English Language Teacher Literary Agent of Kazakhstan and Central Asia
Bakhtygul Makhanbetova is an English language teacher and literary agent from Kazakhstan. She is the author of an English language textbook and pioneering producer of various international enterprises that have introduced Central Asian authors, poets and creatives in Europe and beyond. She participates regularly in international literary festivals.
Mother, Antifeminist Gender Equality Activist, Libertarian, Leader of Justice for Men & Boys
Elizabeth is a mother to two boys, and currently studying for a BA in History at the Open University. She is an anti-feminist Gender Equality Activist and libertarian, and has worked with Trigger Warning, The Liberty Belles and Ladies for Philip Davies, as well as being a key member of the organising team for the March for Men / Messages for Men marches and conferences in London in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She is the leader of the political party Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). Her areas of particular interest include the family and fathers’ rights, MGM, feminism and freedom. Elizabeth wants to end the Sex War – artificially constructed by feminists – and pursue a more just society based on liberal values such as liberty, equality and meritocracy.
Actress and Founding Member of JAG Art
Gerrie Skeens is an actress, model, writer, director and photographer. Known for her roles in 'Ravenswood' and 'Red River', Gerrie has appeared in countless productions and won awards in various ceremonies including the 14/48 London Festival, Living Skies Student Film Festival and Pasadena Eclipse International Film Festival. In 2018, she played the part of Nina in 'Ward 6', Queen Elizabeth in 'Richard III' and Medea in a solo show. In collaboration with JAG Art, she appeared in PoArtry of the Revolution, a joint Russian/English language production which she co-wrote, translated and directed.
Army Specialist in Bomb Disposal, Counter-Terrorist Search and Weapons Intelligence, Founder of Motion to Mind & StreetGym
John Allison spent 24 years in the British Army specialising in Bomb Disposal, Counter-Terrorist Search and Weapons Intelligence. Indeed, having retired from the military he went on to become health and wellbeing manager for two London-based marketing agencies. Using his experience of operating in high-threat and high-pressure environments he designed and implemented programmes that improved the physical, mental and emotional health of several hundred employees. He then went on to set up Motion to Mind, a holistic wellbeing service, while he additionally continues to run StreetGym, his innovative brand of urban training in the city. He can often be found getting muddy or building a shelter in the woods when he's not working with clients in the city!
Actress and Founding Member of JAG Art
Julia Munrow was the Artistic Director of MOMI Actors and directed the 'Playback Company' featured on LWT's Nightlife. The writer of 'Silent Women? Black in the Frame' and 'News from No-man's Land' for the National Film Theatre, her novel, 'Please Don't Keep In Touch' was shortlisted for the Woman's Fiction award. Julia’s film and TV credits include the BBC’s 'Elisabeth II in Love Again' and 'Mercy in Mankind'.
Co-Founder of The Nibana Men’s Interpersonal and Relationship Coach
Brought up in an environment that valued “education, success, achievement, a good career, wealth, and family,” Kapil says he spent 15 years successfully striving towards them all, only to discover that he was “only happy on the surface while disconnected underneath.” Committing himself to mastering a new paradigm of relationships, which included authenticity, vulnerability, and approval of so-called negative aspects of his personality, Kapil's personal journey took him away from corporate life and transformed him into an expert in Emotional Intelligence and dynamic relationships! He is now the co-founder of The Nibana.
Drag Queen and Cabaret Star
Poppycock is an award-winning drag queen and cabaret star. Usually found performing at the UK's top cabaret venues, theatres and bars. With a background in Musical Theatre, she is well-known for her incredible vocals dance routines and of course her exuberant personality.
Former Director of GCHQ, and UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator
Sir David Omand GCB is Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He was UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator in the Cabinet Office after 9/11, and is a former Permanent Secretary of the Home Office, Director of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), and Deputy Under-Secretary of State for Policy in the Ministry of Defence. He served for seven years on the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC). He has published two books, Securing the State (London: Hurst 2010) and (with Prof Mark Phythian) Principled Spying: the Ethics of Secret Intelligence (Oxford 2018). His next book How Spies Think: 10 Lessons from Intelligence will be published by Penguin Viking in October 2020.
Pastor, Poet, Essayist, Theologist and Dramaturge
Reverend David William Parry is a pastor, poet, author, essayist, theologist, TEDx speaker, and dramaturge. He is best known for authoring two collections of poetry, Caliban's Redemption (2004) and The Grammar of Witchcraft (2009), as well as a collection of essays, Mount Athos Inside Me: Essays on Religion, Swedenborg and Arts (2019). Many of his works examine the idea that beauty is a bridge to transcendence. Throughout his career, Parry has been an outspoken champion of LGBT rights, pacifism and libertarianism.
Master of Voice & Presence Coach
Stewart Pearce is a legendary Master of Voice & Presence Coach who has worked with Royalty, Actors, CEO’s, change-makers and celebrities for forty years. He was the Head of Voice at the Webber Douglas Academy London from 1980-1997, helped pioneer Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre as Master of Voice between 1997-2010, and has coached luminaries such as Eddie Redmayne, Matthew Goode, Hugh Bonneville, Mark Rylance, Emilia Clarke, Margaret Thatcher, Mo Mowlem, Benazir Bhutto, Anita Roddick, Diana Princess of Wales, Marianne Williamson, and the LONDON 2012 OLYMPIC Bid to name just a few. Stewart has published “The Alchemy of Voice", “The Hearts Note”, "The Angels of Atlantis", alongside several award-winning recordings. Stewart’s current publication is DIANA THE VOICE OF CHANGE – which expresses entirely new revelations about Diana’s life principles, about how she ignited personal radiance.