Meet the team.

Sam Warner
Sam Warner

Licencee & Lead Organiser

Sam Warner has enjoyed organising events for decades. She uses her people skills and project management background to bring together groups of people for the betterment of human knowledge and experience.  Putting on TEDxTelford is an extension of this desire to inform and entertain.

Sam runs her own business training others to improve their communication skills and helps adults with Autism, and their family, co-workers and friends by offering an interpreting service.

Abi Hopkins
Abi Hopkins


You will usually find me behind the camera as I love to take photographs of life as it unfolds before me.  I love to take those natural shots of people when they are relaxed and unaware of the camera.  I want to capture life as I see it, almost like capturing a memory in your minds eye.
I love collaborations with others and celebrating the beauty of diversity by seeking out the very best in people so if you also like to collaborate and skill-swap / share experiences, please feel free to contact me.
I’m available for creative photo-shoots, family gatherings and parties, weddings and professional business pictures but would happily discuss other areas.  To date, I have helped friends out with photos of their new products for their websites, captured christenings weddings and end of life blessings, fun fashion shoots and celebrated with sports clubs at their annual awards ceremonies.

Lindsay Thorburn
Lindsay Thorburn

Co-organiser - Operations

Lindsay joined the Military in 1999 and has spent his entire career to date specialising in Communication System Engineering. He has a firm grounding in RF, Satcom and Wide Area Networks, and has very recently moved into the world of Active Directory. His currently area of expertise is in the development of Multi-National Interoperability between the UK’s operational and tactical military systems and those of several other nations.

Languages: English, Python, and Java.

Areas of Expertise: Networks, RF, Satellite Communications, Knowledge Management, Leadership.

Universities: Bournemouth University
Cranfield University

Talk to me about
Federation of complex communications networks across partner nations to achieve military effects. Cycling.

People don’t know I’m good at
Road cycling, mountain biking, running, horse riding, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, photography, map reading, hill walking, being under pressure, and taking on too many tasks at once!

Sagonia Pannu
Sagonia Pannu

Co-Organiser & Designer

As a head designer, Sagonia has been responsible for maintaining the quality and consistency of the TEDx brand, managing the website and creating visual designs for this years theme.

Sagonia is the founder of VeroDesign ltd, a branding studio based in Cannock, Staffordshire. She helps ethical business owners achieve brand clarity through effective brand facilitation, user discovery and premium design.
She has been working in the creative industry for over 7 years and is passionate about designing bespoke logos, identity systems and marketing materials that created keeping an ideal customer in mind.

Claire Mckeown
Claire Mckeown

Co-Organiser & Sponsorship Coordinator

Claire is a professional Mindset and Empowerment Coach, fully qualified Hypnotherapist, NLP expert, and LOA Trainer.

She runs a professional Hypnotherapy practice in Telford where she works across all areas of life whether it be social, personal, work or relationship related she has developed a unique programme using hypnotherapy, NLP, and coaching techniques to help people achieve results quickly and effectively.

Claire has spent most of her professional life working in education and management with many years devoted to training, mentoring, developing people and managing staff. She is a fully qualified trainer, coach, facilitator and mediator. She has also consulted at some of the top educational colleges and training providers across the UK.
Her advanced skills and knowledge in education have enabled her to become a great coach and mentor to her clients and other people in her field of expertise.
Her passion is helping people, many who have had traumatic experiences, to remove unwanted patterns of behaviour, let go of the past, overcome obstacles and move forward.
Her mission is to empower people to believe in themselves and take control to live their best life.

She now works across the globe with clients young and old, from all walks of life, to get them spectacular long term results.
Over the last seven years she has supported hundreds of clients to gain control of their life, whether it’s losing weight, taking control of those panic attacks, passing exams or lifting symptoms of anxiety and depression. Claire recognises that we are all very unique and one approach does not always fit, so she will spend her time building a programme specific to the needs of her client.
Claire also runs workshops and courses within schools and organisations teaching different strategies to manage stress in the workplace, communication skills, motivation and how to manage staff.

She often gets asked to do talks to many different business groups across the West Midlands.
She is fully a registered member of the General Hypnotherapy Register, (GHR) and the General Hypnotherapy Standards Council (GHSC) and is therefore subject to their very strict code of ethics. She is also a member of the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and fully insured. Claire has many years’ experience working in the corporate world, is extremely professional and works to a strict code of professional standards.

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