2020 Speakers

Brie Read

Read is the founder and CEO of Snag Tights. Describing herself as an ’elder millennial’ Brie is a passionate believer in the power of digital technology to change the world and people’s lives, and has built her career by being at the cutting edge of the digital revolution.

A psychologist by training, Brie moved into marketing early in her career and became Head of Marketing for online course provider ICS by the age of 26. After spells at Start Learning and the Peoples Postcode Lottery she joined Diet Chef as Marketing Director in 2013, before becoming CEO a year later. Brie led Diet Chef, one of Scotland’s fastest-growing startups, to a successful sale to private investors in 2015.

Since leaving Diet Chef Brie has founded a number of digital economy startups. Snag is her first direct—to—consumer e-commerce brand and was inspired by Brie’s own daily struggles to find tights that really fit.

Christopher Bovis

Professor Christopher Bovis is an international leading authority in international business. He specializes in public procurement and public-private partnerships, anti-trust law and policy, with particular emphasis on innovation management.

He advises national governments and international institutions and he has acted on behalf of public sector and industry on numerous high profile projects.

He is Editor in Chief of European Procurement and Public-Private Partnerships Law Review. He is the author of The Law of EU Public Procurement, by Oxford University Press, The Research Handbook on EU Public Procurement Law by Elgar, and Public-Private Partnerships in the EU, Routledge. His academic work has been translated into different languages, including Chinese, Russian, French and German.

Rachel Bridge

Rachel Bridge is the former Enterprise Editor of The Sunday Times and the author of eight books about entrepreneurs and personal development, including How to Start a Business without any Money and How to Make a Million before Lunch. She has an MA degree in Economics from Cambridge University.

Anthony Chadwick

Professor Christopher Bovis is an international leading authority in international business. He specializes in public procurement and public-private partnerships, anti-trust law and policy, with particular emphasis on innovation management.

He advises national governments and international institutions and he has acted on behalf of public sector and industry on numerous high profile projects.

He is Editor in Chief of European Procurement and Public-Private Partnerships Law Review. He is the author of The Law of EU Public Procurement, by Oxford University Press, The Research Handbook on EU Public Procurement Law by Elgar, and Public Private Partnerships in the EU, Routledge. His academic work has been translated into different languages, including Chinese, Russian, French and German.

Evan Maindonald

With over 25 years of experience in Property Development and Investment, Evan is a well-respected expert in the industry. Evan frequently writes on property issues and finance topics for the national and trade press; speaks at national and international property sector events, and regularly appears on Property TV.

In the last 18 years, Evan’s company MELT Property has built over 100 properties in London, Gloucestershire and Kent with total end values of over £22m. The projects he is currently working on have end values of over £60m. Over time, their attention has shifted from residential development to mixed-use projects and commercial development with a particular focus on the hotel and serviced accommodation market. Evan has raised over £8m in equity for MELT’s current property development projects, over £2m of which was crowdfunded.

MELT Property aim to achieve optimum mixes of complementary use and innovative design that deliver exceptional spaces, individually tailored to those who use them. They believe that the spaces people use should reflect who they are and what they believe. Their mission is to create inspiring contemporary buildings that enhance and compliment the places they are set in. Their developments win awards for their quality of design and sensitivity to their environment and surroundings and regularly break the price ceiling in the markets for which they are developed.

Evan has a degree in Computer Science and an MBA from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is currently writing a book about how to get started in property development.

Tom Ricca-McCarthy

A growth focussed CEO with deep experience driving expansion for technology businesses, in a number of sectors on a global basis. Tom has a very successful track record building and leading teams to deliver financial results in FTSE100 roles to SME roles to startups, with a number of examples of leading difficult situations into successful turnarounds. Now a Co-Founder of Get Lucidity, a software platform that drives SME growth, a Non-Executive Director to other businesses and a Mentor to many early stage technology businesses in a growth fund. Tom has industry awards & recognition for growth, strategy and employee well being.

Neil Potts

Neil is the co-owner of The Vurger Co, 100% plant-based food business in London and since 2016 he’s been on a mission to revolutionise fast food through the power of plants. He started in the summer of 2016 after some pretty serious personal medical issues, and finding that switching to a plant-based diet dramatically improved his health. He started with market stalls, events, pop ups and festivals, before progressing to permanent restaurants in 2018. He now has restaurants in Shoreditch, Canary Wharf and most recently Brighton, with more to come in the not-too-distant future.

Alison Shadrack

Alison Shadrack is the Founder & CEO of Adia PR, the PR Agency for Entrepreneurs, and the creator of the online programme How To Do Your Own PR. Alison has been recognised as a UK Top 5 PR Expert by Enterprise Nation and Experian and is also the Vice-Chair of IoD Essex.

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