HEADLINE SPEAKERS

Leon Taylor
Olympic Medallist, Mentor and Performance coach  

‘Pushing your boundaries’

After 20 years in high performance sport Leon has gone on to become the ‘voice of diving’ for the BBC and a sought after speaker and executive coach.

In his talk Leon will explore the attitudes, behaviours and beliefs you need to embrace as an individual, team or organisation to achieve elite performance, how our mindset shapes our progress especially in the face of adversity and the importance of building a solid foundation of wellness.

Justine Roberts
Founder & CEO, Mumsnet

‘The Mumsnet Story’
The idea for Mumsnet came from Justine’s first family holiday as a parent. Everything about the trip was disastrous and all the parents at the resort bemoaned their choice; ‘if only we’d known before we left’. It turned out to be a lightbulb moment, as she realised that the web would be a great place to tap into the wisdom of others who’d been there and done that. Twenty years later, Mumsnet is one of UK’s biggest online communities with over 8 million users a month – a community committed to making parents’ lives easier and campaigning on issues such as miscarriage, support for families with children with special needs and post-natal care.

Peter Turley
Founder, Sell Squared

My Why is Bigger than Your Why.
For almost all of his career, Peter Turley has been ripping up rulebooks, and rewriting processes to create greater impact and superior results, being first and foremost a problem solver – seeing opportunity where others see challenge. No stranger to adversity, Peter has outshone competitors, weathered recessions, built profitable businesses, raised strong and fiercely loyal teams, and has earned a reputation as “a simply remarkable thinker with a rare ability to inspire”.

The recipient of numerous awards from The National Enterprise Award for Innovation to the TAB Ireland Business Speaker of the Year, Peter’s reflections on his entrepreneurial escapades are funny, insightful, razor-sharp realistic yet always inspirational.

Charita “Momma Cherri” Jones

From zero to hero and back down again and How to pick yourself back up again

Charita Momma Cherri Jones opened Brighton’s first American Soul restaurant, where together with Gordon Ramsay, placed her & soul food on the international map. After its closure, Charita continued working with the public, local schools, community centres, young people, prisons and churches by offering an education into Soul food and racial equality.
She has a YouTube channel with over 167,000 followers, hosts Airbnb cooking experiences in her home, offers outside catering, Online cookbook. When the Pandemic hit she reached out to a local food bank and over the year she has cooked and delivered over 3000 meals to those in need.

Penina Shepherd
Founder, Acumen Business Law

“Hope rises like a phoenix from the ashes of shattered dreams”
In March 2020 the world just stopped.
Almost overnight.
All of us, like the Phoenix, got buried in the ashes of our broken dreams. Some of us rose immediately, some of us were temporarily under the ashes and some of us are still looking for our way out.

In her talk, Penina will reflect on the seismic shift that has taken place during, and subsequent to, this most unprecedented worldwide event. She will look into some fascinating aspects of it and reflect on the deeper affect it has had on us all.

Julian Caddy
CEO, Brighton Fringe

Julian began his Fringe journey 25 years ago in Edinburgh, where he gained his first taste of both performing and producing. Two more Fringes and a national comedy tour later, he gave up the day job at as an account manager at a marketing agency and ran away to drama school. Upon graduating, he co-founded an Edinburgh Fringe venue, where he programmed more than seven hundred shows, including two summer seasons in London and helping to tour artists to the Fringes of Adelaide, Montreal and across the UK.  He produced his first Brighton Fringe event in 2009 and has been in his current role since October 2011.  Over his time at Brighton Fringe, the festival has more than doubled in audience numbers with a 40% increase in the number of events.  

Nimmy March

Our host MC is the one and only Nimmy March. Nimmy  is an Actor, Presenter, Voice over Artist and Adoption and Fostering Panelist. In the 80’s she was well known as Delbert Wilkin’s long suffering girlfriend Claudette, in The Lenny Henry show. Over the years she’s played guest roles in most English Soap operas

[- EastEnders and Emmerdale especially] and also played leading roles in drama series such as Common As Muck, Death In Paradise, “40” with Eddie Izzard, Midsomer Murders and Agatha Raisin.
Nimmy has narrated many documentaries including the Sky series David Attenborough’s Global Adventure. She’s often to be heard in BBC radio plays.

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