Game-changing leaders take to the stage

Take a look below at the keynote speakers that we had at VentureFest North East 2018.

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Anne Doyle

Director of Operations - Skyscanner

Working in a high growth technology space, Anne supports the Skyscanner team in delivering solutions for the world’s travel needs. With a background in software development and more than 18 years leading and managing teams across various technologies, Anne empowers teams to deliver scalable solutions and drive systemic change across the organisation. As a parent to two teenage daughters, Anne is also passionate about ensuring girls are encouraged to go into STEM subjects at school, as well as supporting and encouraging females in the tech industry.

Dr Nick Appleyard

Head of Downstream Business Applications - European Space Agency

Dr Appleyard, has been at the European Space Agency since 2016 following 9 years in leadership positions at Innovate UK, during which he delivered the UK’s innovation strategy for the electronics industry, was responsible for a portfolio of 600+ projects and £100M of grant funds. He also led innovation programmes and budgets for the Digital Economy, Built Environment, Urban Living, Agriculture, Food and the Creative Industries.

Julie Holmes

Founder - Little Big Bang

Julie Holmes is an inventor, founder, entrepreneur and corporate survivor. Her favorite question is “What if?” What if you could transform your frustration into time savings and money making? It might sound crazy but that’s exactly what she’s been doing for organizations over the last 25 years. An award-winning speaker, Julie has designed and launched everything from million dollar software solutions to tiny Bluetooth microphones. But, her creative expertise isn’t limited to products. She has helped organizations like Expedia and Fedex leverage incremental innovation thinking to improve their teams, leaders, and sales processes. While innovation sounds like it requires lots of time, money, and work, it doesn’t have to. Instead of going big, go small.  Little Big Bangs are incremental innovations that deliver dynamite results without all that collateral damage so you can keep your customers happy, drive higher levels of engagement, and deliver new little ideas that boost the bottom line right now.   Julie shows you how to make that happen. Ready to make a BANG!?

Ryan Maughan

Managing Director - AVID

Ryan Maughan founded the AVID Technology Group in 2004. Prior to this he spent 4 years working in a high precision machining business developing a unique blend of hands-on practical skills with high-level engineering expertise in the motor sport industry. From the outset, AVID’s mission has been to develop new technology to reduce emissions and fuel consumption from vehicles through electrification and intelligent control. The company is now recognised as a leader in the design and manufacture of components and systems for electric and hybrid heavy duty and high-performance vehicles.

Ian Shott(CBE)

CEO - Arcinova

Ian Shott co-founded Arcinova, a Contract Research and Development Business formed around the acquisition of the Covance Contract Research Organisation in Alnwick, in February 2016. Ian has a track-record in a number of high-profile life science, biotechnology and chemical engineering roles, including as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, for which he received the President’s Medal in 2017 for creating the organisation’s Enterprise Hub. He served on the Governing Board of Innovate UK for 6 years, until 2016, and chaired the Catapult Committee. During 2013 he helped form the Chemistry Growth Partnership working with government to deliver Economic Growth and had an overview responsibility for Accelerated Innovation until January 2018.

Seamus O'Neill

Chair, AHSN

Séamus has recently taken on the role of Chair of the AHSN, a post he will hold alongside his current position as Chief Executive Officer of the AHSN for the North East and North Cumbria, a position he has held since it was first established in 2013. Over the last five years, Séamus has made a significant contribution to the development of the AHSN Network nationally, leading on the Economic Growth Innovation National Network and playing prominent roles in the Metrics, Communications and Medicines Optimisation workstreams.