Rethink 2017


#Rethink2017, Birmingham City University’s one-day conference for digital media professionals, taking place on Tuesday 13 June 2017 at 9AM. At Parkside, the UK’s largest media production centre, attendees will hear valuable talks by industry leaders, insightful panel discussions and have fantastic networking opportunities.

#Rethink2017 is part of Digital Cities Birmingham, running 12 - 18 June for a series of inspiring free events and roadshows across the city.

The conference programme will make attendees rethink how you gather, generate and publish truly engaging content to meet the rapidly-changing expectations of today’s audience. Issues of representation and diversity, both on and off-screen, will be debated throughout the day.


The full line up of speakers is shown below.

The host - Ayo Akinwolere

Andy Akinwolere

Ayo is a broadcaster, world record holder and BAFTA nominee. He became Blue Peter’s first black male presenter, hosting the show for five years. In 2015, he became the winner of an RTS (Royal Television Society Award) for his documentary on Extremism for the BBC's Inside Out.

Chair - Maverine Cole

Marverine cole rethink 2017 BCU

Marverine is an Award-winning TV News Journalist & Broadcaster with over 30 years experience. She has worked for many of Britain’s most watched TV channels and listened to radio stations. Marverine’s a multi-award-winning Journalist, who’s presented over 3,000 hours of live television & radio programmes for BBC News, ITV News and Sky News.

Chair - Robert Sharl

Robert Sharl rethink 2017 bcu

Robert Sharl is a Senior Lecturer in Visual Communications in the School of Visual Communications at Birmingham City University’s Faculty of Art, Media and Design.Robert is changing the way that industry and the School of Visual Communications collaborate, he wants the University to be at the centre of creative activities in the city. 

The speakers

tim plyming rethink 2017

Tim Plyming

Tim has been creative leader and partner since June 2016 for Green Rock,with board-level responsibility for creative development and Executive Production on every project.                                                                                                                  


Drew Benvie

Drew Benvie is founder of social media agency Battenhall. As a consultant, he has advised and represented corporations, global figures and brands worldwide.                                                                                                                        


Lyra McKee

Lyra McKee is a freelance journalist based in Belfast. She has been published in The Atlantic, BuzzFeed News, Private Eye, and many more. She works mostly on longer-term projects, while editing media news site Mediagazer.


Faraz Osman

Faraz is the MD of Lemonade Money, a collection of award winning, expert video producers and creatives, crafting films in music, fashion, art and youth culture, for broadcasters, brands and online channels in a confident, celebratory and inclusive way.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Linda davidson

Linda Davidson

Linda was a writer for a BBC science programme, she then went onto be apart of BBC Online overseeing Drama Entertainment and Children's, launching the award winning Writer's Room. Linda was headhunted to launch, from there Linda went to work at Discovery as Global Production Director (digital) and then Director of IT, business strategy and operations.

Adam Biddle

Adam Biddle

Adam Biddle is the MD of Edition a digital and creative agency owned by Vice media Group. Adam has hands on experience with devising and executing internet publishing strategies on behalf of global celebrities, key opinion influencers and best-in-class brands.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Yemisi bcu Rethink 2017

Dr Yemisi Akinbobola

Yemisi is an Award leader, Global Media Management/ Publisher & Editor in Chief IQ4News, she is also a Distance Learning Programme Coordinator and Visiting Lecturer at the Birmingham School of Media.

robert lawson

Dr Robert Lawson

Robert Lawson is Senior Lecturer in Sociolinguistics at Birmingham City University and former Fulbright Scottish Studies Scholar (University of Pittsburgh, 2012-2013).                                                                            


Chat with us!

Live Chat

Welcome to our microsite, please tell us your name, company and email to chat with a member of the team.