Hear first-hand from leading events CEOs and industry gurus …

Keynote Speakers

Conference Summit Speakers

Tina Amper

Founder, Geeks on a Beach

 

David Jenkinson

Editor-in-Chief & Managing Director, C21 Media

 

Sarah Porter

Founder, Inspired Minds #A14Good

 

Event Marketing Summit Speakers

Charlie Crowe

Charlie Crowe

Chairman, Csquared

Bio

Charlie is the founder of the strategic consultancy VOUCH and also non-executive chairman/founder of the publishing and events company, C Squared. A former journalist, Charlie acquired the magazine he used to edit (M&M Global) from Emap Plc (now Ascential Plc) and he then created The Festival of Media – an event which currently runs in five cities around the world with award entries from over 80 countries. Through VOUCH, Charlie now works with a host of technology innovators, brands and investors around the world – making connections and providing strategic advice.

Once voted an “international pioneer” by the readers of Campaign magazine, Charlie holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from Oxford University. Outside of work, Charlie is involved in the Charity Speakers4Schools; he plays the drums in a rock band and collects old books – and is married to Saskia with two daughters, Edie and Martha.

Ewa Campbell

Ewa Campbell

Chief Marketing Officer, Biotech and Money Ltd

Bio

Laura Davidson

Laura Davidson

Director, TAG Digital

Bio

Laura is one of the directors at Tag Digital – award winning Events & Publishing PPC Specialists. Founding the company in 2011 and growing it to incorporate world leading events clients including Dubai World Trade Centre, UBM, New Scientist, GES, UBM and many more.
Kate Disley

Kate Disley

Managing Partner, Tembo (Representing New Scientist Live)

Bio

 Kate has worked on, and delivered, marketing campaigns for over 70 events, managed budgets from £10,000 to £1m and events with revenue of over £30m.

Throughout her 17 year career, Kate has worked on many of the most well-known exhibitions in the industry; including Autumn Fair and Spring Fair, International Confex, LIW, New Scientist Live, Pure, Safety & Health Expo, Technology for Marketing and many more.  This year, she was part of the team delivering New Scientist Live for a second successful year.

Kate has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities the industry faces and is passionate about using her influence to help make it more successful. She is a regular speaker at industry events and has received many award nominations for the campaigns she has worked on. Kate has featured in C&IT Power 50 as one of the most influential people in the events industry and Prestige Event’s Hot List. Most recently, Kate’s exhibition marketing agency, Tembo, was awarded AEO Service Supplier of the Year 2017.

Suzanne Gaunt

Suzanne Gaunt

Marketing Director, Emap

Bio

 Suzanne is the Marketing Director of Emap, joining the business in October 2013. Suzanne is a Chartered Marketer and has spent more than 12 years creating communities of both healthcare and IT professionals. Prior to joining Emap Suzanne held a number of senior roles both client and agency side. Suzanne holds a First Class Honours degree in International Business Management, a professional postgraduate diploma with the Chartered Institute of Marketing and an MBA from the University of Warwick.
John Hoffman

John Hoffman

CEO, GSMA Ltd

Bio

John Hoffman is CEO and Director for GSMA Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the GSMA. In this role, John oversees various lines of business, including the GSMA’s portfolio of award-winning trade shows and conferences, its online, print and broadcast media properties, industry research services and a range of network managed services.

John brings more than 25 years’ experience to the GSMA. Prior to his current role in GSMA Ltd., John was CEO and Director of fastmobile, Inc., a supplier of software-based network operator solutions. Before fastmobile, he was the President, CEO and Director of Roamware, Inc., a global provider of voice and data roaming solutions. In addition, John has held executive level positions at several mobile telecommunications companies including BellSouth, Pocket Communications and SONOFON. He has also served as an independent mobile industry consultant, leading projects with the GSMA, BellSouth, Palm and PCSOne, among others.

John is a member of the Future Trends Forum, Bankinter’s global think task focused on issues impacting Spanish society and businesses. He serves on the GSMA Ltd. Business Advisory Group as well as the Board of the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation.

John is the author of the “Wireless Evolution Insider” by the GSMA as well as “GPRS Demystified”, published by McGraw-Hill Professional.

John holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture from the University of Michigan, a Master’s of Business degree from the University of Phoenix and is a licensed architect in the state of Colorado.

Alex Hunter

Alex Hunter

Former Head of Online Marketing Virgin Group and creator of Attaché

Bio

Alex Hunter, former Head of Online Marketing for the Virgin Group and creator of Attaché, an award-winning online travel show.

 

If anyone knows about the power of branding and customer experience, it’s Alex Hunter – the former Head of Online Marketing for the Virgin Group and the creator of Attaché, an award-winning online travel. Appearing at events all over the world as a sought-after keynote speaker, he shares his insights into developing brands and customer loyalty by blending start-up creativity with emerging technologies..

Rob Nathan

Rob Nathan

Marketing Director, Media 10 Ltd

Bio

Awards Summit Speakers

Sarah Austin

Sarah Austin

Awards Director, UBM EMEA

Bio

Sarah Austin is the Awards Director for UBM EMEA/Informa PLC, a single leading B2B information services group, and the largest B2B events and exhibitions organiser in the world. Sarah joined the company in 2009 as an event co-ordinator working across a portfolio of awards ceremonies, conferences and small exhibitions and has since taken responsibility of all the award events with a team of professionals. The majority of awards events that the company runs are sector led across construction, maritime, food and pharmacy but the largest flagship awards event is the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards which Sarah is the Event Director of. Ranging across all sectors – The National Business Awards has key senior government & royal endorsements, it is a yearlong programme with high level sponsorships from the likes of Lloyds Bank, London Stock Exchange Group (ELITE), Virgin Atlantic, Fujitsu and many private equity investors. The awards attract media partnerships with The Times, business trade titles and receives coverage across the country for its diverse regionality, Sarah regularly speaks on the radio and at events to promote the programme. Sarah’s professional interests lie with the promotion of female equality within business and supporting the legacy of the 30% Club and in particular the legacy of UBM’s former chairman – Dame Helen Alexander.

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Damian Bailey

Damian Bailey

Founder & Chairman of Judging Panel, The Wedding Industry Awards, 23 Events

Bio

Damian runs 23 Events Ltd, organiser of The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA), winner of The Awards Awards Best Overall Event (under 500 attendees) in 2017. For the early part of his career Damian was involved in event management running both his own event company and working for other companies organising conferences and Awards all over the world. He then changed direction and became an award-winning wedding photographer shooting over 500 weddings in 13 years. The combination of Damian’s expertise in both event management and the wedding industry made setting up TWIA an obvious but challenging next move. TWIA receives more than 1500 entries, 25,000 votes and 2,500 event attendees across 9 events each year. www.the-wedding-industry-awards.co.uk .
Simone Broadhurst

Simone Broadhurst

Events Director, Incisive Media

Bio

 Simone Broadhurst is the Events Director at Incisive Media, an award-winning B2B information and events business. Simone has been with Incisive for over 16 years and is responsible for developing and launching hundreds of conference and awards programmes. This includes driving the development of the British Insurance Awards and the Fund Manager of the Year Awards at the Royal Albert Hall which combined attracts over 2,800 attendees across 2 nights. Simone has launched events in Europe, Middle East and the US and has worked across multiple sectors including financial, legal and tech.

 

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/simone-broadhurst-aaa409a 

Charlie Crowe

Charlie Crowe

Chairman, Csquared

Bio

Charlie is the founder of the strategic consultancy VOUCH and also non-executive chairman/founder of the publishing and events company, C Squared. A former journalist, Charlie acquired the magazine he used to edit (M&M Global) from Emap Plc (now Ascential Plc) and he then created The Festival of Media – an event which currently runs in five cities around the world with award entries from over 80 countries. Through VOUCH, Charlie now works with a host of technology innovators, brands and investors around the world – making connections and providing strategic advice.

Once voted an “international pioneer” by the readers of Campaign magazine, Charlie holds a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from Oxford University. Outside of work, Charlie is involved in the Charity Speakers4Schools; he plays the drums in a rock band and collects old books – and is married to Saskia with two daughters, Edie and Martha.

Geoff Curran

Geoff Curran

Commercial Director & Co-founder, Energy Live News - The Energy Live Consultancy Awards

Bio

Geoff is the Co-Founder and Commercial Director of Energy Live News which has the award winning website Energy Live. News and five annual events including the award winning TELCAs (The Energy Live Consultancy Awards).

As his Co-Founder, Sumit Bose, would say “Geoff is a consummatem salesperson, networker and Arsenal fan. It’s a shame he spends so little time on them and instead tries to come up with creative ideas and solutions for the business that go absolutely nowhere!”

Jason Gale

Jason Gale

CEO, World Lifestyle Awards

Bio

After 15 years in the Public Relations industry, Jason Gale created the London Lifestyle Awards® in 2009, following an inspirational meeting with then US President, Bill Clinton.

He has since hosted seven London Lifestyle Awards® with the eighth to be held November 2017. The London Lifestyle Awards® have attracted over 1 million public votes per awards, with over 5000 people in attending London Lifestyle Awards events®.

In 2016, through a series of licensing and joint ventures the Lifestyle Awards® were launched in multiple cities around the UK all of these cities proved a huge success and were all broadcast live on local TV networks.

In 2018 will see the launch of the British Lifestyle Awards®, as a standalone event but with prestigious recognition of the independent city awards.

Melissa Irving

Melissa Irving

Group Event Director, Construction & Engineering and Healthcare & Local Government Portfolios, EMAP

Bio

Melissa Irving is Group Event Director for the Construction & Engineering and Healthcare & Local Government portfolios at EMAP Publishing Ltd, a content, subscription and networking business, representing a host of industry leading brands across construction, health, local government, fashion and architecture.  Melissa joined EMAP in 2006 as an Executive Conference Producer and now holds a senior position managing operations and content teams across awards, conferences and bespoke events.  With 15 years event experience, Melissa has a keen eye for new product launches and continues to deliver exceptional year on year performance for events serving Construction News, New Civil Engineer, Ground Engineering respectively, Nursing Times and the Local Government Chronicle. 
John Hoffman

John Hoffman

CEO, GSMA Ltd

Bio

John Hoffman is CEO and Director for GSMA Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the GSMA. In this role, John oversees various lines of business, including the GSMA’s portfolio of award-winning trade shows and conferences, its online, print and broadcast media properties, industry research services and a range of network managed services.

John brings more than 25 years’ experience to the GSMA. Prior to his current role in GSMA Ltd., John was CEO and Director of fastmobile, Inc., a supplier of software-based network operator solutions. Before fastmobile, he was the President, CEO and Director of Roamware, Inc., a global provider of voice and data roaming solutions. In addition, John has held executive level positions at several mobile telecommunications companies including BellSouth, Pocket Communications and SONOFON. He has also served as an independent mobile industry consultant, leading projects with the GSMA, BellSouth, Palm and PCSOne, among others.

John is a member of the Future Trends Forum, Bankinter’s global think task focused on issues impacting Spanish society and businesses. He serves on the GSMA Ltd. Business Advisory Group as well as the Board of the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation.

John is the author of the “Wireless Evolution Insider” by the GSMA as well as “GPRS Demystified”, published by McGraw-Hill Professional.

John holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture from the University of Michigan, a Master’s of Business degree from the University of Phoenix and is a licensed architect in the state of Colorado.

Jenni O’Donovan

Jenni O’Donovan

Head of Events, Civil Society Media

Bio

Michael O'Hara

Michael O'Hara

CMO, GSMA

Bio

 As Chief Marketing Officer for the GSMA, Michael O’Hara leads the GSMA’s global marketing and communications programmes, working closely with the organisation’s membership to identify, prioritise and execute on strategic marketing issues for the mobile industry.

 

Since joining the organisation in 2008, Michael has been instrumental in establishing the GSMA as the voice of the mobile industry. In 2009, he created Mobile World Live to serve as the industry’s premier news portal, with Mobile World Live TV as a key element. He conceived the Mobile Economy report series, which provides global and regional views of the mobile industry, supported by data from GSMA Intelligence. In 2016, he launched the GSMA Industry Purpose initiative, focusing on how mobile is contributing to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and connecting everyone and everything to a better future. Michael is also responsible for many aspects of Mobile World Congress and other GSMA events, including conference programmes, the Ministerial Programme, the Innovation City exhibition, and all event branding, marketing and communications.

Before the GSMA, Michael was the General Manager for Marketing and Industry Management within the Communications Sector at Microsoft. In this role, he drove Microsoft’s initiatives to deliver world-class software solutions to the communications industry, including telecommunications companies, hosting service providers and media and entertainment organisations. Prior to Microsoft, Michael was Vice President, Marketing at Sonus Networks, a leading provider of carrier voice over IP (VoIP) solutions, where he led the company’s marketing strategy and oversaw all marketing functions.

Previously, Michael served as Chief Marketing Officer at Nortel Networks in Europe, responsible for Nortel’s marketing and sales operations programs in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Also at Nortel, he was Vice President of Global Business Operations reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, and he held additional management positions in a number of areas including sales, operations, customer service, and manufacturing engineering with Nortel Networks in Europe.

He holds an honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the Queens University of Belfast.

Follow Michael on Twitter: @jmohara 

Matthew Riviere

Matthew Riviere

Head of Marketing, Civil Society Media

Bio

 Matthew joined Civil Society Media as Head of Marketing in November 2013 and has worked as a marketing professional for over 10 years. He started his career in digital marketing where he developed an understanding of the importance role data plays in delivering effective marketing campaigns. Matthew then went on to work in generalist roles in the B2B technology sector where he worked on award winning teams and campaigns.
Paul Sagoo

Paul Sagoo

Founder, The Asian Awards

Bio

Paul Sagoo is the founder and Director of Lemon Group International Ltd, a UK-based investment company.

In 2009 he founded The Asian Awards, which focusses on awarding the worlds best Asians across a multitude of disciplines. The Asian Awards is now into its 7th year and has grown to become one of the biggest events in the UK. Previously the events twitter hashtag #TheAsianAwards trended worldwide for 3 hours at the top spot.

Paul consults to businesses across the globe often with a hands on approach and is working on a number of new initiatives such as The Newton Awards, due to take place in 2016, which will honour the very best British scientists.

He has strong experience in helping businesses achieve strategic commercial change in terms of growth, operations, sales/biz dev, acquisition, mergers, investment and turnaround.

Paul regularly speaks on a number of interest areas such as diversity, business, entrepreneurship, motivation and corporate development.

His goal is to make businesses and people that he interacts with, happy and profitable.

Paul is a well-known person within the UK Asian community and has made a name for being well-dressed having been voted one of the best dressed British Asians in a recent survey.

In 2013 he was asked by LinkedIn to be part of their new Influencer program. Only 150 people were chosen for this worldwide and included the likes of Barack Obama, Richard Branson, David Cameron and Deepak Chopra. In 2015 Paul was awarded by LinkedIn for having one of the most popular  online profiles in the UK.

Hamish Taylor

Hamish Taylor

Former CEO Sainsbury’s Bank and Eurostar

Bio

Hamish Taylor has an award winning record of driving innovation and change in a number of very different environments. Hamish was trained in Brand management at Procter and Gamble, a Management Consultant at Price Waterhouse, Head of Brands at British Airways, CEO of Eurostar, and CEO of Sainsburys Bank – all before he was 40! In each case, he left behind a record of significant growth/turnaround triggered by a willingness to challenge industry/organisation norms and place the customer at the core of all activities.

 

He has also been dubbed the “master thief” by the Inspired Leaders Network due to his record of “stealing” ideas from one environment to use in another (including Yacht designers for aircraft interiors, Disney to help with airport queuing, and rugby referees for new approaches to risk/compliance). In 2004, Hamish launched his speaking and consultancy career and, in the past 5 years alone, over 250 organisations in more than 45 different countries have sought Hamish’s inspiration.

Hamish acts as a global advisor to some of the worlds largest companies (but is equally happy working with small companies) – often assisting with specific innovation projects, new business pursuits and/or people development.

He is regularly featured in the broadcast media, his most recent project being the “Teen Canteen” television programme for the BBC.

Venue Summit Speakers

Emma Howe

Sales & Events Director, Street Feast

 

Association Summit Speakers