Our core team of entrepreneurs and business people has a combined experience of over 100 years in business and a passion to help young people achieve success:
Lisa Gagliani, Chief Executive Officer
Lisa joined Bright Ideas Trust in March 2012 to help grow the charity in terms of funding and beneficiaries. As an experienced Marketing and Communications specialist, Lisa brings a range of skills in developing new products and services, running not for profit, business to business and youth enterprise initiatives.
She has designed and delivered programmes which support young people in south London and has been a partner to local government.
She has been parent governor at an ‘outstanding’ secondary school and is a non-executive director of a £25M community health social enterprise. Lisa has two teenage sons.
David Sullivan, Business Manager
David is an experienced banker who, in a career spanning almost 30 years with Barclays Bank, looked after a variety of business customers ranging from small and medium-sized enterprises to large publicly quoted companies.
David joined Business Link for London in 2003 as a member of its Access to Finance programme, which transferred to the London Development Agency in October 2006. He subsequently returned to Business Link as a Business Adviser in 2009 and joined Bright Ideas Trust in 2011.
With his experience in both banking and business support, he is very well placed to help young business owners raise the finance they require to start and grow their businesses.
Zoe Brown, Business Manager
Zoe has been enthusiastically advising businesses for over fifteen years and joined Bright Ideas Trust as a Business Manager in November 2012. Prior to this, she was a Business Manager with Business Link for London and has run her own small business consultancy working with start-ups and owner managed businesses.
She knows the pressures, trials and tribulations as well as the great feeling of achievement when something goes right in your own business. She is an avid networker, speaking regularly at business events and seminars, and has been on the judging panels for a variety of business awards in recent years, including the London Excellence Awards and Investors in People Champions.
She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and holds an MBA from Greenwich University, has two teenage sons and a small black and white dog.
Olga has been advising established and new businesses for 15 years, initially as a Business Link adviser and more recently at The Olive Grows, a business she co-founded, which incubates and nurtures new and expanding food businesses.
Olga’s specialist areas of expertise are in developing products and services in niche markets, sales and marketing, social media and positioning products effectively so they are demand-led and profitable. After an early and successful career in sales in the hospitality and catering industry, Olga joined Business Link eventually developing and delivering new business support programmes for the manufacturing and design sector in London.
She is very experienced in writing effective bids and winning public sector contracts and also advises social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations in generating income. Olga is a volunteer member of the Mayor’s London Food Board, has two young children and an allotment.
Before successfully completing his degree in Theology and Health at Canterbury Christ Church University, Stephan set up his first business www.getprobasketball.com in which he successfully raised angel finance and worked with brands such as Adidas and Slam. With a passion for Africa, he co –founded Think In Africa, a portal with valuable video content on all industries within Africa. He was accepted onto the Google “top black talent” programme, one of just 30 students from top universities and was also named one of the top ten black students in the country by Rare Recruitment. With his experience working with start-ups, Stephan is very well placed to train and develop young business owners to develop their enterprises. Stephan joined Bright Ideas Trust as an intern in July 2012 and has joined the team full time from September 2012.
Becky Tanner, Executive Assistant
Becky spent 12 years working as an Executive Assistant to the Chairman and President of Sony Music Entertainment. During this time she twice won the Music Industry PA of the Year Award. In the past she has also worked as a PA to a Vice President of a major film company and for the CEO of an artist management company