Day 1 – Speakers

We are delighted to announce the following speakers will be featuring in the Growth and Finance theatre we are co-sponsoring at Prolific North Live 2018. We have an incredibly talented lineup for you, who are ready to share their insights, experiences and wisdom, so I hope you can join us in the room.
If you can’t make it on the day, don’t worry as they are being recorded for our next season of podcasts.

Our line up for day one of Prolific North Live 2018 on 28th February includes the following speakers:

Steve Kuncewicz





Steve Kuncewicz is a Partner in the Business Advisory Team at BLM In Manchester. Specialising in Intellectual Property, Media, Social Media and Privacy Law with nationally-recognised niche expertise and experience in the creative, digital, social media and technology sectors, Steve is published author and regular media commentator on these issues to outlets including the BBC, Sky News and Russia Today

Heather Anson

Heather Anson

Heather is a US qualified Lawyer with over 15 years experience in regulatory compliance and multinational law. She spends much of her time now training and consulting around Europe and the globe to help other legal professionals and businesses to understand and navigate the world of regulatory compliance.

Jonathan ‘J’ McNamara






J McNamara is CEO and Founder of RetroFuzz, a digital agency creating user experiences that connect brands with consumers. Increasing engagement, improving conversion, inspiring growth.

Julia Mitchell





Ex-Warwick Business School alumni, Julia established Toast PR aged 27 (thirteen years ago in Nottingham) following a successful career in marketing and PR with Boots The Chemist. Julia was listed in the Top UK PRs under 29 by PR Week magazine.  Toast PR has since gone on to establish a presence in Manchester, Leeds and London, winning awards and working with both consumer and B2B clients nationwide including household names such as Vision Express, Iceland and Paul Smith.

Matt Johnson




Matt Johnson has spent more than 18 years growing a number of businesses, including the digital agency Mando, of which he was co-founder and CEO. Mando works for leading global brans is one of The Sunday Times top 100 companies to work for. After selling his interest in Mando Group in 2013, Form was born with mission of equipping leaders to build remarkable organisations.

Max Perry






Max joined The Camlee Group in 2016 having spent 4 years at Deloitte. In his 2 years with the Company he has advised on and completed a number of deals across a variety of sectors and now sits at the head of the Company’s execution team with overall responsibility for client management and deal-flow.

Matt Hackett





Matt has extensive marketing, digital and eCommerce recruitment expertise, gained over the last 17 years. He has consulted with, planned and recruited for internal teams within businesses from SMEs to global PLC’s, across a wide range of industries, predominantly within the north of England.

Adam Carolan





Adam Carolan is Managing Director of Xentum, a forward thinking financial advisory firm.  Adam specialises in working with fast growth business owners in the digital and creative space and looks after a number of interesting clients.  Adam is also the founder of NextGen Planners, which is about helping the Next Generation of Financial Advisers be better than the previous generations. It have the fastest growing community within the financial advice space and now boasts over 265 paying members. 

Daniel Varney





Danny Varney is a Partner at BLM in Manchester, and heads the Business Advisory Team. Specialising in Corporate and Commercial Law, Danny advises businesses, entrepreneurs, owner managers and investors in growth businesses across the digital, creative and technology sectors

Heather Gray




Heather Gray – Founder of The Business Sorority UK and Director of Heather Gray Events