Gordon MacMillan

Prior to Twitter, he was group social media editor at Haymarket Media and the founder of advertising and media website Brand Republic.

Vikki Chowney

Vikki is Chief Content Strategist at H+K London, joining the agency’s Global Center for Creative Strategy in January 2015 to lead on developing world-class content & publishing approaches across all sectors. Prior to this she held two roles at Creston Unlimited group; Head of Agency for Things Unlimited and Head of Social for TMW Unlimited.

Vikki is a former journalist, most recently as News Editor for Econsultancy, Contagious and The Guardian.

Simon Davies,

As Managing Director, EMEA,  Simon leads commercial teams across the region for Quartz. His career began with stints in regional newspapers, IT press and women’s glossies before he became one of the first commercial employees at The Week.

He spent several years in its London and New York offices, finishing his time as Publisher of the UK edition and theweek.co.uk. Simon then joined Point 6, a branding agency in west London where, among other things, he helped establish a Shanghai office. Prior to joining Quartz, Simon ran his own firm representing international print and digital clients to advertisers in EMEA.

 Andy Oakes

Andy Oakes has been a central figure in the UK media and digital scene for over a decade and is now Managing Director and Co-Founder of BlueStripe Media, a PR and Content Marketing Agency based in Soho

Prior to this Andy was publisher of the legendary New Media Age, helped to launch The MediaBriefing and latterly was the Global Managing Director and Head of Content at The Drum.

Andy is a retired rugby player, enthusiastic cyclist and dreadful cricketer.

Perveen Akhtar

Perveen is a comms professional with 20 years of tech sector experience. Most recently she was the UK head of comms for Intel where she was responsible for driving a number of high profile programmes from Remastered to Stephen Hawking Talking and Power Up  – an integrated campaign for a nationwide search for hot new DJ talent!

Prior to Intel, Perveen held a number of roles across agency and in-house including UK and Ireland PR Manager for Cisco and International Comms Manager at 3Com. Perveen began her career as a journalist on local newspapers in her hometown of Manchester.

Jeremy Waite

Jeremy is Global Leader for CMO Programs at IBM, his role is to tell stories about IBM technology and share how some of the world’s most successful companies are using cognitive technologies and AI to make the world a better place. Prior to joining IBM, Jeremy worked with both Adobe and Salesforce, following a stint as Giraffe Keeper.

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Heather Darnell

Heather Darnell is Founder and Finance Director of Ask the BOSS.  She has worked in Canada, the US, and the UK in Finance, Operations and IT.

After getting her degree in Philosophy from McGill University in Montreal, she started her career as a Financial Analyst for the world’s largest affinity marketer. She left the corporate world to set up Ask the BOSS in 2003 as a consultancy that brings all the best practices and corporate knowledge to small business owners.











Ross Sleight

Respected throughout the digital industry for the breadth of his experience, his foresight and vision, and the quality of his strategic thinking, Ross is without a doubt the Professor of Digital!

He has over 23 years’ experience in digital media with 9 years focused on mobile and digital innovation. As Somo’s CSO, Ross advises global brands such as Audi, HSBC and Shop Direct on how to harness the potential of digital technologies across the customer journey.

Ross is an expert in consumer behaviour, digital usage and innovation. He has been voted as one of the top 100 digeratti (digital leaders) and Top 50 Mobile influencers by The Drum for three years.  He has been a judge in all the major creative and effectiveness awards in digital marketing and is a frequent keynote speaker at global industry conferences and events.