Meet our speakers
We have secured a great range of top notch speakers for this event, have a read through who you will be able to see here. Our speakers have been chosen for their relevance and knowledge in each of our market sectors
and also it will enable you to gain more B2B knowledge. Whether you need to understand more about motivating your employees, or branding your business using Linked In, there is a topic area for you.
Time slots will be shown on the day by the speaker rooms or you can ask on arrival.
Speaker sessions will run more than once!
Fred Jones – Uber
Fred Jones is the Head of Cities for Uber across the UK and Ireland. Operating in more than 25 major cities and towns across the UK, Uber connects users to a safe and convenient ride at the touch of an app. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring Uber’s service delivers maximum value for riders, drivers that use the app and cities where we operate. This includes launch of new cities and towns, expansion into underserved areas and growth of Uber’s Electric Vehicle and Mobility products.
Becky Lodge – Managing Director – Little Kanga Ltd
Becky started her business in 2015, after over 24 years’ working in the private sector in the UK (in business development at senior level). During her career, Becky worked with and for such names as: Imperial Tobacco, Disney, Ferrari, NHS and Tesco and her final few years were spent working in the power generation industry. Both degree and CIM qualified, Becky could see that the market was ready for an outsourced offer in terms of sales and marketing support and her company was born. Within the first two years, Becky was nominated as a finalist in the Venus Awards (New Business of the Year 2016) and was then nominated as a finalist again in 2017 for Start-Up of the Year in the Business Excellence Awards (run by The News).
Little Kanga’s client list includes the following: University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth City Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, BE Group and many more.Becky is also a member of Shaping Portsmouth (Business and Enterprise Committee) and is a Solent LEP Enterprise Adviser and organiser of Hampshire Meet The Buyer. She also runs a successful support group for start-up businesses in the Solent area called ‘Start-Up Disruptors’. Becky will be speaking about the importance of social media for B2B sales and lead generation. She will explain some simple ways for your company to get more out of social media, specifically aimed at SME’s who may have issues with understanding that social media has tangible and measurable outcomes. These can impact heavily on the bottom line. In 2016, just 3 hours of Becky’s advice culminated in one of her clients winning over £7mn in new contracts in the biomass sector. With Little Kanga, the sales results speak for themselves. Becky has over 10,000 Twitter followers and is known in Portsmouth, as a social media thought leader and powerhouse. Come and see what the future looks like for business development and hear Becky speak!
Peter Hooley – Business Development Director – University of Portsmouth Business School
Peter is an established project and staff manager with a successful history of applying innovative problem solving methodologies, to new and existing challenges and is the Director of Business Development for the University of Portsmouth Business School. Peter thrives on finding effective, sustainable solutions to problems, that allow organisations to grow and develop new opportunities.
He is also passionate about learning how University research can better assist businesses in achieving their business aims. Having worked in both the private and public sectors, Peter’s understanding of the business landscape is extensive and the Business School has been awarded with the silver standard Small Business Charter, for their achievements and working in successful collaboration with local businesses and their owners.
Donna Jones – Leader of Portsmouth City Council – ‘The Future of Business In Portsmouth’
Cllr Donna Jones JP was elected Leader of Portsmouth City Council in June 2014, after 6 years in opposition. Donna is the first female Leader in Portsmouth and one of the youngest Councillors leading a Council in the UK. Donna was first elected in 2008 following a successful career in banking. She worked for a FTSE100 company and one of the largest banks in the UK specialising in UK investments.
Donna is the first woman to hold the position of the Leader of the City Council. In addition she currently fulfils the role of Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Economic Development. Donna is a Director of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Vice Chair of the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH), Chairman of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight LGA, Board Member of the National Key Cities Board and an Executive Member of the City Regions Board.
Gethin Jones – Unlocking Potential
‘From Prison To The Boardroom’ – Gethin Jones Gethin Jones will be telling his story and outlining how he can help your company improve. Primarily through staff development and learning how to motivate your workforce – this is especially for the construction sector. By his own admission, Gethin’s journey has been an interesting one. He spent most of his adult life in a cycle of prison & drugs, he was so fearful of change that he spent 8 years of his adult life behind a prison wall.
In 10 years, he went from the prison cell to the board room and in the same time he journeyed from no qualifications to educating himself to the equivalent of a degree. Today he is an effective leader, coach, trainer and inspirational speaker. What could you and your employees be tomorrow?
Daniel Disney – Founder of The Daily Sales on Linked In
‘How to build your company brand on LinkedIn – My Story’ Daniel Disney is the Founder and Owner of The Daily Sales, one of the fastest growing social platforms for sales professionals across the globe. With over 15 years experience in sales and sales management Daniel created The Daily Sales just over a year ago and has grown it to over 90,000 followers in that time.
Recognised as an “Expert Social Influencer” and “Thought Leader” Daniel has built a brand for both himself and The Daily Sales through LinkedIn. Daniel will talk you through his journey creating, growing and running The Daily Sales and will give you plenty of great tips on how you can do the same for your company.
Steve McCulley – Lios Bikes
‘From Battlefield to Bikes’
Steve McCulley will be telling his story ‘From Battlefield to Bikes’, how he went from the Royal Marines to founding his own company Lios Bikes and becoming an ambassador for ‘Help for Heroes’, whilst also still finding time to be a racing driver. Steve McCulley served with the Royal Marines for 17 years, but was medically discharged after sustaining life-changing injuries during his second tour to Afghanistan in 2011.
Whilst in rehabilitation he soon realised that his military career was over, so he turned his passion for cycling into a business and established a custom carbon bike building business (LIOS Bikes). He has since gone onto develop the world’s lightest performance folding bike – the LIOS Nano. Steve has recently been featured in The Sunday Times and on Radio 4’s ‘Money Box’ Programme.
- Seating is limited at our speaker sessions, but we are running each workshop more than once and will be streaming some of the events on Facebook Live through our page. So if you are not able to get a seat, you will still be able to see the content online ‘as live’ if you are sat within the venue.
- This will be posted on our social media pages too, after the event.
- Due to number of attendees, we cannot guarantee a seat for all, so please ensure that you check the website and social media regularly for the speaker’s time slots.
- As a courtesy to our speakers, please arrive in good time for the sessions, we will close admission to the room on time. If attendees are late, we cannot allow entry, as this disturbs the session.