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See who will be speaking at this years National Freelancers Day 2020
Small Business Commissioner
In a career spanning over 40 years, Philip has held senior credit management roles in the high-tech and communication sector and in distribution and retail, which included spells at Olivetti and Vodafone. He was appointed Director General of the ICM in 2005, and later Chief Executive. Philip was behind the Institute’s drive to become a Chartered body (becoming the CICM in 2015).
Philip is the author of the Managing Cashflow Guides for government, and the architect of the Prompt Payment Code which the CICM has administered on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). He has worked closely with successive governments in championing best-practice credit management and supporting small business.
In his time leading the CICM, Philip has helped transform the Institute and elevate its profile, keeping professional credit managers in the minds of government and key influencers.
Philip was a board member of the Start-Up Loans Company (the Company has delivered more than 50,000 loans worth almost £340 million), a Red Tape Champion for Insolvency and the first ever lay Chair of the Joint Insolvency Committee.
Philip was appointed interim Small Business Commissioner in January 2020.
Freelance graphic designer
Frankie is a freelance graphic designer, mum of two and founder of Doing It For The Kids — a community by and for freelance parents. Through the DIFTK blog, Facebook community, face-to-face meetups and weekly podcast, Frankie is proving that all sorts of good stuff can occur when self-employed parents are given the opportunity to connect.
Audio & video freelancer
Steve Folland is an audio & video freelancer. Enjoying the flexibility of life split working and looking after his family.
He’s also well known as the biscuit eater behind ‘Being Freelance’: the long running podcast for creative freelancers. Over 5 years and 200+ episodes, the podcast has since spawned the Being Freelance Community: a supportive, fun place where freelancers come together with Live Q&As, socials, book club, awards and more.
If you’re a freelancing parent, you’ll also find Steve co-hosting the ‘Doing It For The Kids’ podcast – recently shortlisted for ‘Best Business Podcast’ at the Great British Podcast Awards.
Director of Policy at IPSE.
He is responsible for IPSE’s tax policy and has a special interest in labour market changes, employment status, IR35 and Making Tax Digital. In 2015 he led IPSE’s campaign against proposals to restrict travel and subsistence tax relief for incorporated entities. Andy worked with EY to develop IPSE’s concept for a new corporate form – the Freelancer Limited Company – which would deliver clarity of legal and tax status for the smallest businesses, while also protecting revenue for the Exchequer. He is currently working IPSE’s IR35 in the private sector strategy and the government’s response to COVID-19.
Independent Management Consultant
Alison is an accomplished Independent Management Consultant with more than 20 years’ experience. She has developed a reputation for her integrity and commitment, working with customers to deliver complex programmes in both public and private sector organisations, researching and assimilating new knowledge to develop innovative solutions to drive greater benefit. Alison inspires her clients to achieve success and continue to excel when the consultants have “walked out of the door”.
Alison is an associate of the Self-Worth Academy, coaching independent professionals on the benefits of self-worth – helping them to thrive in an often pressured and hectic environment.
Chartered Financial Planner
Ian Richards is a Chartered Financial Planner and founder of Work to Live Financial Planning.
A goldmine of knowledge, Ian focuses on highlighting the importance of financial wellbeing and is passionate about improving the relationship freelancers have with their money. He offers solutions to make it easier for such professionals to run their business and enjoy their lives – and truly experience the freedom and fun in being self-employed! His ethos is not about being rich, but living richly and treating money as the fuel, not the destination.
Ian is on a mission to take the jargon and BS out of financial planning, and help people make sense of their money to narrow the gap between the life they want and the one they are living.
Luan Wise is a chartered marketer and fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM) with more than 20 years’ experience in agency, client-side and consultancy roles. She has worked across a variety of industry sectors including office supplies, postal services, manufacturing, recruitment, higher education and professional services – for household names such as Royal Mail, Hilton and University of Cambridge to the kinds of companies that are big in their field but unknown to the wider world.
Luan was recognised by LinkedIn as part of their International Women’s Day #bestconnected campaign in 2015, naming her one of the top 5 female marketers in the UK. A year later she was signed as a course instructor for LinkedIn’s online learning platform.
Luan is also a lead Blueprint trainer for Facebook and Instagram and a coach for Google’s Digital Garage initiative.
She is author of the award-winning book ‘Relax! It’s Only Social Media’ and creator of the ‘Social Media Planner’ which is listed by the Independent as one of the ‘9 best books for entrepreneurs’.
She is on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @luanwise
Policy Development Manager
Alasdair is IPSE’s Policy Development Manager, responsible for researching the key issues facing freelancers and identifying policy recommendations the government can take to help support the self-employed.
He leads IPSE’s policy work on late payment issues, including authoring the organisation’s recent report ‘Pay Up: How to end the late payment for the self-employed’, and other areas affecting freelancers. He also wrote IPSE’s 2019 general election manifesto which set out a series of policy recommendations for each of the political parties to consider.
Prior to joining IPSE, Alasdair worked in a series of campaigning and policy roles, working closely with the UK and devolved governments to affect changes in public policy.
Senior Content Officer
Ewan is a Senior Content Officer in the Workplace Wellbeing team at Mind.
Within this, he oversees the Mental Health at Work website: helping employers, employees and the self-employed to find the most relevant tools, ideas and examples to improve workplace mental health. He previously worked at a national charity for unpaid carers, is a trustee of Humanists UK, and has simultaneously been self-employed, as a designer/photographer and as a humanist celebrant, for fifteen years.
In other words, he’s no stranger to odd schedules, lone working, and the sense that the nine-to-five is for others.
Author and Coach
John Niland is a author and coach at Self-Worth Academy.
He has been coaching professionals on value-centred selling and pricing since 2000. A co-founder of the European Forum of Independent Professionals, John is a regular speaker at international summits and author of several books including “The Courage to Ask”, “Hidden Value” and most recently “The Self-Worth Safari”. John is a founder of the Self-Worth Academy (www.SelfWorthAcademy.com) dedicated to empowering professionals to value themselves and their work.
Chris Lawson is an accomplished CMO with 20 years’ experience at the highest level. A proven track record of transforming and growing businesses. He has expertise in digital marketing, direct to consumer strategies and has worked in a range of industries from tech start up to global media organisations (Guardian, Virgin, Absolute Radio, Inspired Entertainment to name a few). He is now a Virtual CMO, runs Moreno Marketing and is also co-host of the podcast Across the Pond: Marketing Transformed. He focuses his time on start up and scale up organisations as well as mentoring students and wanna be entrepreneurs
Head of Mortgage & Protection at CMME
Simon’s career in the mortgage & protection sector spans more than 15 years, formerly as an advisor for several high street banks and latterly working in the whole of market mortgage broking sector.
Since joining CMME, Simon has helped the company become the largest provider of niche financial advice to independent professionals. He has been actively involved in assisting mortgage lenders to evolve their lending policies to better understand and cater for the bespoke needs of freelancers, contractors and the self-employed.
Now as the Head of Mortgage & Protection at CMME, alongside the management of the day to day operation, Simon continues to play an active role in advising mortgage lenders and industry bodies to champion the cause of the independent professional.
Independent strategy and innovation partner
Matthew Knight is an independent strategist, having worked in the design, marketing and digital industry for over 25 years.
He co-founded two award winning agency businesses, and has worked with clients including BBC, LEGO, British Airways, Klarna and Innocent. He is also founder of Leapers – a project supporting the mental health of the self-employed, and other unpaid side projects include the Disposable Memory Project, where over 500 cameras were left across the globe.
Matthew is a dad of two, coffee nerd, bad programmer, good listener, can’t keep houseplants alive, eats too much ice cream, and his favourite smell is basil.
Read more at http://thinkplaymake.co
Head of Digital at Markel
Paul Aveyard is Head of Digital at Markel. He has over 10 years’ experience offering specialist liability insurance online for contractors, freelancers and self-employed professionals.
Professional Risks Line Manager
Liam Greene is Professional Risks Line Manager at Markel. He has over 15 years’ experience writing sector-specific insurance policies for small businesses and contractors. He is an expert in professional indemnity for IT, creative and media professions and cyber liability insurance.