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FREE Business Open Evening


FREE Business open evening event

Join us at The Wilderness Centre for a free evening event, of business networking sponsored by Hillside Brewery

We are delighted to invite you to enjoy a talk by our guest speaker Sara Naylor-Wild, the Director of Development and Research at the St Monica Trust.
This will lead into a discussion on ‘organisational change, with the opportunity for us to learn from each other’s ideas and experiences.’

The St Monica Trust has been on a five year journey of transformation. While many organisations talk about transformation, but nothing much actually happens, they’ve done it - they’ve walked the talk. Amongst the St Monica Trust’s achievements has been turning the iconic Cadbury factory in Keynsham into a leading edge retirement community. Sara Naylor-Wild has been on the executive team leading this journey. Now they are looking at the next five years, which will be even more ambitious.

Sara will tell this story of organisational transformation, about what worked well and what didn’t, highlighting what was learned along the way. Simon, our Head of Centre who has a background in consultancy, will then set up a discussion on organisational change, with the opportunity for us to learn from each other’s ideas and experiences.


The St Monica Trust is a charity meeting head-on society's issues of an ageing population and the changing expectations about what retirement should be like. The Trust has been through five years of major change to become a renowned leader in this vital field. Along the way it has successfully negotiated huge milestones. Foremost of these was the acquisition of the iconic Cadbury's factory in Keynsham. The Trust has transformed this into a visionary retirement community, named ’The Chocolate Quarter’.

Sara’s job is to plan and monitor the delivery of the St Monica Trust change programme. She knows how successful major change in organisations, of all sizes, really happens. She will be telling the St Monica Trust story and sharing her insights.


Take this opportunity to network and enjoy a delicious craft ale from the Hillside Brewery whilst you take a look around.

This is a free event for anyone interested in coming to look around the Wilderness Centre with a view to hiring it as venue for their future events, conferences, residential courses and retreats and day workshops meetings.

About the sponsors: HILLSIDE BREWERY
Hillside Brewery are a family owned and run brewery & events company. They produce a range of 8 award winning beers in a stunning location in Gloucestershire. Hosting a range of brewery tours, experiences and events throughout the year for you to enjoy the beer at its finest – right from the brewery tap. If beers not your thing, don’t worry – they also have a fully stocked bar.

All of the water used to produce the beer comes from their very own bore hole which is 60m from the ground beneath the brew house. Its mineral rich, pure and most importantly – consistent! This all helps to create a delicious beer.

You can also feel good about the beer you’re drinking as the brewery is totally powered on green energy. Solar power, ground & air source heat pumps are the power behind the beer and long may it continue.