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Ali Kazmi

Founder

Bristol

Ali is the founder of Ethical Equity and A I Simulator. He is on a mission to diversify (and open up) the world of angel investing and provide access to capital without barriers or gatekeepers.

Startups & Founders   Finance  

Alicia Teagle

Co-Founder

Bristol

Alicia is the Co-Founder of SR2 and Founder of Women Rock & Tech Volunteers. Alicia is passionate about Recruitment, B-borp, Tech 4 Good, Volunteering, Diversity, Founders and Women in Businesses.

Startups & Founders   Diversity & Inclusion   Tech for Good  

Andy Thornton

Senior Digital Marketing Executive

Bath

Andy can talk about making workplaces, marketing and design more inclusive. He has experience speaking at conferences, guesting on podcasts and being part of a panel, covering topics from 'How to be a good LGBTQ+ Ally' to 'Content writing that is fast, easy and compelling'.

Diversity & Inclusion   Media & Creative  

Angela Loveridge

Online Safety Champion

Bristol

The founder of Better Together - Online Safety, Angela is passionate about helping parents, carers and professionals to keep children safe online. Her passion and approach to online safety has earned a nomination for the NSPCC/AoCPP award for Child Protection Trainer of the Year.

Tech for Good   Cyber  

Annie Legge

CO-Founder

Bath

Annie is co-founder of DOT PROJECT and Tech4Good South West, a rich network of organisations and individuals throughout the South West creating the opportunities for businesses, the public sector and civil society to have new, collective and transformative impact through technology.

Startups & Founders   Tech for Good  

Beth Levi

Data Scientist

Bristol

Beth is a Data Scientist working in Bristol for a Cyber Reinsurance company and am interested in Data Visualization and Dashboarding. She is also interested in promoting women in tech, as someone who underwent a complete career change from a non-tech role.

Deeptech  

Beth Pope

Founder & Managing Partner

Bristol

Beth is the Founder and Managing Partner of Firehaus, helping innovative organisations ignite their brand for greater impact and growth. A former digital agency head, she is a business review panellist for SETsquared, podcast guest, and speaks on female leadership and nurturing strong business cultures.

Startups & Founders  

Bobbi-Jo O’Gilvie

Web Designer

UK

Bobbi is the Founder of Ready to Blog, a studio that specialises in branding, web design, and strategy for the passionate entrepreneur, and Circe, an app for women in business, and a Vision Coach who helps her clients scale to 7-figures through a compassion-based approach.

Diversity & Inclusion   Media & Creative  

Briony Phillips

CMO

Bristol

Briony's commitment to economic development and the entrepreneurial ecosystem doesn’t end with The Investment Activator Programme or Rocketmakers, in 2021 she released an open dataset to raise awareness of Tech for Good businesses and hosts events and projects with the region’s growth at their heart.

Startups & Founders   Tech for Good   Finance  

Chineme Ifedi

Project management Business Analytics

Bristol

Chineme is a data-driven professional with an engineering background and 10+ years of experience in program, project, and portfolio management. Chineme enjoys speaking about project management, business analysis and her tech career journey.

SAAS  

Chris Chinn

Product Development Manager

Bristol

With 25 years experience in commercial, Government and 3rd sectors, Chris enjoys speaking about Project Management (Waterfall and Agile), Root Cause Analysis, Business Analysis, Online Broadcasting, Atypical and Neurodiverse thinking.  Facilities Management, Construction, Engineering, Events.

Media & Creative  

Cornell Campbell

Head of Sales

Bristol

Cornell has a background in technical product centric startups, consultative solutions and value add services with global enterprises, international Government and Law Enforcement. Cornell is passionate about sales consultancy in Virtualisation, IoT, Government Software development, Data Science, Fitness and Mental Health.

Deeptech  

Crystal Carter

Head of SEO Communications

Exeter

Crystal is Head of SEO Communications at Wix. She helps SEO and Wix users understand how to get results with SEO, PPC, CRO, digital strategy, digital campaigns and deep-dive data interpretation. Crystal loves speaking about SEO, Digital Marketing, Personal Branding and Digital Transformation.

Media & Creative  

Dani Hughes

Head of Digital Engagement

Bristol

Digital marketing specialist with over 10 years experience in planning, strategy and paid media buying. Working for some of the UK’s biggest charities to health and wellness organisations, delivering award winning campaigns. Passionate about closing the digital and women in leadership gaps, by offering training,...

Media & Creative  

Daniel Edmund

Public Speaker

Bristol

A dynamic public speaker and facilitator, looking to make an impact on societal discussions around diversity, equity and inclusion. Daniel enjoys speaking about social action, race, gender, and identity. He is a documentary filmmaker, presenter, producer and podcast host.

Diversity & Inclusion   Media & Creative  

Dawn Walter

Founder & Senior Content Designer

Bristol

A senior content designer with over twenty years’ experience of creating customer-centric content, Dawn's passion to understand and represent the user in everything she creates is why she studied anthropology—for a deeper understanding of people and society.

Tech for Good  

Emilie Harryman

Partnerships Manager

Bristol

Emilie spent the beginning of her career in the creative industries before moving into the tech sector. She now leads partnerships at Bristol's Engine Shed where she grows their network developing partnerships and project collaborations.    

Startups & Founders   Media & Creative   Deeptech  

Emily Hill

CEO & Co-Founder

Bristol

Emily is co-founder and CEO of software house Ghyston and enjoys talking about workplace culture and creating a great place to work, for which Ghyston has won many awards. Emily is also passionate about promoting women in tech, authentic leadership, and using business for good.

Startups & Founders  

Emily Kent

Co-Founder & Director

Bristol

Co-Founder and Director of One Big Circle Ltd - specialists in Intelligent Video & analytics. Building innovative and robust solutions to capture and process video data in the transport industry. An experienced entrepreneur promoting diversity & inclusion in the workplace and promote work/life fit.

Startups & Founders   Diversity & Inclusion  

Emma Pauncefort

Learning Science Practitioner

Bath

Emma straddles education, music and technology in no particular order. A linguist and literacy exponent by trade, with a passion for connected and critical lifelong learning and 'tech for good', she is excited by the possibilities of the interplay between education & tech.

EdTech   Tech for Good  

Eriol Fox

Product Manager & Senior Designer

Bristol

Designer of 10+ years, Eriol works at Simply Secure on design, research, open-source and technology projects, and is also a PhD researcher at Newcastle University's Open Lab. Eriol is a non-binary, queer person who uses they/them pronouns.

Diversity & Inclusion   Media & Creative  

Gill Wildman

Director

Bristol

Gill Wildman has been a design strategist for 20 years, in the area of bringing design methods and approaches into the business and the public sector. This can take many forms. She helps companies to innovate within their current and future products and services.

Startups & Founders   Diversity & Inclusion   Media & Creative  

Glyn Blaize

Group COO

Bristol

Glyn Blaize is a Tech Entrepreneur and COO of a tech scale-up Amdaris. He has held an impressive number of director roles over his career, including Commercial Director, Sales Director, and Operations Director at growing SMEs and Managing Director at Addocura.

Startups & Founders   Software  

Gwen Edwards

Director of Marketing

Keynsham

Gwen has worked in telecoms and the tech sector since 1999, and have quite a lot of international experience in product development, marketing communications and strategic partnerships, and now works for a telecoms company, a cloud-services company, and an AI-finance startup.

Media & Creative  

Hannah Smith

Operations & Training Manager

Minehead

Hannah works for the Green Web Foundation, a non-profit with a mission to make the internet fossil free. With a BSc in Computer Science and experience as a freelance WordPress developer, she brings a rare ability to marry technical understanding with an understanding of people.

Tech for Good  

Heather Macdonald

CEO & Founder

Bristol

I help leaders in technology companies to tell the world WHY they and their products are worth giving a damn about. With over 15 years' experience in corporate communications and technical product marketing, I can articulate a company's value to customers, investors, employees and more.

Media & Creative   Deeptech  

Helen Tanner

Founder

Bristol

I'm a data fanatic and loving speaking about everything data and SMEs. In 2017, I founded Data3, the award-winning UK data lab. In 2020, I wrote 'The Data Escalator' and in 2021, we launched myDATA3 - the all-in-one business dashboard.

Deeptech  

Helen Varley

Developer

Bristol

With over 18 years experience working in the web industry, Helen njoys speaking about frontend development, working in dev teams and technology, working with clients and designers.

Media & Creative  

Jaye Cowle

Managing Director

Exeter

Jaye Cowle is the Founder of Launch, an award-winning paid media agency in the South West. Her energy and shrewd business know-how has seen her leverage digital advertising for national and multi-national brands.

Media & Creative  

Jess Hellens

Founder

Bristol

Entrepreneur and Creative Communications Consultant with a particular focus on closing the gender gap equivalent of 1.1million missing businesses due to only 1 in 3 entrepreneurs being a woman. UN Women UK delegate changing the business landscape for women, marketing and PR strategy, creative communications.

Diversity & Inclusion   Media & Creative  

Jess Saumarez

Director and Chief Commercial Officer

Bristol

Jess is a Certified Digital Marketing Leader, founder of tech businesses and lover of plants. She is also the Director and Cheif Commercial Officer at Stephenson Law, a company that's challenging the legal industry by offering unparalleled service and expertise without the typical corporate stuffiness.

Startups & Founders   Diversity & Inclusion   Media & Creative  

Jo Hodge

Owner

Southville

Jo enjoys sharing her expertise on SEO and Email Marketing.

Media & Creative  

Joanne Kiston

Senior Data Scientist

Bristol

Joanne has been lucky enough to jump between diverse fields in the course of her career. She enjoys speaking about data science & machine learning, electronic engineering, and is currently working on time series based Data Science/Machine Learning projects.

Deeptech  

Karin Rudolph

Founder

Bristol

Founder of Collective Intelligence, a hub for ethical innovation for tech businesses wanting to embed ethical thinking into their products and services. She have a background in Sociology, studies in Philosophy with expertise in AI and data ethics, privacy, and ethics as a service.

Tech for Good   Deeptech  

Katie Roberts

Client Development Manager

Bristol

Katie has spoken at Noisey Little Monkey webinars and does a lot of videos on LinkedIn speaking about Inbound Marketing / Sales, Sales Enablement and HubSpot.

Media & Creative  

Laura Gemmell

Senior Data Scientist

Bristol

Founder of Edtech company Taught by Humans, Laura saw a need for fun, friendly accessible tech education to make sure everyone has access to the opportunities provided by advancing technology. She loves teaching and she is driven by the lightbulb moment in her students eyes.

EdTech   Media & Creative   Finance   Deeptech  

Lyssa-Fêe Crump

Founder

Cornwall

GIF obsessed marketing badass who loves helping brands grow, Lyssa-Fêe wants you all to say no to vanilla! Founder of Kraken Marketing, a marketing agency that works with companies around the globe, she regularly speaks about Agile marketing, diversity in tech, and data-driven marketing.

Diversity & Inclusion   Media & Creative  

Marissa Ellis

Founder

Bristol

Marissa is a strategist, advisor, speaker, best-selling author and the founder of Diversily.com. She aims to change mindsets and inspire action on topics such as: inclusive leadership, mindset, purpose, inclusive innovation, diversity in tech, inclusive thinking, team success & culture change.

Startups & Founders   Diversity & Inclusion  

Marissa Lewis-Peart

Midweight UX Consultant

Bristol

Marissa is a UX Consultant, Board Director and Public Speaker with a passion for how people experience brands.With a Visual Communications degree in Graphic Communication, she began her career as a Graphic Designer specialising in Brand Design & Brand Strategy.

Cyber   Media & Creative  

Marva Lord

Writer

Wales

Marva is a writer and web worker building websites, digital media projects and social media presence. Her writing background includes funding proposals, journalistic writing, writing for the web, creative writing, copy editing, and poetry. She also has considerable arts presentation, admin, and marketing expertise.

Media & Creative  

Mevis Birungi

Offline Animation Edit

Bristol

Writer, Actor and Director, Mevis creates short films depicting experiences and issues often ignored by society, writing with a focus on the psychological perspective of the female leads in her stories. Mevis quickly built up her creative CV with her debut BBC funded film “Nakato”.

Media & Creative  

Nathalie Alpi

Chief Product Officer

UK

Nathalie is the Chief Product Officer at Amba Health and Care, who combine beautiful products, the latest medical technology with a simple application to keep older people safe and well in their own homes while giving carers and families peace of mind.

Startups & Founders  

Nicola Hogg

Wordpress Developer

Bristol

Nicola is a full stack developer with experience in PHP, React, Remix, SCSS, Wordpress and Woocommerce, who is enthusiastic to speak about web development, accessibility in coding or game development.

SAAS   Software  

Nicola Telford

Founder

Bristol

Nicola s the Founder at ViewsForChange The Impact Marketing Platform & Club. She was named TechSPARK Founder Of The Year 2022. Nicola enjoys speaking about Marketing, Female Founder Journey, Raising Early Stage Investment, Tech For Good and Corporate Giving.

Startups & Founders   Tech for Good   Media & Creative   Finance  

Nicole Askwith-Williams

Product Manager

Bristol

Product Manager, PT & Online Coach, Nicole looks to find balance in work and home life. Agile ways of working and user research are some passions inside the office, and making sure the mind and body are in top condition is something she strives for.

Media & Creative  

Phurita Letheren

Product Designer

Bath

How UX discovery work can help you validate your business ideas. I want to share the reasons why UX discovery can help people/ companies that have ideas but unsure if there will be a market or a need for it.

Media & Creative   Software  

Premila Patel

Senior Associate

Bristol

I am a corporate lawyer with a background in commercial strategy. I am working with companies to provide succession planning and purpose-driven strategies to balance the triple bottom line (purpose/planet/profit).

Startups & Founders  

Rajnish Razdan

Owner and Creative Director

Bristol

Rajnish is an award-winning Creative Director. He is the Owner and Creative Director of Riggs & Razdan, an agency built on 26 years integrated agency experience that award-winning creative work across commercial and not-for-profit sectors.

Media & Creative  

Rediat Abayneh

Asset Coordinator

Bristol

Rediat is a Coordinator at Aardman Animations, working as an asset coordinator on the new CG animation series, Lloyd Of The Flies. For over 40 years, Aardman has entertained and charmed the world, creating much loved characters and bringing unforgettable stories to life.

Media & Creative  

Rema Mukena

Content Producer

Bristol

An award-winning bright minded individual, passionate about creating engaging content, Rema was named one of the most influential people in Bristol under the age of 24 by Rife Magazine and one of the most inspiring Black journalists in the UK by Behind Local News.

Media & Creative  

Renee Jacobs

Founder

Bath

Passion for relationship building and creating inclusive, safe and welcoming spaces feeds into Renée's customer-focused work at Actual Experience and is the driving force behind the social enterprise she founded: B in Bath. Renée is also a Non-Executive Director at TechSPARK.

Diversity & Inclusion  

Rin Hamburgh

Founder & Creative Director

Bristol

Rin is the founder of RH&Co, a copywriting agency that works with expert-led businesses to help them clarify and communicate their message and build their authority using content. Her expertise covers brand messaging, brand voice, content strategy and content marketing.

Startups & Founders  

Sally Short

Digital Learning Specialist

Bristol

Sally is a digital trainer currently working on the legal sector. Developing and delivering training courses for all types of software/hardware, as well as developing a learning management system and creating just-in-time resources.

Software  

Sara Telahoun

Principal Consultant

Bristol

Climate change expert with over 10 years in sustainability who delivers tools and support to local governments on reducing the impacts of climate change, Sara has worked to help local governments understand their greenhouse gas emissions and opportunities to decarbonise and develop climate action strategies.

Tech for Good  

Shannon D’Arcy

Associate Brand Manager

Bristol

Shannon has a specific interest in building an authentic network and sharing a brand story that customers can relate to. She is an Associate Brand Manager and extremely excited to be part of Huboo's vision to revolutionise the way the world's fulfilment needs are met.

Startups & Founders  

Sharifa James

Co-Founder

Bristol

Conversations and holding space around Black Queerness, general LGBT+ topics, LGBT+/Queer women in football.

Diversity & Inclusion  

Shira Tsinovich

Senior Quality Assurance Manager

Bristol/Gloucester

Shira is passionate about quality assurance, performance engineering, software testing and diversity in tech. She is experienced in test, deployment, product ownership, professional services, advocating for customer needs, and management of onsite and offshore teams, strong analytical and problem solving.

Diversity & Inclusion  

Sunjay Singh

Creative Director

Bristol

As Director of video production company Life Media UK, Sunjay has spent 10 years growing businesses through the sheer power of video marketing. Sunjay has overseen the successful creation of hundreds of KPI-busting marketing videos, delivering real results for brands across the UK and internationally.

Media & Creative  

Tanuvi Ethunandan

Founder & CEO

Bristol

Tanuvi is a Chartered Accountant and CEO and Co-Founder of Data Duopoly, which was founded in an EU-funded incubator, Launchpad, solving major industry problems with innovative tech-based solutions. Alongside, achieving a Masters in Entrepreneurship.

Startups & Founders   Media & Creative   Deeptech  

Tanya Morton

Worldwide Director

Devon

Dr. Tanya Morton is the worldwide director of customer success engineering for MathWorks, the makers of MATLAB and Simulink. Tanya can talk about tackling climate change with the help of AI & electrification and Women in STEM.

Tech for Good  

Tess Coughlan-Allen

Head of Growth

Bristol

International speaker presenting about using tech for good through do_action. As the Head of Growth for Atomic Smash, Tess enjoys speaking about Storytelling in marketing, culture and wellbeing, attitudes for overcoming adversity.

Diversity & Inclusion   Tech for Good   Media & Creative  

Yiota Demetriou

UX Lead

Bristol

Yiota is an experienced UX Researcher, Award-winning Product Designer, Educator, and Content Creator who advocates for Human-Centred multisensory interactive experiences. She's passionate about understanding users empathically, and how sensory understandings can be integrated into innovative solutions across industries to create intuitive cognitive designs.

EdTech   Media & Creative  

Yusra Shaeik

Technical Director

Bristol

Yusra is a motivated technician with experience working in multiple fast-paced, ever-changing environments. They are a Technical Director at Dial A Geek, where they work closely with clients, as well as managing all Dial A Geek projects and their Projects Team. They're also MTA certified.

Cyber  

Zobir Alexander

Founder

Bristol

Zobir is a Medical Doctor and founder of Well Squared. With proper education about nutrition, wellbeing and planet-friendly practices, Well Squared help user to stay healthy. Zobir is passionate speaking about Medicine, Marketing, Healthcare, Wellbeing and his Founder Journey.

Startups & Founders   Tech for Good   Media & Creative  

Be a part of the SHIFT Speaker Database

The SHIFT Speaker Database aims to highlight the diversity of tech and digital public speakers in the South West, as well as offer support for those new to the sector and region. Our focus is on facilitating platforms for underrepresented voices in tech and digital, in particular:

  • Those from the LGBT+ community
  • Women, trans and non-binary individuals
  • Those of Black and Asian heritage
  • Neurodivergent and disabled individuals

The South West has a thriving tech and digital sector with a track record of holding invaluable events for our community to connect with one another.

Whilst our sector holds a copious number of events, they, unfortunately, don’t represent the diversity of the region. This is something we can’t afford to ignore as our sector grows alongside the need for diverse talent; the significance of representation has been proven to be a great source of inspiration to those wanting to join the tech and digital sector.

Zara NanuCEO & Founder of Gapsquare

“The lack of diversity at events, senior roles and boardrooms merely shows one part of underrepresentation in the tech sector. There are so many talented unrepresented voices in the industry who have the potential to make the Bristol & Bath tech sector even better, so we’re really happy to support SHIFT to celebrate diverse voices in our region.”

Joyann BoyceCEO & Founder of Arima & Co

"The more we can get the underrepresented voices of experts in tech and digital into conferences, events around the South West, the greater and richer our community will be"

Marissa Lewis-PeartMidweight UX Consultant at Immersive Labs

"I decided to join the SHIFT Speaker Database as it was the perfect opportunity to not only become the kind of role model that I would love to see, but also network with other people from underrepresented backgrounds and other speakers."