A carnival of creativity, fabulous cuisine, inspirational leaders and brilliant networking. No better way to start your day…and you can stay after and explore the careers showcase too.

WOW… networking breakfast with a difference! A creative smorgasbord of delicious cuisine, with an abundant sprinkling of inspirational wisdom from enlightened leaders sharing their insights on the importance of creativity, art and culture for economic and business success.

Creativity isn’t just for cultural organisations, we use it every day in businesses. It is the heart of innovation, the key to problem solving and the essence of marketing.

A report by McKinsey in June 2021 found  companies that integrated creativity, analytics and purpose are seeing growth double their peers, yet PWC in 2017 found that 77% of CEOs named creativity as their number one skill shortage.

In 2025 Rotherham will become the world’s first Children’s Capital of Culture (CCoC), transforming Rotherham into a place full of vibrance, wonder and positivity; helping to boost our economy; encouraging investment and opportunities; and improving the life chances for local young people.Our journey has already started with the Skills Embassy for Creativity and Culture, a series of traineeships and a calendar of exciting events. So much to be proud of and so much to look forward to!

This event will launch Rotherham’s Children’s Capital of Culture 2025 for leaders, businesses and stakeholders. It’s exciting, it’s ambitious, it’s unique, and it’s a real opportunity for businesses and communities to unite to develop a collective sense of pride in Rotherham, whilst increasing aspirations and opportunities for young people.

Wednesday 8th June 2022

7:30am – 9:30am

Magna Science Adventure Centre



I am a former community development and resource centre manager (12 years experience) and I spent 19 years as a BBC Radio Journalist in South Yorkshire, working for BBC Radio Sheffield, BBC Radio 5 Live, and BBC Radio 4. I also write for the Sheffield Star and Sheffield Telegraph. I am a charity trustee with wide experience in fundraising and sources of funding for community organisations.


Project Director for Arts, Culture & Leisure for South Yorkshire Mayoral Authority

With over 28 years of experience in the arts, heritage and museums sectors, my career has been characterised by international calibre programme delivery, coupled with highly developed senior leadership in local government and charity sectors.


CEO and Co-Founder, Razor

Most people who deal in software see it in code. Jamie sees it in living and breathing opportunities – that if applied in the right way – can not just bring real value, but supercharge any organisation.

Beginning his career writing scripts to automate his own job as a data uploader at one of Sheffield’s (then) largest technology agencies, it is this mindset of ceaseless innovation which gave life to Razor and its mission to always stay on the sharp edge of technology.

At Razor he challenges his team to think bigger. To harness the power of automation, VR, machine learning and focused design thinking to enhance business functions, experiences and intelligence beyond the client’s expectation.


Chair, Children’s Capital of Culture and MD Gulliver’s Valley Gulliver’s is very much a family business which began when Julie’s parents first opened Gulliver’s Kingdom in Matlock Bath in 1978. But even back then, Julie was still very much part of it all, and now, 44 years later, and under her stewardship, Gulliver’s also includes Gulliver’s World in Warrington, Gulliver’s Land in Milton Keynes and Gulliver’s Valley in South Yorkshire which became the company’s fourth, and largest, park when it opened in July 2020. There are not many family-run parks left nowadays and what Gulliver’s provides today is the same as when it all started – a great day out or short break for families aimed at children aged two to 13. Theme parks run through Julie’s veins and her passion for play is reflected across all four Gulliver’s sites both in terms of the rides and attractions on offer as well as the innovative accommodation options.


Owner Nessietessimal and Trainee Creative Producer

Natasha is a local freelance artist and entrepreneur on one of the placements for young people as part of the wider Children’s Capital of Culture Programme. She has been based at Magna Science Adventure Centre and has played a huge part in making Get up to Speed with Culture & Leisure a success.

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