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Creative Leaders Festival 2021

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Sam Whitear

Creative Industries Project Manager

Matt Simmons

eCommerce Sales Geek

Sam Whitear

Creative Industries Project Manager

Ed Matthews-Gentle

Creative Lancashire

Caroline Dinenage

MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture

Mark Lyons

Director - ‎Praetura Ventures

Mike Ode

Head Learning & Development

Dr Kirsty Fairclough

Reader in Screen Studies

Matt Knott

Development Director @ Nequinox Studios LTD

Raj Kundalia

Cyber Security Consultant at CYFOR

Sandy Lindsay

Chair at Tangerine & The Juice Academy

Irene Graham

CEO, ScaleUp Institute

Adam Rushton

Director/Agent at A Rush Of Laughter

Nadia Jaynes

CEO/Executive Producer at Little Monk Picture

Coral Horn

Founder of Enterprise Vision Awards

Paul Corcoran

Deputy chair Liverpool City Region Digital & Creative board

Philip Hargreaves

Head of Access to Finance

Neil Jones

Detective Superintendent & Director - Cyber Resilience Centre for Greater Manchester

Sophie Mei Lan

Multi-Award-Winning Journalist, Entrepreneur and Influencer

Mark Da Vanzo

Chief Executive | Liverpool Everyman

Mark Skipper

Chief Executive of Northern Ballet

Paul Clay

International Director at Manchester International Festival

Shaun Hinds

Chief Executive at Manchester Central

Ruth Raban FRSA

Knowledge Exchange Manager Faculty for Culture and Creative Industries

Beth Hewitt

Director | Nations and Regions: Media Futures School of Arts & Media | University of Salford

Rob Hewson

CEO & Creative Director at Huey Games

Mehjabeen Patrick

Chief Financial & Operations Officer, Creative England

Kasper de Graaf

Design Manchester, Director of Partnerships and Cities

Matt Johnson

Managing Director - FORM

Sarah Novotny

Head of Digital, Creative & Tech - Growth Company

Viv Woodward

President of Bloom North

Rosie Anderson

Head of Client Services

Danielle Bromley

Committee Member of Bloom North & Solopreneur

Stephanie Clark

Head of Programmes and Engagement at Creative England

Dave Hopkins

Intellectual Property Office - Policy Advisor

Susanna Lawson

CEO/Co-founder - OneFile

Denise Turner

insight director | Newsworks

Phil Owen

Senior Business Engagement Officer (Digital) Chorley Council

Tom Renn

MD - Bruntwood SciTech

Sarah Carling

AD:VENTURE Programme Manager

Graeme Murray

Trade Mark Attorney (UK) for Marks & Clerk LLP

Simon Portman

Managing Associate Solicitor at Marks & Clerk Law LLP

Chelsea Slater

Co-founder / Director at InnovateHer

Kevin Blacoe

Head Of Partnerships - Channel 4

Vicky Roberts

Head of Communications

Maxwell Boardman

‎Co-Founder/CTO · ‎Immersify Education

Karen Holden

International Trade Adviser | Department for International Trade North West

Matthew Benson

Commercial And Marketing Director at Firesprite Games

Andy Hall

Mentoring Relationship Specialist People, Skills & talent at Business Growth Hub

Matt Latham

Co-Founder. Tickr

Catarina King

Owner and Cofounder of Society1

Mark Lawler

Baltic Creative Managing Director

Sacha Lord

Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester

Paul Leyland

Investment Manager Maven Capital Partners Uk

Ian Bradshaw

Technical Director - Title role productions

Maria Mander

Health and Wellbeing Advisor at The Business Growth Hub

Simon Benson

Immersive Technology Consultant

Nathan Clark

Owner of the Brudenell Social Club

Mark Stow

Director of Business Engagement, Employability & Careers at Leeds Beckett University

Sophia Iqbal

Director at Agent Academy

Denise Proctor

Non-Exec Director & former national Arts & Media Festival 'NOISE' CEO and Charity Trustee

Roger Marsh

Chair, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership & NP11

Lorna Davidson

Founder & CEO at Redwigwam

Ricardo Barker

Leeds Trinity

Syra Shakir

Leeds Trinity

Paul Hughes

Former head of programmes at STV & Edinburgh Festival TV

jessica Toomey

The Frog & Bucket

Richelle Schuster

Leeds Council

Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE FRSA

The Blair Project

Imogen Tazzyman


Michael Ayre


Andy Mather


Paul Chapman

Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub

Lyndsay Thomas

Skills Coach

Atul Bansal

SeeSaw Founder/Sheila Bird Studio

Volker Hirsch

Amadeus Capital

Michael Hayes

People, Skills and Talent

Tom Pickford

Skills for Growth

Matt Coyne

Matt Coyne

Emma Alexander


Naudia Salmon

We Drifters

Kasia Pinska


Georgina Mills

Digital Hive

Kurt Brookes

Made In Manchester Productions

Jenny Tooth

Chief Executive - UK Business Angels Association

Trevor Langston

Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub

gary Briggs

Factory Academy (MIF)

Suzanne McNicholas

Skills for Growth

James Copson


Cat Lewis

Nine Lives Media

Ian S Dixon

Senior Business Advisor - Access to Finance

sacha lord

Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester

Dave Cullinane


Steve Connor

CEO of Creative Concern

Paul Harland

Sales Engineer | Snyk

Dave Saddington

Business Growth Support Broker

Charlie Grayson

Head of Business & Commercial Development

Sarah Bird

Director Wild Rumpus

David Ciaramella

Communications Manager K7 Media

Ed Walker

Audience and Content Director (Regionals), Reach PLC Editor-in-Chief,

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