The biggest search conference in the North of England. A free one-day event created to bring together the brightest and best of search. No sales pitches – just actionable advice in the UK’s SEO capital.



We have a fantastic line-up of speakers confirmed for this year’s conference. You will be learning from industry leading experts who will provide you with actionable SEO advice that can be applied to your business and your individual role.

We’ll be announcing additional speakers in the coming weeks so make sure you’re following us on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest SearchLeeds updates.

Jon Myers, Chief Growth Officer

Jon is an experienced Digital leader with 19+ years’ experience, a dedication for which he was named Search Personality of the Year at the 2017 UK Search Awards. His diverse background includes SEO, PPC, Display, and Paid Social across large agencies, publisher-side with Yahoo, and more recently the Ad Technology space as VP and MD EMEA of Marin Software before joining DeepCrawl as Chief Growth Officer. Jon is active in the Search community, and most likely found charming audiences at conferences around the world, whether speaking, moderating, judging awards or sharing knowledge with the community.

Hannah Smith, Head of Creative
Verve Search

Hannah spent 7 years working in offline marketing (they just called it ‘marketing’ back then) until her fairy godmother told her that the internet was the future. Not one to ignore such sage advice, she made the switch to online in 2007. By day she’s Head of Creative at Verve Search, and by night she dreams of owning a book shop.

Stephen Kenwright, Strategy Director

Stephen is Strategy Director at St. Ives Group-owned Branded3 – the Best Large SEO Agency in the UK (according to the 2017 judges of the UK Search Awards), and is responsible for owned media, including search and analytics.  Stephen has presented at more than 100 industry events since joining Branded3 in 2012 and now organises the SearchLeeds conference, hosting hundreds of marketers from around Europe every year.

Lexi Mills, Managing Director

Lexi is a multi-award winning digital marketing expert, specialising in integrating PR and SEO at both a strategic and tactical level. Her research work focuses on the opportunities, ethics and risks of machine learning and AI within the sector of internet search. She combines technical search algorithm knowledge and psychology to create data-driven measurable communications strategies that maximise influence on human behaviour.

Fili Wiese, SEO Expert

Fili Wiese is a renowned technical SEO expert, ex-Google engineer and was a senior technical lead in the Google Search Quality team. At he offers SEO consulting services with SEO audits, SEO workshops and successfully recovers websites from Google penalties.

Jill Quick, Founder
The Coloring in Department

Jill has been working in digital marketing since 2003 and is the Co Founder of The Coloring in Department. A professional digital marketing trainer who has taught thousands of people, across hundreds of companies, ranging from startup founders, SMEs to Fortune 500 Brands. Unfiltered, down to earth, with a goal to explain analytics and digital marketing concepts in a clear and digestible format. She has a knack in creating guided, practical, step-by-step, paint-by-numbers style templates to get you where you need to be, faster.

Bastian Grimm, Director Organic Search
Peak Ace

Bastian Grimm is Director Organic Search at Peak Ace and a renowned expert for large scale, international SEO. Having a background in software development and more than 15 years of experience in online marketing, Bastian still hugely enjoys all aspects of technical SEO. Peak Ace is an award winning, Berlin-based full service performance marketing agency with a strong focus on “all things search” serving clients in more than 20 different languages. Prior to running his own companies, he set up and trained in-house SEO teams for brands like Fox Mobile Group and oversaw their SEO activities in 25+ countries and for 100+ websites.

Andraz Stalec, Founder
Red Orbit

Andraž Štalec is the CEO and Co-founder of Red Orbit, the leading digital performance agency in Adriatic region. Data, analytics and performance run through his veins. He is also a European search awards judge, Google certified trainer and a regular speaker at major international digital marketing events.

Dawn Anderson, International SEO Consultant
Move It Marketing

Besides being an international SEO Consultant and Search Strategist with a love of technical SEO with her agency Move It Marketing, Dawn is also a trainer and lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University. Over the past decade or so she has worked with industry leading brands and startups on SEO campaigns across fashion, luxury, legal, auto, travel, finance, telecoms, insurance and gambling.

Jasper Bell, Head of Commerce

Jasper brings twenty years of experience gained both agency and client side across digital marketing, strategy and commerce. He’s responsible for Amaze’s Commerce proposition and consulting activity across new and existing clients. Jasper has worked agency side at Modem Media, Redwood, Ogilvy and Glue, on brands such as GM, Hasbro and Unilever and client side heading up the Energy Saving Trust’s digital team and within Barclaycard managing a range of eCommerce channels. Jasper is a regular contributor to Amaze’s thought leadership agenda and speaks on a range of subject at events.

Claire Robinson, Strategy Director

Claire brings 12 years’ digital marketing and consultancy experience to the table, having worked on big brands and transformation programmes across financial services, FMCG, travel, utilities, healthcare, broadcasters & not-for-profits. Obsessed by technology, Claire’s passions are behavioural science and artificial intelligence, which she brings to life through her work – driving the innovation agenda for her clients at Realise.

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