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
Brand agency owner
Brand agency owner and LGBTQ activist G Sabini-Roberts from Shropshire will discuss neurodiversity in business using their autism as an example, and shine a light on how different ways of thinking can be an asset to enterprise and entrepreneurship.
Founder Sip & Share
Kate is an award winning marketing consultant, the founder of YouinMind.org and sipandshare.co.uk. As an entrepreneur Kate helps new business owners start and strengthen their business. In 2016 Kate launched YouinMind.org a mental health platform in cheshire and in 2020 created what is now the UK’s #1 craft gin and spirits discount club.
Founder of BodEquality
Chester-based Emi Howe, the creator of body image awareness business BodEquality, will share her personal story of how illness changed her relationship with her body. Author of "The Body Hoax".
National business coach Paul Raisbeck from Middlewich will explore the idea that the world needs fewer experts, as he talks about the idea of generalist versus specialist in the modern world.
Founder of Tiny Home Foundation
David Blackhurst, the founder of not-for-profit social enterprise, the Tiny Home Foundation based in Northwich, Cheshire, will share his thoughts on escaping the tenancy treadmill and reducing hidden homelessness through the provision of genuinely affordable homes.
Confidence & Happiness Coach
A Confidence and Happiness Coach, inspirational speaker and founder of Fundraise For Vietnam, a registered non-profit organisation. Michael is passionate about making a difference in the world we live in and making it a better place after we leave. Michael will ask the profound question of who are we really? as he shares his ideas on finding purpose.
Founder of a Leadership Development Consultancy
Northwich-based Sharon Amesu is founder of a Leadership Development Consultancy and Branch Chair for the Institute of Directors. Sharon will discuss women and race in leadership and how more must be done in the name of gender and racial equality.
Founder & Director of The Mighty Acorns and CEO of Mini Me Yoga
Is education broken? “I am excited to share why education is broken to show there could be another way.” “I’m a mum of two and I like to combine science with spirituality - I also used to work for Cirque du Soleil!” As Founder of the Mighty Acorns, an organisation dedicated to empowering and inspiring young minds, Ashley brings her 18 years of counselling work with children and teens to provide a wide and growing range of courses, coaching and activities to help build confident, resilient and healthy young minds. She has witnessed first hand the steep rise in pressures to achieve in today's society along with the ever-increasing risks of social media on young minds. Teaching and building skills for resilience and good mental health is one of the most effective ways to not only combat these issues with immediacy but to also empower our children with such skills that will last a lifetime.
Chiropractor, Founder of Flourish Chiropractic and part of the #PainRevolution
Julia graduated from the prestigious AECC in Bournemouth in 2012, having previously gained a degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Warwick. Since then she has achieved additional qualifications in Western Medical Acupuncture and Pain Management. She has treated hundreds of patients – from the very young to the elderly, from office workers to professional athletes. She is a member of the Royal College of Chiropractors, as well as one of their specialist faculties – the Pain Faculty.
Julia is regulated by the GCC (03706) and a member of the BCA. TEDx Talk: The myth about pain “It’s estimated that one in five people currently suffer from a persistent pain condition - whether that’s related to a long-standing illness, like arthritis, or a primary pain syndrome like fibromyalgia or migraines. And for many, they feel trapped by their pain. So I’m thrilled to be giving a talk that will break down some myths around pain and aid people in their recovery.”
Health & Wellness Coach and Founder of Fit For Life Mums
“I'm just an ordinary kinda girl - mum of two...wife of one. A local health coach, trying to help everyone I can, be the healthiest and happiest versions of themselves!” TEDx Talk: The key to hope and how it lies in the questions we ask ourselves “I feel there's value in this talk for EVERYONE. No-one goes through life without encountering challenges and upsets (that I've ever met anyway!)”
Internationally-acclaimed Vocal Coach, Choir Leader and Professional Singer
Heather has studied voice and the teaching of voice continuously since 2001 working with some of the worlds greatest vocal experts to perfect her knowledge and teaching abilities. In 2012 she became the first and only British teacher certified as Level 5 in SLS (the highest possible level.) In 2013 Heather left the SLS organisation to work with a selection of high level teachers across the world to set up a new and improved teacher training organisation- The Institute for Vocal Advancement (www.vocaladvancement.com)
TEDx Talk: Singing in the car “Whenever I meet people outside of my work and I tell them what I do for a living, the first thing I hear is nearly always ‘I wish I could sing but I can’t hold a note!’ It’s always baffled me that so many people would love to do it but don’t because their perception of their own abilities holds them back. I believe that everyone can and should sing!”
Property Developer and Founder of Signature Living
Signature Living first began in 2008, when Lawrence Kenwright purchased a single apartment on Victoria Street in Liverpool’s city centre, with a vision to offer guests an unforgettable experience. Expanding this vision across the UK with a focus on preserving some of the UK’s most iconic and historic buildings from dereliction he has developed his heritage hotel portfolio in Cardiff, Belfast, Preston and Manchester. With a city centre location Lawrence became aware of Liverpool's sharp incline in homeless people sleeping in the doorways of the city. After Kingsway House homeless shelter was forced to close in February 2018, Signature Living launched The Cotton Street Project. A new homeless shelter designed with a difference. “I am driven to a fault, but anchored by my social responsibility. I want people to believe that as a society we have options that live outside of the political arena.” TEDx Talk: Entrepreneurial socialism and how businesses can help the homeless
CEO and Co-Founder of Planixs, a Manchester based technology company and Sunday Times Tech Track Winner
Prior to establishing Planixs, Neville was the Enterprise CIO at Best Buy for 4 years, the world’s largest consumer electronics retailer, present in 14 countries and with a turnover in excess of $50bn. Previously Neville spent 18 years at Accenture, the global management consultancy firm working across a number of sectors including government, banking and insurance, utilities, manufacturing and retail. As a senior partner in the Retail practice Neville worked with many of the world’s leading retail companies. Educated at Cambridge University Neville obtained his Honours and Masters in Natural Science and represented his University in swimming. TEDx Talk: Technology, who’s controlling who? “Embarrassingly I’ve now been overtaken by all my kids on the technology front !”
International athlete-turned-business coach
“I’m a business coach who’s fascinated by the impact that people and small business can have on the world. I’m also a travel nut who loves to learn about different cultures and see different places.”
TEDx Talk: Eyeballs out and wobbly cheeks “Through my years as a competitive athlete and my more recent years coaching people to grow themselves and their businesses, I have seen how incredible people can be and yet so many completely underestimate themselves and they don’t need to do that. As a Northwich resident and a mahoosive TED talks fan I was really excited to be able to give this talk
Volunteer and Training Co-ordinator at Groundwork, Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside
“After more than 25 years working in the community and environmental sector, I thought I knew more than most about how human activities impact on our environment. That all changed quite recently when I discovered how much I didn’t know about our waste water infrastructure, and how connected our homes and businesses really are to our local rivers and streams. “Speaking at TEDxNorthwich is an opportunity to encourage people to find out for themselves whether their day-to-day activities are having a negative impact on our local river environment and to think about things they can do to make a positive difference.”