A senior entertainment marketing and licensing executive with over twenty years of experience in branded character franchise development. Principal areas of expertise include creating integrated campaigns across feature film, TV & digital platforms, and brand extensions into licensed merchandise and live events.
Most recently a co-exec producer on Aardman’s Early Man and Shaun the Sheep movie’s, and overseeing the international distribution, exploitation and development of the Shaun the sheep brand.
Adam is a cofounder at TONG, a digital and eCommerce agency focusing on the Chinese market. TONG specialises in helping brands big and small leverage the power of social media to sell directly to the Chinese consumer. He has seven years’ experience living and working with China and has spent time in both Beijing and Shanghai. Adam is regularly invited to speak at events in the UK, Europe, Russia, the US, and China. Adam holds a First Class degree in Chinese Studies and an MSc in Social Science of the Internet from the University of Oxford. Attend ‘Chinese Social Commerce: Practical Steps to Building Your Brand in China’
Craig loves making things and making things make sense. He’s part of a crack team of researchers in Just Eat’s world-leading innovation labs – pushing the frontiers of how people engage with next-gen tech. Craig also jointly leads Just Eat’s Design Studio, creating the world’s best food ordering experiences across the widest range of platforms and interactions, in 13 countries and cultures around the world. He’s also a husband, father, EV driver, vegetarian, liberal, progressive, cyclist, Bristolian and hopeless stereotype. Attend ‘The (State Of The) Art Of Conversation’
Patrick Cutliffe is an entrepreneur, musician and digital expert. For Google’s Digital Garage, Patrick trains thousands of SMEs, Charities and Entrepreneurs across the UK and Ireland in Digital best practice. His passions are helping people, digital marketing and the music business. Patrick has won awards, consulted international brands and trained 000’s of apprentices and musicians in digital marketing. He is ranked as a lead digital trainer for Google and also 1st class outstanding digital trainer across the board with Ofsted and the No.1 apprenticeship provider in the UK.
Rob Law MBE is the founder and CEO of Trunki, the brand behind the much-loved ride-on suitcase for tots. From one of the most famous rejections on BBC Dragons’ Den in 2006, Law has successfully built a team who have pioneered a new retail category of children’s travel products, designing and creating a range of innovative solutions which help families on the go.
Since Trunki launched in May 2006, the company has sold 3.5 million suitcases in over 100 countries with consumers spending over $200 million on his brand. Trunki employs 30 people at their funky head office in Bristol called The Mothership, and a further 50 people at its UK manufacturing and distribution facility - Magma Moulding - in Plymouth.
Experienced sports & marketing professional absolutely passionate about empowering women to believe in themselves, be happier and healthier. This Mum Runs has designed and implemented innovative and co-created programmes that increase women’s participation in sport with a focus on retention, genuine engagement and word of mouth advocacy
Alexei is a seasoned digital planner, with over 15 years of experience in designing creative communications strategies for brands, retailers, charities and other businesses.
As Head of Social & PR at Fat Media, Alexei leads the team responsible for the planning and delivery of digital campaigns for a variety of B2B and B2C brands nationwide. He also heads-up influencer marketing service – CollectivEdge.
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. Attend ‘How PR Professionals Can Work Effectively With Digital Editors & Newsrooms ’
Jonathan Wood from C2 Cyber has decades of cyber security experience, and has held information security roles in the Royal Navy and BT before cofounding C2 Cyber in 2017.
C2 Cyber’s clients include major international brands and the UK Government. Focussing on core information assurance posture, supply chain security and the people element of securing an organisation, C2 Cyber brings a wealth of experience and a refreshing viewpoint to oft-ignored disciplines.
As Chief Innovator at reputation security company - RiskEye, and founder of social media monitoring service – Cloud90, Nicola has extensive experience in helping both brands and influencers identify and manage social media risk.
Through her work with businesses to combat threats to online reputation, Nicola has a passionate vision to create a level playing field within the world social media, and a set of rules that protect and enhance everyone’s experience online.
I am a chartered marketer with more than 15 years’ experience of working with clients including Hilton, Royal Mail, Panasonic, and the University of Cambridge.
My career in marketing started ‘web first’, managing content and building online communities. I helped many businesses to produce their first websites. For most of my agency-side career, I worked for Hilton, planning and managing complex multimedia, multi-site promotional campaigns for its national and international chain of health clubs. In 2007 I switched to become a client-side marketer, joining a new business operating in the newly liberalised postal marketplace. With my support, the business’s annual sales rocketed from £3 million to £60 million over the next five years.
Susannah Streeter is the anchor for World Business Report on the BBC World Service and BBC World TV, delivering breaking stories and gaining insight into unfolding economic events from entrepreneurs, economists and analysts.
Prior to covering an international news agenda, Susannah was a regular face on BBC One Breakfast, reporting live from across the UK and occasionally from her home city of Bristol. She also reported for the consumer affairs programme Working Lunch and the BBC Budget programme. She now also regularly presents the business updates on the BBC News channel and
BBC Radio 5 live.
Head of Content at Celebrity Intelligence part of Centaur Media
Sarah Penny is the Head of Content at Fashion & Beauty Monitor and Celebrity Intelligence, overseeing the global content strategy and key partnerships. With over 12 years of experience in fashion and digital publishing, she has been with the team since 2012, having previously worked with companies including Hachette UK and Reed. She has spoken at several industry events including the British Council’s International Fashion Showcase, Graduate Fashion Week and Festival of Marketing. She has also judged for a number of fashion awards including the BFC Colleges Council Graduate Preview Day, WGSN’s Futures Awards, Hospital Club’s h100 Awards, and the Scottish Fashion Awards.
Jon Payne is the (weird and) wonderful Technical Director of Noisy Little Monkey. Based out of Bristol‘s famous Tobacco Factory, Jon created Noisy Little Monkey to help support businesses that were being stung by black-hat SEO tactics. Eight years on and the agency has grown into a lively business which helps its clients deliver and perfect their social media and digital marketing strategy. His talks will leave you refreshed, motivated and you’ll (hopefully) leave with a smile on your face. Attend ‘Rise Of The Machines. Humanising Your SM Marketing In An Automated World’
Fiona has over 25 years’ experience in direct, integrated marketing and digital agencies, creating award-winning, business transforming solutions for clients in every sector. She was True’s Creative Director from 2006 – 2017. A skilled wordsmith and creative strategist, Fiona understands how to turn business propositions into compelling, actionable, sharable and profitable customer communications. Attend ’Cut Through Content Shock’
Tom is responsible for creating and executing multi-channel marketing strategies and has developed search & media strategies for over 80 local, national and international businesses including Pet Drugs Online, Furniture Village, Sawday’s, and Fuller’s Brewery.
Nick has 14 years’ experience of working in marketing communications, 6 of those with a focus on digital. He’s worked with brands including McDonald’s, Disney, Sky, the NHS and Tesco. At True, Nick is responsible for getting to the heart of the strategic challenge, defining objectives and strategic solutions, and ensuring they meet the challenge appropriately throughout all stages of our activity.
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. Launch of LinkedIn Local Bristol
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.
Christian Annesley is a business writer and speaker who mixes events work and coverage with long-form journalism, commercial content campaigns and ghost-writing of books.
Enterprise technology is one focus for Christian. He was news editor of Computer Weekly from 2005 and 2007, when the title won a PPA award for its editorial campaigning. He also writes about ecommerce, corporate finance and all aspects of entrepreneurship and business -- for general as well as niche business audiences. He’s interviewed the likes of Tim Smit of The Eden Project and private equity veteran John Moulton, plus many other big business names across the South West region in particular, where he was the launch editor of South West Business Insider from 2008 to 2012.
MD of Sales Coaching Solutions and The Entrepreneur’s Godmother
Voted one of the UK’s Top 10 Business Advisers, Alison works with SME’s, start-ups, micros and entrepreneurs to help them grow their business through effective sales. As a sales coach, Alison works with businesses around her Four Key Pillars of Sales methodology, to help business owners and sales teams gain essential sales skills and knowledge and implement strategies and processes enabling them to sell more of their fantastic products and services. Through training, coaching, workshops and online courses, Alison has worked with hundreds of businesses.
Mark Wright is an influential entrepreneur and self-taught digital marketing specialist, renowned for his success in winning BBC’s The Apprentice.
In securing the winners title, Mark went on to find and develop one of the UK’s fastest growing digital marketing agencies, Climb Online, in partnership with Lord Sugar.
As the most successful business to have been founded by an Apprentice winner to date, Climb Online now boasts four UK office locations and a leading team of 40 Digital Marketing specialists, dedicated to delivering results for the agency’s growing client base.
Boasting a sincere drive for success, Mark now plans to transform Climb Online into a global business with Sydney, Australia firmly in sight.
Prominent Bristol blogger and Social Media Manager, 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.
John Mitchison is the Director of Policy and Compliance at the DMA. John has extensive in-depth knowledge of the data and marketing industries, with more than 20 years of experience in both.
In recent years, he has worked closely with industry groups like the Data Protection Network and the DMA’s Responsible Marketing Committee as well as regulators like the Information Commissioners Office, Fundraising Regulator and Ofcom to develop guidance in a changing legislative landscape. His current focus is on issues around data protection, ensuring businesses can successfully prepare themselves for the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and ePrivacy Regulations.
Leading a team responsible for new revenue growth and strategic industry partnerships. Mark started at CrowdRiff 3 years ago as the first sales employee, and now heads a team of 13 account executives and sales development professionals. Prior to CrowdRiff, Mark worked in sales management at Labatt Breweries, managing a 7 person national Inside Sales team. Mark enjoys craft beer, skiing and can always be found wearing a cool pair of sneakers.
Keri is a creative Social Media Specialist with eight years of experience spanning the charity, entertainment, travel and FMCG sectors. Currently providing social media consultancy and support on a freelance basis, she’s previously held positions at Cancer Research UK, Premier, Digital Visitor, Wunderman and 1000heads.
Keri will be sharing why social media communities are more important than ever and how empowering audiences is key to charity comms.
Ben supports businesses that want to take advantage of the fantastic business opportunities available around the world. From start-ups to multi-million pound businesses Ben works to make sure that exporting can provide business growth that is sustainable, profitable and rewarding. Having worked with growing businesses in Cornwall for over 14 years he has a great ‘black book’ of contacts and is always looking to network businesses together when there are benefits to be had. Ben also runs his own thriving martial arts business so if you need some more practical advice on taking out the competition, he can help with that too!
Hilary started her international sales and marketing career selling packaging machinery in the Black Forest in Germany. Prior to that, she worked as European marketing manager for a swimming costume company, then as an export sales manager, travelling three weeks a month to visit distributors and run overseas national accounts. She also owned a translation agency, and worked as an export communications consultant advising UK companies how to offer their overseas customers the highest level of customer care. Hilary has worked for the Department for International Trade in Somerset since 2006, and advised hundreds of companies on all matters to do with exporting. She manages four clusters (food, drink, baby products and products for animals) to help companies overcome export barriers through networking.
As Head of Delivery, Laura heads up Digital Visitor’s Clients Services team and leads on creative campaigns. A social media native and expert, she has over seven years’ experience leading strategy and implementing campaigns for an impressive array of well-known brands and studios, from Danone and Cadbury to Fox Searchlight UK and NBC Universal.
Laura is currently applying her remarkable commercial experience to support Digital Visitor’s tourism speciality and is the driving force behind campaigns to attract international tourists to the UK.
Anthony has spearheaded Digital Visitor’s major client wins over the last 13 years, delivering social media and innovative content marketing for nationally and internationally renowned leisure and tourism brands such as The National Trust, Visit Britain, Japan National Tourism Office, AccorHotels, Virgin Holidays and many more.
He is frequently called upon to use his inimitable knowledge of the tourism industry, audience profiling and strategic social and digital marketing, through which he has helped shape exceptional strategies and results for Digital Visitor clients.
Michael Thomas oversees the creation and execution of brand and digital strategies for Noble Studios’ high-profile clients. He helps clients refine their marketing ideas and works closely with the team to bring them to life.
A veteran of the marketing world, Michael played an instrumental role in growing Noble Studios into one of Inc. magazine’s list of fastest-growing private companies in America.
Michael is an avid speaker on digital strategy, tourism and marketing. He has been a speaker at the American Marketing Association, Nevada Commission on Tourism and SMG Tourism Conference.
Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. and sits on the board of Western Industrial Nevada (WIN), KNPB and Renown Health’s advisory board. Are You An Integrated Social Media Marketer? Five Ways To Be Certain
Andrew advises companies of all sizes and types to increase their export business. Andrew’s international experience is in the healthcare and food and drink sectors so he gravitates towards business in these areas. Australia and New Zealand are markets of particular interest, not altogether unconnected with a love of new world wine and travel. He enjoys food, sports, and reading.
Head of Entertainment and Lifestyle partnerships at Twitter UK
Julia joined Twitter in 2015 and is responsible for developing commercial and creative content partnerships across fashion, beauty, parenting, women film and comedy. She previously led award-winning teams for 10 years in social media and digital content across global brands like Yahoo and OK! Magazine.
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 it will return in 2018. 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.
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.
Aaron Gillies (aka @TechnicallyRon) is a comedian and writer. He has been featured in and written for The Poke, Buzzfeed, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, amongst many others, and has produced viral content from ‘Reasons my wife is crying’ to ‘a short guide to washing machine symbols’ and ‘a google autocompleted CV’. Aaron has written about mental health for many years in various publications.
Amy is a Digital Content Marketer & Editor. She began her career over 16 years’ ago as an editorial assistant at the Observer, working her way through the ranks to become a Production Editor at the Guardian. An opportunity then arose within its in-house creative agency to work as a Project Manager alongside the now editor-in-chief of the Guardian, the deputy editor of the Observer, the Marketing Director and a creative team to produce special interest supplements for the weekend editions. This creative, collaborative way of working with commercial teams led to her understand the future impact content marketing would have in a changing media landscape. The decline of display advertising and the rise of digital media marked a turning point in her career. Her sole focus is now online - working with different organisations to share her unique blend of editorial expertise and marketing acumen to help businesses achieve their objectives. She is currently working with a specialist travel company and marketing agency in Bristol and in her spare time writes a blog that provides career inspiration and business tips for women.
Alison Battisby is a digital marketing instructor and social media expert, and founded Avocado Social in 2014 having worked in the social media industry since 2008. Alison has worked with a wide range of start-ups and growing enterprises, as well as big brands including Estee Lauder, Tesco and Pringles. Alison is an accredited She Means Business Facebook trainer, and has travelled the world training companies including the BBC, John Lewis, Cambridge University Press and Interflora. Alison has been praised for her friendly manner and professional approach, which suits all levels of knowledge and understanding.
Marketing, Communications and Digital Manager at Off the Record (OTR)
Liam McKinnon (@liammckinnon) 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.
Liam will be joined by a young person from OTR involved in the charity’s social action group, The Mentality Project.
Chief Strategy Officer, International at DigitasLBi
Fern leads the agency’s planning discipline across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, for brands such as Honda, Danone, Mumsnet and Astrazenec. In her previous role as Planning Director at creative agency Karmarama, Miller worked for brands including the BBC, lastminute.com and Unilever. She has extensive experience working on campaigns across the banking, FMCG, charity and retail sectors and has also held senior positions at DLKW, JWT and Delaney Fletcher Bozell.
Hugh Morris, born and bred on the Wirral, started his journalistic life as a reporter for a local paper in Cambridge, covering everything from court and council to conservation and the Cam, having studied history at York before a post-graduate course in newspaper reporting at Cardiff.
After two years there and becoming a senior reporter, he left newspapers and moved to London, where he began work on the Ski and Snowboard magazine (to become later Telegraph Ski and Snowboard). Staying at the publication for two years, he worked his way up to online editor, travelling around Europe to report and review from the world of ski. It was then that he fancied broadening his horizons and moved onto the Travel desk at the Telegraph, where he is now travel news editor. His travel interests stretch from St Ives to Scandinavia, via cycling and cuisine, as well as further afield in the shape of more often than not cold, crisp and occasionally former-communist nations.
Usability expert Jarrod Lopiccolo has grown Noble Studios from a single laptop into one of Inc. magazine’s fastest-growing private companies in America for five years in a row.
He translates brand, strategy, design and technology into the ultimate user experience for a client roster of global brands.
A mentor, father, husband and visionary, Jarrod has design hardcoded in his DNA. He comes from a long line of architects, contractors and engineers and has kept a sketchbook at his side for as long as he can remember.
Jarrod earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Starting out at London ad agencies in the mid-90s, Dan has spent his entire professional life in the world of digital media buying. He knows it inside out, and back to front.
10 years ago Dan made the move west, founding Bath-based agency, SearchStar. Fast-forward and Dan remains at the helm, guiding and supporting a team of 45 advertising professionals at one of the UK’s leading independent media buying agencies.
Award-winning and a close partner of Google, SearchStar delivers its clients consistently outstanding results through its team of PPC, programmatic, social advertising and conversion optimisation experts.
Vikki joined H+K’s Global Center of Creative Strategy in January 2015 to lead on developing world-class content & publishing approaches across all sectors. Prior to this she held two roles at Creston Unlimited group; Head of Agency for Things Unlimited and Head of Social for TMW Unlimited. Vikki is a former journalist, most recently as News Editor for Econsultancy, has written for Contagious, The Guardian, Marketing, Marketing Week, and was a G20Voice blogger for Oxfam at the London and Pittsburgh Summits in 2009.
Amy is a digital strategist who has previously held roles as VP of planning and strategy at Beamly, regional director of strategy in Asia Pacific for Havas Media, and head of futures at Mindshare UK. Her crowdfunded book, The Girl Who Gave Zero Fucks, is a fairy tale of everyday bravery and a feminist handbook for the modern day, and is published later this year.
Tom Mason is a social media trainer and consultant. He teaches businesses how to use social media to share their story and runs workshops to help organisations create effective social media campaigns. Over the course of his career he has worked with brands like The University of Manchester, The Co-operative and Bristol Festival of Literature. He lives in Bristol and probably drinks too much coffee. Follow Tom on Twitter and LinkedIn or visit his website at www.socialstorytelling.co.uk.
Mike Turner is the co-founder of innovative tea mixologists, Bluebird Tea Co. The company creates the UK’s largest range of unique and exciting tea blends and retails them through high touch, customer experience focussed stores (including one on Park Street in Bristol), online and through a select group of partners. In 2017, Mike and his partner Krisi crowdfunded £365,000 in less than 48 hours.
Corporate Communications Manager at Bournemouth University
Nathaniel is PR and Corporate Communications Manager at Bournemouth University, where he has worked for six years. In that time, he has championed social media creating the university’s first social media policies. He ensures that the universities accounts are a blend of informative, entertaining and, most importantly, multimedia! Before working at the university, Nathaniel was a freelance journalist, working in the travel, sport and finance sectors.
Fiona Parnell is one of the Export for Growth digital marketing advisers here at Business West. Passionate about social media and all things digital, you will often find her scouring Facebook and Twitter for the latest SEO, Google and social media news to make sure she’s up to date and advising our clients on the latest techniques to reach new customers in overseas markets. Her favourite part the job is meeting with her clients. "I get a real buzz from working with the businesses and people I meet. I love finding out what digital marketing activities businesses are doing right now and working with them to improve this and help them reach new audiences internationally".
Jack is a creative with over 15 years‘ experience in digital. He has worked for leading agencies globally and award-studded start-ups, developing a unique ’hybrid’ skill-set; predominantly in creative direction, design, and UX but with a firm footing in CX and strategy.
Owen McNeir is an entrepreneur and founder of the social impact startup Remarkable Lives. His experience spans 20 years in commercial and charitable sectors with leadership roles in marketing and fundraising. Remarkable Lives originated in 2015 from his consultancy work for health and care clients. Owen is a Member of the Institutes of Marketing and Fundraising and a Fellow of the RSA.
In 2011 Sidonie Warren co-founded design studio B, who specialise in branding and commercial interior design. In 2013 she co-founded Papersmiths, a design-led stationery and paper goods store with locations in London and Bristol, and new spots in the pipeline.
Sidonie has travelled to New York, Berlin, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, Antwerp, Melbourne, Lisbon, Sydney, Madrid, Barcelona and Auckland in pursuit of stationery. She’s been interviewed and featured by the likes of Stylist, National Stationery Show, Cereal, Sky News, Financial Times and The Shopkeepers.
In 2017 Sidonie opened Two Palms, a pop-up and soon-to-be e-commerce store selling homewares and goods for the soul. She’s currently working on a book and developing a Papersmiths product line.
Asha helps organisations get their people talking. With over a decade of experience working in-house with brands such as Clarks, New Look and ASOS, Asha‘s now at Synergy Creative helping clients like clients RBS, Vodafone, Hitachi and Arval, Europe’s leading car leasing firm, to transform how employees collaborate and engage through new technology.
Sales & Marketing Director and co-founder of Sn-ap Travel Technology Ltd
Christy Stewart-Smith is Sales & Marketing Director and co-founder of Sn-ap Travel Technology Ltd, which provides quality, on-demand coach travel for pocket money prices.
He started his career in PR and advertising and was a director of J. Walter Thompson and Abbott Mead Vickers/BBDO. He joined Aviva plc in 2006 as Head of Brand Development, consolidating over 500 owned-brands globally under the new Aviva brand before taking up the role of Group Marketing Strategy lead and Internal Engagement Director.
Heading up SearchStar’s paid social team, Charli has worked in the industry for 4 years having started out as an in-house social media manager. She has since moved agency-side while expanding her knowledge of paid advertising. Charli has worked with a dizzying array of clients across industries with agencies including The Advertising Club, Digital Visitor and, of course, the Bath-based SearchStar.