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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 12th Mar 2012
The Arts Club
Julia Hobsbawm is a businesswoman who is also a commentator, speaker and coach on communications, entrepreneurship and work life balance. She began her career in PR and co-founded the ethical PR company Hobsbawm Macauley in 1993. Julia went on to found Editorial Intelligence, a knowledge networking business. Julia is the author of several books including The See Saw: 100 Ideas for Work Life Balance, which led to the formation of work life balance workshops and the distance learning forum www.worklifeseesaw.com. Julia Hobsbawm has lectured, broadcast and published widely for amongst others, BBC, Sky, The Times, Spectator, Comment is Free, University of Stirling, Columbia School of Journalism, and Oxford University (Reuters Institute). She was recently named the world's first professor of Networking at Cass Business School.
Christopher Simon Sykes is well-known as a photographer of country houses and gardens, working for magazines such as World of Interiors, English and American Vogue, Vanity Fair and House and Garden, as well as having published over fifteen books on this subject, such as The Great Houses of England and Wales, English Country, At Home With Books and The Gardens of Buckingham Palace. He has also toured as a photographer with the Rolling Stones and acted as ghost writer for Eric Clapton on Clapton: The Autobiography. He has just published the first volume of a two-part biography of David Hockney, authorised, though not commissioned, by the artist, who has given over 20 hours of interviews as well as access to all his friends and family.
Theo Fennell is generally acknowledged as Britain’s foremost designer of jewellery and silverware. He studied at art school, first at York and later at the Byam Shaw, and then got his first job as an apprentice, dogsbody and designer at the silversmiths, Edward Barnard. After working there, Theo established a small workshop in Hatton Garden designing and creating silverware and jewellery. His first shop opened in Chelsea’s Fulham Road with the founding of the eponymous company in 1982. Theo Fennell boutiques now exist around the world and his concession stands can be found in many of England’s most famous department stores, including Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols.
Gabrielle Walker has a PhD in natural sciences from Cambridge University and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton universities. She is Chief Scientist of strategic advisory firm Xyntéo, a consultant to New Scientist, contributes frequently to BBC radio and writes for many newspapers and magazines. In 2009 and 2011 respectively she presented the Planet Earth Under Threat series and Thin Air for BBC Radio 4, and in 2011 she presented The Secret Life of Ice for BBC4. She has just published Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of the World's Most Mysterious Continent. She lives in London.