Business Shapers

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  • Shaper: Dessi Bell

    Show aired on 2nd December 2017 Dessi Bell Dessi Bell studied Economics and Financial History at LSE, where she founded the university’s Women in Business Society. Following this, she was employed in Fashion Development at the Ministry of Sound; in the Debt Capital Markets department at JP Morgan; and was Chief Opportunity Giver at Bijoux… Read more

  • Shaper: Taavet Hinrikus

    Show aired on 25th November 2017 Taavet Hinrikus Taavet Hinrikus is co-founder and CEO of TransferWise. Prior to co-founding TransferWise in 2010, Taavet was Skype’s director of strategy until 2008, starting as its first-ever employee. One of the World Economic Forum’s Tech Pioneers, Taavet is an adviser to Prime Minister of Estonia on the digital… Read more

  • Shaper: Andrew Dunn

    Show aired on 17th November 2017 Andrew Dunn Andrew Dunn studied Politics and Sociology at Exeter University, graduating in 1999. Following this, he worked for a central London residential company before co-founding luxury property design and development firm Finchatton with Alex Michelin in 2001. Listen live at 9am Saturday. We acquire, design, develop and then ultimately… Read more

  • Shaper: James O’Callaghan

    Show aired on 11th November 2017 James O’Callaghan James is a structural engineer with over 20 years’ experience. He co-founded Eckersley O’Callaghan in 2004, which has since grown into a 90 strong, award-winning practice based in London, New York, San Francisco, Paris and Shanghai. The practice was recognised as ‘Engineering Consultant of the Year’ at the… Read more

  • Shaper: Richard Robinson

    Show aired on 4th November 2017 Richard Robinson From an early career in journalism, Richard has raised the profile of a number of worthy charities in the creative arts, education and healthcare, raising over £100m in the process. He spent time in India developing the operations and communications strategy for an international NGO to treat,… Read more

  • Shaper: Jon Wright

    Show aired on 28th October 2017 Jon Wright Jon co-founded innocent in May 1999 along with two friends, Richard Reed and Adam Balon. Innocent now has revenues of £250m and sells in 15 different countries across Europe. Jon and his two co-founders sold their controlling stake in innocent to Coca Cola in 2013 with the… Read more

  • Shaper: Charlie Green (encore)

    Show aired on 14th October 2017 Charlie Green Charlie Green is co-founder and co-CEO of TOG (The Office Group). Before founding TOG in 2003, he was an Acquisition Manager at MWB Group plc, a property investment and development business. TOG launched just when technology and new ideas were shaping the global economy, with the aim… Read more

  • Shaper: Dana Denis-Smith

    Show aired on 7th October 2017 Dana Denis-Smith Dana Denis-Smith was born in rural Romania before moving to London, where she studied a BSc in International History and an MSc in Political Economy at LSE. Following this, she undertook the PgDL and LPC at BPP Law School and an MBA at the Indian Institute of… Read more

  • Shaper: Richard Farleigh

    Show aired on 30th September 2017 Richard Farleigh Richard Farleigh was born in Kyabram in Australia and was one of 11 children. His father was an itinerant worker, who was variously a shearer, opal miner and seasonal labourer. At the age of three, Richard was taken into care by the authorities, where all of his… Read more

  • Shaper: Tom Blomfield

    Show aired on 23rd September 2017 Tom Blomfield Co-founder and CEO of Monzo Tom went to grammar school in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, where he developed a passion for coding. In his teenage years, he worked for a local estate agent called Wilson Heal, delivering leaflets. Whilst working there, Tom convinced them to get a website, which… Read more

  • Shaper: Tom Thirlwall

    Show aired on 16th September 2017 Tom Thirlwall CEO of Copa90 Tom was born in London in 1973. He attended Reigate Grammar School in Surrey and went on to Leeds University before working as a Planner at Mediaedge, an advertising media planning agency. In 1997, Tom co-founded Fishtank, a youth marketing specialist firm and in… Read more

  • Shaper: Jas Bagniewski

    Show aired on 9th September 2017 Jas Bagniewski Jas attended Westminster School before going to the University of Manchester. Following this, he studied an MSc in International Relations at UCL, and an MBA at the University of Cambridge. In 2005, Jas worked as a teacher at Manasarovar Academy in Nepal, where he taught English and… Read more

  • Shaper: Will Wynne

    Show aired on 2nd September 2017 Will Wynne Will Wynne is MD and co-founder of auto enrolment provider Smart Pension.  Smart Pension was built specifically to help thousands of small British businesses sign up their employees to a workplace pension scheme, as required by law. He co-founded the firm in 2014 with Andrew Evans, CEO… Read more