Faisal Abdu'Allah
Visual artist, Barber

Faisal Abdu’Allah work has primarily evolved from the interface of print media and photography, enabling him to reposition values and ideologies pertaining to representation and masculinity. He has received numerous accolades including the IDA Award, First Prize at the Tallinn Print Triennial, Decibel Artist Award and recently the Evjue Foundation Award. Abdu’Allah was featured in The Fade, directed by Andy Mundy-Castle, starring Pharell Williams and has participated in the Sharjah, Torino, Tallinn and the 55th Venice Biennale. His works are in numerous collections – The Arts Council, Tate Britain, The Victoria & Albert Museum and recently The Chazen Museum. Abdu’Allah is represented by Magnolia Editions and Autograph ABP.

Faisal graduated from Central Saint Martins, UAL.


Faisal is speaking at Documentary Practice: Past and Future.

Tomi Adebayo
Creative Technologist, UNILAD

Tomi is a multifaceted creative individual who is known in the technology industry as Gadgetsboy (his website reaches over 120,000 unique impressions, per month). When he is not talking about consumer-tech he can be found travelling around the world with a camera in hand taking urban city landscape photos. And if that’s not impressive enough Tomi now heads up UNILAD tech, with over 2 million followers on Facebook, 150 million video views, per month and 68 million unique impressions on the website.


Tomi is speaking at Black out white noise to make yourself a success.

Patricia van den Akker
Director, The Design Trust

Patricia took over The Design Trust, an online business school for designers and makers, in 2011. She has 14 years experience in giving creative and cultural business advice and is a regular columnist for The Design Doctor.


Patricia is speaking at Pricing: the most common mistakes and strategies and How to use social media to get clients and jobs..

Isabella van Braeckel
Designer for Theatre and Screen, Freelance

Since graduating from CSM in 2014, Isabella has worked as a set and costume designer, specialising in contemporary dance and new writing. She is a Gate Theatre Creative Associate. Her upcoming work includes ‘Madame Butterfly’ at Cadogan Hall, ‘5 out of 10 Men’ at the Edinburgh Fringe and ‘The Boys in the Band’ at the Park Theatre.


Isabella is speaking at Starting out in theatre, screen and performance.

Alison Branagan
Author, Visual Arts Consultant

Alison Branagan is an author and visual arts consultant. Over the last 15 years she has written several books and has studied different approaches to teaching enterprise theory and practical skills.

Since 1999 she has established a number of business, entrepreneurship and self-promotion courses at a number of London universities including Central Saint Martins and guest lectures at a number of other universities and arts organisations.

She has a Masters degree in Applied Art and Visual Culture, is an Associate of the Institute of Consulting, a Member of the Society of Authors and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is also an associate of The Design Trust and is currently a mentor on the Crafts Council’s Hothouse Programme.


Alison is speaking at Ways to win: the art of entrepreneurship and confidence.

Rachel Bunn
IP Solicitor, EIP Legal

Rachel Bunn specialises in writing contracts that enable creators to commercialise their IP assets, maximising their revenues and minimising their business risks. Rachel is pragmatic and rapidly gets to the heart of the matter. She has worked extensively with SMEs and individuals for many years.




Carissa is speaking at You own your ideas: protecting your work and intellectual property.

Xenia Capacete Caballero
Curator, White Line Projects

White Line Projects is a curatorial and creative studio established in London by fashion curators and exhibition makers McKay and Capacete Caballero. Their practice and research is focused on innovative, digital and multidisciplinary methods of curation and content creation, resulting in a diverse range of outcomes from exhibitions to installations and digital experiences.


Xenia is speaking at Curating and entrepreneurial practice: panel discussion and networking.

Emily Carter
Designer, Emily Carter

Emily Carter is a MiAL Artist who graduated from BA Fashion Textiles, London College of Fashion in 2014. Emily’s stunning range of silk scarves, inspired by flora and fauna are a luxurious accessory. She is now a practicing designer and has launched her own brand.


Emily is speaking at Sell your work and make a living.

Dave Charlesworth
Artist, Curator, Founder, KitMapper

Dave is an artist, curator and the founder of KitMapper, the UK’s first equipment rental network for creatives. Dave is a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Arts and at Camberwell College of Arts, UAL. He is also the director at London based gallery South Kiosk which seeks to explore the evolution of technology within contemporary art.


Dave is speaking at Artquest Rates: keep your practice going with access to resources after university.

Alex Chinneck
Artist & Creative Director of Alex Chinneck Studio , Public Sculpture Limited

Uniting the disciplines of art, architecture and engineering the work of British artist Alex Chinneck is considerable in ambition. His London based studio has realised a succession of major public artworks across the UK and his work has been featured extensively by global media with selected projects receiving over one Million visitors.


Alex is speaking at Starting out in Fine Art.

Devi Clark
Scaling Manager, Impact Hub Kings Cross

Devi currently works as Scaling Manager at the Impact Hub in Kings Cross, working with successful social enterprises who are ready to grow their businesses in the UK, or to one of the other 7 European countries in the Scaling Programme.

Devi’s is driven to help people find how they and their strengths are best appreciated. Her passion for people, business and social welfare has evolved into work as a coach, consultant, author and public speaker.


Devi is speaking at Change the world through social enterprise.

Nova Dando
Creative Director, Commercial Producer

After graduating from Central St Martins, Nova started working in fashion PR for Mandi Lennard, and soon began to assist on high profile fashion shoots for American Vogue, i-D and The Guardian. As a result of her work being spotted by M.I.A she started designing costumes for music videos and shoots for La Roux, Peaches, Hercules and Love Affair, Klaxons and The Gossip.

Working more closely with bands and their management teams, she soon stepped up into a director role overseeing the whole creative campaign process, including directing music videos, producing photoshoots, designing logos and album artwork.

Today she is a 360° director working with commercial clients across a number of fields including music, fashion and technology. I create content for multi-platform campaigns across TV, digital and social media.


Nova is speaking at Glug x UAL: Graduate Futures Week launch event.

Rosalind Davis
Artist-curator, Co-Founder, Zeitgeist Arts Projects

Rosalind Davis is an artist-curator and a graduate of Chelsea College of Art.
Davis has recently been appointed as Curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery, with previous curatorial projects at Standpoint Gallery, Geddes Gallery and at Bond House Gallery.

Davis has an expertise in the arts and creative sectors, managing and developing artist led arts organizations and events; Zeitgeist Arts Projects and Core Gallery. As a creative consultant Davis has worked for arts organisations, charities and independents as well as corporations such as BBC4 and E4.
Davis has led art tours for the ICA (London and Boston), SLAM and the Whitechapel; lectures across the country; and has been selected be a UK Young Artists Ambassador.


Rosalind is speaking at Gallery Tour: Window to the art world.

John Devo
Content Marketing Manager, Wex Photographic

Londoner Jon Devo specialises in all things content-related, be that through marketing or journalism, with a focus on consumer technology and imaging. While studying a dual BA in psychology and journalism at City University, Jon started his own magazine called heDD, which went from a small local Greater London-only distribution to peaking with a national circulation of 30,000 per month, stocked in Tescos, WHSmiths and general newsagents. This paved the way for him to be head hunted to write for Time Inc. and eventually gained him the position he has now at Wex Photographic, the largest independent camera retailer in the UK.


John is speaking at Black out white noise to make yourself a success.

Mathew Dixon
Director, Hudson Walker International

Mathew joined Hudson Walker International in 2003 and was appointed a Director in 2005. Mathew leads the Executive Search practice and has made key leadership appointments within many premier luxury brands around the world. In recent years, he has also worked with British Fashion Council advising UK based luxury labels, offering business mentoring, and operational advice.

Mathew is speaking at Starting out in fashion, textiles and accessories.

Katie Dominy
Co-founder and Content Director, ARTS THREAD

Katie Dominy is the Co-founder, Director and Content Director for ARTS THREAD. An alumni of UAL London, Katie worked as a designer and then joined WGSN in its start-up days as an editor and trend specialist. Katie works freelance for Future Concept Lab and Comme des Garçons Paper.


Katie is speaking at Get covered: press releases and the importance of images

Sandra Dubois
Curator, Dubois & Spencer

Dubois & Spencer is a collaborative partnership in creative consultancy. They recently catalogued and curated an exhibition of the Lightfoot Archive, the private collection of textile conservator Janie Lightfoot. Dubois and Spencer also run MONOCHROME, a platform that showcases the talents and research of emerging fashion curators and researchers.


Sandra is speaking at Curating and entrepreneurial practice: panel discussion and networking.

Sophie Ellis
Detail Designer, Jaguar Landrover

Sophie E Ellis graduated from Central St Martins with a degree in Jewellery design and went on to work as a watch designer at Swiss mechanical watch movement engineering company Centagora Sarl, she is now a distinguished detail designer at Jaguar Land Rover.


Sophie is speaking at Starting out in product, 3D and materials.

Olly Fathers
Artist, Wimbledon (2012)

Olly Fathers graduated from the BA Painting course at Wimbledon College of Arts in 2012. He is now a member of MiAL Alumni and a practicing artist. He has exhibited both across the UK and internationally, has won Awards for his practice, and had his work featured in press and public projects.

Olly’s primary art practice is based around our interaction with urban space around us.


Olly Fathers is speaking at Sell your work and make a living.


Alex Fowkes
Freelance Graphic Designer, Lecturer, Author,

Alex Fowkes is an award winning British graphic designer, known for his unique typographic work, installations & murals. These can be found in retail stores, music venues and office spaces for the likes of Sony Music, O2 Academy & Urban Outfitters. Alex has created mammoth type installations, bespoke artwork for international advertising campaigns and help create custom retail experiences. Ontop of this in 2014 Alex became a published author with his book ‘Drawing Type – An Introduction to Illustrating Letterforms’ alongside American publishers Rockport. He also gives regular lectures and workshops at Universities on various subjects from design and typography to entrepreneurship. Alex is represented commercially by WE ARE GOODNESS.


Alex is speaking at Glug x UAL: Graduate Futures Week launch event.

Fiona Furness
Studios Manager, SPACE

Fiona studied Fine Art and after completing a PGCE at Goldsmiths worked in the Education Department at the Whitechapel Gallery for six years.

She has been the Studios Manager at SPACE since 1995 and has a wealth of knowledge about studio provision in London.


Fiona is speaking at Getting your first studio: all you need to know.

Dan Flashman
Senior Designer, Tangerine

Dan Flashman is an experienced senior designer at Tangerine with exceptional insight and expertise in transport and consumer electronics, designing watches and mobile phones for luxury brands TAG Heuer, Dior and Versace to name a few. In 2014 he also led a Tangerine team to win the Royal Mint competition to design a new 50p commemorative coin.


Dan is speaking at Starting out in product, 3D and materials.

Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor
Owner, Producer, Writer, Joi Productions

Joy Gharoro-Akpojotor is an award-winning producer, with experience in directing, writing and producing theatre and films. Her work reflects her cultural background, having grown up in Nigeria, Brunei and the UK, where she seeks to tell socially conscious stories that allow people to think, exploring other alternatives where possible. Her work includes the LGBTQ series BOXX, short film ‘Beyond Plain Sight’, which last year was nominated for the Best Short Film award at Raindajnce, and two indie feature films, ‘M.L.E’ and ‘White Colour Black’. She is also part of the BFI LGBT Mentorship Scheme in 2016 with Ben Roberts (head of BFI Film Fund) as her mentor. At present she is working on a third feature film.


Joy is speaking at Black out white noise to make yourself a success.

Becc Gray
Founder, Bloody Gray

Founder of London agency Bloody Gray, Becc Gray has worked across a multitude of areas within the fashion industry with both established and emerging brands helping set up an implement their marketing, pr, sales, digital and business strategies.
Bloody Gray has grown to become one of London’s premiere agencies known for presenting exciting talent to some of the worlds most important publications, retailers and celebrities.
Becc is a regular speaker for The Centre For Fashion Enterprise, London College Of Fashion, has participated in panel discussions hosted by Vogue Italia and has been an international industry guest across a multitude of Global Fashion Weeks.


Becc is speaking at Pitch perfect: live pitching and interactive workshop.

Katie Harrison
Multimedia Designer, R/GA

Katie Harrison is a Co/Founder of SON tv with fellow graduate Charlotte Freeston from Central St Martins. She is now a Freelance Creative at R/GA having formerly worked at Wieden + Kennedy and currently is also a specialist lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design. Katie’s first collection of short stories will be published Summer 2016.



Katie is speaking at Starting out in Visual Communication.

Rosa Harvest
MiAL Coordinator, Made in Arts London, UAL

Rosa Harvest is the Coordinator at Made in Arts London (MiAL). MiAL is a not for profit enterprise that promotes and sells art and design by UAL students and recent graduates. MiAL also helps artists and designers to develop the skills and networks necessary to sustain their creative careers after graduation.


Rosa is speaking at Sell your work and make a living.

Rebecca Hendin
Illustrator and Designer, Buzzfeed

Rebecca Hendin is an illustrator, cartoonist, designer, artist and animator extraordinaire. She is the in-house illustrator/designer for BuzzFeed International and winner of the 2015 World Illustration Awards for New Talent in Editorial Illustration, her freelance clients include Foyles, Island Records, WPP, Estee Lauder, Eurostar, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Guardian, The Telegraph and Grazia.


Rebecca is speaking at Starting out in Visual Communication.

Nick Howe
Regional Enterprise Manager, NatWest Business Banking

Nick Howe is a NatWest Enterprise Manager who works with enterprise agencies, charities, councils and universities across London to provide support and advice on getting started in business, as well as ways of growing a business and adapting to the changing environments.


Nick is speaking at Start-up surgery.

Jeremy Innes Hopkins
Design Lead, IDEO

Jeremy Innes-Hopkins is a Design Lead and Product & Experience designer at IDEO London, where he helps businesses around the world innovate and grow. With a background in Product Design, Jeremy now designs holistic brand experiences working at the intersection of product, digital, service and spatial design. For the past 2 years Jeremy has spent much of his time designing hotels across the globe. Clients at IDEO include, Intercontinental Hotels, British Airways, IKEA, The Royal Academy of Art and BUPA.

Jeremy graduate from Central Saint Martins.


Jeremy is speaking at Starting out in product, 3D and materials.

Pip Jamieson
Founder, The Dots

Pip Jamieson is the Founder of The Dots. Best described as a ‘LinkedIn for creatives’, The Dots is a creative networking platform designed to help creatives showcase work, network, collaborate and (most importantly) connect with  opportunities. An entrepreneur with a distinctive marmite laugh (you either love it or you hate it) Pip has spent the last 13 years immersed in the creative industries, including executive roles at MTV Australia and New Zealand. Pip lives on a houseboat with her husband in Kings Cross, London. She can be found on Twitter @pip_jamieson & @The_Dots_UK


Pip is speaking at How to land your dream job.

Nick Kaplony
Senior Program Coordinator, Artquest

Artquest provides free advice, information and opportunities for visual artists. Nick has worked at Artquest for over 8 years commissioning online material and running a range of projects to support artists from residencies and talks to funded internships. He is also an artist, freelance curator and a graduate from Camberwell College of Arts.


Nick is speaking at Artquest Rates: keep your practice going with access to resources after university.

Sally Keane
Head of Agency Sales UK Marketing Solutions, Linkedin

Sally joined LinkedIn back in 2008 when LinkedIn was a startup with only 300 people globally.

Sally leads a team that is responsible for the growth of LinkedIn marketing solutions across key agency’s, helping marketers to identify, target and engage with the world’s most influential professionals.

Before joining LinkedIn, Sally ran the Commercial Development team for Entertainment at Yahoo! and started her career in the world of Outdoor convincing big name consumer goods brands to use London buses & underground to market to consumers.

Sally  is a proud UAL alumni and completed her BA in Marketing & Advertising at London college of communications in 2009.


Sally is speaking at How to use Linkedin to kickstart your career.

Helen Kemp
Founder and Director, Just Got Made

Helen is founder and director of Just Got Made, a UAL mentor and freelance creative producer. “I’m interested in how people are revolutionising making, craftsmanship and manufacturing as we move towards a highly personalised, creative and independent future. I’m addicted to learning, and like to pull ideas around and try to communicate them”.


Helen is speaking at Manufacturing for small creative businesses: a practical guide.

Carissa Kendall-Windless
Associate, IP Solicitor, Trademark Attorney, EIP Legal

Carissa Kendall-Windless is a Solicitor and Registered UK and European Trademark Attorney who handles all aspects of IP law and in particular, focuses on brand protection. Her work ranges from trademark clearance and prosecution through to contentious trademark proceedings. Carissa has experience of managing and monetising portfolios for international clients as well as working with SMEs and entrepreneurs.




Carissa is speaking at You own your ideas: protecting your work and intellectual property.

Beatrice Korlekie Newman
Womenswear and Knitwear Designer, KORLEKIE

Beatrice Korlekie Newman, aka KORLEKIE, is a womenswear and knitwear designer whose collections stand for alluring elegance and gothic glamour with a strong influence in traditional crafts.  Korlekie has won prestigious awards such as The Framework Knitters Guild sponsorship in 2009 and also the Hand and Lock Prize for Embroidery.


Beatrice is speaking at Starting out in fashion, textiles and accessories.

Adam Leyland
Sub-editor, The Independent Online

Adam Leyland is an online sub-editor at economia, a finance and accountancy magazine. He previously worked for several years as a sub-editor for the Independent after graduating from LCC in 2013. He also interned as a reporter at the Evening Standard, Liverpool Echo, the Streatham Guardian and TNT Magazine.


Adam is speaking at Starting out in journalism, PR, media and publishing.

Sidney Lim
Digital Media Designer, Wolff Olins

Sidney Lim is a creative practitioner from Singapore with key interests in digital media design, corporate identity branding, and art direction.
Currently a designer at Wolff Olins in London, where he works on crafting exciting brands that feel equally compelling both online and in print.
When he’s not working alone, he works with Ben Silvertown on a variety of projects.

Ben graduated from Central Saint Martins.


Sidney is speaking at Starting out in Visual Communication.

Rebecca Lindsay-Addy

Rebecca Lindsay – Addy is a BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate from Central Saint Martins. After graduating last year she completed two internships at Tate and Showroom Gallery as part of the AWP Internship scheme. She has since been working within gallery education and has an interdisciplinary practice focused on writing.


Rebecca is speaking at Internships today: get experience the right way.

Robert Lundie Smith
Partner, IP Solicitor, EIP Legal

Robert Lundie Smith is a solicitor advocate specialising in IP litigation.  He has experience of IP litigation in a wide range of courts, from the UK’s Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court all the way up to the Court of Justice of the European Union. He has acted for a wide range of arts professionals including musicians, composers, sculptors, typographers, film producers and directors, designers and authors.




Robert is speaking at You own your ideas: protecting your work and intellectual property.

Nastassja Lusengo
Owner, The Indulgent Sugar Plum Café

Nastassja, graduated with a Fashion degree at Kingston University where she aimed to become a world renown designer that specialises in denim. She found herself as the front of house receptionist for the denim brand Diesel, but that’s as far as her denim dream went because through a serious of interesting twist and turns she finds herself the proud owner of Cafe that specialises in Indulgent cakes for all occasions.


Nastassja is speaking at Black out white noise to make yourself a success.

Anne Marie-Bradley
Counsellor, Student Services

Anne-Marie Bradley is a BACP Senior accredited counsellor working in the Counselling and Mental Health team at UAL. She has worked at UAL for many years and has a lot of experience of counselling students on a wide range of issues.  She works at Chelsea and LCC and has a particular  interest in  resilience and helping students to recognise  and build on their resilience and confidence. She has offered similar workshops to todays in past years.

She also regularly co-delivers with Academic Affairs workshops on how to be at ease with presentations.


Anne is speaking at Life after UAL: How to be resilient.

Russell Martin
Programme Director, Artquest

Russell Martin is a graduate of The Glasgow School of Art who has lived in London since 1998 where he initially worked extensively in gallery education. His self-initiated projects include peer mentoring, artist-led galleries, radio programmes, and interdisciplinary arts social events. Russell is also a member of the board at Block 336, an advisor for PRAKSIS and a Fellow of the RSA.


Jessica is speaking at Artquest Rates: keep your practice going with access to resources after university.

Fiona Mckay
Curator, White Line Projects

White Line Projects is a curatorial and creative studio established in London by fashion curators and exhibition makers McKay and Capacete Caballero. Their practice and research is focused on innovative, digital and multidisciplinary methods of curation and content creation, resulting in a diverse range of outcomes from exhibitions to installations and digital experiences.


Fiona is speaking at Curating and entrepreneurial practice: panel discussion and networking.

Jessica Mello
Co-founder and Director, London Sculpture Workshop

MA (Slade School of Fine Art), BA (Central St Martins; Byam Shaw)
Background of nearly 20 years Arts Administration and Events Project Management
Passionate about education for both artistic community and wider public
Currently crowdfunding for community education project


Jessica is speaking at Artquest Rates: keep your practice going with access to resources after university.

Dan Moore
Group Creative Director, Studio Output

Dan is a founding partner of Studio Output and a hands-on Creative Director, with over 15 years’ experience in design, art direction and branding.


In 2002, following a Fine Art degree and a period at a Nottingham design agency, he set up Studio Output with the simple intention of making ‘great work for interesting people’.


Dan oversees the creative and production side of the studio and ensures our work maintains a sense of adventure, inspiration and innovation, while always providing a commercial polish. He loves bringing teams together and sharing his deep knowledge of branding and user experience, to ensure our projects truly deliver.


His understanding of the entertainment, media and music sectors has seen him lead Studio Output on major projects for Pottermore, the BBC, Sony PlayStation and Penguin.

A frequent contributor to press and publications worldwide, Dan has judged D&AD awards, lectured and taught at various UK universities. He’s currently a mentor on the MA Interaction Design course at London College of Communication.


Dan is speaking at Glug x UAL: Graduate Futures Week launch event.

Scott Morrison
Founder, The Boom!

Hi – I’m Scott Morrison, Founder of The Boom!


I had my Boom! well and truly unleashed at brands and businesses like Diesel, Levi’s, Nike, Saatchi and Saatchi and Wieden & Kennedy.


I learnt from some incredible leaders who always encouraged me to stay connected to my intuitive, visceral creativity. I’ve commented on it throughout my career in the media shown below.


I am so passionate about helping people everywhere reconnect with their Boom! that I started this movement – my mission is to unleash the Boom! in 1 MILLION people by 2020.


All of our masterclasses produce more Boom! leaders. We provide freeware for you to take our techniques and share them broadly. You create the environment for others to explore, connect to and unleash their Boom!


Scott is speaking at Glug x UAL: Graduate Futures Week launch event.

Sean Murphy
Creative Director, Moving Brands

When Sean joined Moving Brands, he brought with him a unique blend of brand, design and communications dexterity. He has worked in the world’s best advertising, branding, and fashion businesses, and has also run his own studio for a decade, working with the best of the fashion and cultural sectors including The Saatchi Gallery, the Guardian, Dolce & Gabanna and Vogue. At Moving Brands, Sean has lead projects for MoMA and the BBC, as well as a project he is especially proud of, working with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.


It’s the possibilities of design that excites Sean, that there are no right ways to approach a solution. He loves nothing more than finding shape in an idea, making it solid, bringing it to life and galvanising creative and client teams behind it. His career highlights to date include utilising the dying BT phone box infrastructure for the Nike Grid running game, art directing six different international editions of Vogue, and his Cannes Lion award-winning campaign for Honda.


Sean studied at Central St Martins, where he was also an associate lecturer, and the Royal College of Art and he cut his teeth working at Wieden + Kennedy, Mario Testino+ and North.


Twitter + Instagram: @smallhandsean


Sean is speaking at Glug x UAL: Graduate Futures Week launch event.

Alice Normington
Production Designer, Film

Alice Normington is an award-winning production designer, whose vibrant career spans over two decades.

Normington’s impressive resume includes television projects for the BBC, Company Pictures, Sky, Endor Pictures and C4, on productions such as Great Expectations (2000) and White Teeth (2003). She has received a BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design and two BAFTA nominations.

Normington’s work in film includes Hilary and Jackie (1998), which was nominated for two Academy Awards, as well as several BAFTAs. Further film credits include Proof (2005), Brideshead Revisited (2008), and Nowhere Boy (2010).

Most recently, Normington has worked on The Riot Club (2014) and Suffragette (2015). 

Alice is a graduate of Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL.


Alice is speaking at Starting out in theatre, screen and performance.

Christina Norton
Director , Fluid: Architecture_Urbansim_Participation

Christina founded Fluid in 1996. The practice has contributed to new attitudes towards architecture and creative practice. Live research and user participation informs urban strategies, as well as one off architectural projects. Christina has taught at the Architectural Association and London Metropolitan University and was a founder of NATØ the 1980’s avant-garde architecture group.


Christina is speaking at Starting out in architecture and spatial design.

Andrew Parker
, Levi Strauss & Co.

Lead European talent acquisition for Levi Strauss & Co. in partnership with internal HR leaders and key business partners across the region. Delivering talent & resourcing strategy across corporate functions; implementing global practices, methods & tools, and driving strategic functional resourcing, performance, capability and talent pipelines.


Andrew is speaking at Starting out in fashion, textiles and accessories.

Gabriella Pisani
Beauty Journalist, Pretty Ugly

Gabriella Pisani started her career as a Beauty Journalist writing for publications including LOOK, The Sunday Mirror and Hello! Fashion Monthly. Just over a year ago she decided to set up her own health and beauty website Pretty Ugly to share her passion and expertise of the industry, which features honest reviews with a vastly growing audience of followers. Most recently, Gabriella has also branched out into presenting at beauty events, collaborating with Elle, Red, Cosmopolitan & Harper’s Bazaar on events.


Gabriella is speaking at Starting out in journalism, PR, media and publishing.

Sophie Pradère
Freelance Curator,

Sophie Pradère is an independent curator and copyright lawyer, based in London, with a strong expertise in the field of computer/digital/new-media and Internet. Her curatorial practice is based on new media art and art practice in the digital age and her research is focused on investigating the challenges of collecting born-digital art, including from a curatorial and conservational standpoints.


Sophie is speaking at Curating and entrepreneurial practice: panel discussion and networking.

Jessica Roper
Marketing and Gallery Coordinator, Peckham Platform

Jessica graduated from the BA Fine Art course at Chelsea College of Art in 2013. Since then, Jessica has exhibited in UAL’s Future Map, participated in Reitir, an international collaborative project in Siglufjördur, Iceland and completed the AWP internship at The Showroom. Jessica is currently the Marketing and Gallery Coordinator at Peckham Platform.


Jessica is speaking at Internships today: get experience the right way.

Julie Seal
Creative Strategist, Facebook & Instagram

Julie’s advertising career began with a gin and tonic, a good bra and a motorbike, (though not in the way you might expect). And she has since bounced between every type of advertising finally landing as Creative Director in agencies such as Sunshine, R/GA and Mother, before becoming Creative Strategist at Facebook & Instagram. She works in their Creative Shop helping brands and ad agencies to make their ads better on the platforms. Though her job is like being a mini ad agency in a single person – and as such, it’s ridiculously good fun. On the side she writes plays, screenplays, short stories and books, overly-instagrams her dog, and runs a supperclub for singles in her home in Brockley.


Julie is speaking at Glug x UAL: Graduate Futures Week launch event.

Frances Shepherd
Solicitor, Shedians

Francesca Shepherd is a solicitor in the Fashion and Brands Group at Sheridans. Sheridans is a boutique IP, media and entertainment firm based in Soho.

Francesca is a commercial intellectual property specialist with particular expertise within the fashion industry. She advises both creative individuals and‎ companies on the use exploitation and protection of intellectual property including infringement issues. Such issues include the infringement of designs, trade marks and the passing off of goods.

She advises a broad range of clients including fashion and luxury brands, designers, photographers and modelling agencies.


Frances is speaking at Pitch perfect: live pitching and interactive workshop.

Cherie Silver
Senior Gallery Assistant, CHELSEA space, UAL Chelsea College of Arts

Cherie Silver completed her MA in Curating and Collections in 2015. She was awarded the Chelsea Arts Club Research Fellowship, working with Donald Smith and Karen Di Franco in CHELSEA space on the exhibition programme, as well as continuing her own research. In January she started in the role of Senior Gallery Assistant at CHELSEA space.


Cherie is speaking at Curating and entrepreneurial practice: panel discussion and networking.

Aida Silvestri
Artist, Photographer

Born in 1978 in Eritrea; lives and works in London. Aida Silvestri studied photography at Kensington and Chelsea College, and at the University of Westminster, London. She was voted one of the British Journal of Photography’s two Best of Show Winners at the Free Range exhibition, London in 2013. Her work addresses potent current issues of culture, ethnicity, identity, health and politics. Silvestri’s practice explores new and unique approaches of documentary photography in order to raise awareness. Her work has recently been shown at the Photographers’ Gallery and Roman Road, London.

Aida is speaking at Documentary Practice: Past and Future.

Darren Smyth
Partner, Patent and Design Attorney, EIP Legal

Darren Smyth is a UK and European Patent Attorney practising in patents and designs, and heads EIP’s chemistry practice group EIP Elements.  He writes on IP issues, in particular on the IPKat weblog. Darren studied chemistry at the University of Oxford, and worked in Japan for two years, before entering the patent profession.




Darren is speaking at You own your ideas: protecting your work and intellectual property.

Helen Spencer
Curator, Dubois & Spencer

Dubois & Spencer is a collaborative partnership in creative consultancy. They recently catalogued and curated an exhibition of the Lightfoot Archive, the private collection of textile conservator Janie Lightfoot. Dubois and Spencer also run MONOCHROME, a platform that showcases the talents and research of emerging fashion curators and researchers.


Helen is speaking at Curating and entrepreneurial practice: panel discussion and networking.

Chloe Spicer
Library Curator and Bookish Artist, Object Book

Chloe Spicer is a bookish artist and founder of the alternative book arts studio ‘Object Book’, funded by the Wandle Studio Prize 2015. A Wimbledon Print and Time-Based Media graduate, she runs Library Raves, makes edible books and runs bookish workshops and events to explore a multi sensory accessibility for ‘the book’.


Chloe is speaking at Starting out in Fine Art.

Gavin Strange
Senior Designer, Aardman Animations

Gavin Strange is a senior designer at Aardman Animations, the Academy Award-winning studio behind Shaun the Sheep and Wallace & Gromit. By night, he develops his own creative side projects under the name of JamFactory. Gavin lives in Bristol with his wife and their greyhound, Arnie.


Gavin is speaking at Time to pursue your passion: Do Fly with Gavin Strange.

Kibwe Tavares
Architect, Animator

Kibwe Tavares initially trained as an architect, graduating in 2011 from the Bartlett School of Architecture. His thesis was an animated film called Robots of Brixton. The short went on to win the Special Jury Award for Animation Direction at Sundance 2012. Kibwe was then cited as one of Fast Company’s ‘100 Most Creative People in Business 2012’ and was awarded a prestigious TED fellowship.

In 2013, with the backing of Film4, Kibwe directed his second short film, Jonah and was awarded both the Special Jury prize and ‘Best Short Film’ at CFP-E and SHOTS Young Directors.

More recently, Kibwe was named as one of the top 20 young global directors at the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase at the Cannes Lions Festival.


Kibwe is speaking at Starting out in architecture and spatial design.

Katia Thoger
Freelance Interior Designer and Stylist, Current project at Johnson Naylor

Over the past four years Katia has worked as a freelance designer in both in Stockholm and London with experience in spatial design, set design, branding experience, furniture making and styling.

She finds inspiration moving between the different ways of making and designing to constantly boost her creativity. She has worked for companies such as Elle Interior Sweden, Skanska Hem, Iittala, Eventbrite and Johnson Naylor.


Katia is speaking at Starting out in architecture and spatial design.

Caroline Thomson
Director & Agent, Arena Illustration

Caroline studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Norwich School of Art and gained a Masters in Illustration at the University of Brighton. After a ten year career as a freelance illustrator, she joined Arena Illustration as a rep in 2001, going on to become co-director in 2005.


Caroline is speaking at A guide to commissioning: from brief to contract.

Angela Wachner
Project and Programme Manager, Royal Opera House

Angela Wachner is a Project and Programme Manager currently working on a Diversity Project for the Royal Opera House looking at creating opportunities for more people to join the ROH.  Prior to working at the ROH Angela has been seconded to the Manchester International Festival as an Assistant Producer for MIF Creative and headed up  the National Theatre’s Audience Experience team.  Angela studied Theatre and Arts Management at the University of Melbourne in Australia and has a Master of Science in Psychology.


Angela is speaking at CV checks.

Helen Walker
Co-Director, They Are Here

They Are Here (f.2006) is a collective practice steered by Helen Walker & Harun Morrison. Their work can be seen as a series of context-specific games that explore modes of cooperation and group dynamics. They Are Here work across media and types of site. Institutions they have presented work include: Arnolfini, Chisenhale Gallery, South London Gallery, Tate Modern, STUK (Leuven, Belgium) & Whitechapel Gallery.

Helen is speaking at Starting out in theatre, screen and performance.

Giorgina Whittaker
Publicist & Co-founder, Sample

Giorgina Whittaker  is a Communications expert with over 12 years experience. In 2014 she co-founded Sample consultancy which takes advantage of major changes in technology and communications which came about when she saw a need for an alternative business model; new and more diverse and one that could house varied talent and facilitate new ways of thinking. In creating Sample, they questioned traditional structures still make sense. They felt that such traditional practices could often create obstacles to assembling the best people from multiple sectors. The business was  formed in reaction to how media has changed and how increasingly time poor individuals have become.


Giorgina is speaking at Pitch perfect: live pitching and interactive workshop.