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.

Steve McCulley

Steve switched to motorpsort as a second career and made an immediate impact. He has competed in over 50 races in the last four years, with a 50% podium finish rate, and is an ARDS ‘A Grade’ Instructor.

Prior to his motorsport career, he was a commissioned officer in the Royal Marines for seventeen years, where he served in all the Commando Units and deployed all over the world, including operational tours to Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan, before his career was cut short.

Whilst in command of 175 marines on his second operational tour to Afghanistan in 2011, during an extremely hostile period in Helmand Province, his leadership and management skills were fully tested in the most dire of situations. Whilst operating in an area that at the time was considered to be the most dangerous square mile on Earth, he was very seriously injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), which put him in a coma for three weeks and physical rehabilitation for over two years.

Whilst in rehab he soon realised that his military career was over and, faced with great adversity, he turned his passion for cycling into a business and established a custom carbon bike building company – LIOS Bikes (abbreviated from the names of his children, Lily & Oscar). In November 2018 Steve won the ‘Heropreneur of the Year’ award, an inaugural event aimed to shine a spotlight on the business achievements of Armed Forces personnel who have founded their own companies.

As he could no longer compete on two wheels, and being a petrol head from a young age, he gravitated towards four wheels and an engine. After being introduced to Mission Motorsport in 2013, Steve soon found himself involved with the forces’ motorsport charity whilst in its infancy and at the beginning of 2014 he was selected to race in the 2014 Caterham Academy.

In 2017 Steve had a 70% podium finish rate in the Caterham 310R Championships and in 2018 he is aiming to translate that success to British GT, where he will be racing a Jaguar F Type SVR GT4 in British GT for the Invictus Games Racing Team. With the ambition to continue competing at the highest levels, he continues to build upon his motorsport career in order to enhance his experience as a talented racing driver, coach and instructor.

Steve is also a polished inspirational speaker. He highlights his experience in leadership and management whilst serving in the marines and setting up a new business. Steve also speaks insightfully about the adversity he faced in overcoming life-changing injuries and he shares his passion for motorsport, that fuels his drive to succeed.

 

Stephen Hewett

Working with leadership teams in both Public and Private sector organisations, Stephen has experience in a wide variety of industry sectors.

Stephen is a former Head of Business Consulting at Charteris Plc. He is also a former Development, Research & Expansion Manager at the world-famous John Lewis Partnership. It was here that Stephen gained much of his retail industry experience, progressing through training on the shop floor, to managing a department and, playing a vital role in the operations of the entire organisation.

Prior to his Retail and Consulting career, Stephen enjoyed a career in Aviation, where he held both management and flying roles. Stephen is also a Fellow of the Institute of Consulting.

‘What has been absolutely core to my three careers is my personal passion for helping my clients organisations align themselves to what customers need.’

Stephen’s views on people’s interactions stretch out far beyond the world of business. In fact, he believes emphatically that the philosophy of prioritising the agenda of customers’ needs in the social world in general, and in all areas of human contact, particularly international politics, has significant potential for benefit.

Stephen remains a partner of Charteris Plc and is now also a Director of Vantage Partners and a Founding Partner of C3 Partners, which specialises in helping organisations both in Private and Public sectors streamline themselves for maximum Customer Centricity.

Stephen spends much of his time heading major teams both in the UK and abroad that advise organisations at the very highest level and furnish them with a hands-on practical intervention that puts customers at the absolute forefront of the organisations activities.

Stephanie Davies

Stephanie has over 12 years experience working in the public and private sector and is recognised as one of the UK’s leading voices in happiness humour and laughter.

In past 12 years Stephanie has worked on projects and events developing everything from creating happy spaces and environments in schools and health settings to motivating and inspiring individuals and teams in large blue chip organisations as well as working on government initiatives to promote positive, happy lives and work.

Stephanie’s unique combination as an award winning stand-up comedian and her expertise and knowledge in psychology and business makes her one of the most sought after speakers on the business and after-dinner circuit.

Qualifications include: An M.A in The psychology of humour and laughter for personal growth; Dip1 CBT, Health psychology and Analytical psychotherapy B.A Hons in Community Arts; Advanced Skills in Creative business and Cognition, JMU; Graduate of The Health Care Intensive Programme, with Patch Adams MD USA; Graduate of Dr Madan Kataria’s Laughter Techniques Programme; NLP Practitioners Diploma; and is qualified in cognitive behavioural psychology and health psychology.

On top of her busy schedule, Stephanie is often asked to contribute to popular television programmes, such as Trisha, The Bank of Mum and Dad, BBC’s Heaven & Earth and ITV’s Stand-up Jenny. She is also a regular on BBC Radio. Her book, “Laughology: The Science of Laughter”, has received excellent reviews on Amazon, The Guardian Book website and Watkins book review.

Sir Ian McGeechan OBE

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Knighted in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List, Sir Ian McGeechan is distinguished as one of Rugby’s most popular and well regarded figures. His knighthood was widely applauded from all quarters of sport and he is attributed with having renewed the vigour of the Lions’ brand.

Ian has a great empathy with players, an ability to get the right people around him and is incredibly knowledgeable about the game. His quiet passion and determination to achieve excellence offer some fascinating insights about the nature of success, not just in sport but also within business.

During his playing career Ian won 32 caps for Scotland. He toured with the British Lions as a player in 1974 in the unbeaten tour to South Africa and in 1977 to New Zealand playing all eight tests. During his coaching career he spent five years with Northampton Saints after which he was appointed Head Coach at Scotland.

In December 2003, Ian took up the post of Director of Rugby of the Scottish Rugby Union after Jim Telfer retired. However, 18 months later, he was back to hands on coaching as Director of Rugby with Wasps.

Ian left Wasps in May 2009 and went on to manage what has widely been acknowledged as one of the best British and Irish Lions tours, despite a narrow series defeat.

Ian was entered into the Sportscoach UK Hall of Fame in 2001 and appointed Chairman of Sportscoach UK in April 2005.

David Taylor

David is one of the world’s top 50 leading marketing thinkers according to the CIM, and a Fellow of the Marketing Society.

David is Founder & Managing Partner of the brandgym, a network of brand growth coaches. He has written five brandgym books: “The brandgym”, “Brand Stretch”, “Brand Vision”, “Grow the Core” and “Where’s the Sausage?” David also leads the writing of the brandgym blog, one of the top 60 branding blogs in the world.

He’s worked with a wide range of sectors, covering everything from beer to banking, in both B2C and B2B. His expertise is in brand vision to action, brand architecture and turbo charging marketing plans. Prior to founding the brandgym in 2002, David worked in brand management for P&G, received an MBA from INSEAD and then started and ran Added Value’s Paris office.

David speaks on a range of branding issues including growing the core, brand stretch and brand leadership. His speeches are consistently praised for their practical, provocative and entertaining style.

David speaks both at company-specific events for global clients (Kraft, Mondelez, HSBC, Mars, Unilever) and at leading conferences (Brand Manage Camp (Las Vegas), the Marketing Society Conference, London Business Forum). He has also written publications for The Guardian, Marketing, Market Leader, Brand Strategy and Marketing Business.

David also teaches on brand strategy at London Business School, in addition to designing and delivering “Action Learning” training programs for clients including SAB Miller, Mars and United Biscuits.

Deborah Tom

Deborah Tom is Chartered Occupational Psychologist and has been Managing Director for nearly twenty years of www.human-systems.biz, a management consultancy that has won awards for work on strategy, employee engagement, developing capability and culture.

A Chartered Psychologist, Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Certified Management Consultant, Fellow of the CIPD, RSA and Royal Society of Medicine as well as being on the Registry of Qualified Test Users. Deborah is a Master NLP, Master Train the Trainer in NLP and Master Business Coach in NLP.

Deborah uses a variety of psychological and psychometric approaches to unlock the inner workings of her coachee’s. She also carries out Holistic Resilience Coaching using Biofeedback scientific data from her medical team partners on heart rate variability, cortisol levels, blood pressure and cholesterol.

Deborah has worked with a vast number of companies to help them align objectives, understanding success, develop the right mindsets and skills, challenge assumptions and drive for Gold.

She designs and leads world class teams on global year-long leadership development programmes and has run workshops in London, Moscow, Lisbon, Paris, New York, Washington, Texas, Prague, Singapore & Hong Kong and has lived in Brussels, Tokyo, Boston and Lisbon.

Her clients include Barclays, Diageo, The Defence Academy, MOD, Marriott, Whitbread, KPMG, PwC, Linklaters, IBM, BBC, British Airways, M&S, HSBC, JP Morgan, ASDA, BAE SYSTEMS, Colt, Blackwells, Babcock and UK Sport.

Deborah is also the author of three books on leadership and self-help published by the BBC in eight languages

Geoff Cousins

Armed with an entrepreneurial mindset, Geoff Cousins has the ability and skill needed to drive innovative strategies and deliver real results for businesses of all sizes.

During his career Geoff has held a number of C-Suite positions within the iconic Jaguar Land Rover Brands which include; Chief Financial Officer of North America for JLR and Volvo, Director of Sales, Manufacturing and Planning for JLR, UK Managing Director and Global Sponsorships and Brand Partners Director for JLR, and currently he is the Chairman of G&P. As a result he is well known and respected throughout the industry.

Geoff’s global experience and track record of personal business achievements provides a unique mix of big business process capability and innovative thinking that delivers transformational but pragmatic business solutions to entrepreneurs, innovation start ups and SME’s. His experience allows businesses and leaders to optimise performance, deliver results and lead transformation initiatives, while cutting through complex issues.

Geoff is currently the Non-Executive Director of Performance Communications, advising on strategy, operational performance and business growth initiatives. He is also the Managing Director of Geoff Cousins Associates, a Business Consultancy advising their clients on areas such as; Leadership and People Performance, PR and Marketing, Product Planning and Distribution, Strategic and Business Development and Executive Recruitment.

His most recent project is the creation of a cutting edge brain development product known as Zing Performance. Inspired by the latest neurological research, Zing Business improves human performance by enhancing the brain body connection. It does so by developing neural pathways to improve cognitive, emotional and social abilities.

Geoff is a visiting Professor of Global Governance at the University of South Wales where he delivers master classes on international business, chairs the course student conference and assesses group simulation exercises. He holds a number of external positions in the fields of charity and sports administration.

Dr. Hannah Macleod

Hannah is a double Olympic medallist, with the record-breaking Great Britain Women’s hockey team, culminating in winning Gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She has a doctorate in Exercise Physiology and coaches leaders and teams in FTSE 100 companies.

Hannah provides valuable insights into the fundamental requirements of a performance culture and the core principles of effective teamwork, confidence to perform and resilience. Hannah’s ability to articulate her personal learnings from performing in an elite sporting environment and working with senior leadership teams around the world enables her to deliver insightful and personal Keynotes, presentations, seminars and candid Q & A’s.

She recently tested her principles on high performing teams whilst competing for Great Britain in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Having previously had no sailing experience, she took on the challenge of ocean racing with a crew of 20 novice sailors.

Hannah was an integral member of the England and Great Britain hockey team that progressed from 8th in the world in 2009 to winning Gold at the Rio Olympics for the first time in their history. Hannah was also part of the team that won Gold at the European Championships in 2015, Bronze at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and Silver at the 2012 Champions Trophy in Argentina. However, she also experienced significant set-backs with the team in 2014 when they finished 11th at the World Cup – 18 months prior to the Rio Olympics.

Before becoming a full-time hockey player in 2009, Hannah completed her PhD in Environmental Exercise Physiology at Nottingham Trent University after gaining a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science from Loughborough University. After retiring from professional sport, Hannah followed her passion for understanding how to maximise performance, individually and in collaboration with others, and qualified as an Executive Leadership Coach. She is the current Great Britain Hockey U23 Coach and Leadership and Team coach at Track Record.

Hannah reveals the critical success factors for achieving sustained high performance and provides insight into the methods and strategies used by Olympic athletes and individuals performing in world class teams.