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Product Leaders Weekend 2019
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4 – 7 April 2019 – Wales, UK

Become a better leader. Build exceptional teams. Launch and scale winning products.

Relive the best moments

What's on?

From managing your team to making complex product decisions, being a product leader is no easy task. This intimate gathering, hosted in the beautiful Welsh countryside, is designed to help address the most pressing challenges faced by product leaders today.

You'll hear a series of practical talks by experts in their field, take part in immersive discussions around specific topics, and get the opportunity to discuss your own challenges with other leaders.

  • 3 action-packed days
  • 8 inspiring talks
  • 5 structured group discussions
  • 4 outdoor activities
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Top notch, locally sourced food

Who's it for?

The event will bring together a small group of product leaders. No matter your job title, if you work in product and want to improve your skills, this event is for you. Product leaders from the following companies have already booked their ticket.


Over 3 days, we'll focus on three key problem areas faced by product leaders today. You'll hear insightful stories from specialists in their field, share your own experience, and head back to the office inspired and ready to take on your next challenge.

Topic #1

Creating a world-class team

Learn how successful product leaders are building high-functioning teams — from making the right hires to creating a strong culture.

  • Hiring and onboarding product talent
  • Scaling product teams & their processes
  • Cultivating the right culture
  • Coaching your team to success
Topic #2

Becoming a better leader

As a product leader, how do you go from good to great? Get top tips and advice straight from the horse's mouth (not a real one, promise!) to help you up your game.

  • Finding your leadership style
  • Creating consensus around shared goals
  • Explaining 'product' to your stakeholders
Topic #3

Building & scaling

Let's step through the specific practices, frameworks and tools that great teams use to ship and scale.

  • Deciding to launch, improve or pivot
  • Measuring & pricing your product to scale
  • Using the best tools for the job


You'll take part in a varied range of activities, giving you the opportunity to connect with all participants in a friendly, informal setting. You'll hear real stories, learn from others’ successes and failures, and most importantly take knowledge away you can immediately implement and share with your organisation.


Talented product leaders reveal how they work to help you reflect on how you can improve. Each talk is followed by a Q&A session.


Moderated by an expert and guided around a specific topic, you'll get to hear from your peers talking about their experiences and be encouraged to pick up the mic and share yours.


Amazing food fuels meaningful conversations. Join a table to discuss one of your challenges and receive practical advice from your peers, carry on your conversation fireside or take it to the onsite pub.


In between talks, reflect on your learnings by choosing from a series of activites including hiking, canoeing, craft workshops and more.


Hear honest, relatable stories from product leaders who've been there and done it.

Tim Herbig
  • #Leadership
  • #Teams
  • #Processes

Tim is a passionate product leader, speaker, and author of the book 'Lateral Leadership: A Practical Guide for Agile Product Managers.' He previously held product roles in companies such as XING, Gruner+Jahr, and multiple startups.

In addition to his devotion to enabling companies to build better teams and products, he's also the co-organizer of the Product Tank Hamburg meetup series.

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Kevin Shanahan
Head of Product, Memrise
  • #Teams
  • #Processes

Kevin is Head of Product at Memrise, a language learning app used by half a million people every day and winner of the 2017 Google Play App of the Year award. Kevin leads the product organisation at Memrise, which includes hiring and developing the team of PMs and supporting the squads to execute effectively.

Prior to joining Memrise, Kevin was Head of Growth at Peak, the top-grossing brain training app, until their successful exit to Hachette Livre in 2016. In an earlier life he worked at Bain & Company, a strategy consulting firm, working on projects across the construction, telecoms, and restaurant industries.

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Tessa Cooper
Director of People & Culture, undefined
  • #Culture
  • #Inclusion
  • #Hiring

With nearly 10 years experience of leading and developing product teams across FutureLearn, The Guardian and Comic Relief, Tess is adept at understanding people and team dynamics. This, alongside her passion for diversity & inclusion issues, lead her to move from product management to becoming Director of People and Culture in her most recent role.

She has recently left FutureLearn to pursue a freelance career in helping a wider range of companies and non-profit communities to build inclusive teams and organisations where individuals are empowered to be the best they can be.

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Antoine Sakho
Head of Product, busuu
  • #Leadership
  • #Scaling

On a mission to break down language barriers, Antoine is Head of Product at busuu, an app used by over 80 million humans around the world to learn new languages. Antoine started as sole product manager at busuu in 2014 and was quickly promoted to build and lead a team of exceptional PMs and designers.

Antoine dived into product as he co-founded France's first mobile payment startup, Skimm, in 2012. After a failure rich in learnings, he leveraged his experience to help fledging startups build their products, most notably, the world's #3 app publisher, which recently raised $200M from Goldman Sachs.

A polyglot himself, Antoine likes to eat his own dog food (or drink his own Champagne) and just passed his A2 Goethe Institute certificate.

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Konradin Breyer
Director of Product, undefined
  • #Scaling
  • #Leadership
  • #PersonalGrowth

Konradin joined Freeletics as employee #5 in early 2014. The first product person at the company, he built the product and design teams from scratch, and helped scale the company to 150 employees and a successful exit.

He is currently following every Gen-Y cliché – traveling around the world, with the goal to eventually start his own company.

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Aurelie de Sainte Preuve
CPO, undefined
  • #Scaling

Aurelie has over ten years of product management experience focusing on revenue growth and onboarding for companies such as Spotify, Viadeo and Figaro Classifieds.

As Chief Product Officer at Seenit, a platform enabling brands to create community-driven video content, she has grown the product team to 12 people and increased adoption of the platform by 30% in the past 2 years. Building upon her experience bringing the company to product-market fit, Aurelie will share genuine lessons and stories on how to scale your product organisation –– while staying sane along the way.

Aurelie grew up in China, Shanghai and Beijing and speaks mandarin, not as well as she used up, but if you want to learn a thing or two, she will be happy to share her experience!

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Jane Honey
Product Director, Intercom
  • #Teams
  • #Onboarding
  • #Career

Jane is Head of Product, Design and Research and and co-site lead at Intercom London. She has nearly 20 years of product management experience and a proven track record of launching and developing commercially successful, innovative customer experiences across multiple industries. Career highlights so far have included stints at Reuters, Channel 4, UKTV, Tesco, Moonpig and Canon, as well as her most recent experience leading a large cross-discipline team including product, design and research at Intercom.

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Ellen MacKay
Product Manager, Monzo
  • #Scaling

Ellen is a Senior Product Manager at Monzo, the bank with an ambitious goal of making money work for everyone. Founded in 2015, Monzo has amassed a cult-like following, as well as many industry accolades. Most recently in October 2018, Monzo topped Which? consumer survey as Britain’s best-rated lender.

Before she joined Monzo’s lending team, Ellen was Head of Product in the competitive edtech sector. At Lingvist, she saw the app’s user base grow from a few hundred to over 2 million, and scaled its product team to meet new challenges along the way. Coming from a lean startup with 50 employees, she fully expected to be faced with slower processes due to the 600+ head count and financial compliance demands at Monzo. To her surprise, she found the product development cycle to be 10x faster.

Ellen will share the practical lessons of working with speed as a habit, and how to keep product momentum as your team and organisation grows.

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Nikhil Tibrewal
Product Manager, Spotify
  • #Data
  • #Strategy

Nikhil is a Product Manager at Spotify, a digital music, podcast, and video streaming service that gives users access to millions of songs and other content from artists all over the world.

Nikhil first joined Spotify as a Data Engineer in the music discovery and personalization space, working on products such as the Home Personalization experience, Discovery Weekly and Release Radar. After 3.5 years in this role, he transitioned into Product Management to help build out Spotify's monetization infrastructure.

A day in his role involves working with peers across all of Spotify’s departments, including engineering, design, business, sales, and more. Nikhil is based in Spotify’s New York City office, and has seen the company go through immense growth and success. He will share some of the ways that Product Managers at Spotify continually make tough decisions.

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Set in the Welsh countryside, Fforest farm is set across 200 acres of land by the river Teifi, minutes from the town of Cardigan and from the beautiful undiscovered beaches and coves of the Welsh coast.


Who's it for?

We've focused the content to address the challenges faced by anyone in a product leadership position. If you have any questions about the content and want to discuss before booking, get in touch.

What's the deal with accommodation?

There are two types of accommodation, private and shared. Shared rooms involve sharing with 2 - 3 other people. Rooms can be mixed or non-mixed depending on your preference.

How do I get there?

By train

The nearest train station is Carmarthen. Trains from London Paddington leave frequently (every 30 minutes last time we checked), and the journey takes around 4 hours. We're arranging two collections from the station on Thursday and one drop off on Sunday morning.


Thursday 4th April - 1pm & 3pm


Sunday 7th April - 11am

We recommend booking your train ticket as early as possible. If you're unable to make those times please get in touch ahead of time by emailing

By car

The exact address of the farm is

Fforest Farm
Cwm Plysgog
SA43 2TB
United Kingdom

Parking will be available on the premises.

By plane

The nearest international airport is Cardiff Airport. From there, you can get a train to Carmarthen which takes around 1h30.

What should I bring?

Think practical, warm and layers! Good things to have are:

  • Walking boots, comfortable shoes and socks
  • A waterproof jacket
  • Swimsuit
  • A water bottle to take on walks etc
  • Your laptop for taking notes (if you prefer to old fashioned pen and paper)

What's included?

  • Luxury accommodation in the beautiful Welsh countryside
  • Good honest food, prepared on site and locally sourced
  • A variety of enriched learning opportunities
  • Creative and exhilarating outdoor activities
  • Arranged transport to and from the venue to Carmarthen train station
  • A gift, from JAM to you

Do you offer discounts for startups?

We do! Get in touch for more info.

Are you in?