Business Shapers

Jazz FM

  • Shaper: Linda Pilkington

    Linda Pilkington Linda Pilkington grew up in the UK had a Saturday job at a tearoom where she learnt how to make ice cream. Her father Ralph was a German businessman who came over to the UK as a Jewish refugee, and mother Elizabeth was a radiographer at Old Trafford General Hospital. Linda left the… Read more

  • Shaper: George Wood

    George Wood George Wood grew up in a family of theatrical producers.  His parents were responsible for musicals and plays but specialised in pantomime. Unsurprisingly, George started his career as an actor, appearing in West End musicals, films and in children’s television series.  It was whilst appearing in a play in London and commuting in on a scooter… Read more

  • Shaper: Ben Elliot encore

    Show aired on 30th June 2018 Ben Elliot Quintessentially, a company engaged in the provision of concierge and luxury lifestyle management services through a network of subsidiaries, was founded in 2000 by Ben Elliot, Aaron Simpson and Paul Drummond. Co-Founder Aaron Simpson has said that the business idea came after Elton John asked him to… Read more

  • Shaper: Craig Burkinshaw

    Show aired on 23rd June 2018 Craig Burkinshaw From a young age, Craig Burkinshaw was an avid traveller with a keen entrepreneurial spirit. He was keen to steer away from the mainstream travel-agent industry and heavily trafficked ‘holiday hot-spots’ and get off-the-beaten-track. After guiding his own small group tours around Vietnam, he identified a gap… Read more

  • Shaper: Kit Kemp

    Show aired on 16th June 2018 Kit Kemp Kit Kemp MBE is an award-winning interior designer. She is Design Director and co-owner of Firmdale, a group of luxury hotels in London and New York. Over her three decade long career, she has collaborated with Anthropologie, Wedgwood dinnerware, Chelsea Textiles, Christopher Farr, and others to produce… Read more

  • Shaper: Adam Pike

    Show aired on 9th June 2018 Adam Pike Prior to co-founding SuperCarers, Adam was a Management Consultant at Deloitte during which he acted as Policy Advisor to the Cabinet Office in Westminster. He then co-founded and became CEO of BeyondMe, a company that promotes generosity in leadership before taking the position of Advisor & Strategy… Read more

  • Shaper: Timo Boldt

    Show aired on 2nd June 2018 Timo Boldt Timo Boldt’s city career included several special situations hedge funds. In 2007 he left Project Management at BMW to become an Analyst at Rothschild, before 2011 where he became an Associate and later Vice President at Petrus Advisers. He then founded Gousto in 2012 after he was… Read more

  • Shaper: Katie Massie-Taylor

    Show aired on 26th May 2018 Katie Massie-Taylor Before co-founding Mush, Katie Massie-Taylor worked for an exclusive matchmaking company, as a City broker, and as a PR Executive. She was inspired to start Mush after striking up a conversation with a fellow mum in a rainy south-west London playground. They soon realised how many other… Read more

  • Shaper: Ray Kelvin

    Show aired on 19th May 2018 Ray Kelvin Ray Kelvin grew up in Cockfosters, which his late mother taught him to pronounce Co’fosters, to sound “posher”. He attended Middlesex Polytechnic, studying Business Studies, but later dropped out of his course to work. His experience in fashion and retail began when he worked in the family… Read more

  • Shaper: Frederic Court

    Show aired on 12th May 2018 Frederic Court Frederic Court attended Bocconi University in Milan and then the ESSEC Business School in Paris. He is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish and resides in London with his wife and children. He has held various investor positions at companies including: YELP, a search and review… Read more

  • Shaper: John Sims-Hilditch

    Show aired on 5th May 2018 John Sims-Hilditch Prior to co-founding Neptune with Giles Redman, John Sims-Hilditch was a Captain in the British Army. The discipline and precision he learned as an army officer, together with his natural entrepreneurial spirit, have helped make Neptune one of the fastest growing retailers in Britain. Listen live at 9am… Read more

  • Shaper: Roland Lamb

    Show aired on 28th April 2018 Roland Lamb Roland Lamb grew up in rural New Hampshire, USA. His father is a jazz pianist and Roland started playing the piano when he was a toddler. It was whilst attending Summerhill School that he started his first business, a jazz cafe for other students. At 18, Roland… Read more

  • Shaper: Sacha Zackariya

    Show aired on 21st April 2018 Sacha Zackariya Sacha has a BEng in Engineering from the University of Warwick, a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Economics from the University of London, as well as an MBA International Business Administration from INSEAD. He speaks four languages: English, French, German and Dutch. At the age of 17, Sacha… Read more