Presenting at: Culture Drives Growth - StartEast Case Study
Director of StartEast
Rachel is the director of StartEast, a business support and grants project to build the cultural economy in Norfolk and Suffolk, which is currently working with over 350 creative enterprises. She has worked in the arts for over 20 years in a variety of marketing, development and management roles across the UK, including most recently as Head of Communications and Development at DanceEast in Ipswich. Rachel is passionate about supporting creative people to build sustainable businesses and celebrating Norfolk and Suffolk as a centre for talent and innovation.
Presenting at: Culture Dives Growth: StartEast Case Study
Will Hurt is best known for his playful, colourful, digital interactives which cater to people of all ages and abilities and are often made in response to the geometry of the physical sites they are installed in, abstracting and re-presenting architecture. They bring people together to play, forge connections and leave with a new appreciation of their locality. Recent interactives focus on contemporary modes of drawing in which complex geometric scenes can be created, animated and explored. Hurt’s work has been exhibited around the world due to its stand-out aesthetic, engaging immediacy and technical resilience.
After actively engaging with the arts since I was 4 years old, I started volunteering in the creative sector when I was 14. It’s always been a huge part of my life.
I work in the creative and charity sectors in a variety of ways to support their work. I offer affordable and accessible ways for organisations, artists and freelancers to communicate values, expand capacity and share projects.
I offer bespoke packages of administrative support, workshop facilitation and documentation to take projects from planning, through delivery and finally to evaluation. All at low-cost to keep it accessible to the sector.
Dr Darren Harper
Presenting at: NEF Angels’ Den
Darren Harper is Programme Director for TechVelocity, the only digital/tech accelerator in the East. He is also Chairman of Thyngs, which is building a global digital economy from physical thyngs. Darren is a seasoned business builder, he was in the initial team behind Abcam, and also Library House, which tracked all ventured backed companies across Europe and launched the Cleantech 100 in the Guardian. He worked with Grant Thornton to establish the government backed GrowthAccelerator programme and is in his element when working alongside entrepreneurs who look at problems as opportunities to change the world.
After achieving my degree in agricultural economics and pursuing a number of corporate roles, I founded RenEnergy in 2006. Our mission is to enable businesses to achieve an economic return from renewable energy, as well as meeting CSR and environmental objectives. We specialise in providing commercial solar panels, including solar carports for businesses. In 2012, I co-founded RenEnergy South Africa, to apply our ethos to the challenges and opportunities posed by the energy industry in South Africa. I am passionate about business and sustainability, and see great opportunities for both businesses ahead. My immediate focus is to continue developing our highly-skilled team, and growing the business.
Presenting at: Making of Great Places
Place making and property consultant
Gail was appointed as a Commissioner in January 2019 to James Brokenshire’s Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission and was a contributor on land use and planning to the Quality of Life Commission’s ‘Blueprint for a Green Economy’. She sits on NALEP’s ‘Building Growth’ board which is looking to promote higher levels of quality and delivery of residentially-led growth in Norfolk & Suffolk.She has helped secure planning permission for 2,800 new homes, a new high street, and film studios at Purfleet in Thurrock in April 2019 with clients Urban Catalyst.
Presenting at: Digital Cohesion: Promoting a cohesive digital community for Norfolk
Robin is a passionate advocate for the growth of the local games development industry in Norfolk. Alongside her role at Access Creative College as a Pathway Manager for Games Design and Development, she helps organise the local community group Norfolk Game Developers. Robin has previously worked with the Norwich Games Festival and spoken at events for both NUA and UEA on her experience in the games industry. She is a Women in Games Ambassador and has been shortlisted this year for MCV’s Mentor of the Year award as well as the Progression Advocate award by Gamedev Heroes for her work with encouraging young people to consider careers in the industry.