We have a great speaker line-up this year!  We scoured the industry far and wide to find the best speakers with the highest level of expertise!

So who’s on the bill so far this year? Scroll to see our first announced speakers for Franchise Fest 2019… and check back as we continue to announce more of our speakers! 

Speakers announced so far …

Theo Millward

Franchisor and Managing Director of Swimtime UK

In 2016, Theo took the opportunity to purchase the UK’s largest independent, award winning swim school, Swimtime. 

Theo will be sharing with us his journey since the change in ownership, where Swimtime has focussed relentlessly on process innovation, seeing a surge in growth, the relaunch of the brand and the deployment of a ground-breaking management system that brings cutting edge digitisation, machine learning and artificial intelligence to the business. This project has received global recognition, being shortlisted for no less than 4 major awards recognising the transformation he and the team at Swimtime have achieved. 

Gemma Tumelty

Franchisor and Managing Director of The HR Dept

Gemma is the Managing Director of the fastest growing and largest HR Franchise, helping HR professionals to run their own HR businesses supporting SMEs all over the UK and Ireland and Australia. Gemma knows all too well, the world of work can be a stressful place – particularly so in franchising, where some franchisees are often self-employed and experience irregular income for the first time, impacting their motivation, performance and interaction with colleagues, customers and clients. Gemma will be talking to us about how to cultivate positive mental health mindsets, manage stress and understand how to tackle these issues for yourself, your staff and your franchisees. 

Tommy Gentleman

Entrepreneur, podcast host, author and life coach

Tommy Gentleman is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and coach. He has been helping people to achieve positive changes in body and mind since he started out as a Personal Trainer back in 2007.

​Tommy has since launched a Personal Training Studio business, a Gym, a successful private coaching business, a 2-day personal development event, a 3-day retreat, a podcast and achieved many accolades in both his personal and professional life; including a world championship in ju-jitsu and “Young Business Person of the Year 2017.”

Working closely with his clients, he helps individuals and teams to perform at their absolute best through his high-level coaching and training on a physical, mental & emotional level. Tommy is a master of mind-set and emotional motivation and will do whatever it takes to help his clients unlock and release their full potential.

Richard Gigg

Strategy consultant and people motivator

Giving business people the structure to take their plans to reality and the confidence to make it happen.

Suzie McCafferty

CEO of Platinum Wave Franchising

With nearly 20 years of first-hand international franchising experience, Suzie is a well-known personality in the franchising world. She has been a Judge for the bfa’s Franchisor and Franchisee of the Year Awards and is the longstanding Chairperson of the Scottish Franchise Forum. 

Having franchised her own printer cartridge business from a single retail shop in Edinburgh to a network of over 70 franchised outlets across 6 countries from the Caribbean to the Middle East, it is fair to say Suzie’s consultancy comes with an authenticity that is hard to match. Prior to founding Platinum Wave, Suzie was the Franchise Director and Board Member of national recruitment franchise and £30m turnover franchise network Select Appointments.

Suzie is also a Non-Executive Director with two of the UK’s leading franchise brands, Right at Home UK and Premier Education Group.

Kieran James

Managing Director of PayKeeper

Kieran James is a husband, father of two, amateur athlete, relentless reader and has a passion for education; particularly financial. He is Managing Director of Accountancy firm PayKeeper, whose aim is to provide financial clarity to the franchise sector through services such as business plan creation, financial training, accountancy and supporting the automation of financial processes. 

He’s also Non Executive Director of the Children’s Activities Association, a not for profit organisation that helps parents, schools, nurseries and children’s activities providers to raise the standard of children’s activity provision

Mark Harman

Director and Video Producer at Red Book Productions

Mark studied Film and Cinema Technologies (BA Hons), then founding Red Book Productions in 2011.

Mark has worked with hundreds of different businesses to help them create video content and establish themselves in their market. He also founded Video Toolkit in 2016 to help smaller businesses create their own videos and learn how to measure the results that they can attain from video marketing.

Adam Lovelock

Director and Head of Online Marketing at Coconut Creatives

Adam studied Marketing Management (BA Hons) before working in several Marketing Management positions after graduating. He then founded his first business in 2007 and has never looked back.

Adam is a seasoned marketer, online marketing evangelist and experienced entrepreneur in the ‘tech’ arena. He is also the Co-Founder of Astonish Email, which successfully launched a product into the franchise market, which is now used by 1000’s of businesses worldwide, giving him a wealth of experience in the sector.

More speaker announcements still to come, check back soon! …

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