Peer-Jada Qureshi (PJ) runs a legal consultancy helping businesses, charities and individuals find lasting solutions to governance, contractual and court related matters collaboratively.
Previously, PJ was called to the UK Bar Council in 2001. A first class distinction in his Masters and a very competent in his bar vocational exams, culminated in a major award from Middle Temple and he was sent on assignment to the EU Commission in Brussels. He worked on international merger clearance, cartel busting and anti-trust matters. On his return to the UK PJ qualified as a corporate finance solicitor with the leading global law firm Slaughter and May. That work involved representing FTSE100 companies, investment banks and governments on various national and international legal matters.
He was born in Winchester, studied at King Edward’s VI Southampton and helped set up and chair the Winchester Muslim Cultural Association, and co-chaired the Hampshire Interfaith Network with Councillor Roy Perry. His daughter Iman was also born in Winchester.
Before she founded ITG in 2015, Nicola was Head of the Factual, Sports Media and Specialist departments at James Grant Management (now YMU Group). She has worked alongside the UK’s top commissioners and producers and has managed some of Britain’s most famous faces, including Clare Balding, Gabby Logan, Eamonn Holmes and the Hairy Bikers.
Her career began in journalism and production, moving from newspapers into network news at ITN and then becoming Senior Producer at GMTV. Prior to that, she won a scholarship for a Master’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago, before a stint as a Washington Correspondent for several small US TV stations. Her experience gives her a deep understanding of both what media businesses need and what talent can offer.
Jay Johnson is a Professor at the University of Indianapolis and CEO of a Global Digital Communications and performance marketing business. Jay is a leading Fortune 500 digital marketing strategist.
He is on the board of multiple educational institutions and was instrumental in driving the National IndyStar program. An initiative in the US focusing upon increasing literacy within the school system.
Gail Cohen has had an eclectic career spanning film, education, retail, recruitment, and the environment across the public, private, and not for profit sectors. Although she thought she wanted to be an actress, she soon discovered her talents surprisingly lay in the business arena developing brands and leading organisations – working for the BFI, Cartier, World Skills and most recently, as Director General of the Gift Card & Voucher Association. She spent 12 years as Chair the Young Actors Theatre Islington, where the aim was to ‘dramatically change young people's lives’. She considers being able to use her skills and drive to support young disadvantaged people to be a privilege.
Liz Cartwright is a young filmmaker who graduated from the University of Gloucestershire in 2021. Her two university short films won ‘Best Comedy’ and ‘Best Drama’ at the West of England RTS Student Awards, where she also received a Craft Writing Award. Since graduation, Liz has worked in the industry undertaking a variety of roles including as a Production Secretary on the ITV Drama ‘Stonehouse’ and as a Set PA on the feature film ‘One Life’ starring Anthony Hopkins.
Liz has also worked as a festival coordinator for The Graddies festival since it began in 2021. She is involved in the organisation of the festival and liaising with the students who want to be involved. Liz spends her spare time writing short scripts and hopes to turn some of these into short films in the near future.