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Creative Leaders Festival 2021

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Sam Whitear

Creative Industries Project Manager

Steve Connor

CEO of Creative Concern

Syra Shakir

Leeds Trinity

Ricardo Barker

Leeds Trinity

Paul Harland

Sales Engineer | Snyk

Rob Hewson

CEO & Creative Director at Huey Games

Paul Clay

International Director at Manchester International Festival

Paul Corcoran

Deputy chair Liverpool City Region Digital & Creative board

Sarah Novotny

Head of Digital, Creative & Tech - Growth Company

Rosie Anderson

Head of Client Services

Philip Hargreaves

Head of Access to Finance

Matt Johnson

Managing Director - FORM

Sophie Mei Lan

Multi-Award-Winning Journalist, Entrepreneur and Influencer

Neil Jones

Detective Superintendent & Director - Cyber Resilience Centre for Greater Manchester

Shaun Hinds

Chief Executive at Manchester Central

Mark Da Vanzo

Chief Executive | Liverpool Everyman

Mark Skipper

Chief Executive of Northern Ballet

Dave Hopkins

Intellectual Property Office - Policy Advisor

Stephanie Clark

Head of Programmes and Engagement at Creative England

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

Mehjabeen Patrick

Chief Financial & Operations Officer, Creative England

Kasper de Graaf

Design Manchester, Director of Partnerships and Cities

Viv Woodward

President of Bloom North

Danielle Bromley

Committee Member of Bloom North & Solopreneur

Susanna Lawson

CEO/Co-founder - OneFile

Denise Turner

insight director | Newsworks

Chelsea Slater

Co-founder / Director at InnovateHer

Sarah Carling

AD:VENTURE Programme Manager

Phil Owen

Senior Business Engagement Officer (Digital) Chorley Council

Graeme Murray

Trade Mark Attorney (UK) for Marks & Clerk LLP

Tom Renn

MD - Bruntwood SciTech

Simon Portman

Managing Associate Solicitor at Marks & Clerk Law LLP

Dave Saddington

Business Growth Support Broker

Paul Hughes

Former head of programmes at STV & Edinburgh Festival TV

Charlie Grayson

Head of Business & Commercial Development

Sarah Bird

Director Wild Rumpus

jessica Toomey

The Frog & Bucket

Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE FRSA

The Blair Project

Richelle Schuster

Leeds Council

Volker Hirsch

Amadeus Capital

Michael Ayre


Andy Mather


Paul Chapman

Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub

Atul Bansal

SeeSaw Founder/Sheila Bird Studio

Lyndsay Thomas

Skills Coach

Michael Hayes

People, Skills and Talent

Tom Pickford

Skills for Growth

Naudia Salmon

We Drifters

Georgina Mills

Digital Hive

Kevin Blacoe

Head Of Partnerships - Channel 4

Kurt Brookes

Made In Manchester Productions

gary Briggs

Factory Academy (MIF)

Mark Lawler

Baltic Creative Managing Director

Andy Hall

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

Trevor Langston

Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub

Jenny Tooth

Chief Executive - UK Business Angels Association

Maria Mander

Health and Wellbeing Advisor at The Business Growth Hub

Sacha Lord

Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester

Matthew Benson

Commercial And Marketing Director at Firesprite Games

Vicky Roberts

Head of Communications

Maxwell Boardman

‎Co-Founder/CTO · ‎Immersify Education

Karen Holden

International Trade Adviser | Department for International Trade North West

Matt Latham

Co-Founder. Tickr

Catarina King

Owner and Cofounder of Society1

Paul Leyland

Investment Manager Maven Capital Partners Uk

Ian Bradshaw

Technical Director - Title role productions

Simon Benson

Immersive Technology Consultant

Nathan Clark

Owner of the Brudenell Social Club

Raj Kundalia

Cyber Security Consultant at CYFOR

Nadia Jaynes

CEO/Executive Producer at Little Monk Picture

David Ciaramella

Communications Manager K7 Media

Caroline Dinenage

MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture

Sandy Lindsay

Chair at Tangerine & The Juice Academy

Ed Walker

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

Mark Stow

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

Coral Horn

Founder of Enterprise Vision Awards

Sophia Iqbal

Director at Agent Academy

Matt Simmons

eCommerce Sales Geek

Cat Lewis

Nine Lives Media

Matt Knott

Development Director @ Nequinox Studios LTD

Denise Proctor

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

Ed Matthews-Gentle

Creative Lancashire

Roger Marsh

Chair, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership & NP11

Lorna Davidson

Founder & CEO at Redwigwam

Dave Cullinane


sacha lord

Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester

Ian S Dixon

Senior Business Advisor - Access to Finance

Suzanne McNicholas

Skills for Growth

Mike Ode

Head Learning & Development

Dr Kirsty Fairclough

Reader in Screen Studies

Mark Lyons

Director - ‎Praetura Ventures

Jessica Jackson

Head of Investment – GC Angels

Irene Graham

CEO, ScaleUp Institute

Adam Rushton

Director/Agent at A Rush Of Laughter

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