Adrian Frid, Retail Director, Miller & Carter

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‘Delivering Value Added Customer Experience’

Event: 17th June 2013

Adrian joined   Mitchells & Butlers plc, the UK’s leading operator of restaurants and   pubs, over 20 years ago and has experienced and developed a host of drinking   and eating-out brands including Vintage Inns, Premium Country Dining Group,   Village Pub & Kitchen and Miller & Carter.  He has a strong   track record of focusing on people first; leading high performing teams that   deliver first class results across all areas of the scorecard.  Previous   hospitality experience with Davy’s of London ignited his passion for French   Wines that continues to this day.  Adrian is married with two daughters   and lives in Yorkshire.

Andrea Page, Senior Academic, Faculty of Health, Birmingham City University

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‘Holding Children for Clinical Procedures’


I am a learning disability nurse and part of a team who co-ordinate and deliver clinical nursing skills to nursing students in their first year and field specific in year 2 and 3.

I was a Community Nurse for 14 years before working at this University. During this time I set up and co-ordinated a local Learning Disability Team (multi-disciplinary) and set up a local respite centre for adults.

31 years’ experience of working with children and adults who have a learning disability. She qualified in 1984 and has worked in a variety of hospital and community settings. She has worked within Birmingham City University for the last 13 years. Throughout her career Andrea has had an interest and been an advocate for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. Andrea is in the final year of her PhD research which is exploring the use of holding techniques with children and young people for clinical procedures within Higher Education Institutes and clinical settings.

Andrew Carter, Deputy Chief Executive, Centre for Cities






‘Lessons from World Class Cities’

The Event: 7th June


Andrew has overall responsibility for the Centre’s research and policy programme as Director of Policy & Research. He has over 15 years of experience working with business, community and public sector leaders on urban economic policy issues.

Andrew is a regular media contributor and has chaired and spoken at conferences across the UK and Europe on a wide range of urban and economic issues.

Prior to joining the Centre, Andrew worked for a range of public and private development agencies, consultants and research institutes in the economic development field. He has also spent time in the US as part of the Churchill Foundation’s Fellowship Programme reviewing urban economic development policy and practice in American cities including New York, Washington DC, Boston and Chicago.

Andy Horn, Exhibitions Manager, Birmingham Museums and Art Galleries, BMAG

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‘The value of exhibition design’

Event: 10th June 2013


Andy Horn is Exhibitions Manager at Birmingham Museums Trust. He is primarily responsible for the delivery of the temporary
exhibitions programme at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and which attracts some 300,000 visitors each year to its temporary exhibitions. Up to nine exhibitions a year are programmed across a range of gallery spaces and which reflect the diversity of the Trust’s collections which range from historic and contemporary fine and applied art, archaeology, ancient history,
to world cultures, science and technology. Since starting in post in October 2008, he has raised the profile of the temporary exhibitions programme, in particular through the use of exhibition designers. He has a background in architecture and in Museum Studies.

Angela Burman, Manager, Birmingham Made Me Entrepreneurs’ Store 1

‘The Culture and Approach of Entrepreneurship as a Collective’

Event: 17th June 2013

Anke Merkl Rachbauer, Consultant, MBA

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‘Cross innovation in city regions’

Event: 7th June 2013 

Since 1996, Mrs. Anke Merkl-Rachbauer has been working as for the Upper Austrian Business Development Agency and is heading the departements strategy and marketing . This she has more than fifteen years of experience in the fields of regional economic and innovation development and cluster-policy. Anke is responsible for the coordination of the current strategic economic and research programme for Upper Austria, named “Innovative Upper Austria 2010plus”. Between 2005 and 2011 she headed the project “Plastics Location Upper Austria”, building up strategically the educational & research infrastructure in Upper Austria, accompanied by place branding measures for the plastics location Upper Austria. Placed Branding being defined as an uttermost important topic to attract talented people into the region, she is currently working on a strategy for Upper Austria. Anke is married, has a 15-year old daughter. She holds a master degree in international business,and is currently finishing a MBA-programme in the fields of Creative Process Leadership.

Dr Benjamin Reid, Senior Research, The Work Foundation





‘Job and Wealth Creation through Design and Innovation led businesses’

Event: 7th June 2013


Dr Ben Reid is Head of the Creative Industries programme at The Work Foundation and a Senior Researcher on the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness programme. His programme provides economic and policy analysis for the creative industries, focusing on maintaining the UK’s world-leading position in the creative industries in the light of changes being wrought by convergence, digitalisation and globalisation. He is also launching a major new research programme focused on organisations’ innovation ecosystems and their implications for workplace change.

Prior to joining The Work Foundation, he was a research fellow at Henley Business School for nine years, where he led major commercial research projects in evaluation, management development and HR, and was a tutor on Henley Business School’s MBA and executive doctorate, the DBA.

Ben holds a PhD in Business and Management from Henley Business School at the University of Reading

Beverley Nielsen, Birmingham City University







‘Looking for Growth – Sack the Economists and Hire a Designer’

Event: 11th June 2013


Beverley Nielsen, Director Employer Engagement, Birmingham City University founded the think and do tank, Idea Birmingham in 2010, which organised the Birmingham Made Me Design Expo and Awards 2012 and is now the driving force behind the Birmingham Made Me Design Expo 6-21 June 2013 aimed at promoting emerging talent, facilitating entrepreneurial business-education collaborations and showcasing excellence in design and innovation across the Midlands.  She has previously worked as Director, CBI West Midlands; Chief Executive Heart of England Tourist Board; Director, Aga Foodservice Group plc, then a FTSE 250 business; Managing Director Fired Earth, and within her own consultancy work has provided advice to companies including AGA Rangemaster, Pashley Cycles, Nick Munro and has worked with a range of Midlands brand-led businesses. She is a Fellow at WMG, the University of Warwick, was recognised as Midlands Business Woman of the Year and has an honorary Masters Degree from Coventry University.

Carl Barcock, Chief of Design Methods, Design Systems Engineering,Rolls-Royce Plc












Design Engineering – a need to automate’

The Event: 20th June


Carl Barcock is Chief of Design Methods, Design Systems
Engineering at Rolls-Royce Plc. Carl joined RR as an undergraduate and
completed a sandwich course in Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough
University. He has spent the majority of his career in operational sectors
designing products with a focus on integrity assessments. Since 2007 he has
moved into a central corporate design improvements team with a focus on
developing: automated systems, design methodologies, PLM usage and knowledge

Catherine McGrath, Madano






‘Looking for Growth – Sack the Economists and Hire a Designer’

Event: 11th June 2013


Catherine knows Westminster and Whitehall inside out. With expertise in politics, policy and regulation, she is adept at getting to the heart of an issue or campaign and making sure key messages reach the right people at the right time.

After completing her MSc in Public Policy at the LSE, Catherine started her career on the political front line working in the House of Commons for the chair of the Public Administration Select Committee, Dr Tony Wright MP. She then turned her attention to the regulatory world and joined Ofcom, where she worked with parliamentarians and government officials on new legislation and regulatory proposals across the gamut of communications issues. Catherine has also put her political skills to the test in the European Parliament and on the 2008 Democratic campaign in Iowa.

Life’s passions: Running, reading and travelling

Charles Morgan, Chairman, Morgan Motor Company

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‘Spotting the Niche and Going for Growth’

Event: 20th June 2013

It is probably entirely appropriate that Charles Morgan’s background is decidedly unconventional.  Born into the family that makes the very distinctive Morgan cars, his early career was a long way from a manufacturing shopfloor; he has an Honorary Degree in the History of Art and a Diploma in Film Studies with London University.  He also spent a number of years as a news team director and cameraman with ITN.

After joining the Morgan Motor Company, Charles Morgan spent three years completing a part time MBA in manufacturing management at Coventry University. Broadly, his work at the Morgan Motor Company has involved improving the range of products and the services the company provides. The addition of new technology and of new models, notably the Aero 8, is essential to this process as well as the successful development and training of the workforce.  Charles is also keen to establish links with the best universities and technological suppliers to maintain the process of continuous improvement throughout the company. The company has benefitted from six Knowledge Transfer Partnerships with UK universities supported by the UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills.

Most recently Charles was the driving force behind the AeroMax, a limited edition of 100 Coupes and following the successful completion of the project, the Aero SuperSports, an edition of 200 super sports cars. As leader of the “LIFECar 2 Project” and a member of the “YaMog” consortium part funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, he aims to make Morgan a manufacturer of a low emissions sports car.  In 2010 the Morgan EvaGT 4 seater saloon concept was shown at Pebble Beach, California and the new Morgan Threewheeler was launched at the Geneva Motor Show 2012.  Following the success of the motor show, Charles and his wife drove a Morgan 3 Wheeler ‘coast to coast’ across America, some 3,500 miles in 5 days, for which they won the ‘Spirit of the Gumball’ rally and proved the endurance of the car.

To sum up Morgan’s philosophy ……………”Every Morgan has a soul because a little bit of the craftsmen who build Morgans is invested in every car they build.  The owner can specify his own colour and trim and can even watch his car being built if he wishes.

Because Morgan owners tend to make journeys that are adventures in themselves rather than just a means of getting from A to B, they will also make many friends on the way and truly appreciate their environment.

Chris White, MP






‘Design and innovation leading growth and exports’

Event: 21st June 2013


“I believe that the Birmingham Made Me campaign is an important reminder of the success that our region can have in manufacturing and design. I hope that Birmingham Made Me will inspire a new generation of investors, designers and entrepreneurs to believe that they can succeed and create the products of the future.”
CHRIS WHITE, MP, Warwick and Leamington



I was elected as Warwick and Leamington’s new MP at the 2010 General Election, having previously stood at the General Election in 2005. Before my election I worked locally in Public Relations, having previously worked at Longbridge with MG Rover. I live in Warwick, and play an active role in our local community, serving as a governor of Myton School and as a a trustee of the Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs.

In Parliament, I am a member of the International Development Select Committee and have recently got my Private Member’s Bill passed by Parliament – see the Social Value Bill Section above for more information. I am also co-chair of the Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group, vice-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Poverty and Treasurer of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Enterprise. I regularly speak in the House on issues relevant to the constituency

Cllr Ian Cruise, Chairman, The Birmingham Economy and Jobs Overview & Scrutiny Committee.

Councillor Ian Cruise

Moving On Up – Transport and Living Futures
Event: 12th June

I have the pleasure in serving you as your local Councillor for the Longbridge Ward. I have been your elected representative since May 2010.

I am very keen to work with all of the local community including Frankley Parish Council, local forums, street champions, neighbourhood watch groups and other statutory agencies. I also hold a young persons advice desk at the South Birmingham Young Homeless Project.

Being the local residents advocate for anti social behaviour, environmental issues, and community involvement. I am working hard to ensure as a Councillor of the Longbridge Ward your concerns are addressed.

Cllr Ian Cruise, Chairman, The Birmingham Economy and Jobs Overview & Scrutiny Committee.

Councillor Ian Cruise

The Event: 12th June


I have the pleasure in serving you as your local Councillor for the Longbridge Ward. I have been your elected representative since May 2010.

I am very keen to work with all of the local community including Frankley Parish Council, local forums, street champions, neighbourhood watch groups and other statutory agencies. I also hold a young persons advice desk at the South Birmingham Young Homeless Project.

Being the local residents advocate for anti social behaviour, environmental issues, and community involvement. I am working hard to ensure as a Councillor of the Longbridge Ward your concerns are addressed.

Cllr Victoria Quinn, Chairman ,Transport Connectivity and Sustainability Overview & Scrutiny Committee,

Councillor Victoria Quinn

Moving On Up – Transport and Living Futures

The Event: 12th June



  • Labour Councillor for Sparkbrook Ward, Chair Transport, Connectivity & Sustainability Committee at Birmingham City Council



  • College of Law Birmingham
  • Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble
  • The University of Edinburgh


Labour Councillor for Sparkbrook Ward, Chair Transport, Connectivity & Sustainability Committee

Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry

November 2011Present (1 year 7 months)Birmingham, United Kingdom

Senior Policy Advisor

European Commission

Government Agency; 501-1000 employees; International Affairs industry

February 2002February 2006 (4 years 1 month)Brussels, Belgium

Regional policy, cohesion policy, governance, transport, rural and agricultural, urban and environmental and social policy ( gender and equalities), budget and budgetary and institututional reform.

Head of Office to French MEP

European Parliament

Government Agency; 5001-10,000 employees; Political Organization industry

May 2001February 2002 (10 months)Brussels, Belgium

Head of Governance Programme

The British Council France


September 1998May 2001 (2 years 9 months)Paris, France

David Osbaldestin, Subject Leader, Visual Communication, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham City University

Student Film, ‘House of Caslon’


Creative Director of Baskerville the Animated Film and the forthcoming production of The House of Caslon.

Freelance designer, specialising in brand management, print and integrated design for arts organisations and the creative industries. Key clients and commissions include: selected branding and marketing material for Birmingham Artists; branding and design for Feed Me, (A Creative Partnerships and Fierce! educational project), Platinum (mentoring programme for emergent performance artists), and YPN (Creative Partnerships youth panel and forum); online marketing strategy to develop student recruitment and expand audiences for the Department of Art, BIAD, BCU; international brand development for Warm Circuit Records, (experimental electronic music publishing company).

Writer, reviewer and researcher for arts publications including The Art of Ideas, Live Arts Magazine, Fused magazine and Flash Art International.

Instigator of the Periscope Gallery and founder member of the programming team, an experimental project space for visual artists.

Chair, (2000 – 2004), of Birmingham Artists, artist led studio, gallery and exhibition group, organising international and national exhibition opportunities, education projects and mentoring for a base of over 170 artist members.

Company Secretary for Vivid, (2002 – 2005), an international arts organisation profiling and curating contemporary new media art projects.

Applications and Design trainer, including course design: British Aerospace; BBC; BT Cellnet; and the Ministry of Defense.

Web consultant and designer for business to business clients, including project management, web site design and build, generation of creative content, company marketing and client liaison. Clients included Carillion, Tarmac, Evans Books and Ford Motors.

Marketing Manager for Shooting Stills Photographic Agency, an Arts Council funded project show casing regional Fine Art Photography on a National and International level.

David Pardoe, Mailbox Management

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 ‘Delivering Value Added Retail Experience’

The Event: 17th June

David Waterhouse, Head of Programme Development, CABE

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‘Embedding good design in housing delivery’

Event: 14th June 2013


At the Design Council I lead on   programme development for Cabe working with and influencing key sectors   including consultancies, developers, local authorities and Government. I also   work with the planning and localism and design review teams to ensure ongoing   and effective delivery of our services.Before joining the Design Council I was Associate Director at JBP PR &   Parliamentary Affairs and prior to that was Head of Housing Market Renewal   (HMR) at the Department for Communities & Local Government for over 4   years running both the New Growth Points and HMR teams. I have also worked at   the Town and Country Planning Association and in local government. I am a   qualified planner, a Trustee of the Town and Country Planning Summer School,   Treasurer and Trustee of Planning Aid for London and an Academician at the   Academy of Urbanism.

Debra Hepburn, Managing Director, RBH, Co-Founder, Young British Designers

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Debra Hepburn is the MD of RBH, one of the top creative agencies in the region.  About to celebrate its 18th Birthday, RBH has built up a reputation for producing highly creative and award winning marketing and advertising campaigns in the fashion, retail, beauty and leisure sectors.

Early childhood for Debra was spent in South Africa. In her youth Debra headed off to Birmingham to Mosley Road School of Art – she had after all been designing dresses since age of three.  However, whilst she was brilliant at drawing dresses she was “CRAP” at making them!  In reality, her love of design conflicted with her love of writing so she then chose to study English Lit at the University of Birmingham.  After graduation she was offered job as Trainee Buyer at Harrods but opted instead for a career in Advertising & Marketing.

In 1995 Debra took the plunge to start her own agency with Tim Rees and Ian Bradley.

In September 2010, along with RBH Creative Director Stuart Jackson and husband Julian Whitehead, she co-founded Young British Designers; the mission was a desire to create a truly global e-commerce platform to represent the very best of emerging British fashion design talent. Because, crazily, there wasn’t one!

Mum to Joe, Jago and Step-Mum to Jamie & Ellie, Deb is highly motivated and entrepreneurial in outlook.  She passionately champions the need to nurture and promote emerging British fashion designers spending much of her spare time seeking out new talent and mentoring those who are new to the competitive world of fashion.

You can follow YBD on twitter @YBDfashion

And for those of you interested in social side of things

Derek Hopper, Business Development Manager, Birmingham City University

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‘Virtuar – The Virtual Case Creator’

Event: 13th June 2013


A marketing communications and new business development specialist with a wide range of managerial and practical skills. Broad-based knowledge of sales, marketing, project management, e-commerce, client development, print and media buying, graphic design, multimedia production and direct marketing project management.

A full member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing holding two post-graduate diplomas in marketing and an honours degree in information design alongside twenty+ years experience leading teams and applying knowledge and expertise to solve client and employer challenges profitably. A Registered PRINCE2 Practioner and ‘Gold Award Winner for Sales Excellence’.

I have the ability to see to the heart of communications problems, formulate options, analyse outcomes and deliver outstanding, efficient, bespoke solutions.

Dr. Bastian Lange,Economic Geography / Urbanism / Creative Industries







Cross Innovation in City Regions’
Event: 7th June


I am an urban and economic geographer and specialised within the creative industries, questions of governance and regional development. I spearhead the research and strategic consultancy office Multiplicities in Berlin and have been Guest Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin between 2011 and 2012. I am particularly interested in socioeconomic transformation processes within the creative knowledge age, and refining them into a useable form for the fields of politics, business and creative scenes.

I have studied geography, ethnology and urban planning in Marburg and Edmonton and obtained a doctorate at the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, at the Institute for Geography in 2006. I am a Fellow of the Georg Simmel Centre for Metropolitan Research at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Dr. Cameron Watt, Lecturer, Consultant, Researcher, Writer at ROI opertations, Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of the Creative Arts

Cameron has worked in the creative industry for over 20 years. After completing his MBA in 1994 he continued in the industry brand development for organisations such as Tesco, Microsoft and Rolls Royce. His PhD. focused on role of trust and stakeholder relationships in facilitating creativity in organizations. He lectures widely on the subject of creativity, innovation and branding at a number of universities and design schools including Warwick Manufacturing Group, Kingston Business School and the University for the Creative Arts. In terms of research he has been working with the National Health Service independently and in conjunction with Warwick University investigating the implementation and diffusion of Lean Thinking and the use of Human Rights constructs to improve service provision. In a consultancy role he acts as a creativity, change and innovation diffusion consultant for a number of organisations including IBM, Sainsburys, Creative and Cultural Skills Ltd and The British Council. In addition he also designs, develops and runs executive courses for SME business leaders across the creative industries as well as larger organisations including the NHS and has published numerous articles as well as being co-author of ‘Inspiration: capturing the creative potential of your organization’ and ‘Corporate Creativity’. He also manages a small property development group that focuses on refurbishing period homes within the Southwest.


Innovation, creativity, branding, value creation and competitive strategy formation

Dr Constantin Gurdgiev, Economist, Lecturer of Finance, Trinity College, Dublin

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‘Education and business collaboration driving economic growth’

Event: 21st June 2013


I lecture in Finance in Trinity College, Dublin and in the Smurfit School of Business, UCD. I also serve as the Chairman of Ireland Russia Business Association, and hold non-executive appointment on the Investment Committee of Heinz Global Asset Management, LLC (US). I am research-active in macroeconomics and finance, as well as economic policy analysis and my academic record can be found on the designated section of my blog. In the past, I served as the Head of Research and Partner with St Columbanus AG, Head of Macroeconomics (Institute for Business Value, IBM), Director of Research (NCB Stockbrokers), Adviser to the Irish Exporters Association; Group Editor and Director (Business and Finance Publications). I also served as non-executive member on the Investment Committee of Goldcore. Born in Moscow, Russia, I was educated in the UCLA, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University and Trinity College, Dublin. All opinions expressed are my own and do not reflect the views or positions of any of my past, present or future employers. Potential conflicts of interest are highlighted in the posts wherever I can reasonably foresee such arising.

Dr Kerry Gough, Senior Lecturer Film & Television Theory, BCU

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‘The Making of Alien and Prometheus’

Event: 19th June 2013


Dr Kerry Gough is a Lecturer in Media Theory and acts as Student Welfare Officer for the School of Media. She teaches film and television theory, and supervises third year dissertation projects. Kerry has published on comic book culture and her research interests include crime programming, film and television horror, science fiction and most recently the generation and sustainability of regional networks of animation workers within the West Midlands. The focal strand that features across much of her research includes the reception and appropriation of media cultural product.

Dr Richard Clay, University of Birmingham

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‘Innovation through triple helix collaboration: digital SMEs, universities and the cultural sector’

Event: 10th June 2013

Dr Richard Clay is the co-director of do.collaboration at the University of Birmingham. He is the academic lead on
their £2.4m ERDF project, the Digital Heritage Demonstrator that runs in partnership with Birmingham Museums
Trust, the Library of Birmingham, the HIVE, and Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. The project brings together academics, cultural organisations and digital SMEs to co-produce multi-user, multi-touch outputs for partners’ display spaces, making
use of the hardware and software based in do.collaboration’s £1.2m Chowen Prototyping Hall. The project team runs monthly events, ‘do.cake’ (Collaboration And Knowledge Exchange – but there is actual cake too!), attended by professionals from across the three sectors and beyond.  Richard is also currently the principle investigator on a £250k AHRC project, Collaborative Arts Triple Helix, enabling academics, SMEs and smalls cultural organisations to co-develop digital prototypes. He has previously led an AHRC-funded project that is a national case study for social impact (Suburban Birmingham: spaces and places, 1880-1960) and is one of the leaders of an AHRC network that is advising Tate on their 2013 exhibition about iconoclasm. Most of his published research focuses on so-called ‘vandalism’ during the French Revolution.

Dr. Steve Harding, Head of Policy, Research Innovation and Enterprsie, BCU

‘Cross Innovation in City Regions’


Dr Steve Harding works in a policy role in Birmingham City University.

He is Director of the Cross Innovation 1VC  Project and has worked extensively on EU initiatives to support the creative industries (Creative Metropoles and ECCE Innovation).

Steve helped set up a co-working space in Birmingham – the Moseley Exchange.


Panel Discussion with Guest Speakers:

Anke Merkl Rachbauer

Since 1996, Mrs. Anke Merkl-Rachbauer has been working as for the Upper Austrian Business Development Agency and is heading the departements strategy and marketing . This she has more than fifteen years of experience in the fields of regional economic and innovation development and cluster-policy. Anke is responsible for the coordination of the current strategic economic and research programme for Upper Austria, named “Innovative Upper Austria 2010plus”. Between 2005 and 2011 she headed the project “Plastics Location Upper Austria”, building up strategically the educational & research infrastructure in Upper Austria, accompanied by place branding measures for the plastics location Upper Austria. Placed Branding being defined as an uttermost important topic to attract talented people into the region, she is currently working on a strategy for Upper Austria. Anke is married, has a 15-year old daughter. She holds a master degree in international business,and is currently finishing a MBA-programme in the fields of Creative Process Leadership.

Dr. Bastian Lange, Economic Geography / Urbanism / Creative Industries

I am an urban and economic geographer and specialised within the creative industries, questions of governance and regional development. I spearhead the research and strategic consultancy office Multiplicities in Berlin and have been Guest Professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin between 2011 and 2012. I am particularly interested in socioeconomic transformation processes within the creative knowledge age, and refining them into a useable form for the fields of politics, business and creative scenes.

I have studied geography, ethnology and urban planning in Marburg and Edmonton and obtained a doctorate at the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, at the Institute for Geography in 2006. I am a Fellow of the Georg Simmel Centre for Metropolitan Research at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

The Serendipity Machine. A Disruptive Business Model for Society 3.0
By Sebastian Olma, with a foreword by Joe Pine. Illustrations by Yulia Kryazheva

Serendipity – value creation based on unexpected encounters – is a new trend in the world of business. Successful global players like Google and LinkedIn are introducing serendipity leaves for their employees: time they can spend outside of rigid work structure in order to find value in the most surprising places. These companies know how important unexpected encounters and knowledge exchange are for innovation.

But what if it is actually possible to build a business – a machine – that systematically facilitates serendipity? This book presents a disruptive business model that is able to do exactly that. It shows how the Dutch company Seats2meet.com became a Serendipity Machine by implementing principles of asynchronous reciprocity, social capital and third space. The book explains these principles, providing companies and organizations with the insight they need to start their own transformation into Serendipity Machines.

TSM is for sale at most (online) bookshops for 10 euros and downloadable as iPhone application, iPad application, ePub, iBooks, and PDF. Downloading is free but we appreciate it enormously if you in return help us to share our story. Download or buy it here:http://theserendipitymachine.com/download/



Dr. Steve McCabe, Director of Research Degree, Birmingham City University







Panel Discussion: ‘What is the regional economic sustainable model’

Event: 7th June 2013


 “This is a really great opportunity for local companies to showcase the wonderful talent and truly impressive creativity that we all know exists. It is to be hoped that this event ensures that Birmingham returns to public consciousness as being both the City of a thousand trades and the destination of first choice for innovative and imaginative thinking.”
Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School , Management & Human Resources Department

Since 1989 Dr Steve McCabe has been with Birmingham City University as a management lecturer – teaching general and human resources, as well as strategy and operations but with a special emphasis on TQM, improvement techniques and benchmarking.
As well as teaching, Steve is an active researcher and closely follows and actively comments on Government policy. Considered a ‘thought-leader’ on Government issues, Dr McCabe was invited as a consultant to submit his ideas and recommendations to the Heseltine review panel, back in October 2012. Dr McCabe is often called upon by the media for his expert comment. His opinions are posted weekly on his blog for the Birmingham Post and the University’s Views @ BCU page.

Dr George Gillespie, Director, Coventry & Warwickshire LEP

 Dr. George Gillespie


 Panel Discussion on the ‘Role of LEPs in driving Entrepreneurial Design-Driven Cultures’

Event: 6th June 2013


http://Chief Executive of MIRA

George Gillespie joined MIRA in January 2009 as CEO and has led the turnaround in MIRA fortunes with 60% growth in the business in the last 2 years and a growing international presence.

Building on a PhD from Queen’s University, Belfast for research into low emission engines, Dr Gillespie has over 20 years international experience in the automotive and marine product development sectors having been VP Strategic Product Development at HORIBA Europe GmbH and previously held senior roles with Ricardo plc and Schenck AG. He has worked extensively in the UK, Germany, USA, Japan and China.

Elizabeth Hirst, Head of Land & Property, High Speed Two Ltd (HS2)

Moving On Up – Transport and Living Futures
The Event: 12th June


High Speed Two Ltd (HS2), the company planning and building Britain’s high-speed rail network is to recruit local property management companies along the route of the project’s first phase between the West Midlands and London. HS2 is seeking expressions of interest to provide both local as well as wider national expertise in valuation services; estate services; property management and in both urban regeneration and commercial development. The aim of this is to spread the economic benefits of planning and building the new railway across the country from the earliest opportunity. Local firms will be able to add to HS2’s knowledge and provide focused local expertise about the area in which they are based and boost confidence among local people.

Commenting, HS2 Ltd.’s Head of Land & Property, Liz Hirst, said:

“We are looking for firms with local and national expertise who can help us with property management, surveying, valuation, development and regeneration services.

“We want to create opportunities for local and small business contractors and we are interested in learning more about both large and small companies with the skills that will be needed on HS2.”

Emma J Shipley, Designer, Emma J Shipley







‘My Story’

Event: 17th June


 “Studying at BIAD enabled me to discover and develop my design and technical skills, to work in the industry and to go on to set up my own luxury fashion label”
Emma J Shipley


Emma specialises in fine drawing, luxury scarves and interior textiles; taking design inspiration comes from patterns in nature, their innate irregularity and the mathematical structures behind them. All of Emma’s designs are derived from her original pencil drawings, which fuse highly skilled draftsmanship with a subversive imagination, capturing nature’s unpredictable beauty.

Emma J Shipley blurs the boundaries between fine art and design, creating unique and collectable pieces to be treasured for years to come; timeless, wearable artworks.

Emma Winterman, Academic Lead for OSIME RG, Birmingham City University

 Emma Winterman

‘Virtual Case Creator’

The Event: 13th June


Academic Lead for OSIME RG

Birmingham City University

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

May 2012Present (1 year 1 month)

Responsible for the knowledge capture, story boarding and template completion for new and upcoming Virtual Case Creator developments

Senior Lecturer

Birmingham City University

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

June 2005May 2012 (7 years)

Nonprofit; 5001-10,000 employees; Medical Practice industry

September 2001May 2005 (3 years 9 months)

Frances Anderson – DWF

Frances AndersonFrances is a specialist in technology and media law with a focus on law for creative business and a strong track record of advising on the arts, music, television, film, new media and information technology. She has a mixed practice and regularly acts for public bodies, voluntary and charitable organisations and private companies.

She has extensive experience of advising on public sector information technology procurement and outsourcing contracts, having acted for local authorities, police and probation authorities, health bodies, educational and housing organisations and for suppliers. Her experience of advising health bodies extends to outsourcing contracts and frameworks for the procurement of ICT supplies and services.

She has advised numerous clients on intellectual property protection and exploitation issues – dealing with copyright, trade mark and patent licences, clearances, assignments and options. She has a particular strength in advising on the licensing of online educational services – having acted for a supplier of complex content management systems.

Her procurement experience includes extensive use of competitive dialogue procedures including in relation to a twin track competitive dialogue process for a large entertainment arena and a competitive dialogue involving training facilities.


Glenn Howells, Director, Glenn Howells Architects

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‘Creating Excellent Ordinary Housing’

Event: 14th June 2013


Glenn Howells is the director of Glenn Howells Architects and established the practice in 1990. Glenn has led the practice to win numerous major design competitions and awards for a diverse range of building types including residential, commercial, urban regeneration, education and arts projects.

Glenn is Chair of MADE (Midlands Architecture and the Designed Environment) and Chair of the IKON Gallery, Birmingham.  He is also an ambassador for the West Midlands – he advises Birmingham City Council and sits on the Board for Warwick University and is Chair of the Warwick University Building Committee.  In 2011, Glenn was a Design Review Panel member for CABE’s LOCOG (The London Organising Committee of Olympic Games).

In the academic field, Glenn is a visiting Professor at Nottingham Trent University, an external examiner at Sheffield Hallam University and a lecturer at the Centre of Alternative Technology in Wales. He was previously an external examiner at the University of Nottingham and Queen’s University, Belfast.

Hannah Phillips, Course Director, Birmingham School of Acting, Birmingham City University

We offer students the opportunity to study and develop as artists and designers and their ability is rewarded and supported. Our strong links with industry and our international exchange programme offers students incredible experiences. Our BA(Hons) and MA courses are credit-rated, consistent with British and international credit accumulation schemes. We nurture all of our students to maximise their energetic, gifted and highly talented approach to study. Our team of knowledgeable, professional and passionate academics are always justifiably proud of their groups. Students make a courageous decision to follow an unconventional path when they decide to pursue a career in art and design and we help them to triumph. In recognition of our aspirations, ambitions and continuing successes Birmingham City University has its sights set on the build of a new £150m Eastside City Centre campus which will be the new home of the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. Eastside is in the heart of Birmingham and the exciting and thriving creative quarter of the City. And we’re proud to be part of Birmingham, Europe’s youngest city, which is a number one destination for students. Birmingham Live and Learn can tell you more. Visual Communication is prevalent in every aspect of life and all types of business. We invite you to join us on an incredible journey for the start of your fulfilling future.

Iain Acton, Partner, Disruptive Lemonade

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Interactive Design Workshop with leading Midlands’ brands

Event: 21st June 2013


Iain is founder and partner at Disruptive Lemonade, which builds innovation and entrepreneurial capabilities through providing collaborative business university learning as well as coaching and training programmes for individuals, teams and organisations. He has been commissioned by Birmingham City University Employer Engagement team to develop innovative approaches to delivering applied multi-disciplinary learning for students across faculties and Midlands businesses.
He also teaches Design Management at Birmingham City University and is a project supervisor for the MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme at Warwick University.
Over the last decade Iain has worked between business consulting and academia, specialising in the areas of design innovation, design management, marketing & brand strategy, entrepreneurship and business collaboration. Currently, Disruptive Lemonade delivers innovation workshops and training working with Birmingham Made Me an initiative of Employer Engagement team at Birmingham City University to deliver collaborative university – business learning initiatives including Think Shop with Acme Whistles, and Think Different for the 2013 Design Expo, as well as for corporate clients such as Jaguar Land Rover, and to small and medium sized companies’ (SMEs) Westfield Sports Cars though collaborative innovation programmes commissioned by Birmingham City University and Idea Birmingham.
Iain has specialist knowledge in disruptive innovation and customer research methodologies and is currently creating a toolkit to support the development of disruptive innovation strategies relevant to both high growth start-up businesses and larger organisations.


Jas Bains, Chief Executive, Ashram Housing, Ambassador, Accord Group

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‘A Fund and FabLabs’

Event: 11th June 2013


Jas Bains is Chief Executive of Ashram Housing Association and in 2011 was awarded an MBE for his outstanding services to housing and community cohesion. Under Jas’s stewardship, Ashram has successfully grown from a specialist BME housing provider, to a mainstream community cohesion catalyst within housing and neighbourhood development, which has won three national awards.

Jas is the Accord Group lead for socio-economic regeneration overseeing work to create jobs, skills and enterprise for local communities. He is a Board member of Advantage West Midlands and a committee member of two nationally-influential social research organisations – Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Centre for Social Justice. In 2009, Jas also co-founded

Jerry Blackett Chief Executive, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce,

Jerry Blackett, Chief Executive, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

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Chairman, Panel Discussion with West Midlands Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)

Event: 6th June 2013

Joel Blake, Founder, The Den

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‘Helping entrepreneurs and business start ups’

Event: 11th June 2013


“Birmingham Made Me provides an interactive, world-leading and motivational insight into the power of design and innovation from Birmingham! This fantastic expo takes the heritage of the city and connects it to the future of product design, cutting edge technology and gives you a revolutionary portal to gain a sense and feel for what we can expect in years to come!”
Joel Blake, Co-Founder, The Hot 500

Joel is an award-winning entrepreneur who has been mentoring entrepreneurs, ambitious people who are committed to personal growth and in helping businesses become more inclusive within society, for the past 15 years!

Having personally experienced the challenges of being a small business owner, and having worked with other small business owners, Joel noticed that there was a need to truly help businesses to grow, by developing the owners of those businesses and in finding practical solutions for their issues, by sharing real experiences!

He is also a Regional Ambassador for Start Up Britain – the national enterprise campaign supported by the Prime Minister and Sir Richard Branson, a Mentor at Aston Business School and he is one of the UK’s youngest ever Corporate Governance Practitioners.

In 2010, Joel was awarded the title of Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (Recruitment & Training) and was a finalist in the 02 X Awards for Male Entrepreneur of the Year 2009, Finalist in the ‘Man on a Mission’, Entrepreneurial Awards 2009 and Winner of the Urban Dreams Award in 2005.

John Cridland, Director General, Confederation of British Industry


The opportunity for private sector-led regeneration

Event: 6th June 2013


John was educated at Boston Grammar School and has an MA in History from Christ’s College, Cambridge. He joined the CBI as a policy adviser in 1982 and has been Director of Environmental Affairs and of Human Resources Policy. John was Deputy Director-General from 2000 to 2010.

John is a board member of Business in the Community and a UK Commissioner for Employment and Skills. He is also a member of the Council of Cranfield University. He was Vice Chair of the National Learning and Skills Council between 2007-2010. He spent 10 years on the Low Pay Commission and the ACAS Council, and was also a member of the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance.

John is married with two teenage children and lives in Bedfordshire. He was awarded a CBE for services to business in 2006 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Lincoln in 2011.

John Heskett, Chair Professor Emeritus, Immediate past Chair Professor of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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‘Collaborative design driven innovation between indursty and education’

Event: 21st June 2013


John Heskett served as Chair Professor of Design at the School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, after serving fifteen years as Professor of Design at the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

He is the author of Industrial Design, (1980), widely used as a basic textbook on design courses in many countries and subsequently translated into several languages; German Design 1870-1918, (1987); and Philips: A Study in Corporate Design (1989). His most recent book is Toothpicks and Logos: Design in Everyday Life, published by Oxford University Press in 2002. He also contributes articles, essays and reviews to numerous magazines, anthologies and catalogues. He is currently working on a major history of design for Phaidon Press and editing a two-volume Encyclopaedia of Industrial Design.

His current research is focused on the theme of how design creates (and not just adds) economic value, with particular emphasis on industry in the Pearl River Delta of China, and the role of this in Design Policy in governments and corporations. Other areas of teaching include the relationship between design and innovation, the problems of successfully changing the nature of markets, and the problems of designing for global markets.

John Longworth, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce

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‘Designing and Exporting our Way to Recovery’

Event: 20th June 2013


John Longworth originally trained as a scientist. Over the course of his career, he has served as an Executive Main Board Director of Asda Group Ltd and Asda Financial Services Ltd, and held senior director positions at Tesco Stores Ltd and the CWS Ltd.

His public roles have included the board of a Healthcare Trust and the British Retail Consortium. He was economic spokesman for the Confederation of British Industry, Chairman of its Distributive Trades Panel and Chairman of the Brussels based CIES International Product Standards and Trade Body.

A former Health and Safety Commissioner and Chairman of the HSE Audit Committee, John also sat on the original Deregulation Task Force. He assisted a leading Healthcare Trust to establish a commercial and marketing operation, and currently has a portfolio career as chair and founder of a venture capital-backed science and professional services business, SVA Ltd; non-executive director at the Co-operative Group Food Ltd; non-executive director of Nichols plc; and trustee of the social enterprise P3.

John Mathers, Chief Executive, The Design Council

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‘Design, Innovation and Competitive Cultures’

Event: 11th June 2013


My role at the Design Council is to lead it into its next chapter. Recently reconstituted as a charity and merged with The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment we champion good design and use it to help accelerate innovation and growth, address the big issues in society and improve the way we work and live.I’ve been working for 30 years in the brand and design industry, leading a number of marketing, brand and design consultancies in the UK as well as a number of roles within FMCG and retail, including Head of Brand at Safeway. I joined the Design Council from a CEO role at the Holmes & Marchant Group.

I’ve also had an active commitment to the development of the design industry for the last ten years, serving as President of the Design Business Association for three years and I currently act as the spokesperson for its 20:20 Mentoring Scheme.



Julian Turner, Managing Director, Westfield Sports Cars

‘Developing and Delivering Iconic Sports Cars’

Event: 20th June 2013

Kurt Jacobs, Editor, Midlands Insider

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‘Building Great City Region Reputation’

Event: 7th June 2013

 I have long and widespread experience working in business journalism and in PR, particularly in the Midlands. 
I was business editor on South Wales Argus and South Wales Evening Post, before becoming deputy business editor of The Birmingham Post in 1994. 
Since then I have been editor of the national marketing magazine Adline and editor of Insider, the Midlands Magazine of the Year. 
I have also had quite extensive PR experience latterly working as head of PR at Marketing Birmingham and as a freelance working on accounts like Defra, DTI, the Home Office, GVA Grimley, IMI and some facilities management specialists.
I’m now working as a freelance focussing on business and corporate comms PR, business writing and publishing.

Specialties:Editing, business journalism, feature and profile writing. Particular sectors of interest include business finance, manufacturing, commercial property, HR, marketing, round tables, leader writing, online news bulletins. 
On the PR side specialism include: corporate and strategic comms, destination marketing, speech writing, events organisation, inward investment, company reports, newsletters, magazines, online newsletters.

Lauren Cookson, Theartistinbetween

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‘Building Economic Value in City Economies from the Art in-between’

Event: 7th June 2013

Lauren Cookson is a Deutsche Bank award winner in Creative and Cultural practice. After completing her Postgraduate course in Fine Art from Birmingham City University Lauren was granted £10,000 from the Deutsche Bank for the development of a creative project. Lauren is now dedicated full time to theartistinbetween an on-line exhibition space that reviews culture in cities.

Lorely Burt, MP






Panel Discussion: ‘What is the regional economic sustainable model’

Event: 7th June 2013


Lorely attended University College, Swansea and graduated with a BSc in Economics. She was also awarded an MBA after studying with the Open University

Lorely began her career in the Prison Service as an Assistant Governor at Holloway, before working for prominent national companies including Beecham and Europcar in the field of personnel and training. She later set up her own award-winning training company, worked as a director in the marketing and financial services sector, and moved into part-time consultancy work when she was selected as the prospective Liberal Democrat candidate for Solihull.

Lorely’s political career began as a councillor on Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, where she served for five years from 1998. She stood for election in Dudley South at the 2001 General Election and stood for the West Midlands region in the 2004 European Parliament election.

In the run up to the 2005 General Election, Lorely campaigned on various local issues affecting Solihull, in particular protecting green open spaces and parkland from development by the local Conservative council. She succeeded in overturning a 9,400 majority held by the Conservative incumbent, John Taylor – one of the most outstanding results on election night – by just 279 votes!

2005 General Election result for Solihull constituency

Following her election, Lorely Burt became a Liberal Democrat spokeswoman on Northern Ireland and she also served on the influential Treasury Select Committee. After the election of Sir Menzies Campbell to the leadership of the party, she became the Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Small Business and Women and Equality.

In 2007 Lorely consolidated her parliamentary work to concentrate on business as shadow minister for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. In 2008 she was awarded the Federation of Small Business award for most ‘business friendly’ Member of Parliament, and in 2009 received the WeBenc International Luminary Award for services to women in business.

In October 2007, Lorely was elected as the party’s first female Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party and has since been re-elected unopposed.

Lorely is married to Richard Burt. She has a stepson James and daughter Emma.

Lorely was re-elected as the MP for Solihull in 2010, with a majority of 175 votes. The seat was gained from the Conservatives who notionally held it following boundary changes.

Lou Glazer, President, Michigan Future Inc.

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‘Talent – the critical differentiator’ via video link

Event: Tuesday 11th June


Mr. Glazer is President and co-founder of Michigan Future, Inc., a non-partisan, non-profit organization. Michigan Future’s mission is to be a source of new ideas on how Michigan can succeed as a world class community in a knowledge-driven economy. Its work is funded by Michigan foundations.

Its two latest report are: Michigan’s Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy which provides a progress report on how well Michigan is positioned to succeed in a flattening world. And Young Talent in the Great Lakes, an analysis of Michigan’s success in retaining and attracting college educated Millennials.

 Mr. Glazer currently is heading efforts to:

  • organize leadership to implement a new agenda for a knowledge-based Michigan
  • help start new high schools, at scale, that will prepare Detroit students, for college success

Prior to joining MFI, Mr. Glazer served as Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Commerce during the Blanchard Administration. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Michigan. Lou can be contacted at lou (at) michiganfuture.org

Lucan Gray, Owner and Creator of Fazeley Studios






Panel Discussion: ‘What is the regional economic sustainable model’

Event: 7th June 2013

 “I have been working here for 25 years, but I didn’t realise how many amazing companies were from this area and city. This Birmingham Made Me Design Awards seems to me to be an amazing opportunity to get the word out there. Comparing Birmingham to other European regional cities is a good idea as Birmingham has so much to offer with our young, diverse, well- educated population and world class centres of learning.  All these need to be spoken about so that people take Birmingham as seriously as Milan.”
Lucan Gray, Director, Fazeley Studios

Marek Reichman, Director of Design, Aston Martin


‘Leveraging Global Brands to build City Region Reputation’ and ‘Building an iconic global brand’

Event: 6th June 2013 and 20th June 2013


The seven year’s Marek has been Director of Design have been one of the most prolific periods of new model introductions at Aston Martin. These have included the Rapide a four-door, high performance coupé of remarkable grace and poise, the DBS which featured in the 22nd James Bond film Quantum of Solace, and the stunning One-77 also the more recent  Zagato, the Rapide S and the new flagship the Aston Martin Vanquish.

Marek during his accomplished design career has also been heavily involved with some of the worlds most iconic cars including the Rolls-Royce Phantom, the Lincoln MKX Concept and Navicross Concept Cars and the current generation Range Rover.

Marek was born in Sheffield, England, in 1966.  He graduated from Teeside University in Newcastle with a First Class Honors Degree in Industrial Design and studied Vehicle Design at the Royal College of Art in London.  His design experience has made him a regular judge at design awards and lecturer at conferences. In 2008 Marek was invited to take up the position of visiting Professor at the RCA, allowing him the opportunity to give new students an insight into modern automotive design.   In 2011, Teesside University bestowed Marek with an honorary Doctorate.

Marek joined Aston Martin from Ford North America where he held the position of Director of Design for Product, Interior Design Strategy and Process.   He joined Ford in 1999 as Chief Designer for Ford and Lincoln Mercury brands.

Marek began his design career in 1991 with Rover Cars.  In 1995, he moved to BMW Designworks in California, to become Senior Designer, and led the overhaul of Land Rover design DNA for future production models most significant of which became the 2003 new Range Rover.

His unique design experience has made him a regular judge at design awards, concours events and a lecturer at numerous conferences.

Michael Zappa, Envisioning Technology







‘Cross innovation in city regions’

Event: 7th June 2013


Envisioning Technology is a technological trend forecasting firm headed by emerging technology strategist Michell Zappa. We focus on explaining where society is inexorably heading in the near future by extrapolating on current developments and advances in keynote presentations and visualizations. We’re predominately based in Berlin, London, São Paulo and New York.

Our research facilitates understanding the field for those who work in technology by painting a bigger picture of where the landscape is heading. In this, we try to guide both corporations and public institutions in making better decisions about their (and society’s) future.

Naomi Newton-Sherlock, Creative Director, WB The Creative Jewellery Group

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‘Heritage – a Unique feature of the WB Value Proposition’

Event: 10th June 2013


“It is a delight to be involved with such a fantastic event. Birmingham Made Me is unique in its spirit of championing Design and Innovation in the Midlands and I truly hope it succeeds in inspiring a new generation of Creatives to continue the legacy of successful brands across the region. ”


Naomi Newton-Sherlock is Creative Director for WB The Creative Jewellery Group, one of the UK’s largest jewellery companies.  Naomi holds responsibility for overseeing creative activities for the Domino Jewellery brand, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of precious jewellery.


Newton-Sherlock, who has been with the Group for five years, previously held the position of Head of Product Development and National Accounts. With a background in design and manufacture, in addition to business development, Naomi’s experience enables her to bring both creative and commercial vision helping grow the reputation of Domino as a truly creative jewellery producer, both at home and abroad.


A graduate of Cardiff University where she achieved a BA Hons in Italian and Japanese, Naomi subsequently studied at The School of Jewellery in Birmingham before going on to work for some of the most exacting names in the industry.  Past employers include Cellini in Cambridge, James Newman in Birmingham and David Marshall in London – a career path which has given her unique experience in creating highly-contemporary, modernist jewellery as well as more traditional, luxury gem-set designs.


Naomi has been awarded a number of prestigious design awards, including several from The Goldsmiths’ Company and a Lonmin Design Award for platinum.

Nathan Cornish, Director, Urban Splash






‘Creating Great Places to Live’

Event: 14th June 2013


Nathan’s responsible for all Urban Splash development in the Midlands and South West. He’s overseen some of the most iconic buildings in the UK – Fort Dunlop on the M6 and Rotunda slap bang in the centre of Birmingham – and is now masterminding Grade I Listed Royal William Yard in Plymouth.

Neil Cheeseman, Programme Manager, Zytek Automotive

’Developing and Delivering Electric Cars’

Event: 20th June 2013

Neil Edginton, Director, The Cube

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‘Delivering Quality Urban Residential Developments’

Event: 14th June 2013


The company behind the extravagant Cube building in Birmingham City Centre, EDG Property, saw a great accolade for it’s Managing Director, Neil Edginton as he was selected as Birmingham City University’s Alumni of the Year for 2012.

The award, which is given out to only 5 people each year, recognises those former students who have made a significant contribution to the local, national or international community.

Neil, who gradated from Birmingham City University with a BSc Hons in Environmental Planning and then a MSc in Project Management, was recognised for his achievements in property and construction as well as his contribution to the physical and economic landscape of Birmingham.

Speaking of the accolade, Neil, who is currently working on the School Yard development in Harborne, said, “I have been fortunate to have played an integral role in shaping Birmingham’s landscape over the last decade with involvement in Fort Dunlop, The Mailbox, The Cube and now The School Yard in Harborne and I am delighted have been nominated by the University. The city will continue to evolve and I look forward to continuing to help its evolution”.

The Solihull resident will be presented with his award at a ceremony to be held at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall in February in the presence of the University’s Chancellor, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor John Lines and those graduating from the faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment.

Nick Holzherr, Director WHISK

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‘Design and Innovation Awards Keynote Speaker’

The Event: 21st June 2013

Nicola Vanes, Clinical Lead Nurse, Birmingham Children’s Hospital

‘Holding Children for Clinical Procedures’
The Event: 13th June

26 years’ experience working within clinical and corporate roles in adult, paediatric and community settings, across the Midlands is passionate about the provision of safe, high quality care. Nicola is delighted to work in partnership with Birmingham City University on this project to improve patients’ experience, and staff delivery, using research based techniques.

Previously published in Nursing Times, and Association of Anaesthetic Nurses Journal.

Speaker at Royal of College of Nursing lecture 2006.

Work around patients’ privacy and dignity and design of new patients ‘DG suits’ currently being covered by Local, National and International press.

Nigel Wynne, Head – OSIME Research Group, Faculty of Health, Birmingham City University

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‘Online Simulation and Immersive Education – the Practice’

Event: 13th June 2013


Nigel Wynne is Senior Academic in Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Health. He joined the University as a Lecturer in 2000 and now manages a unit that both produces online simulations of practice and researches how these can be optimised to most effectively enhance preparation for work in real-world settings.

Nigel and his team are continually listening to and working with employers and other stakeholders towards dramatically enhancing the way that students on Health, Social Work and Teacher Training courses learn

Parmjit Chima, Head of School of Engineering, Birmingham City University






‘Collaborations between Automotive and Education driving performance and innovation’

Event: 20th June 2013


“Birmingham Made Me is provides a unique perspective for the City to showcase its talent from the world of academia, business and commerce in one location. The Expo is a real fusion of all that is best not only from the past but with a real glimpse into the future evolution of this great city in terms of design, engineering and manufacture.”
Parmjit Chima, Head of School, Technology, Engineering and the Environment, Birmingham City University


Parmjit has over 25 years’ experience of working in a higher education environment holding a range of posts from engineer, academic and in recent times as a manager. Parmjit has extensive experience as an electro-mechanical engineer developing a range of electronic control and instrumentation projects for the automotive and aerospace sectors.

In the role of Head of School, Parmjit provides leadership and strategic management of teaching and learning programmes, research, and third stream activities for the School of Engineering, Design and Manufacturing Systems.

As an academic, he has been involved in the design and development of numerous innovative programmes of study ranging from foundation degree to postgraduate programmes. The programmes developed over the years span a diverse range of subjects in engineering, from Mechanical Engineering to Games Technology and from Forensic Computing to Enterprise Resource Planning, just to name a few. Parmjit has established strategic links with academic & industry partners as well as global technology organisations to embed vendor certifications into learning programmes to augment the student pedagogicexperience.

Research interests include the evaluation and adoption of new teaching and learning methodologies; and the practical applications of immersive virtual learning worlds in education and commercial environments.



Paul Forrest, Director, West Midlands Economic Forum

The Event: 12th June

The West Midlands Economic Forum is a neutral, independent forum, bringing together representatives of the public, private and voluntary sectors to evaluate real trends in the local economy.
For further information, contact: mail@westmidlandseconomicforum.co.uk

Paul Heaven, Director, Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP, Discussion

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‘West Midlands LEPs collaborating to drive economic growth’

The Event: 6th June 2013


Managing Director, Blue Sky Corporate Finance
Board member of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull LEP


Paul Heaven has more than 20 years general management experience and is by profession a qualified chartered accountant.  Paul served his articles at Clement Keys & Co and his corporate finance apprenticeship at Ernst & Young before moving into the technology sector in various financial and management roles.  Over the years Paul has become an expert in corporate finance, venture capital, private equity and asset lending and has extensive experience of acquisitions, disposals, flotation and fund raising.

Paul formed Blue Sky Corporate Finance in 1998.   With offices throughout the West Midlands, Blue Sky specialises in helping small to medium sized businesses, across a diverse range of sectors, with their business and finance requirements.

Paul is a regular speaker at Corporate Finance events, a member of the West Midlands Regional Finance Forum, a member of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP), Chairman of the GBSLEP Access to Finance sub-group, a member of the £21m GBSLEP Growing Places Fund and a member of the Cross-LEP board of the £19m AMSCI fund.

On a sunny weekend you may spot Paul cruising around the locality astride his Harley Davidson.

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive, Birmingham Airport

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‘Designing Sustainable Infrastructures to deliver Growth’

Event: 12th June 2013


Paul Kehoe started his career in aviation as an air traffic controller in the Royal Air Force, and has worked for a variety of companies in the industry including British Aerospace plc, Serco Aviation and airports operator TBI plc.

He worked for airport management company TBI plc from 1997 to 2005, initially as Managing Director for Belfast International Airport. He was then promoted to run the company’s European division, and this success was followed by further promotion to Managing Director at London Luton Airport. In November 2001 Paul was also appointed to the main board of TBI plc as Operations Director.

After TBI/London Luton Airport Paul became the CEO of DX Plc, the UK legal mail system, which he sold to Candover Partners before returning to aviation.

His next position was as Chief Executive of Bristol Airport, before he joined Birmingham Airport in his present role in October 2008.

Throughout his career Paul has been an active member of the Airport Operators Association.  He is currently a Director and was chair of the organisation from 2004-05.

Paul is also Chairman of Marketing Birmingham; a member of the Warwick Business School Strategy Board and also a Board member on the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Paul is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Royal Society of Arts.  He holds a BSc (Hons) in Geography, an MBA, a diploma in Marketing and was awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of the Birmingham City University in February 2012.  He is also Honorary President of the RAF 2030 Elmdon Air Training Corps squadron.

Paul is married with two children.

Paul Noon, Regional Director, UK Trade & Investment

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‘Enhancing reputation and delivering export

Event: 7th June 2013


Paul Noon, OBE, took up the role of West Midlands International Trade Director at UK Trade & Investment in December 2012.

Paul’s most recent post was in Sydney, Australia, where he was Director of Trade for Australia and New Zealand for four years. There Paul worked with hundreds of companies, many from the West Midlands, to support them to grow their export businesses in Australasia. He also supported Australian companies to invest in the UK.

Paul’s objectives are to increase the number of West Midlands companies exporting by a quarter and to double the value of total exports by 2020.


Paul Thandi, Chief Executive, NEC Group Birmingham, Board Member, Business Birmingham

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The Event: 6th June


As Chief Executive I lead the Executive Board of the UK’s largest and most high profile venue management company.

The NEC Group delivers more than £2billion of economic investment to the West Midlands and supports over 28,000 full time equivalent jobs. This brings with it a great deal of responsibility and I am charged with overseeing the work and commitment required to build upon this.

Since becoming Chief Executive in October 2006 I have worked tirelessly to create a positive culture across the NEC Group, with a strong responsibility to customers, visitors, communities and the wider region.

Prior to becoming Chief Executive I spent 18 months as the NEC Group’s Commercial Director, during which time I was responsible for delivering the largest haul of new business in any one year in the company’s history.

I am proud to represent the NEC Group on the board of Marketing Birmingham; I am also Chair of Birmingham and Solihull Employment and Skills Board and am Vice President of Solihull Chamber of Commerce.

Peter Turnock, Managing Director, CMA Moldform Ltd

‘The perfect Cast’

The Event: 19th June 2013


The three departments of CMA Moldform produce Scale Models, Rapid Prototypes and bespoke Artwork. For over 25 years CMA has been at the forefront of resin and metal casting using Vacuum, Pressure, Reaction Injection Moulding (RIM), Centrifuge and Rotocast methods.

Starting with Wax/Clay sculpts, CAD files or drawings to produce SLA, SLS or CNC master patterns. Then silicone or hard mould tools are produced for casting a wide range of resin deisgns.

CMA can pour castings from a few grams up to 3,000kgs in a single shot. From supply of Special Effects for films and Theatre productions to prototypes for the Automotie, Aerospace, Medical and Marine Industries including low volume production runs.

Some of the artwork produced by CMA has broken the technical barriers for casting very large volumes of Crystal Clear resin which can be tinted for any colour variation.

Phil Jones, Director, Phil Jones Associates






‘Developing Sustainable, Quality Residential Developments using the space inbetween’

Event: 14th June 2013



Phil heads up the firm and has over 25 years experience in the planning and design of development infrastructure, with particular expertise in traffic analysis, transport planning and highway design.


Phil specialises in achieving synergy between highway and urban design, with the aim of creating places and spaces that meet aesthetic, social and functional aims. He advises a large number of private and public sector clients on transportation and infrastructure matters.

Phil is an acknowledged expert on Home Zones, and was part of the team that produced Manual for Streets and Manual for Streets 2. He has carried out research into residential parking for DCLG and is leading further research in this area for several local authorities. Phil is also a member of the CABE Space Enabling Panel and the CIHT Urban Design Group.

Philip Singleton, Chief Executive, Millennium Point


‘Supporting Design and Entrepreneurialism’

Event: 11th June 2013


Philip   became the CEO at Millennium Point in March 2012.Philip’s   role is to take Millennium Point into its second decade by developing   ambitious events and activities.  He is   working collaboratively in Eastside, the place where Birmingham City Centre   will change most.  Millennium Point is   a charitable trust and it owns a trading company called Millennium Point   Property Limited.  It’s objectives are   to exemplify science, technology, learning, innovation and design to the   widest possible audience.

Philip   has been working in Birmingham   since 1990 as an architect (in the private sector running two businesses) and   as a senior officer in Birmingham City Council – latterly working on the Big   City Plan.

For   eight years now Philip has been a judge for the British Construction Industry   Annual Awards.  The judging group also   proposes the Prime Minister’s best public building of the year.

Philip is a member of the RIBA and IOD. He has served on the boards of a number of organisations and is currently on the board of Birmingham Ormiston Academy.


Prf. Birgitte Andersen, Director, Big Innovation Centre

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‘Catalysing City Regions: When Businesses are Empowered, Enterprising and Innovative’

Event: 7th June 2013


As Director of the Big Innovation Centre, Professor Birgitte Andersen is leading a London-based open innovation and investment hub of a dozen global companies and world class universities, developing practical policy proposals to re-balance and grow the UK economy. She has an international reputation as an expert in business innovation and technology policy as well as intellectual property rights, and is a professor at Lancaster University.

Her work is regularly published in peer-reviewed journals, discussed in the media and highlighted in national and international government reports, including the UN World Development Report. She has directed several pan-EU projects on innovation, and advised economists and policy makers of national governments in and beyond Europe (including the OECD, UN and WIPO). She is used by the courts as an expert defence witness, and also appointed rapporteur for the EU Expert group on Knowledge transfer and open innovation, set up by DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission.

Prof Christian Edger, Multi-Unit Leadership, The Centre for Leadership and Management Practice, Birmingham City Business School

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The ‘Wholly Trinity’ of Hospitality Product Design

Event: 17th June 2013


Chris Edger holds the chair of Multi-Unit Leadership,   Birmingham City Business School and teaches at Warwick Business School, UK.   He has 20 years+ of senior multi-site service operational experience and a   PhD (ESRC Award, Warwick Business School), MBA and DMS (Nottingham Business   School) and MSc(econ) with distinction (London School of Economics). The   author of ‘Effective Multi-Unit Leadership’ (2012) and ‘International   Multi-Unit Leadership’ (2013) he is also a frequent media commentator on the   retail/hospitality sector in outlets such as the Retail Gazette, Channel 4   News, ITV, City A.M., InfoDaily, Propel Hospitality etc.   

Prof Cliff Allan, Vice Chancellor, Birmingham City University

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Birmingham Made Me Launch and Chairman’s Welcome’

Event: 6th June 2013


Professor Allan took up the role of Vice-Chancellor in December 2012, continuing a long and successful career in Higher Education.

He studied and lectured in Politics and International Relations, and then spent a number of years in Africa working for non-governmental organisations and development agencies, with a particular interest in education programmes.

His move back to the Higher Education sector came with a role at the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council which subsequently merged with the Universities Funding Council to form the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) where Professor Allan was Head of Teaching and Learning Policy until 2000, developing strategies to support learning and teaching, widen participation and improve graduate employability. He then led the Teaching and Learning Support Network (LTSN) until it became part of the  Higher Education Academy where he was Deputy CEO.

His next move saw him spend three years at Teesside University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Development), before his move to Sheffield Hallam University where he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor, responsible for the development of the University’s corporate strategy, academic portfolio and international strategy, overseeing the management of HR, Marketing, Student and Learning Services, and Facilities and Estates.

Prof Craig Chapman, Knowledge Base Engineering, Faculty of Technology, Engineering and The Environment, Birmingham City University












‘Design Engineering – a need to automate’

Event: 20th June 2013


Prof Craig Chapman is the Professor of   Knowledge Based Engineering, Director of Knowledge Based Engineering Lab and   Associate Head of School for Research in the School of Engineering, Design   and Manufacturing Systems. He has worked at an international level   working in Europe, USA and the UK, holding positions in industry from   Director, Principal Design Engineer, Design Group Leader and Senior   Applications consultant. In Academia Craig’s career has taken him from Senior   Research Fellow, Head of the Knowledge Based Product Development Lab at   Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick to Head of the Knowledge   Based Engineering Lab and Senior Academic for Research at Birmingham City   University. The main focus of Craig’s career has been research, development   and the application of design engineering automation and the development of   Knowledge Based Engineering solutions, enabling companies to rapidly respond   to design engineering changes and explore multiple solutions with   consideration to all life cycle phases.


Prof David Bailey, International Business and Development, Coventry University Business School

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Good News Britain? The auto industry rebound and what it means for the Midlands’

Event: 20th June 2013


I am Professor of International Business Strategy and Economics at Coventry University Business School, Chair of the Regional Studies Association, a blogger and columnist at The Birmingham Post and Coventry Telepgraph, and a much in-demand media commentator on business and the economy

I have been involved in several international research projects. These have included a recent ESRC project (on which I was PI) on the Economic and social impact of the MG Rover collapse which has attracted considerable media interest. This was rated by the ESRC as ‘outstanding’ and was featured by the ESRC and Academy of Social Sciences in its 2010 report ‘Making the Case for Social Sciences’. Other recent funding has come from Advantage West Midlands, the Audit Commission, European Commission INTERREG III funding, and MG Motors Ltd

I am frequently interviewed by local, national and international media to discuss issues related to my research (over 1000 media appearances in the last five years alone). Recent major ‘impact’ is also seen in my work to keep ex MG Rover and LDV workers in the public eye, to press the case for an auto ‘scrappage’ scheme and wider support for the auto industry including JLR, to highlight the problems with takeovers such as Kraft/Cadbury and the need to reform takeover rules, and the need for the retention of some form of intermediate regional tier post RDAs. I am also a frequent after-lunch and after-dinner speaker at high level business and policy events around the West Midlands and in London (e.g. CBI Executive Lunch Briefings, Birmingham Forward, Birmingham Future, Barclays Capital Business briefings, BBC Radio and TV debates etc). During 2009 I was also Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on the West Midlands

My international profile is illustrated by the fact that I am frequently invited to give plenary keynote addresses at high profile international conferences and to chair major events and plenaries

Prof Ian Blair Dean, Faculty of Health, Birmingham City University

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‘Setting the Scene on Healthcare Futures and Chairman’s Welcome’

Event: 13th June 2013


Professor Blair holds an Honours degree in Environmental Health from the Ulster Polytechnic and a PhD from the University of Ulster.

He began his post-PhD academic career in the University of Ulster in 1989. He developed an extensive publication record in the area of microbiology and was awarded a personal research chair as Professor of Microbiology in 2005.

He was a key member of the Subjects Allied to Medicine UoA 11a, which was awarded a 5* rating in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2001. He was included in the Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science RAE 2008 University of Ulster submission.

He has published extensively (123 peer reviewed publications to date) in a wide range of journals from high impact factor peer reviewed journals to professional journals in the microbiology area. During his research career, he has been awarded more than £1.2 million in externally funded grant income.

Ian was the Head of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Ulster, where he handled significant leadership responsibilities for a wide range of Allied Health Professions, while also developing and maintaining teaching and research programmes.

Ian joined the University in September 2007 as the Dean of the Faculty of Health. He was successfully reappointed to the Executive Dean post in the Faculty of Health in February 2008.

As Executive Dean, Ian is responsible for providing strong academic and strategic leadership in education, research, enterprise and professional practice together with the effective people, operational and financial management. He firmly believes in ensuring our students have the best educational experience possible and is keen to ensure that the Faculty’s links with clinical colleagues are maintained and reinforced.

He has quickly developed effective working relationships with colleagues externally in local foundation trusts and other branches of the NHS and private health care and the RCDM. He wishes to promote and develop the areas of common interest to create a stronger mutually beneficial relationship between the organisations.

Prof Jim Low, Birmingham School of Architecture, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham City University

‘Chairman’s Welcome and the Built Environment and Urban Housing’

Event: 14th June 2013

Prof Mary Carswell, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Birmingham City University

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Chairman’s Welcome

Event: 11th June 2013

Professor Mary Carswell leads on the University’s approach to learning and teaching, academic quality assurance and enhancement, widening participation and employer engagement.

Her higher education background is in business schools and she has also worked in further education, industry and the NHS.

She is a QAA auditor, has had extensive involvement in higher education issues at a national level, is a member of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Council, the Birmingham Employment & Skills Board and West Midlands CBI Council.

Prof Mike Beverland, School of Management, University of Bath

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‘The 7 secrets of brand authenticity’

Event: 21st June 2013


Michael Beverland is a Professor of Brand Management at the University of Bath. Originally hailing from New Zealand, he
calls Melbourne Australia home where he is also a distinguished Research Fellow with RMIT University of Technology and Design. Michael teaches and researches on branding related issues, with a particular focus on the relationships between design-driven innovation, story-telling, brand marketing and consumer culture. He is recognized as an expert in understanding the production of authenticity having published in leading academic journals. A summation of ten years of research into brand  leadership is contained in his best-selling book
Building Brand Authenticity: 7 Habits of Iconic Brands. Michael’s current
research interests include reinventing manufacturing, marketplace stewardship,
and legacy technologies.

Prof Simon Bolton, Associate Dean, Research, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham City University

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Collaborative design driven innovation between industry and education’

Event: 21st June 2013


Professor Simon Bolton, internationally acclaimed designer and innovation consultant, is Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise at Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.

Professor Bolton graduated from the Royal College of Art. His work has been exhibited in the Design Museum in London, the Axis Gallery in Tokyo and the Pompidou Centre in Paris among others. His work has been published in major design journals internationally in Europe, Asian and North America. One of his co-products – the Pinch Pull bag dispensing unit – is used in Tesco and Sainsbury’s by over 10 million people a week.

Professor Bolton has worked nationally and internationally promoting the role and use of design and innovation with organisations such as the Design Council, Industrial Design Society of America, Korean International Design Promotion and the Hong Kong Design Centre.

Professor Bolton specialises in helping companies improve and develop their design and innovation capabilities in order to enhance business performance. He has extensive experience of working in Europe, North America, South America and Asia for local and global brands. Professor Bolton currently acts as a global thought leader for Procter and Gamble and advices BSkyB on idea management.

Prof Chris O’Neil, Dean, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham City University






Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) is one of the most established, largest and most significant centres for art, design and architecture education in the world.

We were founded in 1843 with a mission to serve industry and culture in and around the city of Birmingham – which, at that time, was at the centre of the Industrial Revolution. The city and its industrialists knew that in order to add value to their products and to enrich the people of the region, they needed to invest in art and design education. This vision remains at the heart of what we do. The terminology has changed – we now refer to the creative and cultural industries but our students, alumni and staff are still having a huge impact upon business and the arts.

Birmingham and the Midlands have become a centre for high value, design-led production. Triumph Motorcycles, Jaguar Landrover, Denby, and Pashley Cycles are some of the highly successful manufacturing companies that value us and work with us nationally and internationally. We have worked and continue to work with major companies such as Warner Brothers. We also work with small and medium sized businesses, and start-up businesses, and develop research for sectors such as the construction industry, where our architects are examining green design and even the psychology of ‘green’ adoption.

Our involvement with the visual arts extends from staff and students exhibiting in major venues such as the Ikon, the Venice Biennale, the Shanghai Biennale, or working in community based art initiatives across the world. Our Eastside Gallery is a national portfolio organisation for the Arts Council of England, and we chair and coordinate Turning Point, the visual arts strategic body for the West Midlands.

Our students, staff and alumni have a long history of applied research, design and creativity. We are a major centre for the creative and cultural industries and we work with major educational and research partners in the UK, Europe, China, India, Thailand and North America.

When you come to BIAD you will become part of a faculty that respects, supports and shapes your creativity.

Prof Chris Prince, Dean, Birmingham City Business School, Birmingham City University

Chairman’s Welcome

Event: 12th June 2013

Prof David Roberts, Acting Dean, Faculty of Performance, Media and English, Birmingham City University

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Chairman’s Welcome

Event: 10th June 2013  and 19th June 2013


David Roberts has taught at the universities of Bristol, Oxford, Kyoto, Osaka and Worcester, and in 2008/09 he was the inaugural holder of the John Henry Newman Chair at Newman University College, Birmingham. He has published extensively in the fields of seventeenth and eighteenth century drama and literature, with five titles for Oxford University Press, two for Taylor and Francis, and numerous articles in international journals. His study of the actor Thomas Betterton was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010 and short-listed for the 2011 Theatre Library Association’s George Freedley Award. His latest book, The Library of a Seventeenth-Century Actor, is published in June by the Society for Theatre Research and he is currently working on Restoration Plays and Players for Cambridge University Press.

David’s media profile includes appearances on BBC Radio 3 and 4, talking about theatre and opera. He writes programme essays for the Royal Opera House and devotes spare time to writing fiction and trying to generate membership for the Birmingham branch of the English Speaking Union. In his capacity as Birmingham City University’s University Orator, he has given 37 citations for the award of Honorary Doctorate, including those for writer and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, garden designer Bunny Guinness, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, actress Julie Walters, Lottery Commissioner Sarah Thane, composer Oliver Knussen, advertising guru Trevor Beattie, and Phones4U founder John Caudwell.

David is proud to serve as Dean of a Faculty which includes the Birmingham Conservatoire and Schools of Acting, English and Media.

Prof James Moultrie, Senior Lecturer in Design Management at University of Cambridge

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‘Delivering successful design and innovation driven cultures’

Event: 21st June 2013


James Moultrie is a University Lecturer in Innovation and Design Management. His research interests seek to improve the utilisation of design skills and increase design/innovation capability at project, firm and national levels. Specific interests include design management, design strategy and the role of the physical environment on enhancing innovation. His PhD focused on assessing and improving design capabilities in small firms.

James is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer (IMechE) and has over ten years of industrial experience as a project manager, senior engineer and marketing product manager in the precision instruments sector. He has a ‘Scientific and Technical Academy Award’ and an Emmy for work on a range of lenses for professional 35mm cinematography.

James is responsible for research activities in Innovation and Design Management.

Prof John Bryson, Department of Management, University of Birmingham

‘Design and corporate competitiveness’

The Event: 6th June

Entrepreneurship and enterprise; local and regional economic development; manufacturing; labour market and skills; service economy; business and professional services; design; competitiveness, financial services including community development finance institutions (CDFIs); knowledge economy; small and medium sized firms


2008 – Head of Human Geography

  • 2005 – Professor of Enterprise and Economic Geography
  • 2003-2008 – Senior Postgraduate Tutor
  • 2000-2008 – Postgraduate Tutor, Human Geography

Selected External Appointments

  • 2008 – Editorial Board, Applied Geography
  • 2008 – Distinguished International Scholar’s Fellowship, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2007 – European Founding Editor of the journal Regional Science Policy & Practice
  • 2007 – Independent Chair of the Worcestershire Partnership Climate Change Task Group
  • 2007 – Visiting Scholar, Center for Regional Development, Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA
  • 2006 – Founding editor of the book series ‘Services, Economy and Innovation’ for Edward Elgar, Cheltenham (UK) and Northampton (US)
  • 2006 – Editorial Board, Service Business
  • 2004-2005 – Member of the European Commission, Enterprise Directorate-General, European Forum on Business-Related Services
  • 2004 – Elected Vice President of the Council of the European Association for Research on Services (RESER), re-elected 2008
  • 2003 – Governor/Director of Elmhurst School for Dance in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet
  • 2002 – Trustee, Sebright Educational Foundation, member of the Grants and Scholarship Committee
  • 2001 – Editorial Board, The Service Industries Journal
  • 2000 – Director of the Aston Reinvestment Trust, Birmingham; the UK’s leading Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI), member of the Lending Committee
  • 2000-2008 – Distinguished Research Fellow, The Institute of Economics and Business Administration, Bergen, Norway


2006 – The Halcrow Prize for a paper published by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) (with Rossa Donovan and Jon Sadler, University of Birmingham)

1991 – Institute of Small Business Affairs Prize for the best conference paper (with David Keeble, University of Cambridge)

Prof. Kathryn Moore, Immediate Past President of the Landscape Institute, Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, Birmingham City University

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‘Developing quality of life approaches for businesses to build sustainable economic growth for Birmingham and the Midlands’

Event: 12th June 2013

Immediate Past President of the Landscape Institute, Professor Kathryn Moore has lectured and published extensively design quality, theory and education. Her teaching and research, set within landscape architecture has clear implications for architecture, urban design and other art and design disciplines, in addition to philosophy, aesthetics and education more generally. Recent consultancy projects include membership of the team for Martha Schwartz Inc, Living Landmarks Big Lottery Fund project, for Birmingham City Council and creating an urban vision for the Black Country with Lovejoys, Birmingham which evolved into a study of regeneration catalysts. She is currently writing a book partly funded by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, Illinois, proposing a radical reappraisal of the relationship between the senses and intelligence. A trustee for CBAT, the arts regeneration agency in Cardiff, she is a member of the steering committee for the international City Park Design Competition, Birmingham City Council.

Prof Lubo Jankovic, School of Architecture, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham City University

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‘Achieving zero carbon emissions from buildings’

Event: 14th June 2013


Professor   Lubo Jankovic has worked as an academic, researcher and practitioner on   instrumental monitoring, dynamic simulation, and environmental design of   buildings over a career spanning 29 years. He joined Birmingham City University’s School   of Architecture in 1989 and is a member of the University’s Centre   for Low Carbon Research, which co-ordinates research across a range of   disciplines, faculties and external partners. His research resulted in   the publication of his book, “Designing Zero Carbon Buildings Using Dynamic   Simulation Methods”. Part of his research was based on the work done to   evaluate the Birmingham   Zero Carbon House, a ground-breaking carbon-neutral building based   on 170-year-old redbrick Victorian house. His work showed how best to convert   existing buildings into zero carbon homes of the future, and how home-owners   could potentially achieve a lucrative return on investment. He holds a position   of Professor of Zero Carbon Design at Birmingham City University.

Prof Mel Lees, Dean, Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment, Birmingham City University

‘Chairman’s Welcome and Introduction’

Event: 20th June 2013

Prof Mike Stevenson, Head of School of Fashion, Textiles & 3-D Design, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, Birmingham City University

‘Chairman’s Welcome’

Event: 17th June 2013

Prof Robert Stone, Director, Human Interface Technologies Team at University of Birmingham









‘Humans, Holodecks, Heritage and Healthcare: Virtual Technologies for the Real World’

Event: 13th June 2013


Robert (Bob) Stone holds a Chair in Interactive Multimedia Systems within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham, where he is also Director of the Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team.  He graduated from University College London in 1979 with a BSc in Psychology, and in 1981 with an MSc in Ergonomics.  Bob also currently holds the position of Visiting Professor in Simulation Psychology within the University of Plymouth, his home town.  One of the first Europeans to experience the NASA VIEW Virtual Reality (VR) system in 1987, and having established the first industrial VR team at the UK’s National Advanced Robotics Centre, following an appearance on the BBC’s 9 O’Clock News in January, 1993, he brought together (initially) 12 companies to fund the world’s first industrial collaborative project addressing the
commercial applications of VR.  In May 1996, Bob was elected to become an Academician of the Russian International
Higher Education Academy of Sciences in Moscow and was, in 2000, accredited by General Klimuk, Director of Russia’s Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre as responsible for “introducing VR into the cosmonaut space programme”.  Bob and his team adopt a very pragmatic approach to Human Factors research and he regularly spends time conducting observational studies in the field with subject matter experts.  This has taken him from Royal Navy vessels conducting close-range weapons and missile trials to underwater operations onboard submarines and rescue submersibles; from oil and gas support platforms in the North Sea to remotely operated vehicle trials in the waters around Scotland; and from search-and-rescue helicopters over the mountains and coasts of Wales and Cornwall to operating theatres and medical units throughout the UK, US and South Africa.  Bob’s work has received numerous awards, including, in 2011, the UK Ministry of Defence Chief Scientific Advisor’s Commendation for his
contribution to Defence Science & Technology – one of only four individual recipients in the UK.

Prof Irene Ng, Director, International Institute of Product and Service Innovation, WMG, University of Warwick

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‘New Product Innovation Driving International Success’

Event: 11th June 2013


Professor Ng brings the customer centricity of marketing into the transdisciplinary domain of service systems, particularly in new business models and pricing/revenue models.  Her research lies in the trans-disciplinary understanding of value; creating, designing, pricing, contracting and innovating based on value, embedded within new economic and business models of complex service systems. She has published numerous articles in the domain of management, marketing, engineering, information systems, economics, education and sociology and she is the author of the book ‘The Pricing & Revenue Management of Services: A Strategic Approach’ and lead editor of the edited book ‘Complex Engineering Service Systems: Concepts and Research’. Her third book ‘Value and Worth: Creating New Markets in the Digital Economy’ is now available on Amazon Kindle (http://valueandmarkets.com) with printed rights acquired by Cambridge University Press (forthcoming December 2013). Within complex service systems, her research interests are also in the area of Value-based Service Innovation, Viability and Service Transformation of Organisations, Outcome based Contracts, Build/System-for-outcomes, Servitization as well as Service Capacity.

Irene Ng is a Professor of Marketing and Service Systems and the Director of the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation at WMG, University of Warwick. She is also an adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore and College Research Associate at Wolfson College, Cambridge. Irene studied physics, applied physics and computer programming as an undergraduate and became an entrepreneur and practitioner for 16 years before switching to an academic career. During her time in industry she occupied a number of senior positions in industry rising to become CEO of SA Tours and Travel group of companies (Singapore, Malaysia, China and UK) and founded Empress Cruise Lines, a company with an annual turnover of USD250m which she sold in 1996. A business (IO) economist through her doctoral training, Irene’s research lies in the trans-disciplinary understanding of value and new business models. Irene is one of the 6 UK Advanced Institute of Management (AIM) research Services Fellow and also the ESRC/NIHR Placement Fellow. Both an entrepreneur and an academic, Irene is passionate about the link between practice and research. She is an advisor to startups on new pricing and revenue models in digital businesses. Follow Irene on twitter at @ireneclng


Raj Mack, Head of Digital Birmingham

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‘Blueprint for Smart Cities/Technologies and innovation Elements in design of Smart Cities and involvement in EU Cities’

Event: 7th June 2013


Raj is the Head of Digital Birmingham, which is city-wide partnership made up of over 40 organisations from the private, public and third sectors, working together to exploit the economic and social benefits of digital technologies for businesses and citizens across the city.

His role is to exploit the opportunities of digital technologies for businesses and citizens through the establishment of innovative and cutting edge ICT related projects, mainstreaming these within the organisations

Digital Birmingham has been recognised as driving the urban ultrafast broadband agenda in the UK so that businesses can innovate and create new waves of applications for services. It is currently developing a smart Connected Cities approach for Birmingham and pushing the open data agenda as an opportunity for entrepreneurs and businesses to lead on service redesign opportunities for the public sector.

Raj initially qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant before moving into an IT environment several years ago. He has worked across a number of organisations in diverse roles such as auditing, policy and strategy and he now manages a portfolio of digital projects/programmes alongside advising the City Council and its strategic partners on the opportunities that digital technologies bring.

Richard Burden, MP






Panel Discussion: ‘What is the regional economic sustainable model?’

Event: 7th June 2013


I have been the Labour MP for Birmingham Northfield since 1992. Having lived in Birmingham for most of my adult life, I am proud to have represented the city and my constituents in Parliament for so many years. It’s one of the reasons one of the central themes of my work has always been to argue for the voice of local people to be heard in the corridors of power, whether at Birmingham City Council or in Westminster.

I push for action to boost jobs and opportunities in South West Birmingham, an area which has faced huge economic challenges, not least following the collapse of MG Rover in 2005. My interest in manufacturing is also reflected in my roles as a member of Parliament’s Trade and Industry Select Committee from 2001-2005, Chair of the former West Midlands Select Committee (2009-10) and my ongoing role as chair of the all-party group dealing with the motor industry nationally.

I am active on international affairs too – particularly the UK’s development work in combating global poverty and I have a specialist interest in the Middle East. I have been a member of Parliament’s International Development Committee since 2005 and I chair the Britain-Palestine and Britain-Jordan all-party groups.

Richard Vickery, Manager, Harvey Nichols, Birmingham Store

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‘Delivering Exquisite Retail Experience’

Event: 17th June 2013


I have a retail career of over 20 years from High street to Luxury from pick and mix to high end furniture and fashion. With
a CV that includes names such as Woolworths, Selfridges, The Conran Shop, Harrods and Harvey Nichols I have had the honour of working with some of the most influential people in retail. I have experience of facing some of the challenges in restructuring struggling businesses and those when growing a new one as well as delivering growth in well established luxury businesses.

Rick Robinson, Executive Architect, IBM, Smarter Cities, Chief Technology Officer Team, IBM Software

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‘Group Big Data debate’

Event: 19th June 2013


Rick Robinson is an Executive Architect at IBM [http://www.ibm.com/smartercities/] responsible for the development and delivery of Smarter City solutions for IBM’s customers in the UK and Europe, and a member of the Academy of Urbanism.

He is heavily involved in IBM’s project in Sunderland to deliver a City Cloud; and in Birmingham is a member of the Smart City Commission and the chair of the Digital Working Group for Birmingham Science City.

In previous roles for IBM, Rick was responsible for strategy and first-of-a-kind project delivery in areas such as social media, service-oriented architecture and distributed computing. He holds a PhD in the physics of superconducting devices from the University of Birmingham and is a visiting Research Fellow at WMG at the University of Warwick where his interests include dynamic supply chains, regional economic development and healthcare technology.

Rick also explores emerging technologies and their application in city systems in his blog http://theurbantechnologist.com/

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‘Developing Sustainable, Quality Residential Housing’

Event: 14th June 2013


Rosemary champions sustainable development – economic, social and environmental and was recognised as a West Midlands Green Leader in 2011. She was formerly the Built Environment Policy Manager with Advantage West Midlands and Sustainability Advisor to Birmingham City Council on the Eastside quarter redevelopment proposals. Rosemary runs her own consultancy and currently acts as the Co-Ordinator for the Sustainable Housing Action Partnership (SHAP). Rosemary is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, School of Civil Engineering, investigating sustainable urban futures. Rosemary is also a member of the Design Council Cabe panel of Built Environment Experts.


Rt. Hon. John F. Spellar MP

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Panel Discussion: ‘What is the regional economic sustainable model?’

Event: 7th June 2013

John was re-elected as the MP for Warley receiving 52.9% of the vote on the 6th of May and he now serves as a Shadow Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister. Before the 2010 General Election John was a Minister in the Whip’s Office and had the official role of Comptroller of Her Majesty’s Household. John previously served in the government as Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Minister for Transport and Minister for Northern Ireland.

John was Opposition Whip with responsibility for Employment, Trade and Industry and Parliamentary Business from 1992-1994. Oposition spokesman on Northern Ireland from 1994-1995, and on Defence from 1995-1997. Before entering Parliament John was a National Officer for the Electrical, Electronic, Telecommunications and Plumbing Union.

He was a Bromley Borough Councillor from 1970 to 1974 and was elected as the MP for Birmingham Northfield from 1982 to 1983. He was elected as the MP for Warley West in 1992-1997 and Warley in 1997.

John Spellar was born in Bromley in 1947, and was educated at Bromley Parish Primary School, Dulwich College and St. Edmunds Hall, Oxford (Philosophy, Politics, Economics).

John enjoys gardening and reading.

Saskia Boersma, Brand Manager, Transport for London

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‘Heritage and Brand License Management – Fired Earth Case Study’

Event: 10th June 2013


My background is in commercial and   new business development for arts/heritage collections so establishing brands   and brand extension opportunities, licensing intellectual property, product   design and retailing – in essence developing a vision for the brand within   both the arts and the commercial sectors.    At Transport for London my area of expertise is in promoting TfL’s design heritage involving   significant liaison with designers, colleges, arts organisations,   manufacturers, retailers and licensees to develop design led products and   projects which have either a commercial or marketing value.

Sebastian Olma, Founder, Serendipity Machine






‘Cross innovation in city regions

Event: 7th June 2013


Sebastian Olma, PhD (Goldsmiths College) is an international scholar and expert working at the interface between creativity and business. He was trained at a philosopher and organisational economist in Germany, New York, London. His Amsterdam based company The Think Tank connects governments, companies and organizations to the innovative potential of social networks. For instance, he advises several regional German governments on the creation and implementation of crossover programs between the creative industries and traditional SME’s. For the University of Amsterdam he has built the Creative Industries Research Centre whose innovative research methods have since become standard for the Dutch Research Council (NWO). With Yulia Kryazheva he has founded Serendipity Lab, supporting companies and public organizations to transform themselves into Serendipity Machines. Serendipity-Lab works with a unique combination of professional expertise, co-creation and design-thinking. As a speaker, Sebastian is part of the Society3.0 network. His talks focus on the crucial role of serendipity in value creation, city planning and organisation development. He is available for presentations in English, Dutch and German.

Simon Dingle, Digital Design, Library of Birmingham

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‘Digital Input and the Future of Digital Design’

Event: 10th June 2013


Simon Dingle is an Operations Director with Carillion. He joined the Company in   1988 and has worked across the UK on projects that include the Channel   Tunnel. In the early 2000’s Simon was responsible for Carillion’s   construction activities across the South West, South Wales and Midlands. In   2008 he took full responsibility for the construction and delivery of the   £188m Library of Birmingham project.Simon   has a Construction Management Degree and is a Fellow of the RICS & CIOB

Simon is married with 2 children


Simon Topman, Chief Executive, Acme Whistles

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‘Heritage – a Unique feature of the Acme Value Proposition’

Event: 10th June 2013


An extraordinarily entertaining man,   Simon Topman   is the world’s greatest living authority on whistles. Author of the standard   work, “Collecting Police Whistles and Similar Types”.

C.E.O. of the world famous Acme   Whistle Company, founded in 1870 and manufacturer of 500 million whistles,   sound effects, bird calls, animal sounds and harkers, to date (demonstrations   of various whistles are of course part of the evening!)

A host of stories, amusing and   serious, from the world of whistles including the Lion Roarer for jungle   warfare, the football referee’s Thunderer, and how his factory made both the   original whistles for the Titanic and also for the blockbuster movie. With   humour and a great sense of storytelling he illustrates the business and   social changes that have and are taking place.

He was recently appointed as the new chairman for Millennium Point Trust   and has pledged that it would play a vital role in the resurgence of the   city.

Simon Walker, Director General, Institute of Directors

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‘Design and innovation leading job creation and economic growth’

Event: 12th June 2013


He was Chief Executive of the BVCA, the organisation that represents British private equity and venture capital, from October 2007 to March 2011.

Between 2003 and 2007 Simon worked at Reuters as Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing. He was Communications Secretary to HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace from 2000 to 2003. Earlier he served as Director of Corporate Affairs at British Airways and a non-executive director of Comair Ltd (South Africa). From 1996-1997 Simon worked as a special adviser in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street.

Simon Walker was previously a partner at Brunswick, the public relations group, and Director of European Public Affairs for Hill & Knowlton in Brussels. He has been a member of the Better Regulation Commission, a Trustee of The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Trust, the New Zealand-UK Link Association, and the UK-US Jamestown Committee. He is a governor for the environmental foundation, The Hillary Summit, a Council Member of the European Policy Forum and a member of the Parliamentary Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Public Engagement.

Simon was born in South Africa, and has worked as a journalist and consultant in New Zealand, Belgium and the UK. He read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he was President of the Oxford Union. He was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. He is married with two children.

Cllr Sir Albert Bore, Leader, Birmingham City Council

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‘Birmingham – the Original Design City’

Event: 6th June 2013


 ”Birmingham Made Me provides the platform for us to celebrate our region’s design and innovation excellence whilst encouraging greater collaboration and best practice growth across all sectors.”
Sir Albert Bore, Leader, Birmingham City Council


Leader, Birmingham City Council

Sir Albert Bore is the leader of Birmingham City Council (1999-2004 and 2012-present) He is the current chair of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

As Chair of Economic Development and Leader of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert was responsible for shaping the major social and economic regeneration of Birmingham during the 1980s and 1990s. This included the negotiation and delivery of one of the first public private partnerships in the UK with the then Conservative government and channelling-in European regional aid funding. This provided infrastructural leverage and partnerships that directly led to the development of the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), the International Convention Centre (ICC), the National Indoor Arena (NIA), Birmingham Symphony Hall, the re-development of Brindley Place and refurbishment of the Mailbox and canalsides in the central area of Birmingham, the pedestrianisation of New Street and removal of the ‘concrete collar’ road network in the central Birmingham area and the redevelopment of the Bullring.

Sir Albert is a former university lecturer in physics at Aston University and holds a PhD in nuclear reactor physics from the University of Birmingham and an honorary doctorate from the Universtiy of Aston.

He was knighted in the 2002 New Year honours for services to local government.

He is non-executive director of Birmingham Airport, Performances Birmingham, Marketing Birmingham, National Exhibition Centre Ltd and Birmingham Technology Ltd.

Steffan Aquarone, Chief Executive, Droplet and Producer

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‘Tortoise in Love’

Event: 19th June 2013

Steffan Aquarone is a film producer and technology entrepreneur, and co-founder of mobile money app Droplet.

Droplet lets you load money onto your phone and sent payments to anyone for free.  Droplet’s ‘Tools’ platform allows developers to build value-added features for merchants on the Droplet platform so that their customers don’t have to download a new app for each place where they spend money.

Steff’s projects usually involve disruptive business models and collaboration between large groups of people The most notable prior to Droplet was feature film Tortoise in Love which was made the entire village of Kingston Bagpuize in Oxfordshire.  Tortoise in Love premiered in London’s Leicester Square where the red carpet was flanked by tractors and watched live by 5 million people. It releases worldwide this year.

Steff’s background is as a home-schooled member of Education Otherwise, alumnus of Norwich School and graduate of Warwick University (Politics). Prior to graduation he co-founded a Top 50 UK corporate film production company and has worked with accounts including John Lewis, Royal Bank of Scotland, Tesco, News Corporation, Vodafone, Land Rover and American Express.

Steff speaks internationally on innovation, entrepreneurship and digital marketing.

Stefan Cash, Head of Department, Child Health, Faculty of Health, Birmingham City University

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‘Basic Life Support for Carers of People with Distorted Body Shape’

Event: 13th June 2013


Stefan Cash has held senior nursing positions within both the hospital and community settings as well as in Directorate Management and Higher Education. Stefan’s clinical and academic speciality lies in emergency paediatrics and Child Health. Stefan has practiced and taught basic and advanced life support since qualification becoming an advanced life support instructor in 2000.

Steve Heron, Innovation Consultant, Noddingdog, x-Senior Project Manager, IDEO, ‘Co-creation and lateral design opportunities’

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Event: 21st June 2013


As an accomplished innovation professional, I have over 20 years experience in leading multi-disciplined teams through a wide variety of creative challenges. Focusing on combining the specific business needs of the client with an innovative approach for exploring co-creation methods that tap directly into the creativity of the consumer, I deliver insightful and actionable ideas which enable businesses to transform their brands, products and services for successful growth.

Steve MacPherson, Technical Director, Bloor Homes





Event: 14th June 2013


I am a chartered Town Planner with 14 years of Local Government experience gained in five Local Authorities. In 2007 I joined Bloor Homes who are the largest privately owned house builder in England and Wales. Having worked in the land and planning team covering all aspects of planning and strategic land negotiation, I was made Strategic Land Director in 2010.

In January 2012 I was appointed as the Technical Director within the Region which this year will build over 400 houses whilst maintaing overall responsibility for all Strategic land promoting over 10,000 units through the Development Plan process.

Stewart Towe, CBE, Managing Director, Hadley Group

‘Stimulating Economic Growth and the role of innovation and design’

The Event: 6th June


The Hadley Group (a privately owned company) is one of Europe’s largest privately owned cold rolled steel manufacturers. It has operational plants in the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Germany and Thailand. The Hadley Group supplies many types of industry from automotive, construction through to aerospace. The company’s internationally patented UltraSTEEL process has won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Innovation.

In 2007 Stewart was appointed by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales as the Regional Ambassador for the West Midlands for Business in the Community. Stewart was awarded a CBE in 2008 in recognition for services to Industry in the West Midlands. Stewart is currently the High Sheriff for the West Midlands a role he undertook this year

Tim Finch, Director of Communications, IPPR, Presenter, R4 Analysis

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Debate: ‘What is the Regional Economic Sustainable Model?’

Event: 7th June 2013

Presenter Analysis, Vulgar Keynesianism


Tim has broadcast widely on migration issues, including on BBC Radio 4’s Today and Analysis programmes, BBC Radio 5 Live, Newsnight, CNN and Al Jazeera. He has written articles for The Times, Independent, Guardian and Observer, as well as numerous other outlets. He has spoken at conferences across the UK and around the world, including at Chatham House, the World Bank and the Metropolis conference in Copenhagen.

Before joining IPPR in 2008, Tim was Director of Communications at the Refugee Council and Chair of Refugee Week for nearly five years. Prior to that, he worked for 15 years for the BBC, latterly as a senior political journalist based at Westminster. He was previously Head of Migration at IPPR.

Tim is a trustee of Asylum Aid, the Zimbabwe Association and the Ramphal Centre, and sits on the Housing and Migration Network. He has a BSc(Hons) in Government from the London School of Economics and an MA in British Politics from the University of Essex.


Prof Tim Wall, Faculty of Performance, Media and English, Birmingham City University

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‘City Culture and Cultural Identity – a key role in Economic Success’

Event: 10th June 2013


Professor Tim Wall is Professor of Radio and Popular Music Studies at Birmingham City University’s School of Media and Director of the Birmingham Centre for Media & Cultural Research. He joined the University in 1992. Professor Wall has been instrumental in guiding the School of Media and developing contacts with industry.

A media and culture theorist, with a background in radio and the music industries, he is leader of a number of projects within the research centre. He has lead a number of research projects funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Nesta including work with the BBC, music companies and regional arts organisations. The work focussed on the creative application of new technologies of sound distribution for the arts and media. He also leads projects on citizen journalism in the Arab region. The research carried out by Tim’s team is also integrated into research degrees, and undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. His aim is to produce graduates who are thinking media producers, and he believes that the university is there to educate students to be skilled and flexible leaders in rapidly changing industries

Tracy Westall, Public Sector Director, SCC

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‘Smart city design and smart city reputation’

Event: 7th June 2013


Tracy Westall is the UK Public Sector Director at SCC, Europe’s largest privately-owned IT services provider, headquartered in Birmingham. Tracy has been with SCC for 24 years and has been the Director running the public sector team for the last 15 years.Her role sees her interact with a range of public sector organisations. This includes dialogue with Whitehall and Government on many strategic issues, initiatives and programmes including most recently G-Cloud.Additionally, Tracy sits on the Public Sector Council (PSC) for Intellect, which is the trade body representing the IT sector with whom Government consults. The role on the PSC requires a broad range of engagement and input across a wide range of relevant topics including digital inclusion, cloud and SME development.

Most recently, Tracy has chaired the IT Sub Group for the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and has spearheaded its focus on website development and the Broadband UK bid.

Born in Birmingham, she has worked with local councils for more than 20 years and has an active interest in regional issues and challenges.

Will Evans, Managing Director, Amery Brothers

‘BMM Schools Programme’

Event: 11th June 2013


Will works with young people to nurture their entrepreneurial qualities and raise their aspirations and awareness of the  opportunities they have in building their future through enterprise.

William McGrath, Chief Executive, AGA Rangemaster

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‘Heritage – a Unique feature of the AGA Value Proposition’

Event: 10th June 2013


 “How Birmingham’s great design and innovation heritage can provide renewed economic momentum for the region is epitomised by the stories of AGA and Rangemaster.  We are proud to beat the drum enthusiastically at Birmingham Made Me as the region is at its best when it plays its wide product repertoire and has a distinctive international voice.”
William McGrath, Chief Executive, Aga Rangemaster

William McGrath was appointed chief executive in March 2001. William joined the Group as finance director in October 1997 from Aggregate Industries where he had become finance director in 1992. He previously worked in the investment banking and construction sectors. He is a qualified accountant and a history graduate.