Dan Stembridge MA FRAeS ADC RN

Dan is a former Royal Navy fighter pilot who has seen combat in major conflict zones. As a UK TOPGUN instructor, he went on to command an airbase of over 3,000 personnel. An influential thinker whose advice has been sought by government ministers, Dan is a former aide-de-camp to Her Majesty The Queen.

A highly experienced speaker with an engaging and interactive style, Dan is extremely skilled at gearing his material to the precise needs of his audience. He uses entertaining and dramatic stories to bring the desired messages to life. Audiences always find Dan’s talks gripping, relevant, thought-provoking and highly memorable.

Dan now runs his own consultancy where he teaches state of the art skills in leadership, resilience, building high performance teams and creating a winning business culture. Find out more on Dan’s website here.

 

Alice Bufton-Thorneycroft

Alice is constantly researching and working with new inspirational speakers and experts, connecting them with our clients and ensuring a tailored approach for all HTL events. Alice enjoys idea generation and has a natural creative edge which means her solutions to business challenges often have a memorable twist.

In the past Alice has run her own business, Abingdon Management and Consulting, specialising in the area of wellbeing and performance. In particular Alice worked with Dr Frank Dick to deliver practical and sustainable solutions to address performance development issues. Alice was awarded with an ‘excellence’ citation from The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) for the work both she and Frank Dick carried out within the corporate sector.

Alongside facilitation, Alice is an experienced conference host and interviewer having been asked to perform this role on more than one occasion for the Lloyds Banking Practice Pool Annual Conference, Network Rail, Poggenpohl’s Annual conference and Countrywide Surveyors Annual conference for over 450 people, which culminated in an interview on stage with the CEO of Countrywide Alison Platt and CFO Hamanshi Raja.

Alice has interviewed celebrities Matthew Dawson and Michel Roux JR for Just Retirement in front of 100 of their IFA community. She also interviewed Lord Coe as part of a private evening event held at Simmons and Simmons.

One of Alice’s attributes is her thorough preparation and research skills in order to create a successful interview. Asking the right questions to prompt deep thinking is an essential skill to the success of the interview from the audience’s perspective.

Providing the right balance of questions to meet the needs of the event, to bring out the best of the personality being interviewed and to capture and maintain the audiences’ attention are all skills that have been honed over the years during which Alice has been interviewing for different organisations.

In addition to interviews in front of ‘live’ audiences Alice also has experience of writing and asking interview questions for filming purposes. HTL’s Brilliant Minds Digital platform comprises of video briefing’s centering around a specific topic of relevance to business today and features a variety of pertinent experts offering their insights. Alice has spent many hours behind the camera interviewing experts.

Alice’s work focuses on improving engagement, coaching and presentation skills in conjunction with how to review more effectively for continuous improvement and confidence-building. Alice has worked in a 1:1 capacity with a number of senior leaders to help them improve their presentation and interpersonal skills.

Jamie Edwards

Jamie is the CEO and founder of Purpose Republic who are ‘Solving Engagement® to create a world worth working in’.

Jamie helps leaders use purpose as a transformative catalyst to ignite passion, performance and growth. An International Coaching Federation (ICF) and Co-Active (CTI) professional leadership coach, he holds a 1st Class Honours Degree and is Harvard Business School Alumni.

During his career he has lived and worked in New York, Toronto and London, advising many of the world’s most iconic brands such as Starbucks, P&G, Disney, BMW, Diageo, VW, Audi, Heinz, Philips, Mars Wrigley and Warner Brothers. He is a visiting lecturer at St Mary’s University and is writing the book, CONDUIT: Why every leader needs a Massive Transformative Purpose.

In 2002 Jamie helped launch a ground-breaking communications agency helping build and grow the business from a blank piece of paper into 28 markets with $2.5 billion in client billings by disrupting market conventions.

Passionate about helping leaders accelerate business growth, while simultaneously creating massive transformative impact for society, Jamie has a particular interest in why neuro-science makes purpose so powerful.

His company helps leaders use purpose strategically to ignite increased levels of passion, peak-performance and growth in their employees and business. Using a powerful, evidence based three-step ‘blue-print’, his talk makes becoming purpose driven and more authentic accessible and actionable for leaders at all levels.

KEYNOTE OUTLINES:

THE PROFIT PARADOX
Why meaning, not money ignites motivation peak performance and profits.

There is a Paradox at the very heart of business; that focusing on profit maximisation, motivates employees to maximise profits!  Evidence and experience tell a very different story.  Why?  Over three quarters of employees at work simply don’t want to be there.  This leads to low motivation, reduced productivity, clock watching, job hopping and unhappy customers.  Conversely, in organisations where leaders focus on purpose and people as much as profit, employees are up to 100% more satisfied with their job, 3X more engaged, and up to 5X more loyal and share price returns of up to 14X the market average!

Whether you lead a team of 2 or 2,000, this inspiring and insightful keynote shows how great leaders apply three critical yet easily applied ‘Motivation Multipliers’ that neuroscience show will inspire your team to GO ALL IN!

MASTERCLASS WORKSHOPS:

MAKING PURPOSE EASY®
How to put purpose at the heart of business

CHIEF MEANING OFFICER®
How to become a purpose driven authentic leader

SOLVING TRUST®
How to build trust, create loyalty and be more human at work

Professor Jo Delahunty QC

Professor Jo Delahunty QC is a highly sought-after specialist children silk entrusted with the most significant and demanding national cases. Jo has become a pioneering force within her profession. Cases in which she is instructed are regularly reported for their legal significance. She is noted for being “brilliant at distilling a case down to its key issues, great at strategic planning, supportive to instructing solicitors and very easy to talk to.”

Jo was appointed Gresham Professor of Law in the summer of 2016 and in that role she has a direct interface with the public and media in a way that singles her out as a practising Queens Counsel and part time judge.

Brought up by a single mum and educated in the state sector, Jo was the first person in her family to stay in education after the age of 16. Against the odds, Jo went to Oxford University to read law: one of only two girls from her school ever to do so. Unsuited to a 9-5 job Jo describes how she had never easily accepted instruction on what to do; she thrived on competition, was a deadline junkie, an independent worker and wanted to make a difference to the world. Becoming a barrister seemed to be the perfect profession.

Jo chose to practise Civil Law initially, but soon found her niche in Public Law child protection cases. Since being called to the Bar in 1986, Jo has come to practise at the High Court level and above. Alongside her practice in the Family Justice System, between 2013-15, Jo acted on behalf of 76 bereaved families in the Hillsborough Inquests and was instrumental in securing the verdict that the inadequate emergency medical response caused or contributed to loss of life.

An accomplished speaker, Jo speaks with passion and insight on what really happens inside and outside of court. Communication, the art of persuasion, how to win an argument, how to lead a team and how to marshal your resources to make an impact to win over adversaries are the tools of her trade: ‘her conversational style of advocacy puts witnesses at their ease yet conceals a rapier –like incisiveness.’ Often representing vulnerable people, Jo explains the importance of effective listening and authenticity and is frank in describing the different ‘voices’ she has acquired to bridge the gap between the public and professionals.

In a competitive and highly specialist silk field Jo has gained a reputation for formidable advocacy and tactical trial management alongside superb client care and court room forensic skills. These strategic skills are highly relevant for leaders across many sectors. Jo describes it as the art of “marshalling information and drowning out the white noise”. Her job as a QC demands that she is highly competitive, resilient in the face of the pressures of an enormous case load, ruthlessly efficient in time management but moving forwards in her career with a strong moral compass to serve society and the clients she represents.

More recently Jo has become known an outspoken voice for gender equality in the Law Profession and is passionate about mentoring and role modelling for all young students and barristers working their way through the ranks. She has spoken openly about the use and abuse of power in the legal profession: described as ‘fearless’ in her pursuit of fairness for those who don’t have a voice or are afraid to use it.

Jo has been interviewed by the First 100 years team for episode 9 of 10 as we approach the centenary of the Sex Discrimination Removal Act 1919. To listen to the podcast click here.

For more of an insight into Jo’s life outside of family law, into giving professional speaking advice to a wider audience, click here.

 

Gavin Hewitt

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Gavin Hewitt is a prominent writer and broadcaster. He was until recently Chief Correspondent at BBC News. From 2009 to 2015 he was the BBC’s Europe Editor.

He has had a front row seat at many of the world’s major events.

In 2016 he covered the Trump campaign in the United States. He was in East Berlin the night the Berlin Wall came down and in Moscow for the end of Soviet Communism. He covered the 9/11 attacks in the United States and reported from New Orleans on Hurricane Katrina. He was embedded with the American Third infantry for the war in Iraq and covered the Obama campaign in 2008.

He has given speeches in New York, Toronto, Italy, Germany, Brussels and Luxembourg.

Gavin has four main corporate speeches:

The Battles of the Mind: drawing on experiences including covering war and natural disasters he talks about resilience, courage, failure, survival and moral dilemmas.

The Disruptors: Using some personal stories he talks about how the information revolution is changing the world of work, shaking up politics and challenging democracy.

Portraits of power: Using a mixture of stories and anecdotes he talks about power, what it does to people, and how modern leadership is changing.

Global Shocks: Having spent five years in Brussels and having covered the Trump campaign he talks about Brexit and anti establishment politics and the modern era of insecurity.

Gavin has written three books including the ‘Lost Continent’ on the political and economic crisis in Europe. His blog was voted one of the most influential in Europe.

Before that Gavin wrote ‘A Soul on Ice’ about his experiences as a frontline correspondent. It was described as a ‘breath-taking recollection of real stories’ and was later used as the basis for a West End play.

In the eighties he lived in Toronto Canada and worked for Canadian Broadcasting. He has written articles for the Outlook Section of the Washington Post.

He has won a Bafta, an Emmy, an RTS and a Peabody award.

 

Iain Hennessey

Iain Hennessey currently leads an Innovation Team which is working with world leading companies and local small businesses, using gaming technology, sensors and cognitive computing to predict the progression of illnesses and plan individualised treatments.

He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with honours degrees in Medicine, Surgery and Anatomical sciences, before going on to train as a paediatric surgeon in the United Kingdom and Australia. He has always been interested in innovation, helping found a startup surgical simulation company as a trainee and then progressing to become the clinical director of innovation at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Notable achievements have included forming partnerships with large multi national companies such as Sony and IBM, building a unique underground 1000sqm innovation facility for collaboration with the tech sector and developing a team of clinician entrepreneurs to drive change within the NHS.

He founded the world’s first cognitive hospital AI project for patient support. This was a healthcare innovation ecosystem at Alder Hey, centred on a 1000m2 health innovation hub which also featured an award-winning team.

As Director of Innovation Iain is passionate about working with companies who are at the leading edge of technology; for example, trying out new kit such as virtual reality headsets, or visiting a super computer to see how it crunches data to produce the best care plan for a patient.

Alder Hey is pioneering the use of 3D printed body organs which can be taken into operating theatres, to help guide surgery; and they are helping to develop gaming and the use of artificial intelligence to communicate, entertain and reduce stress in child patients.

He is currently developing a long term strategy to build the worlds first “Living hospital” by adapting emerging technologies to enable the building to care for the children within it, both medically and holistically.

In 2017, he was presented with a gold award for his pioneering leadership of innovation.

TALK TOPICS INCLUDE:

Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Living/learning from mistakes
Human factors in the operating room
Creating a culture of innovation
Dealing with fear

 

Ben Cohen MBE

Born and raised in Northampton, Ben began his professional rugby career with the Northampton Saints and was part of England’s Rugby World Cup winning team in 2003, before successful years with France’s Brive and then the Sale Sharks.

Following the terrible events of his father’s death when he was fatally injured trying to protect an employee, Ben was moved to set up the StandUp Foundation in 2012. The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation is the world’s first foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying by connecting communities and raising funds to support those doing real-world work to eradicate bullying.

Ben now travels worldwide speaking to businesses about the importance of character, respect and equality in creating a kinder world. Ben has reached millions of people with his anti-bullying message through global media coverage: He has over 500,000 followers on social media. In the UK, he has worked with the Home Office, where he led the charge for a StandUp Charter to end homophobia across sports particularly in soccer, rugby and tennis.

He is also known for his media appearances on shows like Strictly Come Dancing and The Jump.

Caspar Berry

Caspar is a highly distinctive corporate speaker with a unique and challenging message that requires people to question many of the things they take for granted.

Caspar Berry, started his career in the first series of Byker Grove on BBC1 alongside Ant and Dec. He went on to read Economics and Anthropology at Cambridge and – after setting his sights on becoming a professional film writer – had his first screenplay produced by Film Four whilst in his final year.

By the time he was 23 Caspar was writing for Miramax and Columbia Tri-Star. At 25 he moved to Las Vegas and became a professional poker player for the next three years of his life.

In 2002 he co-founded Twenty First Century Media and built it into the fastest growing audiovisual media company in the North East of England. At this time he also began his career as a speaker and catalyst for new thinking within business, specialising in risk-taking and decision-making. In 2008 his company was sold to Bob Geldof’s media giant, Ten Alps.

He returned to his television roots as the presenter and poker expert on a number of TV shows, most notably: Poker Night Live, voted Britain’s best poker show; and Sky Poker, the country’s premier nightly poker show. He also appeared on Sky Sports, was the poker strategy writer for Flush magazine and was also the poker adviser on the James Bond movie, Casino Royale.

Caspar is a highly distinctive corporate speaker with a unique and challenging message that requires people to question many of the things they take for granted. Drawing from his diverse range of experiences in poker, business and life, Caspar offers a fresh look at the way individuals approach risk and take decisions in order to gain a competitive edge. Caspar’s key message is that understanding how to take calculated risks is critical in the creation of dynamic leaders and managers who will innovate and change the world around them.

Caspar is also a charismatic host, often leading an end of day Poker activity as a follow through from his key note speech or workshops sessions. During which Caspar back-references his insights about risks, decision or luck to coach his audience to play poker and then commenting on and hosting a poker tournament.

He has now delivered over 1000 sessions as a speaker and trainer for hundreds of organisations including Google, The Met Police, IBM, Castrol, KPMG, ASDA, Orange, Eon, Ernst and Young, BAA and Ashridge Management School.

Tim Reid

Tim has worked for some of the world’s most creative organisations, including global ad agencies, innovation consultancies and the BBC. He has helped clients from beer brands to broadcasters, confectioners to condom makers reimagine the future and re-invent their businesses.

Tim is quite possibly unique in the world of advertising having worked in every discipline available in an ad agency. He started his career as an adman at J Walter Thompson as a Media Planner, before moving to McCann Erickson as an Account Director, then Strategic Planner, and finally as an award winning Copywriter. Tim’s unwillingness to be boxed in by a job title or discipline reflects his approach to creativity, and his ethos in inspiring creative thinking in others.

During the process of writing, developing, and filming a major sitcom for BBC One, Tim learned first hand how many of the same tools and techniques of creativity and idea generation are used by writers, comedians and commercial innovators alike. Tim has drawn together a practical guide to applying the trade secrets used by top creative professionals, comedians and writers.

Tim is a master at keeping audiences actively engaged and positively energised. Whether it’s getting people on their feet and playfully interacting, or switching on different parts of their brains through quick mental exercises, Tim can make sure your audience is alive, alert and full of energy throughout your event.