Newquay Business Speakers 2017

Business Week Speakers

adam-pearsonAdam Pearson

Adam has spent 20 years in management consultancy and education, specialising in business strategy and organisational change.  Most recently he was the senior advisor to the Chief of Safety at Shell.  He has worked for multinational businesses as well as charities and education organisations.  Adam now lives in Newquay, attracted by the surf, the natural environment and the diverse professional community.  He is an active member of several business networking groups and recently set up Newquay Hypnotherapy, bringing brain science and the art of relaxation to groups and individuals in Cornwall.  His mission is to help people easily achieve what they want. Adam also volunteers regularly with The Wave Project, who help young people to reduce anxiety and develop confidence through surfing.

Gregg Harding 

Gregg Harding has supported numerous businesses and equipped them to continue trading through the tough economic climate. He has spent the last 6 years using his experience and knowledge to coach and mentor businesses to access finance.




al-titteringtonAl Titterington, Cornwall Airport Newquay

Al Titterington was appointed as Managing Director of Cornwall Airport Newquay in 2010. Al has significant experience in airport management and operations having worked at other UK Regional Airports and on a number of aviation projects in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. As well as the day to day management of the airport, Al leads on the commercial development of the Airport. Away from the day to day running of the Airport Al is Vice-Chair of the Regional & Business Airports Group.


Miles Carden, Aerohub

Miles has worked in the property industry within Cornwall for 25 years starting as a commercial property surveyor.  Miles moved to English Partnerships in 1995 and then later transferred to the South West RDA to deliver and fund regeneration, employment space and land development projects.  Deliverying and funding major projects such as; The Eden project, National Maritime Museum Cornwall, The Combined Universities in Cornwall, St. Austell town Centre and St. Austell Urban Village.  In 2006 Miles went to Priority Sites Ltd a private sector developer delivering employment space projects throughout Cornwall In 2010 Miles joined the Newquay Cornwall Airport Team in the Cornwall Development Company and over the last 18 months has led and progressed a major programme of investment to grow an aerospace cluster at Newquay Cornwall Airport.  This culminated in the award of Enterprise Zone status in August 2011

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Malcolm is a Cornishman and is the Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall, the tourist board for Cornwall. Prior to this appointment he was Head of Visit Cornwall and before that, Director and Chief Executive of South West Tourism, (The Regional Tourist Board for SW England). Previous appointments include Director of Economic Development Devon and Cornwall TEC where he was personally instrumental in supporting the development of key projects and initiatives, such as, The Eden Project and National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. Before that he had 15 years in vocational education and training funding and management. He is also Chair of South West Lakes Ltd, Trustee of South West Lakes Trust, a Governor of Cornwall College, a Trustee of Cornwall Food Foundation – Jamie Oliver’s Cornwall Fifteen Restaurant, Chair of Cornwall School of Tourism, and member of the Tate St Ives Advisory Committee as well as being an advisor to the European Commission since 2005. He is a Fellow of the Tourism Society, Fellow of Tourism Management Institute and Fellow of Academy of Food and Wine Service


Rob Edlinrob-edlin

Rob is a Google AdWords Certified Individual in Search Advertising, Display Advertising, Video Advertising, a Google Analytics Qualified Individual and a PRINCE2 practitioner. In addition to being our Managing Director, Rob’s primary role is to develop Niddocks’ technical offering, deliver training, workshops and provide structural SEO and complex PPC support to Niddocks’ client base. Although Rob has a deeply technical heritage, he has the ability to translate technical “geek-speak” into easy to understand, friendly, non-patronising advice. Rob spends a great deal of his time reading up on the latest techniques, trends and developments in everything related to the search engines and works closely with Google’s teams in Dublin, London and California to ensure that Niddocks’ clients receive the very best advice possible which is up-to-date and follows best practice. In his spare time, Rob enjoys diving and fishing around Cornwall’s coast and walking on the beaches and coastal paths with Andrea and their dog, Ben.

Jackie George 

Jackie George has led project development teams, attracted significant amounts of investment, delivered a number of projects, undertaken large community consultations and organised large-scale events. Her key sector experience is within the marine, aerospace and aviation sectors.




aren-grimshaw2Aren Grimshaw, Minchin & Grimshaw

Aren Grimshaw is a performance marketing specialist, focusing on how organisations can make the most of their digital marketing activity. As Managing Director of Minchin & Grimshaw, he works with organisations of all sizes to help them leverage the greatest value from integrating digital marketing into an effective sales and marketing strategy. Working with clients across the UK, including Another Place Hotels, St Austell Brewery, Isles of Scilly Travel and FreemarketFX, the company has helped clients to achieve significant returns on investment from a targeted blend of paid and organic digital marketing initiatives.


Martin Williams, Oxford Innovation Coachmartin-williams

Martin began his career in bookselling with Bertelsmann, work which won a Royal Mail/DMA award. He joined LEGO Software as Global Product Manager, looking after LEGO Racers 2 and the company’s first licensed game, LEGO Creator: Harry Potter. Martin then managed partnerships for LEGO UK, working on collaborative projects with companies such as Disney, Walkers and Kimberly-Clark. Next, as Brand Manager for core LEGO products for Northern Europe, he oversaw the relaunch of the LEGO motherbrand across nine territories. At LEGOLAND Windsor, Martin developed partnerships with organisations including Coca-Cola, Fiat and Xbox and worked closely with Lucasfilm to introduce licensed events. As Sales & Marketing Director, he helped LEGOLAND Windsor set new global attendance records for a LEGOLAND park. Martin moved to Cornwall to join the Eden Project as Sales and Marketing Director, where he helped it to develop its marketing, understand its audience and clarify its proposition. Since leaving Eden, he has worked as a freelance marketing strategy advisor with clients including the Caravan Club, Skinner’s Brewery and a major Hollywood studio. He now delivers business coaching for Oxford Innovation. Martin holds an MA in Marketing, guest lectures in higher education, is a Chartered Marketer and represents the tourism industry and Cornwall’s marketers on the CIM’s South West Regional Board.

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Not for transmission or publication without express permission of the copyright owner, Simon BurtMatthew Thomson, Fifteen

Joining Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall in April 2012, Matthew was previously Chief Executive of London Community Resource Network. Matthew started in hospitality at the Cornwall Coliseum in 1982 and has since worked in  social enterprise, public and community sectors as well as the hospitality industry, with employers including a merchant bank, a lottery quango, a hospital and a health authority.  At Fifteen Cornwall Matthew has overseen the refurbishment of the Fifteen restaurant, the broadening of its training and development practice and the renewal of its parent charity’s strategy and identity as Cornwall Food Foundation.  He has also played a key role in the development of Cornwall as the UK’s first rural Social Enterprise Zone and is helping develop a local Hospitality Skills network. Other previous roles include Learning Director at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Development Director at TimeBank and senior management at the National Lottery Charities Board (now BIG Lottery Fund).

He currently sits on the boards of community theatre company Diverse City and serves on Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership board, the Local Enterprise Partnership’s Employment and Skills Board and Cornwall’s European Funds Investment Board.

chris-hines2Chris Hines, Oxford Innovation Coach

Co-founder and then Director of Surfers Against Sewage from 1990 till 2000, which is regarded as “some of the Government’s most sophisticated environmental critics” by the BBC and “Britain’s coolest pressure group” by the Independent. SAS has helped to deliver massive environmental improvements. Chris was then Sustainability Director at the Eden Project for 5 years. He’s given evidence to the UK parliament, the Monopolies and Mergers Commission, the European Commission, briefed the President of the European Parliament, been a special advisor to the Minister for the Environment and appeared on a wide range of media from BBC World Service to CNN. In 2008 he was awarded an MBE for “services to the environment” in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Plymouth, and is a Surfers Path Inaugural Green Wave Award winner. Chris has given presentations to a wide range of groups from BMW Guggenheim to the Dutch Tax Office, the National Grid and the Global Surf Cities Conference. Chris now aims to deliver positive change by working with clients with a shared vision including sitting on the BBC’s Sustainability Advisory Group. Chris works on strategic planning, leadership and embedding sustainability principles as part of a profitable business, and strongly believes that business can be a force for good in a challenging world. Oh and he still gets plenty of surfing in!

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david-mcguireDavid McGuire, Radix Communications

David has been making boring subjects interesting for a living since 2003. He’s creative director at Radix Communications, a copywriting agency based in Penryn that helps business-to-business marketers all over the world. So far this year, he’s written marketing content for Mitsubishi, DHL,, the Institute of Customer Service, and the European Space Agency (among dozens of others). David blogs about writing and marketing, regularly appears in videos and podcasts, and likes to rant on Twitter when he should really be working.


Jamie Turnbull, Find me on the Internet

Jamie did a Ph.D. in Philosophy before starting his business Find Me On The Internet, a digital marketing company and Google Partner. He specialises in helping technical businesses grow by digital means; and has worked in manufacturing, software, shipping, financial services and property development. Outside work, Jamie can often be seen kitesurfing off Perranporth beach.


Lucy Brigden, Guest Relations Manager 

Lucy began her career at The University of Exeter immersed in all aspects of the student journey. In 2011, Lucy moved to London working for an entrepreneur establishing Preparatory, Private Schools and Free Schools in the UK and Switzerland, which gave an eye opening experience of the expectations of both students and parents in an ever changing and politically charged topic! In 2014, a change of direction took Lucy to the Executive Search world, working with the top CEO’s and MD’s of the consumer and retail world. Now at The Headland Lucy has a dual role assisting as both PA to the General Manager and Directors and Guest Relations Manager.

Gill Pipkin, Gill Pipkin Consulting 

Gill has been passionate about making the most of resources since she was a child. Working in high end hospitality in London in the 1980’s with its brash consumerism made her determined to find a way to make a difference. In 1997, Gill moved back to Cornwall as a hotel owner, implementing initiatives to improve resource use. As a result, she found that demand was up and overheads went down – a win-win situation. Highly pragmatic and commercially-focused, Gill specialises in embedding strategies that reduce expenditure on overheads, enhance business reputation, employee satisfaction and stakeholder engagement.


Sam Winters 

Sam has been within the marketing, communications and management field for over 20 years from firm roots in publishing through to advertising, digital and creative industries working with household brands both in the duchy, nationally and internationally.

With a passion for working with SME’s, Sam has supported over 700 businesses in Cornwall and the isles of Scilly on their growth paths and to develop stronger, more robust plans for the future and now works with the marine sector, helping the sector to develop further visibility and growth.




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