Get inspired, learn and network with entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds

Your Next Move...Diversity in Entrepreneurship and Career Pathways

Thursday 27 April, The Atrium, University Place , 12:30-4:30pm.


Are you curious about the different opportunities and career paths after University? How might your unique life experiences shape your journey ahead? Do you want to meet and learn from people who have made their own pathways to success?

This is an unmissable opportunity to BUILD YOUR NETWORK, GET INSPIRED and GAIN INSIGHT from real people who have worked hard to and done amazing things in their career journeys so far, whether that is through entrepreneurship or using an entrepreneurial mindset in their work.

Join us for Your Next Move...Diversity in Entrepreneurship and Career Pathways which is all about supporting personal progression after university,

  • Increasing awareness of pathways and career opportunities
  • Connecting and networking with successful diverse industry professionals
  • Access to additional opportunities, professional development workshops, Events and Competitions

You'll have the opportunity to learn from and connect with successful entrepreneurs, social innovators, and professionals from a wide range of backgrounds.

Speakers include:

John Eades


John Eades has worked in the sports & events industry for over 30 years holding director level positions at Manchester United and the Commonwealth Games Federation. Having worked on major events such as the Commonwealth Games, the Asian Football Championships, Ryder Cup and a FIFA World Youth Championships he now heads up the UK arm of DAIMANI. This Swiss based company whose e-commerce platform is a global market place for VIP hospitality experiences are exclusive rights holders on this year’s World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Rugby World 2023 and next year’s UEFA Euro 2024 in Germany. John started his academic journey as a mature student, completing a HND in Leisure Studies in 1991 and a BA in Business & Management in 1994 at the age of 29. 

More info: www.linkedin.com/in/john-eades-8395319/


Samson Owolabi


Samson leads Bearded Fellow’s creative department from the initial campaign concept through to the delivery of the final production assets. With a background and education in Theatre, TV, and Film, he brings deep insights and knowledge about how the creative process can solve business challenges. Samson has experience in managing successful online and TV campaigns with the likes of Warner Bros, Remington, Reebok, EE, Princes, Google and more. Samson spends a good proportion of his time creating visual concepts, writing scripts and storyboards, and shooting films as a cinematographer and director in addition to editing films. He also takes the strategic lead on education and speaks frequently on entrepreneurship panels.

More info: https://beardedfellows.co.uk/

Jonathan Edgerley


Jonathan is a Clinical Scientist specialising in rare disease genomics within the Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine and the North West Genomic Laboratory Hub. Alumni of the University of Manchester and of the National School of Healthcare Science, Jonathan has successfully completed the Health Education England NHS Scientist Training Programme, obtaining a MSc in Clinical Sciences (Genomics) and graduating with distinction. Jonathan’s career progression sees him enrolling on the Higher Specialist Scientist Training Programme towards becoming a Consultant Clinical Scientist, leading on translational genomic research and diagnostic service innovation along the way.

More info: www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-edgerley-555b699a/

Feya Mattis


Feya Mattis aka 'bratlanice' is a marketing consultant and a multi-disciplinary artist from Manchester. She calls attention to the interconnectedness that exists within the world. She constantly explores various disciplines to broaden her own understanding and uses them to develop her skills as a marketing consultant and cultural curator.

More info: www.bratlanice.com





Madeleine Penfold


Driven by people and the power of storytelling, my work focuses on creating Energetic, Impactful, and Emotive visual work for local to global projects. Stories have the power to shift perceptions and change the world - I am driven by an opportunity to create visual work that contributes to creating an equally representative and inclusive visual landscape, across mainstream media, capturing stories that inspire and encourage positive change.

I am passionate about human movement, creativity, sports and stories of growth.

Experimenting with different forms is all part of the fun - photography, moving image, creative retouching and digital art are part of what I do.

Born and raised in North Manchester, I grew up taking pictures with any camera I could get my hands on - mums disposables, dads compact old digital. I was inspired by the world around me, a nearby football pitch and rows up on rows of terrace houses was my youth. As I got older, I became curious of the wider world, especially stories of my grandma’s upbringing in Kenya, which lead me onto exploring the world of image making in a number of communities and culture.

My passion led me to the USA, South East Asia and South Africa and West Africa. Driven by purpose, I made my way around by working at summer camps, photographing for charities and cofounded a charity project in West Africa. It was within these experiences that I realised the power of storytelling for good and formed a natural, intuitive and immersive style of photography.

Today, I love to work with other passionate creatives, collaborating on projects, playing with ideas and working with my team or alternative team with the aim of making work that matters.

More info: www.madeleinepenfold.com/-contact

Christina Taylor


Christina started teaching her friends dance at a local youth centre aged 13. By 16 she had 23 other young people in her dance group. between 16-19 years old she received £70,000 funding to deliver projects under her community organisation. Aged 17 her group placed 2nd at UK Hip Hop Dance Championships and she raised £8000 to take herself and 5 children to represent the UK at World Hip Hop Dance Championships where they reached the semi-finals.

During her studies at University, her lecturer introduced her to the concept of social enterprise whilst the youth service was in the midst of being cut.

Due to her continued work in the community, she was awarded a full scholarship for her Masters in Enterprise where she wrote her dissertation on transitioning voluntary and community organistions into successful social enterprises. Her masters dissertation was used in a government report led by Michelle Mone the was commissioned by former Prime Minister David Cameron on how to mobilise people in underprivileged areas to create successful businesses. She then followed her own advice and created The Aim Sky High Company in 2013.

The purpose of Aim Sky High is to help socially mobilise children and young people and address social issues through the medium of dance. The message shines through and the young people have danced for Justin Bieber, were personally requested by Stormzy for his headline Wireless Festival performance and have had a CBBC documentary filmed and aired about the dance school.

Aim Sky High has gone from 23 children to over 200 in the performing arts school and the company works with an average of 500 school children a week. The school boasts current European and World Streetdance Champions.

The company also provides additional free of charge community dance sessions in the deprived areas of Greater Manchester. The company has won awards such as:

  • Barclays School for Start- Ups Social Enterprise 2013
  • Lenovo Social Impact Award 2014
  • 'Inspiring Youth' Award @ Social Enterprise UK Awards 2015
  • Duke of York Young Entrepreneur 2016

Christina is also a Lloyds Bank Social Enterprise Scale - Up 2016 and holds a close relationship with the CEO of HSBC and is regularly mentored by a Business Relationship Manager at HSBC.

In June 2019, Christina stated Aim Sky High Talent agency that has taken off very well.

More info: www.linkedin.com/in/christina-taylor-b120a034/

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