Speakers

Alex Aiken

Alex Aiken

Executive Director
Government Communications

Based in Downing Street and the Cabinet Office, Alex Aiken is the most senior communications professional in the Civil Service.

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Imran Azam

Imran Azam

Founder
thisisreel.co

Imran Azam is the Founder of thesisreel.co providing brands with strategic, creative, training and production services.

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Dr. Robin Bargar

Dr. Robin Bargar

Professor, School of Arts and Media and School of Computing Sciences and Engineering
University of Salford

Robin Bargar is Professor in the School of Arts and Media and the School of Computing Sciences and Engineering at University of Salford.

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Nicky Ball

Nicky Ball

National Crew & Facilities Manager
Creative England

Nicky Ball works as the National Crew & Facilities Manager for Creative England running a bespoke crewing service for Productions shooting across the English regions.

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Helena Barras

Helena Barras

Marketing Manager
Johnson Matthey

Helena Barras is an award-winning Chartered Marketer with over ten years’ global marketing experience.

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Victoria Boldison

Victoria Boldison

Founder
Bolst Global

Victoria Boldison is a multi-award winning Chartered Marketer with an international career.

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Alison Bowcott-McGrath

Alison Bowcott-McGrath

Founder and MD
PinPointer

Alison Bowcott-McGrath is the Founder and MD of PinPointer, a proud ambassador of the high street.

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Martin Bryant

Martin Bryant

Community Editor
Tech North

Martin Bryant is Community Editor at Tech North, where he tells the story of technology in the North of England.

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Tim Cameron-Kitchen

Tim Cameron-Kitchen

Head Ninja
Exposure Ninja

Tim Cameron-Kitchen is a bestselling digital marketing author, Head Ninja at Exposure Ninja and host of the Exposure Ninja Digital Marketing Podcast.

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Martin Carr

Martin Carr

Executive Producer
AbbottVision

Martin Carr is Executive Producer at AbbottVision, which was established in 2008 by the multi award-winning writer, creator and producer Paul Abbott.

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Anna Carlson

Anna Carlson

Client Partner
Hyper Island

Anna Carlson is a client partner at Hyper Island, designing and co-delivering its tailored partnerships with organisations.

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Jon Cornwell

Jon Cornwell

CEO and Co-founder
Newsflare

Jon Cornwell is CEO and Co-founder of Newsflare.

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Anthony Diver

Anthony Diver

Managing and Creative Director
Mosquito

Anthony Diver has over 18 years hands-on experience in the digital and creative sectors heading creative, strategic and technical roles holistically.

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Jimmy Dowdall

Jimmy Dowdall

TV and Film Writer

Jimmy Dowdall is a film and television writer, who has worked extensively with Channel 4 including on hit series Shameless.

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David Edmundson-Bird

David Edmundson-Bird

Principal Lecturer in Digital Marketing & Enterprise
Manchester Metropolitan University

David Edmundson-Bird is Principal Lecturer in Digital Marketing & Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University

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Nicola Emmerson

Nicola Emmerson

Brand Marketing Executive
Bako

Nicola Emmerson has been working in the marketing industry for over 10 years and most recently at Bakery Wholesaler, BAKO.

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Ben Harper

Ben Harper

Director
Datify

Ben Harper is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and Director at Datify.

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Chris Heyes

Chris Heyes

Head of International
IFB

Chris Heyes is the Head of the Liverpool in London hub and the International Festival for Business 2016.

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Caroline Hopkins

Caroline Hopkins

Presentations Coach
Love Presenting

A former PR professional, Caroline Hopkins is now a presentations coach, enabling people to engage with an audience and win new business.

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Oliver Francis

Oliver Francis

Head of Creative
Sky

Oliver Francis is Head of Creative for Consumer PR at Sky.

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Andy Green

Andy Green

Director
Andy Green Creativity

Andy Green is a Brand Story and creativity expert.

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Rick Guttridge

Rick Guttridge

MD
Smoking Gun PR

Rick Guttridge co-founded Smoking Gun in 2010 and has over 15 years Public Relations and communications agency experience.

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Matt Hunt

Matt Hunt

CEO
Apadmi Enterprise

Matt Hunt is CEO of Apadmi Enterprise, part of the Apadmi Group, the UK’s leading mobile app developer.

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Jon Hunter

Jon Hunter

Search Director
every1

Search Director at every1, Jon Hunter has over 20 years experience in the digital sector, 12 of which specically within search marketing

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Simon Iredale

Simon Iredale

CEO
Motionlab

Simon Iredale runs several companies in the field of digital design, marketing and analytics. and founded the Motionlab group in 2004.

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Kristal Ireland

Kristal Ireland

Head of eCommerce & Retail
Virgin Trains

An experienced digital leader and digital transformation specialist, Kristal Ireland heads up the Ecommerce and Retail team at Virgin Trains East Coast.

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Richard Kenyon

Richard Kenyon

Director of Marketing & Comms
Everton Football Club

Richard Kenyon’s current role at Everton Football Club involves him overseeing marketing, insight, corporate communications, PR & media functions.

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Steve Kuncewicz

Steve Kuncewicz

Principal Lawyer
Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Steve Kuncewicz is a principal lawyer in the business advisory team at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester.

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Simon Landi

Simon Landi

MD
Access

Simon Landi is one of the founding members of Manchester-based marketing communications agency Access and is developer of the social media tool Events Stream Live.

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Jonathan Leather

Jonathan Leather

Line Producer

Jonathan Leather is a Line Producer with 10 years experience in drama production.

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Ken Leren

Ken Leren

Founder
Tech Essence

Founder of Tech Essence, Ken Leren is passionate about all things digital.

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Guy Levine

Guy Levine

CEO and Founder
Return On Digital

Guy Levine is the CEO and Founder of Return.

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Paul Mallon

Paul Mallon

Head of Brand Engagement
Paddy Power

Paul Mallon heads the digital engagement team at Paddy Power.

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Laura Mashiter

Laura Mashiter

Founder and Managing Director
Refresh PR

An experienced PR and marketing professional, Laura Mashiter is founder and managing director of award-winning communications agency, Refresh PR.

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Shama Mehan

Shama Mehan

Head of Local Marketing
Tesco

Shama Mehan is the Head of Local Marketing for Tesco, responsible for engaging local communities across the country.

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Aaron McGrath

Aaron McGrath

Sales Director
Bing Ads UK

Aaron McGrath is UK Sales Director at Bing Ads UK managing some of the largest Travel and Finance advertisers and agencies in the UK.

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James Murray

James Murray

Product Marketing Manager
Bing Ads, Microsoft

James Murray works for Microsoft and is the Product Marketing Manager for Bing Ads across EMEA.

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Lyndon Nicholson

Lyndon Nicholson

CEO
Buffalo 7

Lyndon Nicholson is a marketing professional with a career spanning three decades.

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Adela Popilkova

Adela Popilkova

Search Sales Lead SMB
Bing Ads UK

Adela Popilkova is a sales lead at Microsoft Search Advertising and is a search marketing expert with extensive experience across all corners of the industry.

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Sima Ray

Sima Ray

Series Producer

Sima Ray is a Series Producer with more than 20 years’ TV experience ranging from hard-hitting investigative and undercover journalism to more recently working on Features, Observational Documentaries and Children’s programmes.

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Alan Reeves

Alan Reeves

Director of Search
Click Consult

Alan Reeves is Director of Search at Click Consult, a multi award-winning search marketing agency based in Cheshire.

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Bevan Thomas

Bevan Thomas

Commercial Director and Co-founder
News flare

Bevan Thomas is Commercial Director and Co-founder of Newsflare.

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Debbie Thompson

Debbie Thompson

Sales and Marketing Director
PinPointer

Debbie Thompson is Sales and Marketing Director at PinPointer, assisting the MD in developing and implementing the strategic growth plan that will take the business from good to great.

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Cat Turner

Cat Turner

Head of Consumer Services PR & CEO Comms
Co-op

Cat Turner currently heads up the Consumer Services PR team at the Co-op

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Tash Willcocks

Tash Willcocks

Programme Leader
Hyper Island

Tash Willcocks is Programme Leader at Hyper Island and has 20 years of experience shaping future changemakers in the creative industry.

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Steve Woolley

Steve Woolley

Head of External Affairs & Content
CIM

Steve Woolley has been the Head of External Affairs and Content at the Chartered Institute of Marketing since 2014.

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Lukasz Zelezny

Lukasz Zelezny

Head of Organic Acquistion
USWITCH.com

Lukasz Zelezny is the head of organic acquisition at uSwitch.com, a UK-based price comparison website with offices in London.

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