Saturday 7th November 2020 live online from The Arena Theatre

Meet The Speakers

Meet our fantastic speakers from TEDxWolverhampton 2020 CTRL+ALT+DEL!

Mathilde Petford


Born and bred in Wolverhampton, Mathilde Petford is an artist and activist, dedicated to creating and nurturing spaces for young people to tell their stories and to have their voices heard.

Mathilde is the Creative Practitioner at Beatfreeks, a Birmingham based arts activism organisation. She has facilitated on projects at a national level for global clients. Despite this, Mathilde remains dedicated to unheard young people through producing events around mental health and creativity, programming master classes and workshops and mentoring young people to get their own ideas off the ground.

Hesham Abdalla

Hexitime: Give an hour, get a lot more back

Hesham is a general paediatrician and Clinical lead for Quality Improvement in his NHS Trust, Walsall Healthcare. He has won national awards in patient-centred care patient safety and is a senior lecturer at Keele University in Management and Leadership.

His project to develop Hexitime, the Healthcare Skill Exchange Timebank won support from Q members at the Q Exchange 2018.

Iman Hussain

Unlocking the lockdown

Iman graduated from the University of Wolverhampton where he discovered his love for technology, after seeing first-hand how revolutionary the digital age will be. He is now dedicating his time to make it as open, accessible and useful as possible.

At 15 Iman was diagnosed with autism, a condition which made it hard for him to communicate ideas and pushed him towards logic and reason. Luckily, Iman was surrounded by positive people who helped him see his autism as a superpower rather than a barrier and he relishes experiencing the world differently and having the opportunity to develop new ways of doing things.

Iman is passionate about educating and has spent the past 3 years teaching across 3 continents. Seeing the world through new eyes and experiencing new ideas is what drives him to achieve and help others

Joshua Bleasby

Data and Deception: The Internet Of Things

Joshua Bleasby is a Geography, Urban Environments and Climate Change student at The University of Wolverhampton; bridging the gap between the natural and built environment through technology and urban design.

Laura Cotterill

DECONSTRUCT The Digital:; PARADIGM To Physical 

Laura is a Wolverhampton based freelance makeup artist, working across film, TV, fashion and editorial. She is a lecturer in Specialist Hair and Media Makeup at University College Birmingham and, having completed a Masters in Education, has a keen interest in the learning opportunities technology can provide the 21st century learner.

Thea Roberts

Breaking the Selfish Cycle on gender diversity: Stop over fishing the female talent pool

Thea’s experience spans nearly 30 years in commercial leadership roles up to MD level, with responsibility for turnover in excess of £450M and teams over 100.

She has led and developed large teams for retail and
consumer packaged goods corporations, including Mars, Marks & Spencer, Waterstone’s and Essity.

Fascinated and motivated by facilitating positive change, and unlocking potential in individuals and teams, she started her own business as an Executive Coach, Mentor and Speaker in 2018.

Tom Llewellyn


Tom Llewellyn is a community organizer, consultant, and speaker who promotes people-powered solutions for the common good.

He’s the strategic partnerships director for, executive producer and host of the documentary and podcast series “The Response,” and the co-editor/author of 3 books including “Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons” and “The Response: Building Collective Resilience in the Wake of Disasters”.