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Oli Barrett MBE – Entrepreneur

MC: Oli is a regular MC and speaker at events around the world and brought speed-networking to the UK. He is a co-founder of social innovation agency Cospa, helping companies and causes to create and grow ventures which make money and make a difference.

Oli’s entrepreneurial career started as a student and has included an events business in nine cities, an international language practice website (sold in 2008) and a sock subscription website which continues to ship internationally. He is an advisor to the Centre for Entrepreneurs and co-founded the national, business-funded campaign StartUp Britain.

He started Tenner (now run by Young Enterprise), the scheme which has challenged over 150,000 school pupils to see what they can achieve in one month, starting with £10.

He has led trade missions to the US, India and Brazil helping British companies (in health, clean-tech and web) to explore business opportunities.

Chris Moss – Brand Strategy Consultant

Keynote Speaker: Chris has created at least 3 – billion dollar brands – Virgin Atlantic, Orange and 118118. A natural leader of people and processes. A highly motivated person Chris enjoys “getting the job done”. He’s keen to take on new challenges and a highly articulate and inspired divergent thinker. With a successful background in brand strategy and launch, innovative product creation, award winning global campaign management and world class team building he’s an inspirational and thought provoking speaker.

Jennifer Arcuri – Co-Founder, Hacker House™

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer co founder of  Hacker House™ the official cyber campus of cyber skills and security innovation.  Launched at the top of 2016, the team of Hacker House™ has opened a secure location outside Manchester and Shoreditch in East London. Hacker House™ operates as a commercial and social force to champion ethical hacking standards. Hacker House™ is set to launch a series of security products by the end of 2016 – including a set of cyber badges to be accredited for schools in educating kids in ethics around hacking in cyber hygiene. 

Jennifer is an advisor to Hackers and Founders in Silicon Valley, and Founders for Schools across the UK. In June 2015, Jennifer also launched the  Cyber Security group, Cyber TLA,  as part of Tech London Advocates Group, and is now a certified ethical hacker herself. Jennifer is also  founder of PinkSheet Database, the official database of professional women. 

Minter Dial – Change Agent

Keynote speaker: Minter Dial is founder and President of The Myndset Company, a boutique agency providing specialised services on Branding and Digital Strategy. Renowned international speaker and prior member of the Worldwide Executive Committee of L’Oreal Professional Products Division, Minter creates bespoke executive programs designed to activate the brand and digital strategy.

He is non-executive Board Director of Lastminute.com Group and ECV Paris. He is also a filmmaker, having completed a WWII film and book, The Last Ring Home, to be aired in Fall 2016 in the USA, Australia and New Zealand.

Gemma Went – Digital Consultant

Immersive Workshop: Gemma is a Digital Marketing and an Online Business Consultant with more experience than you can shake a stick at. She’s led the marketing at a range of businesses, been the Social Media Director at two big London agencies, had two businesses of her own, the first she won an entrepreneur of the year award for, and her latest consultancy helps business owners get the results they need online. 

Gemma will show you how to harness the power of social media to market your business and get the results you need online. Gemma also has a collection of Social Media Hacks guides which she’ll share with you at the end of the session and will offer an exclusive discount to her Online Business Academy – a membership group that will teach you everything you need to know to run a successful online business. 

Leo Ryan – Spredfast

Immersive Workshop: Leo is the EMEA VP of Customer Solutions at Spredfast, a social software company where he helps customers make the most of the opportunities that social can provide to create better connections with their customers.

With a total of 20 years working in digital in New York, Sydney and London Previously Leo spent 5 years at Ogilvy where he lead the global social strategy for Land Rover and Unilever. His last role was Global Head of Innovation and partnerships for social@Ogilvy. He has been a NED for the National Gallery Company for the past eight years.

In this interactive workshop Leo will take participants through a series exercises to help them uncover opportunities to engage with their audience across the different stages of the customer journey. There will be some cursing, some tears, no power point and lots of fast and loose social media strategy done on the fly.

Sacha Romanovitch – CEO, Grant Thornton

Keynote speaker: Led by her deep interest in the role of leadership in dynamic organisations and how a strong coaching culture releases potential and generates growth. Sacha’s goal is to work to shape a vibrant economy where all can flourish – through who Grant Thornton work with, the work they do, what they speak out on and how they are as a business.

Prior to this she was a member of the firm’s National Leadership Board with specific responsibility for People and Culture. With more than 4,500 people in the UK, she seeks to create an environment with space for their people to do their best thinking and bring valuable insights to help their clients grow. Sacha also led their Advisory practice within London.

She’s lucky to work with colleagues who bring a great richness of experience and collaborate together to create value for clients – from unravelling frauds, helping businesses get back on track when things have gone wrong through to helping them achieve their growth ambitions.

Beyond her UK role, she works with colleagues from around the world, ensuring that their approach to leadership, management and development is seamless across the Grant Thornton network of firms – giving a consistent and exceptional experience for their clients and their people everywhere.

In her client-facing time, she’s a member of their Leadership & Culture practice and, while she’s no longer a practicing auditor, she enjoy working with selected clients maintaining relationships and offering an objective view on their businesses and strategies.

Her passion is enabling others to meet their potential. This has led her to become a qualified coach; to champion the firm’s ground-breaking apprentice programme; and to challenge the norm on views regarding diversity, asking if quotas are a better solution than re-examining the working environment.


Richard Mulholland – Entrepreneur

Keynote speaker: Richard kicked off his career as a rock n roll roadie, operating lights for bands such as Iron Maiden and Def Leppard. From there he started SA’s largest presentation firm, Missing Link and co-founded 21Tanks, SA’s first perspective lab.

Richard is a highly regarded speaker. When not addressing many of South Africa’s top corporations, he guest lectures on courses for The Cape Graduate School of Business (GSB), and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). As well as blogging on richmulholland.com, Richard is a columnist for Longevity and Destiny Man magazines.


Ross Williams – Founder and Chairman, Venntro Media Group

Keynote speaker: As one of the world’s leading online entrepreneurs, Williams has been crowned a “Young Gun” by Growing Business, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner, IoD’s Young Director of the Year for London and South East, and a Great British Entrepreneur. Williams regularly speaks on his commercial and economic learnings at events across the globe, mentoring young entrepreneurs in his spare time.

After co-founding Venntro Media Group in 2003, Williams has grown the company to become one of the largest online dating and lifestyle businesses in Europe and achieved annualised revenues of £50 million with no external investment.

With a diverse portfolio of internationally recognised brands, businesses operating under Venntro include JustSingles.com, Smooch.com and White Label Dating – an award-winning platform allowing brands and entrepreneurs to power their own branded online dating sites. The company now has more than 55 million registered users, on +25,000 sites, across all major English-speaking markets.

Emma-Jane Packe – MD of The Supper Club, the leading membership club for entrepreneurs

Keynote Speaker: Emma-Jane is Managing Director at Prelude, whose mission is to help make Britain the most enterprising nation in the world. Prelude is home to The Supper Club, the membership club exclusively for fast-growth entrepreneurs and The Directors Club, offering peer learning and strategic development for directors.

Emma-Jane is passionate about enterprise and after consulting on a start up at post product stage was inspired to get more involved with entrepreneurial businesses. She now supports fast growth business owners and their teams and enjoys meeting some of the country’s most inspiring minds on a daily basis.

Stephen Waddington – Partner, Ketchum

Keynote Speaker: Stephen Waddington is Partner and Chief Engagement Officer at Ketchum helping clients and colleagues to do the best job possible engaging with the public. He is responsible for driving the integration of digital and social capabilities in client engagements across the agency’s international network. He is Visiting Professor in Practice at the Newcastle University supporting the university and students through teaching and mentoring.

Tiffany St James – Founder, Transmute

Keynote Speaker: Tiffany is Co-Founder of Transmute, a digital transformation consultancy to global businesses and governments. Transmute focuses on embedding innovation and digital transformation helping businesses save costs through the smart use of digital and social media.

Tiffany is the former strategic lead for Social Media for the UK Government, joining up 32 central government departments. She was the first Communications Director for Directgov, Head of Digital Policy Communications across Government and launched data.gov.uk.

Tiffany is one of the inaugural Tech City100 and a TED Speaker. She is an Executive Board Member of the British Interactive Media Association supporting and connecting British Digital Industry and listed as 1 of the Top 100 Influencers in UK Digital Marketing by Business Magazine of the Year, The Drum in 2015.

John Courtney – Chairman, Stockwood Ventures.

Panelist: John is highly ranked in both the “Top 100 Digital Influencers” (Directors Centre) and also “Top 100 UK Entrepreneurs” (City AM) lists. He is the Chairman of Stockwood Ventures.

John has founded, grown and exited six businesses in 35 years.  His most recent, Strategy Digital, grew to being a 50 person search, content marketing, PR and social media agency and clients included TUI Group, Thomsonlocal, Lloyds Banking Group and Scotts of Stow.

Since exiting his digital marketing business, John has excelled as a Non-Executive Director and Mentor helping businesses with Microsoft Ventures, HRH Prince Andrew’s Pitch@Palace, MassChallenge and Entrepreneurial Spark including his son James’s Lux Rewards.

John is also the Regional Director for The Marketing Centre, which provides part-time Marketing Directors to ambitious SME’s.

Katz Kiely – CEO & Founder, Kiely&Co

Keynote Speaker: Katz is Founder and CEO of Kiely & Co. An award winning digital pioneer, she has driven organisational change for companies like BBC, HP and GSK for nearly 20 years. Her “people-powered” approach combines open-innovation, co-creation, multi-disciplinary design and distributed live events. She has led behaviour change projects for some of the world’s most complex and risk-averse organisations.

A transformation initiative for a UN agency embedded digital ways of working while extending reach by over 10 million, cutting costs by millions and connecting 6,500 world leaders with 10,000 school children.

She judges for digital awards (including SXSW), writes for b2b publications, speaks at conferences across the world including TEDx and IBC and is an invited member of Vint Cerf’s I4J Global Leadership Forum.

Tom Salmon – Founder, The Bakery

Keynote Speaker:Tom is co-founder and CEO of The Bakery, an ‘open-innovationt accelerator’, which helps large corporates accelerate innovation, take new technology to market and be more entrepreneurial by partnering with early stage startups.

The Bakery has worked with clients including Unilever, Persil, Sunlight, Knorr, Barclays, BMW, Danone, Panasonic, Heinz, Camelot, RBS, Natwest, Macmillan, ABInbev, Walls and Pernod Ricard and has built an extensive global network of over 5,000 early stage startups and accelerated over 60 new innovative technologies to market.

Previously – after a brief career in the music industry, being signed to Warners and EMI and nominated for a Mercury Music Prize – Tom was the founder of the award winning agency digital agency Traffic, through which his passion for technology and early stage companies grew – and realising that there was a better way for large corporates to take new technology to market.

Nicole Yershon – Founder, Ogilvy Digital Innovation Labs

Fireside Chat: Nicole Yershon cut her teeth at GGT, working for advertising legend, author and D&AD Presidents Award winner Dave Trott. During that time, Campaign Magazine voted GGT its ‘Agency of the Year’, while Ad Age named it the ‘Most Creative Agency in the World’. Dave wrote of Nicole that she is ‘genuinely creative’ because she makes ‘stuff happen, often from nothing’. In March 2008, she took a job whose success – or not – would be down to those skills. Nicole founded the Ogilvy & Mather UK Group Digital Innovation Lab.

Steve Moore – C0-Founder, Voltface

Keynote Speaker: Steve is Editor-in-Chief of Voltface. Hailing from Belfast, Steve has spent his life working across media, government and social causes. He is currently writing his first book on the history of British think tanks. VolteFace is a policy innovation hub that explores alternatives to current public policies relating to drugs. We cultivate fresh thinking and new ideas via our online and print magazine and an ongoing programme of private and public events.

They cover the policy and politics of drugs from the perspectives of science, health, lifestyle, culture, business and economics. Their ambition is to broaden the range of voices and perspectives to enliven and elevate this debate.

VolteFace works with an array of partners across civil society, business, media and government to foster public engagement, formulate new evidence-based policy ideas and as a thoughtful advocate for change. We are UK-based and focussed whilst engaging with ideas and practice from across the world.

Rod Banner – Founder, 3LA.com

Panelist: Rod founded technology marketing group Banner Corporation and built the team that grew it into the largest Business to Business agency in Europe. Having attracted most of the world’s top tech companies as clients, sold out to WPP and left in 2009.

His evolving plaything is 3LA.com. Having pivoted a few times, we are now focussing our collective of brains and technologies to help traditional businesses become increasingly agile and relevant by plundering massively from the entrepreneurial revolution. Other roles include: Chairman of Adgistics, a partner in Forgather, a boardmember at Artesian and an advisory board member to eContext and EngageSciences.


Suki Fuller – Founder of Miribure a Strategic & Competitive Intelligence Company

Moderator: UK Partner and Representative for Institute for Competitive Intelligence (ICI). Miribure, tells the story of data by taking you on the journey from data gathering, organizing and analyzing to a point of understanding your next potential chapter.

Miribure advises businesses from startups to Multinationals and investors, how better to mitigate risk and build resilience with the integration of intelligence into their core business process.

A dual citizen (UK/US) Suki has diverse experience from chemical engineering to intelligence. She has lived and worked globally (EMEA, China, UK and US) within Academia, National Security, Law Enforcement, and Private Corporations.

She is a judge and mentor at the global tech accelerator MassChallenge; an Advocate for Tech London AdvocatesWomen in Tech; volunteers with Global Women’s Charity – Dress for Success, and is a former Strategic Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) Membership Advisory Committee Chair.


Chelsea Chen – Co-Founder Emotech Ltd

Panelist: Chelsea is a Co-Founder of Emotech, Ltd., the technology start-up team behind OllyRobot an AI -powered “personality adaptive and emotive” personal assistant. Meaning – no two will be the same and it will adapt to the personality of the owner.

Emotech is a TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015 Battlefield Alum and recently raised $10M in Series A from Lightening Capital and Alliance Capital.

Chelsea is a technologist and creative with diverse global experience, from consumer strategy planning, marketing and brands previously leading OgilvyOne’s team for clients such as Diageo, VW, Nestle and P&G to name a few.

Julia Westland Booth – Founder of HotPostcode. Technology, Data and Analytics – Spencer Stuart. Formerly COO Big Data and Analytics of The Boston Consulting Group

Panelist: Julia is the founder of Prop-Tech start up HotPostcode.  HotPostcode is a property app that uses big data and analytics to find the ideal place to live in the UK using criteria people care about like proximity to nearest foodstore, broadband speed, school quality, etc.

Julia’s background is in the design and delivery of technology, digital and data led transformations.  Until July this year Julia was the COO of The Boston Consulting Group’s Big Data and Analytics business, which doubled in size in under three years.  Julia specializes in helping organizations get started with data and analytics – in 2015 for example she worked with the Chief Data Officer of a major UK bank to shape their data strategy – however, in her work with over 200+ clients around the globe in the last five years her experience spans all industries.  Julia has contributed to a number of articles and publications throughout her career at BCG.  Julia recently joined Spencer Stuart’s Technology and Data and Analytics practices where she will spend a lot of her time working with Chief Data, Digital and Information officers.

Before joining BCG Julia spent six years at Accenture and two years at The World Bank Treasury Department where she worked with eleven international organizations and country clients, developing case studies and reports to coach Central Bank clients.

Julia has been an Advisory Board member to the Imperial College Business School Masters Degree in Business Analytics since November 2014.

Julia pursued professional studies in Big Data at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2014.  Julia has a Master’s Degree in Information Systems Technology and a BBA in International Business from the George Washington University in Washington DC.


Gavin Thompson, Editor, Western Morning Press

Moderator: Gavin is the recently appointed editor of the Western Daily Press, a newspaper which has been the champion of the West since 1858. Gavin leads the editorial team which produces a balance of local, regional and national news and covering topics ranging from business to sport and farming to antiques. Until recently he was assistant editor of the Bristol Post where he was responsible for the title’s business coverage, including reporting on the city’s burgeoning tech sector.


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