mmMargaret Mountford (Chair of Trustees)

Margaret was one of Lord Sugar’s original advisors in The Apprentice, leaving in 2009 to continue her PhD in papyrology at University College, London, studying documents found in Egypt and written in ancient Greek. She sits on many boards and is chair of governors at a London school.


timTim Campbell MBE (Co-founder)

Winner of The Apprentice (series one), Tim worked for Lord Sugar for two years before leaving to start his own enterprise. Tim divides his time between speaking engagements, various business interests and his role as the Mayor’s Ambassador for Youth. He was awarded the MBE in February 2012 for his efforts to encourage enterprise.

simonSimon Eaves

Simon has worked with a variety of clients such as Unilever, Reckitt, Booker, KwikSave, Boots and Danone, and is currently Managing Director of Accenture’s Products operating group in the UK and Ireland. 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.

riazRiaz Shah

Riaz is a senior partner at Ernst & Young 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,, and Adab Trust. Riaz chairs an educational charity called One Degree (  He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Bradford University’s School of Management.

mayaMaya Ross

Our youngest trustee is an Oxford graduate who is Marketing & Communications Director at GoCardless, a rapidly growing financial services start-up which is transforming the direct debit industry.

steveSteve Jackson

Steve Jackson is the Co-Founder, Group COO and Chairman of the technology outsourcing business Xoomworks (

Steve has been a mentor at Bright Ideas Trust and become a Trustee in December 2014.  He is a highly experienced entrepreneur and business strategist with a strong history of starting, building and selling businesses and brings a valuable insight into the challenges of establishing and growing small enterprises.