Our Speakers .

Executive Coach

Andrea is a Transformational Coach, Ted X Speaker, Columnist for the Yorkshire Post and writer. She founded her company in 2015 to specialise in state of mind coaching, particularly working with women and has trained with a number of world […]

Lecturer / York St John University

Ann is a brand, business and marketing strategist who teaches at York St John University and helps people, businesses and brands thrive. Throughout her career, Ann has worked with international organisations, SMEs and entrepreneurs in food, engineering, healthcare, and tourism […]

Bookkeeping Manager / Yorkshire Accountancy

Bethany has worked in accountancy and bookkeeping for more than twenty years, having worked for Yorkshire Accountancy Limited for nine of those.  She specialises in VAT and bookkeeping and utilises bookkeeping software, being an expert in Quickbooks, Xero and Sage, […]

Director / Aesthetica

Cherie is the Director of Aesthetica, the internationally acclaimed British art and culture brand that began with Aesthetica Magazine in 2002 and is now a multi-platform reaching over 500,000, including the BAFTA-Qualifying ASFF, Creative Writing Award and the annual Aesthetica […]

Dean / York Business School

Bob is Dean of the York Business School which supports local and national business activities. He has over two decades of experience in the field including working as an International Business Analyst for the US investment bank JP Morgan. Bob […]

Associate Dean & Professor / York Business School

Brendan is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean in the Business School at York St John University. Besides teaching across a range of Business and Management subject areas at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, Brendan is Chair of the York […]

Senior Lecturer / York Business School

Ikram is the Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at York Business School. A member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Ikram has shared his expertise at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional levels. He has also conducted corporate training […]

Associate Dean / York St John University

Rebecca is the Associate Dean for Marketing, Sports, Tourism, Events and HR at York St John University. This covers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in areas such as International Fashion Marketing, Digital Marketing and Data Analytics, Events […]

Freelance Strategy Consultant

Suzanne is a strategy consultant with twenty years of experience in helping organisations redefine their approach to strategy, culture, communications,  innovation, and communication. As Global Principal and Head of Strategy at Wolff Olins London, Suzanne worked with Ericsson, Guggenheim, The […]

University Lecturer / York Business School

Winojith is the lecturer in marketing and course leader for Events, Hospitality and Tourism Management at York Business School. Passionate about how creative cultural industries influence businesses around the world, Winojith has spent over 17 years sharing knowledge with students […]

Founder / Atom Bank

Co-founder of Durham-based Atom Bank and former Director of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, Edward is also Chair of Northstar Ventures. Alongside his board position at Northstar, Edward is retaining a role as Director of Environment, Society and Government […]

Managing Director / Factual Fiction

Emily is Managing Director at Factual Fiction, the production company behind Prime Video shows such as Agatha and the Midnight Murders. Previously, Emily worked as Managing Director of Banijay-owned Darlow Smithson, producing a range of shows for the BBC, ITV, […]

Founder / Farah Networking

Farah is an eternal optimist and excels in sales, leadership, public speaking, and networking. She empowers professionals through networking and building connections. Farah headhunts diamonds, bringing them together. She believes that networking is a powerful tool that should be accessible […]

Director / Artichoke

Helen is the Director of Artichoke, an arts production company whose recent projects include Herd, a musical exhibition held across Kirklees, and the UK’s light biennial Lumiere, which welcomed 160,000 visitors last year. In 2012, Helen was awarded a Harvard’s […]

Development Director / AY PE

Helena is the Development Director at AY PE, a media production company that has been powering incredible campaigns, exhibitions and multimedia experiences for over 15 years at prestigious organisations, such as Bletchley Park, Kensington Palace and The British Museum. Helena […]

Founder & Director / Viridian FX

Kit is an innovator in screen-based art and interactive media. He founded Viridian FX, one of the UK’s leading VFX houses – with credits such as HBO’s House of the Dragon and Netflix’s Heart of Stone. Kit has also directed […]

Business Growth Manager / City of York Council

Louise helps businesses in York grow by connecting organisations – both big and small – with finance and support. She helps these companies access government funding, delivers networking support and organises training opportunities. Recently, she coordinated the Digital Skills Training […]

Founder & Creative Director / LazenbyBrown

Mat is the creative force behind LazenbyBrown, an award-winning brand agency located in the heart of York. Their clients include Rural Arts, Humans not Robots, the Science Museum Group and York Minster. A committed supporter of creative education, he’s also […]

Head of Commercial Law / Harrowells

Matt is Head of Commercial Law at Harrowells and has considerable experience of helping York-based owner managed businesses, including those in the creative sector, successfully navigate their way through the business cycle, from start-up, through to expansion, joint ventures and, […]

Course Leader for Project Management & Leadership / York Business School

For over 13 years, Michael has built a freelance career working across arts management and education. He is now a lecturer at York St John University, where he shares his key expertise in project management and leadership by drawing on […]

Creative Art Director / Viridian FX

Oswin is an experienced concept artist who has worked across numerous blockbuster film and TV projects, such as House of the Dragon (2022) and Waiting for Anya (2020). He is the Creative Art Director of Viridian FX, one of the […]

Music, Coffee, Tech & Food Entrepreneur / Caffè Nero

Pablo is one of the founding team behind Caffè Nero and now manages their music department best known for discovering emerging musicians through in store play across their 800+ stores across eleven countries, putting on about 300 gigs in Caffe […]

Business Strategist / Diagonal Thinking

Phil is the founder of Diagonal Thinking, a smart consultancy service for people in the creative, digital and media industries. Previously, he was Managing Director of an international media consultancy, working with some of the biggest brands in television. Phil […]

Entrepreneur, Public Speaker & PR Specialist / Ariatu PR

Ronke is the award-winning founder of Ariatu PR and advocates for enterprise, equality and equity through diverse and inclusive leadership. In 2018, Ronke was part of the board of directors at the Chartered Institute of PR and, six years later, […]

Writer & Producer / Factual Fiction

Tom is the co-founder of Factual Fiction, the UK’s first off-grid production company, with sustainability and diversity at its heart. After graduating from the NFTS, Tom spent twelve years directing and producing TV commercials and independent films. He wrote and […]