Posted on September 19, 2019 by staff

Trio of speakers confirmed for Leeds Digital Job Fair


Three new speakers have been announced as part of the line-up of this year’s Leeds Digital Job Fair 5.0.

Chris Witham, Digital Delivery Lead at NHS Leadership Academy, will talk about his personal experiences of mental ill-health and the importance of employees taking care of themselves and each other in the workplace – including how to recognise early warning signs.

James Hall, Director of Leeds-based Parallax, will guide attendees through the process of setting up a digital agency from scratch, including common technical and logistical challenges likely to be encountered along the way.

And Sky’s Sally Bridgewater, an associate software developer, will deliver a thought-provoking presentation into how two apparently unrelated subjects – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Scrum, the project planning system used by software companies – brought together in her home life with dramatic results.

Sponsored by Leeds City Council, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Bruntwood SciTech and Fruition IT, Leeds Digital Job Fair 5.0 is designed to allow employers to talk directly to prospective new talent.

The event is being organised by Herd founder Amy De-Balsi who said that each speaker comes with a strong reputation for excellence.

“I am always excited in the run-up to the Leeds Digital Job Fair, but next month’s event will be more special than ever before,” she said.

“The city’s digital and tech sector is rooted in inspiration and a powerful desire to break down barriers by sharing knowledge with others.

“Our three guest speakers have been carefully chosen to reflect these values, with each bringing something a little different to the platform.”

Recent sign-ups have included IT and business consultancy BJSS, Sky Betting & Gaming, the Department for Work and Pensions, Yorkshire Building Society, First Direct and the British Library.

We are thrilled at the varied range of well-known businesses and public sector organisations that we have been able to confirm so far, with several more to be announced soon.

“People of all ages keen to progress their careers in tech by coming along to the event are invited to register for free.”

The event takes place at the First Direct Arena on Thursday 24 October from 3.30-7.30pm.