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Meet the speakers

Our meeting will include a lively session - 'Power In Our Hands' – that will look at our individual and collective power to create change. Hosted by broadcaster and journalist Martha Kearney, the discussion will feature guest speakers John-Paul Flintoff, author of ‘How to change the world’; Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Network; and Anna Laycock, director at The Finance Innovation Lab. Read more about Martha Kearney and our speakers below:

Martha Kearney

Martha Kearney is a broadcaster and journalist.  She presents The World At One - BBC Radio 4’s lunchtime news programme - and has presented a number of BBC documentaries on history, theatre, literature and art. 

Martha began her journalistic career in radio, and worked as lobby correspondent for LBC/IRN, before joining Channel 4’s Week in Politics team. She has been political editor of Newsnight and presented Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour for nearly a decade.

In her spare time, Martha Kearney is a beekeeper and she’s hosted The Wonder of Bees, Who Killed The Honey Bee? (BBC 4), and Hive Alive (BBC 2).  When asked about her most treasured possession in an interview Martha said it was her bees.

Martha Kearney

John-Paul Flintoff

John-Paul Flintoff is the author of How to change the world, which is published in 16 languages.

He was once an associate editor on The Financial Times but now works as a performer, artist and campaigner, devoting himself to changing the world, one conversation at a time.

He’s spoken to audiences of as many as 5,000 people, on four continents, and is currently working to set up a TED event inside a prison. www.flintoff.org

John-Paul Flintoff

Rob Hopkins

Rob Hopkins is the founder of the Transition Network, which catalyses, supports and connects a growing number of Transition initiatives, now active in more than 50 countries globally.

He is the author, most recently, of 'The Power of Just Doing Stuff' and '21 Stories of Transition. He is the winner of several awards, including the European Economic & Social Committee's Social Prize, and appears in the French film 'Tomorrow' ('Demain').

He lives in Totnes, where he has co-founded a pioneering craft brewery.

He blogs at www.transitionculture.org and tweets as @robintransition.

Rob Hopkins

Anna Laycock

Anna leads the Finance Innovation Lab’s work for a financial system that serves people and planet. She is an Associate of the St Paul’s Institute, a Director of the New Economy Organisers Network, an Associate of the Institute for Social Banking, and a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).

Prior to joining the Lab, Anna worked in sustainable finance in the UK and internationally. She holds an MSc in Global Ethics and has written for a wide range of publications including the Guardian, Stir to Action, Pioneers Post and the New Statesman.

@anna_luise

www.financeinnovationlab.org

Anna Laycock