Conference Speakers

Meet the speakers

Mimi Harker OBE – Chair, Community Impact Bucks
Mimi has been a district councillor for 12 years, a role she took on after fighting a major community campaign.  She is best known for her campaigning to make life better and improve her local area, and was awarded an OBE in the Queens New Year Honours List for her work for women and for her local community. She enjoys being involved at every level of government, using her experience and common sense approach to tackle any situation with enthusiasm, passion and always a smile. She currently serves on the Chiltern District Council Cabinet, with responsibility for the Community, Leisure, Young People and Communications Portfolio.

Diane Rutter – Acting CEO, Community Impact Bucks
Diane leads our enthusiastic team of staff and volunteers. She oversees (and delivers!) our support for charities, communities and volunteers across Buckinghamshire.  She is a conference speaker and training facilitator. She also provides consultancy to charities, social enterprises and the public sector

Barry Clarke – Chair, Better Cotton Initiative
Barry is currently Chair of the Better Cotton Initiative, a non-profit multi-stakeholder organisation which brings together leading brands, manufacturers and over 1 million cotton farmers to improve the livelihoods of cotton growing communities and reduce impacts on the environment.

He was previously Chair of Save the Children UK and later Save the Children International where he helped unify the global movement and strengthen the organization’s emergency capability.

In his professional career, Barry was Chair of one of the UK’s largest communications agencies and now provides strategic planning consultancy to international non-profit organisations working on environmental, social and labour issues.

Giles Robertson, Head of Marketing, In Kind Direct
Giles is passionate about helping charities grow and getting their messages heard by the right audiences.  He brings a wealth of experience of brand strategy, campaigns, digital and partnership gained from working at In Kind Direct, WWF and Southbank Centre and running his own company, Green Banana Marketing.

Gareth Cartman, Director of Digital, Clever Little Design
Director of Digital at CLD. Senior leader, conference speaker, responsible for digital strategies for a diverse range of clients, implementation of digital transformation within B2B, pharmaceutical & healthcare sectors. Leading CLD’s significant growth and transformation to full-service digital agency.

John Onion, Managing Director, upriseUp
John started upriseUP to deliver incredible digital marketing. Overseeing campaign results keeps John passionate in the hunt for opportunities – and continued improvement.

John is a specialist Digital Marketing Consultant with over fifteen years’ industry experience. Following a career at agencies and client side at a charity, he set up his agency in 2012 specialising in digital marketing for non-profits. Since then, upriseUP has grown to 13 people, and has an unbeatable track record influencing Google grants.

Dawn Newton, Director, Morello Marketing
Dawn is a freelance trainer and consultant specialising in digital marketing and works with charities and social enterprises to help them develop marketing strategies and plans.
Dawn offers training to help teams to get excited about how they can utilise storytelling and technology to help achieve their organisational aims.

Joy Foster, Founder & Managing Director, TechPixies
Joy is a serial social entrepreneur. She has set up three different social enterprises since 2008 and now works full time on TechPixies, helping women gain confidence with technology.
Prior to becoming a social entrepreneur, Joy was a member of the US archery team for four years from 2004 to 2007. She was also a rower, winning Women’s Henley in 2001 in the elite coxless four. Joy is now training to complete an ironman.

Daniel Gregor, Director, Komputer Consultancy Services Limited
Charity IT: Reducing cost while staying cyber secure. KCS are a leading IT support and Cloud services company with an Ethical Business Model that provides charities with subsidised IT support, Cloud services and computing. With flexible contracts, Microsoft Certified experts and a proactive approach KCS deliver reliable IT and strategic support while reducing IT spend, both at the office and in the Cloud. Visit

Jenny Walton, Director of Charity Services, Media Trust
Jenny leads Media Trust’s Charity Services department, providing innovative training, projects and volunteering services to charities across the UK, building their communications, digital and media skills, and resources.
She works closely with the biggest media and creative brands including Google, Facebook and Trinity Mirror to develop innovative volunteering and training programmes transferring their expertise and skills into the charity sector.

Hazel Finney, Hazel Finney, Lead – Volunteering, Community Impact Bucks
Hazel advises and trains charities and community groups that involve volunteers, and promotes volunteering throughout the county, as well as leading on CIB’s own volunteering programme.  She manages CIB’s national partnerships with Reach Volunteering and Do-it, and is on the Events’ Committee of the Association of Volunteer Managers.

Pippa Sawyer, Programme Director & Co-Founder, Wycombe Sound 
Philippa spent 20 years in business before retraining in radio production. She has worked in many community stations as a presenter, producer and trainer. Philippa also produces audio for businesses to use on the web and social media.
Wycombe Sound 106.6fm is the multi-award-winning radio station for High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. Since 2013 Wycombe Sound has evolved from 4-week pop-up broadcasts to a full Ofcom licenced radio station, broadcasting 24 hours per day. In 2017 they were crowned “Station of the Year” at the Community Radio Awards, as well as collecting 4 Silver and 2 Bronze Awards.

Richard Collins, Branding and Communications Director, Ecobrand
As an experienced brand strategist and creative I have pursued a passion for helping companies in the public, private and third sector promote their brand reputation to create differentiation and improved audience engagement. To compliment this Ecobrand also run the International CSR Awards and run a National CSR Accreditation Scheme. I joined the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce in 2015 and am now the VP for the Bucks Chamber of Commerce Council

Andrew Colley, Group Editor, Newsquest Bucks and Berks (Bucks Free press)
Andrew Colley is Group Editor of Newsquest Bucks and Berks in charge of a portfolio of 13 newspapers, 6 magazines and 6 24/7 websites (including the collection of titles associated with the Bucks Free Press).
He took on the editorship in June having previously been a Trainee Reporter with the company before progressing to Chief Reporter, Head of Content and Managing Editor before taking on his latest role.
Follow him on Twitter: @_AndrewColley

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