He launched his first company in 1995 in the Automotive sector and within three years had reached a £5m turnover. Soon after he sold his interest to his fellow shareholders and started his own Oil and Gas company. Eurotech was an award-winning business, acknowledged for its rapid growth and for its exceptional export achievements. In 2004 Brian sold the enterprise to the management team and during this period he became an active investor spending in the region of £150k in a number of start-up ventures.

Brian is the Executive Chairman of Brightwork. This Scottish-based recruitment company specialises in both temporary and permanent placements and from sales of £9m in the first year, it has expanded to a current turnover of £15m. It employs 30 full time staff and over 1000 temporary staff. http://www.brightworkltd.com.company.

In 2008, Brian joined the existing team of talented founders of a company called Jumpstart. This rapidly expanding business specialises in recovering funds from HMRC through Research and Development Tax Credits. With Brian’s leadership in business development, increasing numbers of UK customers are experiencing the direct benefits of the services of the country’s leading R&D tax credit specialist. http://www.jumpstartuk.co.uk

Through The Leadership Factory, Brian also operates as part of a team of business leaders that coach and mentor top teams and executives in the area of high performance. http://www.leadershipfactory.co.uk

Tiger eye, Brian’s own consultancy business works with companies and individuals helping them transform their business and maximise shareholder value. http://www.tiger-eye.org/. Through Tiger eye, Brian is also a Non-Executive Director of a number of companies assisting them to face their challenges and grasp their opportunities.

In the current economic climate Brian has been heavily involved in business recovery acting not only as the company Doctor but the Surgeon, delivering an effective and speedy business transformation. His motto is “There is always a solution”.

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Venue information

Dakota Hotel Shawfoot Road
Eurocentral Business Park
Near Glasgow

0870 2208281


Chair: Brian Williamson, Tiger eye, www.tiger-eye.org


  • Speaker: Russell Wardrop, Kissing With Confidence,
  • www.kissingwithconfidence.co.uk

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