Speakers

STEPH MCGOVERN

Business Reporter, BBC

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Steph McGovern is an award winning journalist and television presenter. Over the past fifteen years Steph McGovern has reported on business and finance from around the world, from international summits to small business success stories. Steph took part in our Young Enterprise Company Programme whilst studying for her A levels. Her business engaged in a variety of services, from creating calendars to washing cars. Most importantly, Steph learnt essential competencies such as initiative, problem solving and organisation. These have served her well throughout her career. For example, Steph was awarded the title of ‘Young Engineer for Britain’ when she was 19 after using her skills to save Black and Decker £1 million whilst completing an industrial placement with the manufacturer.

The Young Enterprise Alumna has gone from strength to strength, becoming a regular face on BBC One, fronting shows such as Breakfast, Watchdog, Shop Well for Less and Have I Got News For You. Steph has also launched a children's TV show looking for the next generation of entrepreneurs, called Pocket Money Pitch on CBBC.

LIZZIE CARR

Adventurer and founder Plastic Patrol

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Lizzie Carr, aka Lizzie Outside, is an environmental activist, adventurer, author and Founder of Plastic Patrol. She has dedicated herself to exploring the globe on a paddle board, whilst using her adventures to capture important data to highlight and educate on environmental issues affecting our planet.

In May 2016 Lizzie become the first person in history to paddle board the length of England’s waterways, solo and unsupported. In September 2018, she took her activism to America - one of the world's biggest consumers of single use plastics - by becoming the first person to successfully paddle board the tidal River Hudson - all 170 miles - over eight days. In the last year alone, Lizzie's campaigning efforts reached more than 44 million people globally.

BEN TOWERS

Award-winning young entrepreneur

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Ben Towers, at 16, was described by The Sunday Times as one of  ‘the most influential teenagers on the planet’ having started his first business aged 11, and growing this into a successful marketing agency that he exited in 2017. Ben has since invested in disruptive start-ups and inspired millions with personal and broadcast appearances across the globe. Today Ben is 20, and on a mission to change the long term health outcomes of the digital generation.


Judges

JENNIFER CRAWLEY

UK Head of Business Management for Small Business Banking HSBC UK

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Jennifer is the UK Head of Business Management for Small Business Banking HSBC UK and is responsible for over 1,000 people and over 820,00 customers.

Her passion both inside and outside of work is the development of people and she holds prominent roles in Forward Ladies and leading the apprenticeship programme for apprentices within Commercial Banking and Young Enterprise.

Jennifer’s role at HSBC UK enables her to make a difference for small businesses and she created the successful ‘Pop-up’ week initiative, now in its third year. She also created NextGen Fest, HSBC UK’s youth festival, attached to The International Business Festival in Liverpool which was attended by HRH Prince William to inspire young people about what the future world of work could be. 

ANDY O’MALLEY

director, Service Management UK & Ireland
AT&T Business – Global Operations & Service

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Andy has worked at AT&T for 34 years and currently supports the UK and Ireland Sales Centre and peers with other EMEA based Service Directors as part of the Peter Daly MoW Service Management community.

His role is high end customer management, supporting 15 Service Managers on pre and post Sales support for priority UK and Ireland Sales Centre customers across the whole range of AT&Ts services - voice, managed data, security services and bespoke Integrated and Application Solutions. Market sectors range from manufacturing to retail and banking to the Red Bull Racing Formula One team.

Andy is engaged in local philanthropic support including for the Redditch Relay for Life for Cancer Research UK and as leader of the AT&T Aspire program, with two local high schools.

EDWARD CLARKE

Managing Director Operations FedEx Express UK

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Ed is responsible for ensuring that FedEx and TNT Operations in the UK provide the very best operational platform to consistently deliver outstanding levels of service for its customers.

With 19 years’ experience in the logistics sector, Ed started his career at FedEx as an Operations Manager at Enfield in 1999, and held various positions, before being appointed to Managing Director in 2014.

Ed strongly believes the company’s best assets are the people, knowing they are the key to delivering industry leading results.

GRAHAM FARHALL

Regional Director, Finance, EMEA, Delta Air Lines

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Graham has worked for Delta Air Lines since 2008 and is responsible for providing financial expertise to the European, Middle East and Africa business including ensuring accounting control and compliance across 31 countries. Prior to joining Delta Air Lines, Graham spent 10 years in various finance roles with British Airways including some time spent working in the USA. He started his career with Balfour Beatty in Liverpool and holds a BSC (Hons) in Business Operation and Control from the University of Salford.  Graham joined the Board of Young Enterprise in February 2019 having served as an independent member of the Risk and Audit Committee since March 2018. 

 

JAMES HEWITSON

Head of Wealth & Advice, HSBC UK

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James began his career with HSBC UK in January 2005 as Re-Insurance Manager for HSBC Life, soon moving on to be Product Manager still with HSBC Life. James then moved on to the Regional Insurance Team in Canary Wharf covering strategy and planning. In 2011 James moved himself and his family to Malta to become CEO of Life Company and later Head of Customer Value Management.

In 2015 James returned to the UK to head up Wealth, FX & Savings. Over the past 3 years James has held various positions finally becoming Head of Wealth & Advice at the beginning of 2018. Prior to HSBC UK James worked at Nationwide and Zurich where he trained to become an Actuary.

 

SARAH WILLIAMS

PRINCIPAL (VICE PRESIDENT) EMEA TAX, Disney

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As Head of Tax for EMEA, Sarah is responsible for leading a team which manages all tax issues in EMEA covering corporate taxes, indirect taxes and employment taxes. This includes compliance, audit resolution, transfer pricing, accounting, commercial and legal entity structuring, strategy and business partnering.  

Sarah was previously Director Tax Planning - Global Tax Strategy, at GlaxoSmithKline Plc at their London Headquarters determining intellectual property, group structure and financing strategies.

Sarah started her career at Deloitte in Manchester for 5 years in the Corporate Tax department, working on a variety of UK and International clients. Sarah is an FCA of the ICAEW and a CTA of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and has a BSc Hons (First Class) Accounting and Financial Analysis from University of Warwick.


 

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