OUR CORE TEAM
Our core team of entrepreneurs and business people has a passion to help young people achieve success.
Chief Executive Officer
Catherine has a wealth of expertise in leadership and management, and business strategy development particularly in the charity, start up and education sectors.
She has 20 years of experience in the charity sector, particularly in enterprise and employability skills development for young people, coupled with employer engagement with education.
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.
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.
DR. MARGARET MOUNTFORD
Chair of Trustees
Margaret was a lawyer in the City for 25 years, then pursued a variety of other interests including studying Classics at UCL. She is a trustee of a number of charities in the education field, including two secondary schools in Westminster, and chairs Argent Foods Limited, a privately owned group operating principally in the food sector. A member of the advisory board of Westminster Business School, she appeared in five series of BBC’s “Apprentice”, where she met Tim Campbell, the founder of Bright Ideas Trust.
TIM CAMPBELL MBE
Founder & Trustee
Winner of The Apprentice (series one), Tim worked for Lord Sugar for two years before leaving to start his own business. Tim divides his time between various business interests, international speaking engagements and chairing the board of governors at his old school in East London.
In February 2012 Tim was awarded the MBE for his efforts supporting enterprise and sits on the City of London’s Education Board.
Simon is currently Managing Director of Accenture’s Products operating group in the UK and Ireland and has worked with a variety of clients such as Unilever, Reckitt, Booker, KwikSave, Boots and Danone. Accenture’s Products operating group serves a set of consumer-relevant industries including retail, consumer goods & services, life sciences, automotive, industrial equipment, infrastructure & transportation services and air, freight & logistics and travel services.
Riaz is a senior partner at EY and is passionate about social enterprises, particularly those focused on entrepreneurship and education. Alongside Bright Ideas Trust he is an active supporter of several social enterprise projects including Common Purpose, Mosaic, Kiva.org, and Adab Trust.
Riaz chairs an educational charity called One Degree (http://www.myonedegree.org) which has successfully opened its first free school, the One Degree Academy. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Bradford University’s School of Management.
Steve is an entrepreneur and business strategist, and has over 17 years experience starting, building and selling companies. His businesses have spanned consulting, outsourcing, recruitment technology and on-line games.
He is currently Co-Founder and Group COO of Xoomworks – a niche technology consulting and outsourcing business based in the UK, France, Romania and Bulgaria. Xoomworks works with high growth, tech driven companies and FTSE 100 businesses, to create competition-beating technology and implement core systems.
Prior to setting up his first company, Steve worked as a strategy consultant and IT project manager. Steve holds an MBA from INSEAD and a degree in Applied Physics from Durham University. He is an Honorary Entrepreneurial Fellow at Durham University and a Fellow and Council member of the Global Sourcing Association.
He is an active mentor and business advisor to several start-up companies; a mentor for Seedcamp; a regular guest speaker at several European business schools and a trustee for the Bright Ideas Trust, a charity dedicated to creating opportunities for entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Steve is President of Mintel’s commercial operation across the EMEA region. The prestigious portfolio spans the world’s leading and emerging brands across all consumer categories, as well as agencies, financial services, retail and academics. Steve and his team are passionate about supporting and growing this portfolio and work in partnership with the clients to deliver unique business insights that uncover new opportunities and drive growth.
With more than 20 years at Mintel, Steve has enjoyed a variety of commercial and general management roles, including 5 years running global marketing and 3 years living in Chicago focused on growing their US operation. He still misses their summers…but not the winters!
Anita is an experienced Board level HR Director with a proven track record of strategic delivery in Cultural Change, Employee Engagement, Leadership Development, Acquisitions and Recruitment and Reward.
Anita was previously HR Director UK and Nordics, for Capgemini Plc and more recently People Director at Vaultex, the largest provider of B2B cash processing services in the UK. She is a member of CIPD, sits on the steering committee for Coventry University Business School and Adoption Advisor and Panel Member for Buckingham County Council.
Finance and Business Services Expert, FCCA
Business Strategy and Innovation, Business Process Evaluation and Optimisation, Asking Right Questions, Asset Creation, Financial Planning and Cash Flow management, Funding.
Director / Financial Planner at Essentially Financial Ltd
Managing Director, SweetSpot
Head of Communications, Vaultex UK Ltd
PR, Internal & External Communications, Marketing Communications, Branding.
Founder, SABIVO Design
Publishing – greetings cards, design, product development, sourcing, negotiation, market; Retail & Buying (Fashion, volume & luxury) – sales, marketing, brand image; PR; social media.
Director, Sourcing and Supply Chain
Fashion, business process, leadership, management, pricing, process engineering, purchasing, quality control, retail, sales, strategic, supply chain, vision, sourcing, product development, budgeting, cost control.
Series Director, Smile Inside Films Ltd
Freelance TV direction, production.
Director of Diamond Thoughts Ltd
Manufacturing and retail.
Secondary school Governor, Trustee of PDSA
Investment and finance.
How do I get a mentor?
Bright Ideas Trust will work with you to identify areas of your business where you could benefit from extra help and support. Your Business Manager will then approach a Mentor and ask him or her to contact you directly to arrange a meeting to identify what is required.
Mentoring works on a one-to-one basis and the Mentor will work to establish a close relationship and to understand all elements of your business. The Mentor will then identify the challenges that you need help with and work with you to address them.
How do I become a mentor?
If you are interested in becoming a Bright Ideas Trust Mentor, you can download an application form, provide us with your background and career information and we will contact you directly to follow up.
To be considered as a Mentor for Bright Ideas Trust you will ideally have:
- Recognised skill or ability in a particular field or specialist area of business
- Comprehensive knowledge of the key issues and critical commercial aspects of running a small business
- Experience of setting up and running your own business
- A broad general business knowledge
Prospective mentors will be asked to provide two relevant references and to complete a Bright Ideas Trust Business Mentor application form.
If you want to volunteer as a mentor please drop us a message here.