Michael Acton Smith

CEO and Founder, Mind Candy

Michael has been described by the Daily Telegraph as "a Rock Star version of Willy Wonka" and by the Independent as "a polite version of Bob Geldolf". He is the CEO and Founder of Mind Candy, the creators of Moshi Monsters. Moshi Monsters is an online world for children with over 80m registered users that has recently expanded offline to include books, magazines, toys, music, mobile and movies. Michael also co-founded Firebox.com, Berwickstock, Silicon Drinkabout and Calm.com.

Michael Acton Smith

Amber Atherton


Named the 5th most powerful person in Vogue's Digital Power List 2012, Amber is the founder of hugely popular online jewellery boutique www.myflashtrash.com. A figurehead for enterprise in the UK, Hong Kong born British-bred Amber balanced a modelling career with business ventures and boarding school from the age of 11. Modelling for everyone from Harpers Bazaar to Vogue and LOVE magazine whilst delving into a vast range of diverse start-ups.

Amber began buying and selling hand picked jewellery that she discovered from around the world whilst still at boarding school, which gave her the vision to create MY FLASH TRASH in 2008. She has since clocked up considerable coverage to date, and appears regularly in international editions of Vogue, Style and Tatler. She was chosen for Audi's 'Bright Young Things' campaign, covering 'The Teenpreneurs' guide to business by the Daily Express.

Amber was also a founding cast member of hit UK reality television programme Made in Chelsea.

Amber Atherton

Oli Barrett

Oli is a founder of Cospa (the Co-Sponsorship Agency), helping companies and causes to create and grow ventures which make money and make a difference. A good example of this is by helping young people to fix their own youth clubs, with a well-known DIY chain. He started Tenner, the scheme which has challenged over 50,000 school pupils to see what they can achieve in one month, starting with £10. He brought speed-networking to the UK and has hosted and spoken at events around the world. He leads regular trade missions to the US, India and Brazil helping British companies (in health, clean-tech and web) to explore business opportunities. Oli’s earlier entrepreneurial career included a student events business, an international language practice website (sold in 2008) and a sock subscription website. He is a co-director of Areté Club (a private members club in London bringing together the different worlds of security, politics, business, development and the arts) and is a co-founder and director of StartUp Britain, a national campaign for entrepreneurs which celebrates, inspires and accelerates enterprise in the UK.

Oli Barrett

Jamal Edwards

Founder and CEO, SB.TV

Jamal Edwards was a 16-year old kid in London who got a camcorder for his birthday.

He used it to video the things he was interested in – the hip hop scene in London. He launched his own online music channel, SB.TV, on YouTube.

Within months, SB.TV grew to become the go-to channel for upcoming artists, launching the career of acts such as Ed Sheeran.

Since 2006 SB.TV has notched up a phenomenal 100 million viewers and he has built an £8 million business empire, making both The Times Young Power and Rich List.

In 2011 Jamal launched Just Jam his own record label imprint in partnership with Sony. It is hardly surprising he’s now fronting his own Google Chrome advert alongside Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber and starring in a fly-on-the-wall Channel 4 series, Inside SB.TV about Jamal and his team of 12.

Jamal has received the nod of approval from Richard Branson and Simon Cowell (to whose Syco label he also helps out).

Having expanded his repertoire – Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, Drake and Justin Bieber are among the many celebrities who’ve exclusively performed for SB.TV, Jamal has now set his sights global, recently taking trips over the pond to film with Nas and Mobb Deep, to name but a few.

Jamal Edwards

Steph McGovern

Business Reporter, BBC Breakfast

Originally from Middlesbrough, Steph first appeared on the BBC aged 19, when she won the title of Young Engineer for Britain, after saving Black & Decker over £1m on a design she did for their Leaf Hog product.

Following her appearance, Steph secured work experience on Tomorrow's World before becoming a part-time researcher in the current affairs department, while studying science at University College London. Within months she became the main producer for daily financial news on the Today programme on Radio 4. Two years later within weeks of becoming the producer for the then economics editor, Evan Davis, the financial world was in meltdown. Steph has covered its developments ever since.

Steph has also held the roles of lead producer of business news on the BBC's One, Six and Ten O'Clock news bulletins, financial reporter for 5Live, and business presenter on the Chris Evans Drivetime show on Radio 2.

As part of a feature called Steph's Sunday Shift, she spent time in over 50 different workplaces across the UK, including a gas rig in the Irish Sea, an air traffic control centre and a nuclear power plant.

Along with her daily news duties, Steph is also involved in BBC community projects, such as BBC School Report. She is a school governor in Teesside and regularly runs workshops for schoolchildren around the North East.

Steph McGovern

Michael Mercieca FCMA CGMA

Chief Executive, Young Enterprise

Michael Mercieca was appointed Chief Executive of Young Enterprise in April 2012. He was previously Director of Finance & Operations at The Prince’s Trust, which he joined in 2003. As a member of the Senior Management Team he was responsible for Finance, Corporate Support Services, Programme Design and Management of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Over the years, leading a team of 220 staff, Michael helped improve the governance, financial and programme management of The Trust, helping to build the charity’s reserves and steadily increasing the number of young people supported each year.

Michael began his career in manufacturing at GKN and Racal Electronics and then switched to the media sector as financial controller for BBC Enterprises. He rose to become Financial Director of BBC World Service TV and UK Cable and Satellite TV, launching BBC News around the world and UK Channels such as UK Gold and UK Living. After that he was Interactive Service Director at BSkyB and Finance Director at the film and TV production company Mentorn Barraclough Carey.

Through his own firm, Media Gap, Michael has advised companies such as Yellow Pages, NTL, Telewest, and The Co-operative Bank. He qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1980 and is a Fellow of the Institute (FCMA).

Michael Mercieca

Ian Smith

Chairman, Young Enterprise

Ian Smith has been the Chairman of Young Enterprise since 2009. He is Managing Partner of AndersonBick Consultants LLP, his own executive coaching consultancy. Until recently he was the Regional Senior Vice President of Oracle UK, Ireland & Israel, a post he held for nine years. Prior to that he worked for BT, joining as Director of Customer Service. Ian was subsequently made Managing Director of BT’s consumer division, and he finally became Managing Director of BT UK Customer Service.

Ian has served on the Executive of the Information Age Partnership, the E-Skills Board, the CBI President’s Committee, the National Employment Panel, and he chaired the Leadership & Management Panel on behalf of the UK Government. He has served as the Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for South East England.

Ian has also held the post of President of the Institute of Customer Services since its inception over ten years ago. Until 2008, he served on the Board of Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise Europe. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the City & Guilds Institute, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, and an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University.

Ian Smith