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Shaper: Chris Wright

Chris Wright started running a small blues club and representing rock groups whilst social secretary at Manchester University. After which he moved to London and founded Chrysalis with another former social secretary Terry Ellis. After starting as managers and agents they developed Chrysalis into one of the leading independent music labels and music publishing in the world. Ellis left the company in 1985 and a few years later the Chrysalis record label was sold to EMI.

Following this, Wright spent the next 20 years continuing to build the music publishing company and launching the Echo label he also moved Chrysalis into the field of TV Production, creating the first British Super Indie, and also into radio creating one of the top three radio station groups in the UK. The company was eventually sold in 2011, he is re-launching a new TV production company under the Chrysalis banner, and has future plans to re-enter the music business.

Shaper: Dr Lydia Yarlott

Dr Lydia Yarlott is a Paediatrician and Co-Founder of Forward Health, a tech start-up that has developed a secure messaging and workflow app, enabling healthcare professionals to communicate and collaborate effectively. Being “struck by how much time (she) was wasting trying to navigate switchboards or responding to (her) pager,” Lydia’s husband encouraged her to solve [...]

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Jazz Shapers - 5 hours ago

Shaper: Marcus Wareing

Marcus Wareing is a celebrated chef and Co-Founder of Marcus Wareing Restaurants. Marcus studied at Southport Catering College and was Gordon Ramsay’s protégé for 19 years. He was awarded his first Michelin Stars at 26, one of only a handful of chefs to be recognised at that age. His awards now include one Michelin star, [...]

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Jazz Shapers - 1 week ago