Lianne 'Crazylegs' Parry has been playing the sport of Roller Derby with the 'Auld Reekie Roller Girls' (ARRG) since their inception in Edinburgh, in 2008. Currently Captain of their first travel team the 'Twisted Thistles', Lianne has played in over 50 Roller Derby bouts and represented Scotland at the inagural Roller Derby World Cup in Toronto in 2011. Alongside her team-mates, Lianne has played a pivotal role in ARRG's growth and development, at times spending upwards of 20 hours a week organizing and advocating for ARRG and Roller Derby at both national and international level.
Sally is a sound artist, DJ, performer, academic and director of Other Records Ltd. An enduring collaboration with the composer Steve Jones has seen the production of many licensed works and their releases, under the artist name A Man Called Adam, are still popular with electronic music fans. Sally is in her final year of doctoral research into technology-led abstraction in oral, written and music based poetries at the University of St Andrews where my supervisor is the poet, Don Paterson. Sally has a masters degree in Creative Writing and teaches poetry – both its appreciation and practice to primary and secondary school age children, to adult and special needs groups, and at literary festivals in Scotland and England.
Samantha is a computer scientist and serial project organiser. Originally from Germany, she has been living in sunny Manchester for the past five years. She has a masters degree in Advanced Computer Science and is currently busy finishing her PhD thesis which deals with debugging support for logic-based knowledge bases. Outside of academia, Samantha runs Manchester Girl Geeks, a not-for-profit group which organises monthly workshops for girls and women of all ages who are interested in science and technology.
Helen is director of WISE, the national campaign to promote female talent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Based in Bradford, WISE works with schools, colleges, universities, business and industry across the UK to inspire more women and girls to go into technical roles. Helen joined WISE as Director in June 2012, after five years running her own consultancy business, Equal to the Occasion. Along with diversity expertise, she brings extensive experience of leadership across public, business and not-for-profit sectors. Former executive roles include Regional Manager (Yorkshire) for the National Lottery Charities Board and Director of Campaigns for the Equal Opportunities Commission. She is currently Senior Independent Director and Deputy Chair of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and was until recently Chair and trustee of a national charity supporting women and girls to achieve their potential, Platform 51, which is part of the global YWCA movement.
Tracey has had a varied career working at a senior level at organisations ranging from SME's to large multinational corporations. Tracy is currently Managing Director of Brug Consultancy, Regional Manager Forward Ladies, Board member WOMENCENTRE, Young Enterprise advisor, Charity Angel and Enterprise Scout for HTEA; A voice for Positive Image, She is a trainer for SFEDI, a member of IOEE and holds diplomas in Performance Coaching for business from Newcastle and Integrated marketing communications from the IDM. Tracy regularly speaks and lectures for Leeds trinity and all Saints , Leeds University Business School and Forward Ladies in subjects ranging from Social media for Business to Networking and communication skills – she trains on the social media platforms from Linked in to twitter and has been an invited speaker in Germany and Belgium. Tracy also works on Interim projects helping companies to deliver on their core business objectives and has recently completed 6 months at Birmingham City University.