OUR TEAM

Alvaro Bravo Cole

CO-FOUNDER

Alvaro is a creative professional who specialises in sustainable and innovative design in the context of well-being and social enterprise. He has extensive experience working within the scope of practice and research for sustainability, visual innovation, strategic thinking, creativity and the Circular Economy.

He has advised on and implemented diverse design-thinking processes for sustainable creative practices and inter-disciplinary strategies. These contributions have ranged from helping communities at a national level, to providing challenge and improvement to commercial enterprises.

Alvaro has helped native communities in South America (e.g. Mapuches in Chile) to take opportunities presented by engaging in certain levels of integration with wider Chilean society, without losing their identity or fuelling major conflict with regional and federal government. He has also founded or helped a range of commercial enterprises to improve their results, ways of operating and strategic development.

He holds an MA (Distinction) from Central St Martins (CSM) and was also recently awarded a place on a PhD research programme at LCC (University of the Arts London).

 

He has lectured on, advocated and demonstrated creativity, sustainability and entrepreneurship as key mechanisms of innovation at notable startup hubs and university centres in London, Toronto, Colorado, Barcelona, Concepcion (Chile), Monterrey (Mexico) and Porto Alegre (Brazil) and various corporate settings. Alvaro enjoys family time, all things outdoors and runs some very popular (free) coaching and mentoring classes for youth and children near Brighton, UK.

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David Santineer

CO-FOUNDER

David is a Change specialist with experience across many industries, including 
banking, financial services, social housing and various areas in UK central government. He also volunteers, in various guises, with several Not-for-Profits.

He has provided internal consultancy to a range of Director-Generals, CPOs, CFOs, CDIOs and Directors in the UK Civil Service, many of whom alternated between roles in large well-known private sector corporates and ‘putting back in’ through central government roles. He has provided advice and coaching to executives and specialists in a several well-known private sector companies.

His roles have included advisory to senior leaders in Corporate Strategy & Policy, Corporate Change, HR Policy, Operations and Change, Tech, Digital and Data. Marketing and CX, Corporate Communications and Finance & Banking. He has supported ExCom members in co-designing and piloting risk deep-dives on the people side of change at senior Boards and Sub-Committees, has drafted briefings for use with UK Parliament and key lobby groups and has worked extensively with many well-known private sector supply partners and consulting firms.

 

He was an Infrastructure and Projects Gateway Reviewer (risk to £500m) for UK government projects and was the Financial Data Lead for HMRC, contributing to the Data Strategy and Architecture underlying the processing of £600bn per year through Making Tax Digital. 

David brings multiple perspectives to the help he provides, through his membership of well-known professional bodies in leadership, finance and accounting, data and technology, change delivery and management and risk management. He holds an MBA from Henley (Distinction) and has participated in specialist change and leadership development programmes at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale and the UK Cabinet Office. He enjoys family time, coaching and mentoring business students and young people, classic comedy, ancient history and nature walks. 

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Marta is a strong believer that design and innovation have a lot to contribute to a more sustainable future and can change the way we make/do things. Curious and optimistic by nature, she is a designer, thinker and do-er.

After graduating from the University of Exeter she’s been working with different companies in the tech world helping them to open and reach new markets with a strong focus in Spain and France. She is passionate about the power of ideas and working inter-disciplinarily to address the systemic challenges we are all facing in the world today.

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Creative Strategy Lead

Our fantastic guest presenters

We are very happy to be working with a range of notable, pioneering, cheerful and large-hearted friends. They are highly accomplished in their fields and range from recognised experts and best-selling authors to high-achieving early career professionals. These inspiring individuals will make a huge difference to how you choose to boost and harness your creativity, proactivity and foresight skills. They come from all walks of life but have one thing in common: a heart for helping you to be your best self so that you and the organisation or people you lead, influence or operate with, can be a force for great results

Kate Hobson
Business, Marketing and Mindset Consultant
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Kate has over a decade of experience in business development and marketing consultancy. She has senior management experience in multiple industries including ecommerce, property development and sustainability.

She has been an independent marketing consultant (https://www.kalikoconsultancy.co.uk) for over 7 years and holds an MSc in Business and Management from University of Portsmouth and a BA in Creative Writing and Intercultural Communication from Middlesex University.
 

She serves as a Trustee for a local charity and is committed to helping others. This has led her to part-time study to qualify as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, to broaden the support she provides to her clients and their teams.

She is a mother of 3, marathon runner and ukulele novice!

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Kate Hobson
Business, Marketing and Mindset Consultant
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Kate has over a decade of experience in business development and marketing consultancy. She has senior management experience in multiple industries including ecommerce, property development and sustainability.

She has been an independent marketing consultant (https://www.kalikoconsultancy.co.uk) for over 7 years and holds an MSc in Business and Management from University of Portsmouth and a BA in Creative Writing and Intercultural Communication from Middlesex University.
 

She serves as a Trustee for a local charity and is committed to helping others. This has led her to part-time study to qualify as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, to broaden the support she provides to her clients and their teams.

She is a mother of 3, marathon runner and ukulele novice!

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David Richardson
ChPP RPP MCMI SPC5
Scaled Agile Program consultant at DHR793 ltd.

David has been a pioneer in change leadership, strategic business change, portfolio, programme and project delivery in the UK, across private and public sectors.

He is a High Risk OGC/MPA Review Team Leader, trusted to assure the largest and most complex change programmes in UK government.

He is a Lead Assessor for the Association for Project Managements (APM) professional accreditations, is a Chartered Project Professional, Scaled Agile Consultant (SPC5) and a long-standing member of the APM People SIG.

David enjoys time with his family, travel, dining out and golf.

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David Richardson
ChPP RPP MCMI SPC5
Scaled Agile Program consultant at DHR793 ltd.

David has been a pioneer in change leadership, strategic business change, portfolio, programme and project delivery in the UK, across private and public sectors.

He is a High Risk OGC/MPA Review Team Leader, trusted to assure the largest and most complex change programmes in UK government.

He is a Lead Assessor for the Association for Project Managements (APM) professional accreditations, is a Chartered Project Professional, Scaled Agile Consultant (SPC5) and a long-standing member of the APM People SIG.

David enjoys time with his family, travel, dining out and golf.

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Dr. Julia Goga-Cooke
CEO Academy of Design Thinking, academic and journalist

Julia is an academic, journalist, design thinker and entrepreneur. She leads the Academy of Design Thinking, helping organisations create innovation skills and capabilities, and adopt a design led culture.

Her career started in academia, with a Ph.D in Linguistics. She then began working for the BBC for 16 years as a broadcaster, producer, editor and senior leader. After a gap year of study in Design Thinking Innovation and Entrepreneurship, she co-founded and managed the Future of Work Research Consortium, and founded the Academy of Design Thinking.  On top of this Julia teaches Design Thinking and Foresight & Strategy at Loughborough University London and Design Thinking Accelerator at Central Saint Martins, University of Arts. She lives in London.

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Dr. Julia Goga-Cooke
CEO Academy of Design Thinking, academic and journalist

Julia is an academic, journalist, design thinker and entrepreneur. She leads the Academy of Design Thinking, helping organisations create innovation skills and capabilities, and adopt a design led culture.

Her career started in academia, with a Ph.D in Linguistics. She then began working for the BBC for 16 years as a broadcaster, producer, editor and senior leader. After a gap year of study in Design Thinking Innovation and Entrepreneurship, she co-founded and managed the Future of Work Research Consortium, and founded the Academy of Design Thinking.  On top of this Julia teaches Design Thinking and Foresight & Strategy at Loughborough University London and Design Thinking Accelerator at Central Saint Martins, University of Arts. She lives in London.

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Dr John C (‘JC’) Crissey
Film Producer / CEO

John was the EMEA Vice President Global Business Intelligence Solutions at IBM and a Marketing Strategy Consultant for PwC Consulting in Europe, and also been a lecturer of business studies at Newbold College of Higher Education and an adjunct lecturer in film production at the UK Screen Academy.

 

At present, he is the CEO of London Pictures Ltd and was elected a Life Member of BAFTA in 2003.

 

John is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and holds an MBA from Rollins College, Florida and a PhD from Royal Holloway University of London.

 

He lives in Hampshire with his wife and three mischievous Dachshunds!

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Dr John C (‘JC’) Crissey
Film Producer / CEO

John was the EMEA Vice President Global Business Intelligence Solutions at IBM and a Marketing Strategy Consultant for PwC Consulting in Europe, and also been a lecturer of business studies at Newbold College of Higher Education and an adjunct lecturer in film production at the UK Screen Academy.

 

At present, he is the CEO of London Pictures Ltd and was elected a Life Member of BAFTA in 2003.

 

John is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and holds an MBA from Rollins College, Florida and a PhD from Royal Holloway University of London.

 

He lives in Hampshire with his wife and three mischievous Dachshunds!

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Uzma Aitqad
Organisational Change and Culture Design specialist

Uzma spent over 20 years facilitating the design and delivery of transformational

change with diverse public and private sector teams, across MENA, Asia Pacific

Countries, Azerbaijan, Africa and the UK, including over a decade in international

roles at BP.

She now uses emerging research and proprietary toolkits to help leaders to generate

long-term business value from digital transformations and culture change.

She also designs and delivers masterclasses for corporate executive education and

lectures part-time in International Leadership Development, Organisation

Development and Culture Change, Working across Cultures and Emotional &

Cultural Intelligence, at Brighton Business School.

Uzma loves cooking, travelling and watching documentaries and travel vlogs.

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Uzma Aitqad
Organisational Change and Culture Design specialist

Uzma spent over 20 years facilitating the design and delivery of transformational

change with diverse public and private sector teams, across MENA, Asia Pacific

Countries, Azerbaijan, Africa and the UK, including over a decade in international

roles at BP.

She now uses emerging research and proprietary toolkits to help leaders to generate long-term business value from digital transformations and culture change.

She also designs and delivers masterclasses for corporate executive education and

lectures part-time in International Leadership Development, Organisation

Development and Culture Change, Working across Cultures and Emotional &

Cultural Intelligence, at

Brighton Business School.

Uzma loves cooking, travelling and watching documentaries and travel vlogs.

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Ken Burton
Choral and Orchestral Conductor, Composer, Singer,
Instrumentalist & Judge

Ken has performed at Wembley Stadium, Universal Studios (Florida), Sydney Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall.

 

Known for his work on UK television programmes, including BBC Songs of Praise and ‘The X-Factor’, he has performed for Beyonce, Robbie Williams and Steven Spielberg, among others. Choirmaster for the multi Oscar winning and Grammy winning Marvel film Black Panther, he has contributed to many film soundtracks as a vocalist and conductor.

 

Ken enjoys supporting those of all ages to deepen and spread their

joy through music.

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Ken Burton
Choral and Orchestral Conductor, Composer, Singer,
Instrumentalist & Judge

Ken has performed at Wembley Stadium, Universal Studios (Florida), Sydney Opera House and the Royal Albert Hall.

 

Known for his work on UK television programmes, including BBC Songs of Praise and ‘The X-Factor’, he has performed for Beyonce, Robbie Williams and Steven Spielberg, among others. Choirmaster for the multi Oscar winning and Grammy winning Marvel film Black Panther, he has contributed to many film soundtracks as a vocalist and conductor.

 

Ken enjoys supporting those of all ages to deepen and spread their

joy through music.

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Manpreet Singh Ahuja
Head Chef - with Celebrity-Chef Cyrus Todiwala (OBE, DL)

A three-time Finalist nominee at the UK's Craft Guild of Chefs Awards (2018, 2017, 2016), Manpreet has led and managed kitchens, front of house and business strategy in many international settings from high-end and private yacht to SMEs and family owned businesses.

An active promoter of environmental sustainability in the hospitality industry, he won his place of work the National Recycling Award (2016) and was actively involved in the Mayor of London’s Food Save programme (2014).

 

A passionate educator he has imparted culinary education to school children through to and RAF soldiers and is also an assessment writer with the UK’s Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA).

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Manpreet Singh Ahuja
Head Chef - with Celebrity-Chef Cyrus Todiwala (OBE, DL)

A three-time Finalist nominee at the UK's Craft Guild of Chefs Awards (2018, 2017, 2016), Manpreet has led and managed kitchens, front of house and business strategy in many international settings from high-end and private yacht to SMEs and family owned businesses.

An active promoter of environmental sustainability in the hospitality industry, he won his place of work the National Recycling Award (2016) and was actively involved in the Mayor of London’s Food Save programme (2014).

 

A passionate educator he has imparted culinary education to school children through to and RAF soldiers and is also an assessment writer with the UK’s Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA).

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Rod Judkins
Creative Thinker, Artist and writer.

Rod is an accomplished artist and bestselling author who lectures at Central St Martin’s in London. He trained at
The Royal College of Art and has exhibited at the Tate Britain, National Portrait Gallery and The Royal Academy.
His bestselling books include The Art of Creative Thinking and Change Your Mind: 57 Ways to Unlock Your Creative Self.
He has lectured on the subject of creativity to universities and businesses around the world and works as a creative consultant for numerous private companies and global brands including Apple, Google, Bombay Sapphire and Samsung.
He has also recently delivered training workshops for The
Guardian masterclass series and Dubai Television.

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Rod Judkins
Creative Thinker, Artist and writer.

Rod is an accomplished artist and bestselling author who lectures at Central St Martin’s in London. He trained at
The Royal College of Art and has exhibited at the Tate Britain, National Portrait Gallery and The Royal Academy.
His bestselling books include The Art of Creative Thinking and Change Your Mind: 57 Ways to Unlock Your Creative Self.
He has lectured on the subject of creativity to universities and businesses around the world and works as a creative consultant for numerous private companies and global brands including Apple, Google, Bombay Sapphire and Samsung.
He has also recently delivered training workshops for The
Guardian masterclass series and Dubai Television.

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Cristian Jofre
ECD, VICE & MTV
Brooklyn, New York

Cristián Jofré former SVP Creative Director for MTV Networks International (MTVNI), a post which he has held since 2004. His responsibilities stretch across global creative initiatives and include the strategic development and implementation of a variety of brand identities and the creation and management of a network of world and regional design studios in Milan, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Warsaw, Stockholm, London and Singapore.

Prior to this, Jofré held a number of positions in the organization including Creative Director for MTVN Asia (including China), Australia and New Zealand and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Creative Director for MTVNI. In this position he spearheaded global on-air branding campaigns, as well as directing creative and strategic aspects of MTVNI programming initiatives, international events and trade marketing. He also held responsibility for on-air/off-air promotion, graphics and design for MTVNI’s channels around the world.

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Cristian Jofre
ECD, VICE & MTV
Brooklyn, New York

Cristián Jofré former SVP Creative Director for MTV Networks International (MTVNI), a post which he has held since 2004. His responsibilities stretch across global creative initiatives and include the strategic development and implementation of a variety of brand identities and the creation and management of a network of world and regional design studios in Milan, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Warsaw, Stockholm, London and Singapore.

Prior to this, Jofré held a number of positions in the organization including Creative Director for MTVN Asia (including China), Australia and New Zealand and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Creative Director for MTVNI. In this position he spearheaded global on-air branding campaigns, as well as directing creative and strategic aspects of MTVNI programming initiatives, international events and trade marketing. He also held responsibility for on-air/off-air promotion, graphics and design for MTVNI’s channels around the world.

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Benjamin Fritsch
Product Marketing and Innovation Director

Cristián Jofré former SVP Creative Director for MTV Networks International (MTVNI), a post which he has held since 2004. His responsibilities stretch across global creative initiatives and include the strategic development and implementation of a variety of brand identities and the creation and management of a network of world and regional design studios in Milan, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Warsaw, Stockholm, London and Singapore.

Prior to this, Jofré held a number of positions in the organization including Creative Director for MTVN Asia (including China), Australia and New Zealand and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Creative Director for MTVNI. In this position he spearheaded global on-air branding campaigns, as well as directing creative and strategic aspects of MTVNI programming initiatives, international events and trade marketing. He also held responsibility for on-air/off-air promotion, graphics and design for MTVNI’s channels around the world.

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Ben is a Product Marketing and Innovation Director with a record of customer growth in a range of Consumer (D2C and Retail) and SME industries.

 


His experience blends digital and physical product and service development with a focus on customer insight, value proposition, brand, online and offline customer experience.

 


Ben has helped brands such as Eurostar, Avis, Zipcar, Homeserve, EE and Carphone Warehouse, to respond to the new customer demands from merging digital and physical customer experience and evolve how they package products, service and subscription portfolios to drive customer acquisition, satisfaction, trade up and loyalty.

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Benjamin Fritsch
Product Marketing and Innovation Director
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Benjamin Fritsch
Product Marketing and Innovation Director

Cristián Jofré former SVP Creative Director for MTV Networks International (MTVNI), a post which he has held since 2004. His responsibilities stretch across global creative initiatives and include the strategic development and implementation of a variety of brand identities and the creation and management of a network of world and regional design studios in Milan, Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Warsaw, Stockholm, London and Singapore.

Prior to this, Jofré held a number of positions in the organization including Creative Director for MTVN Asia (including China), Australia and New Zealand and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Creative Director for MTVNI. In this position he spearheaded global on-air branding campaigns, as well as directing creative and strategic aspects of MTVNI programming initiatives, international events and trade marketing. He also held responsibility for on-air/off-air promotion, graphics and design for MTVNI’s channels around the world.

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Ben is a Product Marketing and Innovation Director with a record of customer growth in a range of Consumer (D2C and Retail) and SME industries.

 


His experience blends digital and physical product and service development with a focus on customer insight, value proposition, brand, online and offline customer experience.

 


Ben has helped brands such as Eurostar, Avis, Zipcar, Homeserve, EE and Carphone Warehouse, to respond to the new customer demands from merging digital and physical customer experience and evolve how they package products, service and subscription portfolios to drive customer acquisition, satisfaction, trade up and loyalty.

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Benjamin Fritsch
Product Marketing and Innovation Director
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