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We are proud to be delivering the Digital Essentials Workshop series with experts from the digital and tech industry. Find out more about who they are, what they do, and their wealth of knowledge and expertise…

Ammar Mirza

Business Growth Specialist | Angel Investor | Executive Chair, SME CofE

Ammar Mirza CBE is a sought after leadership and business management consultant that has helped several hundred new and existing businesses within the North East. He’s energetic, engaging and highly experienced with interests and investments across a number of sectors including customer service, retail, marketing, IT and property. Ammar has the ability to genuinely help businesses in all aspects, whether that be with his own knowledge and experience or connecting you with his influential network. 

Digital Essentials: Mobile App Development

Phil Veal

Director, Silbo Ltd | Digital Specialist and Mentor | Associate Delivery Partner, SME CofE

Phil Veal is the design thinker and owner of the Human Centred Design and Innovation Agency, Silbo Ltd. After graduating in 2016 with a Professional Doctorate, he went on to create the ethically-driven approach named “Empathetic Design”. Using this approach and a combination of design disciplines, Phil helps organisations to address their needs, see problems as creative challenges and become more innovative. His others expertise include but aren’t limited to digital strategy and production, creative direction and commercial modelling.

Digital Essentials: Mobile App Development

Pascal Fintoni

Managing Director, ArcLight Marketing & Media Ltd |
Senior Digital Skills Consultant

Pascal is a professional trainer and speaker with over 25 years experience in digital marketing and online business development. He has been designing and delivering ERDF & ESF digital transformation programmes since 2003. Focused on helping business owners and decision makers take full advantage of new technologies, he continuously introduces many high impact training content and new models to make the world of digital clearer and more accessible.

Digital Essentials: Get your Digital Marketing ready for 2022 | How to understand what digital customers really want from you

Paul Drake

Commercial Director, Sapere

Paul is a consultant and Director at Sapere with over 20 years’ experience digitally transforming businesses, improving their efficiencies and creating SAAS solutions globally, for a variety of sectors. He takes an active role in helping define the vision and strategy of a digital transformation project, understanding how a business works, where it wants to go and how it wants to transform to propose the correct long-term solution or solutions.

Digital Essentials: Setting up your e-commerce website for success | Off-the-shelf software: what, why and how? | Simplifying systems integration

Matthew Protheroe-Hill

Managing Director, Sencode Cyber Security | Cyber Awareness Instructor | E-learning Developer

Matthew Protheroe-Hill is an Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Sencode LTD. One of three like-minded security professionals who, after graduating from Teesside University, pledged to build a team of highly skilled, certified, and solution led security professionals. Matthew currently specialises in cyber-awareness training and hosts lectures for schools and other businesses, creates educational content online, and develops cyber-awareness e-Learning courses to promote cyber-awareness to a wider audience.

Digital Essentials: Cyber Security Essentials for Digital Businesses

Callum Duncan

Technical Director, Sencode Cyber Security | Penetration Tester | OSCP | CPSA | CRT

Callum is an experienced Security Researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the computer and network security industry. Skilled in Ethical Hacking, Offensive Security, Information Security, Linux, and Penetration Testing. Callum is a strong information technology professional with a BSc focused on cyber security & networks from Teesside University and works tirelessly to promote Sencode Cyber Security’s USP of ‘Security Beyond Compliance’. 

Digital Essentials: Cyber Security Essentials for Digital Businesses