Speakers

Meet our #SMWBristol speakers and click through to check out the events they are speaking at.

Jennifer Agate

Jennifer Agate

Foot Anstey

Jennifer leads Foot Anstey’s specialist Reputation Management team and provides reputational legal advice to individual, corporate and charity clients, with a particular specialism in both the civil and criminal aspects of social media and cyber crime. She advises on a wide range of issues including defamation, privacy, blackmail, harassment, data protection, reporting restrictions and soft intellectual property.

Bex Band

Bex Band

Founder at Love Her Wild

Bex Band is an adventure blogger who loves a challenge. She has hiked over 1000km the length of Israel, crossed the Jordan desert, kayaked the width of the UK against plastic pollution and broken a world first kick-scooting the length of the USA. Through her blog, the Ordinary Adventurer http://www.theordinaryadventurer.com, she hopes to inspire others to take on their own adventures to realise their potential and to care more for the planet.

Getting frustrated with the poor representation of women in the outdoors, Bex founded the Love Her Wild tribe (www.loveherwild.com) in 2017. This women’s only community creates a non-competitive and safe space to inspire more women to get outdoors adventuring. Love Her Wild has over 5,500 members and has brought hundreds of women together on adventures both in the UK and overseas.

Bex now works full time leading expeditions, blogging and speaking. For her efforts supporting women in the outdoors she was awarded ‘Legacy Maker’ on the 2018 San Miguel Alternative Rich List and in 2017 was nominated for Personality of the Year by The Great Outdoors.

Drew Benvie

Drew Benvie

Founder at Battenhall

Drew is founder of global social media agency, Battenhall. Working with some of the world’s largest and most respect brands, celebrities and cutting-edge startups, Drew’s team has been recognised as the leader in its field, picking up 10 ‘agency of the year’ awards since it was founded six years ago.

Greg Cooper

Greg Cooper

LinkedIn & Business Coach

Greg Cooper works with a range small and mid-sized businesses to help them use LinkedIn to find, keep and win customers. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing and an official LinkedIn Help Forum Expert.

Martin Fitzpatrick

Martin Fitzpatrick

Internal Communications & Engagement Business Partner at B&Q

Martin Fitzpatrick is a senior leader in B&Q’s Colleague Communications and Engagement team. Together, they help to connect and inspire 27,000 colleagues across the UK at Britain’s largest home improvement company. With 10 years’ experience in communications and engagement, Martin has held several senior communications roles. Including Business Partnering Vodafone UK’s B2B sales function where he helped to lead employees through one of the largest transformations of their enterprise business ever undertaken. Other roles include, leading fraud & security awareness programmes, crisis management and large-scale IT transformation. With a wealth of first-hand experience, Martin believes in the transformative power of creating movements through storytelling, connecting people and amplifying employee voice. He’s a vocal advocate for Enterprise Social Networks and for closer relationships between HR, engagement and internal communications professionals.

Gertie Goddard

Gertie Goddard

Senior Digital Marketing Executive at Noisy Little Monkey

Gertie Goddard is an essential cog in the Noisy Little Monkey machine. As Senior Digital Marketing Executive, she is responsible for developing and managing inbound marketing campaigns and strategies for clients. Gertie’s science degree means she LOVES interpreting data and analytics but she’s not just about the numbers; Gertie’s penchant for puns means she pulls together a mean email marketing campaign and social media post too. Away from the office, Gertie’s oft seen cycling around Bristol, trying to capture her next stunning shot of the city. In fact, one of her photos is currently being displayed in the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel – so, she’s kind of a big deal.

Aaron Huckett

Aaron Huckett

Head of Digital at Wild Card and Wild West

Aaron is Head of Digital at Wild Card and Wild West Comms. He has over ten years’ experience in the digital market – spanning social media, content and influencers. A consumer generalist, Aaron has experience within many different sectors including F&B, retail, interiors and fashion – this includes Tesco, TK Maxx, Homesense and Grosvenor Casinos.

Keri Hudson

Keri Hudson

Social Media Consultant and Glug Bristol Host

Keri is a Social Media Consultant with nine years of experience spanning lifestyle, hospitality, entertainment and charity. She’s worked with all sorts, including some of the UK’s best-loved big brands, innovative start-ups and ambitious small businesses. A strategist at heart, Keri focuses on the tactical and tech sides of social media, and is super interested in how AI, voice and other new trends are shaping digital marketing.

Keri currently offers social media advice, strategy and training for growing businesses in the South West, is an Avocado Social Consultant and also hosts Glug Bristol.

Dan Izzard

Dan Izzard

Online Editor of Crumbs

Dan is Online Editor of food and drinks magazine Crumbs, and also helps run Rules of Engagement - the social media network for professionals in Bristol. If you attended last years event you may have come across Dan’s #DigitalSquad so watch out for them again this year as well as a foodie-inspired session tbc!

Rich Keith

Rich Keith

CEO at Fourth Floor Creative

Rich is the CEO of Fourth Floor Creative, an agency that’s focussed on enabling creators to carry on creating, working non-exclusively to offer brand deals, sponsorships, merchandise and other services. Rich has also served as General Manager and is still the Chief Revenue Officer of YouTube and Twitch gaming collective, The Yogscast who he’s been working with since 2013. He was previously a publisher of media brands such as EDGE, PC Gamer and Official PlayStation Magazine.

Sylwia Korsak

Sylwia Korsak

Community Champion at OTR Bristol

Sylwia Korsak is a Senior Social Media & Digital Wellbeing Consultant who has helped individuals, organisations and brands articulate their stories with the help of the social web since 2004. She is a word-of-mouth marketer advising non-profits and commercial brands on informed, realistic, sustainable digital strategies. Sylwia is also a personal advisor working with individuals wishing to identify, plan and develop their digital wellbeing goals. Alongside this, Sylwia is Community Champion at mental health social movement OTR Bristol and a blogger passionate about digital wellbeing, new media, coffee and allotment gardening.

Shonette Laffy

Shonette Laffy

Prominent Bristol blogger and Social Media Manager at Visit Bristol

Shonette Laffy is the Digital Marketing Manager at Destination Bristol and also runs the social media & marketing meet-up The Rules of Engagement. In her spare time she writes food guides on her blog A Life Less Organised, and also waxes lyrical about Bristol’s food scene on Best of Bristol, TechSpark and Foozie.

Alexei Lee

Alexei Lee

Head of Comms at Fat Media

Alexei is a seasoned communications planner, with over 15 years of experience in designing creative communications strategies for brands, retailers, charities and other businesses.

As Head of Comms at Fat Media, Alexei leads the team responsible for the planning and delivery of campaigns for a variety of B2B and B2C brands nationwide. He also heads-up influencer marketing service – CollectivEdge.

Brands he’s worked with include: Royal Mail, BeGambleaware, Warner Bros, Sky, Legal & General, Birra Moretti, and ActionAid.

Paul MacMahon

Paul MacMahon

Social Media Manager at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

For the past decade Paul has been managing social media, content and award-wining campaigns for a number of renowned charities including NSPCC, Childline and now Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Dan Martin

Dan Martin

Bristol-based journalist and blogger

As head of content at Enterprise Nation, a innovative and modern membership support network for small business owners, Dan leads on providing practical content to help the community of 70,000 entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. He also looks after Enterprise Nation’s social media following of more than 65,000 people and regularly hosts small business events in Bristol and across the UK.

Enterprise Nation’s Small Business Social Media Summit was one of the most popular events during Bristol Social Media Week 2016 and 2018 and it will return in 2019. Away from Enterprise Nation, Dan is the co-founder of Lifestyle District, a photography, arts and culture blog which he runs with his partner Nina, a professional photographer.

Liam McKinnon

Liam McKinnon

Marketing, Communications and Digital Manager at OTR Bristol

Liam McKinnon is Marketing, Communications and Digital Manager at Off the Record (OTR), a mental health social movement by and for young people in Bristol. Liam is passionate about challenging the stigma associated with mental health - recognising its context as social and political as well as personal. Liam has previously worked in communications and digital roles at Winston‘s Wish, CLIC Sargent and Ruby Wax’s social network Black Dog Tribe; invariably promoting a community and network-focused approach to public health needs.

Adam Millbank

Adam Millbank

Director of JonesMillbank

Adam Millbank is a Director of JonesMillbank, a production company that have had the pleasure of filming around the world vast range of audiences, brands and uses. Their clients include The Royal Mint, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Bath Ales, and the NHS. Adam is passionate about the power of story as an informative persuasion tool and from his background in documentary film making he understands the importance of audience and a human approach to content creation.

Richard Neary

Richard Neary

Foot Anstey

Richard is an employment lawyer who primarily works in the media and technology sector with a focus on pro-actively reducing legal problems in a commercial way. Richard supports clients with their people issues and strategies assisting them to get the best out of their workforces and achieve their associated business goals. He understands the fast paced and innovative environment that the firm’s clients operate in and their need to motivate, retain and develop skilled and entrepreneurial employees.

Norts

Norts

Co-founder of Tiny Giant

Voted the Guy-Least-Likely-To for six consecutive years at his secondary school, Norts has literally stolen
a career in advertising for 25 years. Somehow, along the way, he’s had the good fortune to be employed
in a creative capacity on three continents and snaffle a decent number of awards. Only two have subsequently been
rescinded because of failed drugs tests. He disputes the evidence in both cases.

In 2018, Norts co-founded Tiny Giant with the supremely talented Kerry Harrison. Essentially, she carries him.
Together, they serve up delicious slabs of creativity and content often using AI/human collaboration. Their latest project
is a UNESCO-funded attempt at creating the world’s first deep fake holographic edible Frisbee on Snapchat.
Norts says it will change everything.

Cristina Nikolov

Cristina Nikolov

Account Director at Lead:Famly

After years working in media and advertising, and most recently in programmatic tech, Cristina moved into Martech to join LeadFamly UK as Head of Small and Medium enterprises.

This role allows her to work closely with business to help them adopt gamification and interactivity into their marketing set-up. Cristina is passionate about connecting brands with the most effective marketing solutions, and enjoys seeing the transformative power of gamification across the whole customer journey.

In her free time Cristina enjoys good food and drink, and showing her young son the world through travel and exploration.

Yoann Pavy

Yoann Pavy

Head of Digital Marketing at Depop

Hey, I’m Yoann, a data-driven marketing leader passionate about innovative and creative marketing strategies to deliver growth.
Striving to use digital marketing to its fullest, keeping a customer first approach! Investing where people’s attention actually is...

Meg Pope

Meg Pope

Co-Founder of Duchess Media and Events & Marketing Manager for the Hyde & Co Group

Co-Founder of Duchess Media and Events & Marketing Manager for the Hyde & Co Group, Meg keeps herself very busy planning & running events, bossing the PR & marketing for some of Bristol’s best-loved food & drink establishments, and even managing to squeeze in gigs as one half of Duchess DJs.

Ben Roberts

Ben Roberts

Head of Marketing at Talkative

Ben is Head of Marketing at Talkative and also hosts The Marketing Buzzword Podcast. He speaks regularly at events on the subjects of Marketing Buzzwords, Human Marketing and Online Reviews - basically trying to make marketing that bit easier to understand!

Alex Saxon

Alex Saxon

Head of Digital at Home

Alex is, effectively a Geek. He‘s passionate about digital, how it’s produced and then consumed and has spent 17 years doing so. He’s created and managed a multitude of digital stuffs for numerous internationally renowned brands from websites and bespoke software to mobile apps and cool touchy-feely things for conferences and expos. This means he has the insight to deliver digital strategy that provides content, culture and connection. You’ll often find him evangelising about UX, data, social interaction and technology generally making life easier.

Susannah Streeter

Susannah Streeter

Broadcaster, co-founder of presentable.tv and former RAF combat camera team leader

Susannah Streeter is a broadcaster with two decades national and international experience in TV, radio and online. A former reporter for BBC Breakfast on BBC One, she is now one of the anchors of World Business Report on BBC World TV and the BBC World Service. Susannah was one of the country’s first video journalists and also headed up the Royal Air Force combat camera team as a Squadron Leader in the RAF Reserves.
Susannah is the co-founder of digital storytelling company Presentable.tv and also hosts international conferences and debates around the world.

Dr Dominique Thompson

Dr Dominique Thompson

Director at Buzz Consulting

Dr Dominique Thompson set up Buzz Consulting after working for 17 years as a specialist Student Health GP, with a special interest in mental health. She is a national student health expert and Bristol Healthcare Professional of the Year 2017. She is a regular commentator on student health matters and has appeared on the Today programme (BBC Radio 4) and in The Guardian. In 2019 she was named one of the Top 100 West Women of the Year.

Mark Turpin

Mark Turpin

CEO at The Yogscast

Mark ‘Turps’ Turpin combines the roles of being the CEO and a key content creator for The Yogscast. The Yogscast is the original videogame-focussed video and streaming network with over 50 channels across YouTube and Twitch and more than 7bn views since launching 11 years ago. Mark is also a BAFTA Games Committee member and has presented industry shows including the MCW Awards and the Italian Video Games Awards. Find him @The_T on Twitter or @turpster on Instagram.

Georgie Upton

Georgie Upton

Director of Wild West

Georgie is the Director of Wild West. Georgie moved to Cornwall ten years ago from London to support the founder, Kate Wild, and heads up the Wild West team. She has worked in consumer PR for 18 years, 13 of those within the Wild Card group. Georgie’s experience includes consumer lifestyle and travel brands including Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, Capri-Sun, diet-Coke, Watergate Bay, Tresco Island and Eden Project. Georgie is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of Wild West programmes as well as issues management and brand reputation.

Liam Williams

Liam Williams

Founder of LeoDo

Liam has been sketchnoting at events since Bristol’s very first Social Media Week in 2016. The visual maps he creates of events and talks are always popular with speakers, organisers and attendees.

Founder of LeoDo, one of his main services is the delivery of workshops to share his knowledge and help others with their self-development. In addition, Liam is one of the ambassadors for Social Media Week Bristol, volunteers for Freedom of Mind (a Bristol based mental health charity) and is a brand ambassador for John & Jane, a graphic design company in Cardiff.

Luan Wise

Luan Wise

Marketer, author, and trainer

Luan Wise is a chartered marketer with more than 20 years’ experience in agency, client-side and consultancy roles. She has worked across a variety of sectors including office supplies, postal services, recruitment, manufacturing, higher education, and professional services – for household names such as Royal Mail, Hilton and University of Cambridge to the kinds of companies that are big in their field but unknown to the wider world.

Alongside running her consultancy and training business, Luan is a course instructor for LinkedIn Learning, accredited trainer for Facebook‘s #shemeansbusiness campaign with Enterprise Nation, author of the award-winning book ‘Relax! It’s Only Social Media’ and creator of the ’Social Media Planner’, which was listed by The Independent as one of the 9 best books for entrepreneurs.

Jess Siggers

Jess Siggers

UK-based photographer, content creator/Instagram influencer, consultant & community manager

Jess Siggers is a UK-based photographer, content creator/Instagram influencer, consultant & community manager. Photography/influencer clients include Pret A Manger, Toyota UK, O2, Seasalt, Canon UK, Cross Country Trains, Beach Retreats & BMI Regional among many others.

Jess provides Instagram consultancy & workshops for both personal & business brands. Current clients include Bristol Media Group, St.Peter’s Hospice & Destination Bristol. In 2015 she became one of Instagram’s ‘Suggested Users’ (@Porthjess with 43k followers) and also runs the Bristol Instagrammers network IGers Bristol (IGersBristol), taking the network to 19k followers in three years.

Jess has been featured by the BBC, Time Out, The Chromologist, The Guardian & Mollie Makes.
Attend ‘Fifty Ways To Build Your Instagram Community – 2018 Edition’

Heather Cowper

Heather Cowper

Travel blogger

Heather Cowper is a leading UK travel blogger at Heatheronhertravels.com, bringing 10 years of experience of what works in the fast changing world of blogging and social media. In Bristol, Heather is co-founder of Bristol Travel Massive and founder of the Bristol Bloggers and Influencers community, a community of 240+ local bloggers and influencers. Heather runs training sessions in blogging and social media, organising blogger events and campaigns with brands and local businesses in Bristol and beyond.

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