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Wayne Bennett

Wayne Bennett is a Business Director at Robert Walters and a specialist in recruiting professionals within Technology, Business Change & Transformation markets.

Working in recruitment for over 20 years, his experience in the industry encompasses Marketing, Finance and Technology disciplines.

Wayne has worked with organisations ranging from, major corporates, SMEs and technology-led organisations, giving him exposure to placing professionals in positions ranging from senior management to “hands-on” technical roles. This has given him a great insight into the ever-changing requirements for hiring talent with diverse, and often niche skill sets.

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Naomi Timperley

Naomi joined rradar in January 2020 as rradar’s Head of Growth Programmes and is responsible for developing and managing rradar’s strategic relationships with key business partners to build innovative educational programmes that support rradar’s aggressive growth strategy and service delivery for its clients. With over 20 years of experience, Naomi is a highly accomplished partnerships and engagement leader with established relationships across the UK and globally.


She has worked extensively with start-ups and growth businesses, particularly in tech, digital and creative sectors, and has mentored over 250 businesses throughout her career. Named by Computer Weekly as one of the top 25 Most Influential Women in UK IT 2019, Naomi has been inspiring businesses to strive for growth through innovation and disruption for over 10 years.

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Carol ann whitehead

Working with a bank of freelancers on a project by project basis, The Zebra Partnership founded in 2000 is a publishing, campaign and events agency that can white label, co-produce or work under their own logo. They also have Zebra Comics which is books, graphic novels and comics. Two of their publications are in the official Pankhurst Centre Library. 

The Zebra Partnership is headed by Carol Ann Whitehead, a Royal Society of Arts Fellow and award-winning magazine publisher, Carol Ann is a communications expert with experience organising a variety of events from 8 to 8000, U.K. and overseas, plus organising five royal visits since 2004. 

A former Associate Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and Trustee of Walk the Plank Arts Charity, Carol Ann is also an advocate for equality and diversity she has organised International Women's Day events since 2013. She is co-founder of the Ada Lovelace Day Zebra Wikieditathon, which aims to increase women’s global presence on Wikipedia from 17% and contributors from 10%. #ZebraTribe #Wikieditathon is very proud to be on History Pin.

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Luthfur Rahman

Councillor Luthfur Rahman is Executive Member for Skills, Culture & Leisure for Manchester City Council. He is a strong advocate for the role of culture in the development of the city and believes that all members of the community should be able to participate in the broadest range of cultural activities. He initiated the city's first Culture Awards in 2019 and the Festival of Manchester - a large scale community event in Platt Fields park, which showcased the vibrancy and diversity of culture and creativity in the city.  


Previously Luthfur served as the Assistant Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Neighbourhoods, Environment, Finance and HR and was also Lead Member for Race. 


Luthfur works very closely with the community supporting various voluntary organisations and charities; he is particularly passionate about empowering young people and women.  To further these goals, he is a board member of the Young Foundations Uprising programme, Manchester International Festival, HOME, Young Manchester, and the National Football Museum. 


Luthfur was awarded the Community Champion of the Year at the LGIU Councillor Awards for 2011 and is an Entrepreneur and qualified Financial Adviser. 

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Michelle hill


Michelle is the Chief Executive Officer of relationships charity TLC: Talk, Listen, Change.

Michelle is a voluntary and community sector representative on Trafford’s Health and Well Being Board and sits on the Leadership Team for the Stockport Prevention Alliance. Michelle was a Clore Social Fellow 2017 and was awarded Highly Commended Charity Director of the Year in the 2017 and 2018 North West Charity Awards. She is also listed on The Guardian in association with Just Giving as one of 2017's and 2018’s Social CEOs of the Year and was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year at the MYTA’s 2019.


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Joe Averill 


Carol Ann Whitehead 

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Chris Longbottom

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Beth Brown

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Sam Jones


Lucy Noone