Modern day philosopher
From one time punk rock singer to ordained fundamentalist minister of over two decades to modern day observer, philosopher and thinker.
Provocatist, antagonist, revelationist, philosophist, optimist and humanist are just a handful of ways to describe the non-conformist writer Alan Forrest Smith
His philosophical writings on life is perfectly reflected on his 12-year old blog and in one of his books, Escape from Zoomanity. Alan believes that the human being is locked into Zoomanity. Zoomanity is his take on the human way - the zooman way, trappings and pressure of turning human beings into zoo-man beings.
He also believes you can escape and become human again.
Collections Access Officer
Alex is a Collections Access Officer at Bolton Library and Museum Service.
He develops school learning programmes and creates a range of public events for a wide variety of audiences.
Alex is the leader of SMILE (Science in Museums in Learning and Engagement) network and helps inspire museum professionals to have a greater connection with science.
As Hope Hub leader for Bolton Museum he strengthens youth engagement and helps to empower a team of young people to create a Festival of Hope.
Alex enjoys travelling to different countries and visiting museums & galleries. He has a passion for art, science and dinosaurs. He is also a scuba diver, fire performer and writer of poetry.
Knife crime specialist
Darryl is a rehabilitated ex-violent offender, who lived on the wrong side of the law for over twenty-five years. Throughout this time, he was incarcerated in excess of 12 years whilst also being the survivor of several assassination attempts, due to being a fully-fledged perpetrator of extreme violence.
Despite all of this, Darryl managed to turn his life around, proving that change is always possible, as long as the individual has the will to change. If he can change, so can you!
Fabian has a background in the British military and amassed experience in law enforcement spanning 2 police forces. As a detective and a member of the Counter Terrorist Unit he investigated murders, human traffickers, live kidnappings, terrorists, robberies and shootings. Fabian has worked on some of the UK's highest profile national security investigations and even advised the U.K. government over the regulation of the private security industry.
Whilst working on the News of The World Phone Hacking investigation for a well-known client, Fabian also authored a book related to Social Media intelligence which became a No.1 Amazon bestseller in 2011.
Following on from these experiences, he chose to come out from behind the camera as an accredited investigative journalist to take centre stage on screen in a new Amazon Prime TV series, Surveillance Secrets and a regular host of the forthcoming Amazon Prime show, Get Success.
Strategic Systems Consultant
Lianne is the sort of person who loves things most people hate. Numbers, detail, organisation and tech. She loves nothing more than to roll up her sleeves and dive into the chaos and get everything working as it should.
She helps high energy entrepreneurs bring in the systems and structure needed to get the most out of themselves, their team and their business so they can scale their business without losing their sanity.
Community Developer and Government Advisor
Liz is a Community Developer and Advisor to both grassroot projects and Government departments.
A Mum to two wonderful daughters.
Liz speaks with conviction about how leading from the bottom is the only way up.
Catchphrase: "Let's flip the narrative!"
World Memory Champion
At the age of 7, Monty released a book and became the UK's youngest bestselling author.
At the age of 11, he found himself on stage as an official panel speaker on Cyber Safety at BETT Futures in Excel exhibition centre, London, speaking to a room full of thousands of people.
At the age of 14, Monty entered the Guinness World Record books as a world memory champion, studying the openings of 500 works of literature and recalling 129 consecutively from their opening sentence.
Monty spent 5 months conducting extensive research into a specialised area of psychology, proving the hypothesis that using technology late at night affects the circadian rhythms of adolescents. As part of this research, he sat a semester-long foundational psychology course from the prestigious University of Yale and passed with 100%.
His research study thesis was in excess of 55,000 words. Monty then formed the Citizen Science Project called 'iTech Explorers.'
Richard McMunn is a former firefighter who founded the ‘How2Become’ series of books in 2005.
Since then, Richard has gone on to write and self-publish 150 books, become a multiple number 1 bestselling author, and also started an award-winning YouTube channel that now has over 200,000 subscribers!
Richard has also won consecutive national book publishing awards in the process.