Speakers


Dara Nasr

Managing Director, Twitter UK


Dara joined Twitter in November 2012 initially heading up the sales team before becoming Managing Director at the start of 2016. With approximately 200 staff, Twitter UK is the only office outside of Twitter’s headquarters with multiple disciplines including Engineering, Sales, Partnerships, Comms; Marketing. Previously Dara was at Google for five years overseeing the sales team for YouTube and Display. Prior to Google, he began his career in the TV media market, leading teams initially at Flextech Television and later Eurosport. Dara is married with two girls, has a dog called Dave, loves sport (he is great at watching, not so good at playing) and he enjoys boxsets.

Adam Gale

Editor, Management Today


On the simplest level, Adam's job is to learn what makes a great company, and then bring that to life in stories that reflect the vivid cut and thrust of business leadership. If there's one lesson Management Today's editor has picked up from the hundreds of conversations he's had to that end with chief executives, founders and scholars, it's that acting is generally more effective when preceded by thinking.

Sarah Ellis

Co-founder, Amazing If


Sarah is the co-founder of Amazing If, an award-winning career development company with a mission to make work better for everyone. She is co-author of The Squiggly Career(Penguin) and host of the no.1 careers podcast:Squiggly Careers. Prior to Amazing If Sarah’s career included leadership roles at Barclays and Sainsbury’s before becoming Managing Director at Gravity Road, a creative company that is part of the You MrJones group. Sarah is an alumnus of Harvard, London and Warwick Business Schools (MBA), a qualified professional coach and a mental health first aider. In 2017 she also featured in the Timewise Power Part-time list. She is Mum to a non-sleeping toddler called Max and spends her weekends visiting National Trust gardens and drinking coffee.

Dame Stephanie Shirley CH

IT entrepreneur and philanthropist


Dame Stephanie (Steve) Shirley CH, age 86, is a workplace revolutionary and successful IT entrepreneur turned ardent philanthropist. In 1962, she started a software house, Freelance Programmers, that pioneered new work practices and changed the position of professional women, especially in hi-tech.  She went on to create a global business and a personal fortune shared with her colleagues; she made 70 of her staff millionaires at no cost to anyone, but herself. Since retiring in 1993, her focus has been increasingly on philanthropy based on her strong belief in giving back to society.

Professor Gareth Jones

Founding Partner, Creative Management Associates


Gareth’s research has focused on leadership, culture, innovation & change. He has held professorial posts at Insead, IE Business School Madrid, and London Business School and is currently a Fellow of the Centre for Management Development at London Business School. He has published articles in Harvard Business Review, Human Relations and inEuropean Management Journal. Together with Rob Goffee, he has published The Character of a Corporation, Why Should Anyone Be Led By You?, Clever: Leading your Smarter, Most Creative People and most recently Why Should Anyone Work Here?. Gareth has held appointments as senior vice president for Polygram’s global human resources and as the director of human resources and internal communications at the BBC.

Paul Farmer

CEO, MIND


Paul is Chair of the NHS England Independent Oversight & Advisory Group which brings together health and care leaders and experts to oversee the current mental health long term plan for the NHS in England. He co-authored ‘Thriving at Work’ for the government, setting out how to transform mental health in work places. Paul is a Commissioner at Historic England. He has an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of East London, is an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford, and The Royal College of Psychiatrists, and was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours 2016.

Catherine Allen

HR Director, Ella's Kitchen


Catherine’s job title is Head of Keeping People Happy and that’s exactly what she spends her time doing!! She is passionate about supporting the team to achieve their potential, focus on their wellbeing (especially during lockdown) and engage with Ella’s mission and values. Catherine worked in HR in different sectors from not for profit and charities to manufacturing, Business to Business and fashion retail. After becoming a consultant post maternity, she worked with Ella’s and was blown away by Paul Lindley’s entrepreneurial story, the fantastic culture and the great team and took a permanent role with Ella’s 8 years ago. Catherine has an MSc in Psychology.

Neil Morrison BSc (Hons), Chartered FCIPD,

HR Director, Severn Trent


Neil joined Severn Trent in August 2017 as Director of Human Resources and has responsibility for the HR as well as the internal and external communications teams. Neil started a career in HR management in 1996 and has worked across a range of different sectors and FTSE 100 companies, including Rentokil Initial and GUS (which latterly became Home Retail Group). Before joining Severn Trent he led the merger that created Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade publisher.

Shira Johnson

Organisational Development Director, HS2


Shira is currently the Organisational Development Director at High Speed 2 (HS2), leading the Organisational Design & Change, Talent & Leadership, Learning, Engagement and Collaboration functions. Shira’s experience includes global roles working in the UK, Australia, Canada and South East Asia in HR and Organisational Development across mining, government and consultancy sectors.

Dr Penny Pullan

Author of 'Virtual Leadership: Practical Strategies for Getting the Best Out of Virtual Work and Virtual Teams'


Dr Penny Pullan is a renowned expert in Virtual and Hybrid Leadership. She’s the author of the bestseller and CEO Today Top 5 book for lockdown: ‘Virtual Leadership: Practical Strategies for Getting the Best Out of Virtual Work and Virtual Teams’. Penny works with leaders and teams who are grappling with the challenges of our virtual and hybrid world, to enhance collaboration and effectiveness across dispersed and often newly formed teams.

Orianna Rosa Royle

Reporter, Management Today


Management Today's Orianna Rosa Royle has worked across print, broadcast and online journalism with honed skills for a modern multichannel newsroom. Previously seen in Managament Today's sister title, Campaign magazine, as well as, Women’s Health, Sky News, Local Guardian, London Live and more, you'll find Orianna interviewing business leaders, inspiring inclusivity and bringing content alive online. She is especially passionate about empowering underrepresented communities and de-stigmatising mental health.

Kevin Ellis

Chairman and Senior Partner, PwC


Kevin is chairman and senior partner at PwC UK. He joined the firm's Executive Board in 2008 to lead the Advisory businesses, having previously spent the majority of his career in Business Restructuring, specialising in providing turnaround and crisis management support to businesses in the public and private sectors for over 25 years. Kevin joined PwC in 1984 on the graduate training programme and qualified as a chartered accountant (ICAEW), he became a Partner in 1996. Kevin is married with four children. His interests include family, skiing and football. He is a lifelong Tottenham Hotspur FC fan.

Ama Afrifa-Tchie

Head of Culture & Wellbeing, Mental Health First Aid England


Ama Afrifa-Tchie is a valiant cultural builder, who's specialism spans across people experience, workplace culture, diversity & inclusion, mental health and wellbeing and corporate responsibility. She is experienced in leading the design, analysis, and implementation of people-centric products/services, inclusion & wellbeing initiatives. She works with senior leadership, management teams, and employee engagement to; embed and integrate organisational culture through behaviour, processes and systems, and seeks to promote a positive, inclusive and supportive work environment and company culture by developing and evolving programmes and initiatives that support the organisation’s mission and values.

Paul Patterson

Head of Sales and Country Leadership, Fujitsu UK


Paul leads the Northern and Western Europe Region (NWE) of Fujitsu. Fujitsu in NWE delivers IT infrastructure and solutions to many of the region’s largest government and private sector organisations. It boasts a turnover in excess of €3billion, 14,000 onshore employees in 12 countries, the largest of which is UK.

Dr Paula Franklin,

Chief Medical Officer, Bupa Group


Paula was appointed as Chief Medical Officer in August 2019, having held a number of senior medical roles in both funding and provision businesses since joining Bupa in 1996. She maintains her position of Chief Medical and Risk Officer for the Bupa Global & UK Market Unit. Paula first studied medicine and worked as a GP in the UK, before going on to study public health in the US. She holds an MBA from London Business School, a MA in Bioethics and Medical Law and a diploma in counselling.