Business Breakfast & Networking event

Health and Wellbeing for Skills and Productivity

20 march 2024 @ Magna Science Adventure Centre


7:30am Registration, breakfast sandwiches, refreshments
8:00am Speakers
9:00am Networking, Newton Room Discovery and Preview of Exhibition

Alex Gardner, our host for the event
John Barber, CEO of The Work-wise Foundation

Opening Get up to Speed with STEM 2024
Charles Turner DL, Master Cutler, The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire

Keynote Speaker
Jason Brannan Chart. PR, MCIPR, Dip CIPR, MIoD Deputy Director - Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre Sheffield Hallam University

Closing Remarks
Richard Caborn, President of The Work-wise Foundation, Chair of Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park

Followed by networking and exclusive early entry to the event, with the chance to explore Magna’s amazing new Newton Room.


Pre-booking is essential to secure your place
(places limited to 2 per organisation).

Please book your places by Friday 15 March at




Master Cutler, 2023-2024
The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire

Charles Turner is a retired Army Officer and South Yorkshire based businessman running an international company specialising in the manufacture of industrial blades and machine knives. He is the 384 th Master Cutler and will be in post for the Company’s 400 th anniversary in 2024.

Charles was commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in 1986 and saw active service in Cyprus, the Falkland Islands, the Balkans and Northern Ireland before retiring to join Edward Turner and Son Ltd, which trades as Durham-Duplex, in 2003, when his Father became the 365 th Master Cutler. Since becoming CEO in 2006, Durham-Duplex has grown into an international Group with subsidiaries in Thailand, USA and Belgium and a sales office in Manchester. He is a modern Cutler with the scars to prove it.

In addition to the day job, he spent 20 years as the Sheffield Defence Advisor on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business and as Chairman of Made in Sheffield Mark Steering Committee, promoting the manufacturing industries of Sheffield on behalf of the Company, the Sheffield Chamber and Sheffield Council. He would love to use the Cutlers’ powers to destroy shoddy goods in Paradise Square if he can find a Sheffield company not operating in good faith!

He also chairs the Sheffield Assay Office, which celebrated its 250 th anniversary in September 2023 and he sits on the British Hallmarking Council, a NGPB that oversees the 1973 Hallmarking Act, protecting consumers from fraudulent dealers in the jewellery industry and regulating the precious metal markets in the UK. Charles has served as a Deputy Lieutenant for South Yorkshire since 2019. He completed an Executive MBA specialising in Manufacturing Management at Sheffield University in 2020 and enjoyed correcting the lecturers.

He is married to Sarah and they have 4 grown up children and a Golden Retriever. Sarah is a Chartered Accountant, scout leader, school Governor and sits on several education orientated charities. They are part of Christ Church Fulwood where Sarah also runs “Junior Jivers”.

Outside of work Charles’ interests centre around his family and friends but when released into the wild, and not walking the dog, he can sometimes be found playing tennis badly, shooting, sailing, watching rugby, or enjoying music.

Charles has chosen to support charities across the region to increase awareness of the Cutlers’ Company and the 400 th anniversary. In Sheffield this will be The Sheffield Cathedral’s National Schools Singing Programme.


Jason Brannan.

Jason is the Deputy Director of the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) and has over 24 years direct experience in organisational strategy, business growth, leadership, public relations, communications and marketing, working across the health and wellbeing Sector.  He has extensively worked with private and public sector bodies across Industry, the NHS, academia and regional/national business support bodies, encompassing a regional, national and international remit.

A central part of his role is contributing to the centre’s strategy, operations, and engagement agendas. A major priority in this role is providing strategic leadership to the Research and Development (R&D) pillar of the AWRC portfolio.  This includes overseeing the AWRC Accelerator program, which generates global interest and has to date secured over £11m of follow-on funding for businesses engaged and also reached over 100 businesses worldwide.  The latest accelerator has been match funded by major high street bank Barclays.

Cross regionally he sits on a number of advisory boards including the NIHR Devices for Dignity (D4D) Board, D4D Industrial Advisory Board, Health Innovation Yorkshire and Humber Innovation Review Panel, Sheffield City Region Innovation/Acceleration Group, South Yorkshire ICB Research and Innovation Forum, Darnall Local Area Board (Sheffield City Council role), and a place on the SYMCA Innovation District working Group and has previously sat on the steering group for the Attercliffe Levelling up fund (circa £18m secured from UK Government.  His work also focuses on inequalities in health, skills, jobs and productivity.

Richard Caborn

President of The Work-wise Foundation and Chair of Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park

Richard left school at the age of 15 for an engineering apprenticeship at Thomas Firth and John Browns. In 1983 he became MP for Sheffield Central, a seat he held until 2010 during which time he chaired the powerful Trade and Industry Select Committee and held three Ministerial portfolios on regional policy, trade and industry, and sport – playing a leading role in the successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid. Richard is currently the chair of Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park – a unique place and project delivering a better future for all through transformational health and wellbeing research, innovation, and applied technology.


Alex Gardner.

Our Host for the event

Alex is our host for the event and brings her trademark energy and enthusiasm to Get up to Speed with STEM 2024.

Alex thoroughly enjoys hosting events, and in her role as Ambassador for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity she has MC’d their Fundraisers Awards for the last 5 years, their annual Glow Run and their Quiz Night. Alex has previously hosted our Get up to Speed with STEM Business Breakfast events, she has also hosted our North Star Science School event for the previous 2 years.

We are pleased to have had Alex as an associate of The Work-wise Foundation for almost a decade. Alex has delivered STEM sessions to primary and secondary schools and most recently project managed the Future Makers, Creators, Designers and Builders initiative funded by D2N2 Careers Hub encouraging young women into the construction industry.

John Barber

CEO and Co-Founder of The Work-wise Foundation

John has been an integral part of The Work-wise Foundations journey, helping found the employer led charity 14 years ago. Alongside Co-founders Janice Richardson and Jackie Freeborn and many employers in the region John has immersed himself in all aspects of The Work-wise Foundation’s mission to better inform and help prepare young people for the world of work and adult life. With a particular focus on entering jobs and careers in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing.

As CEO, John has championed initiatives and events that promote careers in the sector, encourage and support the development of employability and work skills. All aimed at empowering individuals and young people to reach their full potential. He hopes for a future where every young person has the tools and opportunities needed to succeed in their chosen careers, and he works tirelessly to make this vision a reality through The Work-wise Foundation.


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