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Keynote & Featured Speakers

DAY 1 Keynote Speaker – Simon Calder

Simon Calder is Britain’s leading travel commentator and is known as “the man who pays his way”, which means that he pays for his own travel.

He began his career at Gatwick airport, where he cleaned out planes for Sir Freddie Laker and, later, frisked passengers (for a job, that is; not a hobby). He then started to write travel guidebooks and travel articles.  Today Simon is Senior Travel Editor of The Independent and is known as “the man who pays his way”, which means that he pays for all his own travel.

Simon also writes for the Evening Standard, the i newspaper,  Waitrose Weekend and BA’s inflight magazine, High Life plus a host of other publications.

Once a month, he presents the Global  Guru section of The Travel Show (BBC Worldwide and BBC2) where he answers viewers travel questions and queries.

Simon is also a regular guest on national TV, often seen on BBC Breakfast News, Good Morning Britain, ITV News, CNN and Sky News. He is often interviewed on BBC radio, particularly for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Five.

You can follow Simon on Twitter (@SimonCalder).


Shed Simove is an entrepreneur, author and keynote speaker. His core areas of expertise are creativity, innovation, guerrilla marketing and generating ideas which lead to increased sales and opportunities.

Following a degree in Experimental Psychology at Balliol College, Oxford, and two years working in Disney World, Shed worked in TV Production, heading up programmes including ‘The Big Breakfast’ and ‘Big Brother’. He then went on to forge a highly innovative merchandising empire – creating conceptual gifts, executive toys, best-selling adult sweets, books, greetings cards, and even his own currency.

To date, Shed has sold over 1.5 million novelty gifts worldwide and has won ‘Gift Of The Year’ twice. He is also the creator of ‘Deets’ – an innovative app that allows people to swap and import their contact details, eliminating the need for business cards!

Shed performs highly memorable, entertaining, instructive and inspiring talks that showcase his business insights, methods for sales growth, tips for creative thinking and his amazing adventures. He uses his own entrepreneurial journeys to deliver concrete techniques that give any company, organisation or audience practical methods for creative thinking and ways to come up with new ideas, and his talks help people to think differently in order to obtain huge success.