Zoe Sadler was a student at The Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School for 10 years before graduating with a First Class degree in English and Theatre from the University of Bristol. She was an original member of the Performance Troupe and has performed at The Hackney Empire and Broadway Theatre. She is also a trustee of the Fiorentini Foundation. Zoe has ambitions to work in theatre producing and has recently assistant directed a one woman show for The One Festival at The Space Theatre in London.
Over the last 20 years, Nick has held a variety of posts at Board Level within the software Industry focused on Workforce Management and HR. The key to his success has been understanding the differing values, cultures and objectives of each industry, whether public, including academic and healthcare, or commercial. In each sector, there is a need to engage with staff and value the key contributions they make, which is their time and their skills. For organisations and employees alike, balancing the timing of hours worked to gain maximum benefit for each party is becoming a key challenge for forward facing organisations. There is growing recognition that aligning staff times to demand is more valuable and in the same way employees attach a greater value to certain times off duty than to others. Organisations that converge these two objectives become high performing with high staff retention.
Labelled ‘Mr Network’ by The Sun, Andy Lopata was called ‘one of Europe’s leading business networking strategists’ by the Financial Times and ‘a true master of networking’ by the Independent. A very experienced international speaker, Andy is the author of three books on networking, has been quoted in a number of other business books and is regularly quoted in the international press. His fourth book will be published by Bloomsbury Publishing in 2019. Andy is a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association (PSA) and of the Learning and Performance Institute and a Master of the Institute for Sales Management. He is also one of just 23 recipients of the PSA’s top honour, the ‘Award of Excellence’.
Attila Kent originally trained in the field of Hotel management and worked in the travel and hospitality industry but was drawn to the world of acting later in life where he had a 10-year career mainly in theatre with some small television and film roles. He was then drawn into the field of Market research but is currently retraining to be a counsellor. He firmly believes in what the Anna Fiorentini foundation is doing in it’s goals to open access to the arts to those from less privileged backgrounds.
David McQueen is the Managing Director of Narratively Ltd and the founder of Magnificent Generation. An international speaker and coach he has worked with professionals and students around the world helping to focus on their leadership, presentation skills and effective communication. He has served as a trustee for the Kiyan Prince Foundation, a charity tackling knife crime, as well as an advisor and mentor for other charities and social enterprises focusing on youth empowerment.
Having wanted to be a dancer for as long as I can remember my dreams all came true with being cast as a volunteer dancer for the London 2012 Paralympic Closing Ceremony. It truly was one of the most magical experiences of my life; however, what I wasn’t expecting was all the wonderful follow-on adventures that then occurred & are continuing to occur. Helpfully, I work for an education company called Pearson & we are encouraged to get involved with anything that involves education for people of all ages so luckily I’ve been able to have their support to jump in and give the Fiorentini Foundation my 100% support. I’m very much looking forward to supporting the Fiorentini Foundation to help make dreams come true for other aspiring performers.
Nigel is a consultant, coach speaker and broadcaster who spent over thirty years running retail businesses in the UK. His retail roles included Managing Director of the Body Shop and Retail Director at Burton Group/Arcadia Group. More recently he has used his commercial knowledge and business acumen to support charities and social enterprises as Chair and Chief Executive. A keen sportsman and Manchester City supporter, he hosts the weekly Man City Show Podcast and is regularly heard on TV and radio. He is married to Nicole, a specialist paediatric dietitian, and they have two grown-up sons.