Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th June
The One-To-Ones at XpoNorth 2016 are organised by the Enterprise Europe Network. Booking your One-To-One is easy, just register yourself on the EEN website and choose available slots with anyone registered. Be quick and grab some One-To-One time with them!
Here's a selection of who's available:
Director, Findhorn Bay Arts Festival/Culture Day | In 2013 Kresanna produced the first Culture Day, a one-day celebration that showcased the wealth of arts activity taking place throughout the year in Moray. She then went on to launch the biennial Findhorn Bay Arts Festival in 2014. Her previous experience includes working for Celtic Connections and producing the inaugural Culture Night Belfast.
Co-founder and CEO, White Light Media | Fraser launched Edinburgh-based White Light Media in 2001. Evolving into Scotland's leading content marketing agency, it has created campaigns for Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group, Channel 4, BP and Tesco. White Light has launched the magazines Hot Rum Cow (in 2012) and Poppy (in 2014), and acquired World Whisky Day in February 2015.
Games industry veteran & expert on Scotland's interactive sector | A writer for the original GTA, Brian has since worked with over 150 companies in areas including biz dev, game design, marketing, PR, production, management & writing. Brian is the executive producer at Team Rock Games, founder of the Scottish Games Network, a lecturer at Napier University & interactive expert on the BAFTA Scotland committee. He claims to be a style guru, but nobody of note agrees with him.
Mixer | Dave Bascombe is undisputedly one of today’s finest mix engineers. His work in the 1980s established a defining sound for artists such as Depeche Mode, Tears For Fears, Peter Gabriel, Human League, ABC and Erasure. His reputation has continued to soar, with recent work with Goldfrapp, Ironik, Royksopp, Lady Antebellum and Pendulum.
Director of Programs; Culture & Heritage Development Division; Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage | Craig has overseen the creation of an Arts Equity Program, Community infrastructure Program and a two million dollar suite of programs for Cultural Development supported through Provincial Lottery. Craig currently works on programming to grow Nova Scotia’s Cultural Industries locally and abroad, celebrating Canada’s 150 years of Confederation in 2017. He also led a team that presented Nova Scotia as the spotlight region at Showcase Scotland as part of Celtic Connections in 2010.
Creative Product Director, Not on the High Street | Sally joined Notonthehighstreet.com in 2015 as Creative Product Director following a career of more than 25 years in Buying and Design within retail. With a strong balance of creative and commercial acumen, Sally focuses on ensuring customers are continually offered new, unique, quality and innovative products from the best creative small businesses.
Producer / Mixer / Musician | Starting off in Glasgow indie bands, Cameron then toured the world as a session guitarist (CSS and Alabama 3), before producing George Ezra’s massive breakthrough album, Wanted On Voyage. He is at the helm of his own Voltaire Studios, producing early recordings for London Grammar. His other clients include Billie Marten, Eaves and Gavin James.
Manager, Visual Impact | Eileen has worked in camera and grip rentals for 14 years. She currently manages Visual Impact’s Scottish branch based in Glasgow. Eileen and her team have the job of keeping on top of current equipment trends and advising their ever budget conscious clients of kit solutions. Visual Impact have been a member of SFS since its inauguration, with Eileen as one of the current working group members.
Television Producer | Rod is an experienced producer and executive producer of all genres of factual television. He is Executive Producer on three multi-part 2D/3D series for Discovery Networks International - How Cities Work, Sky High Scrapers and Lost Worlds with Monty Halls and Leo Houlding. He is also a consultant for PACT on international market development and a consultant for the EU Media Programme.
Assistant Producer, BBC Radio 1/1Xtra | After doing work experience at BBC Radio Scotland’s music department in 2010, Heather joined Radio 1 and 1Xtra in 2012 as a Team Assistant, before becoming an Assistant Producer. An avid music lover, she has worked across all of the daytime and specialist shows on both networks. She has also produced her first documentary for R1/1Xtra, Running With Grief, presented by Clara Amfo.
IP Creator / Artist | Joanne is an IP Creator, mixed media artist/beachcomber and the creator of the Original Idea and Characters of BAFTA nominated pre-school show Lily's Driftwood Bay. Whilst filling her pockets and cottage with beach finds on the Isle of Arran, she first spied their potential to create whole new worlds. She is currently dreaming up new ideas for TV and picture books.
Digital Marketer | Neil is founder of Million Media, a digital marketing agency providing services to labels and artists in the music industry. He is Chair of a music charity called Community Music.
Film Director/Producer | Michael was born in Broxburn and quickly came to notice when his television series Brond was broadcast in 1987. The success of his feature film debut Scandal launched a career that has seen him work in Hollywood (on the likes of This Boy’s Life, The Jackal and Basic Instinct 2) as well as return to home turf for 1995’s historical drama Rob Roy.
Producer | Eleanor is a Paris-based American producer who was responsible for conceiving the first truly profitable 360° strategy for children’s digital content in France, during her tenure as head of in-house production across all platforms at TF1. Since leaving TF1, Eleanor works independently in animated feature film acquisitions, development, production and ground breaking transmedia projects.
Composer/songwriter | Mick is a BAFTA-winning composer and songwriter. He was a member of BRIT award winners Belle & Sebastian for fifteen years. One animated film featuring his music, The Happy Duckling, has won over 10 international awards. Another, The Tannery, was long listed for an Oscar. Mick is composer on two worldwide animated pre-school television series, Zack & Quack for Nick Jr, and Boj for CBeebies. He is also a founding committee member of Children’s Media Network Scotland.
Producer / Engineer / Mixer / Musician | This year Brett won MPG Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year for his work with Alt-J and Marika Hackman. He has spent much of his time recently working with MPG Producer Of The Year Charlie Andrew at his Iguana Studios, but also produces records in his own right and has worked with Jack Garratt, Tusks and more.
Co-founder and Digital Director, The Drum | Nick is focused on digital strategy, customer loyalty and The Drum brand, leading to driving revenue and engagement across the thedrum.com, Europe’s leading marketing website. As an experienced publishing professional, he has specific knowledge of digital media, technology, product development, design/UX, marketing and editorial operations.
Commercial & Creative Executive | Nicola joined Zig Zag in 2012. Previously working across Zig Zag’s diverse production slate in various capacities, Nicola is now in charge of managing the company’s intellectual property and content around the world. Splitting her time between Zig Zag's London and New York offices, Nicola is across all activity surrounding international opportunities, commercial partnerships and co-production relationships.
Business Development, UK Fashion & Textiles (UKFT) | Laurian is passionate about fashion and textiles. Her mission is to help businesses grow - working with freelance designers on presentation and getting paid, encouraging manufacturers and designers to get into successful exporting, and taking UK designers and brands to exhibitions all over the world.
Culture Officer, Creative Europe Desk UK-Scotland | Kate is Culture Officer for Creative Europe Desk UK-Scotland, based within the Creative Scotland offices in both Edinburgh and in Glasgow. Creative Europe Desk UK promotes awareness and understanding of Creative Europe, the European Union's Programme to support the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors, providing free advice and support for applicants from the UK.
Founder, ThinkSync Music/ Music; Supervisor, Ignition Creative | Connie founded ThinkSync Music over a decade ago as a leading one-stop music consultancy and licensing service for the visual media industries. Her recent projects include the award-winning 45 Years and the upcoming adaptation of London Fields. She is also the out-of-house Music Supervisor at the UK office of movie services house, Ignition Creative.
Publishing Entrepreneur | Ricardo is a co-founder of Reedsy, an international, online marketplace connecting authors with the best editorial, design, marketing and translation talent. An avid reader and technology enthusiast, he likes to imagine how small players will build the future of publishing. He also blogs about publishing on the Reedsy blog.
Director of Communications, Creative Scotland | Kenneth has worked in communications in Scotland for 25 years in both the private and public sectors. For the past 5 years, he has been Director of Communications for Creative Scotland with responsibility for media relations, digital communications and all aspects of external affairs.
Author/ Self-publishing Consultant | Ben is a best-selling dark fantasy author from Brighton, creator of the epic Emaneska series and a new western fantasy series, the Scarlet Star Trilogy. He also works as a consultant, helping fellow authors to self-publish and sell their books at www.shelfhelp.info. Ben can be found on Twitter (@BenGalley), Facebook (/BenGalleyAuthor) or at his website www.bengalley.com.
BBC Radio Broadcaster, TV Presenter, Journalist, Musician & Author | Vic is a broadcaster, journalist and author based in Scotland. He has presented weekly music programmes for the BBC, including Radio 1. He continues on BBC Radio Scotland every week and regularly contributes to BBC 6Music. He has written for Clash, The Skinny, The List, The Times and Sunday Herald, and is also a musician, DJ and event host. His first book ‘Songs in the Key of Fife’ was published recently.
Director of Talent Schemes, Edinburgh International Television Festival | Campbell is Director of Talent Schemes, the charitable arm of the Edinburgh International Television Festival. He is responsible for The Network and Ones To Watch, schemes designed to develop new and emerging talent in television, and is a member of the RTS Education Committee. Previously he was Marketing & Business Director at Sheffield Doc/Fest for four festivals.
Producer/ Engineer | Mick has been producing, engineering and mixing for over 35 years. Initially known for recording and producing new wave and punk bands such as Magazine, Public Image Ltd and The Ruts, he has also had success collaborating with many other artists, including The Waterboys, The Wonder Stuff, Frank Zappa, John Lee Hooker and a 30 year history with Van Morrison.
Director of Research, Van Alen Institute, New York | Anne is a writer, editor and project developer. Prior to joining Van Alen Institute as Director of Research, she led multi-disciplinary think tank The Institute for Urban Design. She spent five years as editor of the New York edition of The Architect’s Newspaper, and served as an editor at Architecture magazine and Metropolis. She has written widely for publications including Architect, ID and Details.
Managing Director, Cloch Solicitors | Philip is Managing Director of Cloch Solicitors, a boutique law firm which provides specialist corporate and intellectual property advice, and prioritises the value of a client’s idea over the depth of their pocket. Philip was the first (and only) lawyer to win the IP Lawyer of the Year award in consecutive years.
Managing Director, Espresso TV | Since the late 1990’s David has focused Espresso on International TV distribution and established international contacts in the documentary and factual entertainment genres representing over 900 hrs of factual & lifestyle programming from over 120 International Producers (many Award winning).
Development Director, Made In Me | Eric started out at Disney Publishing in LA before moving to Melbourne as Managing Editor at Penguin. He has also worked for toy company Funtastic, Parragon and Penguin UK, where he looked after licensed publishing, IP and co-production businesses. In 2013 Eric joined Made in Me, where he looks after IP development and partnerships around creating and launching digital brands.
Producer / Engineer / Mixer / Writer / Musician / Executive Director of the Music Producers Guild | In bands, Andrew has shared stages with Mike Scott and Marcella Detroit, had publishing and production deals with J. Albert & Sons and Bird & Bush and, since moving behind the desk, worked with Grammy winners Jimmy Hogarth, Cameron Craig and Mick Glossop. Recent projects include Hazel Iris, Jonathon Holder & The Good Thinking and SALIO.
Partner & Director of Business Development, AudioLock | After ten years in music events management and marketing, Tristan moved up to lead business development at AudioLock. Four years on and AudioLock is ranked by Google’s stats as being the world leader in music specific anti-piracy. Tristan is also on AFEM’s Executive Board where he represents the membership’s interests in the area of technology and software.
Composer / Music Producer | Kenny is a BAFTA Award winning composer / music producer based in Glasgow. Having cut his teeth as a studio engineer then signed artist, Kenny has now been working professionally for over two decades in TV, film, video games, advertising & new media.
Founder, Wall of Sound / Back to the Phuture | Mark's label has released music by Grace Jones, Royksopp, The Human League, Propellerheads, Reverend and the Makers, The Bees , Les Rythmes Digitales and lots more. As a musician Mark performed at Wembley Arena, Royal Albert Hall and appeared on the cover of Jackie, Just Seventeen and Number One with his band Perfect Day. He hosts radio show on 6 Music and Soho Radio. Back to the Phuture.
Author / Co-founder and Editor of Lightful | Charles was born in the back of a circus wagon. Now the Co-founder and Editor of Lightful, he is a lifelong broadcaster and photographer who regularly travels to conflict zones promoting free press. Charles is an Emmy-nominated platforms and games designer, and the author of several books including his recent debut novel, The Lobster Boy And The Fat Lady’s Daughter.
Founder, Digital Jam Ltd | Tanya has been on the leading and creative edge spanning games, film, TV, comics, music, immersive theatre, theme parks and Transmedia. As the creator of the VR Writers Room and the co-organiser for the world’s largest VR & AR meet-up group “Augmenting Reality”, Tanya brings together thought leaders and experts to share key findings with the wider VR community, develop methodologies and establish unified terminologies across industries.
Producer / Engineer | John has produced and engineered over 100 acclaimed albums. He started at Abbey Road studios and worked with, amongst others, George Harrison, John Lennon and Pink Floyd. He may be best known for producing The Stone Roses, Radiohead and Muse but has also worked with Simple Minds, XTC, Magazine, The Fall, New Order and The Coral.
Business Development Manager, Scottish Textile & Leather Association (STLA) | Jaki has been working with the STLA as Business Development Manager for the last three years, promoting the Scottish textile industry as a whole, but working in particular with membership businesses using Scotland’s inherent strengths of heritage, design and innovation. She strives to create, promote and support sustainable and collaborative design-led processes.
Film Executive Producer | Åke has worked as a screenwriter and in recent years has built up a regional film business. Between 2007-2013 he was the first CEO for Filmregion Stockholm-Mälardalen. In this function, he was co-producer for over 20 feature film projects, including the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Arne Dahl series.
MD, UK & Europe, Nettwerk Music Group | Following his time as Creative Manager at Virgin Music Publishing, where he signed deals for acts including The Verve, Blair moved to Sony Music Publishing as Director of A&R and later Managing Director. He then became MD of Columbia Records UK working with artists from Destiny’s Child to Bob Dylan. He is currently the MD, UK and Europe at Nettwerk Music Group.
Heather McDermott Jewellery | After completing her BA (Hons) and a one-year MA at Edinburgh College of Art in 2011, Heather moved home to the Isle of Skye to establish her business. She takes her inspiration from the ever-changing shoreline and landscapes of Skye, and uses stainless steel with elements of silver and vivid discs of colour.
Executive Director; Culture & Heritage Development Division; Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage | Marcel has served as Touring Performing Arts Officer, Head of the Performing Arts Section, Manager of the Cultural Industries Growth Program, Director of Programs and currently as Executive Director of the Culture and Heritage Development Division. He also chaired various Federal / Provincial cultural funding agreements, is a former Chair of the East Coast Music Association, led Nova Scotia’s participation in the Cultural Olympiad at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and chaired the 2011 Canada Games, Culture and Ceremonies Committee.
James E. Marks
Founder of ScreenageRenegade, PsychFi Lab & #HACKSTOCK | An entrepreneurial new media & disruptive tech provocateur. With over 20 years of hands-on branded & unbranded entertainment creation experience. A Honoree 2016 Webby Award Winner & World RecordSetter with #HackThePlanet VR, Exec Producer on 2016 Tribeca Documentary 'The Banksy Job' & founder of Immersive Arts Without Boundaries Festival #HACKSTOCK.
Managing Director, The New Craftsmen | Natalie is the Managing Director and a co-founder of The New Craftsmen. Prior to this she was Commercial Director of Arts & Business, overseeing a £2m investment programme for the arts. Working with Walpole, Natalie managed Crafted, a mentoring scheme pairing skilled craftsmen with leaders from the luxury sector.
Freelance Music Consultant | Pru started out as assistant to lawyer/manager James Wyllie, a director of Beggars Banquet and XL Recordings who also managed Eurythmics. She then moved into music licensing and was formerly part of the award winning Universal Music Publishing sync team pitching catalogue to TV and negotiating worldwide film licences. Now a freelance music consultant working in film and TV, recent projects include The Night Manager & Harlan Cobden's The Five.
Content Creator, missdesignsays | Marie-Louise is Founder and Editor of the international media website MISSDESIGNSAYS. She is a leading Danish Social Media strategist with keen interest in design, architecture and art. In 2011 she was PR & Communications Manager at Copenhagen Design Week and prior to that she spent 11 years as Nordic PR at BBC Worldwide.
Episodic Director, Brown Bag Films | Damien currently works at Brown Bag Films directing episodes of the No 1 US pre-school show Doc McStuffins for Disney Junior, and has previously written and directed four award-winning Irish Film Board-funded shorts. His most recent short film, ANYA, was selected to exhibit for three months in Dublin Castle as part of the Irish Global Design Exhibition.
Regional Content Director – West Scotland, BAUER | An award winning Scottish broadcaster with over 20 years' experience within the radio industry, Brian is Bauer Radio’s Regional Content Director – West Scotland. Previously he was Programme Director of Radio Forth. He now has day to day responsibility for Clyde and oversees the content teams of MFR, West FM and Westsound FM.
Director, Inner Ear | For Dougal creativity and technology are inextricably linked. He runs content company Inner Ear which serves clients and its own creative projects: Radio Magnetic, Walking Heads, TRADtv and collaborative music sync agency ZULU. Dougal advises Cultural Enterprise Office and Co-operative Development Scotland and chairs the Scottish Music Industry Association.
Plan C Music Management / XA Music | Giles is a musician, composer, engineer and producer with a studio on Jura. Recent credits include albums from The Mekons, Aline Frazão and film music for Tilting Ground’s ‘Nanabozhung' . He composed a catalogue of tracks for Extreme Music Library which have been widely used on TV and now runs his own music library XA.
Senior Director at A&R Worldwide | A&R is the global artist discovery and development firm based in Beverly Hills, CA. Polzin works on artist development and marketing strategies for A&R Worldwide, and the overall management aspects of MUSEXPO. Polzin assists the A&R Worldwide team delivering outcomes for clients such as licensing deals and publishing agreements. He also facilitates global relationships within the music, sync and technology arenas, and manages A&R Worldwide’s globally respected networking dinners and events.
SVP, Director of Music, Grey Worldwide | Josh is Senior Vice President/Director of Music for the Grey Group and is one of the biggest global names in music and advertising. Throughout his career he has worked with brands such as Sony, Pantene, Dr. Pepper and Cover Girl and with artists including Rihanna, Chuck D, Cyndi Lauper, Macy Gray and Run DMC.
Urbancroft Films | Martyn trained at RSAMD and has worked extensively in theatre and film for the last 14 years. He has screened films at BFI Film Festival, London Film Fest and Texas Film Festival. Along with Ian he won the BAFTA New Talent award for best factual film for Marty Goes to Hollywood. He make films both as a freelancer and as Director of Urbancroft Films, his production company. Urbancroft Films produces films for all sectors and the company won Best Scottish Company 2015 at The Scottish Variety Awards. He is currently collaborating with Ian Bustard - Bustard Productions on a slate of new ideas for screen and television.
Founder and Festival Director, SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival | Over its 15 years the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival has grown into a credible Launchpad for international independent films. Louis also runs a 48hr film challenge as part of the event and as seen over 1000 short films produced. Passionate about science fact and fiction, the festival is now embracing VR and new immersive entertainment technology.
Senior Trainer, BBC Academy | Marc is the BBC's senior trainer in mobile journalism at the BBC Academy, where he has shown more than 1000 journalists how to turn their smartphone into a pocket-based mobile newsroom. Before joining the BBC Academy, Marc spent fifteen years as a reporter, presenter and editor in local, regional and national radio and TV.
Senior Music Supervisor, Sony Computer Entertainment | Duncan is responsible for licensing commercial music and working with composers on bespoke scores for games, adverts and trailers produced by Playstation worldwide. Previously an A&R Manager for Moksha Recordings and Publishing, he has also worked as a club and radio promotions manager for Gorillaz, Beastie Boys, Franz Ferdinand, Def Jam, XL and Warp.
Research Fellow, Institute of Design Innovation, Glasgow School of Art | Paul is a designer, researcher and 3D print enthusiast. He is currently investigating how maker spaces and new manufacturing technology, such as 3D printing, will impact on traditional manufacturing practices and their impact on creative businesses.
Documentary Filmmaker | Commissioning editor of documentaries at Sveriges Television Umeå, up in the northern parts of Sweden. Anna has also worked as a film and media educator at the northern regional center of film, Film i Västerbotten, and for six years a member of the Guldbaggejury, the Swedish “Oscars”, for short film and documentary. Anna is also a trained chef and photographer.
Business Development Executive, Audiolock | Jon has been with AudioLock for 2 years and brings his industry wide experience as a touring musician, label owner and charting alternative-rock songwriter to his role; advising artists, labels and managers on how to minimise their exposure to piracy and the most effective implementation of anti-piracy counter measures.
Plan C Music Management / XA Music | Christian has had a 30+ year career in the Music Business, initially working for UK society PRS and then US organisation BMI, building a great network internationally, and since 2002 with his own Plan C Management group, finding developing and managing acts like Teitur, who he initially signed to Doug Morris and Universal US. He has developed artists/producers like The Suppliers (Jack Savoretti), Jamie Hartman (Will Young/James Bay etc) and Tobias Froberg, who was signed by Alan McGee, and he oversees & A&R's development labels like Squat Sound Records and new Sync Hybrid company Halogen Media and much more.
Patricia van den Akker
Director, The Design Trust | Patricia is an experienced creative business adviser, coach and trainer who talks and writes regularly about growing craft and design businesses, working with cultural organisations, universities and studio providers across the UK. She was recently the Business Adviser for the Etsy Resolution training programme and writes a regular business column for Crafts magazine, called The Design Doctor.
Ingrid van der Wacht
Ambassador for Design For Europe/ Freelance International Projects Manager for Dutch Design Week | Ingrid describes herself as a connector, conceptor, communicator with a focus on co-design for people and planet. Over the years she has initiated projects for the use of design as the driver for social innovation, economic growth and sustainable development. Previously, she was project manager for PROUD Europe and Design Management Europe (FP7).
Textile Artist | Mati is one of the few remaining knitters making garments on Fair Isle, Scotland. The motivation for her work comes from women’s role in maintaining the continuous life on the island. Her designs are inspired by museum pieces; she uses only traditional patterns from 19th and early 20th centuries and likes experimenting with colour and pattern arrangement.
Screenwriter & Film-Maker, Trix Pix | Beatrix is a film-maker/narrative artist on award-winning films and cultural projects utilising EU and MEDIA funding. TrixPix Ltd, South Uist, is a multi-media production company based on a working croft. The company currently has 3 creative documentary films currently in production with MG ALBA. “New Norway” has been awarded MEDIA Production Support in co-production with Sami Film.