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More than 100 local business people attended the recent Gatwick Diamond Skills Summit 2019 to discover how digital technology is transforming the way we work. 


The continued and rapid development of technology tools has had a significant impact on the way we do business and the growth of digital technology won't be slowing down.

Automation, cloud-based technologies, machine learning and augmented reality are the next generation of tools being adopted - do we have the knowledge and skills to embrace them in the Gatwick Diamond? 

At the event, delegates heard from Google, Roffey Park, ExxonMobil and other experts.  There was also an opportunity to try out the latest Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality kit and enjoy some great networking over lunch.

The event was devised and organised by Prowse & Co. Ltd.


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Rosemary is chairing this event.  She leads the area's business-led economic partnership  to drive economic growth across East Surrey and West Sussex. 

Rosemary French OBE

Executive Director 


Joanne brings people and places together through her company Prowse & Co Ltd - a successful marketing & events consultancy that works with locations and businesses globally.

Joanne Rogers

Managing Director

Speakers & Panelists

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Robert has worked alongside many blue‑chip organisations developing board and senior leadership teams.  He will be speaking about the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and what next for humans at work. 

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Chief Executive



Stuart is responsible for all communications, government relations, media and community affairs activity undertaken by ExxonMobil in the UK and Ireland, 

Stuart Testar
UK & Ireland Public & Government Affairs Manager


Paul Rolfe Group MD Commercial Marketing

Paul is a Group Director at the Chichester College Group. He holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Portsmouth and is an accredited IT Fellow as well as a Chartered IT Professional of the British Computer Society (BCS). 

Paul Rolfe
Group Director Commercial, Marketing, Sales & Public Affairs,


Ian helps companies to thrive in the digital economy.  His experience ranges across transformational sales, strategic transformation and venture capital investing / fundraising in a range of commercial, strategic and CEO/COO roles.

Ian Hannah



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Jack worked at Accenture prior to starting his own consultancy & then joining 4D Data Centres.   He is a member of the TechUK Data Centre Council, representing small and medium-sized data centres in the UK & a member of the Magic Circle!

Jack Bedell-Pearce
Managing Director

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Anthony has lived and worked across the globe, including the US west coast and London. His professional focus is on sales strategy & transformation with experience in this area at Google & AT&T.

Anthony Dong

Strategy & Operations Lead


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Elaine is responsible for all HR activities undertaken by ExxonMobil in the UK in support of the company’s Fuels and Lubricants, Chemicals, Exploration, Development and Production businesses

Elaine Cole
HR Manager


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A scientist, educator and engineer, entrepreneur, marketer and strategist, Simon lives for challenging, complicated projects, and for finding solutions through clever, creative and disruptive technology.

Dr Simon Pringle



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Sandra Norval is a strategist and futurist working at the crossroads between sustainability and technology. Her interests include the transition we are now experiencing as the impacts of climate change collide with digital transformation, as they change the way we work and function.

Sandra Norval


Our thanks go to Joanna Webb of 3Rs Immersive who kindly agreed to provide demonstrations of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality during the lunchtime session.


Such technologies are increasingly being used to provide training and learning solutions to business challenges.   Delegates were able to try Virtual Reality experiences designed by Brighton-based leading-VR company MakeReal to fulfil real training needs and ask questions about what VR and AR is and how they can be most effectively used within a business environment.

Virtual Reality Device

Event Location:

Canon UK, Woodhatch, Reigate RH2 8BF 

Parking is available on-site


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Wherever we do business, we put our energies into improving the quality of life of our neighbours and their communities. We have always considered this an important part of our responsibility as a good corporate citizen.

ExxonMobil is among the top corporate supporters of the UK voluntary sector and supports community projects and initiatives around its major employment locations, focusing on:

Education: assisting with the teaching of science, technology and environmental education through the ExxonMobil Link Schools Program, the Sci-Tech Challenge and the Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Civic and community services: supporting activities that improve the quality of life for people in local communities.

Volunteering: Through its Volunteer Involvement Programme and School Governors Scheme, ExxonMobil provides cash grants to the organizations that its UK employees and families support as volunteers. The Day of Caring initiative gives employees the opportunity to volunteer their services to work on community projects on company time.

The Gatwick Diamond Initiative is a business-led partnership, run by people with proven commercial and economic development experience.   


With a focus on strategic issues, we partner with business leaders, business membership organisations, colleges and universities, local authorities, and government agencies to address the needs of the area to ensure it is a world-class place to live, work and do business.

Our aim is to grow the region's existing jobs base, attract new jobs and secure investments from companies that most closely match our industry strengths, whilst promoting the area as a great place for business.

As an established provider of professional training, Crawley College can help you to develop your workforce through a wide variety of flexible training and development programmes.

We offer training for business and for trade, whether it's statutory compliance training, one-day IT workshops, professional qualifications or work-based learning that your staff require.

Speak to one of our Skills Advisers who will carry out a free training needs analysis, enabling us to identify your skills gaps and recommend training programmes. We'll also search out any funding for training that you may be entitled to.

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Enjoy the video & images from the Gatwick Diamond Skills Summit 2018:  Diversity Brings Dividends