Our September WithUS Networking session returns to INOX for a lunchtime event with two of the most prestigious and successful business women in our region. Join us from 12 noon on Tuesday October 4th for positive, proactive, engaging, and stimulating networking, all set within the relaxed environment of INOX whilst being motivated by both Jill Thomas, owner of Future Life Wealth Management, and Joan Pettingill, partner at law firm Gunnercooke and owner of her own business Pettingill Consulting.

Whilst meeting potential new business contacts and building on existing commercial relationships we will be serving you with an early tasting of our fantastic ‘Small Plates’ Inox menu which we are sure you will love!

Before lunch Jill will be posing the question: “What’s your number?” We all get out of bed and go to work every day and at the end of the week or month receive our wages but do we ever ask Why? What is the number you need to make you financially independent which would allow you to consider staying in bed in the morning?

Jill will review what provides us with the detail to allow us to make an informed decision and provide everyone with the all-important number.

Future Life Wealth Management was founded in northeast Derbyshire by Jill Thomas in 2009 and the company has consistently grown year-on-year to become one of the UK’s most successful wealth management companies. For the last nine years Jill has been recognised as one of the Top 100 financial planners in the UK by New Model Advisor.  Jill and her business provides a bespoke financial planning service to generators of wealth, typically business owners, executives and professionals, and also to receivers of wealth, such as inheritors, divorcees, widows and retirees.

Join us this October for a positive, proactive, engaging, and stimulating networking at INOX

After lunch and whilst enjoying freshly brewed coffee Joan Pettingill will be discussing “Getting Ahead – Current Trends & Tips in People Management & Employment Law”

Joan is a highly experienced expert in all areas of employment law. Approachable, friendly, and unstuffy, Joan delivers winning solutions placing clients in the very best negotiating position for every situation. She often advises on matters where reputational issues need careful management.

Joan is a trusted adviser both with ongoing strategic projects and with one-off matters and day-to-day ad hoc advice.

Having worked in-house in financial services, Joan has a very commercial no-nonsense approach that keeps the client’s objectives at the fore. She also advises leadership teams on their terms of entry to a business via an MBO or in relation to their exit arrangements including restrictive covenants.

Joan is extremely experienced in restructuring workforces, whether through redundancies, reorganisation of roles, changing job descriptions, contract terms, or changing working practices. She is experienced in all kinds of staff change management in particular where there are TUPE issues on business transfers including service provision changes.

Joan has particular experience assisting employers where there may be particularly difficult issues of suspected criminality such as fraud or potential abuse of others by staff or where there may be a safeguarding or professional disciplinary angle to also take into account.

In addition to being a partner at GunnerCooke Joan is the owner of Pettingill Consulting, which provides human resources, business coaching, learning, and development services which complements her work as an employment lawyer.

As always at The University of Sheffield we seek to forge collaborative and engaging business relationships, working with our partners to build and develop sustainable economic solutions and develop great commercial opportunities; we believe the WithUS networking events enable guests to take time, get to know each other and research ways that working together provides long-term successes for us all.

We look forward to seeing new and established networking guests at Inox once more in October!


Small Plates Menu 

Korean fried chicken with sweet and sour glaze and asian slaw

BBQ cauliflower mac ‘n’ cheese (vegetarian option available)

Broadbean, asparagus and pea salad with mint & lemon (VE, GF)

Charred broccoli with blue cheese and radish (V)

Satay aubergine and halloumi skewer with cumin spiced hummus (V)

Torched corn with aioli, chilli and parmesan (GF)

Salt cod croquettes with celeriac remoulade

Chocolate pot and sea salt (V) (GF)

Inox brioche bread & butter pudding and Our Cow Molly cream (V)


To register & to pay £18 to attend on October 4th please click here