Kwame Kwaten

As the founder & MD of Ferocious Talent, Kwame has seen the company’s exponential growth across the last two years.

It now houses 3 sister companies; Ferocious Label Services (FLS), F.A.B. Consultancy and Ferocious Productions.

Ferocious Talent is a music management & artist development company that covers artist management, label services, music consultancy and in-house production which manages acts such as George Ogilvie, Blue Lab Beats, Jodie Abacus, Caitlyn Scarlett, Steve Brown (Laura Mvula/Rumer producer & cowriter), writer/producer Jack Gourlay (Jess Glynne/Tom Odell/Jack Garrett) & many more.

Kwame has always made a conscious effort to involve and open doors for young people to get into the music business. He started the Urban Music Seminar, which evolved into The Ultimate Seminar which he is a co-director of with Andrea Euell and Nicky Charles. This is regularly oversubscribed and over-attended.

Professor Jason Leitch

Jason has worked for the Scottish Government since 2007 and in January 2015 was appointed as The National Clinical Director in the Health and Social Care Directorate. He is a Scottish Government Director and a member of the Health and Social Care Management Board. He is one of the senior team responsible for the NHS in Scotland.

He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee.

Jason was the 2011 UK Clinician of the Year.

He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He was a 2005-06 Quality Improvement Fellow at IHI, in Boston, sponsored by the Health Foundation.

Jason is also a trustee of the UK wing of the Indian Rural Evangelical Fellowship which runs orphanages in southeast India.

He has a doctorate from the University of Glasgow, an MPH from Harvard and is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Jason was appointed to NHS England review group led by Don Berwick looking into the patient safety elements of the Francis Inquiry

Douglas Alexander

Rt. Hon. Douglas Alexander is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, a Visiting Professor at Kings College, London, Trustee of the Royal United Services Institute, a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Chair of Unicef UK. Mr. Alexander previously served in the U.K. Government for nine years, and as a Member of the UK Parliament for eighteen years. As the UK’s Governor to the World Bank, and the UK’s International Development Secretary, Alexander was tasked with developing innovative approaches to resolve and preempt some of the most complex challenges to the wellbeing of the global economy. Alexander also served as Minister of State for E-Commerce & Competitiveness, Minister of State for Cabinet Office, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs, attending the Cabinet of Tony Blair as Minister for Europe, before becoming Secretary of State for Scotland and Secretary of State for Transport. As Secretary of State for Transport, jointly with the Home Secretary, Mr Alexander led the UK’s response to the 2006 Transatlantic Aircraft Terror Plot, working with Police, Intelligence Agencies, the Airlines and the US Department of Homeland Security.

Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE, FRS, FREng

A world authority on combustion and acoustics, Dame Ann is a Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge. After working at Rolls-Royce Bristol, she was appointed to a lectureship at the University of Cambridge in 1979, and has held visiting research posts at MIT in 1999 and Caltech in 2001. She was Head of the Department of Engineering at Cambridge from 2009 to 2014.
In 2002, she was recognised in The Queen’s Birthday Honours, receiving a CBE for services to Mechanical Engineering, and again in the 2007 in the New Year’s Honours List when she received a DBE for services to science. In the 2015 New Year’s Honours, she was admitted to the Order of Merit.

After a degree in mathematics Dame Ann completed a PhD in engineering with Prof John Ffowcs Williams FREng, who led pioneering noise-reduction research on Concorde. Dame Ann led the Cambridge MIT Silent Aircraft project, which published its radical new design concept SAX-40 in 2006 with the aim of raising aircraft industry aspirations. She now leads research on efficient, low-emission combustion for aero and industrial gas turbines and low-noise vehicles, particularly aircraft.

Her work in aeronautics and energy has been recognised by fellowships of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, as well as foreign associate membership of both the US National Academy of Engineering and the French Academy of Sciences. Ann was awarded the James Watt International Gold Medal by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 2016 and has received honorary degrees from 15 universities including Oxford, Imperial College London and KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm.

In 2004, she chaired the widely respected report produced jointly by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, Nanoscience and nanotechnologies: opportunities and uncertainties, which highlighted the need for responsible regulation and research around the use of materials at an extremely small scale. The Dowling Review into business university research collaborations, commissioned by the UK government, was published in 2015.

Dame Ann is a non-executive director of BP, a non-executive member of the board of BEIS, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology.

Kate Buckley

Kate Buckley daughter of the Bafta winning casting director Mary Selway, started out as one of the first female Maitre d’hotels at London’s famous Le Caprice restaurant and then went on to become Senior Maitre d’hotel at theatreland’s J.Sheekey restaurant. In 2000 she joined the leading UK agency for representing Actors, Writers and Directors – Independent (then ICM) and is today one of London’s foremost Talent Agents.

Kate formed 42 Management and Production company in 2013 which she runs with four partners; producers Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh and managers Cathy King and Josh Varney. Together they make film and television both here and in America with offices in London and Los Angeles and have a first look deal with Netflix on the film side.

Philip Dobree

Phil is the founder of Jellyfish Pictures, a VFX and animation company that started in 2002. He has worked in all genres of content creation including film, commercials, animation, games and broadcast TV, winning multiple BAFTA, VES, RTS and EMMY awards.
Phil has a unique insight into the industry after running Jellyfish and helping it grow into one of the most respected VFX and Animation companies in the world with a staff of 200. He has assisted the company in pioneering cloud technology, resulting in seamless hybrid rendering solutions and the creation of “virtual studios”. He has helped bring in and overseen work from leading studios and broadcasters including Star Wars Rogue One, The Last Jedi and Solo in film to Outlander, Black Mirror, Dennis & Gnasher: Unleashed, Bitz and Bob and Floogals for TV in just the last 2 years.
Phil is also a BAFTA, RTS and VES judge and a member of the VFX/digital effects and Animation chapter of BAFTA. He sits on the board of UK Screen Alliance, Animation UK and the council of the Creative Industries Federation. He was selected in the RTS Broadcast HOT 100 most influential people in Broadcast Media in 2012/13.

Elaine Bedell

Elaine Bedell is the Chief Executive of the Southbank Centre and was appointed in May 2017, becoming the first woman Chief Executive of Europe’s largest arts centre in its 66 year history.

Previously, Elaine enjoyed a twenty-five year career in the media, working in senior roles at the BBC and at ITV where she commissioned and produced some of the UK’s most popular and original factual, entertainment and comedy titles including Strictly Come Dancing, The X factor, Britain’s Got Talent and Top Gear.

Elaine has won a BAFTA and a British Comedy Award and was Executive Chair of the Edinburgh International TV Festival for four years. She was appointed a Trustee for the V&A Museum by the Prime Minister in 2015.

Professor Linda Merrick

Professor Linda Merrick is Principal of Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), a leading conservatoire for aspiring young musicians and one of the North West’s most thriving performance venues.

A professional clarinettist with over 20 recordings to her name, Linda is an established international artist specialising in contemporary music and for the past 15 years has been at the forefront of generating new solo and chamber works for her instrument by British composers. She performs and teaches across the UK, mainland Europe, America, Asia and Australia, and has presented masterclasses, lecture recitals and research papers in some of the world’s most prestigious universities, colleges and conservatoires.

Linda joined the RNCM in 2001 as Director of Performance Studies and Senior Tutor in Clarinet before becoming Vice-Principal in 2006, Acting Principal in 2012, and Principal in January 2013. In addition, she is Chair of Conservatoires UK, a member of the International Advisory Council for the Creative Industries Federation and Vice-President of the Clarinet and Saxophone Society of Great Britain. Linda is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Royal Society of Arts and is the UK Representative for Howarth Clarinets.

Adam Zamoyski

Adam Zamoyski is an independent historian and author of a dozen books on various aspects of European History. They include two Sunday Times best-sellers, The Polish Way and 1812. Napoleon’s Fatal March on Moscow, and have been widely translated. He speaks several languages and his books adopt a many-sided approach to complex questions such as the birth of nationalism in Europe, the early history of terrorism and, in his ground-breaking study of the Congress of Vienna, Rites of Peace, diplomatic power-politics. His latest book, Napoleon. The Man behind the Myth, provides an entirely original insight into the phenomenon of the man’s rise and fall.

Sir Jonathan Mills

Sir Jonathan is a prominent Australian-born composer and festival director, who resides in the UK. In the 1990s he worked in the Architecture Faculty of RMIT University in Melbourne, leading courses in acoustic design. He is the composer of several award-winning operas and works for chamber ensemble and orchestra. His opera Eternity Man was recognised by a Genesis Foundation commission in 2003 and his oratorio Sandakan Threnody won the Prix Italia in 2005. He has been director of various music and multi-arts festivals in Australia and also in the UK, where he was the director of the Edinburgh International Festival between 2007 and 2014. He is currently Director of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit, a UNESCO-recognised biennial meeting held in conjunction with Edinburgh’s summer festivals and is the current President of the EFFE International Jury. EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) is a joint initiative of the European Festivals Association and the European Commission.