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
Technical Commercial Manager at SJD Accountancy
Since 2009, Joanne has progressed through the ranks within the Optionis Group and she is now Technical Commercial Manager, helping to drive the Optionis brands – including SJD Accountancy – as thought leaders in technical accountancy. Jo is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and also holds a 1st Class honours degree in Applied Accounting. Joanne has extensive experience supporting contractors with advice on how to operate their limited companies as well as providing sound accountancy and tax advice.
Senior Commercial Manager at SJD Accountancy
James’ career saw him starting as an accounts assistant. Five years later, he has progressed through being a Senior Accountant, Product Manager, Commercial Manager to his current position of Senior Commercial Manager for SJD Accountancy. In addition to his impressive career in accountancy, James has qualifications with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), The Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and also has a BA (Hons) in Accounting and Finance. He is a regular panelist at IPSE events, participating in discussions to help advise UK contractors and freelancers.
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.
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.
Freelance Pilates Teacher, Writer and Founder of My Staff Room
Sabrina Bramble is a freelance Pilates teacher and Writer. She set up My Staff Room to help support, connect and unite the self employed worker within the event space; which helps to champion and better wellness in the freelance community.
Product Manager, Mental Health at Work – 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.
Chartered Financial Planner at Work to Live Financial Planning
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.
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.
Journalist at The Financial Times
Emma Agyemang is a journalist at the Financial Times covering tax, investment and personal finance issues. She joined the Financial Times in 2018 after previously working as a personal finance writer at the Investors Chronicle. In 2019, Emma won Business Journalist of the Year at the Words by Women award for her coverage of the “loan charge”, a government crackdown on tax avoidance that was implicated in several suicides.
Before becoming a journalist, Emma spent a decade working in diverse organisations from archives, museums and think tanks to local government and charities.
Policy Development Manager at IPSE
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.
Clara started her career in international media and marketing for several major entertainment companies. She always had an itch to create her own work, and soon made the transition from the corporate world to freelance copywriting, digital marketing and production. She now runs Moderna Media, a company with a mission to support, nurture and build community for creative female freelancers. In addition, Clara works as an actor and voice-over artist. Through her work, she enjoys being in the thick of production and development, collaborating with others and creating stories that connect.
The Moderna is a community of like-minded, talented, multi-passionate freelancers and digital nomads who believe in a modern way of working. Our online platform offers business resources and tips that work for the modern female freelancer but also lifestyle inspiration on how to make the most of the time and energy that you invest in your relationships, style, travel, homes and well-being. With our online hub and premium member events experiences designed to connect you with other freelancers, The Moderna provides the modern female entrepreneur tools for vision, a platform for connection and the inspiration to live life by design.
With over 10 years experience in the Luxury Events and Marketing industry, Pauline understands what it takes to create premium events. From private exhibition tennis matches with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to international Executive Development Programmes, her passion is to bring joy through experiences. A long-standing advocate for women in business, Pauline’s mission is to bring opportunity to multicultural women through self-employment. In supporting this mission, she founded Moderna Media, a company with a mission to support, nurture and build community for creative female freelancers. A new mother of a gorgeous baby girl, when not working or chasing after her daughter, you can find her belly dancing to anything by Shakira.
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.
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.
Business & IP Centre Reference and Research Information Specialist at British Library
Ziaad has worked at the British Library for nearly thirty years in various roles relating to Intellectual Property and also Business Start-Ups.
As part of a large team of information specialists he provides workshops, webinars, one to one advice sessions and deals on a daily basis with business and intellectual property related enquiries either remotely or on a face to face basis.
Hosts of Across the Pond: Marketing Transformed
Samuel Monnie consults, speaks, writes about Marketing Transformation and helps re-skill and up-skill people to be fit for the future of work.
He co-hosts Across The Pond: Marketing Transformed podcast: www.marketingtransformed.com
He champions fulfilling work and business growth by building up people ahead of the P&L. Samuel brings experience in Global digital, brand, innovation and culture mobilizing at P&G, Braun, Kenmore and Campbell Soup Company.
Professional Risks Line Manager, Markel
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.
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.
Author and Coach at Self-Worth Academy
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.