Brigadier Phil W C Kimber OBE

Between 2000 and 2002 as a staff officer in the MoD he was responsible for coordination of military support to the police for UK domestic issues, principally terrorism and staffing of overseas capacity building tasks. This time included a further operational deployment to Macedonia.

In 2003 after commanding a Rifle Company in 1 WFR for nine months (which included the Fire Strikes and a further deployment to South Armagh) he attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course (ACSC). On completion of staff training and while attached to the Royal Marines, initially as Operations Chief of Staff and subsequently as a squadron commander, he saw further operational service in numerous locations including Afghanistan for which he was awarded the MBE.

On promotion to Lt Col in Aug 2009 he was posted as an instructor to ACSC where he ran a syndicate of tri-service Majors and Lt Cols (and RAF and RN equivalents). In Mar 2011 he assumed command of the 1st Battalion the Mercian Regiment. During his time in command the Battalion completed an arduous exercise in Kenya and deployed to Afghanistan for six months as the Transition Support Unit in Nad-i-Ali on Operation HERRICK 17. As a result of this deployment, he was awarded the OBE.

On promotion to Colonel in Aug 2013 he moved to the Operations Directorate in the MoD where he was responsible for strategic level planning and briefing to senior officers and ministers.

On promotion to Brigadier, he assumed command of 11 Infantry Brigade in Jan 2016, a force of over five thousand soldiers. For two and a half years he prepared and deployed two battalions on operations to Afghanistan, Iraq and South Sudan. He took part in numerous exercises in Kenya, developed and deployed a strategically important counter poaching operation that had ministerial and royal interest.

Simultaneously, he developed a close working relationship with the key militaries in the Asian Pacific which included regular visits to these key countries. He also trained and prepared his Brigade HQ to act as the rapid reaction Brigade for use anywhere in the world.

Latterly as the Director of the Army Division, he has been responsible for training all newly promoted Majors in the Army (over a five hundred a year on two seven month courses) and preparing them for the next stage of their careers. This includes crisis management and risk, leadership, operational decision making and planning and strategic studies.

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.

 

Inma Martinez

Inma is a pioneer in the mobile industry, a technology product maverick and data scientist, having been behind the major innovation advances in web and mobile, such as data-mining and A.I, Behavioural Learning and Sentiment Analysis.

These and other computational analyses have powered e-commerce, fintech, development of mobile data services, mobile personalisation in real-time, mobile music and image streaming as well as film & TV content delivery across various platforms.

Inma is an inspirational speaker often engaged to predict the future digitalisation of various sectors, and she has delivered keynotes, participated in industry panels or acted as chairperson at major conferences in Europe, the Middle East and the United States since 2000. From industry events such as the GSMA Mobile World Congress to top multinational private events (IBM Smart Planet, BDO, Deloitte, BusinessWeek, Euromoney) and technology summits (TechCrunch, GigaOm), Inma is recognised by Fortune and Time as one of the top talents in social engagement through technology.

In one of her current roles she is currently consulting as a Data Scientist and Product Innovator for Securus, a cyber security company. She has also consulted for Preadly, a company that publishes and syndicates internationally the top local blogs in every country via web and app. It turns the posts into interactive, searcheable data that users can save and share via private and social media channels.

In 2010 Inma was asked by the British government to serve the UK Trade & Industry Catalyst Programme as a technology business leader sharing with foreign governments and business enterprises the British innovation advances and export opportunities.

In 2005 Red Herring ranked her 25th out of the top 40 women in technology, labelling her a “free radical”, whereas FastCompany has defined her as a “firestarter”.

Jason Bradbury

Jason Bradbury is the former host of The Gadget Show UK & US. He has worked as a TV presenter and producer on hundreds of shows in a career spanning almost twenty years.

When it comes to gadgets, science and all things tech, Jason is a force of nature. His own inventions, which include the world’s first working jet-powered hoverboard, have become legendary with viewers of The Gadget Show. He is also a private pilot and is licensed to build transmitters by the Home Office.

Jason also boasts excellent comic abilities, developed during his years performing in a double act with Little Britain star David Walliams.

Jason is an avid collector of exotic tech. His prize possessions include a mint-condition Sinclair C5 and the Easy Glider – a skateboard-towing electric drive wheel.

An accomplished writer, Jason has written three books with publisher Puffin. His Dot Robot series follows a twelve-year-old boy genius that invents a robot crime-fighting force. He is currently touring schools and festivals with the ‘Dot Robot Roadshow’, giving people the opportunity to see some of the science in action.

Jason recently set up theplutoappeal.com, a charity raising funds to buy a Da Vinci surgical robot for the neonatal wing of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Jason’s robot charity initiative is only a few months old and has already raised well over half a million pounds.

Mel Carson

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Mel Carson is a Digital Marketing Strategist, Personal Branding Consultant and Coach, Keynote Public Speaker, Author and Business Columnist.

After 7 years at Microsoft as their Digital Evangelist, Mel left in the summer of 2012 to start Seattle-based consultancy – Delightful Communications – which helps businesses and executives successfully apply marketing strategies that focus on Social Media, Digital PR and Personal Branding.

He has also lectured on MBA, MSc and online marketing courses, advising syllabus decision makers at Cranfield School of Management and Birkbeck College – part of London University.

Described as creative, compelling, emotional, engaging, visionary and actionable, Mel’s speeches will resonate right through the ranks of any company. His book, Pioneers of Digital: Success Stories from Leaders in Advertising, Marketing, Search and Social Media, has been a critical success on both sides of the Atlantic, and is about to be translated and published in China and Korea.

Prior to his foray into digital evangelism, Mel was an actor and singer (he played the young Joe Cocker in a smash hit video with Catherine Deneuve in 1997), and it’s this background that has helped him establish a unique blend of insight and entertainment that carries audiences with him on a whirlwind journey from digital beginnings to where we are today and what the future holds.

Oliver Rees

Oliver is the founder of OR/innovation, a company that transforms the way that organisations understand and utilise disruptive technologies.

He has been coding since the age of twelve and worked at J.Walter Thompson (JWT London) helping brands like HSBC and the Army create digital experiences. He then went on to work at Decoded, where he was the Innovation Product Lead, designing global innovation initiatives for companies like Philips, ING and TalkTalk.

Educated at Westminster School and Cambridge University, where he read social and political sciences, Oliver has a passion for technology and believes that everyone can benefit from understanding and adopting disruptive mindsets. He has a particular interest in what is possible when technology and psychology are combined and strives to help people change their behavioural mindset.

As a speaker Oliver empowers and excites audiences by educating them on how to attract, enhance and engage talent in a digital age, demystifies tech concepts and stimulates discussions. He encourages businesses to ready themselves for a complete redefinition of their business model.

Oliver builds digital confidence in individuals by removing the fear around technology and encouraging people to investigate and critique new digital ideas. This process results in the creation of more productive and valuable conversations within companies.

Oliver’s company, OR/innovation, develops products that help organisations flourish in a world of disruption. OR/innovation’s first product is Master Disruption, an iOS and Android app that helps business leaders understand & exploit disruptive technology in their industry.

Paul Alexander

Paul is co-founder and Group CEO of leading customer insight company Beyond Analysis.

With a background in econometrics and advertising, Paul was an early believer in using the power of data to transform a business. Beyond Analysis brings this vision to life, enabling clients to use data-led insights to replace guesswork and wishful thinking with understanding and rigour. As a result, clients confidently take the precise customer-centric actions that generate extraordinary growth for their business – whether that relates to managing store investment, improving logistics, or maximising ROI from marketing communications activities.

Paul is an industry expert whose opinion is sought by business, marketing organisations and media across the world. He speaks at major industry events and is regularly quoted on how data can be used to deliver measurable results in titles such as the Huffington Post, Retail Week and The Times.

He has worked extensively in both local and international markets, and understands what is required to bring together cultures and board agendas in order to make game decisions.

Previous positions held by Paul include chairman of C6, non-executive director of Deal Group Media Plc and global head of consumer markets for dunhumby LTD. Central to Beyond Analysis’s ethos is Paul’s belief that if you use data without human insight, you lack understanding; and if you apply human insight without data, you don’t have the rigour. Beyond Analysis operates in 5 international markets, working with some of the world’s leading brands to uniquely combine data analytics with knowledge of what makes people tick.

Professor Martin Elliott

Martin is an internationally renowned surgeon, with a strong academic record.

Martin is Professor of Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at University College London, Emeritus Professor of Physic at Gresham College, London, and until July 2015 was Co-Medical Director at The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust (GOS) where he worked since 1984.

He has achieved success in several domains. Martin is an internationally renowned surgeon, with a strong academic record, and has held (and holds) Board level managerial positions and engaged in the activities of both professional societies and NHS committees. Actively interested in teamwork in healthcare, he has become fascinated by how hospital care might need to be delivered in the coming years.

Martin operates and teaches throughout the world, including to the Cabinet Office leadership program, the Whitehall Industry Group, the Ministry of Defence and directly to No10 staff. He has worked with several other industries, including Formula 1, the airline industry and various IT companies to develop cross-industry learning. Martin has also advised hospitals and health systems in the USA, Europe and Australia. Recently, he has been a member of a People’s Tribunal examining forced organ harvesting in China.

He is a clinical ambassador to the Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity and a NED at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Children’s Health Ireland.

He is in great demand internationally as a speaker. Reviews frequently describe his lectures as ‘inspirational’, ‘brilliant’, ‘moving’ and ‘highly motivating’.

Martin established and led the National Service for Severe Tracheal Disease in Children at GOS. The Tracheal Service at GOS is the largest in World, and the Team has pioneered a number of innovative techniques. He helped set up paediatric heart and lung transplantation at GOS, started the European Congenital Heart Defects Database for outcomes analysis and led the Quality and Safety Team for five years.

Martin has held several international visiting professorships, has over 280 peer reviewed publications to his name and delivered more than 450 invited lectures, worldwide.

Through both his charity and clinical work, he has had considerable media experience.