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Theme: Resilience - How diversity and events out of our control breed ultimate strength.

This event occurred on
October 29, 2020
4:30pm - 7:00pm GMT
(UTC +0hrs)
Bedford, Bedford
United Kingdom

Never before has the word resilience had such power.

As a neighbourhood, a nation and a global community our resilience is being tested now in ways we could never have predicted. All around the world, we have adapted in the most unprecedented of times and we have had to draw on strengths we didn’t know we had.

Join us as we listen and learn from some inspirational and resilient speakers from Bedford and beyond. Together we will learn that resilience is something that can be found in us all, as our speakers share their experiences and unleash new ideas.

TEDxBedford 2020 was broadcasted via a livestream on Friday 6th November 2020 at 16:30.

Bedford, Bedford, MK41 7NT
United Kingdom
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Aldous Hicks

Co-Founder & CEO of Lasso Loop Recycling
Since mid-2017, Aldous has been CEO of Lasso Loop Recycling Ltd which is developing a domestic recycling appliance to close-loop recycle householders’ used plastic, glass and metal containers. Prior to LLR, Aldous was CEO and Director of Syngas Power Pty Limited an Australian company commercialising in-situ gasification (ISG) of coal – a process which provides the most sustainable way to produce energy from coal.

Darcy Dixon

Vice Chair of Black Head Students' Network & Head of People at Prospect 100
Darcy is heavily involved with two youth driven organisations; she is Vice Chair of Black Head Students’ Network and Head of People at Prospect 100, both of which aim to inform and encourage the next generation of young leaders. As well as being involved with these incredibly inspiring organisations, Darcy is currently studying Philosophy and Theology at University of Oxford and she is the Access and Outreach Representative for her college. When Darcy is not working, she is probably performing or writing and she holds a Platinum Award Record for a single on ‘Now 100’ which she recorded at Abbey Road Studios!

Grace Pacie

Author of 'LATE! A Timebender’s guide to why we’re late and how we can change' with a B.A. and a Master's Degree. She has worked as a business consultant, researched hundreds of markets to understand how people around the world make their buying decisions and helped major global businesses redesign their strategic marketing. She has also received qualifications in Myers Briggs, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Emotional Freedom Technique, Hypnotherapy, and the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Johnny Luk

Social Entrepreneur
Johnny Luk, is a Bedfordian venture builder and communications specialist. He most recently led the horizon scanning function for NHSx as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response and is the current Governor for the University for the Creative Arts. Prior to this, Johnny was Head of Policy and Strategy for Adecco UK, the largest resourcing company in the world and in 2019 he was a Parliamentary Candidate securing nearly 14,000 votes and 5 Cabinet Minister endorsements. Johnny is also a keen rower and is a former Junior National Champion in Rowing and he also has a boat named in his honour.

Michael Doolin

Managing Director
Following a long distinguished career as a Global HR Director, Michael created Clover HR three years ago with the ambition of demonstrating the value the HR function can add to SME businesses. He has more than 30 years of diverse Human Resources experience and is a subject matter expert in the areas of HR employment law, Reorganisation and Change, HR infrastructure, and policy and procedure development. He has held board director positions and designed and developed HR strategy for some of Europe’s leading brands.

Paul Marks

Founder & CEO of Healthy Returns
Paul Marks is the Founder & CEO at Healthy Returns, a diverse, empowered community of like-minded leaders and founders who have come together to fight mental health stigma and raise awareness for founders who are struggling to maintain their mental wellbeing. Paul has spent 19 years in people strategy, workplace culture creation and organisational health, working with people and organisations to build happy, healthy and high growth cultures. He is constantly learning, evolving and working on his own mental health to enhance his life and work. This appetite to improve himself has made him want to inspire others to become a better version of themselves through better resilience and mental wellbeing. Passionate about building high performing people and future leaders, Paul is also the founder of Leaders of Growth, a coaching and personal development company.

Regina White

Head Receptionist and Beneficiary of BEAM, the social enterprise that supports homeless people into stable work
Regina recently started her career as a Personal Assistant at a charity in London after a tough period for her and her young daughter. Two years ago, after leaving a difficult relationship, she found herself with nowhere to stay and she had become isolated from family and friend and didn’t know where to turn. Then she found Beam, a crowdfunding platform built to support homeless people through training and into stable paid work, and she received training and a qualification in dental nursing through Beam. She is passionate about ensuring that no other woman has to go through what she had to and she will be sharing candidly her story on being resilient.

Organizing team


  • Elena Stavrou
  • Giorgia Marucci
  • Grace Coops
  • Hema Hurn
  • Martha Haskins
  • Matthew Lambert
  • Patricia Valles Carne
  • Qiu Xia