Speaker Bios

Darren Robson – KEY NOTE SPEAKER

Darren Robson is a proud Dad of 3 young daughters who teach him daily of the importance of love, family and to keep his feet firmly planted in the ground. As a young boy growing up on council estate he dreamed of one day running his own organisation, little did he realise that dream would come true, one day. Having left school at 16 with no qualifications he soon learnt the importance of self-belief, education, self-development and the importance of trusting yourself. Latterly he has learnt the importance of trusting, believing in others and providing them with the tools to go on their own voyage of personal discovery.

d as he prefers to be known is a purposeful serial entrepreneur, he is the Founder and Chairman of MOE Foundation: www.moefoundation.com a CIO charity that has, in the past 6 years, gifted 1.5 million in development and support. It has trained a community of 500+ MOE certified coaches who now actively go out in the world to help others. Its programmes have supported 60+ businesses to launch and its flagship "Moevement Conference" provides a platform for the often invisible MOE community where they can share their story to inspire 100's if not 1000's of people. MOE Foundation’s next big aspiration is to positively impact 1 Million people across the world.

d is the CEO of Profusion www.profusion.com a data science, marketing services and technology business that is seeking to make an ethical contribution to the world of AI. He is the CFO and a core founding member of and on the global board of the Association for Coaching: www.associationforcoaching.com one of the leading professional coaching bodies with members across the world.

Korinne Le Page

Korinne Le Page, Conference Co-organiser, Social Entrepreneur, Business Coach and Workshop Leader, Thrive Coaching & Training.

She aims to demystify the concepts of Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Mindset. She will talk about what inspired her become an Entrepreneur and the mindset that has brought her to this point today. Korinne will also talk about the importance of having a purpose - the big "Why" and people who are achieving incredible, and sometimes unbelievable results, through sheer mindset, and the proven science behind this. We all have the biological and neurological machinery to achieve great things.

Liam Garcia

Liam Garcia will be joining us from Sheffield. He worked on his first social project at the age of 14 and has since been involved in managing social ventures in Sub Saharan Africa, the UK, the USA and across Europe. Now managing a small charity based in a transitional Zimbabwe, and working as a consultant for organisations in crisis, he brings his recent experiences to bear at the Social Enterprise Success Conference.

James Partridge

James Partridge is the Founder (in 1992) and was until September 2017, Chief Executive of Changing Faces, the leading UK charity supporting and representing people with disfigurements (www.changingfaces.org.uk). He launched the charity after the positive response to his book, published by Penguin (1990), Changing Faces: The Challenge of Facial Disfigurement (available from Changing Faces).

Before setting up Changing Faces in 1992, James worked as a health economist in public health in the NHS in the 1970s, and established a dairy farming business in Guernsey and taught A level economics at The Ladies' College in the 1980s.

Dr M Costen

Born in South Wales. Qualified from Leeds Medical School in 1970. Moved to Guernsey with a 20-month son & 4 month daughter in 1975. Commenced work at Castel Psychiatric Hospital in 1980, initially as Clinical Assistant & then Associate Specialist. Retired in 2013.

Involved in Charity Work for many years. Awarded MBE in 2015. Present commitments involve Safer LBG , Maison St Pierre, Caritas & Les Cotils.

Gez Overstall

From startups to fortune 500 multinationals, Gez has been helping organisations achieve sustainable growth throughout his career. He has worked across multiple industry sectors including Digital Media, Telecommunications, Software and Financial Services.

In his role as Ecosystem Manager at Barclays Guernsey, Gez leads the Eagle Lab initiative which – in conjunction with the Digital Greenhouse – aims to provide organizations and the community with ccess to funding and employment opportunities together with financial and digital empowerment.

Gez acts as Chair for Young Enterprise Guernsey which provides experiential learning environments for students who are interested in starting up and running an enterprise. He also volunteers with the Guernsey Disability Alliance, Drug Concern and St Martin’s Football Club. Gez has a BA (Hons) in Economics & Management from Leeds University and an MBA from Southampton University.

Justin Sykes

Justin Sykes is a social investment specialist with over 18 years’ experience in structuring, financing and implementing innovative and large-scale investments that deliver social and environmental benefits alongside financial returns. These investments have enhanced hundreds of thousands of lives across throughout a range of countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Justin has worked for, and with, a broad range of clients to achieve these objectives including family offices, foundations, fund managers, HNWIs multinational corporations, international charities, and multilateral and bilateral development agencies. At the helm of Innovest Advisory, Justin works at nexus between innovative finance and social impact and seeks to link socially minded investors with impact investment opportunities globally.

Greg Lydall

Greg is a psychiatrist with a vision and is passionate about solving global mental health and addiction through human and technological innovation. His dream is to solve mental ill health in his community, and ultimately become gainfully unemployed before retirement age. He co-founded the Thrive2020 event in 2015 to solve mental ill health in our community by 2020, so no pressure. He is a community leader and activist.

He works for Guernsey’s Health and Social Care as a General Adult Psychiatrist with a special interest in substance misuse. He has a research doctorate from University College London in the genetics of psychiatric disorders. He sits on several international advisory boards and has presented on addictions at the World Health Organisation.s greatest professional joy is seeing people move into meaningful recovery and get their lives and families back.

Susie Sloman

Susie Sloman is passionate about child development, play and the influence parents and carers can have on their child’s lives. In equal measures she is passionate about flexible working and balancing work and family life which led her to become the Director of Gymboree Play & Music in February 2010. Her Company has 27 franchisees, from as far south as Jersey in the Channel Islands to her most northerly branches in Scotland. Gymboree classes provide opportunities for new born babies through to 5 year olds the chance to play, develop and spend quality time with their parents or carers in beautiful branded Gymboree Play & Music centres filled with purpose built equipment.

Susie holds a First Class Hons Degree in PE, Sports Science and Recreation Management from Loughborough University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Tennis was her sport, although her biggest claim to fame is having ball girled for Steffi Graf back in the 80s! Susie was named International Franchisee of the Year in 2008 at the Gymboree Play & Music Global Conference in Hawaii.

Her company holds membership of the Approved Franchise Association and EWIF. Whilst over 96% of Gymboree Play & Music franchisees are female, bucking the national trend of franchise ownership, the work that EWIF does in tackling the self-limiting beliefs that potential female entrepreneurs may have is vital and one that Gymboree Play & Music support wholeheartedly.

Jon Maiden

Founder & CEO of Panjango - a world of experiential learning which connects learning to life and equips young people with the knowledge, skills and experience to find find their purpose and fulfill their potential. Also formerly a social enterprise consultant and mentor and the director of an arts education charity and live arts venue.

Jon will be speaking at the conference about 21st Century Learning.

Kate Luckock

Kat spent the first 7 years of her career practising her commitment to equality of opportunity - connecting people from different religious and cultural backgrounds around the UK. During this time, she challenged individuals, government, police and institutions on their assumptions about people based on their faith, facilitated dialogue and trained over 600 young people to think differently about how they communicate and connect with the ‘other’.

Her first role as a social entrepreneur was in 2013 when Kat and her best friend Jen Baughan, were given an amazing opportunity to take over Solutions for the Planet and reinvigorate it's business strategy. Together they grew the organisation from £14k to over £100k in 18 months, the majority being through trading income from partnerships with companies in the energy, utility & construction sectors. Kat & Jen had a unique talent for communicating the impact of their education programme to schools and businesses.

Kat is now an Impact Strategist and Business Coach, through her social enterprise, Share Impact, which she established in 2017. She is passionate about social entrepreneurs generating profit through trading to enable the impact they deliver. Recognising the challenge many social entrepreneurs have with measuring and communicating their social impact, and knowing the importance of this in attracting customers and securing income, Kat set up Share Impact to help organisations do exactly that. With her own profits she plans to support innovative projects for women's leadership; anti-trafficking and encouraging more young people in to digital technology careers (particularly girls & women).

Kat lives on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales which she enjoys spending much of her downtime in. She is a Board Member of Careers Wales (the careers service in Wales) and Working With CIC. She has recently been shortlisted for the Institute of Directors' Director of the Year - Start-Up Award in Wales, for Share Impact. She has a degree in Peace & Development Studies and a Masters in Faith & Public Policy.