Alina is the co-founder of tea agency, a strategic brand consultancy born out of the MSc in Brand Leadership, UEA. With the experience across the technology, professional services, automotive and non-profit sectors, she is always listening to what matters and educating clients on the emerging trends to help them get ahead of the curve.
Her background as a brand strategist at Saffron and as a consultant to tech startups has propelled her strategic thinking for the most challenging and innovative projects. Her real passion lies in finding ways to adopt new technologies. And when she is not working with clients on their strategies, you will find her snapping away with her old-school film Minolta.
Kaavous Clayton has instigated several creative activities in the eastern region, including: co-founding OUTPOST artist run gallery in 200; setting up Kaavous-Bhoyroo arts commissioning agency in 2008; curating and project managing Easter Pavilions in 2013 (a series of exhibitions, performances and talks and a print portfolio,); and created The Waiting Room in Colchester with Marc De’ath –an unused bus station waiting room transformed into a space for creative creation.
Executive Chair for Norwich Research Park
David is a highly proficient leader of transformational change and progression in the science, research and innovation sectors. He has considerable experience working with research and innovation parks, having led some of the largest investments in science and innovation in recent years and has an enviable track record for delivering successful outcomes.
David has an unwavering aspiration to create an environment that will enable the UK to be a global centre for ground-breaking bioscience research and is passionate that research should change lives.
Previous to joining Norwich Research Park, he was Executive Director (Finance & Campus Operations) for the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
Founder - The Book Hive
Henry Layte was born and raised in Norfolk. After graduating from university and spending 10 years in London working in the theatre as an actor and writer, he returned to Norfolk and opened The Book Hive in 2009. Since then the shop has won a number of local and national awards. and garner attention in the literary world both here and abroad. In 2011 Henry co-founded the publisher Galley Beggar Press, where he discovered and published, among others, Eimear McBride’s A Girl is a Half-formed Thing, which won every major prize it was entered in and became an international best seller. Parting company with them in 2014 he set up Propolis, an imprint of the shop, which continues to publish both fiction and non-fiction to great critical acclaim.Henry Layte
The Come & Sing Company
The Come and Sing Company bring people together in song. We believe that when people make music together strong bonds form, health and wellbeing improves, and key messages are communicated in a novel and sustainable way.
Our clients include businesses, educational establishments, festivals and choirs such as Silver Spoon, the National Trust, Galgorm Hotel and Spa, West Suffolk College, Norfolk and Lincolnshire Music Hubs (official Partners), Snape Maltings, the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and the Norwich Theatre Royal.
This November CASC will lead 2500 Norfolk school-children in a performance of A Kind of Magic Flute at the Royal Albert Hall.
Founder & Director, Alpha
With over twenty years of experience in both Public and Private Sector organisations, Amy Eleftheriades is the Founder and Director of Alpha Inclusion and Communication – a company dedicated to improving Essential Skills of current and future employees. The recent investment in their unique vehicle, The Block Bus™, means Amy and her team can deliver their personalised services and Lego-based experiences to schools and businesses across the county.
With a strong focus on sustainability and support for other local businesses, Amy is committed to ensuring the Norfolk workforce benefits from excellent communication skills, personal effectiveness and productivity.
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.
Founder, Directs Story Machine Productions
Sam Ruddock is a Literature Producer, project manager, editor, and coach. He founded and Directs Story Machine Productions, which works with artists to create live experiences that bring books alive. Clients include the Booker Prize, publishers, and festivals. He is also a Director and Editor with Norwich-based publisher Gatehouse Press.
Sam has been Programme Manager at Writers’ Centre Norwich (now National Centre for Writing), a Senior Bookseller, and a Clore Leadership Fellow. He values the arts as a means of conversation and connection and can usually be found trying to type while a dog sprawls across his lap.