Claire Kennedy: Licensee and Organiser

I started out as a refugee lawyer and met inspiring people whose stories offered powerful reminders of our interconnectedness. I’m curious about exploring sustainable living in its widest sense – as individuals, in our families and communities, globally – and the effects of our choices on others. I’m excited to be part of a team which will bring together interested local people and passionate experts to share their ideas, challenge our thinking and inspire connection, engagement and change. Email me…

Andy Robertson: Production

I’m a content person. I believe that saying, writing and making things with other people in mind is a good thing to do. Day to day I write for newspapers and make YouTube videos to help families make sense of technology. I spoke about this at TEDxExeter and got hooked on the TEDx magic of offering people with great ideas a unique platform to share them.

Cathy Debenham: Comms

When TEDx first came to Exeter it was a great moment. As an enthusiastic member of the audience at the first two TEDxExeter events, I loved the opportunity to listen and learn from a wide range of great thinkers – and to share the experience with others. I recently joined the TEDxExeter team to help communicate the magic. I am founder of renewable energy website, YouGen, and am training as a coach. My background is as a journalist and communications specialist in book publishers and charities. On Twitter I am @cathydebenham.

Chris Perry: Sponsors

Clare Bryden: Storyteller, Website

My interests are in how human beings affect and are affected by the natural world of which we are part, and the related theology and psychology of connectedness. My background is in science, consultancy and business analysis, especially in the environmental sphere. I develop websites for small business and community groups, and I write and blog about things that interest me. TED in general is one of those sources of things that interest me, so since 2012 I have been the TEDxExeter storyteller, and I’m looking forward to how TEDxExeter 2015 unfolds. On Twitter I am @ClareBryden.

Clive Chilvers: Social media

For me TED & TEDx is a place where you can find a talk on pretty much any topic you are interested in. As a photographer and Photovoice practitioner, I am fascinated with the way photography has the ability to connect people to others, to illuminate the lives of the socially excluded and uncover stories that would remain unreported. TEDxExeter is a great opportunity for me as it has all the elements of demonstrating interconnectedness and provides me with the opportunity to use my skills and interest in social media. I am heading up the @TEDxExeter Twitter feed, Facebook & Google+ pages. On Twitter I am @Clive_Chilvers.

Daniele Carrieri: Translation

Dominic Course: Design

Ed Bird: Great Hall, Livestream & Volunteers

I’m the director of ICE, an education charity based in Exeter, specialising in character building programmes and creators of the ICE Awards (Inspiration Children in Education). I’m also a musician in various forms which takes me all over Europe, as well as running Working Bird Inc, a creative platform for design, printing and product development. I’ve long been a fan of TED, so getting involved in TEDxExeter has been both exciting and rewarding. It’s a privilege to be a part of such a dedicated team, and I look forward to helping this event grow and continue to inspire people worldwide. Find me on Twitter: @EdBird_EN.

Emily Williams: Great Hall & Live Stream

I am a producer working across the arts in the South West. I am currently Senior Producer at Kaleider which is a studio based in Exeter, that brings together people to design, promote and produce live experiences. I am excited and intrigued by TEDxExeter and feel proud to play a small part in a brilliant team. I am looking forward to seeing how TEDxExeter audiences respond to some small interventions in this year’s conference. On Twitter I am @emilybronwen.

Fong Khei Mah

I am an undergraduate exploring and embracing new opportunities to improve and make a difference in the community. I truly believe in personal growth and lifelong learning. Through TED Talks, I began realising the growing significance of being a capable user of technology and therefore am interested and constantly reading about 21st century literacies. TED connects people of all background to present innovative ideas and solutions to the world, and it is my privilege to work with a team that makes all “Ideas Worth Spreading” possible. My other interests lie in the arts, from show choirs and dances to technical support for theatre productions, human rights, and international culture.

Jackie Bagnall: Speakers

Jackie Bagnall recently joined Sidcot School an Independent Quaker school as Director of Peace and Global Studies. A Social Psychologist at heart, she joined Sidcot from the University of Exeter where she was a Senior Lecturer in Leadership. Jackie is an ardent fan of and weaves the stimulating material in to her teaching, working with students to explore ideas that are worth sharing. Twitter @exeterlearning.

Jeanie Honey: Speakers

I have had a close connection with TED for some years and love being part of the dynamic TEDxExeter team. It’s a privilege to work with speakers and to provide them with a platform for their inspiring, world changing ideas. My background is in social work, most recently working in adoption. I am interested in international issues, faith, community, environment and I am currently writing a memoir.

Jhenna Mortimer: Sponsors and Great Hall

Miriam Gosling: Production

For me, TEDx is about discovering a myriad of ideas and thoughts that can put a spin on my everyday life. Previously I worked as a Stage Manager in the West End and on large scale commercial tours, but settled down a year go and currently work for a small NGO, Congo Calling.

Oriana Ascanio: Printing and presentations

I run a small social enterprise which encourages different sectors of the community to engage through creative writing. Through my work with Resident Writers I have come to realise that there are many opportunities to create connections and invite change by empowering those who care to take action. I like TEDx because it is informative and engaging and can really enlighten and change the way people think about the things that matter to them. I feel very privileged to be part of a team that is passionate about our local and global community and hope to bring some exciting ideas and debate to Exeter.

Rupa Chilvers: Mailings

Sara Gibbs: Speakers

Sara works as a Consultant in Public Health in Devon and is a Director of ‘Congo Calling’ a campaigning NGO launched on the back of Bandi Mbubi’s talk at TEDx Exeter 2012. She lives in Exeter with her partner and two young children.

Sara Traynor: Sponsors and Great Hall

Sarah Bird: Volunteers

For me, TED creates a space for engaging with the things that connect us, big and small. I love the simplicity and power of the TED platform.  My career and passion is public health, but my background has included work in the voluntary and community sector, and an MA Classics in Ancient Food and Medicine.  My interests include food, health, wellbeing, faith, justice, community and environment.

Senara Shapland: Admin support