We have a great line up of speakers booked to provide you with great insights for organising & running events.


Mike Piddock

Mike is the Founder and CEO of Glisser, award winning audience engagement software. Prior to forming Glisser, Mike was a Chief Marketing Officer working in the telecoms and financial services industries, where he was responsible for multi-million dollar budgets with a significant weighting towards client and employee events. Most recently Mike was at Octopus Investments, a London fund manager and venture capital company, where he helped grow assets under management from £500m to £4 billion in five years. Octopus ran over 200 events each year, yet by streamlining the meeting design approach and deploying technology and resources effectively, employed just one Events Planner.

Glisser’s ISO27001 certified audience engagement software shares presentation slides to delegates’ devices in real-time, then uses audience interaction – Q&A, polling, social feeds, private notes – to improve the attendee experience and provide useful event analytics. It’s simple for event organizers to set up, and requires no audience download.

Jane Farnham

Jane Farnham is the founder and owner of Denton Events Limited and responsible for the talent websites Great British Speakers, Great British Voices and Great British Presenters.  She has over 25 years experience as a broadcaster for BBC, Channel 5 and Sky and now helps her clients source the right speaker, host, presenter or voice for their event or video.  

British Speakers are always in demand for a galaxy of events around the globe.  And we travel the length and breadth of Great Britain, and beyond to find the speakers who dovetail perfectly into the Great British Speakers’ selection.

We’ve a wealth of experience in presenting and broadcasting.  Our partner companies, Great British Voices and Great British Presenters operate at the heart of the presentation business.  Our management, owners and close associates have years of experience in creating, writing, producing, stage managing and making presentations across the consumer and business sectors.


Ben Abbott

Ben Abbott started his corporate career in training and consultancy with UK businesses for Dale Carnegie and  continuously grew in his consultancy role for some of the biggest Tech companies in the world.


Launching his own Voice Marketing agency in January 2018 Ben has continued to grow his brand across many platforms after seeing a large gap in the market in the UK for agencies with an emphasis on voice technologies.

With Ben at the head of the business, Maximum Media has grown over the past year to work across many industries with a number of clients to increase their engagement across all social platforms as well as increasing their ranking on Voice Search devices, including the Amazon Alexa. 


Amy McManus

Amy founded Google Partners AM Marketing in September 2013 after leaving her corporate marketing job. She has managed projects with Amazon, Harrods, Holland & Barrett and has rebranded ferries in Poland!

Amy is a retail, strategy and branding specialist; helping companies look at the bigger picture, find their story and launch their products.

Amy is a member of the London Guild of Entrepreneurs, a speaker and trainer. From YouTube to Natwest, she is hired by clients all over the UK to share her knowledge on a variety of marketing subjects.


Simon Evans

Simon is an experienced project manager of sustainability strategy programmes for multinational companies, with a wide-ranging experience in sustainable event management.  During his time at Eco-Age Simon has been responsible for building the Football Association Event Sustainability Management System at Wembley stadium aligned with ISO20121.


Simon works with businesses, NGOs, governments, industry bodies, and consumers to deliver advice to the executive level of brands in a variety of sectors including those just beginning their sustainability journey and those who wish to lead the way.  Simon has 10+ years’ experience in the designing, implementation and strategic communication of sustainability strategy for brands who want to maximise positive environmental and social impact.


Simon is also a Director of Ecobooth, the sustainable events company, creating bespoke sustainability solutions for brands who want to consider the social and environmental impacts of their events from start to finish.


Mia Butler Panel Discussion Hostess

Mia Butler firmly believes ‘vanilla’ is not an option.


Creator of Pistachio View and Director of Like a Boss Consulting, Mia is an entrepreneur, business consultant, thought leader, facilitator and passionate EventProf. Recognised for her commitment to sales, with 25 years’ experience on the sales frontline, Mia knows exactly how to create a winning edge.


Driven, and now encouraging sales professionals to ‘show up’ and do more, Mia is creating change with Pistachio View making personalised video a part of everyday sales.


Consultant to the hospitality industry, Mia is often called upon to help facilitate learning and panel discussions and can be regularly found supporting key industry events.


Ellis Salsby Panel Member

My passion for events and a desire to help clients find the perfect venue led me to start my own agency over 29 years ago.


The business now offers a complete outsourced event solution including full event management, venue finding and training administration, business travel and hotel reservations.


My focus is still very much on driving the sales activity leaving Angela and the very capable events team to manage the delivery and operations.

Gavin Farley Panel Member

Gavin is co-founder and managing director of brand experience agency In2Events. Gavin started the agency back in 2006 with business partner after previously working as an Incentive Travel Exec. and an Account Manager for different agencies. In2Events initially started life as a promotions company and with Gavin’s vision and guidance transformed into a corporate events agency picking up credible brands including the likes of Toshiba and Oracles in those early days.


Today In2Events has grown into one of the leading events agencies in the UK picking up many more clients on the way whilst still retaining some of those early relationships. Gavin is a well-respected member of the events community having starred in C&IT’s A List 2014 and most recently being on the judging panel for the C&IT Awards. A regular contributor to industry events, Gavin has over 20 years’ global event experience working with clients of all sizes across a range of industries and verticals.

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