2017 Speakers so far
Caspar Berry started life as an actor in Byker Grove alongside Ant and Dec before going to Cambridge to study economics where he wrote screenplays that were produced by Columbia Tri Star and Film Four. Soon after graduation, however, he took a risk by moving to Las Vegas and became a professional poker player where he employed economic theories to make a living at the tables for three years. After setting up and selling a successful business to a PLC he became a speaker and trainer on the subject of risk and uncertainty. He is now the veteran of over 2,000 sessions for over 400 clients around the world.
Joy Marsden – The Self-Success Speaker
Be prepared for a breath of fresh air – Joy Marsden is known for her incredible purpose-filled, healthy perspective to work and everyday pressures. Whereas others push you to work harder and make more sacrifices, Joy focuses on working with excellence and stepping through challenges in order to stand out.
Joy is a business professional and an influential self-leadership speaker, trainer and author. She works with leaders, leadership teams and their employees around the world using her uniquely designed Keep Stepping® principles, where she focuses on key areas that must be mastered to lead yourself and others through challenge and change.
Joy was selected as an ambassador for Leadership by the Chartered Management Institute and is a qualified strategic coach. In 2016 Joy received the coveted ‘Professional Speaking Award of Excellence’ held by only 20 people in the UK and Ireland.
Elisabeth Lewis-Jones – CEO, Liquid
Lis has extensive PR experience, having worked across a variety of sectors in both in-house and agency roles. She has played a significant part in shaping the communications landscape in the UK for the past decade through her involvement in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) of which she was national president in 2008, chairman of the PRCA Council in 2011/12 and from 2013 a member of the PRCA Board of Management.
She is an expert in crisis communications and strategic PR consultancy, with knowledge and experience across a broad range of client business including education. She has worked with independent school trusts, numerous academy and free schools over the last nine years including sponsors, diocesan boards and DfE project managers.
Lis sits on the editorial advisory board of Independent Schools Magazine. She is a Governor of Bloxham School, a Freeman of The City of London Guild of Public Relations Practitioners and a trustee of Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. In 2013 Lis became an advisor to the Cabinet Office/Number 10 reviewing the way the UK Government communicates in the regions.
Lis was awarded Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations for her contribution to the PR industry in 2003.
Olivia Malaure, Social Media Specialist, Finalsite
Olivia works with schools across the globe to develop and implement social media strategies. Prior to her role at FinalsiteUK, Olivia was Deputy Editor for Families Magazine. Holding a Bachelor of Dramatic Art and a Diploma of Digital Marketing, her blend of experience gives her a unique understanding of audiences, branding, and storytelling. Olivia has 14+ years of experience working in corporate coaching, publishing and digital marketing.
Julie Atherton, Managing Director, Small Wonder
A business and marketing consultant with significant experience in B2B, B2C, commercial and not-for-profit organisations, and a particular specialism in the education sector. A strategist and trainer delivering leadership, business transformation, integrated marketing, and brand development projects, Julie’s expertise includes content marketing, brand engagement, recruitment, fundraising, CRM, digital and data, and social media.
Simon Hepburn, Founder of marketingadviceforschools.com
Simon spent 10 years working in marketing in industry and consultancy followed by 10 years as a Chemistry Teacher and Head of Department in state and private schools. After observing the marketing challenges facing schools, he set up Marketing Advice for Schools, (www.marketingadviceforschools.com
) an international community of over 1,000 school marketers that conducts regular research, offers advice and training and shares best marketing practice. Simon also wrote the book ‘Marketing Your School’ and has trained over 100 schools face-to-face in marketing,
Lucinda Grafton Founder of Grafton Marketing
Lucinda Grafton is a leading marketing and communications expert, with over 18 years’ industry experience. Having spent her early career working for agencies and blue chip organisations across the world, Lucinda has led award winning campaigns for many leading global brands. Lucinda set up her own consultancy in 2012 and since then has dedicated her skills and experience to supporting independent schools, advising leading schools across the UK.
Carolyn Reed, Director of Reed Brand Communications
Carolyn is an incisive and intuitive brand strategist, creative director and designer with a background in FMCG and retail/service brands including Dulux, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, V&A and Virgin Atlantic. Looking at schools for her children was Carolyn’s ‘light bulb’ moment and she switched the company focus from retail to education, introducing schools to marketing thinking from retail and the corporate sector.
As a designer, Carolyn is always looking for new creative and inspirational way to tell each school’s
story, based on market insights and a clear strategy.
Carolyn is a member of D&AD and AQR and is a regular contributor to TES.
Miles Latham, Director Affixxius Films
I have had the privilege of working very intensively in the
Education Sector since 2007, helping deliver film production projects of a
myriad sizes to over 150 schools worldwide. Affixxius Films, the film
production company I own and run, was founded when I was still at school
(Ratcliffe College, UK) and continued throughout my academic career that saw me
study my cerebral passion, Philosophy and Theology, at Oxford University. Since then, my work has taken me as far as Colombia, Montenegro,
Panama and Switzerland and has always been driven by a desire to produce
engaging, results-driven film that pushes the boundaries of what is considered
‘the norm’ in the Education Sector. Equally alongside this passion for creative
flair is a determination to bring a strategic mindset to any film project and
make sure that every Pound, Dollar, Franc or Euro spent delivers value for
money. As much as my passion for filmmaking and education is the main reason
I’m here, I’m equally happy to chat endlessly about rugby, cricket, football,
philosophy or whisky…
Alexander Milne –
Customer Care Consultant, SIMS Independent
Alexander has been working exclusively with independent and international schools since 1998, helping them to maximise the full potential of their management information systems to support informed decision making.
Alexander’s expertise covers a broad range of processes, from capturing enquires, through to managing public examinations, curriculum planning and includes all aspects of MIS use in schools. Having worked closely with independent schools across the world, he has an in depth knowledge and understanding of the many challenges facing independent schools today.
Sheila Hallsworth JP CMktr MCIM CertEd – Director of Communication and Admissions, Sir William Perkin’s School
Sheila is currently the Director of Communication and Admissions at Sir William Perkins’s School (SWPS) in Chertsey, having joined the school 17 years ago to start up their marketing efforts, bringing with her many years of expertise working in marketing and education.
At SWPS, she leads her specialised team in Marketing, Admissions, Alumnae Relations and Development whilst sitting as a member of the Senior Leadership Team. She is an avid and innovative user of Capita SIMS Registration and Admissions software, and makes maximum use of this to inform her strategic marketing planning, supporting her strong belief in ‘evidence-based’ marketing.