Warrick Harniess

Founder, Scandinavia Stories Ltd

Warrick Harniess is the founder of Scandinavia Stories Ltd, a learning and development consultancy that specialises in marketing-communications and business start-up support.

He learned his craft during a ten-year career at Pearson Education, and as a lifelong musician inspired by punk rock and the do-it-yourself ethos.

Warrick’s book, Red, White and Radical: What Organisations Can Learn About Change from the Rise of American Conservatism will be published by Routledge in 2020.

Bernard Clarke

Director, Know and Do Ltd

Stephen Harris has supported over 500 start-ups since 1999.

A Chartered Quality Professional and Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Stephen has a wide range of experience in business issues. He has a successful track record in designing, developing and facilitating training courses across business related fields having delivered measurable improvements to profitability and cost reduction in a wide range of organisations from SME’s to large Blue Chip organisations, with a keen understanding of the Key Financial and Quality Performance Indicators.

Stephen’s academic qualifications include a BSc in Organisational Management and Finance with Post Graduate Qualifications in Quality Management. He is a Chartered member of The Institute of Quality Assurance, the British Psychological Society and holds further qualifications in training and development.

As Director of Quesst Ltd between 2000 and 2012 Stephen has worked with organisations such as Rolls Royce, The Open University, Smith & Nephew, City and Guilds, Jaguar, Land Rover, the Co-operative Group and Warwick University.
Quesst Ltd was sold in January 2013 and currently Stephen now works with organisations such Innovation Birmingham as Entrepreneur in Residence supporting new businesses.

Bernard Clarke

Co-Founder & Director, Know and Do Ltd

Bernard Clarke is experienced at establishing and leading business. In a career that has included senior roles in the private sector, academia and charities he has amassed a wealth of knowledge to share. His qualifications include an MSc in Business Management and he is a member of the Institute of Directors.

In 2010 he co-founded a consultancy (Know and Do Limited) specialising in inspiring and enabling business leaders to succeed. Clients come from a wide range of sectors and industries, many lead companies that provide B2B services, and he particularly values giving time to social entrepreneurs. He has supported numerous new business leaders through training, mentoring and coaching across the UK.

He considers helping start-up business owners a privilege. Bernard presents his training with a focus on practical action and clarity of thought, to best help new business leaders prioritise their time and energy. He is the BSEEN trainer for the Business Planning workshop.

Stuart Harrison

Marketing Trainer & Founder of Remedy Roots

Stuart Harrison is a digital marketing consultant and co-founder of Remedy Roots, an award-winning herbal wellness tea business. He’s passionate about bringing new business ideas to life by getting to the heart of what customers want.

After graduating from Aston University, he began his career in an agency working as a marketing planner for global business-to-business technology companies. Stuart offers help to start-ups through training and workshops on building a brand and navigating the digital marketing landscape as an entrepreneur.

Victoria Masso

Founder, Behaviour Hackers

Victoria Masso is an Engineer with a Masters in international Business and training in human behaviour. She is also delivers the ITU’s (International Telecommunication Union) tools for digital ecosystem building. The current global economy and technological advancements translates in the adaptation of new behaviors for organizations, teams and consumers. Victoria’s created Behaviour Hackers to fill that gap and build bridges between technological advancements and human interactions, to optimize their resources and boost human talent. Victoria’s background in engineering makes her approach unique. She uses behavioral science and turns it into practical executive trainings for organizations around the globe, providing organizations with the tools to create more impact using fewer resources.

Always motivated by a commitment to the digital technology sector being accessible and rewarding to all, she participates in several initiatives such as being a Women in Tech Ambassador for Silicon canal, a Member of TEDxAstonUniversity advisory board and Enactus Aston Business Advisory board. She has been invited to participate in several events such as InnoEnergy’s Power up pitch competition, Silicon Canal Awards, YILF forum Busan, Tech Future female leaders, among others.

Shohaib Shafiq

Chartered Management Accountant, Integrity Accountancy Services Limited

Shohaib Shafiq ACMA CGMA of Integrity Accountancy Services Limited has 20 years accounting and finance experience having worked for PriceWaterhouseCooper, Halifax Bank, HSBC as well as smaller organisations in sectors from manufacturing, technology, engineering, and retail, before establishing Integrity Accountancy in 2010.

Integrity Accountancy Services Limited is a firm of Chartered Management Accountants, offering a proactive and personable accountancy service tailored towards businesses of all sizes. Integrity Accountancy want all their client to achieve their business and personal goals, and this pro-active approach sets them apart from many traditional accountancy practices. This client-focused approach enables them to advise their clients to provide a real added value service to their business, which ultimately improves profitability and the long-term sustainability of their business.

Patrick Romano

Independent strategy consultant

Patrick Romano is an independent strategy professional who works with a broad range of organisations, from early stage start-ups looking to form their first viable businesses to mid-size organisations looking to scale up and boost their margins.

Patrick has worked within a broad range of UK academic establishments – most recently Cambridge Judge and Imperial College Business Schools – in both a teaching capacity and an academic coach supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation programs.

Patrick is also a Virgin Start-Up Mentor and has helped to support a very broad range of start-ups from food-tech, to professional services and digital.

Mike Bandar

Founding Partner, Turn Partners

Mike Bandar is a Founding Partner of Turn Partners, a start-up studio focused on the acquisition, turnaround, and creation of digital businesses. Along with partner James, Mike led the turnaround of the niche-dating agency Toyboy Warehouse, achieving over a 1800% revenue growth in 18 months.

Turn Partners are also behind Hopper; the Instagram scheduling tool, the influencer marketing agency Real Tribe as well as a small investment portfolio. A proud Aston alumnus, Mike has recently been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the university for his contribution to Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, making him one of the youngest ever recipients of a DSc.

Recently announced listed on the 2016 Maserati 100, Mike is celebrated as one of the UK’s successful entrepreneurs who give their time to support the next generation of entrepreneurs. As well as his focus on Turn Partners Mike also provides start-up and enterprise training to individuals, institutions, and corporates across the world.

William Pritchard

Director, Uncaged Ventures

William Pritchard has been starting and growing businesses for ten years in industry sectors including social enterprise, events and software for film. Currently a director at Uncaged Ventures, he has worked with 20+ universities and incubators around the world to support entrepreneurs and provide professional development for staff.

In the past, Will consulted as an Entrepreneur in Residence for the University of Bristol, managed for UnLtd, served on the Steering Group for GoodLab SouthWest and headed up events and marketing for a regional social enterprise network (growing it to 600+ members).

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