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Everyone Active logoFareham Business Expo

Speaker Programme - Thursday 22 February 2024


Portsmouth and South Coast Business Week logoThe speaker programme is free to attend and fills up on a first-come, first-served basis. Sessions are 45 minutes long and held in the studio adjacent to the exhibition hall at Fareham Leisure Centre for your convenience. The expo opens at 9:30 so there is time to get a coffee and find a seat before the first speaker session starts at 10:00.


10:00 - Your business, powered by space! with Lucia F. de la Bella, European Space Agency

11:00 - How will YOUR organisation be affected by Martyn's Law? with Jodie Read, Protect Alliance UK

12:00 - Establishing a Defence and Security Cluster for our region - the story so far... with the Southeast Regional Defence and Security Cluster

13:15 - Employment Law Updates with Deborah Weatherell, Managing Director/Owner, HR Dept Solent

14:15 - Connecting students with the creative industries with Solent University


Headshot of LuciaTime: 10:00-10:45

Session title: Your business, powered by space!

Organisation: University of Portsmouth, ESA Space Solutions

Speaker name: Lucia F. de la Bella - European Space Agency (ESA) Business Applications Ambassador

Speaker profile: My background is in theoretical cosmology, holding relevant lead positions in my previous position, at the University of Portsmouth (UoP). Most relevant, my lead role as validation of ground segment software in the ESA mission Euclid. I have a broad experience in the space sector. I have applied astrophysics techniques to real-world problems using satellite downstream applications. I have designed space missions to address climate change and planetary resilience. I contributed to organising Mission Space, launching the UoP's space ambitions, and played a significant role in composing the UoP's space charter. I have also been a Space Academic Network Fellow, writing case studies to support UK Space Agency Business Case towards ESA CMIN22. As ESA Ambassador of the South East, London and East of England I bring space solutions to non space companies.

ESA logoSession synopsis: At ESA Space Solutions, we help you launch your great ideas using space to solve challenges on Earth. In a drive for a sustainable future, we support businesses of all sizes and across sectors to develop innovative solutions using space technology. You come to us with your exciting concept - we provide you with financial support, technical expertise, business mentoring and access to our networks. Space assets like satellite data or spaceflight technologies offer vast, untapped opportunities to your business. Whether you are an entrepreneur or an established business, we have a range of funding opportunities to support you in the development of commercially sustainable products and services. ESA Space Solutions transforms business on Earth through the power of space data and technology. We have invested €250m in more than 1200 businesses - and counting. Could you be next?


Web: External Hyperlink


Headshot of JodieTime: 11:00-11:45

Session title: How will YOUR organisation be affected by Martyn's Law?

Organisation: Protect Alliance UK

Speaker name: Jodie Read, Managing Director, Penarth Management Ltd

Speaker profile: I am passionate about the importance of Martyn's Law and raising awareness of this upcoming legislation. Events like Manchester's arena terror attack is something you hope you'll never have to respond to. But if you're responsible for a public venue where crowds come together, including education campuses, restaurants and nightclubs, festivals, garden centres and many more, then your business has to be prepared. It's the same for lone attackers, crush incidents, protesters, and fire. By not planning and practising for these emergency events, everything becomes the unexpected and you end up with a situation where no-one knows what they're doing – or what's going on. I am committed to bringing Martyn's Law centre stage so have brought together the PROTECT ZONE in the main exhibition hall where you can meet me and other businesses that can support your Matyn's Law preparations. 

The Protect Alliance logoSession synopsis: Protect Alliance UK was founded by the team at Penarth Management Limited as a dedicated solution for organisations that need to meet legal obligations that will come into effect when the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) bill comes into effect. More commonly known as Maryn's Law, in memory of Martyn Hett, who was one of the 22 innocent people who lost their lives whilst enjoying a night out at Manchester Arena in 2017, the new legislation is going to mean that change is necessary for an estimated 650,000 organisations and events. This session will explore the many different types of organisations and events that will be affected and what to consider to help them prepare for Martyn's Law.


Web: External Hyperlink


Time: 12:00-12:45

Session title: Establishing a Defence and Security Cluster for our region - the story so far...

Organisation: Southeast Regional Defence and Security Cluster (SERDSC)

Southeast regional defence and security cluster logoSession synopsis: The Southeast Regional Defence and Security Cluster is in the very early stages of being established. This session will explain what a Regional Defence and Security Cluster is, how it can be of benefit to the whole supply chain from microbusinesses and SME, primes such as the MoD, Royal Navy, Airbus, BAE Systems and Quinetiq, and academic specialists such as the Centre of Excellence for Risk, Resiliance and Security at the University of Portsmouth. Come along to find out about the SERDSC's journey so far and how you can get involved.




Time: 12:45-13:15

Session title: Lunch break


Headshot of DeborahTime: 13:15-14:00

Session title: Employment Law Updates

Organisation: HR Dept Solent

Speaker name: Deborah Weatherell, Managing Director/Owner

Speaker profile: I am a dedicated, energetic, hands-on and inspirational HR, cultural and transformational change professional. I have 25 years' experience in leadership, shaping, developing and delivering HR strategy through large scale TUPE transfer, robust change management, resource and talent management, organisational design, managing compensation and benefits, driving best practice, and engagement and culture change, delivering proven business improvement results in fast-paced, matrix managed, highly unionised and complex environments including Legal Sector and FTSE 100s. A qualified and experienced business coach; I am also able to offer high level strategic advice and support to SMEs on how to grow their business.

HR Dept logoSession synopsis: In this session we will cover the forthcoming changes in Employment Law which are due to come into effect in 2024. We understand changes in the law can be confusing so we plan to use this session to help businesses understand these changes and how their current business practices may be affected by these changes. The main changes we have noted are wage related increases, changes in redundancy protection, changes to flexible working and carer's leave.  We talk through how best to manage these changes and ensure all your policies and procedures are legally compliant. We also look at how to manage your pay indices when it comes to how they may be affected by these changes. These changes will affect every business and we want to ensure we can give all businesses the knowledge to implement these updates.


Web: https://www.hrdept.solent External Hyperlink

Tel: 0345 200 0031


Black and white headshot of Sally SaundersTime: 14:15-15:00

Session title: Connecting students with the creative industries

Organisation: Solent University

Speaker names: Annie Sanger-Davies, Sally Saunders and Lesley Taylor

Speaker profiles: Annie teaches on both the BA (Hons) Acting and Performance and BA (Hons) Musical Theatre degrees at Solent. Over the past year Annie has worked with the Musical Theatre students securing a RIKE funding award that enabled a group of level 5 students to tour their own children's theatre show with a professional company to 10 venues nationwide. // Sally started her career as a studio junior/runner in a Covent Garden agency.  For over a decade, she climbed the creative ladder to land a senior designer role at the esteemed Ogilvy Advertising. Later, she became a senior designer at the BBC, working on iconic shows. She then became a became a freelance graphic designer niching in branding and has recently joined Solent to advise students on freelancing and starting up their own businesses. // Lesley worked in creative industries for over 25 years covering fashion and lifestyle visual merchandising. Alongside lecturing, she has run her own commercial interior styling company specialising in hotels, bars and other commercial interiors projects, since 2003.  She joined Solent in 2007 as an associate lecturer and became a senior lecturer in 2018. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has an MA in Interior Design with Distinction.

Solent University logoSession synopsis: A session looking at different ways that Solent university supports students to work collaboratively with local businesses and successfully be springboarded into creative industries of all types. A brilliant speaker session for students looking to businesses in the creative industries, and businesses looking to work with new talent coming through university creative courses. 

Web: External Hyperlink


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