Digital 2012 speaker lineup

To give you an idea of Digital 2013′s speakers, here is the speaker lineup from last year.


Name: Catriona Campbell
Title: Founder
Company: Foviance
Twitter: @foviance

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Catriona was voted one of the Top 50 most influential people in the digital industry by Internet Magazine (2002) and was named by Tim Berners-Lee as one of the Top 100 individuals to be recognised for their contribution to the development of the internet over the last 10 years.

Her business Foviance is the largest Customer Experience Agency in the UK, and one of the largest in the world. They work designing interfaces for web, mobile and DTV for 43 of the FTSE 100 as well as global clients including Sky, Barclays, Everything Everywhere, Dell, Nokia and Camelot.


Name: Dave Coplin
Title: Director of Search and Futurologist
Company: Microsoft
Twitter: @dcoplin

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Dave is Search evangelist at Microsoft UK.

Since joining Microsoft in 2005, Dave Coplin has worked across a wide range of sectors and

customers, providing strategic advice and guidance around the cost effective use of technology in relation to their business needs.

As an established thought leader in the UK and having spent a considerable amount of time in the Public Sector providing leadership and guidance around key technology policy issues like Cloud Computing, Open Government, Open Data and the “consumerisation” of IT, Dave is currently working as Director of Search for Microsoft UK’s Consumer and Online business, focusing the spotlight on the power and potential of search and the way it holds the key to society’s effective use of all that technology and the internet has to offer.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Dave spent 13 years delivering IT strategy and solutions within the

Professional Services industry in the UK, Canada and the Netherlands, helping to build the

foundations of a global IT infrastructure.

Dave has contributed to a range of media articles, conferences and forums all relating to the goal of making technology less “visible” and more valuable in our daily lives – many of those conversations are available on his blog, The Envisioners.


Name: Paul Gillooly
Title: Commercial Development Director, Emerging Products
Company: BSkyB
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Paul Gillooly is an experienced director and consultant with expertise in all elements of marketing and strategic management. He has particular experience in the media and creative industries sectors.

He started his career at BT running a number of marketing and advertising campaigns before joining BT’s fledgling internet and multimedia services division where he eventually occupied the position of Head of Consumer Content. Within this role, he acted as BT’s expert on the film, sports and entertainment industries.

Following BT, he joined BBC Worldwide as Head of Entertainment and Film. After developing BBC Worldwide’s film strategy, he was promoted to Director of Marketing and Business Development, Music and Entertainment. In this role he worked with a number of BBC brands developing them into international and multi-platform brands.

Paul joined Sky in April 2011 as Commercial Development Director, Emerging Products.  During his time at Sky he has helped the company develop its social media product strategy as Sky positions itself as a leader in social TV.   He has an MBA from Cass Business School.


Name: Marc Sands
Title: Director of Audiences and Media
Company: Tate
Web Address:
Twitter: @SandsMarc

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Marc is the Tate’s Director of Audiences and Media and leads and develops the Tate brand across online, broadcast and social media, strengthening Tate’s relationships with audiences and building social networks for the organisation.

From 2000–2010 Marc was the Marketing Director of The Guardian, The Observer, their websites and member of the board at Guardian News & Media.

Marc Sands worked for LWT/Granada Television as Marketing Director prior to 2000 and was seconded to British Digital Broadcasting – which later to become ONdigital, the Digital Terrestrial consortium between Carlton and Granada – as one of the founding employees.

With over eight years experience in the advertising industry, he has previously worked at DMB&B and HHCL and Partners in London and New York.


Name: Jean-Philippe Randisi
Title: Executive Vice President, Consumer Products
Company: ITV
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Jean-Philippe Randisi is ITV Studios Executive Vice President & Director of Consumer Products. Jean-Philippe lead’s ITV Studios, Global Entertainment Divisions full consumer products strategy and has the responsibility for gaining maximum value from the businesses existing intellectual property portfolio and future content brands resulting from ITV Studios’ creative renewal.

Jean-Philippe is one of the most experienced consumer products experts in the industry as shown through his depth of knowledge and success with properties such as SpongeBob Square Pants, Power Rangers, Dora the Explorer and South Park.

Jean-Philippe was formerly Senior Vice President and Managing Director, International at Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products, a division of MTV Networks International. He has been credited with leading key Viacom properties, including SpongeBob Square Pants, Dora the Explorer and South Park, to world leading consumer product brands. Prior to joining Viacom Jean-Philippe held senior roles at Saban Consumer Products Europe, a division of Fox Kids Europe, and Walt Disney Records. Jean Philippe also holds a non-exec Director position at Extreme Sports Company.


Name: Simon Walker
Title: Director Developer Programs & Services
Company: Barnes & Noble
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Twitter: @simon_a_walker

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Simon is a senior member of Barnes and Nobles leadership team and is tasked with establishing and growing a new third party apps business for Barnes & Noble Digital.

The teams under Simon’s responsibility develop the NOOK Color™ and NOOK Tablet™ Android eReaders which are the primary platforms used by millions of customers purchasing apps across the United States, including Barnes and Nobles 700+ retail stores and 600+ college bookstores.

Simon’s group ensures that third party developers are able to create or port their traditional applications or deliver enhanced eBooks as apps to their approved eReader product line and online presence called In addition his team owns the content delivery, QA and publication to the AppStore.

Since the launch of the Barnes and Noble AppStore, in late April 2011, the group has achieved multimillion dollar revenues and provided the capability to transact and manage thousands of applications from third party software companies and brand partners

Prior to joining Barnes & Noble, Simon was Sony Ericsson’s Head of Global Developer Program and Relations and was globally responsible for evolving the strategy, road map and delivery of the Sony Ericsson Developer Program. During this time he helped the company transition from proprietary platforms to Smartphone with Android Operating Systems.


Name: Cary Grant
Title: Business Development Director, Media Apps & Digital Content
Company: Barnes & Noble
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Twitter: @CaryGrantJr

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Cary is responsible for developing and managing 3rd Party App Partnerships for Media, Music and Video for the Nook Color Tablet and works on several outreach programs to mobile app developers as well as managing partner relations. In addition Cary is responsible for providing business development, marketing, strategic partnership services for mobile entertainment agencies, app developers, social media & gaming startups, media companies and established brands.

With 20 years of entertainment marketing and media experience, Cary has overseen content, promotions and business development activities for leading mobile aggregators, tech, gaming and entertainment start-ups, including Booyah, a mobile/online gaming studio; National Banana, a video site & production studio founded by Director Jerry Zucker; and mSpot, a Silicon Valley-based mobile content provider. Cary was also a entertainment marketing consultant in New York and worked leading major record labels & artist management firms in the US that include Warner Bros. Music, Universal Music, Arista Records, Sony Music, Bad Boy Records, and Cheeba Sound/Virgin Music.


Name: Kevin Bradshaw
Title: Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Company: Zendit
Web Address:
Twitter: @kevinjbradshaw

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Recognized as a leading innovator in the sector, Kevin has an exceptional record of product innovation with start-up and high-growth digital media and technology ventures, with a focus on direct to consumer desktop and mobile internet services.

Kevin’s early ventures in large part seeded the mobile entertainment industry, harnessing wireless, internet and digital entertainment expertise to create a new company and help spark a new industry.

Over the last decade, across a series of successful ventures, Kevin has driven leading-edge technology platform and product development, as well as creating original and new format content for some of the world’s most successful IP franchises, including EA Sports FIFA Soccer™, Star Trek™ and many others.

Lead delivery of a series of innovative “rich social” media services including, and
Captured market leadership with launch of service. Drove the development of 10,000+ unique content offerings supported by 500+ wireless devices to assure PlayPhone’s place as one of the largest global distributors of mobile games, ringtones, wallpaper, videos, and other personalized content.
Founded and piloted i-play (Digital Bridges), the first pure-play mobile game publisher, as CEO. Designed and executed business and product development strategy, operations, and business model. Recruited tier one executives and Vice Presidents, the majority of which remained with the company until acquisition.


Name: Danny Meaney
Title: Managing Director
Company: New Media Partners
Web Address:
Twitter: @nmpdannyem

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Danny is serial digital entrepreneur, owner of Beechwood Ventures, co-founder of TripleSEE  and MediaNet & MD at New Media Partners. Danny is well connected with a track record of helping digital businesses make money. Brings honesty, clarity and experience to help companies of all sizes through periods of change and drive bigger, better businesses – faster.

He has over 25 years of experience working with companies and organisations across media, technology, communications and telecoms in strategic projects including interim management added to his own experience as investor, owner, director and Board member of businesses that have been developed and sold to international “market making” corporations.

He has run award winning film, TV and digital technology businesses on behalf of venture capital investors and has high level client relationships with various companies such as Nokia, Samsung, BBC, Channel 4, Oracle, IBM, Cisco, Google, ITV and others.

Danny has delivered a wide range of strategy and change projects with the UK’s leading broadcasters, many of the mobile network operators, global OEMs and device manufacturers, most of the top TV production companies, the best marketing and communications agencies, and some of the most interesting indie record labels.

Well networked within the corporate finance and venture capital community through placing and facilitating the raising of finance and sale of companies, he has undertaken NXD roles on behalf of a number of Venture Capital Funds and has strong relationships with a range of high net worth individuals in the UK and USA.

Danny is a recognised global expert in the business of developing media cities, having worked on the MediaCityUK, Twofour54 in Abu Dhabi, Pacific Quay in Glasgow, Creative London and Bristol’s Harbourside, Creative London and the Olympic Park.


Name: Ian Mackenzie
Title: Media Project Manager, Creative Diversity
Company: Channel 4
Twitter: @judomack

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Ian MacKenzie is Media Project Manager in the recently established Channel 4 Creative Diversity team. With portfolio responsibility for Scotland, Ian works from Glasgow and London on creative projects with a diverse range of production companies, and acts as a frontline, grassroots contact at Channel 4 for emergent and established companies in TV & Digital media.

As an advocate for the high level of skills in digital and TV media here in Scotland, Ian works to help Channel 4 deliver on its commitment to Creative diversity from a regional perspective. In the preceding five years leading to his current role, Ian was Acquisitions Manager for 4DVD and Acquisitions Executive at the BBC Worldwide commercial venture 2entertain.


Name: Gordon Brown
Title: Managing Director
Company: Circuit Break Ltd
Web Address:
Twitter: @GoJaBrown

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A chartered marketer, Gordon began his career as a graduate trainee with J Sainsbury before moving to Carling O’Keefe in Toronto, Canada as a Marketing Trainee.

Upon returning to the UK he took up the position within the export division of the brewer Bass.

Rising through the ranks within Bass to Director of Brands he was responsible for all the marketing activity for Scotland’s largest consumer brand, Tennent’s Lager, Scotland’s largest alcohol portfolio and the UK wide Tennent’s equity range of alcohol brands.

Gordon then joined e-comsport; a London based sports technology company as a board director in April 2000 and helped take the company through to floatation before returning to Glasgow to set up Circuit Break in 2001.

Circuit Break specialises in marketing strategy, advice and planning for a wide range of clients including stv, Siemens,and Whyte & Mackay. For more information on Circuit Break visit –

Gordon also delivers creativity training under the ‘Brain Juice’ brand – working with clients such as the BBC, NHS, TalkTalk, Forestry Commission and a wide range of marketing service agencies. See

Gordon has a Post Graduate Diploma in management studies and an MBA and had has two crime thrillers published with the latest, 59 Minutes, coming out in 2010.


Name: Mairi Robertson
Title: Director
Company: New Media Partners
Web Address:
Twitter: @nmpmairi

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Mairi Robertson is Project manager for Interactive Scotland and a Director at New Media Partners, a boutique advisory and implementation firm that specialises in the use of media and digital technologies to drive innovation, increase profitability and de-risk the process of bringing new ideas, products and ventures to market.

Mairi has significant expertise in market & technology assessment, scenario modelling, foresighting, strategic planning and business plan development & due diligence.

She has worked for over 12 years helping businesses, across the spectrum of digital media and creative industry sectors, to scope the market need for innovative new technologies through targeted foresighting and subsequent commercial justification activities. She worked closely with commercial and academic organizations to discover and shape opportunities as well as assisting in developing the strategy for commercial exploitation.


Name: Tino Nombro
Title: CEO
Company: Ambergreen Internet
Web Address:
Twitter: @Nombro1

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As CEO and founder of Ambergreen in 2001, Tino has been involved at the cutting edge of online business and online marketing for over 16 years. Ambergreen is a specialist digital agency that has played an invaluable role in taking brands to market online, evolving the product offering, and bringing about real business transformation.


Name: Alex McGuire
Title: International Trade Manager
Company: Scottish Development International

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Alex is an experienced economic development and international trade specialist and Member of the Institute of Export (MIEx), with significant experience of strategic and operational management at a senior level in both the public and private sectors. Alex is currently the International Trade Manager in Scottish Development International with responsibility for Creative Industries & Technologies. Prior to joining Scottish Development International, Alex managed the Local export Partnership for Glasgow (Glasgow Exports Ltd) and also enjoyed a successful career with Hewitt-Robins International Ltd, a world-class supplier of heavy capital equipment.

Acknowledged International Experience
Alex is fully conversant with the threats and opportunities that are being presented to companies as a result of the increasingly global marketplace and he is active in the development and promotion of flexible strategic approaches to growth through international trade. Alex’s experience and expertise in international trade and related issues have been acknowledged and evidenced by contributions to the business media, written and broadcast, on a variety of international trade issues and he played a significant part in teams that have gained external recognition for successes related to international trade i.e. UKT&I Services to UK Exporters with Glasgow Exports Ltd and The Queen’s Award for Export Achievement with Hewitt-Robins International.


Name: Mellissa Norman
Title: Theme Champion for Business Models and Growth
Company: Creative KTN
Twitter: @melmediasauce

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Mel worked in analogue media as a producer of films and commercials before discovering the wonderful world of digital. She is passionate about business models and strategy and has worked bin the creative industries for 17 years working with organisations including BBC, PACT and Viadeo, Brighter Pictures and Endemol.

In 2011 Mel directed Social Media Week which had consisted of 110 events in London, 5000 attendees and was sponsored by Nokia and in 2007 won the ‘Socially Responsive’ category at MIPTV’s 360 degree competition.

Currently, Mel is the Theme Champion for Business Model’s and Growth for the Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network and runs a Social Business Consultancy Media-sauce where she works with companies, to integrate off and online business models, strategies, processes to build sustainable, collaborative and agile companies.

Her first job was selling books door to door in the Smoky Mountains where she learnt how to run away from big dogs, avoid houses with ornamental car parts and got addicted to frozen custard.


Name: Gillian Easson
Title: Development Manager
Company: NESTA
Web Address:
Twitter: @gillianeasson

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Gillian Easson manages NESTA’s Digital Research and Development Fund for Arts and Culture in Scotland.

Joining NESTA in 2006, Gillian has previously run the initiatives supporting innovative creative entrepreneurs across the UK, through programmes: Starter for 6, Peer Mentoring and the Creative Enterprise Toolkit, a collection of practical tools and resources for creative start-ups, which has been used by hundreds of successful creative entrepreneurs and Universities around the world.

With a background in the arts and a passion for all things digital, Gillian also runs a network and events programme for the creative and cultural sectors in Dundee.


Name: Rohan Gunatillake
Title: Producer
Company: 21awake Ltd
Web Address:
Twitter: @rohan_21awake

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Rohan is a Glasgow-based innovation producer and pop meditation entrepreneur.  Through his work in the cultural sector, he heads up the Edinburgh Festivals Innovation Lab and has just launched Sync – a new arts & innovation programme that includes the landmark Culture Hack Scotland event.  As a meditation entrepreneur Rohan is a co-producer of the Buddhist Geeks conference in the US and in 2011 launched buddhify – the world’s first ever urban meditation mobile app which has received remarkably high global media coverage and most important helped a whole lot of people’s lives become a little bit better.  Wired magazine named him one of 50 people who will change the world though he would swap it all just to score a competitive touchdown for the Glasgow Hornets.


Name: Julie Tait
Title: Director
Company: Culture Sparks
Web Address:
Twitter: @JLTSpark

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Julie Tait is the Director of Culture Sparks, the intelligence and innovation partnership for the cultural sector. Culture Sparks is a specialist membership agency supporting arts organisations with advice and digital tools to help them achieve their ambitions for increased cultural attendance, participation and engagement. Culture Sparks partners with Rudman Consulting to deliver AmbITion Scotland – a £1m digital development programme specifically designed to support the arts, culture and heritage sectors in Scotland. Together with the largest database of arts attendance in Scotland, Culture Sparks produces the powerful Social Media Benchmark – regular metrics distilled from a key selection of arts and cultural companies in Scotland.

Creative organisations across Scotland work with Culture Sparks because they unlock innovation, encourage experimentation, promote collaboration and make knowledge about people as audiences, visitors, producers, participants and creators real.

Culture Sparks are:

  • Researchers and commentators on the social and economic impact of arts and culture
  • An innovative support service for creative organisations who want to develop their skills and knowledge to engage more audiences
  • A unique gateway to a network of fellow partners, professionals and specialists in the fields of market and social research, arts marketing, skills training, digital media and commercial development
  • A creative studio for trialing, presenting and celebrating new ideas and collaborations in audience development