Leading political, media and business figures join our National Freelancers Day lecture panel
National Freelancers Day lecture and question and answer session promises to be informative, intriguing and inspirational.
The event at Stationers’ Hall in London on 23rd November, supported by Telegraph Media group will see Dr James Bellini, a leading futurologist, map out the role the freelance community should play in the economic future of the UK and how this growing sector can ride the financial downturn and emerge better equipped to face the future.
Dr Bellini will be joined afterwards by a panel of leading political, media and business figures in a question and answer session before an invited audience. On the panel will be:
Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke:
Helen Liddell was made a life peer earlier this year. A former BBC economics journalist, Helen entered Parliament when she won Monklands East in 1994 in a by-election following the death of the then Labour Leader John Smith. During her spell at Westminster Helen held a number of Ministerial appointments among them, Economic Secretary to the Treasury and also Secretary of State for Scotland before standing down at the General Election in 2005. An economics graduate, Helen won many friends as British High Commissioner to Australia from 2005 to 2009 and is a Privy Councillor.
Damian Reece, Head of Business for Telegraph Media Group:
Damian was previously City Editor of the Daily Telegraph. He joined the newspaper in November 2005 having been City Editor at the Independent newspaper for two years and Assistant City Editor at the Sunday Telegraph from 1999-2003. Prior to that he worked on the launch of Sunday Business. He writes a daily business column and has covered a wide variety of industries as a reporter during a 20 year career including the media, consumer goods, leisure, technology, telecoms and personal finance.
John Brazier, PCG Managing Director:
John joined PCG as its Managing Director in September 2007, having spent the previous twelve years as CEO of another leading association and following an extensive domestic and international career in publishing.?John plays a key role in PCG and acts as its main spokesperson on matters of overall policy. Working with the Board, he agrees the forward strategy and aims for the organisation and ensures the successful implementation of business plans to achieve this. John also plays a key role in cultivating industry relationships with all stakeholders and associates of PCG, whilst overseeing the management of PCG’s executive support team. John was awarded the “Leadership Award”, in recognition of his work in accelerating PCG forwards, at the prestigious Trade Association Forum 2010 Best Practice Awards
Emma Jones founder and editor of Enterprise Nation:
Emma established Enterprise Nation, her home business website, and has started two businesses herself from her home offices in London, Manchester and rural Shropshire. Following a career with an international accountancy firm, Emma started her first business at the age of 27 and successfully sold it just 15 months after launch. The home business website was launched in 2006, and has attracted a regular readership of more than 250,000 people. Emma has written for Enterprise Nation since its launch and also for the Financial Times, City AM and customer magazines, including for Orange, Microsoft, BT and Viking Direct. Emma has advised government agencies on how to encourage and support homeworking.
The event will be hosted by television icon Sue Lawley. Sue has always been a freelance journalist, first in newspapers and then at the BBC where she is best known as the anchor of the nation’s main news bulletins. For eighteen years she was the voice of Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’ and for the past ten years she has chaired the BBC’s prestigious ‘Reith Lectures’.
Simon McVicker, PCG’s Head of Public Affairs said:
“It is looking to be a prestigious and exhilarating event, everyone at PCG is excited at the stature and quality of our panelists.”
A limited number of seats are still available. People unable to make it to the event can register to listen to the free audiocast and access the live debate online at: www.nationalfreelancersday.org.uk
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