Opening this year’s conference is Claire Braithwaite, together with FutureEverything’s Founder and Creative Director Drew Hemment.

Claire Braithwaite is Tech Advisor to the Manchester Growth Company. The Manchester Growth Company has been established to achieve a transformation of the Greater Manchester economy. Claire will look to boost the work Manchester Growth Company does to benefit the region’s tech community, in addition to representing Greater Manchester’s tech interest to new investors and “informing and influencing” public policy to support businesses in this space. 

Previously Claire was the first Head of Tech North, a government initiative delivered by Tech City UK, to accelerate the growth of Northern England’s digital economy, launching in September 2015. In 2006 Claire founded, a niche online retail platform to promote and market sustainable beauty brands.