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.
Managing Director | Oxford Innovation
Chris has a background in chartered engineering and then in purchasing management and supply. He has a long-standing commitment to the provision of flexible business space to support the development of innovative companies. In March 2010, Chris was appointed Managing Director of Oxford Innovation and became a member of SQW Group’s Executive Board. Under Chris’s leadership, Oxford Innovation’s portfolio has increased from 14 to 20 centres and delivers a unique offering to property owners and over 900 occupier companies.
Relationship Manager | NatWest
Simon is a Relationship Manager for the NatWest Bank and has worked with their Corporate Team for over eight years. Passionate about going the extra mile and giving a personal service, Simon becomes a Trusted Business Partner and Advisor on all aspects of his clients business, looking after businesses with a multi million turnover in and around the Hampshire area. Further to that, he is independently accredited to the Chartered Banker status in addition to holding the Applied Diploma in Corporate Banking through the Institute of Financial Services.
CEO & Founder | Towers Design & Social Marley
At just 18 years old, Ben is CEO and founder of multi-award winning digital agency – Towers Design and social media managing platform – Social Marley, as well as being a non-executive director of Young Start-up Talent. Ben is one of the UK’s most successful young entrepreneurs and has had great success as a worldwide keynote speaker. He has been named by Richard Branson as one of the world’s most exciting entrepreneurs as well as being placed as Number One in The Times ‘Super Teen Power List’.
Director & Head of the Corporate & Commercial Department | Verisona Law
Michael is a Director and Head of the Corporate & Commercial department at Verisona Law, specialising in all areas of corporate and transactional work, including acquisitions, mergers, start-ups and MBO’s. He leads the majority of Verisona’s high-value corporate and commercial transactions, and is responsible for the coordination of all legal services relating to such work. Michael’s commercial experience ranges from software contracts through to shareholders’ agreements and he regularly helps high profile clients in relation to media and entertainment law. He is also active in the insolvency field.
Partner | Wilkins Kennedy LLP
With a career spanning more than 25 years, Zara has developed an enviable reputation for her consistent, target-driven delivery of services to clients across a variety of business sectors. Zara works for top 20 firm, Wilkins Kennedy LLP, where she became a Partner in 2013. She has a vast portfolio of clients in the manufacturing, property, pharmaceutical, motor and retail divisions, to name but a few, from large groups and UK subsidiaries to SMEs. On top of this, Zara also has a number of personal achievements to match her professional aptitude, including recently being named the Venus Awards’ Professional of the Year, following her dedicated service to her clients and her career progression.