2022/23 CoolBrands Council

Our independent and voluntary Expert Council, comprising 60 influencers. Brands do not apply or pay to be considered, the selection process is independently administered by The Centre for Brand Analysis and considers thousands of brands from over 50 sectors.

2022/23 CoolBrands Council

Our independent and voluntary Expert Council, comprising 60 influencers. Brands do not apply or pay to be considered, the selection process is independently administered by The Centre for Brand Analysis and considers thousands of brands from over 50 sectors.

Nowist, Systems Thinker, Keynote Speaker & Artist

Adah Parris

Adah Parris is a Nowist, Artist and Activist. She is also Chair of Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA UK) and a Fellow of The Royal Society of the Arts...

Adah Parris is a Nowist, Artist and Activist. She is also Chair of Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA UK) and a Fellow of The Royal Society of the Arts.

An enthusiastic curator of people, patterns and stories, her work sits at the intersection of ecology, technology, innovation and art. Adah focuses on changing how we experience the world by asking, “What type of Ancestor do you want to be?”

In 2020, Adah was long-listed as one of the Most Influential Women in UK Technology. In 2019, she was recognised as one of TED Talks Global Emerging Innovators. In 2018, she was recognised as one of the UK’s Top 100 Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Leaders in Technology and in early 2022 Adah was announced the Chair of the Centre for Cultural Values Advisory Group.

CEO & Co-Founder of Bloom & Wild

Aron Gelbard

Inspired by his own frustrating experiences as a customer, Aron pioneered the letterbox flowers concept, co-founding Bloom & Wild in 2013...

Inspired by his own frustrating experiences as a customer, Aron pioneered the letterbox flowers concept, co-founding Bloom & Wild in 2013. Applying technology and data science early on, Aron led the reinvention of an industry and built Bloom & Wild into Europe’s leading online flower and plant platform in just eight years. Now operating in eight markets with a family of three consumer brands, Aron has established a culture with strong values at its heart, and a commitment to community and sustainability. Deeply immersed in the London start-ups scene, Aron is an active angel investor and advisor and is an ambassador for Huckletree. Aron is a signatory to the Founders Pledge, joining a community of entrepreneurs who have committed to leveraging their success for social good.
CEO of the British Fashion Council

Caroline Rush

Caroline Rush CBE is the Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council (BFC). Since her appointment in April 2009, Rush has focused on strengthening...

Caroline Rush CBE is the Chief Executive of the British Fashion Council (BFC). Since her appointment in April 2009, Rush has focused on strengthening theBFC’s network and platforms to connect businesses with global audiences, both trade and consumer. During this time London Fashion Week has become a globally recognised platform for creative and innovative fashion talent. London Fashion Week Men’s was launched in 2012 and more recently due to the global pandemic London Fashion Week merged womenswear and menswear and pivoted to a digital-first event. The Fashion Awards has become the global award ceremony for the fashion industry and raised millions for the BFC Foundation and its charitable projects. In 2020, Rush spearheaded the launch of The Institute of Positive Fashion as an engine room for change, galvanising the industry to address how it can more positively impact the environment, the people and communities. As part of this work, Rush and the BFC launched the first ever Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee made up of industry representatives to address key challenges facing minority communities in gaining fair representation within the fashion industry.

Rush is Chair of the UK’s Creative Industry Trade and Investment Board and is also the co-founder of LOCA, a digital platform and global community that allows brands and talent to connect and collaborate more efficiently.

Rush is a member of the Conde Nast College Advisory Council and is also Chair of the Advisory Board of Everywoman.

Supermodel & Businessman

David Gandy

David Gandy is a British supermodel and businessman. Born in Essex, Gandy is one of the most recognisable faces in fashion...

David Gandy is a British supermodel and businessman. Born in Essex, Gandy is one of the most recognisable faces in fashion. After winning a televised modelling competition at the age of 21 he went on to transform male industry perception and standards with his muscular build, becoming one of the world’s most successful male supermodels. Alongside his iconic campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana he has worked with the most exclusive brands and best names in the industry, from high fashion to high street, and was the only male model to walk the ‘runway' at the Olympics closing ceremony in 2012. Gandy’s passions include his love of classic cars and philanthropic work, such as his Ambassadorship for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. In 2021 Gandy launched his eponymous fashion and lifestyle brand David Gandy Wellwear which offers a definitive range of soft, comfortable wardrobe essentials inspired by his 20 years industry experience. He lives in London with his partner Stephanie, two daughters and dog Dora.
Head of Writer Partnerships for Substack UK

Farrah Stor

Farrah Storr is the Head of Writer Partnerships for Substack UK- one of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing newsletter platforms...

Farrah Storr is the Head of Writer Partnerships for Substack UK- one of the world’s biggest and fastest-growing newsletter platforms. Prior to joining the tech company, Farrah was a glossy magazine editor for over a decade, most notably of of ELLE and Cosmopolitan as well as the founding editor-in-chief of Women’s Health.

Farrah also sits on the board of The National Theatre and has advised government on social mobility in her capacity as a board member of The Social Mobility Commission. For her work in the creative industries and social mobility, Farrah was recently made a fellow of Kings College London.

She has been cited as one of only 36 BAME leaders in The Guardian & Operation Black Votes UK’s 1000 Most Powerful list and recognised as one of the capital’s most powerful change makers in media in The Evening Standard’s Progress 1000.

Journalist & Host of The Travel Diaries Podcast

Holly Rubenstein

Holly Rubenstein is a London-based podcaster, journalist, and travel expert.
She is the host and producer of the award-winning podcast, The Travel Diaries...

Holly Rubenstein is a London-based podcaster, journalist, and travel expert.
She is the host and producer of the award-winning podcast, The Travel Diaries, which is one of the UK’s most listened to podcasts with guests ranging from Stanley Tucci to Sir Ranulph Fiennes, and Michael Palin to Jo Malone.
She is a travel expert for major broadcast outlets and brands; the Contributing Editor of Country & Town House Magazine and luxury travel guide Luxury Explorer, as well as a writer for the national papers.
Holly previously reported and produced for Reuters, Getty, ITV’s Lorraine, Associated Press, the BBC, and Snapchat. She was also the Entertainment Producer and Reporter for ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
Founder & Global Brand Ambassador of Coast Drinks

Joe McCanta

Current recipient of the TOTC Spirited Award for Best International Brand Ambassador, GREY GOOSE Global Ambassador and COAST drinks founder Joe McCanta brings together a passion for great cocktails...

Current recipient of the TOTC Spirited Award for Best International Brand Ambassador, GREY GOOSE Global Ambassador and COAST drinks founder Joe McCanta brings together a passion for great cocktails made from freshest ingredients and the creative skill of a master mixologist. He is a long term champion of the vodka category and has educated worldwide in the industry.

Through his own consultancy, Joe has opened bars in Istanbul (where he lived for 18 months), Moscow, Stockholm, Geneva, Munich and London where he caught the eye of GREY GOOSE with his Greenhouse Bar concept – a working bar with living plants that could deliver the ultimate in freshness and sustainability.

His bespoke cocktail creations have been featured at the Oscars and the official Vanity Fair Oscar Party, the Toronto International Film Festival, Cannes International Film Festival, Sundance International Film Festival, and BAFTAs. He has worked extensively with the Soho House Group around the world training and leading online members events. He has worked alongside world-famous chefs, including Alain Ducasse, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, Hélène Darroze, Nobu Matsuhisa, Gordon Ramsay, Ludo Lefevre and famed restaurant elBulli, to create truly memorable and unique flavour combinations. Most recently, Joe was responsible for the official cocktails for the 2022 Grammy Awards.

Creative Director & Fashion Designer

Katie Hillier

For nearly twenty years, Katie Hillier has worked creatively to produce bags, jewellery, accessories and RTW, that fuse classic British irrelevant style with high-end luxury...

For nearly twenty years, Katie Hillier has worked creatively to produce bags, jewellery, accessories and RTW, that fuse classic British irrelevant style with high-end luxury.

Hillier has worked on many creative collaborations, including of course, Luella Bartley with whom she runs the cool luxury label, Hillier Bartley.

Her passionate and visceral reaction to ideas means simple gestures become elevated, eventually turning into iconic shapes and products; the paperclip earring, her infamous Bunny Bag.

Makeup Artist

Mary Greenwell

Mary Greenwell is one of the world’s most sought-after make-up artists. Her influence over the fashion and beauty industries is undisputed...

Mary Greenwell is one of the world’s most sought-after make-up artists. Her influence over the fashion and beauty industries is undisputed. From creating new trends on the catwalk to winning numerous beauty awards, Mary continues to be one of the best make-up specialists in the industry.

Mary worked on some of the most iconic magazine covers on some of the most supermodels Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, Stephanie Seymour and Cindy Crawford.

A defining moment in Mary’s career came when Liz Tilberis introduced her to Diana, Princess of Wales. Mary helped to re-define her image and worked on some of the most iconic photo shoots with her.
Mary has continued to be the 'must-have' make-up artist for celebrities and she continues to travel the world for clients such as Amanda Seyfried, Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth Debbicki, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain and Lily James.

CEO of the British Beauty Council

Millie Kendall

CEO of the British Beauty Council, retail maven and brand creator, Millie Kendall has been instrumental in the success of cult brands including...

CEO of the British Beauty Council, retail maven and brand creator, Millie Kendall has been instrumental in the success of cult brands including Shu Uemura, Aveda, Tweezerman, L’Occitane and Ruby & Millie. Having worked with the UK’s leading retailers, Millie has been creating and marketing beauty brands for the past 30 year's. Millie was awarded an MBE in 2007 for her services to the cosmetic industry, and an OBE in 2022 for services to the hair and beauty industry.
Actress

Natasha O'Keeffee

Natasha O'Keeffee is a British star of stage, television and film who trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama...

Natasha O'Keeffee is a British star of stage, television and film who trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She is best known for her role as Lizzie Stark in the globally loved PEAKY BLINDERS.

Natasha’s other TV credits include Sky’s INTERGALACTIC; STRIKE, with Tom Burke; RTÉ’s REBELLION; TEMPLE, with Mark Strong; period drama RESISTANCE; BBC’s SHERLOCK, with Benedict Cumberbatch; JEKYLL AND HYDE, with Tom Bateman and Donald Sumpter; THE LAST PANTHERS, with John Hurt and Samantha Morton; ITV’s GRANTCHESTER; E4’s MISFITS; and BBC’s LIP SERVICE, with Emun Elliott.

Her film credits include John Hardwick’s SVENGALI, with Martin Freeman, and FILTH, with James McAvoy.

Most recently we saw Natasha reprising the role of Lizzie Stark in the eagerly anticipated final season of PEAKY BLINDERS.

We can next look forward to seeing Natasha in the second season of Amazon’s THE WHEEL OF TIME and independent film TYGER written by Dylan Edwards.

Founder of Here/Forth

Paul Armstrong

Paul runs TBD Group which helps clients see around corners by focusing on three core areas; advising clients on emerging technologies...

Paul runs TBD Group which helps clients see around corners by focusing on three core areas; advising clients on emerging technologies (Here/Forth), content (Mouthwash/'What Did Amazon Do This Week?') and events (TBD Conference, Quake).

Paul works with brands and agencies (PwC, Coca-Cola, Coutts, O2, P&G, Omnicom Group) around the world to help them understand and implement what's coming today to build more resilient businesses tomorrow. He is a trusted source for the likes of the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC and Fast Company. Paul also wrote 'Disruptive Technologies', and regularly contributes to outlets such as Forbes and Cool Hunting and OnOffice.

Author, Be More Pirate

Sam Conniff

Sam is most recently the Creator of Uncertainty Experts, a unique hybrid of online learning, interactive documentary, and psychological intervention...

Sam is most recently the Creator of Uncertainty Experts, a unique hybrid of online learning, interactive documentary, and psychological intervention. He is the author of the international best-seller and "modern life-bible" Be More Pirate. He was Co-Founder of Livity, the multi-award-winning social enterprise and youth-led creative Network, Co-founder of Digify Africa, providing transformational digital skills to thousands of young Africans and Co-Founder of Don’t panic, the original activist and Bafta-winning content studio. Sam has won Entrepreneur of the year, Agency of the Year, The Queens Award and many others and he turned down an MBE in 2020.
A consultant to brands from Rolex to Red Bull, and a mentor to many entrepreneurs and innovators around the world. Sam is also an in-demand Keynote Speaker, facilitator, host and MC (but not the rapping kind, sadly)
Presenter

Simon Lazenby

Simon Lazenby is the lead presenter of Sky Sports BAFTA award winning Formula One coverage...

Simon Lazenby is the lead presenter of Sky Sports BAFTA award winning Formula One coverage. Over his career he has fronted some of the biggest sporting events on the planet. From Test match cricket, PGA and European tour golf events he then went on to lead the presentation team for Sky Rugby for ten years. This included two British and Irish Lion’s tours to New Zealand and South Africa, the Heineken Cup and England internationals both at home and abroad. In 2012 he moved across to lead the Sky F1 team as the company launched a new channel dedicated to the sport. Working closely with the likes of Martin Brundle, Jenson Button, Damon Hill and Danica Patrick, Simon has continued in the role as the popularity of Formula One has grown. This culminated in the team winning the BAFTA for their coverage of the dramatic season ending race in Abu Dhabi in November of last year.

Outside of his Sky work Simon co-founded the production company Sylver Entertainment in 2020. Focussing on feature documentaries Sylver has two high profile releases in 2022. 'McEnroe’ is the biopic of tennis icon John McEnroe that launches at the Tribeca film festival in June. ‘The Greatest Game’ remembers England’s stirring 2019 cricket world cup final victory and is the inside story from the players that made it happen. Sylver also produces high end commercial content and has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world including Mercedes F1 team.

Executive Chef & Author

Theo Michaels

Previous to Theo’s career in food, he sat on the board of a PLC and was MD of a recruitment business for 15 years. After appearing on Masterchef 2014...

Previous to Theo’s career in food, he sat on the board of a PLC and was MD of a recruitment business for 15 years. After appearing on Masterchef 2014, Theo exited the business to follow his passion for food.
Theo is now Executive Chef and award-winning author with 7 published cookbooks and counting. Two of Theo’s books won the Gourmand World Cookbook awards and have been translated into multiple languages. Theo is regularly in the press and media including radio and TV (BBC Morning Live, ITV This Morning, Food Network) and is resident TV chef on Channel 4’s Steph’s Packed Lunch.
Theo was coined as the ‘UK’s Home Economist’ by the press after hosting 36 live Cookalong’s with his children to thousands of families around the world during the first lockdown.

Theo is co-founder of FiveDinners.com – an online meal planning and shopping platform.

Founder, Avansere AS

Tom Savigar

Tom is an expert in foresight, strategy and transformation, visions and models, change and development. For two decades up to 2020, he has been forecasting...

Tom is an expert in foresight, strategy and transformation, visions and models, change and development. For two decades up to 2020, he has been forecasting and making the future happen with The Future Laboratory for the world’s biggest and best known brands. With his new boutique Norwegian agency Avansere, Tom explores and advances the most effective next generation enterprises.
Playwright & Screenwriter

Alecky Blythe

Dubbed the ‘Verbatim Theatre Queen’ by the Telegraph’s chief theatre critic, Alecky is a playwright and screenwriter who specialises in creating the script from...

Dubbed the ‘Verbatim Theatre Queen’ by the Telegraph’s chief theatre critic, Alecky is a playwright and screenwriter who specialises in creating the script from interviews recorded from real life.

She won a Time Out Award for her first play, Come Out Eli, and was selected as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow following her television drama A Man in a Box (Channel 4).

Her work since then has included The Girlfriend Experience (Royal Court /Young Vic) and Little Revolution (Almeida). In 2011 her innovative musical London Road (National Theatre Cottesloe /Olivier) won Best Musical at the Critics' Circle Awards. She later adapted it into a screenplay (BBC Films /Cuba Pictures) released in 2015.

Waiting for God (BFI, SUMS), a short which she also directed, premiered at the London Film Festival 2021. Most recently her play Our Generation opened at the National Theatre before moving to Chichester Festival Theatre.

Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Bengi Ünsal

Bengi Ünsal is the Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London since March 2022. As the ICA enters its 75th year, Ünsal leads in reintroducing live music...

Bengi Ünsal is the Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London since March 2022. As the ICA enters its 75th year, Ünsal leads in reintroducing live music into the programme, with acts including Alewya, Tamino, Nemahsis and Naima Bock among many others.Before that, she was the Head of Contemporary Music at Southbank Centre, the UK’s largest arts centre, where she was responsible for a year-round programme of more than 200 gigs and contemporary music performances across its iconic venues - Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, along with managing the award-winning Meltdown. She is on the board of Nest Collective, and in April 2018 was included in She Said So's Alternative Power Music 100 list.
YouTuber & Entrepreneur

Caspar Lee

Caspar Lee is a British-South African creator, entrepreneur and investor who rose to prominence with his popular Youtube channel...

Caspar Lee is a British-South African creator, entrepreneur and investor who rose to prominence with his popular Youtube channel. He’s collaborated with many of the world’s biggest stars including Ed Sheeran, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Pratt, Kevin Hart and Anna Kendricks. After finding success as an entertainer, Caspar co-took the role of chief visionary Officer. The company operates globally with over 70 employees leading brands as clients. Later he co-founded Margravine Management with Joe Sugg. IMG invested and is a strategic partner to the company.
Co-Founder & CEO of Positive Luxury

Diana Verde Nieto

Diana Verde Nieto is the Co-Founder and CEO of Positive Luxury. The company helps brands adapt to the new sustainability economy...

Diana Verde Nieto is the Co-Founder and CEO of Positive Luxury. The company helps brands adapt to the new sustainability economy. We support our clients with expert advice, industry analysis and independent certification, keeping them at the forefront of the world’s rapid transition towards a sustainable future. Positive Luxury was founded in partnership with Karen Hanton MBE, founder of toptable.com. The two trailblazing entrepreneurs combined their experience and knowledge to use technology to demystify sustainability and positively communicate a brand’s actions directly to the consumer. Diana’s entrepreneurial spirit has driven innovation in the way that brands communicate their commitment to social and environmental sustainability, enabling organisations to unlock the value of their investment in this area. This began with founding the first international sustainability communications consultancy in 2002 which Diana built to international success with a presence in five markets, including China and the USA, at the time of exiting the business in 2008. Diana holds a degree in Global Leadership & Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. Diana is a globally recognised figure in the sustainability field, honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2011 and subsequently being trained by former US Vice President, Al Gore. Diana serves on many advisory boards, frequently teaches at Cambridge Judge School and Oxford Said School and was recently given an honorary professorship at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, London

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist (b. 1968, Zurich, Switzerland) is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London, Senior Advisor at LUMA Arles, and Senior Artistic Advisor at The Shed in New York...

Hans Ulrich Obrist (b. 1968, Zurich, Switzerland) is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London, Senior Advisor at LUMA Arles, and Senior Artistic Advisor at The Shed in New York. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show ‘World Soup (The Kitchen Show)’ in 1991, he has curated more than 350 exhibitions, his recent shows include IT'S URGENT at LUMA Arles (2019-2021), and Enzo Mari at Triennale Milano (2020).

In 2011 Obrist received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence, and in 2015 he was awarded the International Folkwang Prize, and most recently he was honoured by the Appraisers Association of America with the 2018 Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Co-founder of 1Rebel

James Balfour

James Balfour, Co-Founder of 1Rebel. James left investment banking in 2007 to complete his lifelong dream of climbing Mount Everest...

James Balfour, Co-Founder of 1Rebel. James left investment banking in 2007 to complete his lifelong dream of climbing Mount Everest making him one of the youngest Briton’s to do so.

Since then, James has completed many expeditions including leading a team to the South Pole. In 2007 James joined forces with his father to co-found Jatomi fitness. After 4 years in Eastern Europe, James moved to Malaysia to grow the business as CEO of Asia.

In 2015, alongside his business partner Giled Dean, James went on to found 1Rebel which now has clubs in the UK, Middle East and Australia.

Poet, Visual Artist & Filmmaker

Julian Knxx

Born in Sierra Leone, Julianknxx is a poet, visual artist and filmmaker whose practice crosses the boundaries of written word, music and visual art...

Born in Sierra Leone, Julianknxx is a poet, visual artist and filmmaker whose practice crosses the boundaries of written word, music and visual art. Through his practice Julianknxx explores themes of inheritance, loss, and belonging, and their effects on personal and interpersonal narratives.

With his critical engagement with art history and philosophy, Julianknxx uses his personal history as a prism through which to deconstruct dominant perspectives on African art, ideas, history and culture. Rich with symbolism and complex layering his work conveys our continuing and necessary task of defining and redefining ourselves through the simultaneous rejection of extrinsic labels and repositioning of ourselves within new collective narratives. Through project Julianknxx & Friends, Julianknxx catalogues a living archive of African diaspora experience, creating a collaborative space for artists to communicate whilst navigating a multiplicity of cultural identities, sense of belonging and creative expressions.

Celebrity Hairdresser & Founder of Salon Sloane

John Vial

John Vial is a globally renowned stylist whose vision, technique and creative flair assures he is constantly in demand from designers, celebrities, magazines...

John Vial is a globally renowned stylist whose vision, technique and creative flair assures he is constantly in demand from designers, celebrities, magazines, and international beauty brands.

He is an industry pacesetter who continues to push creative boundaries. He is the resident Hair Stylist on TV Series 10 Years Younger and is of course celebrity stylist of choice to a host of leading names from the Spice Girls to Bjork. Collaborations range from Zaha Hadid to Tim Walker.

No one is as passionate about hair as John Vial.

Broadcaster, Presenter, Journalist & Digital Creator

Leyla Kazim

Leyla Kazim is a food and travel presenter, broadcaster, journalist and digital creator. She has been a presenter on BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme since 2019...

Leyla Kazim is a food and travel presenter, broadcaster, journalist and digital creator. She has been a presenter on BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme since 2019 and TV judge on Channel 4’s cooking competition show Beat The Chef.

Leyla has an Astrophysics BSc from University College London and a mixed-heritage Cypriot and Mauritian background. Having been brought up with exceptional cooking and appreciating the huge range of flavours available in the culinary world, she travels to eat and spent 2015 on one big trip, eating her way around the globe. She drew on her catalogue of culinary experiences to co-create Lonely Planet’s book: The Ultimate Eatlist, The World’s Top 500 Food Experiences.

Leyla’s interests and expertise lie in food, travel and celebrating the beauty and diversity of the natural world in the UK and beyond, including gardening, sustainability, permaculture, farming and food production, food preservation and food traditions.

Associate Director at Zaha Hadid Architects

Melodie Leung

Melodie Leung is an Associate Director at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) where she has been a leading designer within the practice for over 15 years...

Melodie Leung is an Associate Director at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) where she has been a leading designer within the practice for over 15 years. She has overseen the delivery of notable projects across architecture, public realm, interiors, product design, and experiential design and continues to work closely with the firm's research teams in incorporating the latest strategies in digital fabrication and design. A former unit master at the Architectural Association (Experimental 18), Melodie has served as a jury member for the Design Museum, D&AD, and the City of London Corporation and serves as a Trustee of the Museum of Architecture, and Architecture Editor at Large for Ala Champ Magazine.
Co-Founder & CEO of to.org

Nachson Mimran

Nachson Mimran is a father, entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of to.org, Creative Director and Chairman of the Board of The Alpina Gstaad, and Provocateur in Chief of several organisations...

Nachson Mimran is a father, entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of to.org, Creative Director and Chairman of the Board of The Alpina Gstaad, and Provocateur in Chief of several organisations including Extreme E.⁠

⁠Founded in 2015 by Nachson and his brother Arieh Mimran, to.org is a venture fund, foundation, and collection of creative endeavours, all focused on accelerating Earth’s most vital ventures. ⁠

With a passion for nature and humanity stemming from a childhood spent in West Africa and Europe, Nachson leverages his network to address Earth’s most pressing challenges and ensure the future health of people and planet.

Actress

Nenda Neururer

Nenda Neururer is an Austrian born actress and international recording artist who graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2017...

Nenda Neururer is an Austrian born actress and international recording artist who graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2017.

She represented Rose Bruford at the 2017 Sam Wanamaker Festival, playing Vittoria in The White Devil.

Nenda’s theatre credits include THE BORROWERS at the Watermill Theatre, ROMEO AND JULIET at the Orange Tree Theatre, JERUSALEM at the Watermill Theatre, WHITE TEETH at the Kiln Theatre, and DEATH OF A SALESMAN at the Young Vic Theatre and the West End.

Nenda’s song ‘Mixed Feelings’ climbed to number one of the Austrian FM4 charts.

She can now be seen as one of the leads in the exciting Sky Original series THE RISING.

Poet & Presenter

LionHeart

LionHeart is an award-winning Poet, BBC Radio London Presenter and TEDx Speaker. He is also one of the first Associate Artists of The Royal Albert Hall in over 150 years...

LionHeart is an award-winning Poet, BBC Radio London Presenter and TEDx Speaker. He is also one of the first Associate Artists of The Royal Albert Hall in over 150 years.

An honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) for his contribution to architecture. LionHeart is the first Poet in Residence at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery, and various architecture practises globally in Oslo, America and Japan.

He has been commissioned by brands including Netflix, IWC Schaffhausen, Bentley, Warner Music Group, Lloyds of London, the BBC, the British Library and more.

Television & Radio Host

Sian Welby

Television and radio host Sian Welby can currently be heard every weekday morning on the Capital Breakfast Show that she co-hosts with Roman Kemp and Sonny Jay...

Television and radio host Sian Welby can currently be heard every weekday morning on the Capital Breakfast Show that she co-hosts with Roman Kemp and Sonny Jay. They are joined by the biggest guests from the world of entertainment as they wake up the nation from 6am-10am.

Prior to joining Capital Sian had her own show on Heart where she hosted guests including P!nk, Chris Pratt and Sam Smith, and events like Ed Sheeran’s secret live concert to the Regent Street Christmas light’s switch-on.

Sian was a weather presenter for Channel 6, where her creative comedy forecasts went viral, racking up 10 million views.

Rapper & Musician

Tino Kamal

Kemaal Martino Izli, known professionally as Tino Kamal is an Artist, songwriter, Fashion icon ;designer from Shepard’s Bush, West London...

Kemaal Martino Izli, known professionally as Tino Kamal is an Artist, songwriter, Fashion icon ;designer from Shepard’s Bush, West London. Tino is set to release his 7th independent studio album T O A G under his own label ‘Tappedwidit’ on June 20th 2022, in addition to releasing his own clothing brand too.

His unique sound of both drill musicality & melodies is set to take the industry into a new ear space. Discovered by legendary photographer Nick Knight 8 years ago, the two creatives continue to push Tino’s Films out of the boundaries of new technology, whether it is fashion or music.

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Blogger & influencer Who is Mrs. O? | Mrs O Around The World

Mrs. O Around the World

Mrs. O Around the World launched in November 2011, when its author, Ana Silva O’Reilly, decided to publish her vast travel knowledge...

Mrs. O Around the World launched in November 2011, when its author, Ana Silva O’Reilly, decided to publish her vast travel knowledge to benefit friends, family and the wider online community.

Now 10 years old, Mrs. O Around the World has evolved into a leading luxury travel and lifestyle blog, renowned for sharing stunning destinations, tips and tricks, and insights into the best places to eat, drink, shop, and everything in between.

Originally from Portugal, Ana is based in the UK and has a degree in Business Studies and an MBA from Henley Business School and runs her boutique marketing consultancy firm, following a corporate career B2B marketing.

Mrs. O Around the World is ranked third in USA Today’s list of luxury travel blogs, and is included in Vuelio’s (formerly Cision) top 10 UK blogs and in its list of top 10 luxury travel blogs.

Actor

Brenock O'Connor

Born in 2000, British actor Brenock O'Connor is perhaps best known for his role of 'Olly' in Game of Thrones. Brenock has recently been seen in...

Born in 2000, British actor Brenock O'Connor is perhaps best known for his role of 'Olly' in Game of Thrones. Brenock has recently been seen in the second series of Amazon’s hit television adaptation of Anthony Horowitz' hit series Alex Rider, playing Alex's best friend and sidekick, ‘Tom’. Other television work includes Sky's series Living the Dream as ‘Freddie’, ‘Jon’ in Channel 4's BAFTA nominated Irish comedy Derry Girls, and BBC series' Dickensian and The Split.

In 2019, Brenock starred as the leading role ‘Conor’ in the new musical adaptation of hit film Sing Street, which opened at the New York Theatre Workshop.

Rally Driver, Brand Ambassador & Presenter

Catie Munnings

Catie Munnings is a Red Bull athlete, Harley Davidson Ambassador and motoring prodigy. In her first year in the sport, Catie won the FIA Ladies European Rally Championship...

Catie Munnings is a Red Bull athlete, Harley Davidson Ambassador and motoring prodigy. In her first year in the sport, Catie won the FIA Ladies European Rally Championship, making her the first Briton to win a European Rally title in over 49 years.
Competing in a male dominated sport, Catie now works closely with organisations to even out gender ratios in workplaces and encourage the next generation to challenge gender stereotypes.
Catie has presented several TV shows, including Catie’s Amazing Machines on CBeebies, as well as How to be Epic on CBBC and Secrets of the Supercars for Dave on UKTV.
Catie also participates in the series Extreme E, where competitors use electric SUVs to race in remote parts of the world. All racing locations maintain a ‘legacy programme’, which is chosen by scientists, to make a positive contribution towards the impacts of climate change relating to that area.
Founder of Street Feast

Dominic Cools-Lartigue

Dominic Cools-Lartigue is the founder of Street Feast, which when it launched in 2012 pioneered a night market culture in London...

Dominic Cools-Lartigue is the founder of Street Feast, which when it launched in 2012 pioneered a night market culture in London. His renovation of disused buildings into vibrant dining spaces helped revolutionise how we eat out, with venues like Dalston Yard, Hawker House and Dinerama inspiring the wave of food halls currently sweeping the nation.

Prior to this, during a fifteen-year career in the music industry, Dominic worked with the likes of Daft Punk and Ice T, as he created events all over the world from Ibiza to Miami.

In March 2020 when London went into its first lockdown, Dominic set up A Plate For London, which would go on to feed 35,000 people in need that year.

In August 2020 he launched the Tramshed Project, a pop-up coworking, dining and cultural hub that The Telegraph referred to as “the future of dining.”

Director & Co-Founder of Tatty Devine

Harriet Vine

As creative Director and Co-Founder of Tatty Devine, Harriet is a British artist who constantly pushes the boundaries of what’s possible and challenges the very notion of what jewellery...

As creative Director and Co-Founder of Tatty Devine, Harriet is a British artist who constantly pushes the boundaries of what’s possible and challenges the very notion of what jewellery design is considered to be. Over twenty years ago, she founded Tatty Devine the world’s go-to brand for original and fun statement jewellery, in East London with her friend Rosie Wolfenden.
Key collaborations include Equality Now, David Bowie and Frida Khalo. In 2019, Harriet was an expert craft judge on Channel 4’s The Fantastical Factory of Curious Craft, has co-authored two books and in 2013, she was awarded an MBE for services to the fashion industry.
Film Maker, Writer & Director

Jessica Swale

Jessica is an Olivier award winning film maker, writer and director. As a playwright, her first play Blue Stockings, won her an Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright nomination...

Jessica is an Olivier award winning film maker, writer and director. As a playwright, her first play Blue Stockings, won her an Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright nomination and is now on the GCSE drama syllabus.
Her second, Nell Gwynn, transferred from the Globe to the West End starring Gemma Arterton, and won the Olivier for Best New Comedy. She is currently writing the screenplay for Working Title.
Her first short, the comedy Leading Lady Parts (starring Felicity Jones, Florence Pugh, Emilia Clarke, Tom Hiddleston and Gemma Chan) became a viral hit with over 25 million views.
Her debut feature film, Summerland (starring Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw) was released in 2020 by Lionsgate, Embankment & BFI.
She has since shot two episodes of Ten Percent for BRON/Headline. As a writer, her latest projects include Jo Baker’s novel Longbourn for Studio Canal (to be directed by Sharon Maguire), Persuasion for Fox Searchlight and she is creating a major new TV series for Left Bank. She also wrote the screenplay for the Horrible Histories Movie starring Emilia Jones.
TV Cook, Author, & Food Stylist

Juliet Sear

Juliet Sear is one of the UK’s leading cakeologists; building a reputation for creativity, innovation and making impressive and challenging cakes accessible to the average baker...

Juliet Sear is one of the UK’s leading cakeologists; building a reputation for creativity, innovation and making impressive and challenging cakes accessible to the average baker. Her no-nonsense, down to earth approach makes her creations accessible as well as highly entertaining. Juliet fronted her debut baking show for ITV ‘Beautiful Baking with Juliet Sear’.

She is a regular presenter on ITV’s This Morning show and designed and created the edible animated characters for Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off for their TV, social and print media advertising campaigns.

Actress

Lauryn Ajufo

LAURYN AJUFO is a BIFA-nominated British actress who, following graduating from BRIT School, has swiftly gained roles across stage and screen...

LAURYN AJUFO is a BIFA-nominated British actress who, following graduating from BRIT School, has swiftly gained roles across stage and screen. She was the Triforce Monologue Slam Winner in the 2018 Youth Round in London.

In 2019 Lauryn starred in VILLAIN, with Craig Fairbrass and Taz Skylar, which was her second collaboration with director Philip Barantini following her role in his short film BOILING POINT.

Lauryn went on to star in the critically acclaimed feature-length version of the same name, alongside Stephen Graham, for which she was nominated Breakthrough Performance at the 2021 BIFA Awards.

The feature-length version of Boiling Point had its UK premiere at the 2021 London Film Festival and has since been nominated for 11 BIFAs and 4 BAFTAs.

Lauryn has several very exciting projects on the horizon, including Netflix series THE LAST BUS, ITV2’s hot teen drama TELL ME EVERYTHING where we can see her as one of the leads. This will be ITV2’s first original drama commission in ten years, from the same commissioners as Skins and Misfits.

We can also soon see her in the upcoming film version of LUTHER for Netflix.

Excitingly, Lauryn was recently announced to star in Philip Barantini’s new thriller ACCUSED opposite Chaneil Kular (Sex Education).

Founder of 8lbs

Mark Krendel

Mark Krendel. Founder, 8lbs. Mark has over a decade’s experience structuring innovative deals across the entertainment industry...

Mark Krendel. Founder, 8lbs. Mark has over a decade’s experience structuring innovative deals across the entertainment industry. Having established the digital and commercial divisions at Universal, he founded partnership specialists 8lbs to help talent, rights holders and brands work together. In addition to delivering campaigns for the likes of boohoo, Annabel’s and Xperia, the team is forging new ways for talent and investors to launch collaborative ventures.
Founder & CCO of Framestore

Mike Mcgee

Mike McGee is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Framestore. A global VFX company that prides itself on combining creativity, innovation and technology...

Mike McGee is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Framestore. A global VFX company that prides itself on combining creativity, innovation and technology to make extraordinary images and immersive experiences. Mike’s multi-layered experience as a VFX Supervisor, Director and Creative Leader has seen him spearhead some of the world’s most innovation-focused film, TV and advertising projects. His eye for detail and ability to see ahead earned him a reputation as a key industry thought leader, judge and speaker at global creative summits.
Creative Director of the Crafts Council

Natalie Melton

As creative director of the Crafts Council, the UK’s national charity for craft, Natalie’s role has encompassed creative programming...

As creative director of the Crafts Council, the UK’s national charity for craft, Natalie’s role has encompassed creative programming, the publication of Crafts magazine, the leading print authority on craft, and brand, marketing and communications. A passionate believer in the power of partnership, she has shaped numerous collaborations that spotlight craft makers and their skills, with the likes of Burberry, Selfridges, Liberty, Chelsea Flower Show and many more.

From 2012-2018 she was she was co-founder and managing director of The New Craftsmen, a business which curates, commissions and sells unique contemporary objects rooted in craftsmanship and narrative made by makers from across the British Isles. She is a regular spokesperson and commentator on craft in the media.

Founder of Argent Design Ltd.

Nicola Fontanella

Nicola completed her studies in London and worked with Harrods Design Studio to develop her interior design skills; she then explored the hospitality design sector...

Nicola completed her studies in London and worked with Harrods Design Studio to develop her interior design skills; she then explored the hospitality design sector and dealt with international commercial projects, hotels and restaurants. She spent two years on site in Turkey, overseeing and designing the interior of the Intercontinental HNWI’s on various residential schemes in locations worldwide.

Nicola founded Argent Design in 1997 and since her first year of trading quickly gained a solid client-base of private individuals of both UK and international reputable standing.

Founder & CEO of Boxpark

Roger Wade

Roger Wade is the Founder and CEO of BOXPARK, London’s award-winning food and retail revolution...

Roger Wade is the Founder and CEO of BOXPARK, London’s award-winning food and retail revolution.

After graduating from University, Roger started Boxfresh, the original British Streetwear brand in 1989. He grew the Boxfresh brand from a market stall, to an international brand selling in over 12 different countries.

In 2005, Roger sold Boxfresh to Pentland Brands and formed his own brand consultancy, Brands Incorporated, specialising in the development, financing and licensing of UK fashion brands. Five years later, Roger transformed a patch of wasteland to create the world’s first pop-up dining and shopping destination in the heart of London’s Shoreditch.

The next iteration of BOXPARK launched in Croydon in 2015 – slightly different to the original site, BOXPARK Croydon has the look and feel of a modern food hall with an innovative structure and outdoor seating space. Finally, inspired by its Croydon sibling but with a twist, BOXPARK Wembley launched in December 2018 – becoming a new Fanzone for Wembley Stadium and Arena visitors, and the first BOXPARK site to offer leisure activities with its unique ‘PlayBox’ zone.

Roger is a creative entrepreneur. He believes that all brands should be special and identifies those special brands/projects and adds values to them. He is passionate about independent brands, the future of retail, and thinking outside the Box!

Jewellery Designer

Stephen Webster

Founded on 40 vibrant years of technical excellence, London based, luxury jewellery designer Stephen Webster, is internationally renowned for his fearless design...

Founded on 40 vibrant years of technical excellence, London based, luxury jewellery designer Stephen Webster, is internationally renowned for his fearless design, traditional craftsmanship, and cutting-edge process. Rebellious yet ethical, the brand genuinely stands for something good using materials that are always thoughtfully and responsibly sourced, with a commitment to sustainable practices.

With over 100 points of sale worldwide, including the Stephen Webster flagship Mount Street salon, the brand continues to thrive under its Founder and Creative Director, Stephen Webster, and the introduction of Stephen’s daughter, Amy Webster.

Founder of Storm Model Management

Simon Chambers

Simon Chambers joined a fledgling Storm in 1988 after a spell in finance. Partnering with his sister, Sarah Doukas, they took Storm from a start-up to become...

Simon Chambers joined a fledgling Storm in 1988 after a spell in finance. Partnering with his sister, Sarah Doukas, they took Storm from a start-up to become the leading UK model & talent agency, pioneering 360° career management for the likes of Kate Moss, Lily Cole, Lorraine Pascale & Cara Delevingne. This included developing own-brand lines for them in fashion, fragrance & beauty as well as publishing & broadcast projects. In 2014 he launched Storm Vision, the digital influencer arm of Storm, to partner with brands in their social communications. Today across our Artists, Vision & Creative divisions we represent talent as varied as Cindy Crawford, Mia Regan (@mimimoocher) and Not3s. Simon has been a Director of the British Fashion Model Agents Association for over 30 years liaising regularly with Government across all issues facing the industry.
Artist

Steven Wilson

Born in London, Steven Wilson now runs his studio from his home in Brighton where he continually experiments with techniques and processes...

Born in London, Steven Wilson now runs his studio from his home in Brighton where he continually experiments with techniques and processes to fuel his varied and experimental work.

Since his graduation from Brighton University in 2001 he has investigated possibilities with collage, printmaking, perspex and play-doh alongside his ongoing quest to discover new digital techniques meaning his work is constantly evolving.

His Illustrations and typography have been commissioned by clients such as BBH, AKQA, Nike, Virgin, Neiman Marcus, MTV, NYC&GO, AIGA, The Oscars, The New Yorker, Wallpaper Magazine, Sony BMG, Warner Music, Wired and the New York Times.

In the past he's exhibited his work at BBH London, Team One LA and Karl Lagerfeld in London, while in 2019 he’s had three exhibitions in Korea, including one at Kumho Museum of Art.