Speakers

Meet some of our #SMWBristol speakers and click through to check out the events the’ve spoken at during Social Media Week Bristol.

Adam Crowther

Adam Crowther

Presenter for BBC Upload on BBC Radio Bristol

Adam has worked in some of the UK’s busiest newsrooms with some of the most successful social media brands in the BBC. From leading the transformation of BBC Breakfast’s social media strategy or helping to pave the way with the award winning BBC Radio Bristol social media team Adam has helped news teams to embrace digital storytelling. He is currently the presenter BBC Upload, the BBC’s next big platform for new talent and storytelling. The show is a front door to the BBC for digital storytellers.

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.

Chloe Barraclough

Chloe Barraclough

Interactive Producer at Aardman Animations

Working as a Producer in the wonderfully diverse and innovative interactive department at Aardman, I love getting my claws into projects that push technical and creative boundaries and that celebrate the craft, humour and storytelling that Aardman are famous for. Not least the Roman Baths 5G AR app where our animation team created beautiful 3D models of the building and its incredible history that were put to the test through 5G technologies.
No day is the same at Aardman and I’m always excited to discover new creative ways to bring stories to life through emerging technologies and platforms.

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.

Dr Helena Lewis-Smith

Dr Helena Lewis-Smith

Research Psychologist at the Centre for Appearance Research

Dr Helena Lewis-Smith is a research psychologist at the Centre for Appearance Research, based at the University of the West of England. Her research involves investigating social, cultural, and psychological influences on body image, to inform the development and evaluation of interventions and strategies to promote positive body image in education, community, health, and corporate settings. She is passionate about translating research into real-life social impact at a local, national, and international scale. She regularly consults and collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders, including businesses, health organisations, and charitable trusts.

Martin Booth

Martin Booth

Editor at Bristol 24/7

Martin Booth is the Editor of Bristol24/7, the city’s best website and free monthly magazine. He has written for publications including The Guardian, The Times, Time Out and the 2007 FA Cup semi-final programme. His special talent is the ability to cycle himself and his two daughters up Park Street on one bike, and he is proud to have once interviewed Chesney Hawkes in a Starbucks in Staines.

Joyann Boyce

Joyann Boyce

Social Media Manager and Mother of Plants

Joyann Boyce (aka Joy) is a social media consultant and founder of The Social Detail. Through the social media agency, Joy has worked with a range of organisations such as Bristol City Council, Black Girl Convention, SETsquared and Black South West Network. Joy also runs social media marketing Meetup group to provide advice and help for those trying to work it out alone called Social Media DIY.
Joy has a passion for building communities and solving problems, even outside of the office she is actively creating change with projects such as The BME Collective and Tech ALT.

Rebecca Clay

Rebecca Clay

Heritage Marketing Manager at The Roman Baths

Rebecca has worked for Bath and North East Somerset Council looking after the Marketing for The Roman Baths and other heritage assets in the city for the past four years. The Roman Baths as a location for AR and VR has always posed a really interesting challenge as the Baths have capacity issues and higgledy-piggledy Roman pavements make public safety a real issue. This trial was the perfect opportunity for us to see how we might be able to roll out AR experiences in out-of-hours events.

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.

Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans

Founder at EighteenSixty

Gareth has over a decade of experience in audio production. An experienced producer he spent over a decade in radio developing ideas and producing programmes for Absolute Radio and the BBC as well as producing podcasts and in-flight content.

Founding audio content agency EighteenSixty in 2018, Gareth now works with brands to develop and launch successful podcasts.

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.

Will Guyatt

Will Guyatt

Communications Director, Ecotricity & Director, Media Guy Ltd

Will is responsible for communications at the pioneering green energy business Ecotricity (ecotricity.co.uk), and works closely with its founder, Dale Vince. With almost 20 years of media and communications experience, Will has had stints at several of the world‘s largest digital media groups - Future PLC, LADbible Group and Ziff Davis Inc, as well as time working for Instagram, Facebook and MySpace. He also advises senior business leaders on their public profiles through his Media Guy consultancy, and is the Technology Correspondent for LBC - the UK’s largest commercial talk radio station.

Bess Hepworth

Bess Hepworth

Founder and Executive Director of Planet Ally

Bess Hepworth is an advocate and activist for human rights. Bess is the Founder and Executive Director of Planet Ally. She is an Australian born social media scientist, international speaker, curator, wife and Mother of 2 young boys. Bess lives between Hong Kong
and Australia and has a background in digital activism, community development and high performance sport. She has Board roles with the UNDP’s Being LGBTI in Asia, Asia-Pacific Transgender Network, ILGA Oceania and International Family Equality Day. Bess has
been named in the Top 10 people to follow on Twitter for Business and Inclusion, 2nd in the 2017 RAHM Global LGBTI Leadership Contest and regularly features in the top 400 in the Global LGBTI Power Twitter List. Bess specialises in using social media as a
tool for visibility, solidarity and advocacy for LGBTQIA+ communities.

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.

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.

Rina Maniar

Rina Maniar

Senior Recruitment Consultant - eCommerce & Digital at ADLIB

Rina brings together Digital Marketing and eCommerce talent with online retailers, multi-channel businesses, ambitious SMEs and global organisations across the South West, South Coast, M4 Corridor and London.

Steve Manser

Steve Manser

Senior Marketing Manager at SunLife

Steve has spent 18 of the last 20 years enjoying life at various creative and strategic agencies, helping brands to better understand and engage with their customers. Or, as he likes to call it, ‘CSI Marketing’. This has involved working with the likes of LEGO, Interflora, confused.com, various tourism and arts marketing brands, as well as Samsung, Lufthansa and Nissan.

He then switched over to the client side of the fence – and now works for SunLife, a forward-thinking and successful over 50s brand based in the financial services sector. Steve is a keen advocate of putting customer empathy at the heart of everything and is constantly curious about the who, what, why and when of life in the marketing and advertising world.

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.

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.

Dr Panagiotis Petridis

Dr Panagiotis Petridis

Senior Lecturer in Gamification at Aston University

Panagiotis Petridis has spent his entire career working in the field of virtual reality, simulation and gaming, and he is currently a Senior Lecturer in Gamification at Aston University.

Panagiotis has worked on a number of projects to combine gaming with learning, including a collaboration with Taylor Woodrow, and another one with energy companies and house associations to influence behaviours around household energy usage.

Throughout his career, Panagiotis has enjoyed a balance of research and teaching, working with the next generation of programmers to grasp the potential of serious games and bring about transformation within industry.

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.

Graham Thomas

Graham Thomas

Section Leader at BBC R&D

I lead a team of engineers at BBC R&D, investigating new forms of immersive and interactive content. Some of my previous projects have looked at augmented reality in TV production, for example developing the technology for graphical overlays on the football pitch for Match of the Day, or virtual studio systems used for graphics for election coverage. With user devices and networks getting ever faster, it is exciting to see how similar technology can create new experiences when put in the hands of our audience.

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.