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Speakers 2015

Our 2015 speakers provided unique insights...

Andy Lopata

Labelled ‘Mr Network’ by The Sun, Andy Lopata was called ‘one of Europe’s leading business networking strategists’ by the Financial Times and ‘a true master of networking’ by the Independent.

Andy is the author of three books on networking, has been quoted in a number of other business books and is a blogger for The Huffington Post. Andy travels widely and speaks globally and is regularly quoted in the international press.

Andy is a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association, the Institute for Sales and Marketing Management and of the Learning and Performance Institute.

Find out more at or follow Andy on Twitter @AndyLopata

Geoff Ramm

Geoff Ramm

Prepare to be entertained, energised and enlightened on a journey of memorable marketing ideas, that will enthrall, enthuse and most certainly inspire.

Geoff Ramm is the creator and author of ‘Celebrity Service’ and ‘OMG Marketing’. He’s a multi-award winning speaker who has challenged and inspired audiences across five continents. With a genuine passion and an infectious love of his subject, he’s humorous with original content and will challenge you to greater results.

See the ‘real life’ observational content passionately delivered to enable you to look deeper, think harder and create better, to inevitably stand out from the competition. Geoff sees the stand out customer service and marketing ideas from all over the world that others simply miss. Renowned as the ‘Billy Connolly’ of service and marketing, he receives rave reviews from corporate clients,associations as well as entrepreneurial audiences for his fast-paced, high interaction.

Working with high profile clients across all industries Geoff has worked with entrepreneurs to launch start-up enterprises without a budget and has created marketing ideas which have become legend. His clients include; Honda, TATA, Toyota, SAGE, Tiger Brands, Goldwell and Dixons Carphone. He’s the youngest ever President of the Professional Speaking Association UK and also a member of the Global Speakers Federation and a recipient of the PSAE (Excellence) award in 2014, as well as being a UK Enterprise Ambassador.

John Hotowka

John Hotowka, is one of the rare breed of speakers who can either deliver a powerful message or just entertain. He’s an after dinner and business speaker who has an engaging, energising and
unique delivery of his ‘Achievement Thinking’ methodology about how to find, keep and grow the strength to flourish no matter what life and work throws at you.

Professionally he’s helped organisation hit their annual sales targets three months early, personally he’s used the same business thinking to lose 7st of excess weight.

Kate Lester

Kate Lester started her own business in 1992, aged just 20. She has extensive knowledge of the courier industry and associated fields. Kate has had interests in businesses as wide-ranging as event management and property development.

Kate’s an entrepreneur who loves to work on turn-around projects, accelerated growth or start-ups of small to medium size enterprises.

Kate was Chairman of the Despatch Association, committee member and National Courier Association Personality of the Year and one of the founding directors of DA Systems and Webforce Logistics.

Kate was finalist in the 2008/2009 Surrey Business Awards for Surrey Business Person of the Year, finalist in the Toast of Surrey Awards in 2010 as Business Personality of the Year, and, in 2012, won Entrepreneur of the Year for Guildford with the Entrepreneurs Circle (winning the national awards for December).

Passionate about rewarding the unsung heroes in the workplace, she sponsored her own awards: Surrey Office Star in 2008 and 2009.

In 2011 she was cited as number 11 in the Twenty Most Influential People in Surrey.

She has worked in many sectors of the transport and logistics industry, from a Surrey-based 24-hour haulage operation, through to same day courier, internet fulfilment and logistical software provision. Diamond Logistics provides full logistics management in Surrey, Sussex and Hants with a nationwide network launched in 2013.

Diamond Logistics celebrated its 20th birthday in 2012 with a relocation to a new headquarters in Guildford and the launch of the franchise network.

In 2013 Kate won Entrepreneur of the Year and Diamond was runner up in the Toast of Surrey Awards.

2014 saw Kate opening her 17th depot in the UK. Her depots continue to win prizes with Paul Latham of Derby winning an Institute of Couriers Award in October 2014.

2015 plans include more depots, and in February Kate became a Fellow of the Institute of Couriers, in recognition of her services to the industry.

Diamond Logistics has been listed in City AM’s Link 100 companies to watch in 2015.

She is the mother of two great kids, Chloe and Oscar, who have shared her entrepreneurial journey from day one. She loves nothing better than cooking for friends from her seafront home in Brighton.

Phil Jones

Phil Jones is Managing Director of Brother UK, an Information, Communication and Technology business supplying products and services to hundreds of thousands of UK businesses.

A high profile business leader in the region and recently named on the Power 100 for Insider North West Magazine, a Top 100 Thinker by Britain means Business and a Top 100 figure in the Manufacturing Industry. Under his leadership, Brother UK have been named a Times Top 100 place to work and recently were recognised as an Investors in People ‘Gold’ workplace.

A former winner of Institute of Directors Manchester and North West Director of the year awards (2011), he sits on the ‘Strategic Advisory Board’ to the Manchester Growth Company (Biz Growth Hub; Business Finance Solutions; MIDAS and UKTi) advising specifically on technology, entrepreneurship and business acceleration.

During his talk at he’ll be sharing his thoughts around how businesses can better understand how to sell to senior people, drawing on his experience of hundreds of failed inbound attempts by salespeople looking to sell to his organisation.

You can follow him on Twitter @philjones40 and read his personal blog at

Brother can be found on Twitter @Brother_UK and at

Zoe Jackson

Multi-award-winning entrepreneur, Zoe Jackson MBE, set up the Living the Dream Performing Arts Company at the age of 16 in 2006 to inspire young people and to subsidise her own performing arts education.

Over the last nine years, Living the Dream has grown to include a school of performing arts, a professional dance company, a talent agency and a charity, the Dream Foundation.

Zoe is passionate about championing young talent, creating access to the arts, entertaining audiences and inspiring young people to live their dreams.

In June 2015, Zoe was honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List with an award of the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to young entrepreneurs and the performing arts. This year Zoe also received the first ‘Queen’s Young Leaders Award’ recognising 60 young people across the Commonwealth who are making a difference in their communities.

Zoe has received numerous other awards including the Women of the Future in the Arts, Media and Culture award with Shell, was listed in Elle Magazine’s “Top 100 Inspiring Women” alongside Michelle Obama and Beyoncé and she recently won the Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year with the Great British Entrepreneurs.

Sir Richard Branson has given Zoe his support and endorsement after she worked with him and Virgin to campaign for the Government’s Start Up Loans scheme.

Living the Dream’s dance company have performed for Her Majesty The Queen and clients include Vodafone, British Airways, Virgin, John Lewis, ITV and Pret a Manger.

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