A born and bred Wulfrunian Clare is passionate about Wolverhampton and promoting everything the city and its residents has to offer. A bid and tender writer by profession, for the past 12 years Clare has been a Magistrate in the Black Country on the Black Country Bench. Passionate about promoting women’s rights and gender equality, Clare is the founder of Fawcett West Midlands, a long standing director of Women of Wolverhampton, Founder and Chair of the Homeless Period – Wolverhampton, and was Chair of Wolverhampton Women’s Business Forum for a number of years.
In 2018, Clare applied for and was granted the licence for TEDxWolverhampton, with the aim of putting Wolverhampton on the map. As event Curator, Clare is responsible for bringing TEDxWolverhampton to life and ensuring attendees have a fantastic experience.
Saffi Price is currently DCEO of Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council. As part of this role, she co-curates Wolverhampton for Everyone, which is a platform and social lab with a mission to ‘Connect people, places and communities to unlock potential and create positive change’. TEDx Wolverhampton is one of the many great ideas brought forward that Saffi and the team are supporting. Saffi lives in Wolverhampton and loves working with people to help make the most of this fantastic City.
community outreach / event Director
Sam works at the City of Wolverhampton Council and also treats muscular injuries in dogs. (Yes, seriously). She has a passion for working with communities, supporting people to make a difference and connecting people up.
For many years Sam has led on organising Make:Shift, Wolverhampton’s annual ideas festival. She also works on Crowdfund Wolves (Wolverhampton’s own crowd funding platform) and Wolverhampton For Everyone.
Vicky Green, Wolverhampton born & is the Head of Black Country Locality at Bromford, leading a team of Neighbourhood Coaches within our communities. She totally believes in connecting communities through skills, interests and passions to make them even stronger.
Away from work she is a Director & Trustee of Codsall Village Hall and key organiser of annual community festivals like Codsall Wellfest and Food Fayre. She also is an elected member of Midcounties Cooperatives Member Strategy Committee supporting member engagement & many community projects.
Kristina is working for the leading diabetes charity in the UK – Diabetes UK, being part of the bigger picture: a world where diabetes can do no harm. Since taking part in the ERASMUS+ student exchange project at the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Alicante, Kristina has been collecting languages and now has 6 languages in her pocket. One of them is digital marketing, innovation and transformation. Over 5 years she has been encouraging local businesses to put digital at the heart of their business strategy, #buildingbridges across data, people and businesses.
Thom is a TEDx veteran having helped run TEDxBrum and TEDxSkoll since 2013. Thom mixes a freelance career in photography and videography alongside working on various projects throughout the West Midlands including Impact Hub Birmingham, CoLab Dudley and his own project, FutureJobcentre, a movement to create a better Jobcentre for the customers who use it, the employees who work in it, the third parties who work with it and it and the public at large.
Thom has seen first hand the positive impact that TEDx events can have on team members, attendees and the local community and therefore is excited to help finally bring a TEDx event to his hometown.
Arun’s main occupation being a front of house, with passions laying into film. He is experienced in a variety of media based jobs, always adapting and learning.
Creativity and growth go hand in hand for Arun. Film maker, poet, event manager, the list will continue. Arun believes highly in the greater good, and contributing towards building a better society.
A self-help junkie addicted to podcasts, innovative talks and of course TED discussions. Knowing that Wolverhampton, his adopted home town, is hosting a TEDx event, Ewen could not pass on this opportunity to get involved. “This is an incredible opportunity for Wolverhampton and it’s a privilege to be part of the team making it happen.”
A digital doer and community activist, a believer in tech for good, James likes to mix these interests whenever possible. When he heard talk of a TEDxWolverhampton, he immediately knew this was something he’d like to be involved in. His favourite TED talks include Sir Ken Robinson’s ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity?’ and Amanda Palmer’s ‘The Art of Asking’.
The opportunity to be involved in bringing TEDx to Wolverhampton, a place James has called home for 13 years and somewhere he loves, but feels suffers from a perception problem was too good to turn down. Building the website seemed like an obvious use of his skills.
social media director
Josie Hadley is a leading authority on social media having worked in this exciting area of marketing for over seven years. She launched her business – OMG!, Online Marketing Growth Limited – in 2015 and is passionate about social media. By personally managing a wide portfolio of accounts, she has daily contact with each platform.
As a fully accredited trainer, Josie not only has the knowledge of social media, but also the skills and qualifications to share this with others.
She has two boys (one called Ted!) who she is very proud of and a weimaraner called Otis.
Zoe Mason is proud to be an advocate of her home town of Wolverhampton! Currently working at the University of Wolverhampton, she supports and develops community, school and public engagement within Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education. Zoe is also a social historian for the area, and takes pride in researching the histories of Wolverhampton and the Black Countries past residents. Looking at Wolverhampton and the Black Countries past, alongside developing and inspiring the next generations into STEM careers creates an extensive timeline for research, and thoroughly supports her passion to support and develop a sustainable and unlock a strengthened industrial future for its residents.
When she heard TEDx was coming to her home town, how could she not be involved!