Artist and Geographer
Ali is passionate about using sketching to discover and connect with nature. She is currently collaborating with psychology researchers at the University of Derby on a series of projects investigating green sketching as a way to improve nature connectedness. She is the founder of Boggy Doodles, a social enterprise promoting green sketching for wellbeing, environmental engagement and education. Ali studied geography and completed a masters in geochronology at Oxford University. She later gained a PhD, funded by five UK nature conservation organisations, at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. She has worked as a climate change advisor in the water industry, a researcher with IUCN and a scientific editor with the United Nations Environment Programme. Ali sells her nature-inspired artwork locally and internationally and has designed a range of cards for the National Trust. She lives in Bollington with her family.
A considered listener, observer and curious soul, Andrew engages with the unfeasibly large and the often-overlooked small. In his talk he will share insights into how he discovers the remarkable and not-so-obvious in his everyday explorations. By day, Andrew is a well-respected, enthusiastic creative director who has worked in studios across the region, and as a visiting lecturer in design around the UK. By night he is an avid explorer of the sky, which resulted in him leading the astronomical society based at Jodrell Bank Observatory for over a decade, as chairman.
Andrew has never lost his childhood inquisitiveness and has spent much of his 30-year career being paid to ask questions for a wide range of commercial and not for profit clients across many different subjects (retailers, charities, medical technologies, etc). In his talk he will help us to discover the art of asking the right questions and how this can enrich our personal and professional lives. He is the co-owner of a market research consultancy. He is an examiner for the UK Market Research Society’s postgraduate level Diploma in Market and Social Research Practice and is also a visiting lecturer at the IE University in Madrid where he teaches on their Masters in Market Research and Consumer Behaviour.
Andy knows first-hand how it feels to sink into severe depression and anxiety but he’s also learned how to combat it. Drawing upon his experience as a mentor and mentee, Andy shares insights into his transformation from being a non-runner in 2017 to completing 18 running challenges in 2018 including 4-half marathons in one month.
Andy has mentored hundreds of individuals and businesses and won Manchester's Mentor of the Year Award. He writes and speaks about mental health, how to combat depression, anxiety and being suicidal without medication. He is an ambassador for two charities.
Charlotte creates unique, story-led ceremonies to celebrate rites of passage. In her talk she will explore how we can craft and tell our own life stories and explores the themes of legacy, storytelling and learning. Charlotte has an MA in English from Cambridge University and a second masters in creative writing. She has written throughout her life; from plays, poems, short stories and picture books to copywriting and journalism and now applies these skills in her work as a celebrant. During her long journey to discover her vocation in celebrancy, Charlotte ran a youth theatre in a remote Ecuadorian village and taught maths and sex education to inmates at two high-security London prisons. More recently, before taking a career break to have children, Charlotte was a BBC producer - mainly working on factual programmes for Radio Four.
Ellie’s passion is enabling others to discover that they are not alone when it comes to dealing with mental health and wider welfare and social issues. In her talk she will help us to discover how we can leverage social media to create invaluable support within local communities and more widely.
Ellie works full time as a content and social strategist for a marketing agency based in Bollington and is a freelance as a blogger and writer. She contributes to sites such as Huffington Post discussing topics close to her own heart and relevant to her life including coeliac disease, depression and disordered eating amongst other topics.
Linton has a passion for technology and how this will shape our lives in the future. In his talk he will explore why it’s important to consider how we travel, where to and the social, environmental and economic costs. As the Head of Airbus Operations for a large UK airline and an active pilot flying worldwide, Linton is skilled in flight operations and safety management systems, risk management and engineering. He introduced FlyPink to the airline he works for, a charity event raising awareness and donations for breast cancer treatment & care. Linton holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical – 1st Hons, from the University of Technology, Sydney (Australia) and is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Outside of industry he is a Scout leader and enjoys walking, cycling and music.
Paul is passionate about re-thinking inter-generational communication and believes passionately in how we can have more constructive interactions with teenagers through ‘little wins.’ In his talk he will share stories and explore how we can connect with teenagers as parents, grandparents, youth workers and teachers and as a community. This belief has developed from over 18 years’ experience working with young people from a range of settings and backgrounds, including ex-offenders, care leavers, the homeless, those excluded from mainstream education and the long term unemployed. His work has taught him the value of humility learning from the lives of others.