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Brand Yorkshire is proud to have always been a great platform for professional and non-professional speakers to share their expertise and motivate Brand Yorkshire delegates with their talk.

If you’d like to be a speaker at one of our upcoming events please email mona@brandyorkshire.com for more information.

 

Could this be you?

Could this be you?

Brand Yorkshire Business Conference has always been a great platform for up and coming speakers. Please contact Mona Norman at mona@brandyorkshire.com if you would like to join this great line up. 

Sophie Metcalfe

Sophie Metcalfe

Sophie Metcalfe has had a colourful career in broadcasting and marketing. As creative director of The Soapy Group, Sophie now focuses on empowering women in business to find confidence in their abilities and learn to build a marketing strategy around their own goals and aspirations.

 

Sophie draws on her experiences battling mental health issues, along with inspirational stories from others she’s encountered. She aims to build a supportive culture in the SME landscape that challenges us all to gain perspective, influence and inspire.

 

You have two choices: Continue to exhaust yourself over marketing techniques that bring little return; Or, take a moment to stop and gain perspective on how utterly brilliant you are and remember what really matters to you and your customers. There lies the start of a fruitful and efficient marketing strategy!

Dr Jo North

Dr Jo North

Jo brings a unique perspective to people and organisational development as she combines her mentoring, facilitation and innovation skills with real world, commercial business experience. Jo has proven expertise in designing and delivering commercial innovation activities and also in coaching high potential managers and directors. She has worked in a variety of different industries – from accountancy to retailing, publishing and transport, where she acquired significant experience of working at Board level across a number of sector-leading businesses.
Jo is an Associate Lecturer at the University of York where she designs and delivers corporate training in business creativity and innovation in the UK and overseas. She taught the Ideation, Marketing and Strategy modules of the University of York’s MSc in Engineering Management for 8 years.

LEE JACKSON

LEE JACKSON

Lee Jackson is one of only 25 people in the UK & Ireland to receive the Professional Speaking Award of Excellence and is the Past President of the Professional Speaking Association, has written the book ‘Get Good At Presenting’ ‘Get Good At Slides’, hosts the ‘Get Good at Presenting’ the podcast too, and has done this for most of his life – who better to teach you or your workplace Presentation Skills?
Nicky Pattinson

Nicky Pattinson

Nicky Pattinson is an unusual but hardworking woman. Having previously turned over £2,000,000 a year as a market trader, who, let’s say…” made the best of her big demise’’. We all have them, occasional demises …life isn’t always easy.

Losing her eldest son at nursery, then both her parents, her home, her business and then getting a divorce, all in the space of three years. It was something that many would have not come back from. It was as she says…”’The making of her.’’ She took what she learnt on the markets and modified that in a way of expressing it in email and cold calling techniques, delivering £27k short of £1,000,000 in sales for a branding company in year one!

RIK COURTNEY

RIK COURTNEY

Rik is a social media entrepreneur and influencer. He is recognised for his public speaking and being the CEO of the Be More Group as well as establishing Be More Social as one of the first social media consultancy companies. He has successfully helped companies go from zero online presence to being top of the game in their industry using the right social media strategy! Rik’s aim is to educate, entertain and inspire people by using the 5 fundamental basics of social media for lead generation and establishment.

Through his 22 years of marketing experience he speaks about the concepts of art, science and psychology for content curation through his thrilling masterclasses.

Jim Overend

Jim Overend

Jim has played and worked in professional sport for the last 25 years. A former professional rugby player, he has gone on to build high performing teams and deliver record-breaking commercial revenues for professional football, cricket and rugby clubs.

The Gameplan® has been built on the exact processes and strategies he has used in sport. The key to its success lies in its employee focus; by the end of the process you’ll have clear business goals and values, your staff will be more motivated and work more efficiently, and you’ll free yourself up to focus on the strategic activities that will see your profits skyrocket.

Your business set up and managed as you have always wanted it…

JO TOMLINSON

JO TOMLINSON

Jo started Business Works after working in industry as a Commercial/Management Accountant for over 20 years’. Her experience was mainly in blue-chip manufacturing businesses, where she would manage the accounting team and develop profit improvement strategies with the senior management teams. Since starting the practice they have helped hundreds of SME businesses grow, fulfill their ambition and achieve their dreams. Jo qualified as an Accountant in 1992 and also has a degree in Accountancy and Economics. She is a Certified QuickBooks Advanced ProAdvisor, Making Tax Digital ProAdvisor, and is 1 of only 11 Certified QuickBooks Trainers’ that work on behalf of QuickBooks, training accountants across the UK.

BIG IAN DONAGHY

BIG IAN DONAGHY

When you need a passionate keynote speaker who will inspire people and empower them to make a difference, look no further than Big Ian Donaghy.

Big Ian is more than a speaker, he is also a doer. He works tirelessly to raise dementia awareness and combat loneliness, always focusing on the individual drawing on his experience of 20 years teaching young people with learning difficulties, and nearly 10 years in the world of care.

Winner of Care Trainer of the Year at The British Care Awards and accomplished presenter who is able to convey motivational, inspiring & emotive messages through his presentations & film making.

Colin Poma-Young

Colin Poma-Young

Colin is an energetic and entrepreneurial individual with a wealth of experience in business creation, growth, and innovation. He currently supports SMEs in Yorkshire in innovation and growth. Prior to that, he has been a Business Development Manager, business owner, and freelance business consultant. Working within the Economic Development team at the University of York, he works to deliver the Product and Process Innovation (PAPI) European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) across the Leeds City Region (LCR) LEP area. This involves providing advice and support to SMEs seeking to undertake innovation for growth which includes responsibility for increasing both the quantity and quality of grant applications and providing an account management service from initial inquiry through to project completion.

Jane Keogh

Jane Keogh

No stranger to adversity, Jane has owned and run her own businesses since 1991.  With business experience across a wide array of sectors, but with a particular interest in people and personal development, Jane now specialises in human behaviour.  She works with individuals and businesses to improve communication, performance, results and quality of life.

She is qualified Master NLP Practitioner, Certified Havening Practitioner, Core Dynamics of Human Conditioning Coach and a DiSC trainer & facilitator with Wiley Publishing.

In 2009 she ascended all 19,344 feet of Mt Kilimanjaro despite suffering from terrible altitude sickness and a severe chest infection. She credits her achievement to mindset and powerful visualisation techniques.

DARREN NORTHFIELD

DARREN NORTHFIELD

Darren has been owner and Managing Director of Aurora Tech Support since 2003, over the past 17 years they have supported hundreds of Yorkshire businesses IT requirements and helped to keep these businesses innovative and efficent.

Now with COVID19 reaking havok on the usual working practices and requiring businesses to be extremely flexible, efficent and ready to work during unprecidented turmoil, Darren will give a snapshot of what you can do in your business to work, communicate and collaborate as efficently remotely as you would in the office (if not more).

James Bailey

James Bailey

James is a Chartered Engineer, Business Management Master’s Degree Graduate and will soon be a published Author. In 2015 he set up his first company, WAVE Refrigeration; a multi award winning engineering consultancy that works for blue chip retailers and distributors including ALDI, ASDA, Bidfood, the Co-op and Sainsbury’s. Passionate about organisational culture and transformational leadership, James led a significant change as WAVE became employee-owned in 2020. WAVE rank as the number one company of all small Investors in People accredited businesses in the UK’s construction sector.

James’s first book Culture Redefined will be released in 2021. Paul Devoy, CEO of Investors in People has endorsed Culture Redefined stating that “This book highlights exactly what a great leader looks like, the challenges they must overcome, the questions they must ask themselves and what a great company looks like too. Many congratulations to James on what I am sure will be a remarkable success, just like WAVE, as well as a useful tool to many current and aspiring leaders”.

Duncan Berry

Duncan Berry

Duncan has over 20 years of franchise experience behind him, having managed franchises such as Cartridge World, Choice Hotels and Bluebird Care, as well as being appointed twice to the British Franchise Association’s Board of Directors. Duncan has opened the first spa810 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire

You may be interested in and have the desire to run your own business, being your own boss and making sure your hard work directly benefits you and your family. But how? A franchise allows you to realise that goal of running your own business by providing a tested model for you to follow with all the procedures and systems in place.