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Speakers 2019

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.

Esther Stanhope

Esther Stanhope is the author of Goodbye Glossophobia – banish your fear of public speaking.

In her career, she has clocked 12.5 thousand hours of Live BBC broadcasting and nearly 5,000 celebrity interviews (like George Clooney & Madonna!)

Since 2011 as The Impact Guru, she’s helped over 8,000 professionals speak with confidence.

Esther helps FTSE 100 Businesses like Barclays, JPMorgan and Deloitte to have more impact in meetings, at conferences and on camera.

She’s a sought-after speaker for conferences and special events for the likes of; the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Kings College London; the British Army, House of Commons and she works extensively in the creative and property industries.

She speaks internationally from Canada & Paris to Tel Aviv, Amsterdam and the USA.

Now she shares her secrets with you.

Jeremy Nicholas

Jeremy Nicholas

Jeremy is an international speaker on communicating with impact. He works with companies to put humour in business presentations, and adds laughs to talks for speakers with his ‘Tickle My Keynote’ programme.

He’s an accomplished MC, awards show host and after-dinner speaker, especially when clients want someone with the humour of a comedian and the authority of a 27 year BBC news and current affairs veteran. He’s the 11th most famous BBC Jeremy, a long way behind Clarkson, Paxman and Vine.

He has two shows which have both enjoyed month long runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then toured. His 2018 show is ‘After Dinner Stories From My Broadcasting Career’ which is just for fun.

And his 2019 show ‘What Are You Talking About?’ is a serious keynote about communicating in business, but delivered with loads of laughs. It premiered at the Asia Professional Speakers Convention in Singapore in May this year, and he’ll deliver it at the Global Speakers Summit in Namibia in 2020.

He’s has two masterclasses which he delivers across the world:

Talking Toolbox is how to make your business presentations engaging and entertaining.

Talking Funny is how to get laughs when speaking in public. If they’re laughing they’re listening.

In 2015 Jeremy was awarded the highest award in UK speaking, the PSAE – Professional Speaking Award of Excellence – the fifteenth person in history to receive it.

You can download a free copy of his book on public speaking at his website.

John Stapleton

John Stapleton has  30 years’ experience in pioneering new FMCG categories and establishing and growing successful consumer-led businesses in both the UK and the USA. John now actively manages an investor/Non-Executive Director portfolio contributing value-added business growth advice, guidance and mentoring to business owners.

John has first-hand experience in start-up, early stage growth and scale-up stage businesses, having co-founded 3 FMCG businesses, building and growing each to exit. John helps design creative, practical, experience-based solutions to problems, challenges and opportunities that brand owners encounter in starting, growing and scaling their companies, across all areas of business.

In 1987 John was part of the founding team of The New Covent Garden Soup Co Ltd., which pioneered and grew the fresh soup category in the UK. On reaching over £20m revenue, Daniels PLC bought New Covent Garden Soup Co in 1998. In that same year, John co-founded Glencoe Foods Inc., to bring the fresh soup concept to the US. On returning to Europe, John established a consumer branded food consultancy and worked with a number of corporate and early-stage growth businesses across the FMCG sector in the UK, US and continental Europe.

In 2005, John co-founded Little Dish, which supplies healthy, natural and convenient meals and snacks to children over one year. Little Dish created the chilled toddler food category, developing full UK retailer distribution and became the go-to brand in  fresh toddler food. Having grown to approx. £15m annual revenues, John sold Little Dish in 2017.

Leveraging his extensive experience, John provides business growth advice and mentorship to growing businesses; is a business thought leader and speaks on a wide range of entrepreneurial management & motivational leadership topics.

Lysa Hardy

Lysa has over 25 years experience of marketing roles in the technology and retail sectors, including private equity and international roles, and is a specialist in multichannel, consumer brands and CRM/loyalty.  Lysa is currently CMO and Executive board member at Hotel Chocolat.  She has held executive roles at T-Mobile, where she led the marketing workstream for the merger with Orange to form EE, a £2bn+ business, was Chief Commercial Officer at Holland & Barrett prior to its $2.3bn sale to L1, and Chief Customer Officer at Joules.  Lysa is a Non-Executive Director of a finance business and retail technology start up, and is a fellow of the Marketing Academy.

Nathan Littleton

Nathan is a marketer, professional speaker and author who specialises in helping businesses to grow by attracting and winning more customers.

Having started his first business at the age of just 12, he has become one of the UK’s best and brightest young business figures, with more experience than most people twice his age. More than a decade on, he’s worked with thousands of businesses across the UK and around the world to transform their online marketing and help them to generate better results.

Each year he sends more than a million emails on behalf of his clients, and his proven track record has led to him working with businesses ranging from small accountancy firms to international franchises.

Sam Rathling

Sam is the most sought-after LinkedIn Expert in Europe and is on a mission to generate over £1billion in sales for her clients. She has spoken internationally to audiences in 17 countries.

Author of ‘LinkedIn or LinkedOut’, Sam is considered an expert on inbound lead generation, Sam shares 8 strategies that actually work and delivers practical, hands on advice that her audiences can apply immediately.

Sam was an early adopter of LinkedIn and has been on the platform since 2003, she first spoke in 2011 about the power of LinkedIn and now works with multi-billion ££ corporate clients, SME’s and experts, training them on how to truly maximise LinkedIn for leads and sales.

As the Chief Visionary Office & Founder of Linked Inbound, Sam and her team have helped businesses to generate in excess of £7.5m in new business from the LinkedIn platform in the last 12 months alone.

Sam delivers public 1 Day Workshops and 3 Day LinkedIn Masterclasses which always sell out! For those clients who are too busy or prefer to leave it to the experts, Sam’s team of LinkedIn ninjas provide an opportunity for clients to outsource their lead generation, building their sales pipeline for them.

Based in Derby, a Mum of 3 (Oscar 12, Maya 10 and Liliana 6), Sam is an inspiration to many for her accomplishments professionally, and a true authority when it comes to LinkedIn.

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