Nick Owen - Facilitator

Nick Owen has worked in regional and national television since the late seventies. He came to national prominence in 1983 as one of the first faces to appear on breakfast television in Britain.

He featured on ITV's breakfast station TV-am on day one as a sports presenter before becoming the main anchorman within eight weeks. He was soon joined by Anne Diamond in a partnership that personified the early years of breakfast television in this country. Nick then moved from the dawn patrol to become ITV Sport's main presenter for six years. During this time, he anchored the Olympic Games of 1988 and the football World Cup in 1990, as well as hosting hundreds of other programmes from here and abroad.

He and Anne Diamond were re-united in the nineties with their daytime show, Good Morning with Anne and Nick, on BBC 1. This ran for 600 programmes, before Nick moved to his current post as presenter of the regional news programme, BBC Midlands Today.

In 2004, Nick published his autobiography, In the Time of Nick and in 2006, he was awarded the Baird Medal by the Royal Television Society. He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Worcester.

Nick also chairs conferences and seminars and is a highly skilled conference facilitator and after dinner speaker. He has a wealth of experience hosting events and award ceremonies, both at home and abroad and was awarded Speaker of the Year 2010 by the Association of Speakers Club.



Rob Brown

Rob Brown is a bestselling author of the book Build Your Reputation and global authority on building and leveraging powerful networks. The connecting and reputation building needed to accelerate careers, connect workforces, win business and operate at the highest levels is something of a dark art. Founder of the Networking Coaching Academy, Rob demystifies the whole 'networking' process and helps leaders, politicians and entrepreneurs to become the stand out number one 'go to' choice for what they do. You can see Rob's Tedx talk The Personal Brand of You here>> https://youtu.be/rGbsb6aXbzc 

Check out Rob's introduction to his talk at the conference below:











Casper Berry

Caspar Berry, 38, started his career as the lead in one of BBC1’s flagship television programs of the 1990s before going on to read Economics and Anthropology at Cambridge.

At university, Caspar was a prolific theatre director where he worked with a wealth of talent in The Footlights and after setting his sights on becoming a professional film writer he had his first screenplay produced by Film Four whilst still in his final year. By the time he was 23 Caspar was writing for Miramax and Columbia Tri Star. Then at 25, he took the decision that would dramatically change his life: he moved to Las Vegas and became a professional poker player!

Caspar played poker professionally for most of the next 3 years of his life during which time he made a good living pitting his wits against the game’s best known players.

In 2002, Caspar returned to the U.K.  co-founding Twenty First Century Media and building it into the fastest growing audio visual media company in the North East of England before selling it in 2008 to Bob Geldof’s media giant, Ten Alps.

It was while still at the helm of twenty first century media that he began his career as a speaker and catalyst for new thinking within business about risk-taking and decision-making using his experience as a poker player to explain how we all make decisions in our personal and professional lives.

Throughout this time, he continued to be a presence on the poker scene in the UK as the host of over 400 television shows on SKY television, strategy writer for Flush magazine and one of the two poker advisors on the James Bond Movie, Casino Royale.

In 2005 he become a trainer for a great company called The Mind Gym who schooled him in the fundamental skills of delivery and facilitation before going it alone to become one of the best known business speakers in the UK.

He has now been a professional motivational and keynote speaker for the last 6 years during which time he has delivered over 1,200 speeches for over 300 great companies in Europe, America and Asia.

His key messages around the need to embrace uncertainty and take calculated risk in order to get the edge and achieve success are timeless and non-sector specific making them perfect for any training day or conference where new ideas are being discussed or debated. He is a catalyst for change and his famously upbeat, energetic style is always inspirational. 



Stephen Kay

Stephen Kay is a chartered civil engineer and has been involved in local water supply for over 40 years with Lee Valley Water, Thames Water and Cambridge Water where he was Managing Director.

He is a firm supporter of collaboration in the Water Industry and the sharing of technical information to improve the consistency of customer service.  He is Chairman of the Water UK Standards Board and WRAS Ltd.   In these roles he sees the  quality of water and public health being safeguarded by the use of qualified tradespeople and compliant fittings and materials.

Stephen is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director with South Staffordshire Water and Jersey Water and provides secretarial services to the Joint Management Committee of the Four Member States initiative to harmonise water quality regulations across Europe.



Peter Adkins

Peter Adkins is solicitor and Director of Regulatory Services at Emms Gilmore Liberson solicitors based in Birmingham. His primary role is handling business disputes and providing general business advice. Peter has for over 10 years been responsible for the legal helpline for the CIPHE, frequently handling matters on behalf of members and manufacturers / suppliers within the plumbing industry. He is well versed in the difficulties of the sector and is a regular contributor to the CIPHE journal and Smarttalk series of videos. Emms Gilmore Liberson is a niche corporate / commercial practice acting for businesses nationally and internationally often involving multi-million pound matters. The practice handles a wide variety of corporate, commercial, property and litigation matters for their clients.



Dr Peter Bonfield

Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, FREng - Chief Executive of world renowned building science centre BRE

Dr Peter Bonfield has been Chief Executive of world renowned building science centre BRE since 2006. Peter is passionate about the role that building science can play in finding solutions to the challenges that the built environment faces in delivering buildings, homes and communities that work for people, the environment and the economy. 


In 2006 he was appointed to the Government’s) Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), where he co-created the sustainable development strategy for the London 2012 Olympic Games and took the lead on the sustainable procurement of construction products.

In 2013 former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson asked him to chair Grown in Britain, an initiative aimed at creating a sustainable future for UK woodlands and forests. In 2014 Paterson appointed him to lead a government-wide drive to improve public procurement of food. Bonfield’s recommendations to Government were published in July 2014.

In August 2015, Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) appointed Peter to lead a Review of Consumer Protection, Advice, Standards and Enforcement for UK Housing Energy Efficiency. The findings of the Review were published in December 2016.

Early 2016, UK Floods Minister Rory Stewart asked Peter to Chair the development of an action plan for property level flood resilience so that homes and buildings at risk of flooding are protected and recover quickly, published in September 2016.

He was appointed a Non-Executive Director of UK Government at the Department of Food and Rural Affairs in December 2015. He is a Board director of AIRTO, the body representing applied research organisations in the UK. He is Vice President and a Trustee of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Europe's' largest engineering institution. He is also a Non Executive Board director of UKActive, the organisation focussed on creating an active and healthy nation.



Jane Blakeborough

Jane Blakeborough is Research Director and Founder of Trend-Monitor, a leading provider of trend analysis, consumer insight and market intelligence for the home improvement industry.

Jane is the author of a number of industry reports and is on a mission to create a real connection between what manufacturers and retailers are making and selling, and what their customers will really want to buy for their homes over the next 10 years. 

Endless curious about how we live our lives and use our homes, Jane is able to look beyond the latest design and colour trends to assess how factors such as shifts in social behaviour, demographic changes and developments in technology will influence our home lives in the future, and ultimately the kind of products we will buy for our homes.



Joe Lynam

Joe Lynam is a BBC Business Correspondent, regularly reporting for the Today programme, Newsnight and across the BBC network. Prior to joining the business unit, Joe was based in Brussels covering events in Europe from detailed policy issues to the shifts in power amongst member states and public opinion.

Before becoming a journalist, Joe ran his own business, a chain of pubs and restaurants in Germany. As a result, and unusually for a business correspondent, he has first-hand experience of hiring, firing, growth, credit and the everyday life of a business. Combining his European and business briefs, Joe travelled across Europe for Newsnight examining the effects of the Eurozone crisis in countries including Ireland, Spain, Belgium, Cyrpus and Italy. He’s also covered key events including the G20 plans to tackle the financial] crisis, IMF and EU negotiations over national bailout funds, and the mis-selling of investments. As well as taking the lead on business across the BBC at weekends, Joe also presents the business bulletins on Radio 4’s Today programme. In addition to the the big economic and business news he also looks at policy, consumer and personal finance issues.

Joe is fluent in German and Dutch, and can also speak Italian and French.



Paul Bonaccorsi

Born and raised in Glasgow, Paul did a successful apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery after moving to Milton Keynes in 1980. This led to him becoming a part of the shop floor team who manufactured the UK,s first Modular Forecourt shop for BP.

Following this he was moved into management and went on to manufacture over 100 Modular Forecourt shops for a variety of petrol retailers between 1984 and 1989.

Over time Paul has been involved in Modular projects for the likes of McDonalds Restaurants, Tesco, Travelodge and the NHS.

In 1996 Paul became a part of a team who were at the forefront of the mass production of Bathroom pods for IHG, Hilton, Marriott and the Ministry of Defence.

Through various companies he has held the positions of Operations Director, Group Sales director and Managing Director, has covered many aspects of Offsite manufacturing and has been involved in the manufacturing of over 150,000 bathroom Pods and 2.5m Sq Ft of Modular space in the Hotel, Residential, Retail markets as well as many Ministry of Justice, MOD and NHS Projects.

Paul formed Intelligent Offsite in 2011, with a focus on helping new entrants into the Offsite manufacturing market set up their facilities and operations.

This has lead to projects in Adelaide, Sydney and Perth Australia, Dubai, Washington and Texas USA, Ontario Canada and Europe. One of his most recent projects was the project management of 3000 bathroom pods in Bangalore India.

Paul has published many articles on Offsite manufacturing and was the author of the

“European Bathroom Pod Market report” in 2015 which sold in 15 countries. 

He has guest lectured at Universities all over the world and was the first non USA based board member of the Modular Building institute with a 2 year tenure and still serves on their European council.




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