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About Imelda Bell

Imelda is one of the UK’s top photographers. She holds a Fellowship with the Master Photographers Association (MPA), as well as with the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (SWPP) and she is a Master Craftsman with the Guild of Photographers.

Her body of work “Faces of Cancer” which features in her book “Facing the Monster” won the “Best fellowship panel 2018” award with the MPA.

Her other awards include:

MPA London/Essex overall Photographer of the Year 2018

MPA London/Essex Portrait Photographer of the Year 2018

Guild of Photographers Top 5 International Portrait Photographer of the year 2018

2016 Contemporary Portraiture Photographer of the Year, also with the Guild.

About Imelda's presentation: What is a headshot?

A headshot is a modern portrait where the focus is on the person. The term is usually applied to a professional profile image on social media, the 'about us page' on a corporate website and for promotional pictures of actors, models, etc.

Headshots are also part of everyday social media and almost every online platform features a profile picture. This profile picture, whether on dating sites, social media or in the “about us” section on company websites is the first time many potential clients or companies representatives will see you, so first impression is vital. It can be the difference in whether somebody chooses to connect with you or not.

Photographer, Imelda Bell, will be talking about headshots and why good photography is so important to make your business stand out.

After her talk, Imelda will offer you the chance to have your headshot taken for just £20 with a percentage of the money going to Breast Cancer Kent, so why not update your headshot and get a smart new look for you business or social media and donate to a great cause too.

Please let us know in advance if you would like your photo taken on the night, so we can work out numbers, as slots will be limited. Thanks.


About Mike Cochrane

Mike is a Business Growth Expert, Problem Solver and a highly sought-after Motivational Speaker who has spent a total of thirty years in the automotive industry, twenty of which included building his own multi million pound businesses.·Mike’s primary business skills are in sales and marketing and leadership. His purpose now is to give people the proven tools, tactics and strategies, that when applied, produce awesome results instantly in both their personal and their business lives.

As a successful businessman and one of the first in the automotive industry to achieve Investors in People it came as little surprise when Scottish Enterprise approached Mike and asked him to become one of the first Business Mentors in Scotland to help the SME market grow and prosper. By agreeing to accept the position Mike broadened his experience in a wide range of business sectors which over the years has proven to be invaluable. Mike’s preference is to help people grow their business but he is also experienced in marketing and selling businesses as well as business turnaround. Mike is very much results driven and focuses on giving his clients the tools, tactics and strategies that when applied produce awesome results instantly.

Having started on the shop floor and earned the respect of those around him by coming up through the ranks to build his own multi million pound businesses he believes the key to success in any business starts and finishes by what happens in the boardroom which is why he is committed to help and support CEO’s, Managing Directors and Senior Management who are seriously looking to grow their business and optimise results. Apart from building his own businesses, Mike has also turned around many other businesses in different business sectors using his proven methodology. Mike helps his clients identify opportunities within their business that when developed and implemented increase sales, productivity, efficiency and profitability as well as invariably reducing stress and staff turnover.

Mike passionately believes that most businesses will never achieve their true potential until the CEO’s and Senior Management get the training, development and support that they so richly deserve and require to achieve their true potential. His thoughts are backed up by a recent survey which claimed that today only 14% of the British workforce are fully engaged in their job of work.

As an individual athlete, team player and captain of rugby, Mike maintains sport taught him how to be the best at whatever he turned his hand to, whether as an individual contributor, team player or as a business leader.·

Mike freely gives whatever time he can to Princes Trust as a Mentor and in his spare time he enjoys playing golf and tennis, fishing and shooting as well as watching football, rugby and motor racing.

Our event on Tuesday 19th March is from 6.15 to 8.30pm. The address is Enterprise England on the second floor of Maidstone House, King Street, Maidstone ME15 6AW.

On Tuesday 9th April. The time, as always, is 6.15 to 8.30pm. The address is Chilston Park Hotel, Sandway ME17 2BE.

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