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

Conference Summit Speakers

John Barnes

John Barnes

Chief Digital Officer, Infopro Digital

Bio

 John is currently the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) at Infopro Digital following it’s acquisition of the Incisive Media Insight Group in spring 2017.

Prior to this he held the same role at Incisive Media and was responsible for driving change in it’s digital strategy and delivery globally across the group. During this time Incisive Media was named UK digital publisher of the year a record four times.

He was Chairman of the AOP from 2010 to 2015 and remains a non Executive director of the organisation.

He was Managing director of VNU Business Publications prior to Incisive Media acquiring it in 2007. He has over 30 years experience in B2B Media.

Ruth Carter

Ruth Carter

Managing Director, Telegraph Events

Bio

Ruth Carter has forged a highly successful international career in the commercial events industry working with some of the biggest companies around. She was founder and Managing Director of EMAP Conferences, which she launched and grew to £25m and then founder and Chief Executive of UBM Conferences, which she grew to £150m. She grew both companies into significant and highly respected global businesses and personally launched these operations into China, South East Asia, India, the Middle East, Europe and North and South America.

She has been Chief Executive for several niche media companies as well as being Chief Product Officer for Informa where she led the company through a major restructure as well as a comprehensive turnaround in product quality and delivery.

Ruth is currently Managing Director of Telegraph Events, a division of the Daily Telegraph, where she leads their vast portfolio of award-winning consumer and business events including the Ski and Snowboard Show, The Telegraph Festival of Business and the Telegraph Whisky Show.

She is passionate about her role as Non-Executive Director of Generation Success, the not-for-profit organisation which provides events, training, mentoring and work placements for highly talented, but less advantaged, young people.

She is a regular speaker at events, reflecting not only her long-standing involvement with international business development but also her passion for growing and developing talented individuals around the world. Ruth holds a degree in music from Trinity College of Music, London; a qualification that adds little value to her day-to-day work activities.

Nadim Chaudhry

Nadim Chaudhry

CEO, Green Power

Bio

 After an 8 year year introduction into mobile telecoms events in Informa I founded Green Power in 2003 after growing concerned about climate change and believing that renewables were coming of age (I was a decade early). We have since successfully run over 500 conferences, exhibitions and training courses in 37 countries, spreading best practice, connecting businesses and accelerating the energy transition.

 

We are now firmly focused on the scaling up the size and impact of our commercially focused event platforms for deal making, due diligence, project best practice, de-risking markets and accelerating the energy transition. We have recently partnered with UBM acquiring 2 of our largest events in Mexico and Argentina and we are looking forward to growing some more market leading congresses. 

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.

Mark Eisenstadt

Mark Eisenstadt

Founder, Fusion Corporate Partners

Bio

Mark Eisenstadt started at VNU and rose to Publisher of B2B and consumer computer publications and events. He then ran a Rothschild backed healthcare media company before becoming Publishing Director of Reed Healthcare. In 1990 he was a founding Director of A&M Publishing. The business produced healthcare publications, websites, events and had a medical education division. It acquired Pharmafile in 1992. After building the business to profits of over £1.2 it was acquired in 2002 by John Wiley & Sons.

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.

Nick Field

Nick Field

Former MD, Legend Exhibitions Ltd

Bio

Nick Field started work in advertising sales, working initially for Haymarket Publishing, before eventually moving into the exhibition industry over 20 years ago.

Between that time and now he has had his share of successes, near hits and complete failures and believes strongly that each experience – good and bad –  has been an opportunity to learn and progress through the industry.

12 years ago he became Managing Director and co-founder of Legend Exhibitions Limited. Initially launching and running the company from his kitchen table, he grew it, with the help of a strong and dedicated team, to be one of the industries major success stories of the last few years, leading to the sale of the company to Reed Exhibitions Limited in 2016.

James Gareh

James Gareh

CEO, Insight Events

Bio

James has been in the events business for over 20 years starting with Informa, working in various guises within the group, including conference producer, MD of various conference and exhibition businesses, Regional MD for various geographic areas and Publisher for a number of publishing assets.  He also was Investor relations for the Informa Group for a while as well as being responsible for an extensive awards portfolio.

James acquired the Swedish and Danish conferences from Informa in 2015 and is now CEO of the newly rebranded Insight Events businesses.  The parent company Converse Media is now partly owned by the Comexposium Group based in France.  James also carries out a small amount of consulting and M&A advisory work for events and other small businesses.

Noel Hillman

Noel Hillman

Chief Executive Officer, Clear Path Analysis

Bio

Noel is a true media and marketing entrepreneur at heart, setting up Clear Path Analysis in 2009 at a time of unprecedented economic and market turmoil for the events industry.

 

Noel’s background in media started in local radio, moving onto join Terrapinn, the global conference company. His specialism during this time included alternative investments, financial technology and institutional asset allocation. Through 2006 to 2009, Noel lead new media projects, leading him to establish Clear Path Analysis, a ‘content at heart’ event and publishing model combining in-depth research, journalist quality editorial and event style production methodologies.

Today, Noel leads a team of highly experienced media practitioners, producing opinion reports, surveys and events across the UK, continental Europe and North America. 

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.

Bilal Kapadia

Bilal Kapadia

Director, Savant Events

Bio

Colette Leong-Son

Colette Leong-Son

Managing Director, Events Infopro Digital

Bio

Colette has a wealth of experience launching, growing and developing annuals and LSEs. She has spent over 25 years in the events business with IIR, Informa and Emap managing and leading profitable conference operations.

In 2007 Colette was awarded Informa Global Employee of The Year.

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 

Peter Jones

Peter Jones

CEO, Nineteen Events

Bio

 Peter started out in media 20 years ago with EMAP Publishing before hopping over the fence into exhibitions by joining Blenheim Exhibitions, nowadays known as UBM Live. Since then, he has cut his teeth at Tarsus Group Plc and also completed a brief stint that we don’t usually mention as a currency broker.

For the past 10 years Peter has headed up his exhibition organising business with the support of a passionate & committed team. He has launched, built and sold award winning exhibitions, the latest being Counter Terror Expo acquired by Clarion Events.

Passionate about people, relationships and the thrill of building successful businesses, the exhibition arena is perfect. A strong believer in keeping things simple, learnt from mentor and industry legend Phil Soar, Peter’s approach is straight forward, whether a major customer or a junior member of the team, he believes that people buy into people first and trust is key. 

Jack Pegram

Jack Pegram

Managing Director, Getenergy Events Ltd

Bio

Paul Slight

Paul Slight

Founder, Fusion Corporate Partners UK

Bio

 
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.

Michael Von Der Geest

Michael Von Der Geest

Advisory – EMEIA, Ernst & Young LLP

Bio

Michael is a Partner at EY where he leads the Media and Technology Advisory Practice in the UK. He has over 20 years of experience in working with clients on major business transformation. He has worked extensively across the Information Services industry, including the events and exhibitions sector supporting clients in the shift to digital and disruptive business models.
Tim Willoughby

Tim Willoughby

Managing Director, Ocean Media Group

Bio

Tim is Managing Director of Ocean Media Group where he is a member of the board, leading on sales, marketing and product; delivering Ocean’s ambitious organic growth plans and identifying and integrating acquisitions.  Ocean Media Group is an events, online and traditional publications business with an annual turnover of over £20m.   Previously he was Director of Events, Retail Week at Emap where he overhauled strategy, product positioning, routes to market, and customer experiences to reverse the decline and deliver growth paid for event attendance, including over 30% growth in RW Live delegates in 2016.  Prior to this Managing Director of C5 Communications Ltd where he turned around loss making business into a profitable and sustainable company, with increased turnover and customer retention.

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

Tania Marshall

Tania Marshall

Global Marketing Director, FT Live

Bio

Tania is Global Marketing Director of FT Live, having overall responsibility for securing quality audiences of senior decision makers and industry ‘movers and shakers’ for up to 200 global events a year.  She is responsible for generating delegate revenue across 65 annual B2B and B2C conferences and events, including awards.  Her role involves collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders to bring new event products to life. Recent events/series include: FT Leadership Dialogues, FT Weekend Festival and FT Women at the Top.  At the beginning of her events career in the early 2000s, Tania helped launch conferences in China and Brazil.
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 

Richard Pope

Richard Pope

Founder & Managing Director, Procurement Leaders

Bio

Richard Pope is co-founder and Managing Director of Sigaria, a business intelligence organisation, providing research and events for global procurement and supply chain executives. Richard completed a BSc with Honours in Economics and Sociology from the University of Wales, Swansea and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from Cardiff University. Richard started his career as a reporter and producer for ITV. He then did a short stint at Alternative before setting up Sigaria in 2004. Sigaria has quickly established itself as a leader in the information services space, winning 20 industry awards and serving an impressive blue-chip client base.
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.

Giles Watkins

Giles Watkins

Experienced Board Member & Advisor & Commercial Director, JLINC Labs & UK Country Leader, International Association of Privacy Professionals

Bio

Awards Summit Speakers

Sarah Austin

Sarah Austin

Awards Director, UBM EMEA

Bio

Sarah Austin is the Awards Director for UBM EMEA, a global b2b media and events company operating in over 30 countries in 70 vertical markets.  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 UBM run are sector led across construction, architecture, maritime, food and pharmacy but the largest flagship awards event is the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards. 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, KPMG, Samsung and Amazon.
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

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.

Leigh Cowlishaw

Leigh Cowlishaw

Director of Supplier Partnerships and HBAA Past Chair, Capita Travel and Events

Bio

 As director of supplier partnerships for Capita Travel and Events, Leigh has responsibility for the strategic management and development of the agency’s relationships with core travel and meetings partners. This includes accommodation and venue providers, train operating companies, ground transportation, distribution and airlines.

 

 

 As a self-proclaimed champion of technology, innovation and sustainability, Leigh led the HBAA’s TIS committee lead before being appointed 2016 Chair of the industry association and now continues to sit on the HBAA Board.

Leigh joined Capita Travel and Events in 2013 as sourcing manager for key accounts before progressing to her current role in 2014.  Her depth of industry experience spans meetings and events agency operations, European customer account management and hotel sales management. 

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.

Sarah Lawrence

Sarah Lawrence

Commercial Planning Manager, Kingfisher

Bio

With over 18 years’ experience within the agency and corporate events sector, Sarah is extremely passionate about everything associated with experiential events and communication.  Sarah joined B&Q Plc in September 2014 and is responsible for designing and delivering all of the strategic events in line with company objectives.  This ranges from large scale conferences to national roadshows and vendor events.

Sarah’s strengths consist of developing new processes and ways of working. She strengthens partnerships between internal stakeholders and third-party suppliers to deliver highly effective and engaging events with clear purpose that have ROI and ROO. Integrating technology and digital platforms to events has been a real success for Sarah over the last 18 months, with deeper engagement from delegates whilst providing more intelligent analytical and reporting data.  In addition to her love for event management and everything that encompasses, Sarah is a keen advocate for mentoring and advising young people entering into the events industry and providing them with the confidence and tools to succeed.

In her personal time Sarah is a DIY enthusiast and enjoys cooking for family and friends. As a mother of two children a work-life balance is very important to her.  Sarah is passionate about inspiring other mothers working in the industry to develop their career alongside their responsibilities as a parent.  

Moya Maxwell

Moya Maxwell

Director of Venues at Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Bio

Moya is an exceptional senior business executive, whose expertise is in developing new business ventures and maximising the commercial potential of cultural organisations.

Moya has considerable experience in the unique venue sector having worked at St James Theatre and Sadler’s Wells before joining the Royal Opera House as Head of Commercial Programming in 2004. During her 12 years at ROH, Moya oversaw all commercial events at the venue, as well as researching and developing additional commercial opportunities for the ROH brand and ROH productions. These included setting up the UK cinema distribution network for live broadcasts of opera and ballet from the Royal Opera House and creating and launching new retail outlets – both physical and online.

Moya was also Chairman of venue marketing consortium Unique Venues of London from 2005 – 2016, utilising her experience in the sector to promote the unique venue scene in London and further grow the membership.

Moya joined RIBA as in October 2016 where she is responsible for leading and developing the venue and events teams in London and Liverpool to ensure they continue to increase their commercial contribution to the charity and fulfil their remit to encourage more people to engage with and explore architecture. 

Charlie Marr

Charlie Marr

Commercial Director, Headbox

Bio

Charlie is the Commercial Director at HeadBox, a SaaS-enabled marketplace connecting event bookers with meeting room and event spaces across the UK. Having studied at Oxford University, Charlie pursued a career in technology, working at Pulsar Platform as the Head of Sales, before moving to HeadBox to help grow their presence in the industry.

Tom McMurray

Tom McMurray

Senior Director & Chief Financial Officer, Ingram Micro

Bio

Tony trained as a Chartered Accountant for 3 years before joining Ingram Micro UK in 1995 and has fulfilled a number of roles including UK Planning Accountant, Credit Risk Analyst, European Financial Controller, UK Commercial Controller and Head of Finance UK. Tony holds a BA (Hons) degree in Music and Sports Science from Brunel University and is a qualified accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Acc

Jon Noonan

Jon Noonan

Group Sales Director, Eventist Group

Bio

As an experienced board level marketing director with 20 years experience of marketing and business applications, Rob joined Media 10 in 2007, having previously worked at Haymarket Exhibition and is now directly responsible for a 25-strong team of marketing managers, executives and assistants, both in the UK and overseas. Rob is actively involved in the promotion of the events industry both in the UK and globally.

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 

Will Poole

Will Poole

Events & Compliance Manager, Troxy

Bio

 

Jonathan Read

Jonathan Read

Commercial Director, Tobacco Dock

Bio

Jonathan is the Commercial Director of Tobacco Dock and relaunched the area as a live events destination with his business partner, Patrick Donovan, in 2012. Prior to this Jonathan spent over 20 years in live events and brand communications both agency and client-side, producing product launches, leading brand experience programmes and activating sponsorship in over 30 countries for brands including AMD, General Motors, SanDisk, Johnson & Johnson, LG, Guinness and Grey Goose. He is a member of EVCOM and the Marketing Society.

 

Tobacco Dock is a community for the ideas generation. Equidistant from The City, Tech City and the cultural heart of London the setting combines progressive spaces against an architecturally significant backdrop. We encourage the sharing of information, a place where people congregate and ideas are exchanged.

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.

Tim Wade

Tim Wade

Founder, CX Lab www.cxlab.co.uk

Bio

Formerly the Director of Marketing & Ecommerce & European Director of Loyalty for Best Western, Tim Wade redefined the mid-market hotel chain by bringing the brand’s purpose to life through innovating the multi-channel experience. Now a managing partner at Smith+Co Consultancy, he collates his experience to talk purpose, ambition, brand strategy and customer experience.

 

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