Liane Grimshaw

MD Supareal

Liane is the founder and managing director of Manchester based content marketing agency, SupaReal. Having held various senior agency roles during her 25+ year career, SupaReal is the first company she has built from scratch.

With a core purpose of “Make it Meaningful”, SupaReal puts culture and the health and wellbeing of its team at the centre of everything it does.

Having witnessed the destructive power of stress on agency teams and experienced the debilitating effect of depression and anxiety herself, Liane is driven by making a positive difference to the lives of her team. And she sees this as a critical factor for long term business success.

Christian James

MD IF Agency and Chair of MPA

Christian was conceived at JWT, reached puberty at McCanns and grew up at TBWA. He co-launched IF as an independent creative agency in 2006 ‘to have fun, do great work and make a bit of money’.

Christian is the current Chair of the MPA and hosts their ever-popular Big Debate series. He’s fanatical about propositions, integration and ad jingles from the 80’s.


Andy Johnson

MD Andy Johnson Media

Johnny Marr, Sir Bobby Charlton and Yoko Ono were just three of the people Andy made films with during his 17-year career as a BBC presenter and reporter.

Andy presented live from London 2012 and the BBC1 current affairs programme Inside Out, and appeared on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio Four’s Today programme and Five Live.

He now runs his own media consultancy in Manchester offering media coaching and presentation masterclasses to clients including The National Trust, National Farmers’ Union, Royal College of Nursing and Allied Manchester Business School.

In demand as an MC, Andy has worked as the live stage host at Advertising Week Europe where he has interviewed Stanley Tucci, Piers Morgan, David Haye and Lauren Laverne.

He also hosts events and webinars working with clients including Bruntwood, Greater Manchester Business Hub, Saffery Champness and We Are Adam.

Working with the award-winning producer Emma Victoria Houlton, Andy writes and hosts podcasts including the Bulletproof Agency podcast recorded at MediaCityUK.

With more than 30 years journalistic experience, Andy is in demand as a copywriter and also lectures part-time at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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