The Ignite Bristol team


  • Damian Connop looks at first like he doesn’t have much to do – just press start on the slide shows one after another. But you miss the crazy testing and repackaging he usually has to do to get all our talks flowing smoothly (or something odd happens).
  • Dan Roddy is our speaker wrangler and writes most of this website. He’s the one you see with the daft sweater at our events.
  • Hamish Beeston operates one of our cameras with cool detachment and is one of the team responsible for producing our fine videos that you’ll find on our YouTube channel.
  • Mick Lindsey is on hand when we need help to bring the magic of Ignite to those locations not necessarily set up for the spark.
  • Oliver Kendall stands behind the other camera on the evening and keeps our Facebook friends in the loop.
  • Penny Beeston is part of the video editing team and has powers for sniffing out speakers with compelling stories to share.
  • Peter Blackman is Ignite Bristol’s playmaker, lining up great venues and sponsors and suggesting different angles on talks that help take a good idea and make it great.
  • Simon Webb spoke at our first event and ever since has lent his fine photographic talent to our events, capturing our speakers on our stage.


  • Giles Davis
  • Kate Strudwick
  • Toby Field



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