Julie Hall is the founder of the fabulous tribe of women business owners, Women Unlimited (www.women-unlimited.co.uk), small business web design agency Springmedia (www.springmedia.co.uk) and is launching her new blog The Lifestyle Entrepreneur in June. She is passionate about giving people the tools they need to b successful in business and online. She is a self-confessed internet geek and loves all things to do with social media, WordPress and marketing on the web. She has taught over 300 small business owners how to build their own websites from scratch and is launching her new online WordPress Course, Simply WordPress on May 21st.
She’d love to connect with you before Cybher on @JulieHallOnline
Mario Cacciottolo is a journalist at the BBC News website and photographer who runs the photography website Someone Once Told Me. In 2007, without any photographic experience whatsoever, he set himself the challenge of having a new picture on the site every day, and 1,700+ days later he’s never failed yet – and has become an expert on getting a great potrait.
As a journalist he has covered some of the biggest stories in the UK as well as reporting on Nazi hunting and suicide bombers in Israel, the introduction of divorce in Malta (where he’s from) and the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka. His favourite camera is about 30 years old but he now mainly shoots with a fancy Nikon.
Poppy is the brains behind WIWT.com– the outfit sharing social network.
Poppy started blogging over ten years ago but it was her daily outfit blog ‘What I Wore Today’ that brought her new-found press attention around the world. Hundreds of thousands of people were logging on to Poppy’s blog each month to see what she was wearing each day and in September 2011 she re-launched WIWT.com as a social network and iPhone app so that anyone could upload their outfits and share their person style with the world.
Poppy has been featured and profiled in The Guardian, Marie Claire, Company Magazine, Red Magazine, More!, The Observer, The Independent, The Evening Standard, The Sun and The Daily Mail as well as appearing on a host of radio and TV shows. The Evening Standard named Poppy as one of ‘London’s 1000 Most Influential People 2011’ for her work in fashion and digital. Poppy covers London Fashion Week and festival fashion for numerous publications and has written for The Financial Times, The Sun, Sunday Times Style, The Evening Standard and MSN. Twitter is Poppy’s favourite place to share her opinions though, with nearly 13,000 followers and – for no particularly obvious reason – officially ‘verified’ status.
After studying Economics, History, European Studies, Film Studies and Psychology at Godalming College, Poppy studied Economics, Business and East European Studies at UCL. She is a member of Mensa, watches too much football and is a huge fan of Burberry, oversized jewellery, Mexican food and shoes that are impossible to walk in.
Stalk her on Twitter @PoppyD
Louise is a blogger, blogger with a magpie like tendency for all thing beauty, style and sparkle! What began as a small hobby writing about products she bought, loved, hated and lusted after has evolved into her full time job, which she balances around her one year old daughter, known online as, ‘Baby Glitter’.
After catching the blogging bug in 2009, she soon dipped her toe in that big scary video world- YouTube. From there, Sprinkle of Glitter grew and grew.
In collaboration with her best friend and fellow blogger/vlogger Zoe (of Zoella), she recently launched an online store and the future is looking bright!
Kat is a photographer, blogger and founder of Capturing Childhood.
Kat has been blogging since before she knew what blogging was. She is features editor at Bambino Goodies, a tireless cool hunter and online magpie. Her eye for a trend extends beyond the world of children’s products and into her work as a social media manager and advisor.
Kat has recently opened the virtual doors at Capturing Childhood where she and her partner Kat Goldin run eCourses for people who want to develop their photography and film style. Registration for their first course has just opened.
Based in Winchester, Kat lives with her husband and three children. She blogs about their personal life at Housewife Confidential.
You can find Kat on Twitter, G+ and Facebook.
Eva is chairing the What’s the Future of Blogging? session to delve into what is really behind the hype and get the lowdown from the top bloggers in the UK and beyond. She is Head of Innovation at Fishburn Hedges, the top UK corporate and brand communications agency and also known for her blog nixdminx. Over the last few years her social and digital work has included working with Cisco, lastminute.com and market leading digital agency LBi – she’s also lent her voice to high profile campaigns for Save the Children and WaterAid.
You will find Eva @Nixdminx on Twitter.
Cat describes herself as an Internet Hipster – that means she spends more time online than is good for any woman. She is Head of Digital as the young London-based social media agency Rabbit.
Cat’s career stared in politics. She was one of the founders of PoliticsHome an online political news website, where she covered the 2008 US elections, last London mayoral elections and developed the site as a niche go-to source for Westminster news.
From here she headed up online communications for the Liberal Democrats during the 2010 election. Here she worked across the digital space from redesigning the campaign site through to the full social strategy, working particularly closely with activists and youth organisations to inspire and motivate.
Following her baptism of fire she managed the redesign and roll out of The Brand Union’s online presence and eighteen national sites around the world.
Cat joined Rabbit in early 2011 and here her focus is on creative digital campaigns and communications strategies. But her main priority is keeping the warren full of Rabbits happy.
Liz has years of experience working for leading media organisations and NGOs both in the UK and internationally.
She devised and implemented the influential social media campaign #Blogladesh for Save the Children. The project generated a ten million reach on twitter, meetings with politicians, support from a raft of celebrities and press coverage with media outlets ranging from BBC’s Today program to the ITN news. The project created a blueprint for the social good sector.
Liz has spent two months camped on the side of Everest running the digital media campaign for Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Everest Challenge for Marie Curie Cancer Care: driven 4,000 miles across the Sahara Desert in a Lada for the BBC: travelled up the Karakoram Highway in Pakistan for BBC Top Gear and taken to the high-seas with Greenpeace for The Independent.
A regular speaker on all things social and digital Liz was recently a judge of the Guardian Media Digital Innovation Awards.
Motivated by innovation in technology for storytelling Liz spends most of her time helping charities and organisations find new and compelling ways to tell stories.
You can find Liz on Twitter @Lizscarff
Justin has worked in international development for over 20 years with the international Christian NGO World Vision in a wide range of roles in Asia, Africa and the UK. He is currently Chief Executive for World Vision UK overseeing strategy, direction and performance towards their mission of ‘inspiring the UK to action to transform the lives of the world’s poorest children’. World Vision UK is a significant member of the global World Vision Partnership, the world’s largest private humanitarian, development and advocacy organisation with unparalleled grassroots presence and global reach in 96 countries.
Justin was previously International Programmes Director at WVUK, where he oversaw relations with partners, government and funding and technical support to humanitarian and development programmes worldwide. Justin spent eight years in Cambodia managing humanitarian and development programmes, including four years as World Vision’s National Director there. This followed previous roles in Mauritania and supporting partners in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. After Cambodia Justin worked with World Vision International on Development policy, programmes, monitoring and evaluation. Justin’s areas of interest and expertise include leadership and organisational Development, faith and development, and the effectiveness and accountability of humanitarian and development programmes.
A graduate in ecology from University College, London and a published writer, Justin is married to Mischka, (a psychotherapeutic counsellor at Oxford University) with four children (Caitlin & Joshua young adults, Maia 12, and Luke 9) and lives near Oxford. He is an active member of his local church, keen mountain walker, runner and football supporter.
Ed is head of PR and Partnerships at Savoo.co.uk. He has worked for Savoo in the world of money saving for the last 18 months and has quickly become a voucher code, couponing and deal hunting expert. Ed works with other money saving and savvy bloggers to create a community of like-minded people who are always looking to get the best price on everything they buy. At Savoo, Ed works with DealPros® to provide money saving advice to the media and general public as well as being the central point for all the Company’s partnerships and international PR.
Ed works closely with Savoo’s US parent company Savings.com to emulate the success it has had in creating a network of DealPros, many of whom have changed their lives by becoming affiliates in their own right and making money in the process. Ed’s ambition is to help the UK save a £1 billion as quickly as possible!
Are the prize promotion experts known to most as Spark & Fuse. With a combined 30 years in the industry, they source prizes for companies to use in their promotions and also advise businesses how to conduct prize promotions correctly. Spark & Fuse work closely with digital agencies, marketers and publishers, as well as big corporations like Tesco and the British Council, and start ups they’ve met on Twitter. They are compliance demons and their knowledge has averted many a promotional disaster. It is a fact that one of them actually recites terms and conditions in her sleep.
Due to the explosion of badly executed prize promotions on blogs, Twitter and Facebook, Spark and Fuse have made it their mission to educate everyone online that no matter who you are, it’s essential that any prize promotion is honest, fair and legal.
Biba is Siân’s 10 year old daughter who (despite her age) already has two years blogging experience under her belt. She fought long and hard to be included in the Cybher speaker line up and she only made it because she has something to give.
She’s already packed a fair bit into her years as she made her modelling debut when she was just two weeks weeks old. She’s worked regularly since then for many big brands including NEXT, Joules, Great Little Trading Company, Halfords, Adams, Annabel Karmel and Nokia. She’s a blogging, App Store addict with her finger on the free app pulse (house rules say free apps only) but more importantly girls like Biba are our future.
When you look around you, you may see lots of fellow women bloggers but where are the women in high level tech or social media roles? Girls like Biba are our future, lets learn from then, whilst showing them how it should be done. Please do welcome her…
Biba blogs at www.bibasphotos.com
Jo is a designer, writer, blogger and founder of Cherry Sorbet Creative.
With 15 years experience in the hair, beauty and lifestyle industries working with a diverse range of clients her portfolio career continues to evolve, which is just how she likes it. As a designer Jo art directs and project manages a team of co-workers and is most in her element when running a brainstorming session or one of her many workshops hosted by Cherry Sorbet. An MA in Design Management from London College of Communications fuelled her love of research and academia, and led to lecturing positions at various institutions in London and Cambridge for both further and higher education.
A natural networker and fellow of the RSA, Jo loves to meet like minded creative individuals and is inspired by the way others work and generate ideas. She is fascinated by consumer trends and is a tech geek with a passion for apps and mindmapping tools for that hyper creative design thinking.
Her written work can be found across a range of on and offline publications, as well as her personal blog Dexterous Diva, which documents life as a self employed mum of twins in the creative industries. Jo also undertakes copywriting for clients, and has been commissioned by the Arts Council to work on an interactive information portal for the creative industries.
When she isn’t designing, writing or blogging Jo is a proud mum of twin girls and can occasionally still be seen with a paintbrush in hand completely unplugged from technology. Occasionally.
Zoe is a writer and journalist. She is a frequent contributor to The Guardian and The Observer newspapers, amongst many other publications, a regular guest debating tech stories on Sky News, and a commentator on feminism and sex, in cultural programmes like the BBC’s Review Show, Newsnight and Woman’s Hour.
Zoe’s blog, Girl With A One Track Mind, which began in 2004 and was based on her sex life, has had over eight million visitors, and it won the Bloggie Award for “Best British or Irish Weblog” in both 2006 and 2007. The Observer ranked Girl With A One Track Mind as the ”24th Most Powerful Blog in the World” and Nerve.com named it “The world’s most famous sex blog”. The blog was written under the pseudonym Abby Lee until the Sunday Times newspaper ran an exposé on Zoe in 2006, ‘outing’ her.
Zoe’s 2006 book Girl With A One Track Mind – Confessions of the Seductress Next Door which was based on the blog, is an international bestseller, translated into sixteen languages, and is being adapted into a screenplay and stage-play. Her latest book Girl With A One Track Mind: Exposed which details her experiences of being ‘outed’ by the media, was published in 2010. Zoe was the subject of a Channel 4 Television documentary, The Sex Blog Girls which has been critically lauded around the world.
Zoe’s life and work have been regularly featured in the media, from pieces in Wired, New York Daily News and Gawker to interviews with The New Yorker, The Guardian, The London Evening Standard, The Metro and the feminist website The F-Word. In 2010 she won a libel case against a national newspaper and this was covered extensively by The Guardian, Sky News, BBC radio and all over the web. Since then, she has spoken at conferences about why it’s important to obtain access to justice and the need to protect CFAs in libel cases.
Zoe is a ‘Distinguished Supporter’ of the British Humanist Association and an ambassador for the sexual health charity Brook, for whom she campaigns for improved access to sex education and services for young people, most recently with her Sex Appeal comedy benefit event.
Event manager in a previous life and now mum of two action men in the making, Peggy has turned her career upside down. Now, not only she is a serial Blogger and Social Media addict but she teaches others how to do the same.
She started out as a Life Coach for Mothers with a professional blog. The professional blog became personal and developed a large audience and interest from brands. During these 4 years of blogging fun, Peggy taught herself Web and Graphic Design while furthering her knowledge and passion for communication and marketing.
As well as being the author of Perfectly Happy Mum and The Brainstorming Club she recently launched The EasyTechClub which is where she shares this knowledge and mainly supports anyone who wants to achieve professionalism for their website and online brand, all this without having a huge budget.
Her main interests revolve around Personal Branding, Social Media and Web and Graphic Design. You can find Peggy on about.me/Peggypoyser for a list of where she spends time.
Tara is a former journalist who has been writing her parenting blog Sticky Fingers since 2008. She writes about parenting, family life, topical issues and likes a good rant every now again.
Her site is the UK’s Top Parenting Blog which has led to amazing opportunities – from travelling to Indonesia with UNICEF to blog about their campaign work in the region to being asked to be one of the celebrity judges of this year’s Tesco Mum of the Year competition.
Tara has a great love of photography, and runs a weekly feature on the blog which encourages others to showcase their work and share a passion for photographs. The Gallery has now grown into a huge community of supportive bloggers across the world .
Tara lives in the West Midlands with her husband and two young children. In her former life she was a features editor but now works from home as a writer and social media consultant. You can find her blog at www.stickyfingers1.blogspot.com and rambling on about stuff (mainly food and tea) at @tara_cain
Sara is managing director of leading social media agency Mad As A March Hare which is best described as slightly quirky. The company doesn’t just talk a good game, between them the team has over 80K followers on Twitter and many thousands on Facebook. Having worked on social media projects for over 200 clients in the past three years, they know what they doing.
Sara comes from a PR and marketing background. As well as running her own London agency, Sara has worked in-house as head of PR for a number of multi-national companies. During her time in the toys industry, she was behind campaigns for phenomena like Tamagotchi, Bratz and Power Rangers. Now happily ensconced in the sticks, she has three children, a tortoise and in her spare time…….actually what is spare time?
You can catch Sara on Twitter @twowitwowoo
Ruby describes herself as a feminist, parent and grand planner.
A published erotic author with a dedicated following she is the founder and force behind Eroticon 2012, the UK’s first conference for sex bloggers and erotica writers. Ruby has taken the stock in trade of mummy blogging and applied it the world of sex blogging.
In 2011 Ruby was sponsored by a sex toy company to attend Cybermummy and in the run up to the event she discovered many a mum blogger with NSFW alter-egos; inspired, she created Eroticon, an event where erotic writers and sex bloggers could meet to learn, discuss and network without fear of judgment or censure over their content. Eroticon 2012 is sponsored by Lovehoney and Coco de Mer, two of the biggest names in the UK adult industry and will be attended by the UK’s leading erotic publishers eager to meet with the best of new, undiscovered and innovative erotic blogging talent. To find out more about Eroticon, please visit conference.eroticnotebook.co.uk
Ruby believes passionately in the positive expression of sexuality and sensuality, she is a lone parent and lives in Devon with her daughter.
Samantha Sparrow and Leanne Rice are the feisty female duo on a collaborative mission to bring you girl-about-town adventure, hot gossip, hilarity, exclusive interviews, a dash of tuneage and more tea and cake than you can shake a stick at. Having accidentally met as contributors on the Jellyfielders Podcast, Sam and Leanne’s offshoot show aims to deliver talk show goodness straight to your iTunes library. Previous guests have included burlesque sensation Kiki Kaboom, blogging genius Bangs and a Bun and cupcake queen Lily Vanilli, with many more in the pipeline.
In a few short months the High Tea ladies have shot to success: They have been picked up by a rapidly increasing network of prestigious bloggers and webzines, nominated for a European Podcast Award, been asked to host workshops in conjunction with Cherry Sorbet Creative Agency and, finally, headed up burlesque-inspired organised chaos for charity in the form of Sex & Mugs & Rock’n’Roll. Buckle up London, The High Tea Cast are comin’ to get ya!
Kellie blogs as Big Fashionista. Originally blogging for fun she has developed a big following of people who love that she says out loud what other people are just thinking.
Nickie started blogging to release a few demons and tell the world about her difficult and unusual experiences of parenthood. Once she started, she couldn’t stop. With one finger on the pulse and the other on the keyboard, Nickie is not afraid to say it as she sees it.
An embracer of the inner-geek, Nickie enjoys disseminating her self-taught ‘behind the scenes’ blogging wizardry through easy-to-follow tutorials. She’s a digital ambassador in both work and play with a powerful social media reach and a seemingly constant presence on Twitter.
She works hard, is a true procrastinator, drinks wine, is occasionally published and is a Nana in her spare time. In the words of Raymond Babbitt: “She’s all sparkly. She looks like a holiday.”
El is a twenty-something Manchester based radio content editor, journalist, social media junkie and blogger.
A passionate blogger, El has blogged across various platforms for almost a decade, a decade which has included founding frugal lifestyle blog A Thrifty Mrs in 2007 and blogging for various corporate clients.
With around 60,000 people logging onto her blog per month, El aims to deliver a fun twist on personal finance and cheap living. When she isn’t clamped to her laptop you’ll find El scouring charity shops for bargains or eating pie. She likes pie!
Christine is a freelance writer, blogger, photographer and Mum to 4 whose belief in the potential for social media to bring about social change saw her travelling to Mozambique and New York with Save the Children as part of the hugely successful ‘Pass It On’ and ‘Health Workers for All’ campaigns this year. Blogging for DFID and The Gates Foundation as well as meeting Bill Gates and Andrew Mitchell (Minister for International Development) meant that Christine’s one small voice reached many people and galvanised huge numbers of bloggers and tweeters to add their voices to help bring about change.
Living and working in Somerset, Christine runs social media and blog mentoring sessions for local businesses and creatives.Drawing on her experience as a primary school teacher and parent Christine writes about parenting, education and stuff which matters on her blog Thinly Spread. A vegetarian of long standing with four veggie kids and one veggie husband she writes about all things delicious over at FabFood. You can find Christine tweeting @ChristineMosler and @FabFoodOrg.
Dirk is a director of social media agency Rabbit whose clients include Gatwick Airport, Pernod Ricard and bmibaby. He has worked in media and online communications for the past seventeen years, having also founded PR agency Cow, where he managed campaigns for both Yahoo! and Google.
Dirk has an extensive personal digital footprint, which includes writing a blog LiesDamnedLiesStatistics.com devoted to social media stats and data.
A media graduate from the University of Bradford, Di has a background in graphic design but after winning a VW Beetle, her addiction to competitions became more than just a hobby, netting her over £180,000 of prizes to date. After taking maternity leave in 2009, Di started blogging with a vengeance and carved out a niche for herself as the UK’s only ‘comper’ offering advice to both entrants and promoters at her blog SuperLucky. Passionate about creative and imaginative competitions, Di is keen for online promotions to be managed properly and her campaign for fairer voting contests has forced many PR agencies to rethink their T&Cs. Her blog also hosts the popular ‘Blog Comp Linkys’, invaluable giveaway lists for bloggers and compers.
Di currently works as Social Media Manager at Accolade Publishing, looking after Facebook and Twitter for Compers News magazine and ThePrizeFinder, and writes a monthly ‘Online Comping’ column for Compers News.
As a senior member of the social media team at Doco London (formerly Digital Outlook), Kerry has spent the past four years developing relationships with the UK blogger community via Think Parents, a network of over 100 parent and lifestyle bloggers. During this time she has also managed successful blogger outreach campaigns for brands such as Lego Duplo, Xbox, NBC Universal, Disney Resorts, SeaWorld Parks, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and Lacoste Pink. She has also managed and advised on multi-platform social media campaigns for Tesco, P&G, Comic Relief and Warner Bros.
Daryl is the founder and chairman of DWPub, a company which helps PR professionals, organisations and the media connect, collaborate and tell stories more effectively.
Services in the DWPub Media Suite include the FeaturesExec Media Database, the ResponseSource Enquiry System, SourceWire News Distribution and the JournalistDirectory Media Database. A former journalist, Daryl is on the advisory panel of the Leeds Metropolitan University degree PR course.
In the Powder Room
Following a successful (depending on how you look at it) career as a television producer/Big Brother , Overlord and founder of the oft lamented MumsRock.com, Gigi Eligoloff joined In the Powder Room with a dream. Realising the dream would involve actual work she enlisted the super-human talents of Paula Battle a PR and Comms Queen on the look out for new ways to use her up energies while juggling 3 kids and a horny hamster.
Always on the look out for new kick-ass writers, exquisite swag for their members, and something naughty to tweet before the watershed Gigi and Paula are rarely to be found without a strong opinion, or a wine glass in hand.
Philippa is a business psychologist and digital creator: a touchy-feely geek. She’s had 9 books traditionally published, one of which, ‘Irresistibility’ was serialized by The Times. She now makes coach-yourself e-books which are exceptionally practical and interactive.
Her clients for workshop design and delivery include John Lewis.com, Channel 4, Guardian Media Group, BBC and UK Sport for the Olympics.
One of an app developer team, she’s written two psychology apps on panic and anger management, which she testifies work, for mums with teenagers like herself… Getting hired for a dotcom project, she has learnt web design in mid-life, and become zealous about digital engagement and women getting online. She runs a project in the Welsh Valleys based around her novel ‘The Gritties‘ using recent history to build involvement.
Mark is a London cabbie and author of the imaginative and inspiring Blackcabquotes.
Back in 1996 Mark made a conscious decision to study the Knowledge of London and after spending nearly 3 years, scouring the streets of London on a moped, he was granted license to become an official London cab driver. Since passing the Knowledge he flirted with travel and cab trade journalism, building up a unique collection of abstract London photographs as he went.
Blackcabquotes was spontaneously created in September 2009; though Mark still isn’t sure why… perhaps to receive words of wisdom, purpose and direction from the diverse range of passengers who stepped into his cab.
From the very beginning passenger interest, feedback and of course their creative contribution were really positive. As a result, extracts were soon being shared with the world through his blog.
Lots of life’s answers and contradictions are supplied on Mark’s site, as well as some snazzy photographs and the occasional blog chucked in for good measure. It’s a purposeful project and as long as the passenger feedback is good may the sharing continue.
Before anyone asks – yes I did get into Mark’s cab and he totally blew me away. So much so that I refused to get out until he agreed to speak at Cybher. You will love him!
His book Black Cab Wisdom : Knowledge from the Back Seat is available through Amazon.
Cathy teaches women entrepreneurs how to how to grow profits, create more time freedom and build a sustainable income online. She brings a unique combination of inspiration, motivation and real, actionable strategies.
Cathy has an MPhil in economics and more years experience than she likes to admit to. Her career spans establishing a grassroots micro-finance for women in Africa to negotiating with international organisations and designing multi-billion pound economic development programmes.
Reaching a point where she wanted more time freedom without sacrificing her income – a point that she calls “her sports’ car moment” – Cathy set up her own business in 2009 and is now committed to enabling other women to take advantage of the massive opportunities for creating a sustainable income online.
Cathy has successful coached women to create rapid business growth and increase profits in a way that suits their lifestyle, values and talents. She is continuing to develop a range of online information products and training programmes to support women at all levels of business.
Cate Sevilla is an online journalist and editor with a passion for pop culture and technology. Cate founded the online women’s magazine BitchBuzz in 2008, and also works as the tech expert for Very.co.uk‘s V-Team.
In addition to her editorial work, Cate also loves to talk and has spoken at Oxford University, and events for TechCrunch Europe, Aussie, Very.co.uk and Virgin Media. Cate regularly shares her knowledge on blogging and online publishing through both private and corporate workshops of all sizes.
Jess has five years experience in the fashion blogging and publishing industry, working as editor of OSOYOU.com before becoming editorial director across the entire Aigua Media network.
As editorial director, she oversees the content across OSOYOU and the groups’ other leading fashion and beauty blogs including Catwalk Queen, Shoewawa, Kiss & Makeup and The Bag Lady. Jess coordinates features and initiates activity to drive traffic within the network and develop the user community. The sites now reach 1.3 million women a month with news and content updated on a daily, and in some cases hourly basis.
Jess leads Aigua’s Team of writers positioned worldwide including editors in Sydney and New York to ensure the sites have 24 hour cover, are able to be the first in terms of breaking news and can source stories globally.
Lori is an online journalist who specialises in sex/relationships and fashion, specifically vintage and lingerie. She has appeared in The Guardian, Glamour, Attitude, and Channel 4′s More Sex Tips For Girls in the UK, as well as international publications such as Swedish-language magazine, Ny Tid (Finland).
As she is both bisexual and non-monogamous, Lori takes a broad view of sex and also tries to educate her readers without being preachy. Lori is currently the Sex & Relationships columnist for BitchBuzz.com, regularly blogs on a variety of topics at Rarely Wears Lipstick and can also be found on Twitter as @lipsticklori.
Emily is a comms consultant, blogger and mum. With over a decade of experience in PR and digital marketing, Emily’s experience in designing and implementing effective communications campaigns spans both corporate and consumer facing clients, including BT, Oval, Prima Poker and the Post Office.
In her role as Head of Digital at Lava, Emily is busy growing the social media and digital offering of this multi-award winning integrated communications agency.
Prior to joining Lava, Emily was Senior Digital Content Manager at BT.com, developing out its consumer social media strategy, including launching and growing the BT blog and building the strategy and practices that now run through the heart of the social media team within BT consumer.
Emily is also co-founder of #CommsChat -a weekly Twitter chat for communications professionals that has grown to become the biggest of its kind in Europe and now runs under the steer of the well respected Communicate Magazine.
Natalie has garnered a following from around the globe for her no-holds barred empowering advice and tips on dating, relationships, and self-esteem at her blog Baggage Reclaim. She’s written several ebooks, has recently published her first print book and runs events in the UK and US.
She’s also the founder of Bambino Goodies where she tracks down cool stuff for kids under 5 and their discerning parents, which has become one of the most influential design and style resources in the UK.
Natalie started blogging in 2004 following a bad date and has been full time since 2008. She’s appeared in various media including Sky News, BBC radio, The Vanessa Show, Cosmopolitan.co.uk and The Toronto Globe. Based in Surrey, she lives with her two daughters and ‘the boyf’ and is currently planning her wedding for next summer.
Cressida has over 20 years of experience in publishing and bookselling, from the manuscript to the finished book.
Her freelance clients have included Reader’s Digest, a variety of agents, publishers and literary scouts, and aspiring authors. In recent years, she has focused on blogging writing for WritersandArtists.co.uk, running workshops for writers, and giving advice to bloggers who are interested in breaking into mainstream publishing.
A passionate reader, she lives in a village north of Cambridge and enjoys the local writing scene.
More information on Cressida’s ‘Is there a book in my blog?’ workshop will be coming soon.
You can find Cressida @BookAnalyst on Twitter.
Ryan has worked successfully in the public, private and non-profit sectors for over 15 years, leading and creating successful and innovative projects. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati and the University of Strathclyde, Ryan has been based in the UK for the past 7 years. She has specialist expertise in health, pregnancy and motherhood and vast experience in the charity/non-profit sector ranging from project management to board directorships. She is a social media addict and is desperately awaiting an app that will clean her house, braid her hair and walk the dog.
Outside of work Ryan also maintains a successful blog, Transatlantic Blonde. You’ll find her tweeting out the latest social Media geekery as @Social_Chem or up all hours (usually tweeting with our very own @geekisnewchic) at @Melaina25.