Dawn Faizey Webster is a postgraduate researcher at York University, currently researching a PhD in Architectural History, having completed a degree in Ancient History and a Master’s in History of Art with the Open University. She worked as a computer science teacher at a Grammar School in the Midlands until she suffered a brainstem stroke, resulting in her developing Locked-In Syndrome. Undaunted, Dawn has pursued her academic career relentlessly, communicating with the world by blinking. She has brought up her teenaged son, and has an unquenchable love for heavy metal music, Monty Python and trivia of all kinds (and that really means all kinds).
Watch Dawn Faizey Webster’s talk from TEDxExeter 2018
Vicki Culpin is currently Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Ashridge Executive Education, part of Hult International Business School, having previously held positions at Dean of Faculty and Global Director of Research. Vicki is passionate about well-being, and has spent over 15 years researching this topic with a variety of individuals including forensic populations and employees. She is often featured on radio and in printed media across the world, and frequently writes for the practitioner press as well as academic articles.
Her latest book, ‘The Business of Sleep’ is published by Bloomsbury, and is the topic of her TedX Hult talk. Vicki studied Psychology at Manchester University, followed by an MPhil and PhD in Psychology from Lancaster University and an MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology from Leicester University. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Farrah Storr is the award-winning editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. She took over the brand in 2015 where she was tasked with reimagining it for the millennial woman, subsequently increasing circulation by an unprecedented 59%.
Over her 17-year career as a journalist Farrah has done everything from undercover investigations in the world of cut-price cosmetic surgery to reporting from inside some of the world’s most luxurious fashion houses. She was also the founding editor-in-chief of Women’s Health magazine – the most successful women’s magazine launch of the decade.
In 2017 Farrah was cited as one of only 36 BAME leaders in The Guardian & Operation Black Votes UK’s 1000 Most Powerful list.
She will release her first book in September 2018 on the power of discomfort, published by Piatkus.
Patrick Grant is a regular media commentator on fashion, clothing and textiles. After leaving a career in engineering, he took over as director of Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons. Patrick was named Menswear Designer of the Year at the 2010 British Fashion Awards. In 2015, he purchased ailing Blackburn clothing manufacturer Cookson & Clegg, saving the factory from closure. This was followed by the launch of Community Clothing, a social enterprise with a mission to sustain and create jobs in the UK textile and garment manufacturing industry. Patrick is a regular lecturer at schools and colleges, and an honorary professor at Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Business and Society.
Rebekah Afari was born profoundly deaf and comes from a hearing family. Her first language is British Sign Language. Rebekah is passionate about deaf issues, having faced many challenges herself, and hopes to increase awareness of the barriers deaf people face, aspiring for equality in a hearing world. During her early teens, she was a member of the youth advisory board of the National Deaf Children’s Society. She is currently seeking employment, having recently completed a BTEC level 3 media course in Exeter, where she was the only deaf student on her course. Rebekah enjoys a variety of sports, cooking, reading novels and filmmaking.
Tom Chapman is a Torquay-based barber who has made it his mission to propel the stigma of mental ill health among men into the mainstream. In 2015 founded the Lions Barber Collective, an international group of barbers who have undergone training in how to recognise symptoms of mental ill health in clients and signpost them to relevant support services. The group helps to raise awareness of mental illness and aims to prevent suicide by creating training that enables barbers to recognise, talk and listen out for symptoms of depression.
Cóilín Nunan is the scientific adviser to the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, an alliance of health, medical, environmental and animal-welfare groups working to stop the overuse of antibiotics in livestock farming. He has co-authored numerous reports on antibiotic resistance and antibiotic residues that highlight the human health impact of excessive antibiotic use in intensive livestock farming. This work aims to encourage a move to more responsible use of antibiotics in farming, through better regulation and improvements in production systems, which would also improve animal health and welfare.
Amy and Ella Meek founded their campaign Kids Against Plastic in 2016 after learning about the UN’s Global Goals and taking seriously the need for everyone to do their bit. They realised plastic was a double-edged sword: a magnificent invention, but also an enormous environmental monster in waiting. So they decided to act, and over the last two years have worked hard to inspire school children, engage politicians, business leaders and academics, and to motivate families, cafés, businesses and people to become Plastic Clever.
Watch Amy and Ella Meek’s talk from TEDxExeter 2018