With the first Catalyst4theworkplace event nearly here we thought it would be great to share with you the amazing lineup of hosts we have for each of our ‘Tailored Workplace Streams’.


Becky Webb: Becky is a primary school teacher who has taught across Early Years, KS1 and KS2. She is currently leading the Early Years Foundation team in her school in Solihull and loves exploring the world with her class of four and five year olds. She is involved in a teaching school alliance and has supported other schools and practitioners in her role as an SLE. She is on the teaching team at Jubilee Church Solihull and oversees the Kidswork. Becky loves being outdoors and is a keen geographer! She enjoys spending time with friends and drinking cups of tea.
Matt Watt: Matthew has been teaching for seven years and has just started his first headship at a school in Oxford. He loves blogging about his experiences, developing a positive culture at school and seeing both adults and children reach their full potential.
Mark Mitchell: Mark is married to Jodi and is a Headteacher of a Primary School.


Dr Mike Blaber: Mike is a registrar in Palliative Medicine, training in the West Midlands. He has recently had research published into spiritual care at the end of life and professionalism in medicine. He is married to Becca, who has a passion for sewing and they have 3 daughters, who thankfully have their mother’s looks. Mike is also part of the leadership team at Oasis Church and enjoys football and running.

Mike will be hosting the Healthcare stream with Dr Joy Ross. Joy is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine FRCP, PhD.


David Gooding: . David is Group IT Director for Biffa, the UK’s leading waste management business. He oversees IT, Process Improvement and Management Information. David has been working in the sector for more than 10 years and is experienced in implementing and improving IT systems and business processes in a diverse operational environment. David has been recognised as one of the Top 100 CIOs in the UK by Computing Magazine.
John Newbold: John is a co-founder of 383 project a Birmingham based Digital Media Company. He is @canvasconf organiser. Author of Useful Brands Playbook and is in the BIMA Hot 100.


Phil & Clare Biggs: Phil & Claire have been married for 18 years and have two teenage children. Claire is a Slimming World consultant, helping the people of Birmingham to have a more healthy diet. Phil works for a contracting company providing building-solutions. They believe that life is full of opportunities to express the goodness of the kingdom, that includes serving others at work!


Daniel Blake: Daniel is a talented womenswear designer tailor. Having trained at Kingston, Daniel went on to design for the Max Mara Group before launching his own collection, which he presented over ten seasons at London Fashion Week. Renowned for his impeccable cutting in luxurious fabrication, Daniel’s innovative British made tailoring is uniquely crafted to flatter the body. Daniel presents a bi-annual collection in London and Paris which is ‘Made to Order’. In addition to private views Daniel continues to consult for a number of fashion businesses as well as lecturing on Tailoring at the London College of Fashion. www.danielblake.co.uk
Harri & Phil Mardlin: Phil and Harri are both professional actors and are part of Kings Arms, Bedford. They started Lifebox Theatre Company in 2012, specialising in forum theatre, and they also run StageWrite, an annual new writing festival in Bedford. Phil is also a writer and director whose credits include Confetti by Tim Foley and The Beast Within by Mike Carter. Harri’s credits include performances with Bedfringe, Theatre Uncut and Novus Theatre.
Mike French: Mike was the owner and senior editor editor of the literary magazine, The View From Here. During its life from 2007 to 2014 he interviewed authors like Julian Barnes and the late Iain Banks. Mike’s debut novel, The Ascent of Isaac Steward, the first book of the Dandelion Trilogy, was published by Cauliay Publishing in 2011 and nominated for a Galaxy National Book Award which, presumably due to an unfortunate clerical error, was awarded to Dawn French. This was followed by the second book in the trilogy, the satirical Blue Friday, in 2012, and the third, Convergence, in 2013. Last year Elsewhen published An Android Awakes — a hybrid graphic novel and sci-fi novel that Mike created with the artist Karl Brown. Mike is a part of Bethany Community Church, Harpenden.
Joel Wilson: Joel is a film director and producer. He works for a chaplaincy charity and is a part of Oasis Church, Birmingham. He produced, wrote and directed the medieval rap thriller ‘The Quickener’ in 2014 and since then has worked mainly as a freelance film maker, with his production company Murmuration films.
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