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Stephen Purvis
Stephen Purvis Policy North @sgpurvisesq policynorth.com/ Biography Stephen Purvis is a technologist, philanthropist, investor and Chairman of the North East’s only dedicated policy think tank Policy North. In his early career he was a frontline military pilot serving in operational theatres around the globe. After moving back to the North East, he founded a bespoke...
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Nick Littlehales
Nick Littlehales Superstar Sleep Guru @sportsleepcoach sportsleepcoach.com/ Biography Nick works with a collection of the biggest stars and teams in international sport all focussed on weaponising sleep as a critical competitive advantage as these athletes look to achieve the unending human goal of realising their peak performance. Nick has been redefining and innovating a new...
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Olivia Remes
Olivia Remes Anxiety Researcher @oliviaroxann Biography Olivia completed her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on anxiety disorders and is using the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer study, one of the largest, European cohort studies looking at chronic diseases, mental health, and the way people live their lives. Her research has been...
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Stephen Westaby
Stephen Westaby Surgical Pioneer Biography Professor Stephen Westaby is one of the world's most prominent cardiac surgeons and author of Sunday Times bestseller 'Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table". During his incredible career, he's operated on over 11,000 patients, becoming one of the world's top and pioneering...
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Alfie Joey
Alfie Joey Breakfast Radio Personality @alfiejoey alfiejoey.co.uk Biography Alfie Joey is the host of the BBC Newcastle breakfast radio show. But wait, there's more: he's also a writer, comic, actor, impressionist. And an artist/cartoonist. In May 2017 the North East Art Collective in Newcastle presented a gallery wall of his #AlfArt work and he is...
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Andrew Szydlo
Andrew Szydlo Performance Chemist linkedin.com/in/andrew-szydlo Biography Andrew Z. Szydło is an internationally acclaimed chemistry teacher. But he's definitely not the typical chemistry teacher you would expect... He holds a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science from UCL, and is an expert on the history of alchemy (his 1994 book 'Water Which Does Not...
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Neil Woods
Neil Woods Drugs Operative @wudzee0 neilwoods.net/ Biography Neil Woods is a former Detective Sergeant and undercover operative and is now Chairman of LEAP UK, and a board member of LEAP in the USA. LEAP (Law Enforcement Action Partnership) is a U.N. accredited international organisation composed of law enforcement figures, military and policy influencers who campaign...
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Sugata Mitra
Sugata Mitra TED Prize Professor @sugatam ncl.ac.uk/ Biography Sugata Mitra is Newcastle University's Professor and Principal Investigator of Educational Technology, and world-wide known expert of self-organising systems. A physicist by training, he has worked on Organic Semiconductors, Energy Storage Systems, Bots, Remote Presence, complex dynamical systems. Since 1999, the focus of his research has been...
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Alanna Collen
Alanna Collen Gut Investigator @AlannaCollen alannacollen.com/ Biography Alanna Collen is a science writer, author of the successful '10% HUMAN: How your body's microbes hold the key to health and happiness', published in 2015 and available in 18 languages. She has both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Imperial College London and holds a Ph.D....
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Kirsty Henderson
Kirsty Henderson Architect & Athlete @5RingsTraining fiveringstraining.com/founder Biography When Architect Kirsty Henderson started building herself as an athlete, she realised one thing: she didn’t have a map. In Architecture every building she worked on had a blueprint, in her own personal development, she looked for the same. With no apparent solution, she embarked upon an...
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