Chairman – Nicholas Rogers

Nicholas is the founder and chairman of TEDxKingstonUponThames. A long-time TED fan, the idea to organise a local event in Kingston came to Nick on the train to work one day. Nick is passionate about new ideas and about finding innovative ways to build stronger communities.

A former borough councillor, Nick is an experienced campaigner who sometimes can’t leave well enough alone. He runs a Little Free Library on the Alpha Road Estate where he lives. Nick is also a writer and has been published most recently in Avaunt Magazine. Nick’s day job is as an Incident Controller with Network Rail. / Twitter

Marketing and Event Manager – Liam Rogers

Liam Rogers is an award winning photographer, filmmaker and event professional. He has screened films internationally and photographed professionally in Italy, France and the USA. Liam has successfully event managed and organised big events from conferences, awards shows, art openings and film shoots.

Liam is a big fan of TEDx because it gives interesting people a platform to share their passions, which can be very infectious. / Twitter

Curation Manager – Janine Cook

Janine Cook is a vice-president of IBM UK and serves on the board of IBM UK FSL Ltd. Working for one of the worlds leading technology companies, Janine manages innovation, change and transformation on a daily basis so those topics fascinate her. Within her role she mentors future talent, advocates for women in business, and is an exponent of a healthy work – life balance. She has a passion for building communities, social networking, her family (a rowing husband and two grown up children – an architect and a cinematographer), travelling and cooking. Janine loves to be by the river. She is proud to be a Londoner and a fan of Kingston-upon-Thames.

Curator – Gavin Jones

With a background in credit management and risk, Gavin has worked for some of the leading companies in the fields of technology distribution, healthcare and corporate performance.

Having spent his formative years split between China, France and the UK, Gavin believes that TED’s mission to spread positive ideas on a global scale is a platform for building a more connected, innovative and ultimately better world.

As Curator, Gavin is privileged to witness some amazing and passionate talks and, when choosing speakers, is looking for a WOW factor that will stay with attendees long after they have left the event.

Speaker Coach – Tara Majumdar

Tara is a huge fan of TED and TEDx events and is very excited to be a part of TEDx Kingston.As the speaker coach, Tara guides the selected speakers in getting their message across effectively. She feels privileged to accompany them on their journey towards making an impact and leaving an indelible impression in the minds of their listeners.

She is an award winning speaker and has been working as a communication and presentation skills trainer for over a decade.She is passionate about cultures, communities and connecting people. Travelling the world, learning languages and cooking with friends are her hobbies.

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Finance and Partnerships Manager – Thomas Prince

Thomas is a huge fan of TED and joined our committee in 2016 with a focus on financial management, as well as working with our valued sponsors to ensure they are able successfully contribute to each event.

An established entrepreneur, digital marketing professional and public speaker, Thomas is currently managing a fast-growing marketing agency in Surbiton.


Customer Experience Lead and Curator – Lizy Blake

Lizy has recently graduated with an MSc in International Security and Global Governance at distinction level and also holds a BA (Hons) in Politics with Creative Writing. An avid writer, she enjoys researching and writing both academic and creative articles and has written on diverse topics from electoral reform, the politics of security, gender & ecology to critiquing restaurants and TV shows. She is currently collaborating with a local band, creating a concept album.

Lizy has been a fan of TED for a number of years and is excited to be part of TEDxKingstonUponThames; she believes the communication of thought provoking ideas, sharing knowledge and the encouraging of discourse at local TEDx events is extremely important for building community cohesion.

Curator – Jayne Chace

Jayne Chace has 24 years international expertise in building brand equity, business development, sales enablement, strategic communications and transformational marketing that delivers value to the bottom line.

With diverse experience as Chief Marketing Officer, NED, venture capital and private equity, Jayne has a reputation for launching products and services and taking B2B and B2C companies for successful exits.

Beginning her career in America as a university history professor, Jayne moved into the technology/media/telecoms business sector in 1986 to focus on marketing challenges for start-ups to global behemoths. Currently she is a consultant and speaks at conferences encouraging entrepreneurs and diversity.

Website Lead – Rahul