CEO of Distology
Following a 20+ year career with blue chip enterprise businesses in retail, recruitment and technology, Hayley Roberts is the founder and driving force behind IT Security distributor, Distology. The company specialises in identifying, representing and distributing the latest disruptive technology in the cyber security arena.
Hayley has carefully nurtured a unique company culture that encourages vibrancy and ambition and as a result, Distology has won various accolades including CRN’s Distributor of the Year 2019, Cloud Distributor of the Year 2020 and the Gender Parity at the Women in Channel Awards. Hayley was also named CRN’s 2021 Women in Channel Woman of the Year and Role Model of the Year.
Hayley is a leading voice of authority within the industry and sits on the CRN judging panel for Women in Channel, she also features on the annual A list for channel and she is a co-founder of the Channel Community, a networking platform that was set up to create a safe space for people working in the distribution channel, namely cyber security software vendors, resellers and distributors, in order to discuss and share ideas/best practices.
In 2021, Distology received PE investment to further fuel its ambitious growth plans and is well on its way to successfully scaling - growing the team 150% over the past year, while increasing revenue by over 75% in the past three years.
Title of Talk: Why we need to Rethink the view that tech is for techies
Confidence expert Lizi Jackson-Barrett is a coach, a bestselling author and a TEDx speaker. She struggled with a lifetime of low self-esteem before losing her hair at forty and learning what it truly means to love herself and show up in the world with genuine confidence.
With over twenty years experience teaching and coaching, Lizi helps women in business leap their confidence hurdles and laugh in the face of self-doubt - so they can take control of whatever’s been holding them back and go on to achieve phenomenal goals.
Featured widely in the UK media, including BBC, ITV, Psychologies, Red and Marie Claire, Lizi knows from personal experience how increasing your confidence can transform your life – often in ways you’d never imagined.
Title: Wrong is the New Right
Founder of IWORK
Julia is a podcaster, network builder and campaigner with a passion for the rights of all independent workers. Like many people, the pandemic made Julia re-evaluate her purpose, and she founded IWORK to support and champion the UK's army of temps, agency workers, gig economy workers, contractors and the self-employed.
Prior to setting up IWORK, Julia single-handedly grew FCSA, a compliance standard for accountants and umbrellas, from an unheard-of niche organisation to becoming ubiquitous within the recruitment supply chain. With many years’ experience fighting for worker rights, Julia is a well-known authority in the employment sector and she is regularly called on to contribute to government policy development.
In her spare time, Julia can usually be found either walking her rescued greyhounds or relaxing with them curled up beside her! Julia also enjoys modern art, interior design, and anything scientific.
Title of Talk: I'm just a…
Communication and Confidence Coach
Trisha is a communication coach, actor and 'unsquasher' of impact and confidence.
Author of ‘The Mystery of the Squashed Self’ and Host of the ‘Make it Real’ podcast.
Title: Beware The Self-Squashing Prophecy
Lisa Barry Online
Lisa Barry is a content marketing coach, she runs the Mission Led Content Academy, an online course that teaches small ethical business owners to write better content without being a manipulative a*se.
Title of Talk: How nine little words could change the world
Tahira Hussain is a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, keynote speaker, trainer and motivational wellbeing coach. She finds joy and sanctuary in her work and creative writing. With extensive experience, Tahira has a 25-year career in mental health, community development and the housing sector. She also has a successful track record in corporate consultancy and training.
Tahira draws inspiration from her life experiences, faith and personal values, raising awareness about stuff that matters in the world. When not travelling far and wide for work and pleasure, Tara can be found surrounded by friends, food and her family. Some of her favourite things are a cup of tea, good books and scented candles. She also has an interesting collection of teapots and Winnie the Pooh trinkets.
Title: I’m not racist but ….
Director of Practical Inspiration Publishing
Alison Jones is the founder of Practical Inspiration Publishing and host of The Extraordinary Business Book Club podcast and community. Formerly Director of Innovation Strategy with Macmillan, she regularly speaks and writes on publishing, business and writing, and is the author of This Book Means Business (2018) and Exploratory Writing (2022).
Title of Talk: Let’s Rethink Writing
Dr Shelley James
Age of Light Innovations
Dr Shelley James is an international expert on light and health, a member of the International WELL Building Standard Advisory Board and Faculty and Artist in Residence at the Bristol Eye Hospital. She is also a trained glass artist, electrician and lighting designer.
Title: How can lighting designed to keep astronauts in peak condition on the space station help us stay healthy here on earth?
Director & founder of Little Beau Sheep
Sarah Turner is the Director and founder of Little Beau Sheep, sheep-inspired laundry care made with British wool and lanolin. Award-winning products offer an innovative eco-friendly take on everyday cleaning tasks and helps whoever is in charge of the laundry in your house to reduce the environmental impact of your washing pile, replacing single-use plastic with natural alternatives to make clothes last for longer.
Title: A Magical Material
CEO of C-lash
I am an accidental entrepreneur who through my own battle with cancer came up with the idea of C-Lash, a false eyelash specifically for cancer and Alopecia patients. C-Lash has grown from an unknown brand to being available in the UK, USA, Australia, Ireland, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Poland. C-Lash has also won several awards including Allure Breakthrough Awards USA 2020, Red Best of Beauty 2019, EVAs Beauty Awards 2019, National Diversity – Entrepreneur of Excellency Award 2019, Ladies First – Unique Business Award 2021, AMBA & BGA Excellence – Start-up of the Year Finalist 2021, Barclays Women of the Year Nomination 2019, Business Woman of the Year Finalist 2022. C-Lash has been featured in some of the world’s leading magazines namely Good Housekeeping, Allure, Cosmopolitan, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Red Magazine, BBC, Vogue to name a few.
Title: Just One Act