CEO | The Creative Group
At just 20 years old, Matt started his own business, which has since led to him winning a number of awards, including 'Young Entrepreneur of the Year' and 'Business Person of the Year' at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards. This entrepreneurial spirit inspired Matt to become one of the founding partners of Young Start-up Talent, with a view to encourage and motivate young entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. On top of this, Matt is also CEO of his own group of companies, The Creative Group, which includes an award-winning full-service design, marketing and print agency based in the South East.
MANAGING DIRECTOR | MEDIA WORD WAVES
As well as being one of the Founding Partners for Young Start-up Talent, Lorraine also heads up a leading Public Relations agency based in the heart of the South East. She has no shortage of expertise in media relations, having worked for a prominent leading newspaper group for seven years, managing a business paper with strong links in both local and national media. Lorraine now heads up the successful PR Agency - Media Word Waves who act for a variety of clients. In 2014, Lorraine won the ‘Influential Woman of the Year Award’ at the NatWest Venus Awards for Sussex.
Regional Operations Manager of Town & Country Housing Group
Keith is currently Regional Operations Manager at Town & Country Housing Group and has a wealth of experience gained from more than 30 years in the sector. Having started his housing career with the Crown Estate, Keith has also worked at a senior level for a number of Housing Associations and Local Authorities. He was instrumental in establishing East Kent Housing as the country’s first multi-council ALMO.
DIRECTOR | NATWEST
Dara Chauhan is Director, Corporate & Commercial Banking for NatWest in Canterbury, Ashford and Tunbridge Wells. Dara and his team of Relationship Directors and Senior Relationship Managers along with a support team look after the SME market. Having joined the bank in 2002 Dara has carried out various senior roles in London and the South East.
PARTNER | CROWE CLARKE WHITEHILL
Simon is a tax partner in the Kent office and is responsible for the provision of the tax service to the firm’s clients in the region. He advises a wide range of businesses from entrepreneurial startups to listed clients. He particularly enjoys advising growing businesses on efficient capital structures and cash positive tax reliefs as well as tackling succession issues of the sort that bedevil some family businesses.
PARTNER | CRIPPS
Ifran is a partner specialising in information technology and intellectual property. He advises on strategic structuring of procurement and outsourcing contracts and commercial exploitation of novel technologies. His clients value his ability to break down the issue into manageable parts, which allows him to give clear and sensible commercial advice. With special expertise in confidentiality and data-protection, Ifran likes to challenge clients thinking and provide feedback and training on how to develop a commercial approach.
HEAD OF MEDIA SALES | LOCAL WORLD SOUTH EAST
Michael Adamou is the Head of Media Sales in Kent for Local world South East, which covers 10 newspaper titles and eight online news sites. Leading two Business Development Teams, Michael has 12 years’ experience in media sales and is responsible for delivering advertising revenues across Kent.
Director | Encore
At just 22 years old, Rob is in charge of three thriving Companies and has recently joined the Young Start-up Talent team as Strategic Director. Rob is not only well-known, but also well-respected within his industry, which is focused around investing and growing businesses to help them reach their full potential. In 2012, Peter Jones named Rob as National Entrepreneur of the Year and he has recently been nominated for Wall Street Journal’s Young Investor of the Year 2016/17.