Panel Members for the PCG Freelance Lecture

Joining Dr Bellini for the panel debate will be:

Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke:

Helen Liddell was made a life peer earlier this year. A former BBC economics journalist, Helen entered Parliament when she won Monklands East in 1994 in a by-election following the death of the then Labour Leader John Smith. During her spell at Westminster Helen held a number of Ministerial appointments among them, Economic Secretary to the Treasury and also Secretary of State for Scotland before standing down at the General Election in 2005. An economics graduate, Helen won many friends as British High Commissioner to Australia from 2005 to 2009 and is a Privy Councillor.

Damian Reece, Head of Business for Telegraph Media Group:

Damian was previously City Editor of the Daily Telegraph. He joined the newspaper in November 2005 having been City Editor at the Independent newspaper for two years and Assistant City Editor at the Sunday Telegraph from 1999-2003. Prior to that he worked on the launch of Sunday Business. He writes a daily business column and has covered a wide variety of industries as a reporter during a 20 year career including the media, consumer goods, leisure, technology, telecoms and personal finance.

John Brazier, PCG Managing Director:

John joined PCG as its Managing Director in September 2007, having spent the previous twelve years as CEO of another leading association and following an extensive domestic and international career in publishing.
John plays a key role in PCG and acts as its main spokesperson on matters of overall policy. Working with the Board, he agrees the forward strategy and aims for the organisation and ensures the successful implementation of business plans to achieve this. John also plays a key role in cultivating industry relationships with all stakeholders and associates of PCG, whilst overseeing the management of PCG’s executive support team. John was awarded the “Leadership Award”, in recognition of his work in accelerating PCG forwards, at the prestigious Trade Association Forum 2010 Best Practice Awards

Emma Jones founder and editor of Enterprise Nation:

Emma Jones is a business expert and author, and founder of small business support company Enterprise Nation. Her books include ‘Spare Room Start Up: How to start a business from home’, ‘Working 5 to 9: How to start a successful business in your spare time’ and ‘Go Global: How to take your business to the world’. Following a five year career at an international accounting firm, Emma started her first business at 27, from a spare room in her Manchester apartment. That business was sold 18 months later, and the experience led to Emma’s next venture, Enterprise Nation. Its website was launched in 2006 and became the most popular for home business owners in the UK, attracting over 100,000 visitors each month. Enterprise Nation is evolving to help even more would-be entrepreneurs. In November it launches a new website Bitsy and Brightword Publishing, a joint-venture between Enterprise Nation, Harriman House and serial entrepreneur Doug Richard. Brightword will produce books, kits and digital products for the small business market. Its first release ‘Go Global’ will be written by Emma Jones, and followed by ‘The Start Up Kit’ in the New Year.

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