Jo Malone has been described as an 'English scent maverick' and the woman responsible for creating some of the world's most-loved fragrances.
Originally a facial therapist, Jo discovered an instinctual talent for fragrance whilst making scented products by hand in her kitchen. From these artisan beginnings Jo launched her first brand, Jo Malone London which quickly gained cult status around the world.
One of the pillars of British comedy, Stephen Fry is also a successful stage and screen actor, a hugely engaging presenter, a best-selling writer and an accomplished director. Alongside the quiz QI, his latest projects involve tracking down species facing extinction and travelling across America in his London taxi. Films include Sherlock Holmes 2 and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.
Stephen emerged as a major talent with supporting roles in The Young Ones and Blackadder, before becoming one half of Fry & Laurie with university friend Hugh. The two went on to film four series of PG Wodehouse’s Jeeves & Wooster.
Stephen won critical acclaim as the beleaguered but brilliant Irish wit in the Hollywood biopic Wilde. Maintaining a literary connection he went on to appear in Tristram Shandy and direct Bright Young Things, adapted from Evelyn Waugh’s novel Vile Bodies.
He has brought Harry Potter to life for millions of Radio Four listeners, lifted a taboo with a series on depression and traced his roots in Who Do You Think You Are? He has also become television’s most polished awards host and a favourite guest on countless panel shows.
Stephen Fry’s writing credits include The Liar, Paperweight, The Tennis Stars’ Balls and the memoirs Moab is My Washpot and The Fry Chronicles. He also wrote the book for the long-running West End revival of Me & My Girl.
Byron Sharp is a Professor of Marketing Science and Director of the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute – the world’s largest institute for research into marketing.
His first book How Brands Grow: what marketers don’t know has been called one of the most influential marketing books of the past decade (Warc, 2015) and was voted marketing book of the year by AdAge readers. In 2015 he published the follow-up How Brands Grow Part 2 with Professor Jenni Romaniuk, and he has also written a textbook Marketing: Theory, Evidence, Practice which reflects modern knowledge about marketing and evidence-based thinking.
Byron has co-hosted, with Professor Jerry Wind, two conferences at the Wharton Business School on the laws of advertising, and is on the editorial board of five journals.
Mark Ritson is Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Melbourne Business School and Visiting Professor of Marketing at Singapore Management University. He has a PhD in Marketing from Lancaster University and has been a faculty member at some of the world's leading business schools teaching on the MBA programs at London Business School, MIT Sloan, and the University of Minnesota. He is widely acknowledged as one of the world's best marketing instructors and has been the recipient of awards for his teaching at LBS, MIT, SMU and MBS.
Mark has worked globally on projects ranging from brand strategy, market research, segmentation, CRM, marketing communications, brand acquisition, brand valuation and brand extension. For thirteen years - from 2002 to 2015 - he served as in-house professor for LVMH - the world's largest luxury group - working with senior executives from brands like Louis Vuitton, Dom Perignon, Fendi, Tag Heuer, Dior and Hennessy.
Mark has written a weekly column on branding for Marketing Week for over a decade. On three occasions he has been judged the Business Columnist of the Year at the PPA Press Awards, the highest award for magazine journalism in the UK. He is also a columnist for The Australian newspaper. His more scholarly publications include articles published in Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Advertising, and the Journal of Consumer Research. He was the recipient of the Ferber Award in 2000, one of the most prestigious prizes in Marketing, for his doctoral thesis.
One of the most recognised figures in World Sport, Tom has competed for Great Britain in three Olympics, winning two medals, and is reigning 10 metre World Champion following his gold medal in Budapest earlier this year.
Away from the pool, Tom was one of the first athletes to vlog on Youtube and his channel gained worldwide attention when he released a video to announce he was in a relationship with his now-husband Dustin Lance Black. His content ranges from workout videos, health hacks, recipe videos and vlogs about married life.
Tom hosted the ITV show Splash! From 2013-14 and has been named the UK’s Young Sports Personality of the Year three times.
Rochelle - a self-proclaimed 'professional multitasker' – is just that. As well as being a full-time mum to Alaia-Mai and her latest addition Valentina, Rochelle co-hosts ITV’s hugely popular show “Ninja Warrior” now in its 4th series, fronts various segments on “This Morning” and “Lorraine”, is a co-host for “Children In Need” alongside her husband Marvin, and has her own skincare and body cosmetics range “HiGlow” whilst also representing “Maxfactor” and “Clairol” in Superdrug stores.
Reggie is renowned for his work within TV and Film and most recently appeared in ‘Reggie Yates: Hidden Australia’, in January. ‘Hidden Australia: Addicted to Ice’ explored the drugs epidemic in Melbourne.
Late last year, Reggie was seen in a new investigative documentary on murder culture/gun violence in Chicago, in particular amongst young African American men, Reggie Yates: Life and Death in Chicago which recently aired on BBC. Earlier in 2016, Reggie was seen in BBC Three two-parter series The Insider. The first episode saw Reggie spend a week behind bars in a Texan jail and in the second episode, Reggie joined the army in Acapulco, a city now considered one of the most violent on earth. 2016 also saw Reggie present Billionaire’s Wardrobe, a documentary for BBC Two.
In 2015, Reggie presented the award-winning documentary series, Extreme UK for BBC Three, where he tackled a variety of issues, such as homosexuality in minority communities and the rise of British men against Feminism. Extreme UK won Reggie an RTS Award for ‘Best Presenter’, as well as ‘Best Factual Programme’ at Edinburgh TV Festival. In 2014, Reggie wrote and directed comedy short film, Date Night, which won ‘Best UK Short Film’ at the London Independent Film Festival and has recently completed his latest short film Shelter, presented by BBC Films.
2017 will see Reggie return with a second series of The Insider, for the BBC, airing later this Summer, followed by his debut book in October, ‘Unseen’.
This second series of The Insider, split in to three episodes, follows Reggie as he immerses himself in three very different environments around the world. Reggie first spends a week in the Domiz refugee camp in Iraq, finding out what life is like for a 21st Century refugee. He then travels to the US where he spends a week as a prison guard at North Carolina’s High Point Detention Centre, Guildford County Jail. In the final episode in the series, Reggie spends the week in Agbogbloshie, the world’s largest e-waste dumping site and a former wetland in Accra, Ghana where disease and death is rife.
This year will also see Reggie release his debut book with BBC Books in October, taking readers behind the scenes on his journey from TV presenter to documentary maker. ‘Unseen’ will explore the journey Reggie has taken in the documentary world and unpick the stories behind the fascinating characters and situations he has encountered. The book also chronicles Reggie’s own personal growth after each shoot.