Mark Gallagher

With nearly three decades experience in international motorsport, including senior roles with the Jordan and Red Bull Racing Formula One™ teams as well as running Cosworth’s F1 Business unit, Mark has worked with many of the sports leading figures and developed a unique insight into the way they operate. He has also developed a wide range of business interests in the sport, including creating a championship winning racing team.

Starting out as an F1 journalist and broadcaster he went on to become a media consultant for major sponsors including Marlboro and Canon. He joined Eddie Jordan’s fledgling F1 team for its debut season in 1991, returning to the team in 1995 where he became head of marketing and was on the team’s management board during its most successful years.

Joining Jaguar Racing in 2004 Mark remained with the team during its transition into Red Bull Racing before leaving to establish his own sports management business and racing team, Status Grand Prix, which continues to excel. In 2009 he took over the running of the world famous Cosworth F1 engine business, re-establishing the British company as a leading supplier to one third of the F1 teams in 2010.

Since 2006 Mark has made frequent appearances on Sky News and regularly contributes to channels including Al Jazeera News, BBC News 24, BBC Radio 5 Live, TALKsport Radio, Bloomberg, CNN and Channel 4 News. In 2012 he commentated on the Formula One World Championship for ESPN Star Sports.

David Coulthard

David Coulthard dominated Britain's junior Formula Ford categories in 1989 and became the first ever recipient of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award for young drivers. In 1991 he fought a titanic battle with future F1 rival Rubens Barrichello for the first British Formula 3 Championship, and won the prestigious Macau F3 Grand Prix.

He joined the Williams F1 team as a test driver in 1993, and after competing in eight Grands Prix for the team in the 1994 season he became a full-time F1 driver in 1995. That year he won the Portuguese Grand Prix and finished third in the championship.

Moving to McLaren, David took his new team's first win in three seasons at the 1997 Austrian Grand Prix. In all, he scored 12 of his 13 Grand Prix wins and 51 of his 62 podium finishes with McLaren. After supporting team-mate Mika Hakkinen in the drivers; championship in 1998 and '99, he finished runner-up to Michael Schumacher in 2001.

In 2005 David moved to the newly formed Red Bull Racing team. By the time he retired from driving, in 2008, he had notched up 535 points, making him the highest scoring British driver of all time. David stayed on as a consultant to Red Bull, acts as an ambassador for Mercedes-Benz and still drives for AMG Mercedes Benz in DTM – the German Touring Car Championship. He is also a key member of the award winning BBC TV F1 commentary team.

He returned to active motorsports in 2010 joining Mücke Motorsport in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters and retired at the end of 2012. Coulthard has also participated in the Race of Champions, finishing runner-up in the Drivers' Cup in 2008, and winning the competition in 2014.

Michelle Mone

Michelle Mone OBE, born 1971, is the co-owner of MJM International and founder of Ultimo, the UK’s leading designer lingerie brand. Honoured by the Queen with an OBE for her contribution to business, Michelle is regularly listed as one of the UK’s top female entrepreneurs and has built a hugely successful career on an incredibly simple concept: giving today’s women what they want.

Entrepreneurial spirit was prevalent from an early age in Michelle, who grew up in the east end of Glasgow. Michelle left school at 15 with no qualifications to find full-time employment, after her father was struck down by an illness leaving him confined to a wheelchair. To support her family Michelle took on a job at Labatt Brewers’ and quickly climbed the ranks from office junior; at just 22years old Michelle was appointed as Head of Sales and Marketing for Scotland.

But it was in 1996 when her idea for Ultimo was born. Whilst attending a dinner dance with her husband Michael, Michelle was wearing a very uncomfortable cleavage enhancing bra and, as a result, had a ‘light bulb’ moment; Michelle decided to invent a bra that was more comfortable, more innovative, more attractive and more cleavage enhancing than any other bra on the market. MJM International was set up in November 1996.

Since launching the business Michelle has established herself as one of Scotland’s biggest exports; in 2000 Ultimo was catapulted into the media limelight when Hollywood actress Julia Roberts wore an Ultimo plunge-bra to enhance her cleavage in Erin Brockovich. Later that year Michelle won the coveted ‘World Young Business Achiever Award’ at the Epcot Centre, Florida, and then ‘Business Woman of the Year’ at the Corporate Elite Awards in London.

In 2001 Prince Charles invited Michelle to join the Board of Directors for The Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust and more recently his Board of Main Council, confirming her status as one of the UK’s leading female entrepreneurs. Michelle also won ‘Best Newcomer’ at the British Apparel Export Awards, presented by HRH the Princess Royal, adding to her long list of awards, accolades and recognitions.

In October 2005 Michelle attended a speaking engagement with former US president Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev, and went on to support the Sultan of Oman in setting up women’s enterprise in the Middle East. Michelle has since become a high-profile guest at speaking engagements and corporate events all over the world.

Over the years Michelle’s business has gone from strength-to-strength, developing beyond the original umbrella of Ultimo to encompass Ultimo D-G Cup, Ultimo Black Label, Ultimo Shapewear, Ultimo Swimwear and partner lines including Diamond Boutique for Tesco, Adore Moi for Debenhams.

As well as designing fashion lingerie, Ultimo boasts eight worldwide patented inventions including the Ultimo ‘Miracle’ backless body. In addition to its jointly owned brands, MJM International currently supplies Tesco, Debenhams, ASDA, Next, Figleaves and Asos.com, along with a number of independent lingerie stores throughout Europe.

In 2012, after 3 years of intensive research Michelle expanded her portfolio and launched into the world of beauty with a range of tanning products – Utan.

Michelle is divorced and lives on the outskirts of Glasgow with her three children. Michelle has achieved a remarkable level of success to date, juggling the demands of her business, together with motherhood, but – in her own words – ‘this is only the beginning’.

Geoff Burch

Geoff Burch is considered to be Europe’s most exciting business speaker and writer. A phenomenon who delights audiences throughout the world, Geoff is a remarkable speaker whose unique and refreshing outlook on all manner of business topics has made his name into a global brand and himself into someone who is constantly in demand for his memorable and uplifting presentations. His credentials are impressive, working extensively with the world’s major blue chip companies to motivate and inspire their people and as a regular contributor and presenter on television and radio.

Geoff is the presenter of his own business show on BBC Television called All Over the Shop. He is the author of many hugely popular cult business books, published worldwide, which include: Resistance is Useless - the Art of Business Persuasion: Go It Alone: Writing on the Wall: and The Way of the Dog.

His extensive use of humour should not hide the fact that he has some powerful business messages which can benefit any organization. Indeed, recent research suggests that audiences cannot listen to a boring speaker – however important the message or the topic. Up to 86% of an audience will have switched off within three minutes of the start of a presentation by a non-stimulating speaker. The same research shows that over 90% of an audience retains more than 83% of the messages that Geoff puts forward on your behalf. Geoff absorbs your key messages and turns them into hilarious but very memorable stories.

The son of a Viennese psychiatrist, Geoff has a wealth of experience in illustrating the thinking required to find business success. Every organization will benefit from his compelling messages and entertaining style, finding them relaxed and fun. His observations are unique and the impact he has on an audience is amazing. Geoff looks at every conceivable area of business and is renowned for taking a sideways look at the latest business fads and fashions, and then translating them into a memorable message that everyone can understand.

Geoff is meticulous in preparing his presentations, studying the profile of the audience, the market in which they work, the competition they face, and how to exploit the advantages they have. He then uses this specific information to custom-build an inspirational and unforgettable presentation. He has the power to make any organization believe in itself and to establish and maintain the motivation to succeed.

Geoff can speak on almost any business topic and can deliver presentations on many subjects, for example: Fast Companies: Sales: Agility: Customer Relationships: Change: Motivation: Leadership: Working Together: Empowerment: Delivering the Vision: Entrepreneurial Organisations. All these are presented in an enjoyable and thought-provoking way so that even the dullest business subject is turned into an exciting rollercoaster ride that leaves the audience thrilled and convinced. As possibly the most original business guru in the world, Geoff will provide, as his impressive client base will testify, a very high level of excitement and delight.

Ferran Adria

Ferran Adrià Acosta was born in L'Hospitalet de LIobregat in 1962. He is considered one of the best and the most creative chefs in the world, yet his culinary career began in 1980 as a dishwasher at the Hotel PlayafeIs, in the catalonian town of Castelldefels.

Adria was working and teaching ‘El Práctico’ (The Practical) from the hotel chef de cuisine. He practiced more when drafted and served in the military as a barrack cook and further practice came when he joined the kitchen staff of El Bulli, small restaurant overlooked Cala Montjoi, a bay on Catalonia's Costa Brava, described later by The Guardian as "the most imaginative generator of haute cuisine on the planet" after Ferran Adria became the head chef.

Because innovation requires time and the restaurant is only the background for what is prepared on the other side of the curtain El Bulli is only open from April to October. Adriá spends the remaining six months traveling for inspiration and performing experiments and bringing recipes to perfection in his culinary lab, El Taller. He is famous for his thirty course gourmet menu and creating ‘culinary foam’. In his quest to enhance flavor, Adriá discards the use of cream and egg; foam is made exclusively of the main ingredient and ‘air’ (combined in a whipped cream maker equipped with N2O cartridges). He is often associated with ‘molecular gastronomy, although the Spanish chef does not consider his cuisine to be of this category. Instead, he prefer calling his cooking as deconstructionist.

Often quoted, he likes to say – ‘the ideal customer doesn’t come to El Bulli to eat but to have an experience". As proof of that, Restaurant Magazine judged El Bulli to be Number One on its top 50 list of the world's best restaurants a record five times – in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, and second place in 2010, the Gourmet magazine referred to chef Adria wrote – "the Salvador Dali - of the kitchen".