Caroline Norbury - CEO: Creative England
Caroline Norbury, MBE is the founding Chief Executive of Creative England and dedicated to championing the creative industries. Creative England invests in and supports creative ideas, talent and businesses in film, TV, games and digital media. Creative England is working to build the right environment for the future of the creative industries by helping them raise their ambition, create jobs, grow turnover and build the confidence and networks they need to be truly innovative. It also lobbies for change and uses its unique local, regional and national perspective to feed back to the UK Government and policy makers. Caroline is a non-exec on the board of Crowdfunder, the UK’s largest rewards-based crowdfunding platform; a member of BAFTA; the Royal Society of Arts; the UK Trade & Investment Creative Industries Sector Advisory Group and leads on the work of the Creative Industries Council Access to Finance working group.
Steve Hatch - Managing Director: Northern Europe
In his role as Facebook’s first Managing Director for Northern Europe, Steve manages all business operations in the region. Since his appointment in March 2014, Steve has driven a fundamental evolution on the platform, namely the explosion of video consumption, and the commercialization of Instagram. Prior to joining Facebook in 2014, Steve worked in Y&R, Omnicom and WPP where he spent 15 years, with his final role as CEO of MEC. Steve Is a non-executive Director of Trinity Mirror PLC and is the Chair of the Confederation of British Industry Tech group. His co-authored 'Rigorous Magic’ was published in 2007. Steve lives with his wife Sophie and their two children and, when time allows, follows his passions of movies, running, yoga and cooking. He would like to be a chef but isn’t good enough.
Hue Painter - COO: Unrival
Hue is Chief Operating Officer and Lead Prosecco Taster at Unrival – a human insight company which predicts the future in B2B. Hue, after deciding to leave her role within the banking sector, co-founded Unrival in 2013 with her husband Max, and together have successfully built a unique technology business which works with the world’s largest B2B brands and advertising agencies. She has enabled the company to grow from 6 people in late 2015, to a young dynamic team of 23 today. Hue has an unusual method for measuring growth of the company – Prosecco bottles – and how many are required for everyone to be able to toast success of projects delivered, new clients won, or major milestones. Currently this sits at a bottle rating of 5, with a target of 7 by Q3/17. Hue loves to travel, with a Vietnamese heritage, living in Australia and now the UK, she loves exploring new places, trying new food and meeting new people.
Simon Bird - Actor, Director and Writer
Simon is perhaps best known as Will McKenzie from Channel 4’s multi-award-winning sitcom The Inbetweeners, and the films, which grossed over £125m worldwide. He has won British Comedy Awards for Best Actor and Best Newcomer, and been nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Comedy Actor and a RTS Award for Best Comedy Performance. He has also starred in 4 series of Friday Night Dinner (winner of the Rose D’Or for Best Sitcom in Europe). As a writer, Simon co-created Chickens for Sky1, which was nominated for Best Sitcom at the 2013 Broadcast Awards. In 2015 he directed his first short film, Ernestine and Kit. Based on a story by Kevin Barry, and starring Academy Award nominee Pauline Collins, it was backed by Creative England and Vinegrid. It premiered at South by Southwest and was nominated for Best Short Film at the Irish Film and Television Awards. Simon is currently developing his first feature with Creative England.
Russell Haworth - CEO: Nominet
Russell joined Nominet as CEO in January 2015. He leads the organisation as it develops its core registry business, explores the potential of new technologies in the global internet sector, and delivers on its commitment to ensuring the internet is a force for good. He has extensive experience in the digital information, content and software services sectors and has held senior roles across four continents, covering both established and emerging markets. Russell holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, and is a charter member of the Institute of Marketing.
John Newbigin - Chair: Creative England
John Newbigin is Chairman of Creative England. As Special Advisor to the Minister for Culture, Rt Hon Chris Smith MP, he was closely involved in developing the UK government's first policies for the creative industries in the 1990s. He was Head of Corporate Relations for Channel 4 Television (2000-2005) and executive assistant to Lord Puttnam as the Chairman of the film company Enigma Productions Ltd (1992-97). As a policy advisor to the Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition, Rt Hon Neil Kinnock, MP, (1986-92) he had responsibility for environmental and cultural issues, amongst others. He is a member of the UK government's Creative Industries Council; Chairman of the British Council's Advisory Group for Arts and Creative Economy; member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London; and of the Arts and Humanities Research Council's Knowledge Exchange Oversight Group. He is a member of the International Board of Advisors of Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore and an Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong. He was a youth worker in East London for 6 years and writer-in-residence for Common Stock Theatre. He has also worked as a journalist and as an illustrator. He was awarded an OBE for "services to creative industries and the arts" in the 2015 New Years Honours List. Follow John on Twitter.
Steven Roberts - Managing Director, Strategic Transformations: Barclays UK
Steven began his Barclays career twenty five years ago. Over this time he has held a variety of roles in Operations and Change across a range of business and support areas. His positions have included; Head of Risk, Head of Strategy and Planning, Head of Change, Chief Operating Officer for the UK Retail Bank, and most recently Strategic Transformation Director.
In his current role as Strategic Transformation Director, Steven is responsible for the award winning Digital Eagles, the bank’s Accessibility & Inclusion programme, and the Eagle Lab initiative, where Barclays provide spaces with the facilities that allow business incubation, digital education and empowerment, and innovation and creativity.
Steven’s team has also been at the forefront of several industry leading initiatives, including driving forward transformation of cheque processing leading the cheque image Programme and lobbying government to change legislation to enable this. They also devised and rolled out the colleague to colleague secure app, MyZone, and the ground-breaking “Digital Wings”, now used by almost 100,000 colleagues and individuals inside and outside Barclays.
Steven lives with his wife Caroline in West London. They have four boys aged 15-22.
Josh Krichefski - CEO: MediaCom
Since January 2016 Josh has been CEO of MediaCom UK, where he is responsible for setting the agency vision, nurturing a People First culture, delivering new business and organic growth, product diversification and future-proofing the business in a fast changing world. He leads a number of the agency’s client relationships, both large and small. Josh lives in Highgate, North London with his wife Deb who is an architect and two children, Ruby and Leo. He is a long-suffering Arsenal supporter, lover of music, theatre, film, art and telly.
Juliet Rogan - Head of High Growth & Entrepreneurs: Barclays UK
Juliet Rogan leads a team of dedicated High Growth & Entrepreneur Relationship Directors across the UK, to support high-growth companies from start-ups, to scale up to IPO. Over the last 6 years Juliet has worked across Barclays Corporate and Investment bank, specialising in the Tech Media and Telecoms Sector and played an integral role in building Barclays’ high growth franchise and venture debt product.
Previously Director for Barclays’ Technology, Media and Telecoms team, she has worked with a portfolio of some of the most exciting tech companies in London including Blippar and Kano. She joined Barclays in 2010 after qualifying as an accountant at KPMG.
Paul Johnson - Director: Institute for Fiscal Studies
Paul Johnson is director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). The institute is widely considered the leading independent economic research and analysis organisation in the country.
Paul has published and broadcast extensively on various issues in the economics of public policy including tax, welfare, inequality and poverty, pensions, education, climate change and public finances. He is the author of major books on pensions, tax and inequality and is a regular contributor to news and current affairs programmes across the UK broadcast media.
As well as a previous spell at the IFS in the 1990s (including a period as deputy director) Paul has been chief economist at the Department for Education and director of public spending in HM Treasury. At the Treasury his responsibilities included public sector pay and pensions and climate change policy. In the latter role he worked closely with Nicholas Stern on his review of the economics of climate change. Other positions include a period as head of economics at the Financial Service Authority and as a senior associate with Frontier Economics. Paul was also deputy head of the Government Economic Service. He served on the council of the Economic and Social Research Council and was elected to the council of the Royal Economic Society. He was a founder council member of the Pensions Policy Institute and has
led a review into the policy of pensions auto-enrolment. Other roles and bodies Paul has been involved in include the council of the Family and Parenting Institute, the Pension Provision Group, the Commission on taxation and citizenship, the Youth Justice Commission and the Commission on Living Standards.
LJ Rich - Host
Presenter, writer, producer, musician and self-confessed ‘geek’ LJ (Laura-Jane) is best known for her role covering social media trends and gadgets on BBC News’ Click programme. Starting out as a musician (she started playing piano at the age of three and has perfect pitch) LJ quickly developed a taste for music technology. After a degree in music she worked as a touring musician and as a sound engineer for Pete Waterman before moving into TV. With Click, LJ naturally covers developments in consumer music and audio technology whilst also covering the latest internet ‘memes’ and what has made them into a social media phenomenon. She has also been a guest on the QVC shopping channel covering gadgets and consumer electronics where she gained an insight into the retail and manufacturing side of technology. Unsurprisingly LJ is also a regular blogger on the world of technology with her Geek Chic blog covering new and upcoming gadgets, trends, the internet, music, commerce and all things in between. LJ speaks about the latest consumer and technology trends, how social media works and affects the world, and the nature of viral content and what makes it successful. Along with her work in front of the camera, LJ also runs her own music production company and occasionally writes restaurant reviews.