Speaker Profiles

Charles Cecil

  CEO, Revolution Games Software Back
Charles Cecil

Profile

Charles has been a key figure in the interactive entertainment industry for 25 years.  In 1982 he started writing adventure games for the publisher Artic Computing.  After working as development manager for US Gold and then Activision, he set up Revolution Software in 1990.  Revolution quickly established itself as Europe's leading adventure game developer with a string of successful titles including Lure of the Temptress (1992) and Beneath a Steel Sky (1994) which went straight to number one in the GALLUP charts.  The next titles, Broken Sword — shadow of the Templars (1996) and its sequel Broken Sword 2 — the smoking mirror (1997) both received awards as the best adventure of the year, and the best adventure to date.  Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon (2003) was nominated for three BAFTA awards.  Broken Sword: The Angel of Death, released in Europe in September 2006, shot to number one in the UK PC charts.  Charles has a particular interest in the narrative and aesthetic aspects of interactive entertainment and how this medium will develop with advancing technology.  He was awarded the status of ‘industry legend’ by Develop, Europe's leading development magazine.


Sir John Chisholm

  Chairman, QinetiQ Group plc Back
Sir John Chisholm

Profile

Sir John started his career as a graduate apprentice with General Motors before joining Scicon Ltd, the computing consultancy arm of BP. In 1979 he formed the start-up CAP Scientific Ltd, which brought systems technology from the software world into the field of major electronic systems. Following a series of acquisitions it merged with French group Sema Metra SA to become Sema Group plc in which John was UK Managing Director. In 1991 he was asked by the UK Government to bring together the UK Defence Research Establishments to form a new commercial organisation which became the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency. Following substantial reorganization this became a 12000 strong science based organisation serving several thousand clients earning revenues of £1 billion and profits of £40 million. In 1999 the government agreed to a plan to privatize the Agency and in 2001 nearly three quarters of DERA was vested in QinetiQ Group plc of which Sir John was first Chief Executive and in 2005 became Chairman. Sir John is also the Chairman of the Medical Research Council and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Engineering and Technology.


Stuart Cosgrove

  Head of Nations & Regions, Channel 4 & NESTA Trustee Back
Stuart Cosgrove

Profile

Stuart joined Channel 4 in April 1994 as Commissioning Editor for Independent Film and Video.  Under his leadership, Independent Film and Video won numerous international awards for its controversial dramas and documentaries.  In 1996, Stuart was promoted to Controller of Arts and Entertainment, originating and commissioning many successful and memorable entertainment shows.  He made his name as a cultural critic, working as media editor at NME and contributing to The Face, The Guardian and The Observer.  He was a regular presenter of the BBC2 flagship arts programme, The Late Show.  His cult radio series, On The Ball, is Scotland's most popular radio show.  It has won two Sony Awards.  Stuart is also a Director of BT (Scotland).


Sherry Coutu

  Serial Entrepreneur & NESTA Trustee Back
Sherry Coutu

Profile

Sherry is a non-executive director at RM Plc; New Energy Finance Limited; and The Library House Limited.  Her interests include investing in, and advising early-stage companies.  In her most recent executive post, Sherry was founder and chair of Interactive Investor, a software company serving the financial services industry.  Prior to this, she had executive roles with Accenture, Coopers & Lybrand Deloitte, the LEK Partnership and ISI Emerging Markets Ltd.  She is also a trustee of the Venture Partnership Foundation, vice chair of the Prince's Trust Business Technology Leadership Group, a member of Cambridge University Development Committee, and is on the Harvard Business School European Advisory Council.  Sherry is a Trustee of NESTA.