2019 Speakers

Tushar Agarwal

Hubble’s vision is to ensure every business has the right workspace to succeed. As the UK’s largest online marketplace for renting office space, Hubble combines technology, data and property expertise to find the perfect match for every business. They place a company in a new HQ every 3 hours.

Hubble has been recognised as Proptech Company of the Year and the Best Place to Work by Property Week.

Tushar was named as Forbes 30 under 30 and nominated for Amazon’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year this year. Former Investment Banker and LSE economist.

Kathy Allison

Kathy’s focus is delivering success through people, which means the engagement, well-being and development of talent at every stage. She joined FitFlop in 2015 as Global Head of Human Resources and is now Global People Director with teams in the UK, Germany, US, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Singapore.

Kathy previously held HR roles in hospitality and also at Boohoo.com. She is an experienced HR Generalist with a passion for identifying meaningful values and uses these as the foundation for delivering consistent people strategies. A commercial leader who is able to maximise the impact the people function has on the financial performance of the business.

Nihat Arkan

Nihat Arkan is the Global CEO of thebigword, one of world’s largest professional interpreting, translation, and localization company trusted by the top 100 global brands and organizations in multiple industries including eCommerce, retail, global finance, automotive and life science. Mr. Arkan has more than 30 years of international experience with a solid background in global expansion, market development, and proven track records guiding organizations through periods of accelerated growth. Demonstrated success in leading cross-functional teams to execute mergers & acquisitions, innovative business approaches and implement cutting-edge technology, business, and financial solutions that drive growth and efficiency.

Charlie Bigham

An English Literature degree; a stint as a management consultant (moving from Andersen Consulting to consultancy for arts organisations); all stirred up with travel in over 40 countries has proved to be a great recipe for starting a food business. Charlie Bigham’s, founded in 1996, operates out of two large kitchens (in London & Somerset) making a range of delicious oven ready food sold in Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Ocado and Booths. The company has grown in twenty-one out of its twenty two years and now has 500 employees and annual sales of over £70m.

Mark Campbell

Mark Campbell is the co-founder of Higgidy, a food business that creates up to 400,000 handmade pies, quiches & sausage rolls per week. Together with his friends Camilla & James they have grown the business from a kitchen start-up to one of the biggest savoury pastry brands in the UK.

Charlie Dorman

Connection Crew is an award-winning event crewing company. Its crew supports the event industry to set-up events. 25 percent of its crew have a history of homelessness - in the last 14 years it’s employed 248 ex-homeless people. Charlie leads on business development and marketing strategy. He’s worked in the events industry for over 20 years. He’s been involved in Connection Crew since 2006 starting off helping out with crew – the concept of the organisation fascinated him. Once he had a taste of this unique business he couldn’t get enough. He became Director in 2009 and hasn’t looked back.

Karl Glennon

Karl Glennon is an experienced technology entrepreneur with expertise in both the business and consumer travel space. He co-founded Roomex in 2005 where he has led the product strategic direction and technical platform growth. Karl and his team in Roomex are working to change how businesses book, manage and pay for their work travel spend.

Tarryn Gorre

Tarryn Gorre is the CEO and Co-Founder of Kafoodle, an award-winning food technology company providing innovative software solutions for the health and social care sector. Her belief is that when the right technology is introduced and embraced, it can streamline processes and simplify tasks, leading to increased efficiency and the improvement of health globally.

Darren Hart

Darren has led mezzanine businesses at L&G Ventures and Barclays, giving him over 20 years experience in subordinated debt and a high profile in the market. He is a regular speaker at international conferences on mezzanine debt.

Darren joined Santander in 2011 to create and lead the Bank’s Growth Capital proposition which is aimed at supporting high growth SME’s though development capital and M&A projects. To date, the team has completed very nearly 200 investments, supporting 130 businesses who are in the process of creating well over 7,000 new jobs through their growth. Total new debt facilities committed through the programme are now approaching £600m.

Harriet Hastings

Harriet Hastings founded Biscuiteers in 2007 with the ambition of creating a new sector in the luxury gift market by selling collections of hand-iced biscuits online for all life’s important gifting occasions. She started her career in publishing and spent next 10 years as consumer brands director of a top 20 PR agency leaving to start her own business after the birth of her fourth child. She is also the managing director of the Women’s prize for fiction. In 2018 she was awarded the Natwest Everywoman Aphrodite award.

Chris Hirst

Chris Hirst is a change agent, widely recognized as an innovative and inspirational leader. He is currently Global CEO of Havas Creative – a multi-disciplinary marketing services group.

While studying at Harvard Business School, Chris developed his now-proven approach to leadership. He believes that there is one priority above all others at the heart of good, modern leadership: the life-changing, career-transforming power of getting stuff done.

Chris is on the UK Council at entertainment giant Vivendi and a trustee of the MOBO Foundation. He is also a regular speaker at industry events and commentator in national press.

Graeme Hossie

Graeme has for the past 20 years focussed on creating and developing new businesses focussing on emerging opportunities. He began his career with Bain & Company in strategy consulting followed by venture capital, new venture development and retail innovation with Piper Trust/Piper Private Equity.

Graeme has founded, from start up, and driven the resourcing, financing and successful ongoing development of new businesses in consumer products, food brands, technology and software and global mining; from early stage capital raising, through to achieving multinational footprints and billion dollar value levels, using traditional and innovative financing models and strategies, to public listings and notable trade sales.

Leo Johnson

Leo Johnson, Head of PwC’s Disruption practice, co-presents Radio 4’s flagship series FutureProofing, exploring the big ideas and innovations reshaping business and society. He explores the cutting edge in exponential technology, probing game changers both short term and long, from autonomous transport and payment by data to radical life extension, quantum computing, and the RFID chipped workforce. What - in the tsunami of exponential technology - is real and what is hype? More importantly, what is the impact going to be on business?

Leo is a Visiting Business Fellow at Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise & the Environment, a judge on the Financial Times’ Boldness in Business awards, and a regular presenter for BBC World.

Laurence Kemball-Cook

Claudia Lambeth

Claudia Lambeth is the founder of Luna Mae London, the bespoke lingerie specialist. She has host bespoke fittings around the world and attracted the attention of Forbes, The Telegraph, FT How To Spend It, The Times and Vogue. Claudia is now setting up an apprenticeship scheme with the London College of Fashion to help nurture the British manufacturing industry and to invest in the future, inspiring individuals to enter a career in the fashion industry. Claudia was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” for Barclay’s Everywoman Awards in 2018 and was listed as one of Drapers 30 Under 30 in 2019.

Sean Longsdale

Sean Longsdale joined Santander in June 2012 to build the Structured Finance business in the Corporate & Commercial Bank. Structured Finance now incorporates five separate teams involved in supporting companies undertaking M&A; IPOS; Private Equity/ leveraged finance or project finance, as well as the Growth Capital team who focus on high growth SMEs.

Sean has a particular passion for supporting high growth businesses and entrepreneurs, to deliver their visions and ambitions. From leading Santander’s Trailblazers Research to spearheading Santander’s priority of helping high growth businesses – Sean is focused on finding the right funding solutions for high growth businesses in all stages of their development.

Orlando Martins

Rebecca Mayhew

I started my career in Magazine Publishing setting up and running sales teams before moving in to the not for profit sector to run Corporate Fundraising teams. In 2002 I Co-Founded Go Ape with my husband Tristram. My role within Go Ape has included leading the Marketing, PR, Corporate Events and Customer Care teams as well as being a Board Director. Go Ape now has 34 locations in the UK and 15 in the US with over a million customers a year. Go Ape is about creating adventures and encouraging everyone to live life more adventurously.

Patrick McCrae

Patrick founded ARTIQ in 2009 to bridge the gap between the art and business worlds and to promote a fair deal for artists. ARTIQ, is now one of the UK’s leading art consultancies, working with businesses to embed creativity into their culture and to harness the power of art.

Patrick drives overall strategy and direction, creating the client relationships at the heart of the business. He writes and speaks widely on the benefits of art in workplace, hospitality and residential. In 2017 he was named ‘Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year (London and SouthEast)’ at NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Bradley McManus

Bradley McManus is the MD of AM Marketing, a full-service marketing agency based in Canterbury, Kent. AM Marketing is an award-winning Google Partner agency that was placed in the Top 30 UK Google Agencies and has a portfolio of clients all over the world. Bradley is one of the UK’s top digital minds managing some of the largest marketing accounts in the world, including Disney, Marvel, Very.com, and Easy Jet. AM Marketing won the Amazon Triumph Over Adversity Award in 2017.

Pip Murray

Pip Murray, 30, is the Founder of the all-natural nut butter brand brand, Pip & Nut (www.pipandnut.com).

Pip & Nut launched on to the shelves of Selfridges in January 2015 and since then, the brand has gone from strength to strength, in just four years the brand is stocked in over 5000 stores in the UK and Ireland, including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, ASDA and Morrisons.

Recently Pip & Nut won the Natwest Great British Start-up Entrepreneur of the year 2018 and the business was named the ‘One to Watch’ Award at The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 2017.

Mitchell Platt

Richard Potter

Richard is CEO of artificial intelligence firm Peak, a pioneering global AI company which provides its customers with the technology and skills needed to become AI-driven.

Founded in 2014, Peak has secured over £5m in funding to support growth and development in machine learning technologies. Its clients include ASOS, Footasylum and Speedy Hire.

In 2018, Peak was named in the top 25-fastest growing tech companies by GP Bullhound and has since gained Amazon Web Services (AWS) Machine Learning Partner status. Richard has been recognised in Data IQ’s ‘100 influencers’ for his forward-thinking innovation that is transforming the business landscape.

Michael Richards

SaaS entrepreneur & investor currently growing ‘webexpenses’ in UK and international markets.

Webexpenses is the UK’s leading Expense Management tool with over 1500 customers and 250,000 users. Since acquiring the business in 2012, Michael has overseen growth of over 500% and expansion into Australia/New Zealand and the USA.

The company is embarking on its next phase of expansion both geographically and in product suite.

Antony Ross

Antony has been a director and partner at Bridges Fund Management for over 14 years and led the development and launch of Bridges Social Sector Funds. Bridges manages over £900m of funds dedicated to using impact investment to benefit society.

Antony is also a director of the HCT Group and supports Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and Trust for London with their mission driven investments. He is a visiting lecturer at London Business School and prior to his role at Bridges, he led 3i’s European healthcare team. He was awarded an OBE for services to social enterprise and social investment in 2017.

Guy Schanschieff

Guy Schanschieff, Founder & Managing Director of Bambino Mio - the world’s most widely used reusable nappy brand, offering an extensive range of eco-friendly nappy products and accessories.

Since launching in 1997, Guy has strived to not only develop and grow Bambino Mio but the entire reusable nappy industry. Educating parents about the financial, environmental and health benefits of reusable nappies; helping to create an industry which has become popular all over the world.

Over 21 years later, an MBE, 60+ awards and distributing to over 50 countries; Bambino Mio is the most accessible reusable nappy brand in the world.

Alison Shadrack

Alison Shadrack is the founder of Adia PR and the torchbearer behind some of the UK’s most disruptive and trailblazing entrepreneurs. Alison launched Adia PR in 2013 to help inspired entrepreneurs to build brand awareness and get noticed in the media as ‘the’ go-to experts or thought leaders in their field. Her clients are regularly featured in leading media such as The Times, Forbes, Sky News and BBC, and they’re frequently winners of coveted industry awards. Alison is a Brand Ambassador for the IoD and was recognised as a Top50 Business Adviser and Top5 PR Expert by EnterpriseNation and Experian.

Ed Silk

At 18, I was told that I should work in graphic design. 18 years later I have been fortunate enough to work globally across a variety of categories on both FMCG and corporate brands, from high-end whiskies to everyman beers, from recruitment specialists to snacking leaders.

As head of strategy at Bulletproof, I look for impenetrable ideas that will build and grow a brand; an enduring idea that will create impact in a distinct way to engage with the right people to buy your brand over another.

Hugo Spalding

During the course of my career I have built up over 25 years experience across business development, client management and technical product development in Automotive Finance (ABN AMRO Group) and Internet Infrastructure (KCOM Group) verticals.

I founded Gather over 15 years ago and at this moment, Gather software is being used by companies of all sizes to collect data on customers, in multiple languages, from around the world.

My priorities in life are family, fitness and work – in that order.

Camilla Taylor

Camilla has led the development and growth of young companies on both sides of the finance table. She is CFO at British startup, what3words – the simplest way to talk about location. The company has divided the world into 3m x 3m squares, giving each its own unique 3 word address: ///filled.count.soap marks the exact entrance to what3words’ London headquarters.

Previously CFO of electric vehicle tech business, Saietta Group, Camilla led a strategic merger with Agni Motors and ran several tranches of fundraising. Before Saietta, she made and managed investments for a £300m AIM listed clean tech/energy fund.

Stephen Voller

Stephen is an experienced business leader and a recognised authority on energy storage technologies. He is the inventor of Carbon-Ion and he founded ZapGo Limited in 2013 to produce the next generation of energy storage devices based on this technology platform, with four core values: to be faster charging, safer, longer lasting and more recyclable than lithium batteries. Stephen has taken several technology businesses through concept, design and then into production. He launched the first ever CE-marked hydrogen fuel cell product. He previously ran a $1bn business unit at IBM. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and is a Freeman of the Guild of Entrepreneurs in the City of London.

Digby Vollrath

Launched in 2017 by childhood friends Hugo Campbell and Digby Vollrath, Feast It has closely curated 650 of the UK’s top caterers and mobile bars. All Feast It partners have been hand-picked, with fewer than one in ten caterers and bars accepted, creating a vetted community of partners available to book for any event. Household names like Patty & Bun, Soho House Group, GRIND and Honey & Co work with Feast It alongside smaller operations. Since in launch Feast IT has fed over 3 million people and worked with clients including, Tom Cruise, Amazon, Facebook, London Pride and Secret cinema.

Henry Whorwood

Henry leads Beauhurst’s Research & Consultancy team. He is an expert on business finance and has worked on briefs for clients including the British Business Bank, Penningtons Manches, Syndicate Room, and Innovate UK. Henry regularly gives presentations on market trends at events around the country. He studied Classics at the University of Oxford.

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