Speakers & Panelists in 2020 Include

Jonty Ashworth

Jonty Ashworth

Property Development Manager, Bicester Heritage

Jonty is the Property Development Manager at Bicester Heritage, the Centre of Excellence at the core of the historic motoring industry. Bicester Heritage has trailblazing plans to deliver the UK’s first 425 acre experiential resort to champion automotive motion of the past, present and future. His background is major project delivery and master planning, providing a diverse range of projects in motorsports, leisure and tourism. Project examples include: Zhejiang International Circuit, China; Royal Air Force Museum, London; BMW Park Lane , Born Electric showroom; Media City UK (BBC), Salford; BMW UK HQ and various Jaguar Land Rover projects.

Philip Campbell

Philip Campbell

Commercial Director for Milton Park, MEPC

Philip joined MEPC in 2006 with nearly 20 years’ experience in commercial real estate. Philip works alongside the asset management team, developing relationships with potential clients and looking after large offices and laboratories at Milton Park. He is passionate about helping businesses with their evolving accommodation needs and enjoys demystifying complex real estate issues to make office moving easier. Philip is an active figure within the local community and can often be seen jogging round Milton Park at lunchtimes.

Will Gompertz

Will Gompertz

BBC Arts Editor

Will Gompertz is a world expert on Modern Art and was voted one of the World’s Top 50 Creative Thinkers by New York’s Creativity Magazine. Will’s latest book “Think Like an Artist: Imaginative Ways to a More Creative and Productive Life” was released by Penguin in July 2015. A witty and inspiring read, it identifies ten lessons to be learned from the greatest artists across history, to give us tools to unlock creativity and thrive at work and in our personal lives. As a writer, he has penned numerous articles for, among others, The Times and The Guardian. His book, “What are you Looking At? 50 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye”, was published by Penguin in Autumn 2012. Will was previously a Director of The Tate Gallery and in 2009 he wrote and performed a sell-out one-man comedy show about modern art at the Edinburgh Festival. He is currently BBC Arts Editor.

Nigel Tipple

Nigel Tipple

Chief Executive, OxLEP

Nigel joined Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) in June 2013 and has made his mark with energetic and inspirational leadership. He spearheaded the bid for the Oxford and Oxfordshire City Deal, the EU Structural and Investment Fund and Strategic Economic Plan submissions and is assisting the county’s businesses into a period of exceptional growth. Oxfordshire is already a powerhouse of innovation and wealth creation and Nigel is focused on building upon the region’s unique strengths to deliver economic success through the commercialisation of innovation. Nigel has over 20 years’ experience in the formation, development, operation and management of Public/Private sector organisations.

Bhavash Vashi

Bhavash Vashi

Partner, National Development & Planning, Strutt & Parker

Bhavash has extensive experience of handling a wide range of complex planning projects and steering them through the planning process to often demanding deadlines. These include residential and mixed use schemes through to strategic site promotions, Local Plan inquiries, and regularly acting as expert witness at public inquiries and hearings.

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