APDO Conference 2018

Conference Speakers – APDO 2018 – “Organising Matters”

Julia Blake

Plenary:  GDPR – Are you ready?

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Nine years ago, I started out on my mission to help business owners become more successful.  After having spent more than two decades (shhh!) in the software and banking industries and with a degree in International Business, I was ready to follow my passion to be a catalyst for growth – I had always wanted to run my own business but didn’t have a product – then I realised that my product was the well organised me!


I help business owners to grow their businesses by helping them put systems in place so they can make more of what they already have in their business.


I love being organised and feel proud that I have created a business around being just that – being a single Mum of 3 teenage boys, and a Border Terrier, I need to be organised – it’s great to feel organised in one area of life 😉

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Regina Wong

Workshop:  The What, Why and Not of Minimalism

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Regina Wong is passionate about minimalism and simple living. She writes a popular blog ‘Simple and Minimal’ on minimalism and simple living at LiveWellWithLess.com. Regina also runs her own inspired ventures, including Live Well With Less (LiveWellWithLess.com), which focuses on helping others live happier and fuller lives through minimalism and simplicity. She has also been featured in various publications on the topics of minimalism and simplicty. In addition, Regina also heads up The Minimalists Meet Up Group in London, which provides friendship and support to both aspiring and experienced minimalists through various events.

Like many others, Regina was on a success and consumption-driven journey in her previous life and found little joy and fulfilment. Minimalism has transformed her life and she believes it can transform yours too.

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Regina Wong

Shola Kaye

Workshop:  How to Survive and Thrive at Business Networking

Plenary:  How to write a Thriller of a Speech

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Shola Kaye is an international professional singer, a public speaking coach and author of the Amazon.com bestseller, How to be a D.I.V.A. at Public Speaking. She helps clients build their stage presence and create confident, exciting, stand-out talks. She also runs workshops for entrepreneurs and people in business.
Shola overcame shyness to become an award-winning public speaker and has contributed to Marie Claire, Metro, Prima Magazine and more. She graduated from Cambridge University and enjoys playing tennis and eating Thai food.

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Shola Kaye

Jo Cooke

Workshop:  Hoarding: Understanding how to do more good than harm

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Jo Cooke is Director of Hoarding Disorders UK CIC. She is an expert in decluttering and an accredited member of the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organizers (APDO). She has been running her own business, Tapioca Tidy, since 2013. Jo previously had a varied career in charitable organizations, human resources, project management, book-keeping and the civil service, but realized that she had a flair for decluttering and organizing when she had to sell the family home that her father had lived in for more than 30 years. She has a wealth of experience and skills that are required when working with hoarders and takes a responsible and empathetic approach to the needs of people from both areas of her work, clutterbugs and hoarders.

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Gail Gibson

Workshop: Declutter your business ideas – the key to staying focussed and achieving more

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Award-winning business performance coach Gail Gibson enables small businesses, through the teaching of effective tools, techniques and strategies, to discover ways to perform at their personal best, to make their dreams happen in life and business. Development of a Can Do or growth mindset is key to Gail’s coaching success. Through her coaching programmes Gail’s aim is to encourage a shift in thinking, with a key focus on accountability for sustained growth, which empowers small businesses to be brave, be bold, be remarkable and believe in themselves.

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Dr Stuart Whomsley

Plenary:  In conversation with Dr Stuart Whomsley, NHS Clinical Psychologist

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I am a clinical psychologist working in the NHS for 20 years, mostly with adults with psychological problems and have become an expert in helping those with a tendency to hoard. I have an interest in the interaction between people and their environment and in 2012 published a paper on “How to work with psychosis in a client’s own environment”. In 2015 I co-authored the British Psychological Society’s set of guidance on working with people with hoarding problems.

In 2016 I provided supervision and consultation to the programme “Britain’s Biggest Hoarders” that was shown on May 1st 2017 on Channel Four and I am often asked to join local radio discussions on the psychology behind clutter and hoarding.

Session facilitated by Caroline Rogers – APDO Member, roomtothink.net

Ruby McGuire

Workshop:  Supercharge Your Content (how to create content for your business without burning out)


Ruby McGuire, Visibility Diva, aka Queen of Connection is a visibility strategist working with solopreneurs to get connected, visible and profitable.

She teaches her clients how to connect with their passion, their dream clients and their message, helping them to overcome their doubts and fears, making sure the essentials are in place to launch and grow their businesses.

As a self-confessed introvert, Ruby understands what it’s like when you need to be more visible in your business, but it feels unnatural and uncomfortable. She wants everyone to go out, rock their visibility AND have a life outside of their business.



Phil Knox

Workshop:  The amazing communication device in your pocket


Phil Knox has been running Purple Flame Media for 17 years. As a cameraman and director, his work has taken him around the world, to war-torn areas such as Sudan and Rwanda; footage looking at girl’s education rights in Nepal and bee-keeping in Ethiopia. Closer to home, he regularly works with charities and corporate social responsibility departments, creating strong, story-led short films and campaigns.

As director of Purple Flame, he has been running training courses on a wide range of equipment and production skills – more recently enabling people to shoot and edit quality and compelling footage simply using smartphones.



Leslie Josel

Keynote:  Late Lost & Lagging Behind: Demystifying Executive Functions and ADHD


Leslie Josel is the owner of Order Out of Chaos. She is an academic/life coach, an award-winning author and acclaimed speaker. She is the creator of the Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management®, a planner that helps students develop and master time management skills, and the author of “What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management”, a parents guide to help teach their students the time management skills they need to succeed.

A respected resource on ADHD and Executive Functioning in students, Leslie writes a weekly column called “Dear Organizing Coach by Leslie Josel” for ADDitude Magazine, the premiere resource for adults and children with ADHD and LD.  Leslie is also a contributing writer for Family Circle magazine and writes about a wide variety of topics facing parents and their kids today.

She brought “Order Out of Chaos” to life from a very personal mission. Leslie is the mother of a time-and-organizationally-challenged teen who was diagnosed with ADHD. She founded the company 14 years ago with the goal of providing professional organizing, time management and coaching services; parent and family education, products and resources to families and their students to help them bring order out of chaos to their lives.

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