Meet the speakers

We’re pleased to introduce the speakers for this year’s Let’s Do Business Brighton Expo. New for 2019 are our lively debates. The debates have been introduced following engaging Q & A sessions at the end of last year’s seminars.

Seminars will take place in the Gap Solutions Lounge on the first floor. There will be regular announcements prior to discussions and talks starting, but please get in early to avoid disappointment.

Here’s the detailed full list of speakers for this year:


Switchplane: The future of social media, what’s next?


Garry James

Digital Marketing Manager, Switchplane. 

Garry has worked freelance producing digital marketing campaigns for a range of corporate clients as well as tourism destinations over Europe before joining Switchplane. Garry focuses on how digital marketing can actually help businesses, instead of selling generic packages that produce poor results.



Discussion Panel: Funding Innovation


Chair of panel: Adrian Howells

 Director Corporate Finance Team, Quantuma.

Adrian works closely with both corporate clients as well as private equity houses, and focuses on deals within the lower and mid-markets. As a corporate finance specialist, his expertise include assisting business owners and management teams in their buy and build strategy as well as providing debt advice.


Lorraine Bell

Commercialisation Manager, Green Growth Platform/Clean Growth UK.

Innovation funding through Universities. Learn about our successful track record of helping businesses to access funding to turn ideas into innovative new products and services.



Simon Bulteel

Director, Cooden Tax Consulting.

I’ll be covering the basics of Research and Development Tax Credits and exploring how it interacts with the funding offerings of my fellow panellists.



Dr Bryan Hanley

Specialist, Knowledge Transfer Network.

The Role of KTN is to help business to create value from innovation. Our scope is broad and we work particularly at sectoral interfaces to maximise benefits.



Rupert Rawcliffe

Founder SRC Corporate Finance / Private Investor.

One of the region’s active tech investors and award winning dealmakers. Rupert will discuss some useful fundraising principles followed by real life case studies.



Phil Coutanche

Business Finance Specialist, Let’s Do Business Finance.

Highly experienced finance professional with SME’s helping them find the right type of finance to make their business ambitions achievable.




Clean Growth UK: Cleaner and greener innovation in business 


Dr David Greenfield FCIWM, FRSA, CEnv

Manging Director, Social, Environmental & Economic Solutions (SOENECS) Ltd.

How adopting clean and green business innovation can drive your business forward will be discussed by Dr Greenfield, who is a government, public and private sector research and innovation advisor on Circular Economy, Waste & Resource management and Energy.



Discussion Panel: Accessing Innovation Support


Chair of panel: Philip Johnson

Director, Locate East Sussex.

Philip’s extensive innovation experience has come through work at Black&Decker, 3M, Wilson Sporting Goods, Design Council, Patent Office and Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Lou Williams

Growth Manager, Coast to Capital Growth Hub.

Escalator programme is a Peer to peer group programme for scaling businesses developed to enable business leaders to discuss and develop practical ways of unlocking barriers to growth. This programme will address the issues identified by the members including BREXIT.


Zoë Osmond

Director, Clean Growth UK – University of Brighton.

Clean Growth UK is a national business-innovation network delivered via three regional hubs, including Green Growth Platform/University of Brighton.



Shirley Mansfield

Innovation Adviser, Enterprise Europe Network.

Scared about innovation? Don’t be. Every business has it. But you might need help to uncover and monetise it. Come and find out….



Simon Chuter

Innovation Advisor, Sussex Innovation Centre.

Simon Chuter, Innovation Advisor fills in the gaps on the Why? The How? And the What? of the Sussex Innovation Centre.




Dan Shelley

Executive Director: Strategic Partnerships and Engagement, East Sussex College Group.

Industry Placements could be yet another task from employers. We see them differently, as win-win-wins for businesses, colleges and students – let’s see if you agree!



Showstorm: Virtual and augmented reality 101 


Mark Bellinger

Managing Director, Showstorm Ltd.

Businesses who understand and embrace emerging technologies gain an advantage over their competition. In the 1990’s it was the World-Wide-Web, in the 2000’s Social Media and the last decade the Smartphone and Apps.

Mark Bellinger has been helping businesses exploit these disruptive technologies for the last twenty years, and in his dynamic presentation, he will show you the next evolution that your business needs to understand.

Mark will demonstrate to you precisely what the technology is, give you practical advice on what it can do for you right now, and a glimpse into how it will impact on your life and business over the next ten years.


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