MEET OUR PAST SPEAKERS

 

We welcomed inspirational female entrepreneurs,
investors and business leaders to Startup&Bloom 2017

Pip Jamieson

Pip Jamieson

Founder, The Dots

Pip Jamieson is the Founder of The Dots - a LinkedIn challenger designed around the networking needs of creators. Born out of a passion to make the creative industries more productive, open and diverse, Pip launched the platform in the UK in 2014.

An creator with a distinctive marmite laugh (you either love it or you hate it) Pip was named by Creative Review as one of the top 50 Creative Leader (2017) and The Sunday Times as one of the Top 100 Disruptive Entrepreneurs innovating in their respective fields (2017). Pip is on a mission to connect 1 million creators and freelancers to commercial opportunities by 2018. She lives on a houseboat with her husband in Kings Cross, London.
Phoebe Gormley

Phoebe Gormley

Founder, Gormley&Gamble

Gormley & Gamble revolutionized Saville Row as the first exclusively women's tailor, and an answer to the lack of options for investment pieces for women in a sea of fast-fashion.

After dropping out of university, Phoebe invested her tuition fees and founded her company at just 20 years old. She has been featured in Marie Claire and various other magazines.

In 2017, Forbes named her as one of their 30 under 30 in Arts.
Myf Ryan

Myf Ryan

CMO, Westfield

Myf joined Westfield Australia in 2008. Prior to joining Westfield, she worked for Nestle in Australia and New Zealand as well as Rothmans UK in England and Moscow in a wide variety of marketing roles.

Myf has held the positions of General Manager of Marketing for Westfield UK in May 2010, Director of Marketing UK/Europe in 2013 and was appointed the role of Chief Marketing Officer, UK/ Europe in 2016.
Kubi Springer

Kubi Springer

CEO, SheBuildsBrands

London born Kubi Springer is a Brand Specialist with 20 years experience in consumer brand marketing. Starting her career at MTV Europe, Kubi has since delivered campaigns for some of the biggest brands in the world. Her resume includes: Rolls Royce Motor Cars, Nike, Blackberry, L’Oreal Professional, Wella Professional, Justin Timberlake, Manchester United Footballer Rio Ferdinand, MercedesBenz Fashion Week, Sex & the City, MOBO Awards, and Blue Flame (Diddy’s Marketing and Advertising Agency) in New York, to name but a few.

A strategic marketer with a flair for commercial solutions, today Kubi is the CEO of SheBuildsBrands LTD, a boutique brand management agency with its headquarters in London, England and international reps in the Middle East, USA, South East Asia and West Africa. Known for working on extremely high profile campaigns, whilst also supporting emerging businesses, Kubi directs the team at SheBuildsBrands with a focus on the Fashion & Beauty, Luxury & Lifestyle and Entertainment Industries.
Sue Douthwaite

Sue Douthwaite

Managing Director Santander Business

Sue has extensive banking experience spanning over 30 years. With effect from January 2016 she has been appointed Managing Director for Santander Business for Santander Retail and Business Banking.

Sue joined Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking in 2011 as the Divisional Managing Director of Corporate in the North before moving to the role of Divisional Managing Director for North West and Yorkshire with Santander Retail Banking in January 2014. From September 2015 she was Programme Director of Banking Reform for SME which now involves the transformation programme for the SME proposition for Santander Retail and Business Banking in the UK.

Sue’s previous role within the Royal Bank of Scotland Group was Regional Director, Corporate Banking for Yorkshire and the North East. Prior to then, Sue held a number of senior leadership positions across SME and Retail Banking where she has been responsible for major change management projects and business performance.

Sue is in the Top 50 Northern Power Women which is a collaborative campaign to accelerate gender diversity from the North of England.

In addition she is an Advisory Board member of the Sheffield University Business School, the University of Huddersfield Business School and a Council member of the North West CB. She is also an advisory Board member of Forward Ladies and is actively involved in the diversity agenda. In 2016 Sue was a non-exec director of RWM Ltd.
Rasha Khawaja

Rasha Khawaja

Founder & CEO, Toucan

Rasha Khawaja is the founder and CEO of Toucan. Rasha’s innate desire for knowledge took her to Brown University where she studied Psychiatry and Cognitive Science. Further education followed at both Oxford University and Cambridge University before Rasha started her career at Condé Nast Publications and went on to work at Christie’s.

These experiences heightened her entrepreneurial drive and after spotting a gap in the market for a way to help creatives get their businesses out in front of influential business luminaries, Toucan was born. Rasha’s passion for innovation and nurturing new talent and business continues through her role as a member of the UKBAA, and being an active member of the advisory board of Innovation RCA and the development and strategy board of the ZSL.

Outside of the world of Toucan, Rasha is a devoted mother and an adventurous traveller who one day hopes to conquer Kilimanjaro and The Great Wall of China. Rasha is also dedicated to a number of charities and sits on the board of ‘The Playing For Change Foundation’, as well as supporting her family’s charity, ‘The Said Foundation’.

Toucan Ventures were proud to win ‘One to Watch – Best Entrant to the Angel Ecosystem’ at the 2016 Angel Investment Awards.
Jessica Chu

Jessica Chu

Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Santander

Australian born and bred, Jessica arrived in London in October 1999 for a six month back-packing holiday and loved it so much, decided to stay!

Having spent the last 18 years working in the Financial Services sector across a number of disciplines, Jessica’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) journey began when project managing a diversity and inclusion project at a bank and realising her true calling. For the last seven years she has specialised in leading diversity and inclusion programmes at prominent banks and now heads up the D&I team at Santander UK.

In her role, Jessica is delivering work that has a real impact on the employees, customers and communities of Santander. The breadth of the role and the fact that no two days are ever the same means there are always new opportunities to explore.

Jessica’s interests include cooking, gardening, movies and reading.
Eryca Freemantle

Eryca Freemantle

Global Beauty Strategist & Transformation Coach

A global beauty phenomenon, with 30 years industry experience. She has worked across the globe including, UK, USA, Africa and Europe. She has a remarkable career in beauty and lifestyle sectors. Her passion for helping others is her life’s mission. Her story will not only inspire you but confirm anything is possible with the right tools and support.

Eryca is also a leading Transformational Coach. She supports her clients to find their own unique purpose and the best way to live a successful and healthy life. Her clients include, celebrities, actresses, songstress and CEOs.

She speaks openly about bullying, hair loss, multiple scars to her face, her car accident, her bouts of depression & anxiety, divorce, sexual abuse, open back surgery, hip replacement and how she now lives the best life. She is living her purpose.

Eryca is a former advisor on the panel for London College of Fashion and was selected as an advisor to the British Government on the 2015 ‘Body Confidence’ campaign.
Terence Mauri

Terence Mauri

Leadership Author & Speaker

Terence Mauri is on a mission to spread entrepreneurship--the spirit, the mindset and the ideas that rewrite how business is done.

He holds entrepreneur mentor roles at London Business School and Oxford University helping entrepreneurs to build the future, and writes and speaks about the practice of entrepreneurship at organisations around the world.

Terence is an Inc. magazine writer and author of the global best seller "The Leader’s Mindset: How To Win In The Age of Disruption”.
Emily Forbes

Emily Forbes

Founder, SeenIt

"Emily discovered the potential of collaborative storytelling whilst making a film about rhino conservation, where she noticed that everyone at a protest was capturing the activity on their phones. With that, Seenit was born: a video collaboration tool that enables companies to produce high impact, authentic video at scale by engaging their own communities of employees, customers and fans around the world.

Today everyone has a smartphone in their pocket and everyone is filming, but companies are finding it difficult to tap into this consumer behaviour. Seenit provides a video capture app and online studio to amplify the voices most relevant to your company and find the stars from your audience, motivating them to become part of your ‘mobile film crew’.

Seenit won TechCrunch Disrupt 2016 and Forbes named Emily as one of their 30 Under 30 in media. They’re now a team of nearly 30, based in Shoreditch, and are powering videos for clients such as The BBC, Team GB, The Hut Group and Benefit."
Foluke Akinlose MBE

Foluke Akinlose MBE

Founder, PRECIOUS

Foluke is a journalist, writer, editor, and a pioneering, visionary activist. As founder and CEO of the PRECIOUS brands, her work, voice and writing has been featured in the Guardian, the Huffington Post and on BBC radio. Her work has garnered respect and cross-party support from successive UK PM’s, most recently Theresa May who describes the PRECIOUS Awards as a “wonderful opportunity”.

Foluke was quick to seize the opportunities digital technology and the internet presented to her passionate aesthetic imagination, and her sense of justice. Her career is embedded in digital with prior roles at ITN New Media, Moreover.com, a Reuters backed technology start-up company, ATE Online, David Lloyd Leisure and the Natural History Museum.

In 1999, Foluke built and launched PRECIOUS, the first digital magazine for women of colour in the UK. She launched the PRECIOUS Awards in 2007 to provide a platform to inspire, encourage and recognise successful women of colour in UK business and recognise those playing leadership roles within corporate life.

In 2008 Foluke was named in the top 100 in Courvoisier’s “The Future 500” a list of the country’s top achievers across ten wide-ranging categories. She was honoured with an MBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List for services to the Creative Industries. In 2012 she was awarded a Media Pioneer Award at the Specialist Media Show awards. In 2015 she was named in the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List, a collection of 100 inspirational heroes and heroines whose kindness, ingenuity and bravery make Britain a better place to live. In that same year she was invited to be a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts in recognition of her work to improve society and empower and engage others.
Jess Wiliamson

Jess Wiliamson

Director, Techstars

Danusia Malina-Derben

Danusia Malina-Derben

Founder, Corporate Life Wizards & Unstoppbable Mothers

Bonnie Chung

Bonnie Chung

Founder, Miso Tasty

Stephanie Alys

Stephanie Alys

Co-Founder, MysteryVibe

Joan Murphy

Joan Murphy

Co-Founder, FRAME

Ari Last

Ari Last

Co-Founder, Bubble

Shefaly Yogendra

Shefaly Yogendra

JP Morgan Board & Startup Advisor

Nancy Cruickshank

Nancy Cruickshank

Founder, MyShowCase

Stephanie Alys

Stephanie Alys

Co-Founder, MysteryVibe