WEAVE Design Money - TownTalk 5 - Design Manchester Festival 2017

For companies across the creative industries and technology sectors, looking to sweat their assets, develop new creative products/projects or collaborate. The panel of speakers include leading business development consultancy Lola Media (Harvey Nichols, National Geographic TV & Soho House), Crowdfunding Center and national funding bodies Innovate UK, AHRC, Arts Council, plus Cheshire East Council's Skills & Growth Company.

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Gareth Langley - Something Digital Technologies Gareth has 15 years experience as co-founder of a multi-award-winning boutique digital studio in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. He is now digital creative strategist, business mentor, entrepreneur and Weave Board member.


Erica Wolfe-Murray - Lola Media Erica founded innovation studio Lola Media five years ago to help creative, cultural and tech companies harness their intellectual assets. Clients range across the spectrum from NB Studio, Softwire, Moving Brands to UK Parliament, from Harvey Nicks, Rachel Khoo and Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop to the Intellectual Property Office, from start-ups to Hackney Empire, the LCC and Soho House. The consultancy focuses on finding new uses for existing assets, new revenues, audiences and ways of building IP to ensure greater resilience.
With a background in mainstream advertising with clients such as British Airways, London Transport and Dairy Crest, Erica moved from account management to copywriting for the Conran Design Group, working on the relaunch of Heal's, Habitat, the Conran Shop and Mothercare. At design studio the Small Back Room, she was director for B2C clients such as NatWest, Next, Courtaulds and Saatchis. For ten years Erica worked at Touch Productions, launching and running joint a venture with National Geographic. Clients included the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Discovery, Animal Planet.
Having fulfilled roles as Creative Director and Financial Director, Erica advises on intellectual assets from both a creative and financial perspective. Erica has run training programmes for D&AD, the DBA, the University of Westminster, Creative England, Skillset, the British Council and the University of Wales. She recently finished a book Think About It This Way : An Ideas Book for Business Growth aimed at helping the UK’s 4.7m small companies grow in myriad ways, with little or no cos, as well as three ebooks - the latter largely aimed at the creative industries.

Barry E James - Crowdfunding Center Author of New Routes to Funding, recognised thought leader and one of the best-known names in crowdfunding, citizen entrepreneurship and the collaborative economy. Barry is a world leading Fintech expert with a deep background in data engineering, systems design and psychology. As a serial tech entrepreneur and researcher he has been consulted by FT, The Times, Reuters and the BBC and also writes for Business Zone, Real Business, Crowdfund Insider and The Bankless Times. Cofounder & CEO of TheCrowdfundingCentre.com and CrowdDataCenter.com, the world's largest repository of data on crowdfunds he has also played a leading role in reforming UK financial regulation to support innovation - a change now being emulated across the world and is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Portsmouth Business School.

Peta Murphy-Burke - Arts Council England Peta provides leadership within the arts and cultural sector built on a unique combination of cultural management skills and arts based delivery experience. As Cultural Manager of a local authority she worked in partnership with Economic Development, to drive forward regeneration initiatives including multi-stakeholder capital build refurbishments and public realm developments. Current position with Arts Council England as Relationship Manager for Creative Media involves working at a strategic policy level, managing partnerships with corporate, public and academic sectors. Peta has recently completed a Masters in Creative Industry and Cultural Policy and is an Honorary Research Fellow for Coventry University. Before the move to policy roles within local government, Peta set up and ran a participatory arts company for 10 years, and freelanced as a pyrotechnician working on large scale events, nationally and internationally.

Andrew Chitty - AHRC Arts & Humanities Research Council Andrew’s role as Creative Economy Champion is to help shape the AHRC’s involvement in supporting and developing the UK’s Creative Economy. With three decades of experience in the creative industries, Professor Chitty’s career began in television, where he focussed on the cultural impact of science and technology before founding his first company, a multiple BAFTA-winning digital agency that created transformational digital services for clients across the creative economy from the National Theatre to the devolved administrations, museums and galleries, to the NHS. He is a former Vice Chair of the producers’ trade body PACT, a board member of Creative Skillset, and a founding director of Creative England. Andrew has also worked across policy and regulation as a ministerial advisor and non-executive at OFCOM, and more recently worked with InnovateUK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and the National Council for Universities and Business to explore the area of Digital Health where creative, digital and clinical skills meet.

Julian Cobley - The Skills & Growth Company Julian has worked for several large multinational corporations, joining the public sector in 2007 to lead on economic growth at Cheshire East Council. Julian champions business-led growth, delivering a range of services including employer skills needs, growth programmes for priority sectors, business engagement and inward investment.

Tom Fiddian - Creative Economy at Innovate UK Tom joined Innovate UK in 2013, to manage activities across all the Creative Industries. With 10 years of broad cross-sector experience, designing consumer products in the Health, Packaging, Food and Telecoms industries. Tom has also run consultancies for industry and government regulators.


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