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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Tony Anderson

Tony Anderson

expert speaker on branding and an active adviser to small businesses

Bio

After rising through the ranks marketing British Airways and Thomas Cook, Tony was appointed Sales and Marketing Director of easyJet six months before the airline’s first flight, subsequently working on the launch and development of the company, taking the easyGroup brand into new business areas from car rental to internet cafes. Outside of travel, Tony has held senior positions online bank Egg, TNS and The Children’s Mutual.  Tony is an expert speaker on branding, online marketing and communications and an active adviser to start-up companies and small businesses.  He will bring his extensive business experiences to focusing his closing keynote on new challenges for wider marketing in the events industry with ideas and insights both for large established companies and new start-ups.

 

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Roberta Lucca

Roberta Lucca

Founder & Chief Branding Officer, Bossa Studios

Bio

Roberta Lucca – unconventional entrepreneur, BAFTA winner and obsessive learner

Roberta is the Founder and Chief Brand Officer at Bossa Studios (she has over 60 employees, of whom 70% are millenials or Gen Y), she previously founded WonderLuk and BOLDR. She has built and launched over 20 digital/mobile products, games, and brands in the last 15 years. Her forte is to create original products and concepts while inspiring people about making big things happen and being bold every day.

With a Computer Science degree, an MBA and many Arts & Design courses, her brain expanded into balancing spark and creative chaos with a great ability to execute. Business-wise, she’s worked in product and innovation within large companies, including Globo TV (the world’s largest commercial broadcaster) and Vertu/Nokia.

She founded the BAFTA-winning games company Bossa Studios (success), the ‘3D printing for design lovers’ brand WonderLuk (failure) and learned loads along the journey.  With a strong team based in London, she helped Bossa grow from zero to a multi-million dollar business. Bossa is now amongst the 1% top performing UK startups in terms of annual sales.  Their games are B2C and went viral due to their ingenious growth strategy and were bought by millions of people worldwide.

Roberta was voted as one of the Top 35 Women under 35 by Management Today, Top 30 Women in Games, and was everywoman’s Entrepreneur of the Year finalist.  In 2015, she became a Tech London Advocate to help foster our startups ecosystem, and got listed as Influential Tech Leader on the TechCity Insider’s Almanac. In 2016, her letter of advice to young entrepreneurs was published on the Dear Female Founder book.

As a founder who’s succeeded and failed, she loves inspiring more women to shape the future with Tech. She’s been actively inspiring them at events she speaks at, TV programmes such as the BBC’s Girls Can Code, Disney’s Minnie Challenge, and through one-on-one mentoring.

She has appeared on the BBC and Sky News and while she and her companies have featured in The Guardian, Evening Standard, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Management Today, Financial Times, Telegraph and Wired among others.

Here is a link to a video of her talking about Millennials https://youtu.be/T02PYVTX0E8

Richard Menzies-Gow

Richard Menzies-Gow

Director of Investor Relations, Corporate Communications & Brand, Informa PLC

Bio

Richard is part of the Executive Management Team at Informa PLC, the FTSE 50 listed Exhibitions, Events and Information Services Group. He joined Informa as Head of Investor Relations in September 2012 and has since broadened his role to include responsibility for Corporate Communications, Brand and Sustainability. Over his six years at the Group, Informa has built a leading position in the Exhibitions market, most recently through the £4bn acquisition of UBM 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.

Noel Ng

Noel Ng

Deputy Director-General, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office

Bio

Ms Noel Ng has been the Deputy Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London, which is the official representative of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government in the UK as well as Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuanian, Norway, the Russian Federation and Sweden, since April 2018.

Prior to this post, she had worked in a number of Policy Bureaux in Hong Kong looking after a number of policy portfolio.

Sarah Porter

Sarah Porter

Founder, Inspired Minds #AI4good

Bio

Sarah has founded 24 tech and science projects in 31 countries since 1998. She is currently the Founder and CEO of InspiredMinds a global tech strategy group active in 112 countries worldwide that specialises in Artificial Intelligence for good. InspiredMinds includes the World Summit AI – the largest international tech festival on AI that grew from 0-6,500 delegates within two years and with a growing community of 42k members; Intelligent Health summits worldwide on AI in medicine, ADAai a not for profit group that has just initiated the worlds first global cancer project. Sarah is also the co-founder of the first ever STEM school in Kabul, an advisor and speaker for the United Nations and UNESCO, a first response trauma medic and an ambassador for the Royal Marsden Hospital championing ways that emerging technology can improve cancer parties diagnosis, treatment and survival rates.

Sarah is most passionate about ensuring emerging technology benefits under represented sectors of society, in particular women and girls. As a global advocate and fierce campaigner of women’s rights and gender equality, she was recently nominated as female tech entrepreneur of the year following the campaign on behalf of the all girl Afghan robotics team vs the Trump travel ban. The campaign led to the Afghan team becoming worldwide celebrities inspiring young women around the globe. She is a contributor to Forbes on gender equality and is the Founder of the GTS – Global Talent scheme for encouraging diversity and inclusion in access to education and funding for societies minority groups.

Sarahs aim is to educate 10,000 girls from the Global South in STEM education by 2025 and the acceleration of the UN’s sustainable development goals, an aim that she says is her “why”! She is currently writing her first book ‘8 and a half lives: Post traumatic Success’ due for publication in September 2019.

MODERATOR CEO SUMMIT: Nik Gowing

MODERATOR CEO SUMMIT: Nik Gowing

Professor, Broadcaster, Journalist & Keynote Speaker

Bio

In 2016 Nik Gowing co-authored (with Chris Langdon) interim findings of the “Thinking the Unthinkable” study. The work is currently scaling up because of global executive anxieties about the new pressures on leaderships. It is based on hundreds of top level confidential interviews and conversations with corporate and public service leaders, plus hundreds more conversations with the new generation of millennials. Findings so far reveal candidly why so many leaders face new difficulties identifying what looms in the disruptions of the “new normal” that have emerged since 2014. New vulnerabilities are confirmed. The findings are scary.

 

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

CHAIR: Colette Leong-Son

Managing Director - Events, Infopro Digital

Bio

Tina Amper

Tina Amper

Founder, Geeks on a Beach

Bio

Tina Amper is the founding organizer of GeeksOnABeach.com, a unique tech startup conference that is held at a world-class beach resort in Asia.  For the last 5 years, Tina has combined her passion for building communities, promoting startups and enjoying nice beaches resulting in sold-out international gatherings year after year.   Geeks On A Beach features serious talks in a laid back atmosphere with speakers and attendees coming from over 30 countries.

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.

Jose Bort

Jose Bort

CEO & Co-Founder, EventsCase

Bio

My career as an entrepreneur began after 12 years in the education and consulting sectors in Spain and UK. My prior experience as a Corporate Director, Sales Trainer and Executive Coach working with Executives at companies such as GE Capital, UBS, Lombard Odier, Starwood Hotels, SEAT and Volkswagen proved invaluable when I co-founded PickEvent in London. Initially with no experience in the industry, I have grown a community of 3,500+ events professionals.

With EventsCase, an all-in-one branded Event Management software, I have gained a deeper understanding of the professional events industry and tech startups. I had the great honour of representing the UK Entrepreneurs at CeBIT (Germany), organised by UKTI, and explaining how to set up and build a tech startup in the UK.

My most recent talks at Google Campus, Cass Business School, City University and Hult International Business School were mainly about how to build an A-Team without funding and how to set up and grow a tech startup.

Mark Eisenstadt

Mark Eisenstadt

Director, 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.

Ashley Friedlein

Ashley Friedlein

CEO & Founder, Guild & President, Econsultancy

Bio

Ashley is the CEO & Founder of Guild, a private professional messaging app that meets new standards, yet is as easy to use as WhatsApp. It is advertising free, and GDPR compliant.

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:

  1. CEO & Founder, Guild – private professional messaging app
  2. President & Founder, Econsultancy – digital marketing best practice
  3. Chairman, Ably – realtime data delivery platform
  4. Investor, Cranberry Panda – ecommerce recruitment
  5. Digital Advisory Board, Age UK – digital transformation for leading charity
  6. Adviser, Government Digital Service – digital transformation of government
  7. Mentor, Cambridge Judge Business School – masters/diploma in entrepreneurship
  8. Speaker, Founders4Schools – inspiring school children into business/entrepreneurship
  9. Fellow, Society of Leadership Fellows – peer community of 250 UK business leaders
Jason Green

Jason Green

Co-founder & Head of Production, GreyGreen Media

Bio

Thomas Igou

Thomas Igou

Editorial Director, Copperberg

Bio

Thomas has been working in the events industry for the past decade.  He started in sales at Reed Midem, working on the MIPIM annual event in Cannes.  For the past 9 years he’s been working for Copperberg (previously Midfield Media), first in delegate sales and then in production, where he has been responsible for growing the portfolio of manufacturing-related events.  He currently heads the Production Department and sits on the Copperberg Management Team.  Copperberg is a specialists b2b events organizer, with headquarters in Stockholm and sales offices in Tunisia and the UK, running conferences for the manufacturing industry.
Jonjo Glynn

Jonjo Glynn

Venue Services Director, White Light Ltd

Bio

Jonjo has worked in the live events industry for over 15 years. He specialises in corporate events and venue partnerships. As White Light’s Venues Director he has overseen their expansion of venue services to some of London’s most iconic venues. He also looks after production services to White Light’s extensive list of approved partner venues.
David Jenkinson

David Jenkinson

Editor-in-Chief & Managing Director, C21 Media

Bio

David Jenkinson is an award-winning journalist, content technologist and multiplatform publisher.  Having held senior editorial positions at Haymarket, International Thomson, EMAP and Cahners’ Moving Pictures International, he created and co-founded C21Media in 1997, one of the world’s first digital publishing businesses.   C21 has defined new content models, supported by a traditional publishing portfolio, while positioning itself at the heart of the digital revolution. C21 brands include Content London, FutureMedia, Channel 21 international, Drama Quarterly, Drama Summit, Drama Summit West, Schedule Watch and the mothership; C21Media.net.  C21Media.net now attracts more than 200,000 unique visitors each month and has consolidated a position as Home to The International Entertainment Community.

Prior to launching C21Media Jenkinson was editor-in-chief of Moving Pictures International, running daily, weekly and monthly publications within the film business.   He led EMAP’s TV World to win the prestigious PPA International Business Magazine of the Year award in 1993, and worked as part of the senior editorial management team at International Thomson.  In 1997, alongside C21Media, he co-founded creative agency Dri Riser, developing brand strategy for a variety of media and entertainment clients.

He was a group editor at Haymarket from 1989-1991 having started his career at Reed Business Publishing. He has a degree in Communications and a post graduate diploma in periodical journalism. He moderates and speaks on television business, digital media and entertainment industry panels worldwide.

Nick Lockley

Nick Lockley

Deputy Director Conferences, PEI (Intrastructure Investor Global Summit)

 

Amy Miller

Amy Miller

Group Managing Director, Oil & Gas Council

 

Sarah Payling

Sarah Payling

Portfolio Director, Ocean Media Group

Bio

Ocean Media Group own the main route to market for the affordable housing sector in the UK. The portfolio is diverse with publications, data, digital and events. My main responsibility is for the 30 events in this portfolio including Europe’s largest housing event.

 

 

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.

Zofia Prokopova

Zofia Prokopova

Head of Key Event Operations, Slido

Bio

Zofia is the Head of Key Events at Slido, an award-winning event technology company that enhances communication and increases interaction at events and meetings.

Her main focus is helping large-scale events increase audience engagement and facilitate interaction. She’s been working with leading industry events, such as IMEX, Money20/20 and Web Summit.

 

Paul Slight

Paul Slight

Founder, Fusion Corporate Partners UK

Bio

Paul has been active in the conference, event, data, intelligence and media M&A sector in the UK, Europe and US for over 30 years. 

In 1984 he joined city investment bank Henry Ansbacher as an Associate working in their UK and cross-border TMT M&A division. He subsequently co-founded The St James Partnership, a specialist Media M&A Boutique, in 1990 and established a Dotcom incubator in 1999. 

Finally in 2002 he founded Fusion with Mark Eisenstadt.  Mark and Paul also co-founded a Tech M&A firm in 2017, FuseThree M&A, alongside established tech debt providers Fuse3.

Paul has completed over 70 media deals in the £5M to £150M valuation range.  He focusses on event, data and intelligence transactions.

 

Event Marketing Summit Speakers

CHAIR: Ewa Campbell

CHAIR: Ewa Campbell

Global Marketing Director, Internet of Business

Bio

Matt Ackroyd

Matt Ackroyd

Group Head of Marketing Events, The Telegraph

Bio

Matt Ackroyd is Group Head of Marketing for the Telegraph’s event business, which is comprised of three divisions; large scale consumer shows, experiential events and B2B conferences. He joined the Telegraph in May 2018.Prior to joining the Telegraph, Matt was Head of Marketing for the Commodities Events division at Euromoney. He read History at the University of Sheffield.

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Alexandra Beveridge

Alexandra Beveridge

Marketing Director, Smarter Shows

Bio

Alex leads the marketing team at Smarter Shows, an international exhibitions and conferences organiser specialising in launching large-scale B2B engineering and manufacturing events for the aerospace, automotive and materials sectors. Alex joined Smarter Shows in 2010 when it was an early stage startup and has led a team responsible for scaling events in high growth sectors. With 11 years marketing experience in consumer and B2B roles, and 8 years commercial events and campaign management experience, she has also held previous positions in marketing roles at IBM and within the health and beauty sector.

 

 

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Mina Booth

Mina Booth

Marketing Director, CWIEME - ITE

Bio

Mina Booth is currently freelancing for ITE, working on their CWIEME Brand portfolio. Prior to this she has worked as marketing director for dmg::energy events, Montgomery exhibitions & Advanstar.  She also worked for UBM as Event Director for the marketing portfolio. Prior to joining Montgomery Mina freelanced for 11 years working on everything from Christian Resources to Top Gear Live.

Ken Cooke

Ken Cooke

Director Marketing Communications and Digital, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Bio

Ken is Director of Marketing, Communications and Digital. He has responsibility for brand and communications, marketing programmes and our digital strategy.

His teams are focused on building our digital capabilities and transforming the CIPD into a modern, adaptable organisation so that we can deliver an excellent experience for all our members and customers while delivering sustainable revenue streams to support the CIPD’s charitable purpose.

Ken has held senior roles across major international media businesses such as The Economist and the Financial Times, as well as working on HR titles like Personnel Today and XpertHR. He has extensive experience in delivering on modern marketing approaches focused on the customer’s experience and building digital products and services..

Laura Davidson

Laura Davidson

Director, Tag Digital

Bio

Laura is the co-owner at Tag Digital – a PPC agency for events & publishing. Laura manages the strategic growth of the company, team and culture.  Laura & fellow owner Craig recently were awarded the Barclays Entrepreneur regional award for “International Expansion of the Year”.
Daniela Elia

Daniela Elia

Head of Marketing, Informa Global Exhibitions

Bio

Daniela joined Informa, a leading b2b information service group, a year ago as Head of Marketing of the Vitafoods portfolio, comprising two international events within the nutrition space and a digital platform. Daniela has over 10 years of experience in digital marketing, leading multi-channel marketing campaigns, and since joining Informa, she has been driving the digital transformation of the event marketing strategy. Before joining Informa, Daniela worked within the education sector leading the marketing team across international markets, as well as PR and communication with leading companies across different sectors.
Will Francis

Will Francis

Expert on digital, social media, tech and marketing for tech and media start-ups

Bio

Will Francis recently left a creative digital agency – Harkable – which he co-founded 5 years ago and through which he helped top brands like Net A Porter, Samsung, Penguin Books, Spotify, Warner Music, Nike Foundation to reach their audiences in more meaningful ways through digital and social media.

He is establishing his own agency, Vandal, which will do similar work but focus more tightly on creative technology and innovation.

Ian Rutherford

Ian Rutherford

Manging Director, Wyvern DM Ltd

Bio

I am on a career long mission to demystify marketing and deliver solutions to real world problems into the hands of marketers.  In a fast-paced world this can be demanding but at Wyvern, we have kept to the forefront of technological change in the Marketing stack and I hope have kept our user tagging along too.

I launched our CRM application, Wyvern Magic in the late 90’s from a publishing and events background and pleased to see that with drive and focus it is as relevant as ever.  I get a real pleasure from building Single Customer Views from multiple sources and seeing the joy on users faces when they grasp their contacts for the first time. 

Working on data is always in the back of my mind and I have to say that I save the teasing challenges for an early weekend morning, but when I am doing other stuff then you’ll most likely find me weilding a power tool or on motorbike heading somewhere remote.

Specialties: Database Design,  CRM Systems, Direct Marketing, Digital Marketing,  Database Analysis, Software for Publishers, Conference and Events

Gerry Sherwood

Gerry Sherwood

Head of Client Services, Gleanin

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Gerry started his career in marketing before becoming an event director with Emap (now Ascential) and then with Easyfairs. Gerry has marketed, developed and grown events in numerous markets as well as launching, acquiring and merging them. He has now moved into event tech and is uniquely placed to understand the pressures and challenges of marketing and running events from his customer’s point of view.

Ned Stratton

Ned Stratton

Database Manager, GovNet

Bio

Ned is Database Manager at GovNet Communications, which produces a diverse portfolio of exhibitions, conferences and training courses for the UK public and voluntary sectors. He is a specialist in enriching prospect and customer data to generate accurate and powerful segmentation for marketing campaigns, and to provide insightful  reporting for directors and senior managers. He has introduced a standardised job-function mapping system for GovNet’s database, which forms the basis for marketing and sales data segmentation across all business units and leading Expo brands. He believes that ‘getting your hands dirty’ with the data is the key to good segmentation and really understanding your audience.

Awards Summit Speakers

CHAIR: Fergus Gregory

CHAIR: Fergus Gregory

Group Commercial Director, The Drum

 

Sarah Austin

Sarah Austin

Awards Director, UBM

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.
Enam Ali MBE

Enam Ali MBE

Founder, British Curry Awards

Bio

Enam Ali MBE FIH is among the most prominent British Asian personalities, known for his leadership and passionate concern for the interests of the British curry industry. Ali has pioneered British curry as a cuisine in its own right, not only in the UK, but worldwide. He founded the annual British Curry Awards in 2005 which is dubbed as the ‘Curry Oscars,’ attracting a host of politicians and high profile celebrities.

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Lorraine Barnes Burton

Lorraine Barnes Burton

CEO, British Travel Awards

Bio

CEO Lorraine Barnes Burton has developed the British Travel Awards (BTAs) into the largest independent awards scheme in the UK since she took hold of the reigns in 2007 and turned “just another industry awards event” into the only purely consumer voted awards programme for the travel industry – providing a valuable accolade and consumer-recognised brand that travel companies can use to enhance their own sales propositions.

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.

Rory Bremner

Rory Bremner

Impressionist, comedian, satirist & Awards host

Bio

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!’

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

Simone Broadhurst

Simone Broadhurst

Managing Director Events, Incisive Media

Bio

Simone Broadhurst is Managing Director – Events 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

Zehra J Chudry

Zehra J Chudry

Content Director, GLOMO Awards, GSMA

Bio

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.

Dominic Compagnone

Founder & CEO, Streeem

Bio

Alex Coulson

Alex Coulson

Managing Director, Sport Industry Group

Bio

As Managing Director for Sport Industry Group, a B2B organisation which sits at the heart of the UK and international sport industry, Alex is responsible for the strategic direction and overall performance of the business which has three main strands: editorial industry news, networking events and industry awards.

His role encompasses partner sales, contract negotiations, partner relationship management (including BT, Coutts, EY and many more), delegate and member sales and management plus overall delivery of the events which include the BT Sport Industry Awards – the world’s largest commercial sports awards.

Prior to joining Benchmark, Alex spent well over a decade agency-side, his previous position being Director, PR and Social Media at IMG Consulting; he has led award-winning communication and sponsorship campaigns in the UK and internationally for a range of clients from blue-chip brands, sponsors, events, international federations, host nations bidding for events and more. Clients have included British Airways, HSBC, O2, IBM,  Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (Qatar 2022) and French Golf Federation to name a few. 

Alex is a regular contributor to industry news and conferences and also sits on a number Advisory Boards including the Institute of Sport Business at Loughborough University London, Sports Think Tank and Pioneers in Sport.

Brian Jenner

Brian Jenner

Founder, UK Good Funeral Awards

Bio

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.

 

Jeremy King

Jeremy King

CEO, Festival of Media

Bio

A journalist and editor turned CEO who has just transformed a loss making business into a profitable company over the last 18 months. 

This includes curating the company’s vision and strategy, understanding worldwide trends and insights across advertising, maintaining and establishing key relationships with advertisers, agencies, tech companies and media owners around the globe and developing an inclusive workforce.

Amanda Murray

Amanda Murray

Managing Director, Max Live Events

Bio

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. 

Susie Walker

Susie Walker

Head of Awards, Cannes Lions

 

Anke Wallace

Anke Wallace

Head of Event Operations, Business Intelligence, Informa

Bio

Anke Wallace is Head of Event Operations for Informa’s Business Intelligence division leading a team of seven event professional responsible for the annual output of 30+ high-quality, market leading international events within six core industry verticals: Pharma & Healthcare, Finance, Transportation/Maritime & Law, TMT, Agriculture & Food, Industry & Infrastructure.

Anke is a commercially-focused professional with over 15 years of international events, marketing and stakeholder management experience. She joined Informa in 2006 and has held the position of Head of Events since 2012. She as a keen interest in driving operational efficiencies through collaboration amongst key stakeholders together with leading best practice initiatives and streamlining of processes.


 

Association Summit Speakers

CHAIR: Lesley McLeod

CHAIR: Lesley McLeod

CEO, Association for Project Safety

Bio

Lesley McLeod is the new chief executive of the Association for Project Safety (APS) and comes to the association with a background working at Board level in high profile membership organisations and communication across a number of frontline Whitehall departments, including the Home Office and Treasury.

 

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.

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Gemma Badu

Gemma Badu

Global Events Operations Manager, The Association of Corporate Treasurers

Bio

Leading the logistics team as Global Event Operations Manager, Gemma manages a complex portfolio of 35+ events per year; ranging from high profile sponsored conferences and exhibitions, annual dinners, breakfast briefings, keynote addresses, digital products and award dinners – held nationally in the UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The ACT Annual Conference attracts over 1500 delegates across 2 days and the ACT Annual Dinner 1500+ every year – staples in the association’s event calendar.

During her time in this role the team have been awarded as follows;

  • Global Conference Network’s – ‘Best Association Conference Award 2017’ for ACT Annual Conference 2016 (Liverpool, UK)
  • The Association Excellence Awards – ‘Best Association Conference over 500 attendees 2018’ for ACT Annual Conference 2018 (Liverpool, UK)

Prior to joining the ACT Gemma gained experience working for publishing house Landor LINKS as Conference Manager looking after a diverse portfolio of national events in the planning and transportation fields including the much respected British Parking Awards!

 

Chris Bancroft

Chris Bancroft

Head of Conferences, National Housing Federation

Bio

Chris has extensive experience of delivering commercial B2B conferences, exhibitions and award ceremonies for not-for-profit organisations. He is currently responsible for overseeing the growth of the existing events portfolio at the National Housing Federation, a membership organisation which promotes the work of housing associations and campaigns for better housing in the UK.

 

Graham Blair

Graham Blair

Associate Director of Education and Events, Royal College of Anaesthetists

Bio

Graham Blair is a senior level event leader with over 15 years experience in transforming and producing national and international event programmes and strategies. Currently Associate Director of Education and Events for the Royal College of Anaesthetists, he is leading his department through a change programme to modernise and re-imagine the College’s event and education offering. Prior to the Royal College of Anaesthetists Graham worked across many different sectors including commercial, not-for profit and membership working for organisations such as Laithwaite’s Wine, The Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and World Cruising Club. He has broad experience across event delivery having worked from the ground up in event logistics, administration and marketing, delivering hundreds of different types of events for a handful of participants to thousands.

 

Jenny Castro

Jenny Castro

Head of Marketing, International Bar Association

Bio

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.

Kieran Cornwell

Kieran Cornwell

Head of Events and Partnerships, The King's Fund

Bio

Kieran leads the Fund’s partnering work with companies through the Corporate Partnerships and Supporters membership schemes and the digital health SME programme. His role focuses on developing mutually beneficial relationships with both existing and prospective partner companies.

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.

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Jane Frost

Jane Frost

CEO, Market Research Society

Bio

Jane Frost is CEO of MRS, the UK’s professional body for research which also regulates the UK sector, campaigning for better standards in data use via its trust mark Fair Data.  MRS champions research and insight to government and business.  MRS is the world’s oldest research association and represents both individuals and companies, qualifying researchers around the world.

Jane spent 8 years at senior levels in government, spearheading customer intelligence and strategy, latterly in HM Revenue & Customs, for which work she received the CBE.

With an international career working on brands like Shell, the BBC and Unilever, Jane has over 150 creative and marketing awards to her credit, including for the BBC’s record breaking “Perfect Day” campaign.  She has always said that great insight was key to organisational transformation.

At the BBC, she was part of readying technology businesses for sale.

Jane is Vice-Chair of Fairtrade and a trustee of the Lowry, on the advisory board of WIRe as well as being a trustee of the sector charity MRBA and Archive, AMSR.

 

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Stacey Graham

Stacey Graham

Associate Director of Events and Administration, Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals

Bio

Riad Mannan

Riad Mannan

Event Portfolio Development Manager, The IET

Bio

Riad has over 20 years’ experience in developing content and producing conferences in the commercial and non-commercial sectors, both in the UK and in the Middle East. He has developed new conferences from scratch as well as managed and grown portfolios whilst increasing ROI. He is currently event portfolio development manager at the Institution of Engineering and Technology managing a range of events from technical call for papers conferences, to invite only events, to training courses, annual dinners and evening lectures.

 

 

 

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Lynne Rocks

Lynne Rocks

Events Team Leader, Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals

Bio

Lynne is responsible for over 35 conferences and events around the UK annually. The Institute’s flagship conference and awards ceremony welcomes over 500 guests from across the payroll, pensions and reward industry.

Prior to joining the CIPP, Lynne was a member of the British Diplomatic Service for 15 years, serving both in the UK and overseas. One of her highlights of that time was organising a campaign of events around the globe to promote the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Lynne graduated from the Scottish Hotel School, University of Strathclyde.

Hilary Trahair

Hilary Trahair

Events Manager, Association for Project Management

Bio

Hilary is responsible for APM’s extensive conference and awards programme, consisting of a portfolio of up to 20 conferences per year for between 50 and 600 + people. Key events include the APM National Conference for Women in Project Management, APM Project Management Conferences in London, Manchester and Edinburgh, and the APM Awards, which welcomes over 600 people to London annually. Hilary has worked in the events industry for more than ten years across several sectors including sports governance, associations, local government, equestrian, charities, military/commemorative and entertainment. She has managed B2B conferences, training days, B2C events and awards ceremonies and has also played a key part in high profile sporting and once-in-a-lifetime commemorative events including Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations in Windsor in 2016.

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CHAIR: Shaun Hinds

CHAIR: Shaun Hinds

Chief Executive, Manchester Central

Bio

Shaun leads the team at Manchester Central in its mission to drive business growth through the development of its three key assets; its experienced team of people, its world-class facilities and its outstanding levels of service. With a focus on innovation as a means to achieve this, Shaun is passionate about maximising opportunities as Manchester cements itself as the UK’s second city and the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.

 

 

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.

Ali Blows

Ali Blows

Head of Commercial Events and Business Development, National Theatre

Bio

Ali joined the National Theatre’s Commercial Events team as Head of Commercial Events and Business Development seven months ago, bringing over twelve years’ experience in the events industry. Ali recently led her team through the relaunch of the National Theatre’s rooftop event space, The Deck, following a major build project to replace the previous structure. She also heads up the marketing and PR of the National Theatre’s Food and Drink sites with a strong focus on bringing the under 35’s to their various bars and restaurants.

Prior to joining the National Theatre, Ali was an Account Manager at Wildgoose Events and Woods’ Silver Fleet.

Amy Brown

Amy Brown

Head of Creative Strategy, Google

Bio

Amy Brown is the Head of Creative Strategy, Events & Experiences for Google in EMEA, having joined the company in 2010. In the evenings and weekends, she can be found baking homemade chocolate chip cookies for her small business, Highgate Cookies.

 

 

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.

Christian Burkert

Christian Burkert

CodeNode Space & Events Manager, Skills Matter

Bio

Dean Drury

Dean Drury

Business Development Director, Saatchi Gallery

Bio

As the business development director for GSP Venues, the management company at the Saatchi Gallery, Dean Drury develops new client and business relationships with aspiring brands and corporate events, which has transformed the gallery into one of London’s most iconic cultural venues.

 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.

Emma Gaymer

Emma Gaymer

Sales & Marketing Manager, RSA House

Bio

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! 

Louise Goalen

Louise Goalen

Director of Venues, Top Banana & Chair of HBAA

 

Anna Golden

Anna Golden

Commercial Director, Olympia London

Bio

Anna Golden is Commercial Director of London’s leading venue, Olympia London, and is responsible for all Sales, Marketing and Communications across the business.

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.

Jess Harris

Jess Harris

Commercial Director, Swan, Shakespeare's Globe

Bio

Jess is Commercial Director for Swan London, a restaurant and events group including Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe. Jess has held senior positions running a range of commercial operations in organisations including the Natural History Museum, River Cottage and Cheltenham Festivals. In addition she has eight years’ experience as a management consultant advising on commercial feasibility, business transformation and commercial, sales and marketing strategies.

Emma Hatt

Emma Hatt

Event Director, Capita Travel and Events

Bio

Emma established her events career over 13 years ago, and have since managed some of the most prestigious venues and events in London. Managing the Sales and Operations teams across multiple sites, as well as successfully implanting creative and profitable venue marketing strategies. Emma has thrived within 5* Luxury Hotels, Historic Venues and hosted some of the most impressive and notable events in the industry calendar. Emma’s move to Capita Travel & Events , is an exciting one and now in a strategic role , she works closely with her customers across all sectors to deliver and drive their meeting & event business.

Emma Howe

Emma Howe

Sales & Events Director, Street Feast

Bio

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.

Lorna Hutchman

Lorna Hutchman

Events Marketing, Science Museum

 

Karim Le Cloarec

Karim Le Cloarec

General Manager, Searcys at The Gherkin

 

Charlie Marr

Charlie Marr

Commercial Director, Headbox

 

Andrew Mosley

Andrew Mosley

General Manager, The Grand Brighton

Bio

Andrew moved to his current role as General Manager of The Grand Brighton in May 2010.  Since joining he has ensured the Hotel has re-established itself as a first choice venue for business and leisure. The business employs over 300 staff. The Hotel has seen significant business growth  since 2010 assisted by a £5miilion refurbishment in 2012/13. Work included a new restaurant (called GB1), which was awarded 2 rosettes in 2014, and a new Spa which opened in May 2013. All the hotel bedrooms and meeting rooms were also refurbished.

 

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

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Milan Thakrar

Milan Thakrar

Commercial Events Business Development Manager, Historic Royal Palaces

Bio

With over ten years’ experience in the events industry and currently leading a social media committee to initiate platforms and build the brand presence for Historic Royal Palaces, Milan Thakrar’s background is in the heritage venue sector and currently promotes the palaces to both UK and international markets.

Debra Ward

Debra Ward

Managing Director, Camm and Hooper Ltd

Bio

Debra is a true entrepreneur having led, started and sold several businesses across three continents, starting out at just 16! In 2007 Debra and her team founded Mitie Client Services which, in only 5 years, turned over £22 million. The companywas named 45th best small company to work for in the Sunday Times Top 100 and received their coveted Special  Training award.Her international career is dedicated to service excellence, and she has a proven track record for building, operating and rescuing businesses.  In 2015 Debra was named Women of Achievement winner by Women in the City, and one of the top 10 people most influential Women in her field by RICS.

Andrew White

Andrew White

Managing Director, Triggerfish

Bio

Andrew founded Triggerfish over fifteen years ago following a marketing career with some of the UK’s largest hotel chains. The company has built a business on recommendations and works with some of the UK’s largest organisations in the travel and leisure industries. Triggerfish represents arts, cultural and heritage clients along with major independent landmark hotels and large scale hospitality and catering organisations. In 2017 Andrew ran Marathon Des Sables and with a new goal required, completed his first Ironman 3 months later. His attention is now focused on competing for GB at middle distance at the European Championships.