Breakout: Scaleup with talent

We’re working with Scaleup North East to provide an opportunity for scaling businesses to tackle the ‘people’ issues that are limiting their growth potential.

The session is designed to explore and reflect the range of challenges Scaleup Partners are experiencing when working with the region’s scaling businesses. These people related issues are also prevalent in many high growth organisations and directly impact on businesses seeking investment.

By ensuring teams are built around the right skill set to support business objectives, organisations have a higher propensity to achieve growth.

What to expect: Kicking off with a panel discussion, this session highlights the key challenges faced by employers when building teams with a complimentary skillset. It will also look at how organisations can scale-up their talent by taking part in mentoring programmes and other training opportunities. Finally, delegates will have the chance to meet with potential mentors, non-execs and co-founders in a structured networking session.


Laura Foster

Scaleup North East Partner - Chair

Laura is a senior level communications and marketing professional with 20 years’ experience across multiple sectors and disciplines.

Laura Weaving

Duo Global Consulting

Laura is MD at DUO Global Consulting, working with organisations worldwide to optimise one of their most important assets – their people. Focussing on company culture as the key to attracting and retaining great people, DUO help growing companies create organisational cultures where the best talent want to work, and within which, top performers flourish and grow.

Leanne Chambers


Greenbean works with clients to understand their business, culture & goals, in turn delivering successful recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) talent solutions that work. The Greenbean team has delivered successful recruitment solutions for more than 30 years. As Director, Leanne is responsible for end to end RPO, Project RPO, Managed Service Provision, as well as part process or modular based resourcing solutions.

Ian Kinnery

Team Massive Results

Ian has spent 30 years owning, managing and building businesses. As a certified Gazelles Growth Coach, a certified Emotional Intelligence Coach, NLP master practitioner and an international speaker and presenter, Ian has successfully coached ambitious business leaders to transform the results they get, how they work and the enjoyment they experience.

Kari Owers


Kari is founder of O, a creative communications agency that helps businesses share their story – including talent attraction campaigns to create a magnetic employer brand. She has over 20 years’ experience in working with national and regional brands on marketing and communications.

Thea Scott

Bede Gaming

Thea is the marketing manager at North East success story Bede Gaming, a leading supplier of software to the online gambling industry. With offices in Gosforth and Sofia, Bulgaria, Bede Gaming processes hundreds of millions of transactions per month by powering some of the sector’s biggest brands.

Helen Lee

North East LEP

Helen has a background is in sales and business development having worked for a number of organisations across the North East from micro to large employers. Joining the North East LEP in 2016, as part of the Business Growth team, Helen heads up the North East Growth Hub’s mentoring, brokerage and client facing services.