I’m Maya. I’m 29.

Home is the Ribble Valley in the North West of England where I grew up and recently moved back to, via 2 years in Lancaster, a year in Paris, 3 years in London and 2 years in Manchester.

Day job: Head of Programmes and Partnerships, The Landing @ MediaCityUK (Salford / Manchester).
Most days I’m based at The Landing in MediaCityUK, leading the development of advice and support programmes for SMEs in Greater Manchester. The Landing is a technology enterprise hub supporting growth in over 300 Technology, Digital & Creative Start-ups, Scale-ups & SMEs every year. We provide office space, co-working, UX labs, Maker labs, events, incubator business support and community.

Other things I’m currently doing:
(If I don’t reply to emails straight away, I apologise; this is why…)
Studying part time for the Lancaster MBA (Master of Business Administration).
National Board Trustee and Local Volunteer at UK Girlguiding.
Board Director at The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster.
Non-Exec Director at technology hardware / software/ IoT start-up HE Inventions.
Advisory board for Lancaster University School of Computing.
Mentor, Speaker Curator and Future 50 List at Northern Power Women.
Public speaking, mainly with Tech North’s Northern Voices.
Singing with Preston Opera.
Writing for #Blog52 (and anyone else who wants me to).
Playing with some new product ideas.
Also learning: to sail, accountancy, to get healthy, to crochet. And planning a wedding…

I do a lot of talking at the moment. Places I have / will be speaking include:
Manchester Female Entrepreneurs (on support women entrepreneurs)
IPPR North: State of the North (on inclusive growth of economies)
Immerse UK Industrial Strategy and Immersive Tech (VR/AR) Rountable (on opportunities and investment for VR / AR companies in the North West)
OBI’s Manchester – A Digital Future (on clusters and MediaCityUK)
Insider Media’s Business of Property Conference 2017 (on tech clusters, communities and finding talent)
Common Purpose Leadership Development Programme 2017 (on Innovation in Manchester)
Northern Powerhouse / UK Digital Strategy roundtable with George Osbourne

How I work: I mainly work from Manchester, sometimes from home (Ribble Valley (north of Manchester)), and am regularly in London. I’m getting better at working remotely from abroad so I can fit in some exploring.

Things I care about: Northern England, rural connectivity, opportunities especially for young people, equality and breaking systems that don’t work for everyone, using details to catalyse great ideas and return strong commercial and social impact, new ways of working (flexible / remote / organisation design), championing bravery.
Also people, family, joy, nature and guinea pigs.

Things I love:  Singing (opera, musicals), reading (business non-fiction, social histories, classic novels, personal blogs, FT Weekend, The Muse), writing, impressionist art, farmhouse renovation, travel (next up India, South Africa), fitness (yoga, skiing, hiking), personal finance, Smart everything (big data, Internet of things, AI).

My background is in magazine publishing, product development, digital marketing and the arts. I have a BA in English Literature and French, an MA in Magazine Journalism, I lived in Paris for a year, teaching English in a French high school, I did marketing at The Dukes Playhouse in Lancaster, and later made things work at Hearst Magazines UK.


The earlier bits here are my public record of my time on my year abroad in Paris. Then it became a collection of work for my MA. Now it’s for things I’ve learnt that I think might be useful to others.

This started in Paris. I don’t know where it will end :)

Email me: mayadibley ‘at’ gmail.com

Don’t we all want to be strong, vulnerable, happy and scared all at the same time?  To never figure it out? And, just maybe – to be okay with that?Julia Allison, Marie Claire (UK Edition), April 2008.