Liam Tucker

Liam is an award-winning digital product designer & technologist based out of London. He’s had the privilege of working with companies such as Jaguar Landrover, Netflix, Dyson, Virgin, Sony Pictures, Mahabis & more.

Former Head of Design & now full-time freelance working with his own clients on everything from websites to Virtual Reality.

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Hannah Butcher

Hannah Butcher started working in the digital marketing industry in 2009 after completing a degree in journalism. Working in marketing agencies both small and large, Hannah has worked on SEO campaigns for a range of travel clients, focusing on everything from technical audits all the way through to outreach strategies.

In her spare time, she enjoys visiting new places, eating burgers, and writing about her experiences.

Rich McCor

Someone once described Rich as a non-destructive vandal. It’s a pretty good description of what he does; within the confines of a camera viewfinder he transforms known, and some not so well known, landmarks around the world with bits of crafted black card and then captures these moments on his Instagram account @paperboyo.

PRWeek identified him as the tenth fastest growing UK Instagram account in 2016:

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Hannah Witton

Hannah is a 20-something northern girl living in London. She makes weekly YouTube videos about sex education, feminism, travel and life stuff.

She produced and hosted the web series “Girl on Girl” where Hannah and a guest have a chat about different topics that women want to talk about but don’t necessarily get the chance to. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Banging Book Club podcast.

Hannah is currently writing an advice book for young people on sex and relationships and hosts a weekly show on Fubar Radio. She also travels the world documenting it on her YouTube channel and her blog.

And most importantly, she am a Hufflepuff.

Laura Bubble

Laura is a comedy video blogger whose ‘Laurbubble’ channel has over 2 million views. Laura began her YouTube career in 2007 winning a Radio 1 competition and subsequently becoming the TV reviewer on Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac’s Sunday Show.

Since then she has worked with many companies including BBC Comedy, Comedy Central, EA, Busabout, British Airways and Hat Trick productions. In 2014 Laura became a vlogger on CBBC’s ‘Technobabble’ and currently vlogs on CBBC’s ‘Whoops I Missed the Bus’.

Adrian Land

Adrian has been innovating in digital marketing & SEO for over 17 years. He has worked and lead teams in all types of businesses from start-ups to major internationals.

The majority of Adrian’s working life has been spent in the travel industry; recently Thomas Cook Group, Hotels.com and the HomeAway Group. All of these roles covered multiple countries and languages.

In 2013 Adrian launched his own marketing agency, called SESOME specialising in SEO, search and content marketing. And, recentlylaunched an influencer marketplace called ConsiderableInfluence.com

Tom Hooker

Tom recently moved from the world of being a circus performer to pursue a more digitally creative career where he could share his passion for learning through an online video series where he explores the world and all it has to offer with the ethos of encouraging us all to jump out of our comfort zone, try something new and be proud to be different.

With over 150 videos on his channel, from learning how to spin fire, trying high diving, interviewing sea lions and many more weird and wonderful things, we are yet to see him do a single video inside the comfort of his own bedroom.

Amy Baker

Amy Baker is a humorist, adventurer and gonzo journalist who has worked for a range of titles including The Huffington Post, Easyjet Traveller, STA Travel, and TNT Magazine.

She worked with Ink Publishing, the UKs leading producer of inflight magazines and as the Deputy Editor for the Overseas Guides Company, an online advice resource for emigrants.

Amy’s first book, a hilarious and candid account of the lessons she learnt while travelling on her own in South America, will be published in March 2017.

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Michael Tomas

Michael Tomas is a architecture photographer and social media influencer on Instagram as @LondonViewpoints.

Since joining the photo platform in November 2014, Michael’s been sharing his passion for exploring London’s vantage points and capturing the ever changing city skyline from new perspectives, which in just 18 months grew him a highly engaged audience of over 100k followers.

It allowed him the opportunity to work with brands that range from visitor attractions, hotels and restaurants, residential and commercial developers, technology companies and even motion pictures.

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Nicola Easterby

Nicola Easterby is the travel photographer and blogger behind Polkadot Passport.

At the age of 22, Nicola has already managed to explore 38 countries. She now travels the world full-time, working on campaigns for global clients such as MasterCard, Singapore Airlines, Shangri-La Hotels and Topdeck. Aside from traveling, Nicola has a background in professional photography, an industry that she has worked in for the past five years.

Nicola’s blog, Polkadot Passport, has been featured by the likes of Lonely Planet, the Daily Mail and Huffington Post.

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Julie Falconer

Julie Falconer is a London-based travel blogger and speaker. She writes an award-winning travel and lifestyle blog, A Lady in London, for which she has traveled to 102 countries and developed a strong social media presence.

She is also a public speaker and lectures about blogging and social media all over the world. Originally from San Francisco, Julie attended Brown University and came to the UK in 2007 after leaving a career in finance, during which she worked for Goldman Sachs and a hedge fund.

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Alex Jimenez

Alex is the Blogger-in-Chief at TravelFashionGirl.com where she helps women travel carry-on only in an efficient and fashionable way. After working in the fashion industry for 7 years, she dropped out of life to explore the world permanently.

Living out of a single carry-on suitcase, Alex’s nomadic lifestyle combined with her business background gives her a unique perspective which propelled Travel Fashion Girl to become the number one blog for female travelers with a reach of over 500,000 monthly visitors and 1,000,000 monthly page views.

She’s appeared live on the Fox & Friends morning show and has been featured in national digital news outlets including Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Oprah, the New York Post, the Daily Mail, Reader’s Digest, and USA Today.

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Kash Bhattacharya

National Geographic Traveller’s Blogger of the Year, Kash Bhattacharya is the founder and editor of the BudgetTraveller Director of Creative Concepts for iAmbassador and the Blogger Outreach Expert for Toposophy. Kash has revolutionised travel for the stylish, design-led budget-conscious traveller with his internationally successful guidebook to Luxury Hostels that has been featured in the Guardian and New York Times.

In conjunction with iAmbassador he has also developed a number of award winning digital storytelling campaigns: Blogville for Emilia Romagna, Blogmanay for Visit Scotland/Unique Events and recently launched a storytelling project about Street Art in Germany in partnership with the German National Tourism Board. Kash been involved with Toposophy in various projects including leading the campaign ‘Who do you think you are?’ commissioned by City of Athens.

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Website – budgettraveller.org/

Greg Brand

Greg is a Traverse regular, having spoken at almost every event we’ve ever held. His classes are always jam packed with everyone eager to learn from his 13+ years of video industry knowledge.

Greg‘s enthusiasm and energy in his workshops are contagious, leaving everyone that attends excited and ready to create kickass videos on their next project. 

The first workshop will be Greg‘s regular Q&A session, suitable for all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or still need to purchase your first camera, Greg will answer every question you can throw at him. It’s a good idea to get your questions in early, so feel free to tweet them to @travizeo with the hashtag  #Traverse17 

The second session will be all about taking your video edits to the next level. Greg will talk about and and show examples of editing workflows, colour correction, colour grading and exporting your videos to make sure they look their very best online. All skill levels are welcome, but this will be suited to premiere pro editors who already know their way around the program.

If you’d like to know more about Greg and see some of his work, click on the links below:

Travizeo Demo Reel – https://youtu.be/UiqPgZufIu0

Paul Nelson

Paul Nelson is Press & PR manager for the World Travel Market portfolio of event, which includes WTM London, Arabian Travel Market, WTM Latin America, WTM Africa and WTM Connect in Malaysia. The portfolio facilitates £4.2 billion in industry deals, which  are the holidays packages that holidaymakers enjoy.

Paul joined WTM London in 2009, before assuming Press & PR responsibility for WTM Latin America and WTM Africa. In 2014 he was promoted to Press & PR Manager for the whole WTM Portfolio.

He increased  the WTM portfolio’s focus on digital influencers and bloggers, which included the launch of the Bloggers’ Speed Networking at WTM London in 2014.

Susan L. Schwartz

An American living in London, Susan researches, writes and edits everything for her luxury travel blog, Best Bits Worldwide. When she saw Venice for the first time, she knew her stay at home days were over.

With a well-worn copy of Freya Stark’s autobiography in her back pocket, she has set out to bring you the Best Bits this world had to offer.

In addition to her blog, she has written for Grazia, Conde Nast Traveler, Sainsbury’s, Mail on Sunday, You Magazine, Trivago, and other online and offline publications. She also hosts the podcast Best Sips Worldwide, interviewing the movers & shakers in the drinks industry.

She was chosen to participate in Bloghouse and is a member of both the Professional Travel Bloggers Association and the British Guild of Travel Writers.

Brenna Holeman

Brenna Holeman

Brenna Holeman is a travel blogger and writer who focuses not only on the where and the how of travel, but the who and the why. After eleven years of solo travel on six continents, Brenna’s blog is full of long-form narratives and highly personal pieces which attract a loyal audience.

She recently completed her first book as part of her master’s degree in Creative Non-Fiction Writing, and her blog has been featured in Elle, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, and The Evening Standard.

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Alexandra Delf

Alexandra Delf

After qualifying as a Barrister in 2010, Alexandra decided to search for a more creative outlet and pursue her love of languages and travel. She worked and played abroad in Italy and Australia for several years before returning back to London to work with Ophir PR where she is now the Account Director.

She has spoken at several travel and blogging conferences and has been lucky enough to visit and work with some of the most luxurious hotels and spas around the world.

Always eager to explore, her curiosity and passion for travel and ongoing mission to embrace ‘La Bella Vita’ has led her from ski festivals in the Italian Alps to excursions through the metropolitan jungles of Japan and Hong Kong to safaris in South Africa and Tanzania. As Susan Sontag said “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”.

Sabina Trojanova

Sabina Trojanova

Sabina Trojanova is the girl behind Girl vs Globe, a responsible travel and lifestyle blog. Her Facebook group (called Girls vs Globe) is a thriving community of 10,000 female travellers.

Since its humble beginnings in a cold dorm room, Sabina has built her blog into a full-time career. As well as appearing in publications like Lonely Planet, Huffington Post and Thought Catalog, she once travelled around the world in ten days to highlight the European Commission’s international development projects.

At 23 she has lived in five countries, speaks five languages and has a political science degree. When she is not travelling she loves to cook, wear sparkly dresses and obsess about what to post next on Instagram.

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Abigail King

Abigail King

Abigail King is an award-winning writer and photographer whose work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, BBC Travel, CNN and more.

In 2014 she co-founded Captivate, an elite group of digital storytellers who produce digital campaigns with a difference. They have partnered with Visit Austria, Headwater Holidays, Atout France, Visit Spain and more through a wide range of creative multimedia projects.

Abi’s blog, Inside the Travel Lab, brings a thoughtful slant to luxury travel, winning Vuelio’s prestigious Best Travel Blog Award and reaching the final stages of National Geographic Traveller’s Blogger of the Year.

Featured by The Independent, Stylist, Grazia and more, Inside the Travel Lab has been described as “one of the best in the world” by Lonely Planet. It has also taken part in a number of award-winning projects through iAmbassador and on a solo basis, from retracing the footsteps of slavery in Barbados to tracking down orang-utans in Borneo.

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Kerwin McKenzie

Kerwin McKenzie

Kerwin is an ex-airline employee who travels on average over 250,000 miles a year. He writes up-to-date airport, destination and ground transportation guides plus airline flight and hotel reviews with a mission to motivate airline employees to use their travel benefits at Passrider.com.

He’s flown over 160 airlines and visited 114 countries and teaches travelers how to be loyal to travel brands at www.Cruisinaltitude.com.

He recently launched a new Web site, www.UnfamiliarDestinations.com which is featuring one unfamiliar destination everyday in 2017.

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Breeny Lee

Breeny Lee

Blogger, Vlogger and Social Media Personality from the UK with a combined social following of over 250,000 and growing daily with over 2 million views on YouTube. She bases her work around digital content for Beauty, Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle.

Breeny Lee, fashion designer and model uploads beauty tutorial videos to her YouTube channel which has over 250,000 followers and she now has more than 70,000 followers on Instagram.
Breeny became famous she graduated from the London College of Fashion where she studied fashion design. She’s of Dominican descent and has three siblings.

Breeny is the first British model to appear on the cover of ‘Zen’ magazine and she has been featured on various platforms during her career including Black Beauty magazine, MTV, ASOS and Specsavers.

Now Breeny runs her own successful fashion, beauty, travel and lifestyle blog ‘Musings Of Bee’.

Rioch Edwards-Brown

Rioch Edwards-Brown

TV & Diversity Experts. Video Content. Gen Y & Gen Z Consultants.

So You Wanna Be In TV? was started by Rioch after her son was shot and stabbed in school. She didn’t want revenge and reached out to the community.

So You Wanna Be In TV? is a solution driven social enterprise, building strategic partnerships and valuable diverse talent pipelines for TV, Film & Tech, increasing diversity and closing research and content. With 7 years expertise in diversity they deliver campaigns and content for brands to engage Gen Y and Gen Z talent. Rioch says, “The answer to the lack of diversity lies in the community.

Rioch a former TV Researcher, has been a media campaigner for over 20 years with over 100 media appearances for the BBC, ITV, Sky, Newsnight, Woman’s Hour and printed press.

Rioch is a Tech London Advocate partner, Winner of The National Diversity Awards in 2014,  European Diversity Awards in 2015 and a BE Mogul Award 2016: Most Influential and Inspiring Black Entrepreneur In Britain.

www.soyouwannabeintv.com

Ronke Lawal

Ronke

Ronke Lawal was born in Hackney, East London of Nigerian parentage. Having graduated with honours from Lancaster University and the University of Richmond Virginia (USA) with a degree in International Business (Economics), she started her own business, Ariatu PR in 2004.  Ronke now has a vibrant YouTube Channel offering a range of Social Media, PR support to businesses.

Apart from her active and involved business interests, her varied passions include food (Founder of Food Blog www.whosfordinner.co.uk), travel, music, literature and most importantly living a lifestyle she loves.

James Adeleke

James Adeleke

James Adeleke is Managing Director and Founder of Generation Success which is a not for profit organisation focused on bridging the gap between education, and employment/enterprise. An organisation he founded at University.

He has a background in law and a passion for creating and implementing innovative solutions and having grown up in a single-parent household in South London and being diagnosed with Dyslexia and Dyspraxia at 26, James is passionate about providing a platform for people to achieve their career and entrepreneurial potential. Through investing in people we truly can keep the UK the most competitive country in the world.

Tom Archer

Tom Archer

Tom is a freelance commercial photographer, an influencer and a passionate traveller.

He swapped his career as a Police Officer to become a photographer 6 years ago and has not looked back. He is known for his epic vistas and impactful images that create a sense of magic about a place.

His client list includes brands like Panasonic, L’Oreal and Jet2.

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Instagram – @tomarcherphoto
Facebook – @tomarcherphotography

Julia Pond

Julia Pond

Julia Pond is the Editorial and Content Director at Trip.com. Her love for travel, creative spirit, and eye for detail led her from a career in dance to an MA in International Relations, to Trip.com’s content team as an intern in 2010.

At Trip, she has spearheaded the solo female travel tribe and tips for 44 countries and counting, launched a weekly event calendar in 15 cities, and leads all aspects of content, blog, and social media.

After stints in New York and Rome, she’s called London home for nearly seven years, though she maintains her American accent to the best of her ability.

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Website: http://trip.com

Judith Lewis

Judith Lewis

Judith Lewis is the founder of the deCabbit Consultancy specialising in integrated digital marketing consultancy and execution. She is a specialist integrated online marketer with skills in SEO, PPC, and Social Media Marketing as well as other digital marketing techniques. She has been doing SEO since before it had a name and has worked both in-house and agency-side.

She has judged both UK & EU Search Awards, is a founding everywoman Modern Muse and is the coordinator for London Girl Geek Dinners. Having both an in-house and agency background, her clients have included Google, Virgin, NSPCC, Zopa, Slendertone, the Guggenheim, SAP, Amadeus, Blue Cross, & ShareThis.

She works from planning through to execution, integrating her digital expertise through research & analysis, design & build through to deployment. Judith writes for the SEO Chicks and Mostly About Chocolate as well as the Huffington Post. She speaks at various conferences around the world and is passionate about teaching and helping businesses large and small (as well as chocolate).

Petra Voráčková

Petra

Petra is a videographer, photographer, visual media enthusiast, occasional party animal, Restless Child and an influencer from the heart of Europe (Prague).

She has spent a year being the face of Travel Massive Snapchat account advocating hard for Snapchat in travel, before she declared that “Snapchat is dead” the day Instagram Stories launched.

Now she is growing her own YouTube and Instagram channels and occasionally shared her ideas on various talks.

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Dawn Elyse Warden

Dawn Elyse Warden

Marketing Director, Chloe Johnston Experiences

A former journalist, Dawn spent more than a decade working as Senior editor for a regional lifestyle magazine based outside of Philadelphia, PA. During this time, she covered a number of topics and industries, and also served as the publication’s hospitality editor and restaurant critic.

In 2010, she entered into the world of public relations, specializing in culinary and lifestyle publicity. After an interim stint as managing editor for a peer-to-peer medical publication, Dawn joined the team at Chloe Johnston Experiences as Marketing Director—a position that brought together a number of passions and talents.

Dawn’s curiosity about “luxury” and its relationship to travel prompted her presentation here at Traverse 17.  — @eatDEWwrite and @bychloejohnston on Twitter

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Mary Ellen Cotter

Mary Ellen

As Senior Affiliate Executive at affilinet, Mary Ellen is responsible for the management of all top, mid-tail and long-tail affiliates on the platform.

As well as working closely with the account management team to maximise on opportunities with clients, a key focus of her time whilst at affilinet has been the recruitment of bloggers and influencers.

These affiliates have gone on to work with advertisers in a range of different verticals. In addition, she works closely with the Marketing Team, arranging affiliate days and events for clients and bloggers, as well as educating bloggers on the benefits of the affiliate industry.

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Gemma Holmes

Gemma Holmes

Gemma Holmes is a cognitive hypnotherapist, coach and inspirational workshop facilitator. On top of a full time career in marketing, she has a thriving practice in London where she specialises in helping professionals to remove barriers and build successful and fulfilled lives.

As one of the youngest students to qualify as a cognitive hypnotherapist, she dedicated the majority of her twenties and early thirties to getting out of her own way and building the life she dreamt of. She hasn’t looked back, and loves nothing more than sharing what she’s learned to help others carve out their own path to fulfilment.

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Tara Povey

Tara Povey

Tara is an award-winning travel blogger. Born in New Zealand and raised in Ireland, she’s a hobbit raised by leprechauns. From ninja training in Japan to ice-climbing in Finland, Tara loves a good adventure.

When she’s not testing her limits she’ll usually be found in the spa. Self-confessed chatterbox and iced-coffee addict, Tara and her website will take you on a stylish, colourful adventure around the world.

She has been featured by publications such as The Irish Times, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, Skycanner, Expedia, U Magazine and more.

Lauretta Wright

Lauretta

Lauretta’s love of creative writing began when she was just 7 years old when she would write weekly family newsletters – a tradition now taken over by her daughter.

Nowadays – and with more than 18 years experience in publishing – she’s the editor of a weekly travel trade magazine and blogs at Home and Horizon.

Lauretta once launched (and later sold) a business networking start-up and is currently writing her third e-book – on travel hacks from industry insiders.

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Website: www.homeandhorizon.com
Twitter: @LaurettaCWright
Instagram: HomeandHorizon
Pinterest: HomeandHorizon
Facebook: HomeandHorizon

Claire & Laura Jopson

Twins that travel

Claire & Laura run the award-winning travel blog, Twins That Travel. Over the last three years, they have expanded what began as a small Instagram account with just 20 followers, into a successful blog – working with international brands and industry leaders.

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Tania O’Donnell

Tania

Tania O’Donnell is a lifestyle journalist who has, on a freelance basis, covered travel, food & drink, interiors and the arts for several national, regional and online publications (Guardian, Metro, Natural Health, Sussex Style, Discover Britain and Psychologies, to name a few).

She has also been the editor of a number of publications, including ones for large publishers such as Time Inc and Thomson Reuters. She runs workshops on how to pitch to editors for PR companies and corporate professionals.

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Website: taniaodonnell.com
Twitter: @Tan_OD

Macca Sherifi

Macca

Macca Sherifi is the travel blogger, photographer and presenter behind A Brit and a Broad, the award-winning travel video blog.

Macca has been involved in the travel and photography industry for the past six years working as the travel editor for gapyear.com, an account manager for Gosh PR and as a social media manager for the MailOnline.

Now a full-time blogger, Macca has worked with brands such as Intrepid Travel, Lonely Planet, Manfrotto, Metro and Skyscanner and has been on photo shoots all around the world.

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Emily Zinkin

Emily Zinkin

Emily is a frankly amazing tea maker, but more relevantly has spent her career to date in the creative industries where she accidentally specialised in digital marketing and communications because she likes the internet and she likes people.

When not at work or she can be found writing articles about her many thoughts and feelings on feminism and pop culture, forcing tea upon her friends and other unsuspecting victims, and escaping the rain by leaving the country as much as possible. Emily’s blog, The Bitch Life, is about taking life by the reigns and making the most of it.

Karen Beddow

Karen Beddow

Karen is a lawyer and award-winning travel blogger who travels the world with her husband and three Mini Travellers aged 6, 5 and 5.

In 2014 Karen founded Mini Travellers after struggling to find honest reviews on luxury villas and apartments with kids clubs for her three children then all under 2. Returning home she decided to write it up and the rest is history.
Karen’s blog, has received praise from various sources and most recently was third in Vuelio’s prestigious Best Family Travel Blog Award.

Trips with the children this year are to include Cornwall, Lisbon, Corsica, Wales, a Camper Van tour, Brittany and a two week journey through Rwanda! Proving that travel can be fun with kids… honestly!

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