Entrepreneurship Guest Lectures Biographies
- J. Timothy Richards: Vue Entertainment, CEO
- Louise Beaumont: Platform Black, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
- Chester Mojay-Sinclare: Charity Checkout, Founder
- Rekha Mehr: Pistachio Rose, Founder
- Rajeeb Dey: Enternships, CEO
- Alex Siljanovski: BlueRonin, Co-Founder & CEO
- Robyn Exton: Founder, Dattch
- Nic Brisbourne: Forward Investment Partners and Forward Labs, Managing Partner
- Tamara Heber-Percy: Mr & Mrs Smith, Co-founder and CTO
J. Timothy Richards
In 1999 Tim founded a start up cinema exhibition company now known as “Vue Entertainment” that now boasts over 66 million annual admissions from 1319 screens in 145 state-of-the-art cinemas in the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, Taiwan, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Portugal. Tim has extensive involvement in British Film the past and present through the following appointments:
- Governor of the Board for British Film Institution (BFI)
- Board Director / Trustee Creative Skillset
- Executive Director of the Cinema Exhibition Association (CEA)
- Council member of BAFTA
- Director of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC)
- DCMS Peer Review Member
- DCMS Film Policy Review Panel Member
- Board Director of Film London
- Council Member & Executive Director of British Screen Advisory Council (BSAC)
Tim was an Advisory Board Member for the Film Business Academy at Cass Business School and is also the Chairperson for the Board of Trustees for Hope and Homes for Children, a charity that works in Central and Eastern Europe and Africa.
In 2006 Tim was awarded the UK Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young and Individual of the year by Leisure Report. In October 2007 the Hollywood Reporter named Tim as one of the top five entertainment innovators of the Year. In June of 2008, the Independent newspaper named Tim as one of the “20 Most Influential People in Film”. Over the course of the past 23 years in cinema exhibition, Tim has developed extensive international development and operational experience in over 14 major international markets in Europe, South America, Australia and the Far East. Before entering the entertainment industry, Tim was a Wall Street lawyer engaged in international finance and cross-border mergers and acquisitions while based in London and New York. Married for 22 years with three children, Tim’s interests are his family, films, reading and sports. A former international ski racer, Tim is still an avid skier, windsurfer, runner, cyclist and tennis player.
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer
Louise Beaumont, is co-founder and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer of Platform Black
Platform Black delivers cashflow on demand on a pay as you go basis to Britain’s SMEs. Our innovative approach to crowd-funding invoice finance has put us firmly at the forefront of the Alternative Finance movement.
For businesses, Invoice Trading is a new way to raise funds within a few days by allowing you to auction your invoices to investors. Investors bid against each other to advance your business funds for 30, 60 or even 90 days - which means you get access to cashflow at the most competitive price.
You set the auction terms and the maximum cost of finance allowing you stay in control of the process. You can sell as many or as few invoices as you want, when you want. Simple, and highly cost-effective.
Chester Mojay-Sinclare is an entrepreneur and founder of Charity Checkout, an online payments service for UK charities.
Chester graduated from UCL with a degree in Philosophy in 2011, after which he went on to establish Charity Checkout, while in post as Consultant Entrepreneur at UCLB Plc. His social enterprise now employs nine staff and is growing rapidly, having attracted two six-figure investment rounds.
Chester was named as the UK’s top student entrepreneur in 2011 and went on to represent the UK at the Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards in New York, competing against young entrepreneurs from 32 different counties around the world.
Charity Checkout was inspired by a
previous concept, which won awards at both the London Entrepreneurship
Challenge and Bright Ideas Awards organised by UCL.
Rekha Mehr, founded Pistachio Rose in Feb 2012 and her passion to change the face of Indian sweets and desserts in the UK motivated her to start the business. “There is a huge focus on Indian food in this country, but very little awareness of dessert. Many people have never tried traditional dishes or have been put off by their overwhelming richness, so I wanted to show that with careful balance, sweet Indian flavours can be delicate and sophisticated.”
Prior to setting up her own business, Rekha’s career was held in retail buying which started at Waitrose as a buying assistant in 2005. Her passion for the brand was paramount but she moved on to Amazon for accelerated career progression in 2006. After four and a half years and a lot of hard work, she left Amazon as a buying manager, leading a team of 5 buyers. Her time at both companies allowed her to gain an invaluable skill-set that she uses to drive her business forward today.
In March 2012 she was recruited as Start-up Entrepreneur in Residence at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. In this role she helps inform future policy to reflect the needs of startups as well as helps to improve the shape of the current business support landscape provided by government.
Rajeeb Dey (27) is the founder & CEO of Enternships - a platform for students and graduates to find internships and jobs in startups and SMEs for which he was awarded the O2 X Young Entrepreneur of the Year accolade and named the world’s youngest Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012. Rajeeb is also a co-founder of Start Up Britain; the national campaign to inspire, celebrate and accelerate entrepreneurship in Britain, launched by the Prime Minister in 2011 and supported by HM Government. He was recognised by The Evening Standard as one of the “1000 Most Influential People in London” and earlier this year honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in recognition of his work in the entrepreneurship sector for over ten years. Follow him on Twitter: @rajdey @enternships
Alex is a Chartered engineer with extensive civil industry experience. Specialising in rail, transportation, water, ports, mechanical & electrical systems, energy and building services sectors - all coupled and enhanced by multidisciplinary project management experience.
Robyn is the founder of Dattch, the first dating app built exclusively for women. It lets lesbian, bisexual and bicurious women connect with each other and their community. Dattch is currently in the accelerator from O2 / Telefonica called Wayra and has just closed their first angel round of investment.
Robyn is also one of the co-organisers of GeekGirl Meetup, an un-conference and meetup group about web, code & startups, creating new female role models, networks and active knowledge exchange.
Investment Partners and Forward Labs
Nic has 13 years experience in the venture capital industry and prior to joining Forward was a Partner at leading venture capital firm DFJ Esprit. He has worked and invested in London and Silicon Valley, leading over 25 investments and enjoying a number of successful exits including buy.at (acquired by AOL for $125m) and Zeus Technology (acquired by Riverbed for $140m). Nic also authors Europe's most popular VC blog: The Equity Kicker.
Mr & Mrs Smith
Co-founder and CTO
Mr & Mrs Smith is an award-winning hotel website, booking service and travel club, specialising in finding the world’s most inspiring boutique and luxury hotels. Founded in 2003, Smith has published nine coffee-table guidebooks and, at mrandmrssmith.com, maintains a collection of more than 900 of the most stylish and intimate places to stay around the globe. Membership is free, entitling members to life-enhancing extras (from free champagne to complimentary spa treatments) and money back when they book, plus exclusive offers on hotels, luxury shopping brands and more.
Co-founder and CTO of Mr & Mrs Smith, Tamara Heber-Percy grew up between Ibiza and Shropshire, and graduated from Oxford with a degree in languages (which has proved very useful in helping take Smith around the world). Her first job took her to Brazil to launch a new energy drink and, since then, she has worked in marketing on both agency and client-side for brands such as Ericsson, Honda, Unilever and Swissair. A series of below-the-line data driven projects, including building large CRM databases through online channels helped her develop and hone her technical expertise.
In 2002, she left to head up her own company, the County Register – an exclusive introductions agency – and to launch Mr & Mrs Smith. Combining travel expertise with technological knowledge, Tamara has been the architect behind the development of Mr & Mrs Smith’s e-commerce websites. As CTO, Tamara heads up the international development team and is responsible for the cutting-edge technology behind the website and the booking engine, as well as e-commerce innovations and consumer integration.