Professor Brian D Smith has worked in the life sciences sector for 40 years as research chemist, marketing leader, research academic and advisor to many leading pharma and medtech companies. He uniquely combines first-hand understanding of the industry with rigorous, world leading research. He is the author of over 300 publications, including ‘The Future of Pharma’ and ‘Darwin’s Medicine’.
After a successful career in teaching and school management, Terri Bourne fulfilled her ambition to set up her own business. Enjoying the challenge of starting a business from scratch, she went on to set up 7 different ventures over a 10-year period, all running concurrently, one of which had 16 branches.
Terri focused on building good staff teams, developing bespoke staff training and devising business systems to take each company forward. An advocate and practitioner of life-long learning, she gained a Masters in Human Resource Management to further understand successful team management, her research speciality on the work-life balance of entrepreneurs.
Experienced in running more than one business herself, Terri later researched portfolio entrepreneurship whilst gaining a Doctorate in Business and is still an expert in this niche academic field.
Terri has been a guest speaker at business groups in the north west, covering a variety of topics, including systemizing your business for growth, work-life balance, and portfolio entrepreneurship.
More recently, Terri has turned her attention to look at exit planning, retirement and beyond. Her current research has shown that many business owners concentrate their efforts on building and running their businesses but fail to look at how to exit them in the best possible way.
Frederique Murphy is a leadership mindset strategist who inspires and equips leaders to move through extraordinary change. Her Mountain Moving Mindset (M3) platform delivers inspiration and scientifically-based strategies, instilling beliefs, attitudes and behaviours, to drive powerful transformations.
She brings together 17 years’ experience in corporate change for large multinational organisations, a scientific expertise in positive psychology, neuroscience, and behaviour change, with strategic vision and business acumen having run her speaking, training and consulting company for the past decade. With this powerful combination she helps organisations, including Fortune 500 companies, and associations reap the benefits of tapping into the power of their leaders’ minds.
Frederique regularly writes for business publications, has been interviewed on national and international radio and podcast shows, and serves her large audience via her award-winning M3 blog and podcast ‘The M3 Mile’. She is powerful at connecting with people and loves engaging with her remarkable online community with whom she shares her ever-growing mind and brain expertise. Her M3 Power Community spans all continents and includes over 155,000 leaders, from her mailing list to her strong social media profiles. She ranks in the Top 100 Most Popular Accounts in Ireland and Top 100 Onalytica International Digital Transformation Influencers.
And, when she takes to the stage, sparks fly: Frederique is a passionate and charismatic speaker, who captivates audiences and awakens the neural paths in their brains. She has delivered her popular keynote ‘Lead Beyond the Edge’ to tens of thousands of professionals around the globe from Dublin to Vancouver to Mexico to Amsterdam to Madrid to Dallas
Rachel Bonkink is no ordinary yoga teacher. She holds a Masters Degree in Commercial Sciences and a long corporate career as an operational director. She has studied Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been a life coach for over 10 years.
She specializes in organizing and hosting the most amazing yoga retreats, from Costa Rica to Scotland, from France to Morocco, leading groups, teaching yoga and relaxation in stunning locations and inspiring people to embed the principles of yoga into their everyday lives.
From the very start of her own yoga journey, the philosophy of yoga resonated with her more than any individual asana, or posture. She has continued to read, study and train to deepen her knowledge of yoga and meditation.
Between retreats she lives in rural Morocco, where she can be found by the beach writing, studying and enjoying life, doing the things that she loves the most.
A qualified NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner and Hypnotherapist, trainer, presenter, life coach, energy therapist and an EAM (Energy Alignment Method) founding Mentor, Karen Shaw has been passionate about coaching parents since she discovered the skills, tools and techniques she learnt that helped change her relationship with her three sons for the better. Sons with disabilities, physical and psychological, complex medical conditions and labels.
As a single parent since 2001 she has discovered many ways of creating a fulfilling, loving relationship with her children by putting together elements from Personal Development, NLP, Hypnotherapy, energy therapies, living a ‘heart-centred’ life and incorporating Eastern philosophies and spiritual practices.
She has appeared on national TV and radio and has spoken on stage at international conferences on parenting communication. She was nominated for a UK national Women Inspiring Women award.
Peter Comber is the inventor of the Collaborative Creativity methodology and founding partner of Atstrat, a company providing Collaborative Creativity services to the healthcare industry.
An expert in applied creativity, with 35 years of professional experience that also includes a deep understanding of qualitative research, strategic planning and international marketing and management, Peter has unique practical knowledge of the power of group creativity.
Dr Moira Somers is a leading practitioner in the field of financial psychology and financial change. A neuropsychologist, professor and executive coach, Dr Somers blends the science and art of advice-giving with practical wisdom and wit. Through her popular keynote addresses and follow-up seminars she works with financial professionals and organizations around the globe, equipping them to give easy-to-implement advice that captures clients’ hearts and minds.
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.
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.
Celia left a senior role in the NHS after frustration and work-related stress made her question her life and became the springboard to start her own business.
Over the next few years she transformed a neglected hill farm in Bolton into a multi award-winning wedding and events venue – The Wellbeing Farm.
She unites savvy business understanding with a passion for self-development that can’t fail to inspire you to transform your own life.