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The TEDxLeamingtonSpa Team

Kimberley Owen

Licensee and Lead Organiser

After becoming slightly obsessed with the TED cause of sharing ideas, Kimberley has been heavily involved in TEDxLeamingtonSpa for its last two sell out events: in 2015 as Marketing & Comms Manager and last year as the license holder. This year she’ll be very much steering the shape of the event, ensuring TEDxLeamingtonSpa gives a global voice and brings in fresh thinking and ideas to our community.

With over 13 years' experience in PR/Marketing/Social Media Kimberley has worked with big brand names such as Heinz, Tilda and Marston’s (multiple breweries across the pub estate and also its tasty beers like hobgoblin). In her current role she is responsible for the creation, implementation and evolution of social media strategy for Mitchells & Butlers and all its brands, including: Harvester, All Bar One, Toby Carvery, Miller & Carter, Ember Inns, O'Neill's, Nicholson's and Sizzling Pubs.

Besides working frantically on TEDxLeamingtonSpa this year, Kimberley is a beer nerd (blogger), a ‘dank’ stepmother (that’s what the kids say now for good, right?) and also a keen fundraiser for NSPCC with her next charity trek taking her to Patagonia.



Paul Smith


After 20 years in the British record industry working with some of the most successful artists and creative talent in the UK, and then 10 years' experience in Retail Marketing and Planning for global technology brands, Paul is now a freelance retail project manager.

Apart from the project management contracts he also uses his years of record industry experience and his passion for music to guide and manage the greatest and most exciting young rock band in the Midlands (check out

Through his involvement with the band he was introduced to TEDxLeamingtonSpa in 2015 when The Ellipsis applied, and were selected to provide the musical entertainment. This year Paul applied to help organise the event and we are delighted to have him on board. His role is to make lots of lists, lots of phone calls, drink lots of coffee, and keep the entire event planning on track. 



Craig Spivey

Creative Director

Having held creative roles in design and marketing agencies for over 20 years, Craig’s innovative thinking and visual flair have helped launch cars for Audi, make farms a bit safer with NFU Mutual, brought mobile data to life for Vodafone and helped Marston’s pull more pints and pull in more customers.

Working independently from his base in Leamington, this past year has seen him work on brands such as TATA Technologies, National Grid and National Express as well as being instrumental in helping Stourbridge-based stationery company Helix re-issue a line of original products to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars.

He’s an Associate Fellow of Warwick University, the Industry Advisor on the Visual Communications course at Warwickshire College and originator of Warwickshire's award-winning Backspace video games festival. A lifelong geek, he writes features on technology and pop culture for the Hong Kong-based Gafencu magazine, is currently working with Spa Town Comics to help stage ‘Spa Wars’ and boasts an impressive collection of little plastic space toys. His eldest son is also called Ted.



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Minnie von Mallinckrodt-Grant

Head of Curation

Minnie works with clients from all over the world helping them start and grow their passion-based businesses so they have more time and financial freedom. Her passion for sales and marketing enabled her to use her degree in Biology and CIM qualifications to work for global market leaders Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Labs and Kimberly Clark, growing sales internationally of their innovative healthcare products and services for 15 years.

Minnie joined the TEDxLeam team last year as a speaker coach after being invited to write a guest blog. She used her experiences in singing, acting and sales presenting to help the speakers feel relaxed for their talks. When she's not helping her clients or the TEDx team you can find her spending quality time with family and friends, at the gym, travelling (her most beautiful place is Aitutaki in the Cook Islands), or cooking and baking with her young daughter.


Paula Palade

Curation Team

Paula is a Romanian-born lecturer and electrical engineer with a passion for education, innovation and research. She currently coordinates a project that aims to accelerate technical skills development within Jaguar Land Rover. She has a strong technical background, holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering, worked as a research scientist at the University of Nottingham and electromagnetic simulations design engineer, and is the author of patents and scientific journal papers. She also acts as an Expert Evaluator for the European Commission, monitoring security projects to protect the EU critical infrastructure and security of civilians and improve the competitiveness of the European security industry. Passionate about education, she’s a volunteer teacher in STEM subjects and a STEM Ambassador.


Shahrukh Kazmi

Curation Team

Part of our curation team last year, Shahrukh certainly knows a thing or two about the application process and what makes a good speaker. Oh and he also works at Jaguar Landrover as a Group Leader in Adavanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).