Inspirational industry speakers impart wisdom to students

A poster that says USE YOUR VOICE, featuring images of speakers

Article by: David Millett

Publication date:

Ravensbourne is excited to launch a new series of ‘Rave Lates’ - events for students that will inspire and empower them on their journeys to enter the creative industries.

Open to all our undergraduate students, the first events in the series will be held every two weeks throughout October and November.

Each evening consists of four 15-minute insight talks from a thought leader or industry practitioner, followed by drinks, a panel discussion, and opportunities for student questions.

Many of the speakers are emerging young professionals to look out for – including our own alumni.


shot on the night

A packed auditorium with Rave Lates displayed on stage

The first event, featuring full-house attendance, was held to great success on Thursday 5 October. Entitled ‘Use Your Voice’, the theme was about how people’s individuality can be their superpower.

“When you combine different people with different ideas, you get wonderful things,” said speaker Louis Persent, a Ravensbourne alumnus who runs his own creative agency, Weirdo.

He spoke about how he built up his agency’s reputation, attracting major clients like Arsenal Football Club.


The students heard three other inspiring talks from Liy Grant, Creative at Mother; film director Stephanie Boateng; and Ace Reule, an actor who runs Creative Bionics, which develops specialised equipment for live-action creature performances.

Strong links with industry are hugely important to Ravensbourne’s offering. Our students can look forward to our future talks in the series on 19 October, 2, 16, 30 November, and beyond.

Speaking at the event, Derek Yates, head of Ravensbourne’s in-house creative agency Creative Lab, said: “Tonight is about provocation, it’s about insight, it’s about understanding. Use this room. This room will get you work. This room will give you the contacts you need to get into work.”