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Director of Investor Relations, Corporate Communications & Brand, Informa PLC
Richard spent the previous fifteen years as a leading sell-side Media equity research analyst, latterly as a Senior Director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and prior to this at Dresdner Kleinwort. During his analyst career, Richard covered most areas of the Media Sector, including Publishing, Business Information & Events, Broadcasting, Advertising Agencies and Pay TV, including active coverage of Informa for over ten years.
Founder, Inspired Minds #AI4good
MODERATOR CEO SUMMIT: Nik Gowing
Professor, Broadcaster, Journalist & Keynote Speaker
Nik Gowing was a main news presenter for the BBC’s international 24-hour news channel BBC World News 1996-2014. He presented The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London , plus location coverage of major global stories.
Conference Summit Speakers
CHAIR: Colette Leong-Son
Managing Director - Events, Infopro Digital
Founder, Geeks on a Beach
Tina is also CEO and Founder of TechTalks.ph, a community building platform. Considered a pioneer ecosystem builder in the startup scene in the Philippines, she is currently a Strategic Management and Program Consultant for creative, innovation and startup programs. She worked as a business and marketing professional in the tech industry prior to her startup advocacy. Tina has a degree in Electronics Engineering, an MBA, and took professional continuing studies at Stanford University. Tina is currently consultant for the Philippine Government’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI/CITEM), the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and Department of Science and Technology (DOST). Coupled with her prior experience working in California, and with corporates and non-profit organizations, Tina has a unparalleled, comprehensive view of the tech, startup and creative industries in Southeast Asia and the world.
Director, Fusion Corporate Partners
In 2002,Mark formed Fusion Corporate Partners with Paul Slight, who had represented A&M in its sale. Fusion is a niche M&A boutique in the media sector, exclusively representing the seller. Their market coverage includes; events, websites, market intelligence, broadcast & publications. To date they have completed over 100 media transactions with a total deal size of US$1.5Bln.
Mark’s speciality is to provide strategic advice to help companies maximise profits and achieve high exit values. He provides advice to a number of media enterprises and is a Director of GFC Media Group, Train Visual and MRM Media.
CEO & Founder, Guild & President, Econsultancy
Ashley is one of the most influential and connected figures in digital and marketing. As one of the 100+ recommendations for him on LinkedIn reads, “If Ashley doesn’t know it – it ain’t worth knowing.”
Ashley is author of two best-selling books on digital. A columnist, commentator and blogger, he speaks worldwide on digital and marketing trends and best practice.
Ashley is involved in a number of digital businesses and ventures as investor, adviser, mentor and operationally, including:
- CEO & Founder, Guild – private professional messaging app
- President & Founder, Econsultancy – digital marketing best practice
- Chairman, Ably – realtime data delivery platform
- Investor, Cranberry Panda – ecommerce recruitment
- Digital Advisory Board, Age UK – digital transformation for leading charity
- Adviser, Government Digital Service – digital transformation of government
- Mentor, Cambridge Judge Business School – masters/diploma in entrepreneurship
- Speaker, Founders4Schools – inspiring school children into business/entrepreneurship
- Fellow, Society of Leadership Fellows – peer community of 250 UK business leaders
Co-founder & Head of Production, GreyGreen Media
Editorial Director, Copperberg
Venue Services Director, White Light Ltd
Editor-in-Chief & Managing Director, C21 Media
Deputy Director Conferences, PEI (Intrastructure Investor Global Summit)
Group Managing Director, Oil & Gas Council
Event Director, Ocean Media Group
I sit on the senior management team at OMG and my main remit is to grow our portfolio through providing excellent content and understanding all our key stakeholders needs.
Founder, Fusion Corporate Partners UK
Event Marketing Summit Speakers
CHAIR: Ewa Campbell
Global Marketing Director, Internet of Business
Group Head of Marketing Events, The Telegraph
Marketing Director, Smarter Shows
Marketing Director, CWIEME - ITE
Director Marketing Communications and Digital, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Head of Marketing, Informa Global Exhibitions
Expert on digital, social media, tech and marketing for tech and media start-ups
He is establishing his own agency, Vandal, which will do similar work but focus more tightly on creative technology and innovation.
Manging Director, Wyvern DM Ltd
Awards Summit Speakers
CHAIR: Fergus Gregory
Group Commercial Director, The Drum
Awards Director, UBM
Enam Ali MBE
Founder, British Curry Awards
Lorraine Barnes Burton
CEO, British Travel Awards
Previously involved in the media world (which has proved invaluable in setting up media partnerships for the BTAs) she was head of travel and leisure offers at the Evening Standard and is widely acknowledged as coming up with the BOGOF strapline!
Before that Lorraine worked at the BBC as a production assistant and then an exhibitions executive working on external site management and this has come full circle with Lorraine’s latest venture as a founding director of Converge Exhibitions. This company was set up to bring travelling and buying consumers to specifically tailored b2c shows and successfully launched its first exhibition ‘The Wildlife & Safari Travel Show’ in September 2018.
Lorraine also runs a busy home in Surrey and is Mum to three boys and two cockerpoos.
Impressionist, comedian, satirist & Awards host
Impressionist, comedian, satirist, translator, columnist, writer, presenter, ballroom dancer, Rory Bremner is either multi-talented or indecisive or both!
Rory is perhaps best known for writing and starring in the political satire show Bremner, Bird and Fortune, for nearly twenty years a mainstay of Channel 4’s comedy output. He won back-to-back BAFTAs for Britain’s Top Comedy Performance, together with three Royal Television Society and two British Comedy Awards. He turned his hand, or should that be feet, to Strictly Come Dancing, and regularly appears on TV and Radio, as a performer as well as presenter, while early TV credits includeSpitting Image, Whose Line is it Anyway, Have I Got News for You, Mock the Week (where he was team captain for two series), The News Quiz, The Now Show, 7 day Sunday and QI. He appeared more often than any other guest on both Wogan and Parkinson. He often features on The Andrew Marr Show, where he reviews current political events through his many characters.
With John Bird and John Fortune, he also wrote and appeared in numerous specials, including Between Iraq and a Hard Place, My Government and I and Silly Money, and a book, You Are Here, published in 2005 (‘a stockpile of satirical ammunition’- Daily Telegraph).
He has made documentaries on Scottish Soldiers and Diaries for BBC4, traced his family history on Who Do You Think You Are (BBC), explored his own self-diagnosed ADHD on Radio 4 and starred in the hugely successful 2011 series of Strictly Come Dancing with partner Erin Boag. He does live tour shows, often with Jazz Performer Ian Shaw and comedienne Hattie Heyridge, and in 2011 began a new satirical show for Radio 4, Tonight, with Andy Zaltzman.
Meanwhile, he’s translated three operas: two from French, Carmen (2001) and Orpheus in the Underworld (Scottish Opera, 2011) and one from German (Der Silbersee,1997) together with the Bertolt Brecht play A Respectable Wedding (Young Vic, 2008). He is a regular contributor to The FT, The Telegraph, The New Statesman and Radio Times, for whom he has interviewed Michael Parkinson and Sir David Frost.
When not working (hollow laughter) he enjoys travel, opera, cooking, sport (especially cricket- he had a 1985 Top 20 hit as ‘The Commentators’ with N.n..nineteen not out) and motor racing – he owns a 1963 Alfa Spyder and is a regular site on F1 grids.
Married to the artist Tessa Campbell Fraser, with two daughters, Ava and Lila, he divides his time (badly) between London, the Costwolds and his new family home in the Scottish Borders.
‘Rory exceeded our/the clients’ expectations in all regards and they’re now his biggest fans!’
Events Director, Incisive Media
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.
Zehra J Chudry
Content Director, GLOMO Awards, GSMA
Zehra believes access to digital technology is a fundamental right to the global citizen. As a Research Manager at the GSMA, Zehra leads the company’s global efforts to connect everyone to everything: through creating platforms for the showcasing of new digital technology, sharing learnings between organisations, networking with the leaders of the mobile ecosystem and awarding the pioneers who are pushing the boundaries of connectivity.
Prior to the GSMA, she headed the content department for Payment Technology at Clarion Events. Her legacy is marked here with the creation of the Annual Payments Power 10 Award, which is now the recognised standard for the influencers of the UK’s Payments and FinTech sector.
Founder, UK Good Funeral Awards
Brian Jenner is one of the founders of the UK Good Funeral Awards. He also organises events for international speechwriters. The UK Good Funeral Awards is known as ‘The Oscars of the UK funeral trade’ and has now been running for 6 years.
Managing Director, Max Live Events
Amanda has worked within the events industry for over 20 years, across numerous fields from classical, to rock and pop, and experiential marketing. She landed about 10 years ago in the corporate world. Here she has gained a reputation for producing highly successful events -from initial concept through to actuality.
Working initially as a junior production manager at an AV Production company, where she quickly progressed to become Event Director
Amanda took the decision at the start of 2014 to launch her own production company – Max Live Events – Who’s ethos is to be “a rather good production company”- Being friendly and personably, adding the extra little touches, going the extra mile and giving attention to detail.
Head of Awards, Cannes Lions
Head of Event Operations, Business Intelligence, Informa
Association Summit Speakers
CHAIR: Lesley McLeod
CEO, Association for Project Safety
She is one of the UK’s leading communication professionals with a reputation for tackling the complex and unpopular. She headed up the communication team at the British Bankers’ Association during the financial crisis and has worked for the UK’s leading energy companies at Energy UK. During her career in government she has worked on a number of high profile news stories ranging from foot and mouth to dangerous dogs, from terrorist bombings to flooding. She has worked on national advertising and awareness campaigns such as drink driving and speeding as well as the introduction of London’s congestion charge. Lesley is a graduate of both Edinburgh and Napier universities and started her working life as a management trainee in Edinburgh. She worked for ScottishPower in Glasgow before moving to London. Lesley was born in Aberdeen and was educated in Thurso. She moved back to Scotland last autumn.
Global Events Operations Manager, The Association of Corporate Treasurers
Head of Conferences, National Housing Federation
Associate Director of Education and Events, Royal College of Anaesthetists
Head of Marketing, International Bar Association
Jennie Castro is currently Head of Marketing at the International Bar Association (IBA) – an association for international lawyers based in London. Her role focuses on promoting over 55 international legal conferences each year, including the IBA’s Annual Conference which attracts around 6,000 delegates.
Jennie has been working in events marketing for the last 14 years. Before joining the IBA she worked for Informa, LexisNexis and Emap (now Ascential), marketing a range of conferences, webinars, in-house training, courses and other training products in the maritime, oil and gas, legal, construction and engineering sectors.
Head of Events and Partnerships, The King's Fund
Before joining the Fund in 2016, Kieran spent four years working at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Shelter. He developed and managed six and seven-figure partnerships with a range of companies across the health care, financial, advertising and fast-moving consumer goods sectors. His areas of interest include integrated care and digital health.
CEO, The British Independent Retailers Association
Event Portfolio Development Manager, The IET
Events Team Leader, Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals
Events Manager, Association for Project Management
Director General, British Educational Suppliers Association
Venue Summit Speakers
CHAIR: Shaun Hinds
Chairman, Manchester Central
Prior to joining Manchester Central, Shaun previously led international operations at BridgeStreet Global Hospitality and has more than 25 years’ experience working across hospitality, property and business service sectors. Having held leadership roles across a wide range of business functions, Shaun is in prime position to steer Manchester Central through its next phase of growth.
Head of Commercial Events and Business Development, National Theatre
Prior to joining the National Theatre, Ali was an Account Manager at Wildgoose Events and Woods’ Silver Fleet.
Head of Creative Strategy, Google
Her day job is to connect users and customers to Google, telling Google’s story and sharing the magic of technology in simple and surprising ways. In the process, she aims to bring people together to create serendipitous moments, inspiration and collaborations. Her work includes Google’s presence at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity, Google’s product launch events such as The Google Curiosity Rooms and YouTube Music In Residence and Android at Mobile World Congress.
Amy joined Google from the Edinburgh Television Festival where she was Festival Director. In that role she saw record sponsorship revenue and attendance figures for the event, with MacTaggart Lectures delivered by Jeremy Paxman, Mark Thompson and James Murdoch.
Prior to the Television Festival, Amy was a consultant with Deloitte Consulting. She began her career at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts where she oversaw their membership and events strategy for 10 years.
Amy obtained her MBA from London Business School and holds an MA in Modern Literature from the University of London as well as a BA in Literature from Birmingham Southern College. She moved to the UK in 1997 studying collaborative theatre after winning the prestigious Thomas J Watson Fellowship.
A native Texan, Amy has lived in London for 22 years. When not working, she’s either running her homemade cookie business or walking in Hampstead Heath with her husband and daughter.
CodeNode Space & Events Manager, Skills Matter
Prior to joining the National Theatre, Ali was an Account Manager at Wildgoose Events and Woods’ Silver Fleet.
Business Development Director, Saatchi Gallery
For over 25 years Dean has worked in hospitality, commercial events and business management at some of London’s largest venues, including 10 years at the Royal Opera House. His passion for creative and performing arts has helped Dean to deliver high-profile events working with third-party partners and suppliers from Hermes, Conde Nast, Rolex, Dior, Google, Chanel, Imagination to name a few.
Sales & Marketing Manager, RSA House
Emma heads up the sales and marketing team for CH&Co at RSA House, who handle all events end to end, alongside proactive sales and delivery of the marketing strategy. Emma has experience of working both venue side, as well as client side, and has been working in the events world locally and internationally, for 20 years. Emma joined the RSA just over a year ago, as the business was about to embark on a 9 month redevelopment project of the lower ground floors of the building. Having worked through a full renovation project at another venue, and been part of a hotel opening, this was yet another exciting project to work through!
Director of Venues, Top Banana & Chair of HBAA
Commercial Director, Olympia London
In 2018, the venue announced plans for a £700m master plan to invest in the long term strategic vision to elevate Olympia London on to the world class stage as a destination and cultural hub for design, arts, entertainment and events. Previously Anna oversaw the relaunch of Olympia London including the award winning rebrand and was instrumental in securing contracts with some of Britain’s best loved consumer shows and most prolific trade shows from leading organisers, including Ideal Home, London Book Fair, 100% Design and Top Drawer.
With over 20 years of industry experience within the events, meetings and hospitality sector Anna joined Olympia London in 2002, after previously working for Forte Hotels for several years.
Commercial Director, Swan, Shakespeare's Globe
Founder, Proper Food & Drink Company
Event Director, Capita Travel and Events
Sales & Events Director, Street Feast
Emma was appointed as Sales and Events director to implement a corporate events division of Street Feast, the pioneering social dining concept responsible for the growing street food trend in London and the UK, and has been with the organisation for 3 years. Emma has made some waves as one of London’s challenger events disruptors since launching Street Feast into the corporate events market which now makes up 50% turnover for the business, and has grown their portfolio from three venues to seven in 2018.
Street Feast have become renowned for transforming London’s forgotten spaces into beautifully designed venues offering some of the world’s best street food and great drinks. The innovative Street Feast model takes derelict and disused spaces in London and turns them into vibrant street food markets, hosting a line-up of superb street food traders and bars in all their venues.
Emma has over 15 years’ experience in the hospitality and sales industry and in 2014 entered the top ten of the Event 100 Club, with a couple of years later being recognised as one of the ‘Hot 50 Game Changers’ in the Events Industry via Prestige Events.
Events Marketing, Science Museum
Karim Le Cloarec
General Manager, Searcys at The Gherkin
General Manager, The Grand Brighton
In 2014 Andrew oversaw the sale of The Grand by De Vere to Wittington Investments. Wittington are committed to extensive investment in The Grand which has already included the installation of air conditioning to all bedrooms and the complete refurbishment and restoration of the hotel’s facade
Commercial Events Business Development Manager, Historic Royal Palaces
Managing Director, Camm and Hooper Ltd
Managing Director, Triggerfish