Gill Todd

Expert Speaker on Building effective leadership teams

Gill is a keynote speaker on building effective leadership teams. She began her career as a chartered accountant and auditor with global financial services firm EY. Latterly she spent ten years as learning leader for the Transactions Advisory Team across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa, leading projects to design and deliver global training programmes in technical, non technical and leadership topics. Gill brings to ella her experience of coaching and mentoring executives and leadership teams and a passion for authentic leadership that motivates others to be the best they can be, through empathy, compassion and a sense of fun.

Jon Cremer

Expert speaker on Reading People

John Cremer is an award winning professional speaker. There aren’t too many people like him. His methods are playful yet provocative and he is renowned for delivering profound learning with a light, humorous touch. By combining the discipline of Reading People with extensive experience as a performing improviser he shows delegates and organisations new and effective possibilities in communication and innovation.

His easy going, mischievous approach invites you to take yourself less seriously and to embrace novel approaches to personal interactions. His apparent tranquility and calm belies an ability to strike a chord with audiences that is so deep and personal, that it is as if he’s known the whole audience from childhood.

It is this understanding of who you are that he uses in his keynote speaking and group training events to such great effect. John shows you how to use this awareness to your advantage. He invites you to feel secure in who you are and helps you understand much more about your role in life. As a bonus, you gain some of the secrets of how this magic works.

Roger Harrop

Expert speaker on Business Growth

Roger Harrop has spent over 25 years leading international businesses, including a plc, which puts him in a unique position to deal with present-day business challenges.

Based in Oxford in the UK, hes an international business growth speaker who inspires and entertains audiences with his acclaimed Staying in the Helicopter® programmes. Over 20,000 CEOs, business leaders and others in over 45 countries have achieved transformational change through his thought-provoking, entertaining talks laced with real-life stories and humour.

Roger is also an author, business advisor, mentor, consultant and independent director.

He has unusually wide leadership experience from small start-ups to multinationals and from high-tech products to basic commodities, people-based service businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

Roger spent seven years as Group Chief Executive of a FTSE quoted, high-tech industrial group with 12 sites across 4 continents. The UK Government mentioned it in its Competitiveness White Paper. The US Forbes magazine included the group among its list of the top 100 overseas companies. Two business schools have used it as a benchmark case study on culture change and business re-engineering.

Roger has tutored on a leading leadership and teambuilding programme for over 25 years.

Hes a keen mountain biker and classic car enthusiast.


Winner of the Professional Speaking Award of Excellence
Twice Speaker of the Year with The Academy for Chief Executives
Fellow and Past President of the Professional Speakers Association
Certified Speaking Professional Global
Inducted into The Academy for Chief Executives Speaker Hall of Fame
Member of The Global Speakers Federation
Liveryman with The Worshipful Company of Marketors
Chartered Engineer
Fellow and former Vice-President of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Accredited SME business advisor and Fellow of The Institute for Independent Business

Steve Barton

Expert speaker on Marketing

Steve is a business leader with a successful track record of running award winning marketing services agencies, managing digital transformation for blue chip brands, and helping start-up businesses grow. Globalist with hands-on experience of building, motivating and developing teams in US, UK and across regions. Specialise in delivering profitable growth.

Regular speaker at conferences and corporate events.

Specialities: Digital Marketing, Integrated Communications, Managing C-suite relationships, Business Planning, Advising start-ups, One-to-One Marketing, Content Marketing, Advertising, Digital Transformation, Direct Marketing, Social Media, Word Of Mouth Marketing.

Chris Hughes

Expert speaker on ``Fierce Conversations``

Chris Hughes comes from classic sales and marketing background having held senior and board positions with companies such as Mars and Pillsbury UK. Subsequent to this he set up and ran Prince Sportsgroup UK. After sale to Benetton, Chris has spent his time as a management consultant with a bias towards marketing and brand positioning, both in domestic and global markets, and in interim management posts with companies such as Dunlop Slazenger. Since 2000 he has been involved with Vistage, initially as a Chair and now as both Chair and speaker.

His experiences range across large budgets brands to start ups; from blue chip corporations to SME’s; from consumer goods, via business to business, to service marketing. In all of these, he maintains, the same marketing and branding principles and disciplines apply.

Julie Pelych

Chair - Southern Forum

Julie is passionate about developing individuals, teams and organisations to reach their full potential and to achieve great outcomes. She has extensive experience of Leadership Development and Executive Coaching and uses a strengths-based approach in her work, underpinned with the latest research in neuroscience.
She has worked with a diverse range of private and public sector organisations including retail, engineering and construction businesses as well as the NHS, housing associations and large charities. Julie has coached senior leaders, managing directors and CEOs as well as a broad range of individuals at all levels in organisations. Julie is a British Psychological Society qualified user of an extensive range of psychometric tools and an ILM qualified Coach. She is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, holds post-graduate diplomas in HR and in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring, and is a Master Practitioner in NLP as well as a qualified user of a wide range of counselling techniques.
Prior to setting up her own business in 1995 Julie was an HR Director in a blue chip global business and spent 11 years working as an HR professional in the public transport, engineering and FMCG sectors.

Nicky Hope

Chair - East-Midlands Emerging Leaders Forum

A trained psychologist, Nicola specialises in leadership development and transformational change management, with a particular focus on employee engagement and empowerment. Nicola designs and delivers highly interactive leadership and change interventions with an exemplary track record in achieving desired organisational outcomes. Nicola is a certified MBTI assessor with an MBA, Degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Adult Education.

Andrew Jacobs

Chair - London Forum 2

Andrew built his family Food Import business to revenues of $100 mln p.a. and is one of the global industry leaders on a United Nations project for more nutritious and sustainable foods. Andrew now spends most of his time as a Social Action activist with Citizens UK and coach/mentor to charities and social enterprises through his extended network & ella forums.