Abbie Cooke

Inspiring Speaker

I deliver our dynamic training courses, workshops and events.

I’m constantly developing my passion for enterprise, leadership and creativity – and for making a difference in the community.

I work with companies and charities of all sizes in a wide range of business sectors. I will help your organisation transform. I will inspire, motivate and train your team and will help you find creative solutions to enhance your brand.

 

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Experience

I’m an award-winning speaker, sculptor and social entrepreneur. I have a degree in the History of Art and Design from the Manchester School of Art (MMU), a CIM diploma in Marketing, a City and Guild School of Art Diploma in woodcarving and gilding and an MSc in Entrepreneurship with distinction from Birmingham City University. I also went to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and became a captain in the Territorial Army’s Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry and the TA Media Ops Group. More recently, I embraced the aspiring chief executive course at the University of London’s Cass Business School Centre for Charity Effectiveness. Early in my career, I worked in marketing financial services at PwC in Manchester and Moore Stephens, leading accountants to the shipping industry. Here I rediscovered my interest in maritime art and pursued my passion, to become Britain’s only ships’ figurehead carver, which led to a position as artist-in-residence / ships’ carver onboard London’s museum battleship cruiser HMS Belfast. I went on to launch my own international art agency business and became Britain’s largest supplier of artwork for Cunard’s prestigious Queen Mary 2. I later set up a professional speakers bureau. My clients ranged from ITV and DeVere Hotel Group to Borough Councils and Universities. In 2009  I embarked upon a European Tour with the Institute for Management Studies delivering one-day training events in London, Edinburgh, Brussels and Amsterdam. I also enjoyed curating and organising art exhibitions and worked with BT Wholesale to promote the work of highly talented disabled artists with exhibitions and presentations at BT, NYK Shipping, N-Power and the British Paralympic Association. In 2005 I co-founded Gig-Arts that became a registered charity in 2013. The charity inspires young and disadvantaged people who love the arts to create social change. I was honoured to win two awards for the founding of Gig-Arts –UK Business School Student of the Year for Corporate Social Responsibility and a British Female Inventor Innovator of the Year award.