Lightning Talks

Each year we bring together three inspirational speakers who personify authentic storytelling. Instead of letting circumstances beat them, they rose up to become inspirational campaigners and champions and are really making a difference. Here are a few of our past talks as a taster:

  • Riding on a Smile

    www/ | @The_BikeProject

  • My Social Media Search for a Kidney Donor for my Son

  • Meet Pete, London's Best Tour Guide | @UnseenTours

  • Jonny Benjamin

    When Johnny Benjamin talks, people stop and listen. He is a mental health campaigner, writer and presenter. At 20, he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and depression. During his recovery, Jonny started making YouTube videos about the condition that have been watched by thousands of people across the globe. Jonny now speaks publicly and in schools about living with mental illness. He has appeared on TV, radio and in print around the world to help educate and break stigma.

  • Rachel Warwick

    Rachel Warwick is the Founder and Director of MakeLunch, a national network of churches providing school holiday meals and activities for children and families who rely on free school meals during term time. But doing this work was not in her life plan. All that changed when she watched the BBC Documentary ‘Poor Kids’.


These informal sessions take place over the lunch break.

  • Challenges and Opportunities for Small Charities


    This informal lunchtime session will bring together staff working for small charities to share ideas and insights.


  • Insight Through Experience


    In this informal lunchtime session delegates will get an insight into the value of supporting people with first hand experiences to tell their stories, the challenges they might face and the impact it has on the organisation.