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AUB Creative Futures Fest: AUB Human Careers Day


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This year’s Creative Futures Fest features industry experts from across a wide range of creative industries, including fashion, publishing, television and arts sectors.

The AUB Human Careers Day explores how to build a career within a range of socially, ethically or sustainably driven companies and charities. Speakers will share examples of their work, discuss their values and give advice on ethical and sustainable practices. As well as sharing tips on how to prepare for building a career within organisations that have a positive impact on society and the planet, the event will also highlight opportunities for innovation spotting and building positive change from within any business.


Time Event Tickets


Building your career in Culture, Heritage and The Arts


Idea Lab! Use your creativity to solve real challenges


Building a career in sustainable fashion with Mother of Pearl


Minute Works - What it takes to work at a truly ethical design agency


Creativity for good in the charity sector with Movember


Design for good, Humanising digital experiences with AUB Alumna


Creating positive change for good with Cultivate LDN


Building a Career in an ethically driven creative agency - Nice & Serious

About the speakers and events

Speakers: Leigh Hayler

In this session, you'll have to chance to hear about how the council is involved in Arts, Culture and Heritage locally. You'll gain an insight into different roles within arts, culture and heritage at local government level and find out how you could carve a career in this area.

Leigh is a Senior Business Support Officer for BCP Council and the Arts by the Sea Festival Engagement Officer. Her role involves overseeing engagement between festival artists and local schools and organisations, running the volunteer programme, partnership working, funding bids and all festival administration. She is an Equality Champion for BCP Council and is keen to see diversity represented in the arts.

Leigh was born in Bournemouth and has always worked for the council previously within finance, regulatory services and housing. She is pleased to be in a role that brings together people through culture and creativity.

Poole Museum are looking for innovative ways to engage different community groups in the activities at Poole Museum.

Take part in this fun day when you’ll work in teams to solve real life challenges that face this much-loved local museum. At the end of the day, teams will pitch their ideas to the Programming team.

A great opportunity to develop your team working and problem-solving skills and network with the BCP Culture team – a great addition to your CV!

Speakers: Amy Powney

Fashion Designer, Amy Powney will talk about her career and how she moved Mother of Pearl to become a leading sustainable fashion Brand.

Mother of Pearl is a luxury sustainable womenswear brand that celebrates individuality, authenticity and sustainability. Their design mantra is classic, but never boring.

Founded in 2002 they make fashion with wit, heart and conscience - contemporary design with attitude that doesn’t cost the earth. In just 13 years, Amy Powney has gone from sweeping the cutting-room floor at Mother of Pearl to taking the helm as its Creative Director. Sustainability has been a life-long passion for Amy and she’s been on a mission for Mother of Pearl to reduce its impact on the planet. Her sustainable fashion collections have been shown at London Fashion Week and Copenhagen Fashion Week and are stocked by prestigious global retailers including Net-a-Porter, Harrods, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Goop.

Speakers: Dominic Latham and Jimmy Edmondson

Dominic and Jimmy will be talking about their work and the importance of being true to your own principles. In addition, they will speak about their transparent cost and 10% profit to good causes model.

Their honest graphic design practice allows them to offer a service that’s well-suited to crowd-funded campaigns, cultural institutions, non-governmental organisations, social enterprises, and start-ups.

They make projects with people who share the same ambition: a democratic, equitable, sustainable society. No compromises. A sense of shared responsibility underpins all aspects of their practice.

Established in 2014, at the time of writing they had devoted 2,588 days, 12 hours, and 10 minutes to graphic design for good. During this period, they’ve created: activist-led campaigns for international NGOs, guides to riot control weapons and safe documentation of use of force violations, and even a cookbook containing home-made recipes shared by migrant women.

Making projects that position other organisations to communicate positive change is good. Can creative agencies do more? They think so. That’s why they donate 10% of their profit to non-profit organisations, disclose transparent costs—including our pay—and rates, and publish an annual Client Disclosure Report.

Speakers: Helena Jennison and Ronnie O'Grady

Movember, is the world’s largest men’s health organisation dedicated to changing the face of men’s health. The Movember team will talk about their careers and moving to work in charities. They’ll also talk about Movember’s work and how to break into this exciting sector.

Ronnie is the Community Fundraising Manager for Education at Movember and has been a part of the Movember team since 2014. She has progressed through several roles within the organisation and has spent the past four years managing the Education sector.

Helena is the Marketing Director for Movember and has worked at Movember since 2015, leading the development of global marketing campaigns for the charity, raising both awareness and funds.

Speaker: Isobel Fiske

Isobel is a Graphic Design Alumna and is currently a junior designer at Battenhall in London where they set aside 20% of time for side projects in order to cultivate a culture of innovation. Isobel will talk about the benefits of volunteering and how she is using her 20% time to volunteer with FutureDotNow to address the growing digital skills gap in the UK.

During her studies, Isobel used human-centred design practices to explore how design can strategically be used to understand and better community experiences with the digital world. Her curiosity for people-centred problem finding and solving has led her to helping transition a youth group to be online during lockdown; achieving the inaugural Writer's Award for her dissertation exploring the social and cultural effect of the politicisation of type, and being enrolled in the first Creative Conscience summer school. At the end of her final year she led efforts that successfully launched AUB’s first virtual graduate showcase, seeing innovation in how industry engages with a graduating cohort and experiences their work.  

Speaker: Anna Richell

Anna will talk about the work she has done to build change from within business to bring about positive change for good. In addition, she will discuss the importance of knowing what you personally stand for and empowering others.

Anna is an innovation strategist, product designer, and design-thinking coach. She has over 20 years of experience working with individuals and global organisations, across a broad range of sectors including government, telecoms, healthcare, the creative industries and education. These organisations include Yamaha, Nokia, The Design Council, the NHS and Dyson, to name a few.

Her expertise lies in the development of human-centred products and services, and innovation programmes that use strategic design to bring people together and create a powerful force for change and transformation.

With a personal interest in sustainability and the role of innovation for social good, Anna focuses on delivering initiatives that make a difference to the world by benefiting both business and society. 

She is currently working with Projects by If, a small London studio, on an initiative to empower organisations to use data responsibly.

Speaker: Tom Tapper

In this session Tom will give an overview of his career, he’ll talk about Nice & Serious, their work, and what it means to function as a B-Corp.

Tom is the Co-Founder and CEO of Nice and Serious, a B-Corp certified agency that makes creative work the world needs. Since 2008, he's worked with hundreds of international charities and brands to creatively communicate the positive impact they're having on the world.

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