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.

Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE

Entrepreneur and founder of Cobra Beer, Lord Karan Bilimoria is an expert in Business, Leadership, Marketing and Branding.

As a keynote speaker Karan has had huge inspirational impact, earning the respect of fellow business leaders and organisations as he tells his story of developing the highly successful Cobra Beer brand.

Karan became a qualified Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young, before studying law at Cambridge University, where he created Cobra Beer; a new variety of premium lager that was less gassy, could compliment food and is brewed to appeal to both ale and lager drinkers alike.

Fifteen years later, Cobra Beer was one of the fastest growing beer brands in the UK and was ranked in the 1999 Sunday Times Virgin Atlantic Fast Track 100. In 2005, Cobra Beer was awarded two Grand Gold Medals and nine Gold Medals, which is more than any other beer company in the world, at the Monde Selection Awards in Brussels. Cobra Beer has also received the International High Quality Trophy in 2003 for its achievements.

In 1999, Karan launched General Bilimoria Wines. Produced in France, the acclaimed brand is now listed as the house wine for some Michelin-star restaurants, as well as hundreds of others.

Aside from his duties as Chairman of Cobra Beer, Karan is a member of the Government’s National Employment Panel and served as Chairman of the Panel’s Small and Medium Sized Enterprise Board from 2001 to 2005. He is the Vice Chairman of the London Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Bank of England – LCCI / Asian Business Association Panel. Karan is also an Honorary Life Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

He is a guest lecturer at Cranfield University School of Management, the Cambridge University Business School and the London Business School, and a Visiting Entrepreneur at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at Cambridge University – one of the first to ever be appointed. Karen was also the former Chancellor of Thames Valley University, a positon which saw him become the youngest university Chancellor in the UK.

In 2004 Karan was awarded the Commander of the British Empire in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Some other honours received include the Award for Outstanding Achievement 2005 by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Business Person of the Year 2004 by the London Business Awards and London Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003 by Ernst & Young, established as the most prestigious business award in more than 35 nations worldwide.

Karan directly supports a number of charities and is a Patron of both the Thare Mache Starfish Initiative and Rethink Mental Illness, Vice Patron of the Memorial Gates Trust and Chairman of the advisory board of the Shrimati Pushpa Wati Loomba Memorial Trust for education of the children of poor widows in India.

Mark Gallagher

Mark Gallagher has worked in Formula One for almost 30 years and has spent the last 15 working as senior executive within the management of Jordan Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing and Cosworth.

Formula One is a unique mix of business and sport, where strong leadership, efficient team work, split second decision making and a clear focus on delivery are required to compete at the highest levels in the 20 Grands Prix which comprise the FIA Formula One World Championship.

While operating at the centre of this fascinating sports business, Mark has worked directly with the world’s top drivers and team owners, giving him a privileged understanding of what it takes to be a world class competitor.

Mark was famously described as ‘head of making things happen’ in Eddie Jordan’s dynamic organisation.

Since 2005 Mark has also co-owned his own racing team, Status Grand Prix based at Silverstone in the UK, which won the 2009 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport, has scored multiple victories in the GP3 feeder-series to Formula One and competes in the Le Mans sports car racing series. Status has three times won the ‘Best Presented Team’ Award, setting the benchmark in professionalism and presentation.

Today Mark sits on the board of Status Grand Prix and uses his vast experience of the Formula One industry to work with teams, sponsors and drivers. He also makes regular appearances in the media, notably with Sky News, and in 2012 is an expert pundit and commentator at Formula One events with ESPN Star Sports, broadcasting to 24 countries and 36 Million F1 fans in Asia.

In 2014 Mark published ‘The Business of Winning’, a book drawing on the business lessons to be learned from the high finance, high octane world of Formula One.

 

Mel Carson

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

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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.

Phil Miles

Phil is the leader of DoubleClick UK, Google’s unified advertising technology platform.

Phil has held a variety of roles at Google during the last decade including Director of Media Buying Solutions for Google UK and subsequently has considerable experience across a range of digital disciplines.

Phil’s specialism is offering clients and agencies integrated solutions across adserving, programmatic display and video, search bid management and enterprise analytics to help connect the right people, in the right moments and make digital advertising work better. His inside knowledge of Google’s culture, operations and ambition provides a fascinating insight into one of the world’s most innovative organisations.

It was his interest in the growing importance of programmatic which led Phil to join DoubleClick in 2012 and for the last few years Phil has been working with clients and agencies to help them to become smarter with their data and technology.

Professor Ian Goldin

Ian is currently the Director of the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University and was a former adviser to Nelson Mandela and Vice President at the World Bank.

As Vice President of the World Bank (2003-2006) and prior to that the Bank’s Director of Development Policy (2001-2003), he served on the Bank’s senior management team and led their collaboration with the United Nations and other partners. As Director of Development Policy, he played a pivotal role in the research and strategy agenda of the Bank.

From 1996 to 2001 he was Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and served as an advisor to President Nelson Mandela. He succeeded in transforming the Bank to become the leading agent of development in the 14 countries of Southern Africa. During this period, Ian served on several Government committees and Boards, and was Finance Director for South Africa’s Olympic Bid.

Previously, Ian was Principal Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, and Program Director at the OECD Development Centre in Paris, where he directed the Programs on Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development.

Ian has received wide recognition for his contributions to development and research, including having been knighted by the French Government and nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He has published over 50 articles and 19 books; most recently writing “2019 A Year to Turn the Tide” for the Gulf Times and “Boldness in Business” for the FT.

Ian has been nominated a Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum and is undoubtedly an excellent choice for corporate events on topical themes including future trends in technology, trade and finance.

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.