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Sam Whitear

Creative Industries Project Manager

Ed Walker

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

David Ciaramella

Communications Manager K7 Media

Sarah Bird

Director Wild Rumpus

Charlie Grayson

Head of Business & Commercial Development

Dave Saddington

Business Growth Support Broker

Paul Harland

Sales Engineer | Snyk

Steve Connor

CEO of Creative Concern

Dave Cullinane


sacha lord

Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester

Ian S Dixon

Senior Business Advisor - Access to Finance

Cat Lewis

Nine Lives Media

Suzanne McNicholas

Skills for Growth

gary Briggs

Factory Academy (MIF)

Trevor Langston

Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub

Jenny Tooth

Chief Executive - UK Business Angels Association

Kurt Brookes

Made In Manchester Productions

Georgina Mills

Digital Hive

Naudia Salmon

We Drifters

Tom Pickford

Skills for Growth

Michael Hayes

People, Skills and Talent

Lyndsay Thomas

Skills Coach

Atul Bansal

SeeSaw Founder/Sheila Bird Studio

Volker Hirsch

Amadeus Capital

Paul Chapman

Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub

Andy Mather


Michael Ayre


Richelle Schuster

Leeds Council

Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE FRSA

The Blair Project

Paul Hughes

Former head of programmes at STV & Edinburgh Festival TV

jessica Toomey

The Frog & Bucket

Syra Shakir

Leeds Trinity

Ricardo Barker

Leeds Trinity

Lorna Davidson

Founder & CEO at Redwigwam

Sophia Iqbal

Director at Agent Academy

Roger Marsh

Chair, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership & NP11

Denise Proctor

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

Mark Stow

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

Nathan Clark

Owner of the Brudenell Social Club

Simon Benson

Immersive Technology Consultant

Maria Mander

Health and Wellbeing Advisor at The Business Growth Hub

Ian Bradshaw

Technical Director - Title role productions

Paul Leyland

Investment Manager Maven Capital Partners Uk

Sacha Lord

Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester

Mark Lawler

Baltic Creative Managing Director

Catarina King

Owner and Cofounder of Society1

Matt Latham

Co-Founder. Tickr

Andy Hall

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

Matthew Benson

Commercial And Marketing Director at Firesprite Games

Karen Holden

International Trade Adviser | Department for International Trade North West

Maxwell Boardman

‎Co-Founder/CTO · ‎Immersify Education

Vicky Roberts

Head of Communications

Kevin Blacoe

Head Of Partnerships - Channel 4

Chelsea Slater

Co-founder / Director at InnovateHer

Simon Portman

Managing Associate Solicitor at Marks & Clerk Law LLP

Sarah Carling

AD:VENTURE Programme Manager

Tom Renn

MD - Bruntwood SciTech

Graeme Murray

Trade Mark Attorney (UK) for Marks & Clerk LLP

Phil Owen

Senior Business Engagement Officer (Digital) Chorley Council

Denise Turner

insight director | Newsworks

Susanna Lawson

CEO/Co-founder - OneFile

Dave Hopkins

Intellectual Property Office - Policy Advisor

Stephanie Clark

Head of Programmes and Engagement at Creative England

Danielle Bromley

Committee Member of Bloom North & Solopreneur

Rosie Anderson

Head of Client Services

Viv Woodward

President of Bloom North

Matt Johnson

Managing Director - FORM

Sarah Novotny

Head of Digital, Creative & Tech - Growth Company

Kasper de Graaf

Design Manchester, Director of Partnerships and Cities

Mehjabeen Patrick

Chief Financial & Operations Officer, Creative England

Rob Hewson

CEO & Creative Director at Huey Games

Beth Hewitt

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

Ruth Raban FRSA

Knowledge Exchange Manager Faculty for Culture and Creative Industries

Shaun Hinds

Chief Executive at Manchester Central

Paul Clay

International Director at Manchester International Festival

Mark Skipper

Chief Executive of Northern Ballet

Mark Da Vanzo

Chief Executive | Liverpool Everyman

Sophie Mei Lan

Multi-Award-Winning Journalist, Entrepreneur and Influencer

Neil Jones

Detective Superintendent & Director - Cyber Resilience Centre for Greater Manchester

Philip Hargreaves

Head of Access to Finance

Paul Corcoran

Deputy chair Liverpool City Region Digital & Creative board

Coral Horn

Founder of Enterprise Vision Awards

Nadia Jaynes

CEO/Executive Producer at Little Monk Picture

Adam Rushton

Director/Agent at A Rush Of Laughter

Irene Graham

CEO, ScaleUp Institute

Sandy Lindsay

Chair at Tangerine & The Juice Academy

Raj Kundalia

Cyber Security Consultant at CYFOR

Matt Knott

Development Director @ Nequinox Studios LTD

Dr Kirsty Fairclough

Reader in Screen Studies

Mike Ode

Head Learning & Development

Mark Lyons

Director - ‎Praetura Ventures

Jessica Jackson

Head of Investment – GC Angels

Caroline Dinenage

MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture

Ed Matthews-Gentle

Creative Lancashire

Sam Whitear

Creative Industries Project Manager

Matt Simmons

eCommerce Sales Geek

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