Welcoming 100+ speakers, including experienced and renowned names to new voices from across the creative industries, it’s a pleasure to feature them on the BEYOND 2022 programme.


Adam Mansell


UKFT (The UK Fashion & Textile Association)


Adrian Hull

Head of School, Creative Technologies

University of Portsmouth


Afsaneh Eliyas A Shibani

PhD student

Queen’s University Belfast


Alex McDowell


World Building Institute


Alexandra Dales

Senior Lecturer

York St John University


Amanda McLaren

Managing Director

AW Hainsworth


Amy Chao

Immersive Tech Consultant & Community Lead Immerse UK

Innovate UK KTN


Andrea Miller

Company Director

Sunnyside Productions


Andrew Chitty

UKRI Challenge Director and AHRC Creative Economy Champion

UK Research and Innovation


Angel Louise Pooler

Web Stemette



Angela Chan

Head of Inclusion / Doctoral Researcher

StoryFutures, Royal Holloway, University of London


Anil Seth

Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience

University of Sussex


Antonia Gammans

Head of Marketing & Partnerships



Asha Easton

Immerse UK Lead

Innovate UK KTN


Athanasios Angelis-Dimakis

Reader in Chemical Engineering

University of Huddersfield


Bethany Handley

Communications Officer

Diverse Cymru


Briony Latter

PhD researcher

Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST), Cardiff University


Christine Hemphill

Managing Director

Open Inclusion


Claire Doherty

Creative Director

GALWAD/Collective Cymru


Damian Murphy

Director, XR Stories

XR Stories / University of York


Dan Turner

Research Associate

Loughborough University London


Daniel Munslow

Executive Producer



David Edge

Associate Director | Experiential Environments Practice Leader



David Gochfeld

Research Fellow

XR Stories


David Johnston

Lead Technologist (Immersive, AR/VR, XR, Virtual Production)

Digital Catapult


Declan Keeney

Director of the Ulster Screen Academy

Ulster University


Dev Joshi

Technical Director

Collective Act


Elle Osili-Wood

Television and radio presenter


Emilia Clark

Studio and Production Manager

ScanLAB Projects


Eva Robinson

Co-Founder and Director

Aura Digital Studios Limited


Fiona Kilkelly

Exec Producer

StoryFutures Academy


Gemma Bridge

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

York St John


Gemma Thorpe

AR Trail Maker



Gerwyn Evans

Deputy Director

Creative Wales


Gethin Evans

Artistic Director / Artistic Direcor (LIVE)

Fran Wen / GALWAD


Graham Hitchen

Creative Research and Innovation Centre (CRAIC)

Loughborough University London


Greg Mothersdale

Research and Development Producer



Helen Brook

Project Coordinator

Sustainable Arts in Leeds (SAIL)


Helge O. Svela


Media City Bergen


Jack Hardiker

Artist, Researcher, Educator

Office of Everyone, Royal College of Art


Jaideep Gupte

Director of Research, Strategy and Innovation



James Devitt

Head of Corporate Policy

University of Huddersfield


Jane Harris

Professor of Digital Design and Innovation, Director of the Fashion, Textiles and Technology Institute

University of the Arts London


Jason Larcombe

Senior Project Manager

White Light


Jason Mohammad

TV and Radio Broadcaster


Jemily Rime

PhD Student

University of York


Jennie Jordan

Research Associate

Creative Research and Innovation Centre, Loughborough University London


Jennifer Crook


Collective Act


Jenny Niven

Executive Producer



John Akinde

Learning & Engagement / Programming

Tour De Moon


John Harrison

University of Huddersfield


John Peto

Lead Producer

the Nerve Centre


Josh Siepel

Senior Lecturer/PEC Lead for Creative Clusters, R&D and Access to Finance

University of Sussex/Creative Industries PEC


Julia Walter

Creative Digital producer

Chichester Festival Theatre


Justin Lewis


Clwstwr / Cardiff University


Karen Newman

Founder / Director

BOM (Birmingham Open Media)


Kate Goldsworthy

Professor of Circular Design & Innovation

University of the Arts London


Katie Popperwell

Senior International Producer



Laura Solomon

R&D Fellow, UAL Fashion, Textiles and Technology Institute Industry

University of the Arts London


Lindsey Waterton Taylor

Lecturer in Weaving Technologies & Design

University of Leeds


Lisa Merrick-Lawless

Co-Founder & Director

Purpose Disruptors


Lora Markova


Creative Research and Innovation Centre (CRAIC), Loughborough University London


Lorraine Whitmarsh MBE

Director of CAST

Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST)


Louise Bray

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Little Bird Films


Lucy Devall

Innovation Manager

Arts University Bournemouth


Lucy Wheeler

Creative Practitioner



Marc Cook

XR Producer

University of Portsmouth


Marlen Komorowski

Senior Research Fellow

Cardiff University – Clwstwr – Media Cymru


Maruša Levstek

Audience Insight Research Fellow



Matt Sansam

Deputy Director – Healthy Ageing



Matthew Shaw

Director and Co-Founder

ScanLAB Projects


Michael Sheen



Mischa Price

University of Plymouth


Niamh Crawford

Senior Programme Manager

Design Council


Nic Clear

Dean of Schoolf of Arts and Humanities

University of Huddersfield


Nida Harwood

Project Manager

Green Wing


Nina Salomons

CEO and Co-founder



Nina Willment

Research Associate

XR Stories / University of York


Owen Sheers

Writer/ Professor in Creativity

Swansea University


Parikshit Goswami

Head of Department; Director – Technical Textiles Research Centre

University of Huddersfield


Patrick O’Mahony

Creative Director & Founder



Paul Granjon

Senior lecturer

Cardiff Metropolitan University


Peter Richardson

Professor of Creative Industries

StoryFutures Royal Holloway University of London


Phil Batty

Executive Director

UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK


Pippa Bostock

Business Director

Centre for Creative and Immersive XR, University of Portsmouth


Rachel Wakelin

Brand Strategist

Peter & Paul


Rebecca Barbour

Director of Talent Management

Industrial Light and Magic


Rha Hira Arayal

Unboxed Ambassador


Richard Phillips

Climate Change Specialist

Julie’s Bicycle


Robin Cramp

Business Development Manager

XPLOR at Production Park


Ryan Metcalfe

Managing Director

Preevue Ltd


Sam Hunt

Programme Director



Sara Coppola-Nicholson

Head of Research Programme



Sara Pepper

Professor of Creative Economy

Cardiff University


Sean Rogg




Sean Taylor

Director of InGAME

InGAME / University of Abertay


Searra Dodds

Lead UX/UI Designer

Hyper Luminal Games


Shakira Morka

Young Company Member



Shama Rahman

CEO and Founder



Shirin Maani

Head of Global Innovation

The Royal Society of Arts


Shirish Kulkarni

Award-winning Investigative Journalist, Researcher and Community organiser


Sile Sibanda

Creative Producer



Sol Rogers

Global Director of Innovation



Sophie Howe

Future Generations Commissioner for Wales


Steve Smith

Project Manager Screen New Deal Wales & Studio Standard

BAFTA albert


Stuart Anderson

R&D Fellow for Experimental Game Development and Data Driven Design

InGAME / University of Abertay


Taite Johnson

BEYOND Roving Reporter

Freelance Journalist


Tamsin Hanke


THISS Studio


Tilly Ashton

Production Sustainability Advisor

Severn Screen


Tony Bhajam

Inclusion Producer

Watershed, Bristol


Tony Sammut

General Manager

Spinnaker Tower


Valeria Leonardi




Victor Lander

Founding Partner

Avocado Toast


Vikki Heywood DBE

Board Chair



Will Humphrey

Director & Head of Creative Innovation

Sugar Creative


Zoe Rasbash

Environmental Emergencies Action Researcher

Watershed, Bristol+Bath Creative R+D