They have been a fabulous source of information, knowledge and encouragement, and I feel that my business is growing as a result of their input.
The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP
The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan was appointed Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities on 15 July 2014. Nicky was elected for the Loughborough seat for the Conservatives in the 2010 General Election. Nicky has served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Cabinet Minister at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and before that was a member of the BIS Select Committee.
She served as an Assistant Whip in the coalition government, until her appointment as Economic Secretary to the Treasury on 7 October 2013. She was appointed as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women on 9 April 2014.
The Rt Hon Lord Young of Graffham CH DL
The Rt Hon The Lord Young of Graffham has had a varied and distinguished career since graduating from University College London. After practicing as a solicitor for a year, he entered the world of business, founding the first of many enterprises in 1961. In 1979, Lord Young became involved in politics, leading on programmes to alleviate youth and adult unemployment. He later joined the Cabinet as a Minister without Portfolio, becoming a member of the Privy Council and also acted as Secretary of State for Employment and Trade and Industry for a number of years until 1989.
Lord Young was appointed Advisor to the Prime Minister on Enterprise in 2010 to review the relationship between Government and small firms. In May 2012 his first report “Make Business Your Business” introduced the Start Up Loan initiative: a programme that has enabled thousands of young people to realise their dream of working for themselves.
Penny Power OBE
Penny co-founded Ecademy in 1998 with her husband Thomas Power, the UK’s first social network for business. Ecademy was sold in 2012 – leaving a legacy of over 600,000 Micro Businesses who understood what it meant to be part of a global community as friends.
In 2009 Penny authored her book, “Know Me, Like Me Follow Me” which was followed by her Manifesto for Digital Business Britain in 2011 supported by Mark Prisk MP, UK Business Minister. Later in 2011, Penny founded the Digital Youth Academy bringing a new Apprenticeship to market to help young people get jobs that played to their Born Digital strengths. Many VA’s have hired these Apprentices to expand their offering and give them more capacity
Penny is committed to the digital skills agenda across the UK, she now Chairs Digital Business Britain, a Not for Profit Awareness and Skills program.
In the 2014 New Years Honours List Penny was been awarded an OBE for her commitment to ‘Entrepreneurship and Social Digital Development.
Penny's new venture is a network of physical Business Cafe's across the UK that will connect the younger generation and their digital skills to the local small business community. www.thebusinesscafe.co.uk
Brynne Herbert is the founder and CEO of MOVE Guides, and a recognized expert on global talent. Under Brynne’s leadership, MOVE Guides has grown from a small UK-based startup to an award-winning company, working with the world’s largest businesses and supporting moves across six continents.
She is part of London’s Tech City Insider 100, the SV2UK 100 (CEOs of 100 top UK tech companies), was named a founder to watch by top women in tech group, Women 2.0 and was honoured as one the most successful female entrepreneurs in London by the City’s marque publication, Brummell Magazine. Brynne was selected this year as one of 19 top female tech startup CEOs to attend an exclusive trip to Silicon Valley with SVC2UK. She also writes a monthly column for the Financial Times in their executive appointments section.
In 2013, she earned the "Rising Star in Global Mobility Award" from the Forum for Expatriate Management in EMEA, APAC and the US, highlighting her work to transform the way companies recruit and relocate talent. She is a registered Global Mobility Specialist with Worldwide ERC, and a frequent speaker at global mobility conferences such as the Totally Expat Show and Global Workforce Symposium. Brynne also speaks regularly in London on entrepreneurship and women in tech.
Sarah Weller is London Managing Director of the UK's leading enterprise mobile consultancy and app developer, Mubaloo.
Sarah joined Mubaloo’s Bristol office in 2011 as Marketing Manager before being promoted to London Managing Director in 2013. In this role, Sarah has been responsible for doubling the size of the London team. Sarah is involved in new business, marketing and also new initiatives for the company, such as the firm’s MiBeacons location-based services division and working closely with both partners and clients.
Sarah was recently listed in The Drum Top 50 Digital Women Under 30 and Mobile Entertainment’s 30 Under 30.