22 year old Catrin Pugh was a normal young girl with her dreams and life in front of her, until in an instant everything changed forever. In 2013 she sustained horrific burn injuries but has beaten all the odds to not to only astonish medical staff, her family and her friends with her resilience but to deliver some of the most inspirational speeches you will ever hear.
Arthur Potts Dawson is a classically trained chef and outstanding eco restaurateur and is ‘the original green chef’ as described by Jamie Oliver. Arthur was trained by the famous Roux brothers and has now been creating extraordinary cuisine and running restaurants for nearly 30 years. A fine speaker, media pundit, TV chef, author and entrepreneur Arthur is dedicated to encouraging sustainability and educating diners, students and audiences with informative and well grounded menus, lesson, talks and books.
Co presenter of the TV series Crafty Beggars and Crafty Beggars In The House! which celebrate upcycling, recycling and generally turning ordinary and unwanted items into something wonderful! Wendy Turner Webster is also a talented speaker, event host, writer and conference facilitator. Many will remember Wendy fronting C4’s Pet Rescue for seven years and her passion for animals continues to this day with new animal skewed programming happening very soon.
Pilates Instructor Tricia is the woman responsible for creating the world famous Alternative WI Calendar, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2010. Portrayed in the movie by Dame Helen Mirren, the film and play ‘Calendar Girls’ are based on her story. The calendars have raised over 3 million pounds for Leukaemia Research and the stage version was a roaring success both at the Noel Coward Theatre in London’s West End and on tour throughout the UK. Actresses who have played her on stage include Anita Dobson, Lynda Bellingham, Elaine C Smith and Arabella Weir. The final 2013 Calendar was in April 2012 and has, once again, it the world by storm. Tricia’s amazing and hugely inspirational story is extremely amusing and peppered with anecdotes of the things that have happened to her and her fellow calendar girls along the way.
Ateh Jewel is a multi award winning beauty journalist, blogger, director and producer who has been in the beauty industry for 16 years. She has also recently launched a multi award- winning beauty Vlog www.jeweltonesbeauty.com for women with darker skin tones and textured hair. Her latest short film www.thesecretworldoffoley.com, which she produced has had over 100 million views in one month alone and was vimeo short of the week. Ateh covers a wide variety of subjects from diversity in beauty, social media and self-esteem and identity. She lives in London with her husband and five year old twin daughters.
Julie Peasgood and Wendy Turner Webster are Crafty Beggars, the brand recognised for bringing crafting in to the 21st Century. They presented Crafty Beggars on TLC and they are currently presenting Crafty Beggars In The House! for the Community Channel which airs on Sky, Virgin, Catch-up and Freeview. Another series is already in production. The brand is all about celebrating upcycling, recycling and generally turning ordinary and unwanted items into something wonderful.