INSPIRING WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE

SPEAKERS

Listed below are the confirmed speakers for our 2017 event. Further announcements coming soon. Book tickets here >> 

AMANDA MCMILLAN OBE, CEO, AGS AIRPORTS

Amanda became CEO of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton (AGS) Airports at the end of 2014 following the sale of the three airports to Ferrovial and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) from Heathrow Airport Holdings. A qualified chartered accountant, Amanda is responsible for leading and developing a high profile, national business that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and supports over 8,200 jobs. Alongside her role as CEO, Amanda is also the MD of Glasgow Airport – a position she’s held since 2008. Prior to that, Amanda also worked for worldwide drinks business Diageo, and global accountancy firm KPMG. Amanda received an OBE in 2013 in recognition of services to business and tourism. 

JACQUI LOW, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, INDIGO AND BOARD MEMBER, PARTICK THISTLE

Jacqui is a communications professional with more than 30 years’ experience in media, business, politics and government, involved in many high-profile situations in Scotland throughout her career. As executive chairman of award-wining communications company Indigo, she works with organisations and individuals to protect their reputations in a crisis. Jacqui also holds a number of NED/trustee roles in charities and commercial businesses. In 2015, she became a director of Partick Thistle Football Club, the first woman to do so in the club's history, while becoming one of only three female directors in the Scottish Premiership. . 

CILLA SNOWBALL CBE, GROUP CHAIRMAN AND GROUP CEO, AMV BBDO

Cilla joined AMV BBDO in 1992 as the agency’s first new business director. Twenty four years later, she now oversees the three companies that comprise the AMV group in the UK – AMV BBDO, Proximity and Redwood. Cilla sits on the boards of BBDO Worldwide and Derwent London and she chairs the Women's Business Council. She was awarded the CBE in the 2009 New Year Honours list for services to the advertising industry. 

HELEN ROSE, COO, TSB

Helen qualified as an accountant at Coopers Lybrand before spending 15 years in the retail sector where she held a variety of senior finance roles at Dixons, Forte and Safeway. In 2005, Helen joined Lloyds TSB as finance director for the Community Bank. She subsequently joined the retail board and was responsible for leading the integration of the retail divisions of Lloyds TSB and HBOS. She joined Verde in 2011 as COO to lead the development and build of TSB as a new multi-channel challenger bank on the UK high street. Helen now has responsibility for operations, payments, IT, customer relations, property, branch and ATM support teams.

CLAIRE ASKEW, POET

Claire's poetry has appeared in The Guardian, Poetry Scotland, The Edinburgh Review and many other publications. She is the author of the poetry pamphlet The Mermaid and the Sailors (Red Squirrel Press, 2011) and the collection This changes things (Bloodaxe Books, 2016), which was shortlisted for an Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and a Saltire Society First Book Award. Claire is also a novelist, and her debut novel-in-progress won the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. Claire is a full-time writer based in Edinburgh: she holds a PhD in creative writing and contemporary women's poetry from the University of Edinburgh, and is the 2017 Jessie Kesson Fellow. 

HELEN BARBER, VICE PRESIDENT, NUVEEN

Helen has worked in the investment industry for more than 15 years for organisations including The Bank of New York, State Street Global Advisors and NWQ Investment Management Company. She is currently vice president and head of fund distribution for EMEA at Nuveen. In 2013, Helen's first son, and only child at the time, Yianni, died suddenly and unexpectedly. He was just 16 months' old. Helen is now in the process of co-founding a UK charity to raise awareness, funds and offer support to families affected by Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood. It is her hope that one day SUDC will be predictable and preventable, and that no family will be devastated by the sudden and unexplained death of a child. 

RACHEL BARTON, MANAGING DIRECTOR, ADVANCED CUSTOMER STRATEGY, 

ACCENTURE

Working with the UK’s largest companies, Rachel advises business leaders on how they can acquire and retain profitable customers in order to grow market share. With a strong interest in social responsibility, Rachel represents the UK in Accenture’s Corporate Citizenship Council and is the client account lead for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. She also sits on the grant body for UnLtd and is a business mentor to SAFE, a social enterprise which aims to eradicate female trafficking. Rachel was listed in MT’s ‘35 Women Under 35’ and has been voted ‘Most Inspirational Leader’ for Accenture UK. 

Read Rachel's blog on how digital technology is helping to close the gender gap.

JO-ANNE CHIDLEY, FOUNDER, BEAUTY KITCHEN

Jo-Anne launched Beauty Kitchen in September 2014 with the goal of getting more people to buy natural beauty products - not because they should but because they really work. Starting with five products stocked exclusively in Holland & Barrett UK, Jo has grown the business to include more than 90 products. She has launched in Holland and Belgium and will be expanding into new territories this year. . 

ALI FINDLAY, MANAGING DIRECTOR, THE LANE AGENCY

Ali founded The Lane Agency in 2008 and has grown it into one of Scotland’s most successful and well regarded creative communications agencies by helping clients to streamline their communications strategy and increase their organisation’s relevance to audiences. Her business now includes a second company, The Lane Media Agency, and the two businesses have a combined turnover of £7m. Ali and her #Laners pride themselves on delivering compelling creative work that’s effective and adds significant value to clients’ bottom line. . 

DR LORNA GIBSON, CODE CLUB SCOTLAND CO-ORDINATOR, RASPBERRY PI FOUNDATION

Lorna works for the Raspberry Pi Foundation as the Code Club Scotland co-ordinator. Code Club supports schools and other venues to run coding clubs for children, with the aim of giving them the skills, confidence and opportunities to shape their world. There are now over 380 Code Clubs across Scotland which equates to more than 4,500 children learning to code. Lorna has a background in human-computer interaction, accessibility and child-centred design, and understands first-hand the impact technology and technological innovation can have. She volunteers at two clubs a week. Watch her 2015 TEDx University of Dundee talk 'Coding the Future'. 

JULIE GRIEVE, FOUNDER, INFORMATION APPS

Julie is the brains behind Information Apps, which launched its first product, CRITON, in October 2016. Prior to this, Julie was the CEO of Lateral City, a serviced apartment operator, and MD of Abbey Business Centres, a UK-wide serviced office operator, which she returned to profit, grew to a turnover of £20m and successfully sold in 2011. Julie also owns a gift and homeware shop in the seaside village of Elie, which she runs with her husband.

GEMMA HAMILTON, INVESTOR, BGF

Gemma joined BGF in 2013. Based in its Edinburgh office. Gemma’s main role is to identify and successfully execute investments for BGF across the Central Belt of Scotland and Northern Ireland. She has recently been involved with the sale of Livingston based company Stevenswood Windows & Doors and currently sits on the board of Bar Soba Group. Prior to BGF, Gemma worked in private equity, focusing on mezzanine finance for Scottish SMEs across multiple sectors. She began her career as a corporate solicitor at DLA Piper, where she was involved with private equity and M&A transactions. 

EMMA LAWTON, AUTHOR AND FREELANCE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Three years ago, Emma was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s. She was aged just 29. Yet Emma has gone on to do more in those three years than she ever expected to achieve in a lifetime. Her journey has taken her from an unexpected diagnosis to winning CharityComm’s Inspiring Communicator of the Year Award 2015, featuring in a BBC television documentary and appearing in magazines such as Cosmopolitan. This year she published her first book, Dropping the P Bomb, on dealing with her diagnosis. Emma is head of creative at insurtech startup SPIXII, a creative strategy expert for the Digital Tourism Think Tank and a freelance creative director. She is speaking on the 'When the Chips are Down' panel.

Read more about how Emma's transforming her career. 

CHARLIE SMITH, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, VISITSCOTLAND

Charlie was appointed director of marketing for VisitScotland in October 2014. His career has spanned 18 years working across marketing, sales, product management and digital transformation projects for large businesses such as BT, Orange, Vodafone, RBS, AXA and most recently OVO Energy, a challenger retail energy brand. Charlie also takes a keen interest in social enterprise and is a non-exec director and trustee of SportInspired, a charity that aims to boost activity levels, confidence and life skills of young people in the UK through sport. 

AKI STAMATIS, CHAIRMAN, FOURFRONT GROUP

Aki runs commercial interior design specialists Fourfront Group, which employs 290 people. One of Aki's key achievements was his role in establishing the Fourfront Academy alongside HR director Pippa Savory, an initiative which supports each employee with a career development training programme, tailored to suit their needs and job role. The company invests three times the national average on training for staff, and this element helped them to achieve 11th place in the Sunday Times' Best Top 100 Companies to Work For in the mid-sized category in 2016. 

KAREN STILMAN, HEAD OF DELIVERY FOR TECHNOLOGY, SKY

Karen's career has spanned defense, telcoms, finance and now entertainment. At Sky, she leads the team responsible for a multi-million pound portfolio of change projects across the customer management platform. She's a strong supporter of women in technology and girls into STEM subjects. She has an MBA and is now studying a transactional analysis diploma to provide further insight into individual performance in large teams. A mother of three, Karen works hard to balance a family life with the challenge of delivering large strategic programmes at Sky UK. 

JENNIFER THOMAS, HEAD OF INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS & EXPERIENCE, DIRECT LINE GROUP

Starting at Lloyd’s of London, Jennifer advanced her career within the insurance sector and is now head of financial communications at Direct Line Group. With over 20 years experience in PR, she has more recently been a leading diversity champion within Direct Line Group. Through her role as chair of the Gender & Working Families strand at Direct Line Group, her aim is to move diversity and inclusion up the boardroom agenda and encourage businesses to see the benefits of a truly diverse workplace.

ROGER WHITESIDE, CEO, GREGGS

Roger joined the board of Greggs as NED in 2008 and was appointed CEO in February 2013. He is an experienced CEO with a successful track record spanning both the retail and leisure sectors. Prior to his current position at Greggs, he headed up Punch Taverns and the Thresher Group off licence chain, and was part of the founding team of Ocado, the innovative online grocer operating in partnership with Waitrose. He began his career at Marks & Spencer where he spent 20 years, ultimately becoming head of its food business. 

CHRISTINE ARMSTRONG, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR AND POWER MUMS COLUMNIST, MANAGEMENT TODAY

Christine's regular contributions to Management Today include a series of interviews with Power Mums (and Dads). She is a founding member of Jericho Chambers, a progressive communications consultancy, and she and her husband run www.villas4kids.com . Previously she has held leadership roles at the major advertising, PR and research agencies in London, Toronto and Washington, DC. Christine will appear at the conference to discuss the truth about working mums.

Read Christine's honest article about the problems facing working mums. 

KATE BASSETT, FEATURES EDITOR, MANAGEMENT TODAY

Kate has been a business journalist for the past 14 years, editing Real Business magazine and writing for The Times , The Guardian and The Financial Times . At MT , you'll find her interviewing business big shots and entrepreneurs, commissioning columnists and running MT's Inspiring Women event.

MATTHEW GWYTHER, EDITOR, MANAGEMENT TODAY

Matthew has edited MT for the past 14 years and has won the BSME Business Magazine Editor of the year award five times. During a 15-year career as a freelance, he wrote for the Sunday Times Magazine , The Independent , The Telegraph , The Observer , GQ and Business magazine. He has been named a 'Male Agent of Change' by the Women's Business Council.

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