CEO | CREATIVE POD
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/PR Specialist at Wildwood PR
As well as being one of the Founding Partners for Young Start-up Talent, Lorraine is also a Public Relations Specialist based in the heart of the South East at Wildwood PR. She has no shortage of expertise in media relations, having previously worked for a prominent leading newspaper group, managing a business paper in addition to running a PR Agency. Lorraine has developed strong links in both local, national and international media. Lorraine acts for a variety of international tech type clients. In 2014, Lorraine won the ‘Influential Woman of the Year Award’ at the NatWest Venus Awards for Sussex.
Managing Director - South region | natwest
Daryl has worked in banking for over 25 years and heads up the Corporate lending business in the South of England for NatWest. He is also a Board Member of Coast to Capital, the local enterprise partnership which mirrors his role at NatWest in terms of its focus on supporting the growth and development of the local business community.
SERVICES & OPERATIONS DIRECTOR | THALES GROUP
Dave Kickham joined Thales in 1986 having completed degrees in Physics & Electronics at Leeds & Southampton Universities. He started at Thales as a Software Engineer and spent the early part of his career in Engineering focusing on Ground based & Airborne Radar and Electronic Warfare Systems. He then led teams in Quality, Programme Management & Business Improvements.
Audit Partner | Practice Leader | Grant Thornton UK LLP
Jon is an experienced audit partner based in the Gatwick office, with more than 20 years' working with a wide range of clients from listed corporates to entrepreneurial mid corporates based in South-East England.
Jon's client portfolio consists of entities in the information technology, support services, professional practice, healthcare, manufacturing and motor retail industries. He has a particular focus in working with businesses with international operations, or who have ambitions to expand their business overseas.
His role as Practice Leader for the Gatwick office, sees Jon working closely with the leadership team to ensure they continue to deliver a proactive and value-added service to our dynamic client base in the South East of England.