Tom Gutteridge

TOM is one of the UK’s most distinguished television producers. Although so far most of his career has been in London and Los Angeles, Tom spent his childhood in the North East and was educated at Newcastle Royal Grammar School.

TOM is one of the UK’s most distinguished television producers. Although so far most of his career has been in London and Los Angeles, Tom spent his childhood in the North East and was educated at Newcastle Royal Grammar School.

After 12 years in the BBC producing programmes including Panorama, Nationwide and Tonight, he founded the independent production company Mentorn, responsible for popular series such as Robot Wars, Challenge Anneka, Paradise Hotel and the Question Time.

He has won several prestigious international awards, including an International Emmy, and was made Fellow of the Royal Television Society for his services to the industry.

After selling Mentorn for £17m to The Television Corporation plc, Tom was headhunted by FremantleMedia to run its North American operation, with a slate that included the US’s most watched television series, American Idol.

Tom returned to the North East in 2007 and founded Standing Stone Productions in Newcastle. He is visiting professor of media at Teesside University, chairman of Skillset North, and also writes a weekly column for the Journal

Steve Bee

Steve Bee is a prominent pensions strategist. Aside from his role at a major life company, he contributes columns and cartoons for a number of industry publications.

Steve is well known for his campaign to simplify the jargon that surrounds the world of pensions. In the same entertaining down-to-earth way, his presentations tackle head on what many seem to be ignoring.

Half the workforce has no occupational pension. Even if we do make provision, there’s no guarantee that it’s safe.

What of the employers that have changed their payouts from final salary to defined contributions? What of the 300,000 stakeholder pension schemes, which hardly anyone has joined?

Steve Bee was named in Money Marketing’s list of the most influential names in UK financial services. He tells audiences how it is and how he sees the future. James Brown James Brown founded Loaded and in one stroke completely revolutionised men’s magazines. It has since sold well over 30 million copies.After Loaded, James was asked to help turn around the fortunes of GQ for Condé Nast. He left to launch his own company, I Feel Good, which published Jack, Viz, Bizarre and the official Leeds United FC fanzine. He sold the group for £6.4m in 2003.He now contributes to a host of newspaper titles, and edits the Quintessentially magazine - devoured by 100,000 high net worth readers. He is also a regular cultural commentator on TV. James is a refreshingly straight-talking speaker. With a series of messages from his own experiences that apply to almost any business, he talks about having the guts to enter new markets and take on the competition. He also provides a sharp insight into how to spot talent. James has been voted Editor of The Year by the British Society of Magazine Editors. He has been profiled in both Newsweek and Vanity Fair.Steve Bee was named in Money Marketing’s list of the most influential names in UK financial services. He tells audiences how it is and how he sees the future.

James Brown

James Brown founded Loaded and in one stroke completely revolutionised men’s magazines. It has since sold well over 30 million copies.

After Loaded, James was asked to help turn around the fortunes of GQ for Condé Nast. He left to launch his own company, I Feel Good, which published Jack, Viz, Bizarre and the official Leeds United FC fanzine. He sold the group for £6.4m in 2003.

He now contributes to a host of newspaper titles, and edits the Quintessentially magazine - devoured by 100,000 high net worth readers. He is also a regular cultural commentator on TV.

James is a refreshingly straight-talking speaker. With a series of messages from his own experiences that apply to almost any business, he talks about having the guts to enter new markets and take on the competition.

He also provides a sharp insight into how to spot talent.

James has been voted Editor of The Year by the British Society of Magazine Editors. He has been profiled in both Newsweek and Vanity Fair.

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