Lucy Werner is a PR expert and founder of The Wern, a specialist communications consultancy and training hub for startups, entrepreneurs and independent brands. She has worked with top emerging business talent such as Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, The Marshmallowist and Vinyl Me, Please. She also consults for innovation, marketing and other public relations consultancies on their go-to market strategies, raising CEO profiles and developing thought leadership.
Lucy uses her own profile to demonstrate how other small businesses can do their own publicity. She regularly speaks on all aspects of publicity at events like Economy of Hours, General Assembly, Mothers Meetings and Work.Dot Life.
She has been featured in Stylist magazine, Telegraph Connect, Guardian Small Business, Gorkana, Huffington Post, Mother & Baby magazine, Absolutely Mama and PR Moment, and has written a 10-day e-learning course for Highbrow on “How to get press for your business”. She was recently awarded finalist in “Growth Business Enabler” from Startups.co.uk.
Active on all major social channels, Lucy has a fast-growing and active user base on Instagram – @wernchat – where she focuses on delivering free tips and tools for small businesses and entrepreneurs looking to learn how to do their own publicity.
Lucinda Carney is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with many years’ Corporate HR experience leading and delivering system and Culture Change. In her role as CEO and founder of Actus Software she works with a wide variety of business professionals in a range of sectors and shares that knowledge through powerful case studies.
Lucinda hosts the fast-growing and Number 1 ranking HR Uprising Podcast. She won the Everywoman Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2016. A member of the BPS, CIPD and the Centre for Evidence Based Management (CEBma), she lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and two children and is a keen netball player in her spare time.
Veronica Munro is an International Executive and Leadership Coach and Business Performance Facilitator and Strategic Business Advisor with over 20 years’ experience and responsibility for coaching and facilitating specifically CEOs, senior executives and their teams in over 30 countries within Africa, Asia, Middle East, Pakistan, Europe and North Americas.
She has a wide range of coaching, C-suite facilitation and leadership development expertise together with a strong background in interpersonal psychology and is certified to use a range of psychometric and leadership tools. She has a track record of outstanding delivery, strategic and operational experience, and organisational effectiveness with foundations firmly within business organisations.
Veronica spent 8 years as Head of Leadership Effectiveness (West) in Standard Chartered Bank as their Senior Leadership Coach/Facilitator within the organisation. Recently based in Dubai supporting Global, Regional and Country leaders in growing their businesses and supporting delivery of their revenue targets, she is now back in the UK and heads up LEADING MINDS Ltd, working with a range of global organisations across UK, Europe, MEPA and Africa.
Kath Howard is a Change Agent, HR Leader, Occupational Psychologist, Facilitator, Coach and Organisation Development Consultant who believes the way HR is working isn’t working.
She founded HeartSparks, an OD and HR consultancy, with the purpose of bringing greater humanity into the workplace. With a background in employee engagement and talent development, her unique combination of insights from Occupational Psychology and Organisation Development allows her to bring about holistic, sustainable change for a wide range of clients including major brands and government departments.
Lucy Adams is on a mission to help organisations bring their human resources departments into the 21st century. Through her agency, Disruptive HR, she aims to provoke the HR community into creating new ways to support businesses in today’s complex and ambiguous world. In doing so she challenges leaders and HR professionals to learn from sources as varied as management theory, consumer organisations, marketing, neuroscience, and the latest thinking on motivation and reward. She also addresses how businesses can deal with public scrutiny, and advises them on leadership and change.
Lucy was HR director at the BBC during one of its most turbulent periods. Responsible for all aspects of employee relations, reward, training, and development, she also reduced the corporation’s management by over 30%. In her five-year tenure Lucy witnessed four director generals come and go, oversaw the move to the Salford site, and coped with numerous and very public crises, including executive payoffs and the Savile scandal.
Prior to working at the BBC Lucy was group HR director at Serco, the government services organisation; this came after a period working for the law firm Eversheds.
Along with her business partner, Lucy runs workshops and consults on many topics within the HR arena. She specialises in helping HR and other business professionals to step back from their old assumptions about motivating people and to see more creative and effective ways of engaging employees.
A former marketing director at Pepsi and managing director at HEAD sports, Chris launched his Differentiate strategy consulting firm in 1996. He has helped Mars create the Celebrations chocolate brand and turn Galaxy into the chocolate brand leader in the Middle East. He worked with Scotts to make Miracle Gro the market leader in gardening. He has helped many other CEOs and marketing directors in high-end business services to take their brand to the next level with his distinctive ‘Differentiate’ method.
Chris is also a non-executive director and entrepreneur in the travel industry, and speaks and writes extensively about why businesses must focus on attracting new customers rather than extract more money from existing customers. He speaks regularly at industry conferences and run his own marketing and business events attracting important business decision makers and entrepreneurs.
Nick Suckley is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs in digital media.
Over a 20-year period, Nick has launched four digital specialist businesses and sold three of them, most recently his multi-award-winning digital media consultancy, Agenda21, to Be Heard Group Plc for £12m.
Early on, he launched Media21 as one of the UK’s first digital media agencies and sold it to Grey London at the height of the dot-com boom just 18 months after its formation.
He was a founding investor in digital creative hot shop Glue London (which sold to Aegis Group in 2005 for £14m) and he launched and incubated DataShaka, an analytics software business where he was instrumental in securing several rounds of VC funding from Seedcloud Ventures.
Nowadays, Nick is a much sought-after consultant for media and technology entrepreneurs and C-level executives, advising them on opportunistic corporate build strategies and how to avoid the costly mistakes frequently associated with rapid growth and a changing marketplace.
Nichola Reeder escaped the corporate world in 2012 with over 15 years’ experience in sales, marketing and communications, having worked on brands including Asda, Dolmio, Uncle Ben’s, Heineken & Fosters. Her passion is to help businesses tell their commercial story more effectively, whether through the media, live events or digitally. Within the event industry specifically, she has helped train armies of stand staff, delivered hours of engaging live content and helped event organisers understand how they add more value for exhibitors and visitors.
In a varied career path, Steve Reeder has experienced working within the public, private and charitable sectors, building a range of skills across operations, people management and stakeholder influence at a senior level, before co-founding 12th-Man Solutions.
His specialism is developing creative and workable solutions to help clients secure the outcomes they want. Within events, he is an expert at breaking down operational challenges to bring exhibitors’ vision to life in a way that engages with a visitor but keeps on the right side of Health & Safety regulations and practical restrictions. He’s widely known as ‘Steve’ll-Fix-It’, especially when on-site snags need smoothing out.