Guest Speakers

  • Sheryl Newman

    Sheryl Newman

    Director, Appetite For Business

  • Suzanne Trew

    Suzanne Trew

    Consulting Director, The Clarity Zone

    "Now more than ever, we need more entrepreneurs building companies that address society’s biggest needs. 

    Technology developers will be the ones that reimagine the energy sector and create a more sustainable future.

    Expertise and support are both essential to enable these individuals and their teams to thrive. 

    It is wonderful, therefore, that TechX provide unique world class programmes that provide practical, accessible help for every stage of the journey. 

    It is a privilege to be a panellist for TechX.”

  • Elaine Galston

    Elaine Galston

    CEO, Tubular Sciences

    “Female entrepreneurs can often have demands very different to their male counterparts. These demands can sometimes limit their ability to develop their ideas and businesses and few programmes have, to date, addressed these concerns directly. 

    The new TechX programme will help develop the amazing female talent that exists in the North East of Scotland’s Energy sector.

    I’m very pleased to be playing an active part in their journey as panellist and mentor.”

  • Deborah O’Neil

    Deborah O’Neil OBE

    CEO, Novabiotics

    “I think the new TechX initiative is a fantastic opportunity for female entrepreneurs that are looking for a flexible but high impact support offering to build on their idea and get their business moving.

    All too often entrepreneurial support offerings don’t cater for the challenges faced by many female entrepreneurs, however TechX looks like it is going to change that for the Energy sector and the North East of Scotland.

    I’m delighted to support the TechX programme as a mentor.”

  • Jeanette Forbes OBE

    Jeanette Forbes OBE

    CEO, Blue Gentoo

    “Now, more than ever we need innovative ways of working if the world is to look through a new window of net zero. 

    After a lifetime in technology it is now my time to put something back into a sector that has provided me with the capability and potential to realise my ambition. 

    Diversity and inclusion will be the bedrock of the new era of female entrepreneurs and I’m delighted to support the new TechX initiative as a mentor.”

  • Kristina Beadle

    Kristina Beadle

    Carbon Research Analyst, Wood Mackenzie

    Kristina currently works in Wood Mackenzie’s Carbon Research team. In this role she researches and analyses greenhouse gas emissions from the Upstream and Downstream oil and gas sectors. Prior to joining the Carbon Research team she was part of Wood Mackenzie’s EMEARC Upstream Consulting team, working on a variety of projects including exploration focussed projects, carbon emission studies, market analysis and portfolio benchmarking. Before joining consulting, Kristina spent three years working within the Wood Mackenzie Subsurface team.

    Kristina is a graduate of the University of St Andrews with a BSc in Geology, and the University of Aberdeen with an MSc in Integrated Petroleum Geosciences.


  • Jenny MacDonald

    Jenny MacDonald

    Sector Development and Skills Planning Manager, Skills Development Scotland

    Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland’s national skills body. Jenny is the Sector Development & Skills Planning Manager for O&G energy transition and has recently supported the development of the Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan for Scotland.  She is working with partners nationally to ensure the industry has access to the right skills, at the right time, in high performing, fair and equal workplaces to drive forward Scotland’s net zero ambitions.

  • Alison Gray

    Alison Gray

    Founder of Skillfluence

    Alison is the founder of Skillfluence, a company with the mission to support the advancement of scientific discovery and the impact and commercialisation of research. She is an expert training designer, facilitator and speaker specialising in the business skills and professional attributes of successful scientists, researchers and technical specialists.

    Alison has extensive experience in lean start-up approaches and executive coaching; working with spinouts and start-ups in scientific and tech fields. She presents at international conferences, hosts entrepreneurial classes for start-ups and facilitates innovation workshops for Universities, Innovation Centres and entrepreneurs. 

    While living in the San Francisco Bay area Alison studied cutting edge Training Design at UC Berkeley, Strategic Agility at the American Management Association and Lean Startup methodology at Stanford University.