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Speakers

The Big Creative UK Summit introduces you to the sharpest minds and trailblazers with ideas that will shape our future. Together, we will explore how our sector is empowered by changes imposed on us - from the introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to demands for new skills - to drive the systemic transformation we are all striving for.
KIMMYBEATBOX

KIMMYBEATBOX

Musician
Thangam Debbonaire MP

Thangam Debbonaire MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
The Rt Hon Lucy Frazer KC MP

The Rt Hon Lucy Frazer KC MP

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
eliza easton

Eliza Easton

Founder, Erskine Analysis
Louise Cunningham

Louise Cunningham

Programme Leader for Visual Communication
daanish m

Daanish Masood Alavi

AI Governance Expert
Tina Daheley

Tina Daheley

BBC Broadcaster & Presenter
jude k

Jude Kelly CBE

Founder & CEO
daniel hulme

Daniel Hulme

Chief AI Officer & CEO
Amaarah Roezetta

Amaarah Roze

Host, Producer & Facilitator
Amy Smith

Amy Smith

Global Director, Recruitment & Outreach, Framestore
anthony L

Anthony Lilley OBE

Co-Director, Scenario Two Ltd
carl gombrich

Prof Carl Gombrich

Dean, London Interdisciplinary School
mary rose

Mary Rose

Programme Lead, Discover Creative Careers
daniel waterman

Daniel Waterman

Company Director, Carse & Waterman Productions
sam toolan

Sam Toolan

Head of External Engagement, The Open University
nike van schie

Nike van Schie

BalletBoyz Ltd
emily williams

Emily Williams

Creative Consultant & Producer (Former CEO Theatre Bristol)
sophie b morgan

Sophie Morgan

Founder/Director, Pontariva Media
sarah brinn

Sarah Brin

Creative & Technology Consultant
Steve g

Steve Garratt

Founder & Creative Director, Distortion Creative Group
Alexandra Johnson

Alexandra Johnson

Writer
Aron Gordon

Aron Gordon

Format Operations Executive, All3Media International
Hannah Macleod

Hannah MacLeod

Film & TV Partnerships Manager, Filming in England
lisa howe

Lisa Howe

Project Lead, Sustainable Screen | BAFTA albert
Jack Norris

Jack Norris

Writer & Director, Press Record Film Ltd
Jonathan Deakin

Jonathan Deakin

Partner, McKinsey & Company
Rebecca OBrien

Rebecca O'Brien

Film Producer, Sixteen Films
Shay Thompson

Shay Thompson

Presenter, Host & Broadcaster
Tobi King Bakare

Tobi King Bakare

Actor & Writer, Hamilton Hodell
Jacqui O’Hanlon

Jacqui O’Hanlon

Director of Creative Learning and Engagement, Royal Shakespeare Company
Hazel Savage

Hazel Savage

VP, Music Intelligence | SoundCloud
Beverley Hood

Beverley Hood

Artist and Reader in Technological Embodiment & Creative Practice, University of Edinburgh
Bre McDermott-King

Bre McDermott-King

International Product Manager, AWAL
Karen Blackett OBE

Karen Blackett OBE

WPP UK President, WPP
Nishy Lall

Nishy Lall

Group Head of Youth & Social Impact, Sky
Oli Hallam

Oli Hallam

Strategic Business Partnerships Manager, The Careers & Enterprise Company
Alison Grade

Alison Grade

CEO, Mission Accomplished & Author, The Freelance Bible
Dr. Sarah Son

Dr. Sarah Son

Senior Lecturer in Korean Studies, The University of Sheffield
Carl Newbould

Carl Newbould

Learning and Access Officer, Leeds Museums and Galleries
Bibi Hilton

Bibi Hilton

CEO, Creative Access
Tamera

Tamera

Singer/Artist, Moonshyne
Verity McIntosh

Verity McIntosh

Director and Principal Investigator of Immersive Arts, University of the West of England
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KIMMYBEATBOX

KIMMYBEATBOX

Musician

KIMMYBEATBOX is one of the UK's top beatboxers, reaching the semi finals of the UK Beatbox Championships 2019 making them the first person who isn't male to get that far in over 10 years.

Growing up in Manchester Kimmy discovered their talents through busking, using their voice to recreate tracks/beats they loved.

Since moving to London to pursue their career, Kimmy has collaborated with brands such as Google Pixel, Coca Cola, TEDx, UEFA, Diesel at Milan Fashion Week, beatboxed in the Marvel film Black Widow, performed in arena's such as London o2, Wembley, Manchester VO arena and is a regular performer at The Box Soho.

This year Kimmy is pushing out their comfort zone and started singing, using their loop station to layer harmonies so stay locked in for this mega next chapter!

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Thangam Debbonaire MP

Thangam Debbonaire MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Thangam Debbonaire was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in September 2023, having been Shadow Leader of the House of Commons for two years. Previously, she was Shadow Secretary of State for Housing and before that, an opposition whip.

She started her career as a professional cellist and over the last 25 years, her main focus has been working locally, nationally and internationally to end domestic violence.

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The Rt Hon Lucy Frazer KC MP

The Rt Hon Lucy Frazer KC MP

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Lucy Frazer was appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport in February 2023, having been Minister for Housing and Planning for four months.

She was Transport Minister from September to October 2022, having been Financial Secretary to the Treasury for a year, Justice Minister and, briefly, Solicitor General.

She entered Parliament as MP for South East Cambridgeshire in May 2015, inheriting the seat vacated by former Conservative minister Sir James Paice.

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eliza easton

Eliza Easton

Founder, Erskine Analysis

Eliza Easton is a creative industries expert, who runs her own think tank, Erskine Analysis. Previously Eliza spent five years as Head of Policy and then Deputy Director of the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre – an £8m Government and AHRC funded research and policy centre, based at Nesta.

Prior to this, she was part of the founding team of the Creative Industries Federation (now CreativeUK). She sits on the UK Government’s Creative Industries Trade and Investment Board, is an RSA Fellow and is a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge’s Bennett Institute.

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Louise Cunningham

Louise Cunningham

Programme Leader for Visual Communication

With training from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, I am a seasoned creative practitioner and teacher with over a decade of experience in specialised creative and performing art institutions such as The BRIT School, Bradford College of Art and The Open College of the Arts.

Passionate about the transformative power of the arts, I am deeply committed to emphasising the crucial importance of integrating creative and technological subjects into the curriculum of all schools. As a cheerleader for the creative arts, I believe that by embracing these essential subjects, schools can better equip students to navigate and contribute meaningfully to the rapidly changing technological and creative landscape, fostering a generation prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the future.

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daanish m

Daanish Masood Alavi

AI Governance Expert
Daanish Masood Alavi, an innovator who straddles the realms of art, conflict, and technology has carved a niche for himself by leveraging these disciplines to promote empathy and understanding across diverse groups. Currently, Daanish is deeply involved in the cutting-edge field of AI ethics and alignment. He is collaborating with leading AI companies to develop solutions that integrate global values, legal standards, and ethical principles into AI systems. This initiative aims to establish a more robust and iterative process for ensuring AI alignment with human values, reflecting Daanish's commitment to responsible innovation. Additionally, Daanish facilitates critical dialogues between US industry leaders and Chinese scientists on AI governance, safety, and control, emphasizing the importance of international cooperation in the development of ethical AI.

As the co-founder of BeAnotherLab, Daanish has been instrumental in pioneering the use of virtual reality and neuroscience to create impactful experiences in art, scientific research, social initiatives, healthcare, and education. This interdisciplinary collective exemplifies his dedication to exploring how art and technology can intersect to enhance human connections. One of Daanish's notable achievements is directing ""The State of Global Peace,"" a virtual reality experience that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2022. This work underscores his talent for integrating immersive technologies with storytelling, offering audiences around the world a profound engagement with themes of peace and conflict.

In addition to his contributions to the arts and VR, Daanish has an extensive background with the United Nations, where his work bridged technology and conflict resolution. Serving as a Political Affairs Officer for 16 years, he most recently co-led the Innovation Unit within the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs. This team focuses on repurposing emerging technologies—such as AI/ML, Natural Language Processing, satellite data and imagery, and spatial computing—to support UN Security Council objectives in conflict zones. Earlier in his career at the UN, Daanish engaged in peace and security initiatives across the Middle East, supporting Security Council-endorsed missions and contributing to the establishment of a mechanism to hold ISIL accountable for its crimes through evidence collection from Iraq's mass graves. From 2007 to 2015, he served in the UN Secretary-General’s Office under Jorge Sampaio, former President of Portugal, on a special project, titled the Alliance of Civilizations, which applied science-backed methods to mitigate identity-based violent intergroup conflicts.

Daanish's innovative contributions to environmental monitoring and global peace have been recognized with a Geospatial Excellence Award from the Geospatial World Forum, for a satellite-based system he developed to track environmental changes across the Middle East. With academic credentials in analytic philosophy and Middle Eastern Studies, and as a former research affiliate of MIT’s Arts, Culture, and Technology Program, Daanish's work is underpinned by a deep understanding of the cultural, philosophical, and technological dimensions of contemporary societal issues. Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and a New Yorker for the last 26 years, he began his career as a community organizer assisting immigrants facing deportation from the US in the aftermath of 9/11.
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Tina Daheley

Tina Daheley

BBC Broadcaster & Presenter


Tina also regularly hosts BBC Breakfast and prime-time bulletins on the BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten.

Tina joined the BBC after completing a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, and a Masters in Broadcast Journalism. Since then, she has been a  familiar face on our TV screens hosting Crimewatch, Crimewatch Roadshow,  Panorama, The Woman’s Football World Cup, The Royal Wedding of the  Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the BBC’s Coronation coverage of King  Charles III.

She has built up an extensive list of radio credits, working on The Radio 1 Breakfast shows with Chris Moyles and Nick Grimshaw. Tina has also helmed 
Woman’s Hour on BBCR 4, The Cultural Frontline on BBC World Service,  Newscast on BBC Sounds, and The Jeremy Vine Show on Radio 2.

Tina is passionate about making news, current affairs, and the arts accessible to everyone and is especially skilled at chairing panels and hosting debates. On TV these have included The EU Referendum, The Final Election Debates, and 
numerous General Election Campaigns for BBC 1 and BBC News; and on  stage these have included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and 
Duchess of Sussex’s Royal Foundation.

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jude k

Jude Kelly CBE

Founder & CEO
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daniel hulme

Daniel Hulme

Chief AI Officer & CEO
Daniel Hulme is a globally recognised expert in AI and investor in Emerging Technologies. He's the CEO of Satalia, an award-winning company that provides AI innovations for global brands. Satalia joined the world's largest media company in 2021, WPP, where Daniel is also the Chief AI Officer. Daniel has been recognised as one of the top 10 Chief AI Officers globally.

Having received a Masters and Doctorate in AI at UCL, Daniel is also UCL's Computer Science Entrepreneur in Residence and a lecturer at LSE's Marshall Institute, focused on using AI to solve business and social problems.

Daniel is a serial TEDx and Google speaker, and regularly keynotes on AI, ethics, innovation and decentralization. He contributes to numerous of books and articles on the future of work, and is a faculty member of SingularityU.

Daniel has advisory and executive positions across companies and governments. He holds an international Kauffman Global Entrepreneur Scholarship and actively promotes purposeful entrepreneurship and technology innovation across the globe.
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Amaarah Roezetta

Amaarah Roze

Host, Producer & Facilitator
Amaarah Roze is an international facilitator, performer, event producer and public speaker. Dedicated to creating work that explores identity, honesty and empowerment, Amaarah has worked with young people across the UK in arts, education, community, sports and corporate sectors. She has supported over 1000 young people across the country to develop their skills and celebrate their talents - on stage and off.  This wealth of experience led her to be elected a seat on the Mayor’s Cultural Leadership Board. 

As a producer, Amaarah has primarily focused on creating Standards, a multidisciplinary event filled with art, conversation and celebration. Standards has garnered audiences from across London and has been commissioned by venues such as London Bridge City, Wellcome Collection, Battersea Arts Centre, The Albany and more. In 2023, she was commissioned by City Hall to create a Spoken Word and Art exhibition as part of their ‘Future Of Participation’ Festival which received overwhelmingly positive feedback. 

Stepping from behind the scenes to the stage as a host and spoken word artist, Amaarah has performed with Paramount, We Are Parable, the US embassy, and has emceed fashion shows, music events, corporate events, children’s festivals, online events and more. She has been praised for her adaptability, and ability to create an energetic, loving environment.
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Amy Smith

Amy Smith

Global Director, Recruitment & Outreach, Framestore

Amy has been working in talent related roles within the visual effects industry for many years. In each role she has had responsibility for working with schools, colleges and universities to provide careers guidance and support educators with content. She is a non-executive Director of Access:VFX, an industry organisation working to improve the diversity of the visual effects industry.

She is also part of the steering group of the Next Gen Skills Academy who, with industry, launched a Level 3 Diploma in Games, Animation and VFX Skills and she took responsibility for working with NextGen to develop, launch and promote VFX apprenticeships. More recently, Amy has worked with IfATE and DfE to provide an employer perspective on the post-16 education landscape in the UK.

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Anthony Lilley OBE

Co-Director, Scenario Two Ltd

Anthony Lilley is a media and theatre producer, strategist and consultant. 

He is the co-founder with John Berry CBE of Scenario Two.  In 2019, Anthony and John produced The Light in the Piazza starring Renée Fleming which opened in London and toured to Los Angeles Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  After the pandemic, they were delighted to present Terry Gilliam’s production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods which premiered at The Theatre Royal Bath in 2022 and intended to transfer to the West End in 2024 as well as the high tech, Offie-winning stage event, CAGES, at Riverside Studios They are currently hard at work producing a project based on the life and music of legendary tenor, Luciano Pavarotti and on a new family musical written by David Baddiel and Dan Gillespie Sells, The Parent Agency.

Anthony is also Non-Executive Chairman of Time and Space Ltd, a developer and operator of media studios and creative clusters around the UK and internationally, and previously he was the CEO of Magic Lantern Productions, one of the UK’s first digital media content agencies and consultancies.  He holds a professorship in Creative Industries at the University of Ulster and was founding chair of the AHRC Creative Industries Clusters Programme. 

He is a trustee of NESTA and previously, he has chaired the Board of Lighthouse, Brighton’s digital culture agency, been a trustee of English National Opera, a Member of the Content Board of OfCOM and a Gambling and National Lottery Commissioner.

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carl gombrich

Prof Carl Gombrich

Dean, London Interdisciplinary School

Professor Carl Gombrich is the Dean and founder member of a new university called the London Interdisciplinary School.

He was formerly professorial teaching fellow in interdisciplinary education at University College London (UCL), where he led the design and implementation of the UK’s first Bachelor in Arts and Sciences (BASc) degree.

Carl is a regular keynote speaker in his areas of professional interest which include interdisciplinary undergraduate education, the philosophy of expertise and the future of work.
He was a member of the British Academy Working group on interdisciplinarity, a core panel member of the NVAO (Accreditation Organisation of Netherland and Flanders) and is an external examiner and scrutineer to several institutions in the space of interdisciplinary and liberal education. He has degrees in maths, physics and philosophy, was previously a professional opera singer, and has a wide range of interests in arts and science disciplines. 

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mary rose

Mary Rose

Programme Lead, Discover Creative Careers

Mary currently leads the 2023 - 2025 Discover Creative Careers programme, a government-funded, industry-led initiative working to secure a skilled and diverse workforce across the creative industries.

Prior to this, Mary was Chief Executive & Creative Director at Neko Trust, a music industry charity supporting the next generation of live events professionals. She has previously held roles as General Manager at The Old Vic and Executive Director at Tramshed. As a Project Manager at Channel 4, she was involved in the Arts Council funded expansion of short-form film strand, Random Acts, which aimed to find, fund and develop artists and filmmakers aged 16-24.

Mary’s focus is on talent development that improves social mobility, facilitating participation in the creative industries for individuals from all socio-economic backgrounds. She is a Trustee of Woolwich Works, one of London’s newest creative districts, and part of the women in music group, MTN Now.

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daniel waterman

Daniel Waterman

Company Director, Carse & Waterman Productions

Daniel Waterman is the Co-Founder and Company Director of Carse & Waterman Productions, an esteemed visual communications agency specializing in animation and interactive media. Originally from London, Daniel relocated to Stoke-on-Trent in 2007 to pursue a degree in 3D Character Animation. Following his studies, he co-established Carse & Waterman in 2009, leveraging his expertise to deliver impactful visual narratives.

In addition to his role at Carse & Waterman, Daniel is a Co-Founder of Framescape, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting digital skills awareness and fostering aspirations within the Stoke-on-Trent community. Furthermore, he serves as a board member at Access VFX and holds a trustee position at VCCP Stoke Academy, where he actively contributes to educational initiatives.

Daniel's professional achievements include the prestigious recognition of Carse & Waterman Productions within Creative England's Top 50, as well as receiving a distinguished Telly Award for their outstanding work on ITV's Keith and Paddy Picture Show. Committed to inspiring the next generation, Daniel's work resonates with young learners interested in pursuing careers in animation, visual effects and games.

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sam toolan

Sam Toolan

Head of External Engagement, The Open University

In helping bridge Open University teaching to external organisations and audiences, my work has a significant focus on skills and employability. We have recently created a new School of Creative Industries, incorporating offers from The Open College of the Arts (OCA), which we acquired a few years back, and emerging offers in new subjects like Film & Media, Gaming, and Graphic Design. Finding a model to deliver creative industries-orientated subjects that aligns with needs of employers in the creative industries, our mission around accessibility, etc, and our online delivery structures is a key objective in my role. Keeping at the forefront of skills and technology developments as they pertain to the creative industries - and the economy at large - is an important criterion in advancing that objective. 

In addition to my work in education, I am a trained sound engineer and music producer. I previously ran two music businesses; a recording and post production studio, and a music production company. I was a member of a band called Amillionsons whose single, 'mist blu', was signed by Pete Tong's FFRR record label in 2002, and made the UK Top 40 charts. As a music creative and technician, I lived through the transition from analogue (multi-track tape) to digital (hard disk) recording, a radical innovation of its time, though perhaps less profound than the current transition towards large language models, etc.

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nike van schie

Nike van Schie

BalletBoyz Ltd

Nike started working for BalletBoyz in 2015 as a Production Assistant on the company’s first feature-length film production Young Men. Since then, she has worked in various administrative and production roles, on projects including the national and international tours of the stage productions Fourteen Days, Them/Us and Deluxe, and film productions Romeo & Juliet: Beyond Words and Rumpelstilzchen.

Now working as the company’s Executive Producer, Nike most recently produced the 2022 UK revival tour of Deluxe and the 2023 sell-out production England on Fire at Sadler’s Wells, to be developed in 2024 as a feature film. As well as overseeing the company’s productions alongside Artistic Directors Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, Nike manages BalletBoyz’ Arts Council applications, business plans, and the online educational platform MoovBank.

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emily williams

Emily Williams

Creative Consultant & Producer (Former CEO Theatre Bristol)

Emily Williams (she/her) is a Creative Consultant & Producer (www.emilywilliams.co.uk) based in the South West who is driven by a desire to support a more ambitious and collaborative cultural ecology for professionals and audiences living and working in the South West.
 
She was CEO of Theatre Bristol (2020-23) where she led the organisation through a period of immense change and delivered programmes of work designed to develop and support the sector; providing opportunities, networks, resilience and lobbying for better conditions, particularly for those most underserved in our industry.

She has been a Independent Creative Consultant  & Producer since 2017, clients have included; Unlimited, Beyond Face, Scratchworks, Watershed, Paraorchestra, Ad Infinitum, Raucous & Honeyscribe. 

She was Executive Director of Situations where she led the business operations. From 2011 – 2015 she was a founding member and Executive Producer at Kaleider. She also co-founded and co-directed Wide Awake Devon (2010-2013), a sector development organisation for the performance sector in Devon. She started her career as Future Producer & Creative Producer of the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth.

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sophie b morgan

Sophie Morgan

Founder/Director, Pontariva Media

Sophie Morgan is an experienced content creator, writer and development consultant with over twenty-years working as an award-winning head of development, producer and commissioning editor.  Sophie has worked in the UK and US to develop and exec produce hundreds of hours of TV content for all major channels across all genres including Britain’s Next Top Model, RuPaul’s Drag Race, London Ink and Jade.   Sophie is also a champion and mentor for neurodiverse talent in the industry.

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sarah brinn

Sarah Brin

Creative & Technology Consultant

AI has become a hot-button issue in the creative economy. While some artists use AI tools as a component of the practices, many creatives are finding their livelihoods jeopardized by generative AI. In this session, creative economies specialist Sarah Brin exposes key practical and ethical issues with generative AI tools like Midjourney and ChatGPT. With these in mind, Sarah will offer recommendations for AI users, creators, and policy-makers to protect the health and innovation essential for thriving creative communities.

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Steve Garratt

Founder & Creative Director, Distortion Creative Group

Steve trained as a Theatre Director at Rose Bruford and then spent six years working in Theatre before moving into Postproduction, animation, and filmmaking. This has given him a unique perspective on what creates engaging stories – his work focuses on tapping into the emotions of the presenter and combining these with the audience's expectations to deliver stories that have real emotional engagement.

After founding the Giggle Group 18 years ago, Steve has been privileged to work with many of the world’s largest companies, including Facebook, Google, SKY, RBC, EY, CVC Capital Partners, and the NHS. He draws on over  25 years of experience as a creative polymath to bring together his three loves, narrative, technology and creativity for his clients, winning over 40 awards in the last 20 years. His in-depth knowledge of creating and delivering stories to inspire and motivate change means he looks for the big challenges and the difficult stories to tell. 

In 2023, the team commenced construction of Distortion Studio, which will become Bristol's largest permanent Virtual Production stage when it opens in March this year. Alongside the studio, Steve is personally responsible for the Development of Distortions TV & Film projects.  In 2023, the team won two awards for its first short, including Best Sci-Fi in the Cannes Shorts. Currently in development, they have a Pre-School project, a short film and a feature. 

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Alexandra Johnson

Alexandra Johnson

Writer

Alexandra is a writer from the Irish diaspora in Coventry, working in theatre. radio, screen,. poetry and spoken word Her work deals with social care, feelings of trying to belong,disability and age. Commissions inclued the RSC, Belgrade Theatre Covenrt, Sky Arts, Enterlechy, Oi Bokkshi and Coventry City of Culture 2021.

Her short film ""Widow's Might"" was nominated for three Royal Television Society Midland awards as well as being selected for film festivals here and around the globe. She has an MA in Writing from Warwick University.

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Aron Gordon

Aron Gordon

Format Operations Executive, All3Media International

Hi, my name is Aron Gordon and I am the Format Operations Executive (and Scripted Formats Lead) at All3Media International. 

I have been at A3MI since Sep 2016 where I started in an administrative support role to the Business Affairs team. Following the completion of my apprenticeship, I started in the Formats team in Oct 2017 and have been there ever since! 

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Hannah Macleod

Hannah MacLeod

Film & TV Partnerships Manager, Filming in England

The Filming in England Partnership launched in October 2020 and aims to bring together key organisations who work with and help facilitate Film and TV productions in England, outside of London, to create a film-friendly environment and unlock England’s full potential as a world-class destination for Film and TV production.

Prior to joining the Filming in England team at Creative England, Hannah gained nearly 12 years’ experience working across Film and TV, in both production and post-production, which included working within the team at British Film Commission. Here she facilitated production support for inward investment feature films and high-end television projects, and developed strong working relationships with industry bodies, facilities and production companies across the country. With her past experience, Hannah is an enthusiastic advocate of the UK’s screen industries, in particular the talent and opportunities available throughout the nation, outside London.

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lisa howe

Lisa Howe

Project Lead, Sustainable Screen | BAFTA albert

Lisa heads up BAFTA albert’s BFI-backed Sustainable Screen partnership, helping to make the albert carbon calculator toolkit and resources more film-friendly. From indie productions to studio features, it’s her role to get filmmakers to embed sustainable practices. With a production background, Lisa works freelance with screen organisations around the UK to encourage positive change and overcome challenges.

Alongside BAFTA albert, her clients include British Film Commission, Liverpool Film Office, Screen Yorkshire and Cinema For All. She was a voluntary trustee of Encounters Film Festival for nine years. Outside of the screen industry, Lisa is an RHS-trained horticulturist, committed to plant resilience and conservation in the face of climate change.

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Jack Norris

Jack Norris

Writer & Director, Press Record Film Ltd

Jack Norris is a writer & director whose storytelling serves as a unique commentary on British life, frequently delving into social issues facing everyday individuals.

His short-form films have amassed over 8 million views and left a lasting impact with 154 million impressions. His work has screened across Europe, the USA and Canada, won a Royal Television Society Award, and been featured on Sky Arts.

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Jonathan Deakin

Jonathan Deakin

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Jonathan is a Partner at McKinsey & Co, where he serves financial services clients in the UK, Europe and USA on strategic and operational topics. In 2023, he co-led McKinsey’s pro bono work authoring a report on the impact of the UK arts sector, collaborating with 70+ institutions across the performing, screen, visual and literary arts 

Jonathan started his career as a cellist, performing with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia and as a chamber musician. He was a founding member, and principal cellist for 4 years, of Aurora Orchestra and served as a Trustee of Aurora Orchestra and the Yehudi Menuhin School from 2009-21. Between his performing career and joining McKinsey in 2011, he worked at HM Treasury and Google 

Jonathan studied mathematics at Cambridge University and completed his studies as a cellist at the Royal Academy of Music at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin.

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Rebecca OBrien

Rebecca O'Brien

Film Producer, Sixteen Films

Rebecca O’Brien has been an independent film producer for over thirty-five years. She has produced seventeen feature films directed by Ken Loach, including LAND AND FREEDOM, SWEET SIXTEEN, and THE ANGELS’ SHARE.  Both THE WIND THAT SHAKES THE BARLEY (2006) and I, DANIEL BLAKE (2016) won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.  I, DANIEL BLAKE also won the BAFTA for best British Film. The team launched THE OLD OAK in competition in Cannes and the film is currently being released globally.

Her other producing credits include BEAN, directed by Mel Smith, PRINCESA directed by Henrique Goldman, VERSUS: THE LIFE AND FILMS OF KEN LOACH directed by Louise Osmond, CITY OF TINY LIGHTS directed by Pete Travis and MY SON directed by Christian Carion, starring James McAvoy and Claire Foy.
She has just completely principal photography on HARVEST, based on the novel by Jim Crace, written by Joslyn Barnes and Athina Tsangari, and directed by Athina Tsangari.  The film will be released this year.

O’Brien is currently on the board of The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh. She runs the production company Sixteen Films with Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty.

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Shay Thompson

Shay Thompson

Presenter, Host & Broadcaster

Shay Thompson is a renowned presenter and broadcaster in the games industry, known for her charisma, warmth and professionalism.

Her exceptional talent has earned her a reputation as a respected member of the industry and a go-to for speaking engagements and broadcast productions. She has collaborated with esteemed brands such as Bafta, BBC, McLaren, Xbox, Activision, Ubisoft, and others outside the industry.

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Tobi King Bakare

Tobi King Bakare

Actor & Writer, Hamilton Hodell

Bakare trained at RAaW, a London university specialising in film, theatre, and training. He is best known for his screen work, including seasons one and two of the Sky series Temple, a British medical crime drama starring Mark Strong and Daniel Mays, in which he appears as fugitive bank robber Jamie. He also stars in the fantasy drama series Cursed on Netflix, as well as Michaela Cole's sexual consent BBC series I May Destroy You, in which Bakare plays her on-screen brother Nicholas. He recently appeared in the four-part BBC series Marriage, starring Sean Bean and Nicola Walker.
He also led the short film Non Recyclables and was seen in the feature film Cerebrum, a sci-fi horror directed by Sebastien Blanc, which follows a son returning home after a mysterious accident to discover his mother is gone.

Bakare’s stage work includes his one-man play Before I Go, which had performances at Peckham Theatre and Camden People’s Theatre. The play follows Ajani, a young boy who dies and gets stuck in limbo. He also performed in Camden People’s Theatre’s Fog Everywhere, a show made by and with young people on the subject of air pollution.

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Jacqui O’Hanlon

Jacqui O’Hanlon

Director of Creative Learning and Engagement, Royal Shakespeare Company

Jacqui O’Hanlon is Director of Creative Learning and Engagement at the RSC, leading its work with schools, communities, adult learners and partner theatres. Jacqui is a cultural learning specialist with a particular focus on championing an arts rich education. She is committed to actions that diversify the creative industries and to using arts and creativity to affect social change.

Jacqui chairs a school governing body, served as a Commissioner for the Durham Commission on Creativity in Education and is currently a member of the Expert Group advising on the Cultural Education Plan. Jacqui received an MBE for services to the arts in the Queen’s 2022 New Year’s New Year’s Honours List. 

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Hazel Savage

Hazel Savage

VP, Music Intelligence | SoundCloud

With 15 years experience in the industry, Hazel is a music-tech lifer, guitarist and former CEO/Co-Founder at Musiio. She started her music-tech journey as an early employee at Shazam and spent time understanding the pain points of the industry at Pandora, Universal and HMV before launching Musiio in 2018 and then selling the business to SoundCloud in 2022. 

Hazel travels globally speaking at conferences and talking to catalogue owners about the value of artificial intelligence integration and digital transformation in the music industry. As a female founder in the heavily male-dominated industries of music and tech, Hazel seeks to offer insights with interesting and humorous anecdotes, as well as easy-to-follow explanations and use cases of artificial intelligence technology.

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Beverley Hood

Beverley Hood

Artist and Reader in Technological Embodiment & Creative Practice, University of Edinburgh

Beverley is an artist and Reader in Technological Embodiment and Creative Practice, at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. She is Co-Investigator on the UKRI Braid Programme, leading the Inspired Innovation theme, focusing on Responsible AI within the Creative Arts. 

Beverley creates complex, multi-component artworks that have been performed, screened and exhibited at international galleries, museums and events. Since the mid 1990’s, she has interrogated the impact of technology and science on the body, relationships and human experience through the creation of digital media, performance arts projects, and writing. Her work is interdisciplinary and research-led, undertaken in collaboration with a range of practitioners, including medical researchers, scientists, writers, technologists, dancers, actors and composers. 

She was shortlisted for the New Technological Art Award 2014 - Update_5, at the Zebrastraat Museum, Ghent, Belgium and she has given numerous talks about her creative practice to a range of organisations and audiences in the UK, across Europe and beyond, from the USA, to China, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates.

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Bre McDermott-King

Bre McDermott-King

International Product Manager, AWAL

Bre is an International Product Manager at AWAL, a label under Sony Music UK, who works with marketing teams across the globe to execute campaigns for independent artists. She previously headed up Sony Music UK’s first ever diversity committee, HUE UK - a title that won her a no.14 position on the Yahoo! Finance x The EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders 2021 list. Bre co-founded and runs a collective called Women Connect, which specializes in promoting equal opportunities for women, non-binary and gender-fluid people in the creative industries. She is also a Board Member and Trustee of Youth Music, a leading national charity making learning and earning from music accessible for young people. Alongside her AWAL role, Bre is a host, presenter and musician, who aims to impact the music industry both on and off the stage.

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Karen Blackett OBE

Karen Blackett OBE

WPP UK President, WPP

Karen is a proven business leader with a track record in creating vibrant cultures, energising teams, and consistently delivering business growth and success. She is currently UK President for WPP, the world’s largest marketing services group, and responsible for driving growth in WPP’s second largest market of 13,000 people.
 
Former GroupM UK CEO, Karen was selected to turnaround the business over 2.5 years at a critical time, during the COVID global pandemic and the subsequent impact of the killing of George Floyd.

In June 2014, Karen received an OBE in the Queen's Birthday honours and topped the Power List, being the first businesswoman to come in at number 1.  In November 2022, Karen received 
Power List’s Outstanding Contribution Award in recognition of her continued exceptional achievements. In June 2023, Karen was appointed a NED for Diageo (a FTSE Top 10 company), and was a former NED of The Cabinet Office.  In October 2023, Karen was honoured by INvolve – The Inclusion People’s List and came in at #1 for the Top 100 Women Executives.

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Nishy Lall

Nishy Lall

Group Head of Youth & Social Impact, Sky

Nishy is Group Head of Young People at Sky helping thousands of young people from all backgrounds build their digital and storytelling skills and opening the creative industry to them as well as giving a platform for young people to talk about the things they care about. 

Passionate about creating opportunities for the next generation through educational and outreach programmes across the UK, Europe & US. Building an even more employable generation for businesses, has led and delivered various immersive award-winning programmes on behalf of Sky over the past 14yrs and has also previously worked in operational roles in the Finance and Broadcast areas of the business. 

Nishy has also helped young athletes and female tech entrepreneurs with the support they needed to succeed by offering media training, personal development & work experience, mentorship and sponsorship. 

She is co-lead of Sky Up which is helping to address digital inequality and unlock possibilities by giving individuals access, the resources and skills to create a better future and will be reaching 250k people over the next two years.  

Her work has already impacted over 350,000 young people across media, tech and sport and has led to her being awarded the Social and Humanitarian Asian Women of Achievement Award for 2020.  She has also been awarded the Change Maker of the Year 2022 by The Drum Awards. 

Nishy is also co-founder of Flourish in Diversity, a social enterprise that was set up 3yrs ago for young people from diverse and lower-social economic to access the fashion industry. A paid summer training programme that upskills young people with ethical and sustainable practices in fashion productions.  Young trainees have landed internships with fashion brands such as Ralph Lauren, Toast and Moschino.

Her commitment to ensure opportunities are available to all, Nishy supports upskilling programmes for women and children in her ancestral village in India.  Through sewing & IT training women are able to build their confidence. In the absence of art being taught in government schools in the region, in October 2023 she set up a weekly art club for children to develop their creative skills and express themselves.

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Oli Hallam

Oli Hallam

Strategic Business Partnerships Manager, The Careers & Enterprise Company

Oli started his career as a secondary Science Teacher on the Teach First leadership development program. Since then he was involved in the foundation of a Free School in East London, the charity Education and Employers which runs the Inspiring the Future Campaign and now works for The Careers & Enterprise Company supporting employers and sectoral or representative bodies.

He has been at the Careers & Enterprise Company from soon after its formation and has seen the development of the Gatsby Benchmarks as a national framework.  In his current role he leads the STEM strategy for the company and the development of the Employer Standards for sector and representative bodies.

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Alison Grade

Alison Grade

CEO, Mission Accomplished & Author, The Freelance Bible

Mission Accomplished is a private training provider based in the West Midlands. We focus on training across the full breadth of the screen and creative industries. Mission Accomplished is led by Alison Grade, author of The Freelance Bible and much of the training we offer is focussed on employability and career development including leadership and management.

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Dr. Sarah Son

Dr. Sarah Son

Senior Lecturer in Korean Studies, The University of Sheffield

Dr Sarah Son is a Senior Lecturer and researcher in Korean Studies, specialising in contemporary North and South Korean society, culture, politics and international relations. She is Director of the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Korean Studies and the current President of the British Association for Korean Studies. Previously, she was Research Director of a Seoul-based NGO focussed on documentation and advocacy on the human rights situation in North Korea.

She has published research on inter-Korean relations, settlement policy for North Korean refugees, and other themes including South Korean representation of North Korea in popular culture, and human rights documentation and accountability for North Korean human rights violations. Sarah writes regularly for outlets including The Conversation, offering expert insight on issues relevant to her research. She has consulted widely with external stakeholders in inter-Korean affairs including the United Nations and the UK Parliament's All Party Parliamentary Group for North Korea.

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Carl Newbould

Carl Newbould

Learning and Access Officer, Leeds Museums and Galleries

Carl is an experienced education practitioner with a demonstrated history of working in the museums and heritage industry.

Carl is currently based at Leeds Museums and Galleries where he has built and managed the award-winning Careers for All programme which creates career aspiring activities for young people with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities). In this role, he is also responsible for planning and delivering work experience across several sites in Leeds as well as short- and long-term outreach projects, education events, careers fairs and youth panels. 

Prior to this role, Carl planned and delivered an education programme for the Royal Armouries Leeds ranging from early years to A-level pupils. Carl has a BA in Primary Education including an advanced professional focus in AEN (additional educational needs) from York St. John University.

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Bibi Hilton

Bibi Hilton

CEO, Creative Access

Bibi is CEO of Creative Access, a not for profit with the mission to enable people from communities under-represented in the creative industries, in terms of ethnicity, socio-economic status and disability, to access careers and progress.

Creative Access works with employer partners to develop practical DE&I programmes and build more inclusive cultures through progressive recruitment, training, mentoring and career support.

Bibi leads the Creative Access team and works with the Creative Access community and employer partners to drive further change in the sector. She has over 25 years’ experience in marketing and communications and DE&I and previously lead the team at award-winning comms agency, Golin.  

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Tamera

Tamera

Singer/Artist, Moonshyne

At this point in her career, Tamera has got her priorities set straight. Growing up outside of London, in a small town called Gravesend in Kent, Tamera was surrounded and uplifted by the powerful women in her life. With a mum who was constantly singing and playing music around the house from Beyoncé to Alicia Keys, and a grandma who was the minister at their church, as a child Tamera was often called on to start hymns in the service. 

From the poems she used to write as a child before she learnt how to write songs, to the music you hear from her today, Tamera’s greatest inspiration is her own lived experience and that of others. Harvesting and absorbing the stories and emotions of those around her, there’s a deep empathy to her lyricism and a fluidity to her voice that reveals this.

With grandparents each originating from different countries (St Lucia, Nigeria, England and Greece), Tamera’s touch points have always been a melting pot.

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Verity McIntosh

Verity McIntosh

Director and Principal Investigator of Immersive Arts, University of the West of England

Verity is Associate Professor of Virtual and Extended Realities at UWE Bristol. She works with companies, communities and policymakers around the world to explore ideas about immersive experiences, including the 'metaverse'.
 
She is currently Principal Investigator and Director of Immersive Arts, a UK-wide scheme offering an inclusive and accessible programme of research, training, funding and events for 200+ artists.
 
Verity has written and spoken about the creative industries and immersive tech sector around the world. Her work has been discussed in the UK’s House of Commons and House of Lords, EU Parliament, Council of Europe and in multiple print and media contexts.
 
If you are interested in studying Virtual and Extended Realities at UWE Bristol visit https://courses.uwe.ac.uk/I7101.

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