5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 16th Oct 2017
5 speakers, 15 minutes each
Deputy Director of Citizens UK and Lead Organiser for London Citizens, Matthew Bolton has built a nationwide alliance of thousands of community campaigners who together have driven forward two of the most effective, strategic and widest-reaching campaigns in the UK of the past two decades. He led the UK Living Wage campaign, which has now won over £200 million for 150,000 low-paid workers and has persuaded the Government to introduce the ‘national living wage’, benefitting millions more. The Refugee Welcome and Safe Passage campaign have secured entry for over 1,100 vulnerable Syrian children, including hundreds from the ‘jungle’ camps of Calais. Matthew coaches community organisers across the country, and is a Trustee of the London Community Land Trust affordable housing provider. He lives with his wife and young son in South London.
Amy Lamé, originally from New Jersey, arrived in London in 1992. Her first job was in a late night café-bar on the edge of Soho. She is now London’s first Night Czar. Amy has a long and successful track record as a leader and collaborator in the cultural and creative industries. She is co-founder of the Olivier Award winning arts company and club night Duckie, and has hosted the club every Saturday at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern for 21 years. She also DJs at various club nights across the capital. Amy co-founded and chairs RVT Future, a voluntary LGBT+ community group campaigning to preserve the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern. She is at the very heart of the conversation about venues under threat of closure in London. She served as Mayoress of Camden in 2010-2011, and spent her year highlighting the history and culture of live music and nightlife in the borough. Amy is a familiar presence on TV, in print and on radio, especially to Londoners. She co-presented, alongside Danny Baker, for a decade on BBC London 94.9’s legendary SONY award winning shows. Her debut book, From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBT+ Movement – the first LGBT+ history book for children – is to be published by Hachette in June 2017.
Stephen Frears is a film and television director. Among his many acclaimed films are The Snapper (1993), My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), High Fidelity (2000), The Queen (2006), Philomena (2013) and most recently Florence Foster Jenkins (2016). He has been nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Director and is considered one of the most influential people in British culture (according to The Telegraph).
June Sarpong MBE (born 31 May 1977) has enjoyed a 15-year career which has already seen her become one of the most recognizable faces of British television. She has interviewed everyone – from Nelson Mandela to Tony Blair to 50 Cent. She's also the co-founder of the WIE Network (Women: Inspiration and Enterprise), and of the DNA Summit (Decide Now Act), an initiative that bring together some of the most innovative minds in the world to generate ideas and initiatives that will effect lasting social change. June Sarpong was awarded an MBE for her services to broadcasting, philanthropy and charity, making her along one of the youngest people to receive an MBE.
Craig Brown is the author of 18 books, and a prolific journalist. He has been writing his parodic diary in Private Eye since 1989. He is the only person ever to have won three different Press Awards – for best humorist, columnist and critic – in the same year. He has been a columnist for, among others, The Guardian, The Times, The Spectator and The Daily Telegraph. He currently writes for The Daily Mail and the The Mail on Sunday. His most recent book is Ma'am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret.