Deena Gornick has been passionate about learning and development for well over 20 years. She is an Executive Coach who is a qualified NLP practitioner trained in the Co-Active Coaching Model and loves co-creating learning space with her clients. She is a qualified EQi assessor and deeply interested in Emotional Intelligence. Deena adores the use of fun in her work and believes people learn best when they are laughing and relaxed. She is an international speaker who gets excited about engaging audiences in their own talent. Clients include such companies as Red Bull, Society Generale, Barclays Bank, Credit Suisse, Boston Consulting Group, Astellas, and Glaxo Smith Kline. We think she is a great speaker because she is SO MUCH FUN.
Dave is an adventurer, author and filmmaker. He has skateboarded across Australia (making it the longest skateboard in history), travelled from Bath to London on a stand-up paddleboard in aid of the Blue charity and is currently on a tandem bike from Vancouver to London. Dave says; "By making our passions a priority, everything else has a meaning and its own place."
Founder of Jamie's Farm, a remarkable place whose mission is to support the development of vulnerable young people by providing opportunities for achievement, wellbeing and sustainable change in an agricultural setting. They moved into their own farm last year and are building the most extra ordinary centre. Jamie and Tish will be talking about the work at the farm and its aims and values.
Born in Canada, Laïla currently lives in Bristol. After graduating from L’École de Danse de Québec, in Canada, in 1996, Laïla studied with Régine Chopinot before completing her MA in Performance at the London Contemporary Dance School. She came to prominence as a performer with Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance where she danced from 1998 to 2005, since then focusing on developing her own choreographic work. In 2006 she was awarded a Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers.
In recent years, Laïla’s work has travelled extensively across the UK and is leaving its marks on the international stage. Recent creations include the solos At-any-moment-something else and Imprint; Sense of Self - a full length piece co-authored with Mélanie Demers; on the feeling of being together for map dance; five for Swerve Dance Theatre Company; and Come rain or come shine for Verve, postgraduate company at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Laila is Associate Artist at the ROH2 Royal Opera House and the Arnolfini in Bristol
Though Robin Wight has spent his whole career in advertising, he has always had a number of outside interests. From 1992 - 2002 he was Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Charter for Business, which has since raised over £40 million. From 1997 - 2005 he was Chairman of Arts and Business which encourages British businesses to invest £140 million a year in support for the arts. In the 2000 Birthday Honours Robin Wight was awarded a CVO for his services to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Charter for Business. In 2003 he founded the Ideas Foundation, a charity which helps identify and nurture creatively gifted young people from ethnic minorities through the award of Creativity Scholarships.For the last three years he has been working on a study looking at the way the brain processes communications built on the latest learning from evolutionary psychology, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience. Linked to this, in 2007 he published "The Peacock's Tail and the Reputation Reflex: The Neuroscience of Art Sponsorship".
Neil Mullarkey co-founded Britain's top improv troupe, THE COMEDY STORE PLAYERS in 1985 and continues to improvise with them twice a week at London's famous Comedy Store. His many credits include Austin Powers movies (International Man of Mystery and Goldmember), Whose Line Is it Anyway, I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, QI, Have I Got News For You and Just A Minute.
Neil runs workshops and gives keynote speeches using improvisational theatre to enhance people's skills in communication, leadership and innovation. His training clients include the BBC, Google, KPMG, Saatchi & Saatchi, Vodafonel, Microsoft, Umbro, the NHS, Leo Burnett, Astra Zeneca, BP and many others. He is a visiting lecturer at Cass Business School, City University.
Midge needs little introduction. James "Midge" Ure, OBE is a Scottish guitarist, singer, keyboard player, and songwriter.
Musically Ure has played with many bands and as a solo performer for many years. He is best known as frontman of Ultravox. Ure co-wrote and produced the charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Ure co-organised Band Aid, Live Aid and Live 8 with Bob Geldof. Ure acts as a trustee for the charity, and serves as an ambassador for Save The Children. We are delighted that Midge will be joining us.
Jemma is a prison officer who currently works as the Restorative Justice coordinator at HMP Gloucester. She manages a cohort of volunteers delivering face to face restorative interventions to offenders in custody and the victims of those offenders. Her interest in restorative justice was kindled when studying a masters degree at the University of Sheffield, where she specialised in restorative justice in prisons.