A huge thank you to our fantastic speakers for 2017!

JULIET MANN. Event Facilitator

Juliet Mann was a business correspondent for CNN. Previously as Reuters Television’s Paris Correspondent, Juliet contributed to the daily Equities Briefing and Opening Bell, hosting two-way links with London and Tokyo. She has interviewed Richard Branson on the beach in Cannes, rollerbladed the streets of Lisbon with the Finnish Finance Minister, reported from a Eurofighter jet cockpit, scored exclusives with central bankers and reported from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq. Juliet was previously a researcher on European Moneywheel for Financial Times TV. She has also acted as Olympics Correspondent for Sky News.
DAVE COPLIN. CEO. The Envisioners | Keynote Speaker

Dave Coplin helps organisations and individuals to see the full potential that technology offers of a modern, digital society. He focuses not on the technology itself, but on the humans who use it. Dave has a tell-it-as-he-sees-it style and a light-hearted approach. He inspires, enthuses and entertains his audiences. He helps them to think differently and creatively. His mission is to make people reconsider their relationship with technology and how it can help them work smarter, not harder. Technology geekdom is in Dave’s DNA. He’s a life-long Star Trek fan and a former Crystal Maze winner: all these attributes combine to make him the friendly, approachable, optimistic, beardy, pony-tailed alchemist we know today. With over 25 years in the technology industry (and through his former “day job” as “Chief Envisioning Officer” at Microsoft) he is at the forefront of conversations around how individuals and organisations can benefit from the transformational potential that technology offers, rather than simply using it to do the same things, but only slightly better.
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BEN TOWERS. 19 year old award winning tech entrepreneur | Keynote Speaker

Ben Towers has been named by Richard Branson as “one of the UKs most exciting entrepreneurs” and at only 19 years old he runs a successful marketing agency (Towers Design) working with leading brands all over the world to engage them with the next generation via social media and effective campaigns. Ben was named by The Times at the top of their Super Teen Power List in the world and is an experienced public speaker and regularly on TV promoting young people in business. Ben has been described as one of the most experienced young entrepreneurs since starting his business at only 11 years old and now that same business has 22 members of staff and works with leading brands like Pot Noodle and Mazars LLP.
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REBECCA THOMSON. Head of commercial content. Drapers | Power Speaker

Rebecca has covered the retail industry as a journalist, editor, and analyst for nearly a decade. Following roles at Retail Week and Deloitte UK, she now leads commercial content at Drapers magazine. Rebecca has a BA (Hons) in Economics from Durham University, a post-graduate diploma in Journalism and an MA in Philosophy.
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Mike is a former partner in an international law firm and was the general counsel for the first private equity backed law firm in the world. He now runs his own legal consultancy and is re-inventing himself as a law lecturer with a speciality of teaching lawyers working in-house. Mike has over 20 years’ experience advising on all elements of the law as it relates to technology. He advises on software licensing, outsourcing, intellectual property rights management and the laws relating to data. Notably, he was the lawyer who advised the Daily Telegraph to publish the details of MPs’ expenses.

Mike is a non-executive director for a technology start-up, a trustee in the UK for Auckland University and is an ECB level 2 accredited cricket coach.
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MICHELLE BEESON. Analyst. Forrester | Power Speaker

Michelle joined Forrester in 2011 as a part of the consulting team aligned with the eBusiness & Channel Strategy team. Her research covers digital commerce and how changing consumer behavior and technology affect the way that organisations engage with customers. She has an additional lens on European retail. Her current research themes include digital business transformation, omnichannel commerce, as well as digital trends and forecasting. Her research also analyses direct-to-consumer strategies for brands and manufacturers. Michelle holds a degree in social and political sciences (M.A., Cantab.) from the University of Cambridge and holds an MRS Advanced Certificate in market and social research practice. More
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