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 | Young Start-up Talent


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.

Cheryl Gourlay

Strategic Lead for Youth Enterprise | Business Banking | NatWest


Cheryl has worked for NatWest for 18 years and has spent her time working across different divisions. Cheryl’s role now is to support the delivery of the bank’s Enterprise agenda, working with local schools, colleges and universities which support aspiring entrepreneurs and existing businesses to achieve their ambitions. Cheryl is hands-on in supporting enterprise discussions and creating entrepreneurial thinking inside NatWest as well as with key external stakeholders and partners, focusing on how the bank can make a positive impact in its communities.

Cheryl lives in Hampshire and is married and mum to Olivia-Mai.

Royston Smith MP

Royston Smith is the Conservative MP for Southampton Itchen constituency following his election in 2015. 

Royston joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) aged 16 and served for ten years, flying as a ground engineer in Nimrod maritime patrol aircraft. Following this, he worked for British Airways for 16 years as an aeronautical engineer.

In 2000, Royston was elected as a councillor on Southampton City Council. He served for 16 years on the council, and was leader of the council between 2010-2012.

Away from politics, Royston has previously owned and run a number of small businesses including a cycle shop and has also undertaken consultancy work.