Julian Blake


A journalist with more than 20 years’ experience, Julian leads the DigitalAgenda editorial and events mission. He was previously editor of TechCityinsider, covering the UK tech startup scene, and has a writing and events career spanning private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Charlie Hoult


Charlie is a media/digital investor with a portfolio turnover of £15m+ and 70 staff, covering software development, tech recruitment and property, with the Hoults Yard business park in Newcastle let to 100+ digital/creative firms.

Kerry O’Sullivan

Business development manager

A media strategist and marketer with 10 years’ director-level experience, Kerry handles all DigitalAgenda’s commercial partnerships. She also runs her own holistic therapy business.

Sarah Thackray

Events manager

Sarah is co-founder of BeaconHouse, one of the UK’s brightest corporate events businesses, offering award-winning logistics, sponsorship and member management. Sarah leads on the DigitalAgenda Impact Awards.

Paul Lancaster


Well-known across the north of England and beyond, Paul is a ‘super connector’ at Plan Digital, after a decade working on community development, marketing and partnerships for Shell LiveWIRE, Sage and Tech North (part of Tech City UK).

Adam Beaumont

Board member

Adam is the chief executive of Leeds-based telecoms and data business aql and the founder of mutual not-for-profit angel platform NorthInvest.

Abigail Harvey

Board member

New York-based senior television executive, producer and director, responsible for running the BBC office in the city for a decade.