Richelle Schuster

Richelle’s career in business transformation and innovation has focused on tackling the toughest commercial challenges for businesses at all stages – start-ups, scale-ups and the reinvention of established businesses. She has designed and delivered national business programmes, led a growth consultancy practice for a professional services firm and now as Head of Innovation at Leeds …

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Bill Henry

In 2015 Bill retired as a partner of PwC where he led the Risk Assurance practice for the North of England. Having also been a partner coach in the firm he now operates as a qualified independent executive coach. In addition, he is a non-executive director and a trustee of a large multi-academy trust whose …

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Susanna Lawson

Susanna Lawson worked in the health and social care sector and witnessed huge inefficiencies in the training delivery models which drove her to develop OneFile, the leading e-portfolio software in the education sector. Susanna is also the overall winner of The Forward Ladies National Awards 2017.

Lara Oyesanya

Currently UK Counsel and Director, Legal at Klarna Bank AB. A law graduate, she has worked for several organisations including senior legal counsel at Barclays, BAE Systems and legal director at HBOS. She is an executive director of Plan International UK and an Aspiring Solicitors ambassador.

Jo Fairley

Despite only having 6 ‘O’ Levels to my name, I have edited two magazines (I was the UK’s youngest-ever magazine editor), and gone on to found the UK’s ‘coolest food brand’, Green & Black’s Chocolate (as recognised in the Coolbrands Survey for the 11 consecutive years). Today I travel the world, passionately sharing the rollercoaster …

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Richard Carter

Richard John Carter was born in Wakefield, United Kingdom, in 1962. He studied Economics and Business Administration at the Manchester Business School, United Kingdom, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden, Fachhochschule Reutlingen, Germany and Middlesex University, United Kingdom. Richard began his career at Bayer in Germany and then moved to Taiwan. He then moved to BASF …

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Linda Plant

Linda built her career from humble beginnings to become one of Britain’s most successful entrepreneurs. After leaving school at sixteen she sold fashion from a Leeds market stall, before launching her international fashion brand, Honeysuckle. Later becoming one of the first women to head a fashion company flotation on the London Stock Market. Known as …

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Ian Stuart

Ian has over 35 years of experience in the banking industry across several financial institutions and has held several senior leadership roles, most recently at HSBC. In his current role, Ian leads HSBC in the UK with over 38,000 people, covering Corporate and Business Banking, Retail Banking and Private Bank including all associated product lines. …

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Sahar Hashemi

A former lawyer, Sahar Hashemi founded Coffee Republic, the UK’s first US-style coffee bar chain with her brother and built it into one of the UK’s most recognised high street brands with 110 bars and a turnover of £30m.  She left the day-to-day management of Coffee Republic in 2001 and published a bestselling book, Anyone …

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Kavita Oberoi

Kavita Oberoi is one of the UK’s most highly regarded successful entrepreneurs and social philanthropists, with a multi-million-pound business portfolio. In 2009 she was named in a Bank of Scotland report as one of Britain’s 100 most entrepreneurial women and in 2014 awarded an OBE for services to entrepreneurship and start-up businesses. In 2012 Kavita …

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