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Ali Kazmi

Founder

Bristol, UK

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,UK

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, UK

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, UK

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  

Annie Legge

CO-Founder

Bath, UK

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, UK

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  

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, UK

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  

Cornell Campbell

Head of Sales

Bristol, UK

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, UK

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  

Eriol Fox

Product Manager & Senior Designer

Bristol, UK

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  

Hannah Smith

Operations & Training Manager

Minehead, UK

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  

Jaye Cowle

Managing Director

Exeter, UK

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  

Joanne Kiston

Senior Data Scientist

Bristol, UK

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, UK

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  

Laura Gemmell

Senior Data Scientist

Bristol, UK

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, UK

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  

Nicola Telford

Founder

Bristol, UK

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, UK

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  

Rema Mukena

Content Producer

Bristol, UK

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, UK

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  

Sara Telahoun

Principal Consultant

Bristol, UK

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  

Shira Tsinovich

Senior Quality Assurance Manager

Bristol/Gloucester, UK

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, UK

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  

Zobir Alexander

Founder

Bristol, UK

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."