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South Central Regional Final

Tuesday 16 June 2015
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

We started with 198 companies in September 2014. Through a series of Local Area Finals and County Finals, we had seven worthy finalists going through to the Regional Final.  Here are the companies and their products:

Conspiracy – Farnborough Sixth Form College
Student artwork in the community, gathering unrecognised local student artists so providing a platform for students to sell their art.

Reverie – Royal Latin School, Buckingham
Bespoke wooden decorations.

Fleet – Oxford High School, Oxford
Ethical handmade Bangladeshi jewellery. Starter product: handmade scented hearts.

Emergy – Burnham Grammar
Lightweight and portable phone chargers.

Navigate – School of St Helen and St Katherine
Luxury writing sets from recycled maps, scented candles and bunting, All navigation based materials.

Dynamique – Pipers Corner School
Hand made bags.

Vinco – Ranelagh School
Wooden coasters and key rings.

We always aim to have high quality and knowledgable judges who understand what the YE companies are trying to achieve. This year our judges were:

David Wenzel – European Manager ExxonMobil (Chair of Judges)

JennyCampbell – CEO Your Cash Ltd

Alan Gundle – Senior Director Mondileez International

Adam Roach – Business Unit Director – Janssen

Libby Pratt – ETP Consulting & Coaching

Tim Sparrow – Senior Director ASDA

Darren Sullivan – Zebra Technologies

Results – South Central Regional Final 2015

Sir John Moore’s Award – Hannah Cooper, Wycombe & Amersham College, Buckinghamshire

Journey Award – Lisa-Maria Dima, Banbury & Bicester College, Oxfordshire

Production Award supported by GKN – Dynamique, Pipers Corner School, Buckinghamshire

Creativity Award supported by Disney – Reverie, Royal Latin School, Buckinghamshire

Retail Excellence Award – Fleet from Oxford High School, Oxfordshire

Best Trade Stand Award supported by Arqiva – EmergyPower, Burnham Grammar School, Buckinghamshire

Best Presentation Award supported by Exxon Mobil – Dynamique, Pipers Corner, Buckinghamshire

Best Company Report Award supported by FSB Thames Valley Region – Reverie Royal Latin School, Buckinghamshire

Best Company Award 2015 supported by YourCash Ltd – Fleet, Oxford High School, Oxfordshire

Judges’ Biographies

Jenny Campbell:       Jenny has never been shy of a challenge. An ex-career banker turned business owner and entrepreneur, Jenny has transformed her business YourCash, into a pan European business.  YourCash is a well-established independent ATM deployer, that currently supports over 5,000 ATMs.  Last year, the business handled 77 million ATM transactions, whilst delivering an annual income of over £30 million.

Jenny believes that developing and recognising budding entrepreneurial stars is vital for UK plc, and that is why she works closely with the New Entrepreneurs Foundation, Tomorrow’s People and Young Enterprise, ensuring young people have access to essential skills, and opportunities, allowing them to push through adversity and be the best they can be.”

David Wenzel:  David has a degree in Economics and Operational Research from Lancaster University. He has worked for ExxonMobil for over 20 years, including assignments in Europe and United States. After a number of Management roles in their IT function, David transferred to ExxonMobil’s Gas & Power Marketing business 8 years ago. In Gas & Power Marketing, his teams have been responsible for managing ExxonMobil’s interests in gas infrastructure in Europe, and marketing ExxonMobil’s natural gas across Europe. David has a keen interest in the development of people within ExxonMobil, and has been involved in recruitment and training for much of his career.

Alan Gundle|: Graduating with an MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge,

Alan joined Kraft R&D Munich in 1993 in the Cheese and Dairy group. This lead to placements in US and at a manufacturing facility in Spain.  In 1999 Alan returned to the UK, in Kraft Coffee R&D. Accomplishments during 11 years in coffee included the foaming ingredient used in instant Cappuccinos. This booster ingredient is now enjoying its finest hour –  in ‘Wispa’ foaming chocolate drinks.  Alan also had the ‘aha’ moment which led to the invention of ‘Millicano’.  Alan now heads the Global Science Centre of Mondelēz International, based on the University of Reading Campus.

Darren Sullivan: has  24 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry, with 15 years at Motorola in systems engineering, service delivery and supply chain roles and am now in his first year with Zebra following the acquisition of the enterprise business from Motorola Solutions.  He is responsible for Zebra’s repair operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa, responsible for 11 repair centres and an annual budget of $65M with a combined annual repair volume of 1 million units.  Darren says he is inspired by Nelson Mandela and in relation to choosing a job ‘do something you enjoy as you will spend most of your time doing it!’.

 Mark Burrows:  studied Environmental Chemical Engineering at University and after a series of part time jobs including, teaching chemistry, working on a farm and tying fishing flies, joined the Army as Royal Engineer. While in Germany and the Falkland Islands he was involved in bridge building, mine-warfare and demolition work. He subsequently became a military surveyor and studied astronomy and geodesy. This led to a number of postings to Africa, the Caribbean, The Balkans and the SW Asia.  After several years he commanded 42 Engineer Regiment and subsequently the Joint Forces Geographic Organisation. On leaving the Army, he joined STFC.

Tim Sparrow: Began at Iceland as a food hall manager, ran a number of stores.  He then became an area manager, running a no of regions in London.  After ten successful years, he moved across to Asda, to become a General Store Manager, running 5 stores, including 2 new store openings and the biggest Asda in Europe, Milton Keynes.   Another move saw Tim move to head up E-Commerce (Home Shopping) for the South of England and currently is Regional Manger running 90 stores in different formats and still has time to support Arsenal.  His advice to this year’s YE students is ‘Start your pension as soon as you can’.

Libby Pratt:  is an independent consultant leading integrated change programmes across strategic, operational and organisation development issues. She also coaches private and corporate clients to develop their full potential and reach their career and personal goals. She started her career as a strategy consultant at Monitor Company, then moved to NatWest where she worked in various roles, from developing a strategy for venture capital to leading the implementation of a major IT and business process change programme. Libby is American and did her BA at Vassar College before completing her Masters at Oxford and becoming a permanent UK resident.  Libby is inspired by Martin Luther-King and recommends that every young person should read his biography.