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Mentor Sessions

Mentor Sessions


Looking for inspiration from an industry expert? A trailblazer? A leader making waves in their industry?

Mentor Sessions are completely FREE. To unlock a mentor session, you’ll need 40 credits from the Training Hub. Your credits will be reimbursed automatically.

To unlock a Mentor Session, make sure you’re logged in on your Apprentice Nation account.

Need to top up on credits? Head to the Training Hub to watch at least TWO sessions. Remember to fill out the Reactionnaires at the end of each session to get your credits!

Available Mentors


How to book a Mentor Session

Sessions are completely FREE. Your credits will be reimbursed automatically.

1 – Choose a Mentor

Not sure who to pick? Have a browse through mentors and their stories below.

2 – Choose between:

Hear the Story – Get inspired to Shape your Future! Hear your Mentor’s story, ask all your questions and get personalised advice to GO FAR.

Interview 101 – Have a go at answering some common interview questions and get some expert, industry-specific feedback and advice. Get your interview technique DOWN!

3 – Click below to UNLOCK and a member of the Apprentice Nation team will be in touch to arrange your session. Keep an eye on your emails! Can’t see the sign up button? Make sure you’re logged in.

Need to top up on credits? Head to the Training Hub to watch at least TWO sessions. Remember to fill out the Reactionnaires at the end of each session to get your credits!


Emily Barratt

Industry: Marketing | Fashion

Role: Brand Marketing Associate, Clarks Originals

Ask Emily about starting a career in marketing and brand strategy.

Emily works at the global shoe brand, Clarks Originals. She has 3 years’ experience in Marketing and has also spent a year in the Product Design Management team. In her current role as Brand Marketing Associate for Clarks Originals, she manages creative production for the brand, also working closely with the Head of Clarks Originals to determine the overall Brand strategy.


Stephen Bediako

Industry: Start-ups | Not-for-profit | Design

Roles: Social innovator, non-profit leader, board member

Talk to Stephen about start ups, fair wages, the future of work, careers in non-profit, living and working in USA

Stephen is an innovator, designer and evaluation expert. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Turning Basin Labs, a co-operative employment agency in the Bay Area, California. He is also  the founder of design agencies The Social Innovation Partnership (UK) and  Path Group (USA) and  has advised Nesta, Big Society Capital, Big Lottery Fund, Mayor’s Fund for London, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Marks and Spencer, among others. He is a Trustee for UnLtd and the Barbican Centre.


Mel Bezalel

Industry: TV | Production | Journalism

Roles: Director of Development, RDF Television

Ask Mel about TV development, TV production, journalism and writing

Mel is director of development at RDF Television, part of the Banijay group, creating new factual content for a range of platforms.

Mel has worked for RDF for six years; the company specialises in popular factual programming – everything from Eat Well For Less on BBC One to Secret Life of Four Year Olds on Channel 4, 12 Puppies and Us on BBC Two to Lodgers for Codgers on Channel 4.

Passionate about telling contemporary stories in unconventional or surprising ways – through comedians, social experiments, fun formats and high-profile voices who bring an audience to an issue that might otherwise get overlooked.

Beginning her career as a journalist, completing a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism at City University and freelancing for a range of papers and magazines, Mel made the move into TV 10 years ago – beginning as a researcher and primarily working in development. She’s worked at companies including: BBC Studios, Films of Record, Twenty Twenty and Me & You Productions.


Euan Blair

Industry: Tech | Start-ups

Role: Co-founder & CEO; Multiverse

Ask Euan about tech, startups, digital future, apprenticeships, football

Euan Blair is the Founder & CEO of Multiverse, a tech startup changing what’s possible in education and work. 

Multiverse is on a mission to create an outstanding alternative to university, and a radically better approach to corporate training. Multiverse focuses on three primary areas: measuring potential beyond academics to recruit apprentices, delivering world-class job-focused training via applied learning programs, and helping diverse groups of young people build social capital and strong networks through a thriving community both on and offline.

At the end of 2020, Multiverse secured the largest ever venture raise by a UK EdTech company and, over the past 12 months tripled the number of apprentices it trains to more than 2,000. In Europe Multiverse works with over 300 clients including Facebook, Morgan Stanley, KPMG, Kantar, Citi and Microsoft. The footprint in the US is rapidly growing, with equally impressive clients as partners.

Prior to founding Multiverse, Euan was the UK CEO of Sarina Russo Group, an employment and training provider with more than 1,500 staff worldwide and a turnover exceeding £100 million. Before that Euan, worked at Morgan Stanley and started his career working for the US Congress House of Rules and Homeland Security Committees in Washing DC.

Euan holds a BA in Ancient History from the University of Bristol and an MA in international Relations from Yale University. He is a long suffering supporter of Liverpool Football Club.


Tal Brener

Industry: Tech

Role: Publisher Curriculum Manager, Google

Tal is a Publisher Solutions Consultant at Google. Her job is to engage with top publishers in the UK and Ireland and to identify solutions for their unique needs.

She has been in Google for 5 years, started as a Test Engineer and then as an Integration Engineer. Prior to joining Google Tal was a flight simulator instructor in the Air force, and was a flight attendant, when she had the opportunity to travel the world.

Tal holds a BSc in Bio medical engineering from Tel-Aviv university and her study was advertised in a Medicine & Science journal. Tal loves spending time with her family, traveling and practicing Yoga (particularly being upside-down!)


Emanuele Briglia

Industry: Tech | Marketing

Role: Associate Product Marketing Manager, Google

Talk to Emanuele about how to remain motivated to achieve a long term objective. How to be flexible and collaborate well in a multicultural environment. How to positively use rejection as a tool for motivation.

Emanuele Briglia is an Associate Product Marketing Manager at Google in London, where he has worked for the last 3 years. He is part of a global team that supports small-medium businesses to get started with Google Ads, Google’s advertising platform. Before joining Google, Emanuele graduated from a Master in International Management in Italy (Bocconi University) and in the United Kingdom (London School of Economics). He is a true sport enthusiast and, as many Italians, he is mostly a devoted football fan.


Syreeta Brown

Industry: HR | Recruitment | Banking | Finance

Role: Managing Director, Citigroup

Ask Syreeta about working in a global organisation and what recruiters look for in applicants.

Syreeta Brown is a Managing Director at Citigroup working in HR and heads up Citi’s Global Talent Acquisition (TA) Strategy & Programs function. Syreeta leads a team which leads and manages on Citi’s enterprise-wide TA operating infrastructure and strategy.  Prior to joining Citi, Syreeta was a HR Director at British Telecom Group PLC, having joined as a graduate in 1998. She rapidly advanced her career over 12 years working across various businesses in a number of roles. Syreeta holds a BA (Hons) English Literature from Goldsmiths College, University of London, Masters in Human Resources from University of Westminster, and an Executive Masters in HR Leadership from Rutgers (joint program with Bocconi Business School, Milan). 


Syreeta has been a Board trustee for Access all Areas Theatre – a theatre company for learning disabled artists based in Hackney (2016-2019). Syreeta sits on the ‘Panel of Influential Women’ run by the Advanced Boardroom Excellence Group based in London, which is focused on the development of senior executives. Syreeta was recently recognised for 20 years of service to Human Resources by the CIPD and was named Financial Services Leader of the year at the 2018 Black British Business Awards.  Syreeta actively advocates for and supports Parents who have children with Special Needs focusing on Autism and is in the process of writing a book reflecting on her own experiences in this area.


Evie Buckley

Industry: Film | Production

Role: Executive Producer, Acme Films

Ask Evie about production, digital content, pitching, ideas generation, work experience.

Evie Buckley is one of the youngest Executive Producers in the TV industry, working at Acme Films, an independent production company making TV, films and digital content for all of the major UK platforms. Acme Films is dedicated to telling stories that reflect the richness and diversity of contemporary culture working with A-List talent from Banksy, Danny Boyle and Olivia Colman to Ashley Walters, Akala and Lady Leshurr. Evie has worked in TV Development since leaving university and is responsible for creating new TV ideas, pitching them to platforms and then overseeing them once in production. Prior to working at Acme, Evie has worked at Bauer, Endemol and TwoFour, with experience across all factual TV genres. Evie also has done lots of volunteering work with organisations such as Orange RockCorps and was one of their Youth Ambassadors during her teens. Evie holds a BA in TV Production from Bournemouth University and was recently recognised as a Broadcast Hot Shot 2019.


Robb Buono

Industry: Music | Film | TV | Media | Production

Role: Production Designer

Ask Robb about production design and working in the music, TV and film industries and how they differ.

Robb has been a production designer for over 25 years and worked in film, TV, live music and music videos. Working with artists such as Alicia Keys, Snoop Dogg, Beyonce and Jay Z. His expertise and passion spans design, film, TV, production, music videos, food and wine.


Josef Burnham

Industry: Tech | Design

Role: Interaction Designer WearOS, Google

Josef Burnham is an interaction designer at Google. His job is to create products and experiences that help users everyday lives. Currently, he’s improving the user experience on Google’s watches, Wear OS by Google.

Prior to working at Google; he worked at the BBC, small design agencies and co-founded a successful streetwear business. If you’re interested in working in the design / creative industries or thinking about starting up your own business, sign up for a mentor session!


Luis Buriola

Industry: Tech

Role: Software Engineer, Google

Talk to Luis about moving from Brazil to the UK, starting his career in a new country; howhis ability to perform well in interviews improved when I started interviewing candidates; how he failed to get a job at Google for several years until actually getting one; how he understood that failing an interview may not necessarily indicate a problem.

Luis Buriola is a software engineer at Google where he has been working since 2017. He is originally from Brazil, where he graduated in Computer Science and started his career. He then worked a few years in Italy and moved to the UK in 2010.


Rachel Bye

Industry: Fashion | Retail

Role: Merchandising and Supply Planning Director, RIXO London

Ask Rachel about how to work your way up in an industry and how fashion, retail and merchandising actually work.

Rachel began working in fashion and retail in part-time jobs while still at school. When she finished school, she moved to head office at Radley, and has since worked her way up in the industry, from admin assistant to director, by learning and growing on the job. Today, she’s Merchandising and Supply Planning Director at contemporary women’s fashion label RIXO London.


Ben Cajee

Industry: TV | Film | Presenting

Roles: TV Presenter, Event Host & Voiceover Artist

Ask Ben about TV presenting, sports presenting, TV and film industry, motivation.

Ben Cajee is an experienced television presenter, event host and voiceover artist. He’s been a main presenter on CBeebies (the BBC’s flagship children’s channel) since 2015 and also leads their Middle East links.

Ben has presented Match of the Day Kickabout on CBBC since 2016 and has also fronted Blue Peter, BBC Live Lessons and live broadcasts for BBC Sport. He’s a regular on Match of the Day on BBC One, present producing their community features.

Having previously worked for the International Cricket Council, Ben’s got an extensive knowledge of cricket and is an ambassador for the ECB’s All Stars Cricket initiative. He’s also an ambassador for the children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent. Ben is the voice of the BBC’s Playtime Island App and numerous BBC’s trailers.

He’s performed in CBeebies Christmas Shows and hosts live events, openings, press conferences and festivals for charities and corporates. Ben’s passion for sport and his desire to reach out to children is evident in his ever expanding portfolio of presenting work = and he’s available for bookings worldwide.


Sai Chand

Industry: Tech

Role: Strategy Lead, Ads Certifications, Google

Talk to Sai about change, growth and learning in your career.

Sai is a Strategy Lead at Google based in the UK. He has been with Google for the past 14 years and worked across different business units and locations ranging from sales, operations, product expert to strategy roles. Before joining Google in 2006, Sai worked in a startup in India as a research engineer(in electronics). He did his engineering in electronics and switched to business roles since joining Google.


Tom Cheal

Industry: Radio

Role: Managing Editor, LBC

Tom Cheal is Managing Editor of talk-based radio station LBC . Having joined the station over a decade ago, he built his reputation from the ground up. During this time, he worked as Political Editor, helping to establish agenda-setting programmes with leading figures from across the political spectrum.


Lewis Clarke

Industry: Design | Fashion

Role: Creative Lead, Clarks Originals

Lewis Clarke is an award winning Creative Designer, Conceptual thinker and Art Director based in Bristol, UK. Over the last 15 years he has worked on campaigns for many global brands spanning various industries. At present Lewis holds the position of Global Creative Lead for the much-loved international footwear brand Clarks Originals.


Harrylynne Coleman

Industry: Government | Civil Service | Diversity & Inclusion

Role: Department of Education, UK Civil Service

Ask Harrylynne about communications and engagement, the importance of personal development, working in the Civil Service, and Diversity, Equality and Inclusion networks.

Harrylynne has worked in DfE since 2015 and is currently working in the Higher and Further Education Group (HEFE) as part of the Director General’s Office, leading on the Working Better Together Programme. 

Harrylynne is a communications professional and has delivered excellence in engagement across a wide range of organisations for over 10 years and has led communication strategy development at a national level, along with hands-on delivery. Harrylynne was previously Head of Strategic Communications at the Cabinet Office and more recently in Capital Directorate as Communications lead for the School Estates Capability Project.  

Harrylynne is extremely passionate about Diversity, Equality and Inclusion and has initiated the development and implementation of new initiatives to encourage innovation, improve employee engagement and provide visible role models for staff. Her focus has been on supporting the career development of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff, by promoting goal setting, self-managed development and has created several fast-track coaching and development programmes and reverse mentoring schemes.


Kema Davies

Industry: Recruitment | Tech

Role: UK Early Careers Recruiter, Microsoft

Ask Kema about her personal journey, culminating at Microsoft

With over 7 years’ experience in early career recruitment, Kema joined Microsoft in 2017 with three goals in mind. One to work with the biggest technology in the world, two to show up at work every day as her true authentic self and three and probably the most important create opportunities for every person no matter where they came from. Since working at Microsoft Kema has had countless chances to bring her passions to work through projects with Microsoft’s employee resource groups such as Women at Microsoft and BAME, collaboration across HR and other business segments and philanthropic work. Outside of Microsoft Kema loves travelling, being active and spending time with family and friends.


Amrita Devaiah

Industry: Communications | Government

Role: Head of External Affairs & Engagement, UK Cabinet Office

Ask Amrita about communications and engagement, planning big events, and her zero-waste supper club.

Amrita is currently the Head of External Affairs and Engagement at the Cabinet Office, with responsibility for events and all aspects of ministerial engagement for the department. This includes Civil Service Live, the largest public sector learning and development event in Europe as well as all the times you see Cabinet Office ministers, such as Michael Gove, Penny Mordaunt or Jacob Rees-Mogg on the telly.

Prior to joining the Cabinet Office, Am has worked for a number of organisations from NUS to NCS, delivering national and international events, from gala dinners to music festivals. A fierce advocate for equality throughout her career, Am has developed and delivered national training on privilege and worked on embedding inclusive practices in events, and speaks on the importance of kindness and empathy in leadership.

In her spare time Am is the co-founder of Social Supper Club London, a zero-waste dinner club raising funds for Refettorio Felix, a London charity supporting vulnerable, homeless people and those at risk of homelessness and a volunteer with the Young Women’s Trust.


Magnus Djaba

Industry: Advertising | Marketing

Role: Global President & CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi

Ask Magnus about being a CEO; media and advertising, leading a global business.

Magnus Djaba, Global President & CEO, Publicis Groupe Creative Practice UK Magnus has led the transformation of Saatchi & Saatchi London for the last 8 years, expanding the services we offer our clients and ensuring we are focused on creativity and business results.

During this time, the agency has won numerous creative and effectiveness awards and welcomed new clients such as EE (the biggest mobile network in the UK) HSBC, Direct Line Insurance Group, BT, Britvic and the Global Expedia Business. He was formerly the MD at the start-up Fallon London, which became one of the UK’s most awarded and best-known creative agencies, famous for groundbreaking campaigns for the BBC, Cadbury, Skoda, Sony and FCUK. Magnus was appointed UK CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi in November 2011 and promoted to CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi Fallon UK Group in April 2014.

In 2017 he was appointed Global President of Saatchi & Saatchi, responsible for global clients, new business and brand positioning for the network. In 2020, he took on the additional role of UK CEO of the Publicis Groupe Creative Practice in the UK for the Publicis Groupe Agencies, responsible for 5 creative agencies.

Magnus is a keen sportsperson having previously played rugby for England Students. He is also passionate and vocal about Diversity. Magnus combines both these passions as a member of the English Premier League Equality Panel since 2017 which holds the Premier League soccer clubs to account over their Inclusion & Diversity policies and actions. Magnus and Saatchi London have also played a leading role in Operation Black Vote, an organisation that encourages ethnic minorities to exercise their right to vote.

He is also a member of the Institute in Practitioners in Advertising Council and a member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain Council.


Pippa Dunn

Industry: Marketing | Communications | Media | Start-ups

Role: Founder, Broody; formerly Chief Marketing Officer, EE

Talk to Pippa about media, marketing, communications, sponsorship, management and start ups.

A lawyer turned west end theatre producer who became CMO of EE. Knows how big businesses work and how to get the best out of people, commercial incentive and gets things done.


Alex Edelstein

Industry: Tech | Marketing

Role: Product Marketing Manager, Google

Ask Alex about getting into technology, product marketing, working with empathy, building diverse teams, and what it’s like to be an expat.

Alex Edelstein is a Product Marketing Manager looking after Google Search for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He works on developing new and innovative features for Google Search through rigorous research and user interviews as well as develops advertisements to highlight these new and helpful features.

Before moving to London in 2019, Alex worked as a Product Marketing Manager in San Francisco at Google on Google Ads with a focus on events for Small and Medium Businesses and a consultant for Ernst & Young covering clients ranging from Oil and Gas, Higher Education and Product Management. Alex holds a BBA in Management Information System and minors in Japanese Language and Literature as well as Personal and Organizational Behaviour from the University of Georgia.

When not cheering on his university’s American football team (Go Dawgs) you can find him biking around London looking for the best ‘hole in the wall’ restaurants to eat at.


Janine Edgerton-Avin

Industry: Tech | Project Management | Logistics

Role: Commercial Project Manager, Android | Google

Ask Janine about: working abroad, the United Nations, international business, finding meaningful work

Janine grew up on a small island in Canada and always wanted to see the world. Following this desire, she has built a career in international business, making large, hard projects happen. She has worked on projects worth billions of dollars that affected hundreds of millions of lives.

She started out on a project building a gold mine in the Caribbean, where she helped the mining company purchase machines and building materials to build a processing plant. 

Next, she worked for the United Nations in Yemen buying millions of dollars worth of wheat and flour, and helping her colleagues to deliver it to those in need. She then moved to Egypt and Tunisia and rented warehouses and organized trucks to get food, tents, medicine and other supplies to those in need during the Arab Spring in North Africa. 

She moved to London and spent some time advising British companies on how to export goods, then started working at Google where she helped Google navigate the legal challenges of building the infrastructure of the internet in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Janine now spends her time with Google engineers, tax specialists, accountants, lawyers and sales people, getting them to work together so you can buy apps, games, books and content from the Google Play store. 


Brad Fairhead

Industry: Marketing | Communications

Role: Marketing Expert

Speak to Brad about marketing communications, team & culture building and entrepreneurship.

Brad is a an experienced communications practitioner with a unique background, having worked in Media, Creative and Digital Agencies in both the networked environment (e.g. WPP) as well as smaller, more entrepreneurial environments. More recently he has worked within the tech start-up space and as an advisor to a select number of businesses. He has also successfully launched and sold an agency business, working through a sale process and subsequent earn-out.


Sean Famoso

Industry: Music

Role: Co-founder, LVRN

Ask Sean about staring a creative agency and record label; A & R, entrepreneurship, music industry.

The son of a Jamaican father and English mother, Sean Famoso was born in Boston but spent his elementary school years in South Florida. Sean was surrounded by Reggae, RnB, and Motown classics. At 12, his family moved to Atlanta where Sean emerged into a bourgeoning party promoter. After High School, Sean enrolled at Georgia State University with a focus in marketing.

There, Famoso linked Tunde Balogun, where the team hosted parties, flipped an internship with rapper Ludacris’ Disturbing Tha Peace record label into co-A&R roles for DTP’s publishing arm, and began managing acts like Que, whose “OG Bobby Johnson” was a smash in 2013.

Soon after, Balogun and Sean connected with GSU trio Justice Baiden, Carlon Ramong, and Junia Abaidoo, who were managing Atlanta acts as Love Renaissance (LVRN) – a name intending to penetrate the standardized ‘tough guy trap’ scene with consiouss and emotional music. Baiden invited Balogun and Famoso to the team as they signed their first artist, Raury and earned a deal with Columbia Records in 2014.

Next, the team inked 6lack and helped him out of a contract that inhibited him from releasing music. LVRN independently released what would become his multi-platinum single “Prblms” in 2016. When Interscope took an interest in 6lack, they signed LVRN to a joint venture deal. Their first proper release from LVRN Records was his debut album, Free 6lack. Lead by Famoso’s powerful branding strategy, it reached mainstream success.


Nick Farnhill

Industry: Advertising | Marketing | Communications | Digital

Role: CEO, Publicis•Poke

Nick joined Publicis Worldwide in 2014 as founding partner and CEO of digital agency Poke. He was promoted to the additional role of CEO of Publicis London, and further promoted to CEO, Publicis Worldwide UK in 2018.

Last year he brought together Publicis Worldwide UK’s four businesses; Publicis London; Poke; Arc & August to become one integrated agency named Publicis•Poke, bringing technology and creativity together to focus on brand communications, brand experiences and brand commerce.

His focus is on growing digital communications and experiences for clients including EE, Virgin Voyages, Google, Tourism Ireland, Renault, Heineken, Morrisons, Nestlé and Garnier.

In 2010, Nick launched The Lovie Awards to celebrate the wonderful and inspiring things connected by the web’s many tentacles. He continues to Co-Chair the Awards that is considered as the most prestigious, and the only, truly pan-European awards honouring online excellence. Nick is also an advisory Board member of indy film streaming service MUBI.

In 2015, he was awarded with a Lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the industry.


Rachelle Farron

Industry: Entertainment | TV | Production

Role: Head of Entertainment, Good Morning Britain at ITV

Ask Rachelle about TV production, the Entertainment industry and working with big names.

As Head of Entertainment at Good Morning Britain, Rachelle leads a team in securing high profile guests and exclusives, whilst generating headline-grabbing ideas and record ratings on the UK’s most talked about TV show. 

Rachelle has over 20 years of live TV experience as a Producer, Celebrity Booker and Senior Manager, successfully leading teams and several re-launches at ITV Daytime. During this time, Rachelle created many cross-promotional campaigns and landed some of the biggest scoops and celebrity interviews.

Rachelle helped to launch the careers of Lady Gaga and Rihanna in the UK with their debut Daytime TV appearances. She has also worked with some of the world’s biggest A-list stars, from Madonna to Britney, to Sir Elton John and Diddy.

Her experience also includes covering some of the most important news stories of our time, including a global pandemic and the death of Michael Jackson.


James Frapwell

Industry: Marketing | Fashion

Role: Global Head of Marketing, Clarks Originals

Ask James about working with brand partners/ PR/ Social media partnerships.

James oversees the total Clarks Originals brand with a small team globally. With a strategy including… creating collabs with brands like Bape, Stussy and Carhartt WIP, campaigns with brand fans like Raheem Sterling, PR and events with individuals like Skepta, Kano and Maya Jama, all social media and media partnerships with titles like High Snobiety and Hype Beast, and all key account activations with stores like End, Selfridges and KITH.


Bukola Garry

Industry: Advertising | Marketing | PR | Social Impact

Role: Head of Diversity, Equality & Inclusion, adam&eveDDB

Ask Bukola about: diversity and inclusion, operations, marketing, advertising and PR, strategist, idea generation, relationship marketing, relationship management. 

Bukola started her career as a Media Planner at ZenithOptimedia for Procter and Gamble. However, after 4 years experiencing the consequences of underrepresentation within the industry, Bukola changed career paths and moved into the social sector. More recently, Bukola worked as Diversity & Inclusion Manager at advertising agency Havas London and in 2021 she moved to adam&eveDDB as the newly appointed Head of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion. 

Bukola is on the advisory boards of two black-owned SMEs: Blanguage, a curation brand that showcases worldwide talent through creating authentic experiences and TING, set up to ensure every business has a plan in place to welcome marginalised people into their company culture, supporting their wellbeing and career success.

Bukola would say, working as Diversity & Inclusion Manager means having the opportunity to learn, inform and encourage dialogue around bias, identity and representation. It is about being able to learn from people and their different experiences and use this to influence better and more inclusive business culture. Diversity and inclusion is not something to do but something to be. It is about making conscious decisions every day that consider and celebrate all types of people. As humans we are built for connection and we are only made richer by being open to exploring the different ways we contribute to society – THERE IS ROOM FOR US ALL!


Ivo Gormley

Industry: Social Impact | Startups | Charity | Entrepreneurship

Role: Founder & CEO, GoodGym

Ask Ivo about social impact, starting a charity, sponsorship, entrepreneurship, growing a company.

Ivo Gormley  is the Founder of GoodGym, a growing movement of runners who run to do good.  Previously, Ivo consulted and advised on user participation for technology startups and public services in the UK and US. Ivo directed the documentary film Us Now, an exploration of participatory culture. The film has been broadcast around the world, including Channel 4 in the UK, translated into 24 languages and watched by millions online. He has presented his work to governments worldwide including the French National Assembly, The Hague, the European Union, The Houses of Parliament (UK) and Washington DC.


Tamara Greene

Industry: Advertising | Marketing

Role: Global Brand Director, Havas London

Speak to Tam about marketing, communication, media, diversity, equity and inclusion

Tamara is currently a Global Brand Director at Havas. She leads global initiatives for RB (Reckitt Benckiser) looking after 14 brands across 17 markets; building and scaling strategies, implementing campaigns, developing inspired teams and instituting best practices.

Throughout her career, Tamara has successfully managed the agile needs of brands with complex product portfolios and organisational structures; while also injecting them with a defined brand purpose and categorical distinction. She is passionate about culture and strives to embed her brands with it.

Prior to joining Havas she worked at KBS+P on Avon global fragrances, and at Berlin Cameron United where she launched the Boost Mobile brand which drove substantial growth form 500k to 5MM+ subscribers making the brand a cultural icon amongst urban youth. Her experience also includes working on iconic global brands such as; Burger King, UPS, diet Coke, Sprite, Belvedere Vodka and Stella Artois.


Tom Harrison

Industry: Sports

Role: CEO, England & Wales Cricket Board

Ask Tom about LEADING a National Governing Body, DRIVING Revenue to ensure sustainability for game
INSPIRING Generations, increasing participation and diversity and CREATING legacy from Men’s and Women’s World Cup wins.

Tom joined ECB as CEO in January 2015 and brings over 20 years of sports business experience across the world after a career as a professional cricketer..

Renowned as a progressive, value-led, authentic leader, Tom firmly believes team sport can be an enormous force for good in any community. He is passionate about the role sport can play to inspire current and future generations as players, volunteers and fans.

Six years into the role, Tom is driving transformational, positive change across the ECB and the wider game, through commercial excellence and by building strong partnerships in and outside the game, delivering landmark partnerships with Sky and the BBC which will enable cricket to grow and thrive for all communities in the future. Along the way, England have become both the Men’s and Women’s Cricket World Champions, both events providing watershed moment for the sport in the UK.

Tom also led the formation of ‘Inspiring Generations’, the game’s strategy for 2020-24, which sets out a bold plan for growth across the country into younger and more diverse audiences by seeking to increase participation.

Before joining the ECB, as a leading expert in global sports media rights, Tom was Senior Vice President at IMG, where he ran the company’s media rights business in the UK. Prior to that Tom was IMG’s lead in Singapore where he managed IMG’s business in South and South East Asia.

He also spent four years with pan-Asian broadcaster ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) and was responsible for the syndication of multiple major sports properties, including the Olympic Games. This experience has given him a global perspective on the future business models for sports and media rights.

Outside his role as CEO of the ECB, Tom sits on the National Citizens Service (NCS) Board of Patrons.


Alex Head

Industry: Food | Entertainment | Entrepreneurship | Social Impact

Role: Founder & CEO, Social Pantry

Ask Alex about all things foodie, and starting and growing your own business.

Alex Head is the owner of London events and catering company Social Pantry, as well as Social Pantry Café in Battersea.

After being expelled from school at 15 years old, Alex started selling sandwiches off the back of her bike. Today, Alex’s fresh, beautiful food has made her the go-to caterer for celebrity parties – from catering various product launch events by Rihanna and beauty company Nars, to keeping guests nourished at Gigi Hadid’s slumber party.

Social pantry is not only a huge success in its own right but its social responsibility is exemplary. They insure that 10% of their staff are ex-offenders. Helping those being released from prison reintegrate into society by giving them the opportunity to work a full-time job in one of her companies.


Hendrikus van Hensbergen

Industry: Environment | Social Impact | Youth | Charity

Role: Founder & CEO, Action for Conservation

Ask Hendrikus about conservation, education, climate change, writing books, starting a charity, campaigning and entrepreneurship.

Hendrikus van Hensbergen is the Founder and CEO of Action for Conservation, a young environmental charity with a mission, to bring the magic of nature to young people’s lives and inspire a youth movement committed to conservation and the earth. Hendrikus was recently awarded the Postcode Local Trust’s ‘Rising Star Award for his inspirational leadership. Through a programme of workshops, camps and an ambassador programme, the charity supports young people, aged 12-18 and from diverse backgrounds, in building transformational connections to nature, leading their own environmental projects that have a positive impact in their local area and having a voice in environmental decision making nationally. Their values, Wonder, Hope, Action and Change, are at the heart of everything they do. Hendrikus has written a book for young people, How You Can Save The Planet, which will be published by Penguin in March 2021


Jason Hocking

Industry: Film | TV | Production

Role: Co-Founder & Managing Director, CC-Lab

Jason Hocking – Co-Founder & Managing Director, CC-Lab

Ask Jason about TV production, concert and event production, being a founder, international business.

Jason is the co-founder and Managing Director of CC-Lab. CC-Lab are award-winning creators of exciting, innovative and engaging television and digital content, specialising in music and the arts, live events, factual and branded content


Ed Howard

Industry: Music

Role: Co-President, Atlantic Records UK

Ask Ed about ways to get your foot in the door in the music industry, and the different roles that make the industry tick.

Ed got his foot in the music industry’s door by taking part in a number of internships, the first one being in Universal’s Classics & Jazz department followed by a placement in Sony/ATV’s Sync team. He then moved over to the publisher’s A&R department where he started signing and developing key songwriters. Ed then made the jump over to recorded in music in 2008 when he joined Atlantic’s subsidiary label Asylum Records as Label Manager.

While at Asylum he worked his way up to A&R Director and then Managing Director of the label while signing and developing stars such as Anne-Marie, Charli XCX, Rudimental and, of course, Ed Sheeran. After bringing Sheeran into the label in late 2010, Ed has guided Sheeran’s career which has seen him sell more than 112 million albums and over 680 million singles worldwide as well as winning countless awards including four BRITs, four Grammys, four Ivor Novellos and four Q Awards.

Now Co-President of Atlantic Records UK, Ed is responsible for overseeing some of the country’s biggest artists, including Anne-Marie, Charli XCX, Clean Bandit, Ed Sheeran, Jess Glynne, Paolo Nutini, Mahalia, Plan B, Rudimental and Tion Wayne. He also looks after the UK campaigns of international stars such as Ava Max, Bruno Mars, Burna Boy, Cardi B, Janelle Monáe, Lizzo, Portugal. The Man and twenty one pilots.


Louis Howell

Industry: Youth | Entrepreneurship | Social Enterprise | Charity

Role: Director, Revolution Hive & 7PK

Louis Howell is a dynamic and rounded professional with experience that pans the voluntary youth sector, education sector and the world of small business. Today, he co-runs an educational social enterprise, Revolution Hive, that equips young people for life by running programmes focused on Personal Development, Social Responsibility and Global Awareness at schools, colleges and universities. Louis’ experience has also led to him setting up an expert consultancy, 7PK, that helps charities, social enterprises and corporate organisations to improve their approaches to Youth and Community Development, Diversity and Inclusion and their Social Mobility Initiatives. His other commitments include being a trustee and council member of two UK based charities, and he is a proud member of the 100 Black Men of London. Louis’ central belief is that young people are the leaders of today.


Nick Hurd

Ask Nick about starting NCS, Running for Parliament, Life in Politics, being a Government Minister.

Nick served as the Minister for Civil Society from May 2010 until July 2014, during which time he led the work on setting up the National Citizen Service and Big Society Capital. He was a Minister in the Department for International Development from November 2015 until July 2016, where his portfolio included climate/environment, and leadership of the Energy Africa campaign.

Before entering Government, Nick was a member of Environment Audit Select Committee and led work on climate change policy for the Conservative Party Quality of Life Policy Group, chaired by Lord Deben. He served on the House Of Commons Climate Change Bill Committee and the Joint Committee on the Draft Climate Change Bill. He was a member of the Globe International Parliamentary network for Climate Change and sponsored the Sustainable Communities Act as a Private Members Bill.


Mat Ilic

Industry: Charity | Social Impact | Youth

Role: Chief Development Officer, Catch22

Talk to Mat about advising a Prime Minister, working in Charity, youth development, creating new programs, working with Government funding.

15 years’ experience working across the public and non-profit sectors with a focus on social justice. Mat is Chief Development Officer (CDO) at Catch22, a national charity and social business that designs and delivers services which build resilience and aspiration in people and communities. Catch22 works across the social welfare cycle, from cradle to career, delivering services including alternative education schools, family interventions, vocational training and employability programmes, and prisoner rehabilitation. Catch 22 is one of the largest charities working in this space in the UK, with an annual turnover of over £45 million.

He spent two years at No10 Downing Street as Special Adviser to the Prime Minister, covering Home Affairs and Justice Policy. He advised on issues from immigration, to violence reduction and probation reform. He was involved in seminal moments such as the response to the Windrush scandal and the rescheduling of medicinal cannabis in the UK. Mat started his career in the private sector, in PWC’s public sector audit business. He is a Churchill Fellow, a Fellow of the RSA, and holds a degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford and a Master’s in International Relations from the London School of Economics. He recently joined the Board of JE Delve, a youth project set up by Jamal Edwards MBE, and based in Acton (West London), where Mat grew up after his family emigrated to the UK.


Gillian James

Industry: Marketing, Branding

Role: CEO, SignalCX

Ask Gillian about how to build products and brands that tell great stories, and create meaningful experiences for their customers.

Gillian is CEO at SignalCX – experts in developing meaningful and engaging customer experiences. Think about your favourite brands. How do they make you feel? Creating those good brand vibes is what SignalCX is all about.

Before joining SignalCX, Gillian helped build long-standing brands, as Marketing Manager in N E Asia at British Airways, and Director of Product Development (Asia Pacific) at MasterCard. Gillian is also on the leadership team at Cello Health.  Gillian was a special advisor to the London 2012 Olympics. 


Pete Jeavons

Industry: Marketing

Role: Marketing Communications Director for BT, EE & Plusnet

Ask Pete about brand strategy, brand management, and all things Marketing.


Pete is responsible for BT, EE and Plusnet’s brand strategy, brand management and all marketing activity including media buying, social and digital, advertising, retail marketing and demand generation. Prior to this position, Pete held a number of senior brand marketing roles within EE, including EE Brand Director where he delivered a number of successful and high- profile campaigns such as the launch of the EE TV service, 50% Faster Network and the Wembley Cup. He is responsible for BT and EE’s sponsorship portfolio; BAFTA Film Awards, Glastonbury Festival and Wembley Stadium and the FA Partnership. Before this he was Head of Brand Strategy at EE and led the highly successful creation and delivery of the EE brand and the ongoing strategy that has resulted in it becoming market leader in the UK.


Sandy Ko

Industry: Tech | Marketing

Role: EMEA Consumer Search & Apps Marketing, Google

Ask Sandy about product marketing, user research, balancing work and serious hobbies, career development, and growth mindset.

Sandy Ko is a Consumer Product Marketing Manager for Google Search. Her job is to highlight opportunities for Google to create helpful product experiences that people will love, and share them with the world in a memorable way. Her Google adventure started in 2003, where she’s accumulated expertise from roles across New York and London — from managing an advertising platform support team, to strategy and operations, to her present role in product marketing. Prior to Google she was an electrical engineer in Silicon Valley.

Through the evolution of her career, the common themes are (1) a love of problem solving, (2) being energised by solving for the unknown and the unexpected, and (3) sparking curiosity and creativity to identify solutions. She believes that personal and professional growth is constant and plentiful.

She’s also an avid fine art photographer. See her work on her Instagram.


Christelle Kupa

Industry: Finance | Investing | Social Impact | Entrepreneurship

Role: Founder & CEO of an impact investing fund

Ask Christelle about Impact Investing, start up in Africa, venture capital, starting a business.

Christelle Kupa is a founder and CEO of an impact investing fund with over 15 years of experience in investment banking, alternative investments and development finance.

Multi-lingual, as a Belgian national of Congolese heritage, with the majority of her career in the City of London, she’s acted and continues to do so, as a “bridge” to ensure that the combination of social impact and financial return can be achieved. After years in investment banking where she worked on complex financial assets and instruments, Christelle decided to reorient her career towards impact investment in order to serve the people who really matter. As a result, she founded Uhusiano Capital as an enterprise devoted to “real people, real projects, real impact”.

She is committed to touching the lives at the unbanked or at the bottom of the pyramid while ensuring that investors can also have a financial return from quality bespoke structures. She has a degree from the University of Westminster, a BA in Business Studies and Finance. Throughout the span of her career, Christelle has held senior positions in many organisations in financial services including J.P.Morgan and Deutsche Bank, amongst others. Christelle speaks French, English, Flemish, and basic Swahili, which enables her to work more intimately across a wide variety of markets.

She is committed to the diligent governance of financial developments and philanthropic endeavours throughout Africa, including acting as a trustee, for a foundation that focuses on maternal health for African women.


Frank Lampen

Industry: Start-ups | Entrepreneurship | Food & Drink

Role: Co-founder CEO, Distill Ventures

Ask Frank about starting a new business, fundraising, and the food and drinks industry.

Frank has set up several businesses and helped raise over £100m for startups in drinks and eCommerce. He mentors founders and helps them work out their business and brand propositions.

Outside of his day job he volunteers as a project leader at the Kilburn branch of Foodcycle foodcycle.org.uk.


Julia Ledina

Industry: Tech

Role: Subject Matter Expert – Monetization, Google

Julia is a Monetization expert at YouTube. Her job is to help prominent media companies and top YouTube creators to find the right revenue strategy. She works with the biggest YouTube business partners advocating for smart business optimization. Before this role Julia was in charge of YouTube operations for European partners getting to know the creators ecosystem and artist management.

Julia has extensive interview experience and regularly participates in the hiring process for Google. Julia is passionate about online media and leadership diversity. She is a winner of the SIFE award for project Encouraging teenage girls from rural areas to pursue a university education and develop professional career. Julia holds two master degrees from European law & Business. Privately, she is a pianist and plays in a London-based music band.


Remel London

Industry: TV | Radio | Music | Production

Role: TV & Radio Presenter and Host

Ask Remel about TV & Radio, presenting, and how to take your creative talent into the mainstream.

Remel London is a bubbly, energetic and fun award-winning British TV, Radio presenter and host. Since graduating with a BA Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Leeds, Remel is making waves in the industry as the lead presenter on SKY One’s What’s Up TV, the host of the Saturday Afternoon show on CAPITAL XTRA and a highly sought after voice-over artist working with the BBC, CBBC, BET, UKTV and BT Sports to name a few.

Remel’s early career started with the online music platform Link Up TV as the lead presenter and the weekly host of London’s top live music event ILUVLIVE. Her extensive knowledge of music and entertainment meant she was invited to join the MOBO Awards panel in 2013-2015 and went on to present the MOBO’s official Red Carpet in 2016 and 2017.​ A confident and experienced host, Remel has hosted numerous events including The Music For Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall for two consecutive years, The Rocking Ur Teens Girls Conference for the last 5 years and the first Virtual Notting Hill Carnival Main Stage in 2020.


Sara Lord

Industry: Music

Role: Senior Vice President, Concord Music

Ask Sara about music publishing, music management, artist management, music industry

Sara started making the tea at Sony Music way back – then went on to managing some incredible artists and bands with a bit of music supervision thrown in. For the last three years Sara has been at Concord as SVP of International Synchronisation and Project Development which is a very long way of saying she tries and makes sure that lots of people who make visual content pay us lots of money to use our wonderful music.


Michael Lynas

Industry: Social Impact | Not-for-profit | Youth

Role: Founder, NCS Trust

Ask Michael about starting the NCS Trust, running a not-for-profit, working at Number 10 as an advisor, and management consulting.

Experienced executive with passion for purpose.  Michael has worked across all three sectors – for Bain in the private sector, for No10 in the public sector, and founded a not-for-profit with annual income of £180M.  He’s excited by working with great people to scale big ideas.  Most proud of founding National Citizen Service Trust, building a new national institution enshrined in legislation and by Royal Charter that has created billions of pounds of social value by supporting 600,000 young people – building bridges across social divides and ladders to opportunity.  Michael continues to serve NCS as Patron and sits on the Board of the John Browne Charitable Trust.


David Mahoney

Industry: Sports | Law

Role: Chief Operating Officer; England and Wales Cricket Board

Ask David about Sports management, becoming a lawyer, being Chief Operating Officer, Englands cricket world cups in 2019 (Men) and 2017 (Women).

David is currently chief operating officer at the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Prior to this, he oversaw the strategy, insights, HR, integrity and public policy teams as ECB’s Chief Strategy Officer. Before joining ECB, David held a number of senior roles at Ofcom, the UK communications regulator, including director of policy and chief advisor to its CEO.

He was also seconded into Government in 2009 as a director of the Digital Britain Report, which examined the transformational nature of digital technologies and the policy responses needed as a result.

A qualified lawyer who specialised in competition and media law before joining Ofcom, David is a keen sports fan who enjoys cricket and golf as well as following West Ham United. He joined the Sport England Board on 28th October, 2019, and is serving his first three-year term.


Mike Malak

Industry: Music

Role: Senior Agent; Paradigm &  Founder, Kid Talks

Talk to Mike about the music business, live concert industry, entrepreneurship.

Mike Malak is a Senior Agent at the global booking agency, Paradigm, where he strategically builds the careers of both emerging and established artists in the live space. Working hand-in-hand with management and labels, Mike ensures that the progression of his artists is complemented by their live work, by locating, negotiating and facilitating shows at some of the world’s most renowned locations and events.

Most notably, over the past 4 years, Mike has worked with and developed the live career of Gen-Z megastar, Billie Eilish, taking her from small stages in East London to sell-out arena tours and festival headlines. In addition to Eilish, Mike represents the likes of Jess Glynne, Finneas, Normani, Girl in Red, Denzel Curry, Alec Benjamin, Powfu and more. He is also heavily invested in the A&R space, currently with a role at Polydor Records and recently launched his label and publishing company, Coldpress Music as he builds further into this area.

Mike started his career 18 years ago working with the Black Eyed Peas, learning all facets of the music industry from tour managing to content creation in sessions with legends such as James Brown, whilst watching the group achieve global dominance in the live performance sphere. It was thanks to this opportunity that Mike progressed into a booking role with the band, scheduling and negotiating the group’s club shows.

Working with the Black Eyed Peas spring-boarded Mike’s career in the live events industry, allowing him to start his own booking agency at the age of 25. With the Black Eyed Peas club shows as one client, and superstar DJ duo LMFAO as the other, Mike moved to CODA Agency one year later, retaining both groups on his roster.

A couple of years later, Mike was named as one of the 30 Under 30 on Musicweek’s annual list. In 2019, CODA Agency merged with US agency Paradigm, where Mike has remained for 9 years. Mike is passionate about the music industry as a whole, and strives to explore every opportunity that lies between music, technology and social media. In 2016 he launched KID Talks, a social enterprise inspiring the youth to join the Music Industry through talks, panels and workshops.

Mike is on a mission to inspire others with his work process and push the live industry forward, by developing new models the integrate live performance with technology, broadening the artist’s reach, whilst furthering revenue streams.

He was nominated for Agent of the Year twice in both 2019 and 2020 by the European Festival Awards and Musicweek respectively.

Mike Malak Socials & Notable links:

Instagram
Twitter
LinkedIn
How to Stay Ahead of the Curve
IQ Magazine
The Innovators IQ Magazine
Musicweek Awards 2020 Shortlist


Spencer McHugh

Industry: Marketing

Role: Marketing Director (Interim), Beats by Dr. Dre

Spencer is a CMO/ VP of Marketing with over 20 years’ experience managing, developing and growing brands.
His specialities are brand strategy, digital marketing, advertising and sponsorship.


Ben Miller

Industry: Tech | Gaming

Role: Enterprise Account Director, Google Cloud

Ben Miller is an Enterprise Account Director at Google Cloud working with clients in the gaming industry.

Google’s mission statement is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. As part of the Google Cloud team, Ben works with customers to make sure they are using their data in the most exciting ways to deliver great experiences for their end users, including some of the biggest gaming & igaming companies in the UK.


Before Google, Ben spent 6 years in the Cloud Technology industry, working closely to support customers in delivering technology change within their organisations.  He has a BA in History from the University of East Anglia, and has recently begun study through Harvard Business School


David Mogendorff

Industry: Music | Tech

Role: Head of UK Artist Partnerships, TikTok

Ask David about the music industry and tech.

David works closely with musicians, their managers and record labels to help them make the most of opportunities presented by digital platforms.  With 20 years of experience across MTV, YouTube and TikTok, he loves spotting and supporting new talent, and creating partnerships with superstar acts. 


Keith Morgan

Industry: Charity | Youth

Role: CEO, Young Camden Foundation

Ask Keith about leading a charity; youth work; working at a local authority and leadership.

Keith is an ambitious leader with extensive experience of developing corporate and directorate strategy/plan. Keither is experienced in stakeholder engagement, service design/redesign, project management, and building diverse networks. He enjoys using innovation to create new systems and processes that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery. Particularly experienced in delivering large scale projects focused on improving young people’s outcomes.


Damien O’Donohue

Industry: Music | Sports | Talent

Roles: CEO, Ikon Talent Management & Caribbean Premier League

Ask Damien about entrepreneurship, working in the music and sports industry, starting a professional sports league from scratch.

Damien O’Donohoe trained as a lawyer before going to work in the entertainment business. He started his new career with MCD/Live Nation. He promoted shows with some of the worlds biggest bands including Coldplay, Jay Z, Lady GaGa and U2. He then went onto to set up his own business – IKON media and entertainment. Through this vehicle he has represented talent in the music and sport space and done a number of big sponsorship deals. Damien was the co-founder of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) in 2013. The CPL is the second biggest T20 cricket league and this year it will exceed 500m tv viewers globally. IKON is also an investor in esports. They started the first city based franchise league in Australia and also run the esports programme for Formula 1. IKON has a production company called Trombone which produce documentaries and short form content. Damien is also a board member of Quinta do Lago and PGA Catalunya – two of Europe’s most exclusive resorts. Damien is a graduate of Harvard Business School.


Rahul Patel

Industry: Tech | Marketing

Role: Associate Product Marketing Manager, Google

Talk to Rahul about his process from GCSEs to where he is now and all the different hurdles he went through.

Rahul Patel is an Associate Product Marketing Manager at Google. He looks after elements of the Consumer Hardware business at key retailers within the UK. He also leads the Go To Market for Google’s Create and Wearable portfolio for the UK. Additionally he has a 20% Project (which is an opportunity to work on something outside of your core role) in Stadia Marketing, which allows him to follow his creative aspirations of working in Marketing.

Rahul didn’t finish his A Levels or University Degree, but managed to land a role at Google via an Apprenticeship. Before joining Google, Rahul worked in a technical consultancy which he got into from his raw passion of technology shortly after leaving school.

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Nick Perchard

Industry: Sports

Role: Head of Community; The Premier League

Nick is Head of Community at The Premier League. The Premier League has organised the top-flight football competition in England since 1992. In that period, attendances have grown by 60% and media rights are now sold to every territory in the world, making it the world’s most watched regular domestic sporting competition.

Nick is responsible for the delivery of the Premier League’s community strategy, which aims to use the appeal of the Premier League and professional clubs to inspire children and young people to realise their potential.

Nick is currently Chairman of the Football Foundation’s National Football Facilities Strategy Advisory Group. In 2016 Nick was appointed as a Trustee of the National League Trust as the Premier League’s representative and also sits on the English Football League Trust’s Board.

Before joining the Premier League Nick was CEO of Hertfordshire FA (2009-2014), and County Development Manager at Essex FA (2006-2009) where he also sat on the Board of the County Sports Partnership. His early career was spent at Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust and QPR FC in the Community.


Shona Pratt

Industry: Tech

Role: Chief of Staff to VP of Northern Europe, Facebook

Ask Shona about working at Facebook and building strong teams.

Shona works as the Chief of Staff for the Vice President of Northern Europe at Facebook. That means she’s right-hand strategic advisor to the Facebook Vice President, working to amplify their internal and external impact – designing and driving impact across strategy, comms, policy, rhythm of business, and leading key strategic initiatives for the region of Northern Europe.

Shona also sits on the Refugee Week Advisory Group. Before Facebook, she held a similar role for the CEO of NCS Trust, a non-profit organisation aimed at improving social cohesion through bringing together young people around the UK from all backgrounds, in order to foster community and connection. Before NCS she was a strategy consultant at Accenture where she focused on Health & Public sector clients to design and drive meaningful change. She studied History at Oxford and focused on exploring assumptions of superiority and inferiority throughout our past, and how we as humanity have approached a sense of ‘difference’ between us. She believes strongly in the power of music and artistic expression to bring people together and sings in a soul/pop band for fun at the weekends.


Keeza Ramzan

Industry: Tech | Sales

Role: Account Manager, Google Cloud

Ask Keeza about a career in sales and retail, and life at Google.

Keeza grew up and went to school in east London. She was the first to go to university in her family, studying economics at Warwick. After this, she took a year out travelling and then started a sales graduate scheme at IBM because she likes working with people and thought she’d be good at it. 4 years later, she moved to Dublin and Google in the process, where she is now a cloud seller to tech companies. Keeza enjoys travelling, good food, movies and playing with her dog Nala.


Simon Redfern

Industry: Communications

Role: Director of Communications, Ofcom

Former Director of Public Affairs, Europe for Google, Simon now works as Director of Communications at Ofcom – the UK’s communications regulator.

His first job was in a department store in Bournemouth selling saucepans and microwaves which taught him a lot about being a consultant. A great mentor and a passion for politics helped him get a leg up into a consultancy called Connect Communications where he was able to develop his political campaigning skills before jumping into a bigger corporate communications role. This led him to the world of coffee and Starbucks where he drank way too many frappuccinos while heading up the comms team for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Then he uploaded his brain into the tech world at Salesforce and then Google, where he helped build campaigns to explain the company’s values and products to key opinion formers. 


Laura Roberts

Industry: Marketing | Tech

Role: Head of Brand and Marketing Insights EMEA, Google

Talk to Laura about working in media and technology, building a brand, what is marketing? Life at Google

Laura is Head of Insight for Google EMEA. Laura’s first job was actually in Music, at Ministry of Sound, helping launch the brand Internationally. Much as travelling around and putting on parties was lots of fun, she then decided to move into brand consultancy. Over the next 10 years, she built up the agency she’d joined – Sparkler – into an award winning consultancy and became their Managing Director. The agency worked with clients such as Channel 4, Diageo, Unilever, Amazon and Facebook, helping them understand their consumers and build strategies to drive their marketing and product development. Then 5 years ago she decided to leave agency-life and join Google.


Suki Sandhu OBE

Industry: Diversity & Inclusion | Talent | Recruitment | Philanthropy

Role: Founder & CEO, INvolve & Audeliss

Ask Suki about creating inclusive cultures in the workplace and what to look for in inclusive employers.

As one of the UK’s leading specialists in sourcing exceptional diverse talent, Suki Sandhu has been a game-changer within the executive search and diversity arenas for over 17 years in executive search.

In 2011, Suki established Audeliss, a global boutique executive search firm that genuinely cares about delivering excellence for clients and candidates alike. Audeliss are levelling the playing field for women, ethnic minorities and LGBT+ people at the most senior level in business, with 65% of our appointments since 2011 being diverse candidates.

Suki is also Founder & CEO of INvolve, a network championing diversity and inclusion in business. Through the delivery of events, programmes, thought leadership and inclusion solutions, INvolve helps organisations to drive cultural change and create more inclusive workplaces. In addition, INvolve publish the annual OUTstanding, EMpower and HERoes role model lists celebrating business leaders and future leaders who are leading the charge in their respective diversity spheres, and securing a diverse talent pipeline for the future.

Suki is a Stonewall Ambassador and launched ‘The Suki Sandhu LGBTQI Asia Fund’ to support activism in Asia. He is also Patron for The Albert Kennedy Trust and has been appointed to the Board of Directors of OutRight Action International based in NYC. He is also a Trustee for the Guild of HR Professionals. He was awarded an OBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours for Services to Diversity in Business.


Jonathan Schwarz

Industry: Tech | Research

Role: Research Scientist, DeepMind

Talk to Jonathan about AI, working at Google, the things you can do now to fulfil your career dreams, and what working as a scientist looks like.

Jonathan Schwarz is a Research Scientist at DeepMind, a company dedicated to building artificial intelligence and using it to solve some of the world’s most important problems.

At DeepMind, he has been interested in building algorithms that can learn from a stream of increasingly more complex problems, similar to how we learn skills as children. Eventually, his goal is to create an AI that can rapidly learn on completely new problems, allowing us to collaboratively work with algorithms: For instance in deciding how to respond to a global pandemic, helping with manual labour or finding new strategies for ancient board games. His work has been published at several internationally renowned scientific conferences and journals.

Prior to joining DeepMind, Jonathan was a PhD Student in AI and Neuroscience at UCL, but also worked on autonomous robots in Germany and climate research in Japan. He graduated top of the class from his Master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh and also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering. In his free time he enjoys long distance runs, playing the piano and cooking. He’s been a supporter of Arsenal FC since his childhood.


Amani Simpson

Industry: Social Impact | Film |Entrepreneurship | Youth

Role: Social Entrepreneur and youth coach

Amani Simpson is an award-winning social entrepreneur and youth activist. His social enterprise is called Aviard Inspires CIC. It exists to empower young people through personal development, digital media and enrichment opportunities.

He is also the producer and protagonist of the ‘AMANI’ Short Film starring Joivan Wade (The First Purge, Shiro’s Story and Doom Patrol) which amassed 1 million views in 4 days and has been widely acclaimed by both youth and adults. It has now been viewed just under 3 Million views! Amani is using his lived experience and expertise in youth engagement to transform lives across the country.


Kurt Spence

Industry: Tech | Recruitment

Role: Program Specialist, Employee Referrals, Google

Ask Kurt about interview interview, life at Google, the world of recruitment, advising on career decisions/ choices.

Kurt is a Program Manager in the Recruitment team at Google. He studied Sports Marketing at The University of Northampton before deciding that it wasn’t the path he wanted to follow. Change is ok.

Kurt has been helping people and find the right role for over 5 years. Including supporting people through interview processes, it’s as important to learn about yourself when interviewing as the company you want to work for. He has helped hundreds of people during his time in recruitment.

In his personal time he loves playing Golf & Football and is a life-long Aston Villa fan!

Google is a corporation that was formed to provide internet-based search services, providing accessibility to the world’s online information. Founded in 1998, Google expanded from their initial search-based services into providing advertising, applications and services for mobile internet devices.


Zoe Stern

Industry: Tech | Events | Production | TV

Role: Community Engagement Lead, Google UK

Ask Zoe about working in broadcast and in the tech industry

Zoe started as a runner in local television, and found that putting her hand up to help out on random projects led to opportunities to travel the world, meeting presidents and movie stars along the way. After a fun and varied career in TV and live news, she brought her black book to Google to help curate content for their big events. Zoe now leads the tech company’s community work in London, which reminds her a little bit of the buzz of live broadcasting in terms of the immediacy of the impact.


Matt Stevens

Industry: Tech | Sales

Role: Chrome Enterprise Sales Lead, Google

Talk to Matt about influencing upwards, networking, and sales approaches.

Matt has been at Google for almost 5 years, initially bringing Android Enterprise to the EMEA market. After success in this go to market drive, he is now introducing Chrome Enterprise to the workplace. As Chrome Enterprise Lead, his core remit is advocating Chrome Enterprise as a viable, alternate platform for enterprise. His experience covers platforms, cloud solutions and manufacturers. He now leads the Public Sector business in the UK and is passionate about what Chrome Enterprise can bring to this space. Before joining Google, Matt has spent time living in Sydney, Australia running a restaurant before coming back to the UK and stints with BlackBerry & Samsung as well as with a B2B startup. Matt holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Information Systems from Portsmouth University.


Jonathan Trimble

Industry: Advertising | Marketing | Branding

Role: Co-founder & CEO, And Rising

Jonathan has over 20 years creative brand and marketing experience. He began his career at the world famous Adam & Eve DDB (six times Campaign’s Agency of the Year), he then joined Fallon (twice Campaign’s Agency of the Year).

From there, he led a breakaway to form And Rising that invests in and is creative partner to some of the world’s fastest growing scale-ups. It is also the UK’s first B Corporation creative agency using business as a force for good.

He has been voted Sunday Times Debrett’s most influential people in advertising, is a Marketing Society Fellow, and B Corporation Ambassador. Talk to Jonathan about marketing, advertising, brands, start-ups, entrepreneurship, and drumming.


Ben Turner

Industry: Music

Role: Founder & Owner, Graphite Media

Ask Ben about music management, live music, entrepreneurship, dance music, music supervision, global music industry and booking acts for Apprentice Nation.

Ben Turner is the founder and owner of Graphite, a music management and brand services company, based between London and Los Angeles. Turner is the artist manager for techno and technology icon Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman and the company also represents leading female electronic artists Anna (from Brazil), Nastia (Ukraine) and Sama Abbduhadi (Palestine). Graphite also has a long history of assisting and advising brands in the music space. Turner is the head of an influential global network in the music industry. He is a co-founder with Pete Tong in the International Music Summit in Ibiza (every May), a powerful networking and discussion platform described as ‘the TED of music conferences’. In 2013, he also formed the Association for Electronic Music, a not-for profit trade body to represent the genre. Its concept is to preserve, protect and promote electronic music worldwide. Turner also heads up a technology investment fund called Plus 8 Equities which has invested in Endel; LANDR; Splice and others. Finally, he is a partner in Earworm Music Supervision – overseeing music for TV shows and films for the likes of Amazon; A24; Fox; HBO and Netflix.


Mike Yerou

Industry: Tech

Role: Software Engineer, Google

Talk to Mike about working at Google, life at a tech company, software engineering, programming, coding, apps, Android.

Mike is a software engineer working at Google. Currently, he is in the Google Play team creating software that Android developers around the world use to publish their apps in the Play Store.

Before joining Google, he did an internship at Amazon Music in San Francisco. He studied Electrical & Computer engineering in Athens, Greece and Computer science in Los Angeles, USA.