The speakers on our panel will be leading experts in the world of media, charity, and digital storytelling. We'll be announcing more of our #SMEX18 speakers very soon.

  • Emma Wakefield

    Managing Director, Lambent Productions  | @LambentP

    Emma established production company Lambent in 1996 where she’s created a wide range of acclaimed documentaries, factual series, and education programming. Credits include KIDS BEHIND BARS for BBC3, OUT OF JAIL AND ON THE STREETS for BBC1, and THE SPECIAL NEEDS HOTEL for Channel 5. She developed formatted teen series GAY-Z, LIFEPROOF, and WELCOME TO MY WORLD for Channel 4 and BAFTA-nominated drama-documentaries LOVE HURTS and TRUE STORIES for BBC2/Learning. Lambent have won 10 RTS awards, and 17 nominations; 6 BAFTA nominations; 2 Focal Awards, 1 Grierson Award; and nominations for the Japan Prize, a Broadcast Digital Award, and a Rockie at BANFF. Emma’s recent documentaries include LAST WHITES OF THE EAST END for BBC1,  the powerful ADDICTED PARENTS: LAST CHANCE TO KEEP MY CHILDREN for BBC2, and RAPED: MY STORY for Channel 5.

  • Emma Lawton

    Creative Director, Author and Parkinson's Campaigner | @ems_lawton

    Four and a half years ago, just as Emma’s company was redesigning the Parkinson’s UK website, Emma was diagnosed herself with Young Onset Parkinson’s. She was aged just 29. Making it her mission to raise awareness about the condition and continue her life as she planned, Emma campaigns and shares her story on social media, published her own book on dealing with Parkinson’s and featured in BBC documentary ‘The Big Life Fix’ while continuing her career as a Creative Director.

    In 2015 Emma won the CharityComms Inspiring Communicator award for her fundraising for Parkinson’s and in 2017 she was listed as one of MT’s 35 women under 35 and is shortlisted for a Woman of the Future Award. She has written articles for the Telegraph and Cosmopolitan and is a 3 time TEDX speaker. Last year she published her first book ‘Dropping the P Bomb’ sharing her experiences of receiving the bombshell that was her Parkinson’s diagnosis.

    In April 2016, Emma set herself the challenge of video blogging under the name PD365 every day for a year to raise awareness of day-to-day life with the condition.

  • George Olney

    Stories Journalist, Crisis | @crisis_uk

    George is a photojournalist who uses photography and other media to document the stories of people experiencing all forms of homelessness across the UK. He specialises in a natural yet intimate style of portraiture that seeks to show the humanity of the subject beyond society’s assumptions and stereotypes. George recently joined homelessness charity Crisis as a Stories Journalist, a new role created to help capture stigma-shattering stories to end homelessness.

  • Jess Barlow

    Digital Communications & Engagement Manager at NHS England | @jessica_barlow

    Jess has worked in NHS and Government communications for over 10 years. She has worked at NHS Employers, worked in the No10 and Prime Minister’s Office Digital Communications Team and is now at NHS England. Jess has taken a lead on the digital arm of national campaigns, the development of new channels to improve digital engagement, launched the first at scale live event social media strategy and played a key part in the implementation of social media software across the organisation. Jess launched the award winning @NHS Twitter account, managing the account and curators. Jess is also managing the development of the new NHS Facebook page. She believes that the power of social media for social, political and organisational change and service improvement lies in the hands of the people, and organisations  -if you just step back- is all about listening

  • Jem Stein

    Founder and Director at The Bike Project | @jem_stein

    Jem graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc in Government. He volunteered, then worked as a youth worker, in the Jewish community delivering informal education activities to young people on topics such as mental health, social action, and sexual health. He has previously served on the boards of The Advocacy Academy and Sweet Cavanagh and is now a trustee of FPA. In 2013 Jem founded the charity and social enterprise The Bike Project who provide second-hand bikes to refugees and asylum seekers in London. Jem has since won several awards including the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2015 and EUInnovation Impact Award 2017.

  • Jude Habib


    Jude is the Founder and Director of sounddelivery. She set up sounddelivery to help non-profit organisations and other socially-minded enterprises embrace the changing media landscape and find new ways of telling their stories. As a former BBC producer Jude’s work has always focused on the power of human interest stories and is passionate about giving a voice to stories and issues that don’t get reported and strives to support people with lived experience to be confident to tell those stories themselves.