Peter Fisk, bestselling author and inspirational speaker
Peter Fisk is a bestselling author and inspirational speaker, and an advisor to leading companies around the world on brands, innovation and marketing. From nuclear physicist and the Concorde brand, he went on to work with the likes of American Express, Coca Cola, Lastminute.com, Marks & Spencer, Microsoft, O2, Orange, Red Bull and Shell. He was CEO of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and now leads the GeniusWorks, an accelerated innovation business. His new book “Creative Genius” fuses the ideas of art and science, rockstars and fashion designers, to explore innovation from the future back, and how to be “bold, brave and brilliant”. He was described by Business Strategy Review as “one of the best new business thinkers”. www.theGeniusWorks.com
James Hayr, Creative Media Director, Microsoft Advertising
James Hayr is the Creative Media Director at Microsoft Advertising in the UK. In his role, Hayr is responsible for driving Microsoft Advertising’s creative media strategy and the development of the UK sales force across a wide variety of product areas. A pioneer of creative cross-media and commercial content publishing with several years’ experience in digital, national press and magazines, he has a highly successful track record of launching, leading and managing some of the most successful Solutions operations in the UK, including Condé Nast, Natmags and Bauer.
Niall McKinney, CEO, UTalkMarketing
Niall is the Founder and CEO of UTalkMarketing.com, the largest website for marketers in Europe and leading digital training provider. Niall started his career in brand management at P&G but was sucked rapidly into the dotcom boom where he was involved in launching an early version of Myspace in 2000. He was a Marketing Director at the age of 24 at Time Warner UK where he oversaw the launch of Europe’s biggest selling men’s magazine. He then joined Travelocity Europe as CMO, and had a seat on the main board of this $2 billion turnover company.
Dave Slocombe, Product Innovation Manager, Lastminute.com labs
Dave is a thought leader that believes design really can make our lives better. Currently leading the lastminute.com labs innovation team focused on launching new mobile experiences. Formerly the Head of Strategy and Services at Service Business Incubation Unit of Hitachi Ltd and Director of the design consultancy Project Bureau creating new products and services, for clients such as FIAT, Hitachi, Microsoft, Nissan and Skype. http://labs.lastminute.com/blog/ http://uk.linkedin.com/in/daveslocombe
Cris Beswick, Leading Expert & Keynote Speaker on Strategy, Leadership & Innovation
Cris Beswick transforms forward-thinking organisations into innovation leaders. He is a successful entrepreneur, renowned Speaker, Author and Advisor to some of the world’s leading organisations. Having founded several successful companies, Cris has also worked with the likes of B&Q, M&S, BP, Nokia, BMW and GE and has over a decade of experience. His proven expertise and skill in the field of innovation has led to his appointment as a member of the NHS think tank for innovation and leadership, as an Associate Director for Cranfield’s Creative Growth Lab (CGL) and he is also working with The Henley Partnership.
Michael Smith, Deputy Director of Interactive Services, COI
Michael first started working within the digital industry for publisher Emap back in 1996. Having seen the meteoric growth of the bubble and subsequent deflation, Michael witnessed many of the highs and lows of the emerging medium. He moved from magazine publishing into national press and headed up the commercial fortunes of the Independents digital portfolio before joining COI back in 2002. Over the last 9 years Michael has witnessed the huge growth in confidence around the use of digital to engage with UK citizens and has been instrumental in helping government embrace the medium. As deputy director of the digital business within COI, Michael is fortunate to be surrounded by a hugely talented pool of digital experts who help maintain COI as digital thought leaders across the public sector.
Anna Bateson, Director of Marketing YouTube, EMEA
Anna Bateson is Marketing Director forYouTube, in EMEA. Prior to joining Google she was Viewer Marketing Director at ITV, for 3 years, and before that at MTV. Previously to MTV she worked at Artsworld, WGSN and Bloomberg.
Gavin Sathianathan, Strategic Partner Manager, Facebook
Gavin Sathianathan is a Partner Manager at Facebook, leading Facebook’s efforts in the Retail industry. He is tasked with increasing the use and engagement of the Facebook platform across EMEA through the establishment of partnerships with retailers, technology companies and innovative start-ups. Prior to joining Facebook, Gavin was Head of Business Development at Endemol, where he led its efforts in the social gaming, online video and mobile apps space. Previous to Endemol he worked at Bain & Company.
Wayne Gibbin, Communications and Partnerships Director, Viadeo
Wayne Gibbins is Communications and Partnerships Director at Viadeo, a professional social network with over 35 million members worldwide. After completing a software engineering degree in Manchester he began his career as a software architect, delivering online project management software. He has since worked on product marketing and management working with businesses and public sector bodies in the UK, Europe and the USA to integrate sales, marketing and product development for online services. His current role in Viadeo sees him managing a European team responsible for strategic partnerships and external communications.
Rajen Ruparell, Executive Director, Groupon UK and Ireland
Rajen Ruparell is Executive Director of Groupon UK and Ireland (formerly myCityDeal). He has held this position since the early stages of the company launch. In addition to a key leadership of the company, Rajen has a particular focus on Groupon’s sales strategy and implementation. Groupon UK and Ireland has expanded at an exponential rate, becoming one of the top 50 most visited websites in the UK in under 12 months. During this period, the company has grown from 2 to over 400 employees. Groupon UK has a subscriber base of over 5 million people, has sold over 3 million Groupons in the last 12 months, and was recently named the ‘Fastest Growing Company in the World’ by Forbes Magazine.
Matt Brittin, MD Google UK
Matt is Managing Director of Google in the UK & Ireland – the biggest market for Google outside the US and the most advanced major country in terms of e-commerce and online advertising spending. Google’s products are enjoyed by millions of people throughout the UK and help thousands of businesses succeed online. Matt and his team aim to help UK consumers and businesses make the most of the internet. Before joining Google at the start of 2007, Matt spent much of his career in media and marketing, with particular interests in strategy, commercial development and sales performance. This included Commercial and Digital leadership roles in UK media.
Alex Newman, Head Of Mobile, OMD UK
Alex has built up his been working in the media industry for ten years, three of those at OMD, originally starting as part of a TV negotiation team, and then two years ago, he took on the responsibility of running the UK Mobile business. During his TV career, he has worked with clients such as Vodafone, McDonalds, Coty, Walkers, Rimmel, Weightwatchers, Sony, and Boots. Since taking on all agency mobile responsibilities, he has worked across a number of key clients. He has shaped and developed a mobile strategy for Rimmel, which now involves regular mobile marketing activity. He has been responsible for the various Walkers applications and mobile games, that have launched over the last year. He also helped Citroen launch their award winning mobile activity, which has culminated in them being a regular entrant to the mobile marketplace.
Kate Garraway, ITV Daybreak and founder of discount website goodypass.com
Kate Garraway is Entertainment editor of ITV breakfast show “Daybreak”, and presents “Lorraine” every Friday. She regularly presents other entertainment shows and documentaries and writes often for national newspapers and magazines. She is the founder of goodypass.com, a discount website that offers 50-70% off local salons, restaurants, days out and more - and amazing deals on national brands. Beta-launched in November 2010 the website has grown quickly and will soon be formally launching with 12 other celebrities. It is the official discount partner of Ok! magazine. Kate is very active on Twitter and blogs every week on the goodypass.com and Ok! websites.