Meet the experts who will be debating the future of innovation with us at Impact 2016

With only a few days to go before our session at Impact 2016, we’re profiling some of the great names who will be discussing the future of innovation with us. You can catch us on Day One – Tuesday 15th March – in the Impact Fringe, as we debate who will lead the future of innovation: in-house insight teams or corporate/startup partnerships.

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Colin Duff, Digital Innovation Lead, Argos

Colin leads the Digital Innovation Team at Argos where he’s responsible for leveraging ingenious solutions from hot start-ups. He’s explored diverse solutions from on-site personalisation tools to 3D printed jewellery to handwritten mass-scale customer communications.

Previously he ran insight-led innovation projects at ?What If!. His favourites included swelling sales of Viagra in Russia and posting over €40M in new revenue streams for the Irish postal service. Colin is a frequent speaker and commentator on all things innovation.

Hilary Ingleton, Head of Market Research, EE

Hilary has spent the last 12 years working in the mobile industry. One of the highlights of Hilary’s career has been leading the programme of research to develop the EE brand, resulting in one of the most high profile and successful brand launches in recent history.

Innovation is at the heart of the EE brand DNA –it was the first network to introduce superfast 4G services in the UK and more recently has pioneered the emerging ‘connected’ category by launching the world’s first 4G ‘live action’ camera, allowing users to live stream their latest adventures as they happen.

Hilary has managed a number of innovation projects which have resulted in new proposition launches, such as ‘Clone Phone’ – a key launch proposition for EE – and, more recently, Powerbars.

Louisa Livingston, Group Insight and Innovation Development Director, Hachette

Louisa has worked at United Business Media, run her own Media Research agency and spent many years in the music industry. She combines a passion for good research and a compulsion to help everyone use data to inspire them and make evidence-based decisions.

Louisa has supported the launch of new magazines, helped to determine radio playlists for Capital Radio and the BBC, provided award-winning research for Channel 4 and helped build, then lead, an international, multi-faceted research team at EMI Music. She believes in the democratisation of data so that it can be used and understood by everyone in a business in a way that brings it to life and lifts it beyond an excel spreadsheet.

Louisa now works for Hachette UK where she is relishing her role in bringing Insight to the forefront in another traditionally instinct led industry.

We can’t wait to discuss what the future holds for innovation with these fantastic speakers and hope to see as many of you there on the day as possible.