Nick Briggs Big Finish

Nick has worked as a writer, director, producer, sound designer and composer for Big Finish Productions, which releases more than 200 productions every year. Since 2006, he’s been co-executive producer of the company, oversee- ing a rapid expansion of production.

FutureBook Live 2018 Meet the speakers

Octavia Bright Literary Friction

Octavia is a writer and academic. She holds a PhD from UCL, where her research focused on hysteria and desire. She is also the co-creator of “Literary Friction”., a monthly podcast about books and ideas, co-hosted with Carrie Plitt, a literary agent at Felicity Bryan Associates.

Svenia Busson LearnSpace

Svenia is an EdTech entrepreneur and explorer. With Edtech Tours, she travels the world to shed light upon best practices in education innovation. She is the author of Exploring the Future of Education, and runs LearnSpace.

Matt Cockerill CKBK

A sourdough-fermenting, backyard-wasabi-growing culinary adventurer, Matt began his career as a scientist. As co-founder of Open Access publish- ing pioneer BioMed Central, he helped to transform the 350-year old science publishing industry through the use of technology. Next up, cookbooks!

James Cridland Keynote

James is a radio futurologist, a writer, consultant and public speaker on radio’s future. He is managing editor of,

a daily podcast newsletter, and runs media information website

Sam Coniff Allende Author, entrepreneur

Sam is a multi- award-winning serial entrepreneur, with 10 successful start-ups to his name, including the content agency Don’t Panic, the TV series Dubplate Drama and the creative youth network Livity. He is also the bestselling author of Be More Pirate.

Cameron Drew BookTrack

Cameron is vice- president of publishing at BookTrack, and fancies himself to be a digital media specialist, start- up junkie, and friendly Canadian. A veteran of the online retail and tech start-up side of publishing (Ingram, Indigo, Kobo, Shelfie), Cameron has spent the past three years working at BookTrack.

Ben Drury Yoto

Ben began work on founding Yoto with Filip Denker in 2014. Yoto aims to be the “Spotify for Kids”, giving children access to a safe and curated platform of audio content. Yoto was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2017 and won a Red Dot Product Design Award for its connected speaker in 2018.

Eliza Easton Nesta

Eliza is the principal policy researcher in the Creative Economy and Data Analytics team at Nesta, the UK’s leading innovation foundation. She works with the econo- mists and data scientists in her team to analyse and develop policies for the creative economy and then with policy-makers to see them enacted.

Joseph Evans Enders Analysis


Joseph is a senior research analyst at Enders Analysis. He writes about the internet and technology and their impact

on traditional media, advertising and consumer services. He has also consulted for major media and technology businesses on these topics.

Yaz El Hakim Kortext

Yaz has worked in Higher Education for more than 16 years. He has held the roles of director of learning and teaching and student engage- ment at the University of Winchester, and has held leadership roles in nationally funded research projects.

Tracey Follows Futuremade


Tracey works with global brands such as Condé Nast and Virgin. In 2016 she won the Women in Marketing Special Award for

Outstanding Contribution to Marketing. Ad Age named her a Woman to Watch (Europe) and Business Cloud announced her as one of its ‘101 Female Founders in Tech’.

Ian Forrester BBC R&D North lab, Mediacity UK

Ian is well-known on the digital scene, living in Manchester, where he works for the BBC’s R&D Future Experiences. He specialises in open innovation and new disruptive opportunities, creating value via open engagement and collaborations with start- ups, universities, early adopters and hackers.

Seth Godin Author


Over the past quarter century, Seth has taught and inspired millions of entrepreneurs, marketers, leaders and fans from

all walks of life, via his blog, online courses, lectures and bestselling books. He is the inventor of countless ideas and phrases that have made their way into mainstream business language.


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