Simon became Chair of Young Enterprise in January 2020, following his appointment to the Board in November 2019. He has a longstanding interest in education, having successfully chaired the UK-US Fulbright Commission from 2009-13, for which he was awarded an OBE in 2014, and he currently chairs the Council of University College School in London. Simon is also a founding member of the Speakers for Schools programme.
With a background both in finance (Simon is currently Global Head of Financial Services in Strategic Communications for FTI Consulting and was the founding CEO of the trade group the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME)) and communication (he was the first Communications Secretary to Her Majesty the Queen and went on to work as Communications Director for 10 Downing Street) Simon is perfectly placed to steer Young Enterprise at an exciting time as it launches its No Time Like the Future Campaign.
Wayne founded the Active Group Limited in 2002 and has over 35 years’ experience in creating, managing and developing investment products and regulatory services from a commercial perspective. Wayne has been a passionate supporter of philanthropy and volunteering, especially in the support and development of young people. He was at the centre of the strategic leadership of the Scout Movement in the UK from 2001, overseeing its significant transformation and growth
A highly regarded inspirational leader and philanthropist, Wayne’s significant contributions were recognised in the 2017 Birthday Honours when he was made Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his voluntary services to young people.
Graham joined the Board of Young Enterprise in February 2019 after having been an independent member of the Risk and Audit Committee since March 2018. Graham works as Regional Director – Finance – EMEA at Delta Air Lines, Inc
Saj Jetha joined the Young Enterprise Board in January 2019. Saj is an economist, author and founder of the multi-award winning talent agency The Smarty Train. Saj started his career as a Strategy Consultant at Accenture and then moved to EY’s Strategy Advisory Practice. There, he focused on the transformation of central government and received a ‘Best of the Best’ Award. One of his career highlights was being involved in London’s bid for the 2012 Olympics.
Saj is a school governor and a Trustee of The University of London Convocation Trust and in his spare time loves baking sourdough bread.
Elizabeth graduated from King’s College, Cambridge, with a degree in Classics and English. After qualifying as a teacher with a PGCE from the Institute of Education, University of London, she taught English in four inner London comprehensives as a classroom teacher, Head of English and Deputy Headteacher.
During this time she gained a MA in Language and Literature in Education from the Institute of Education and the NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship). Elizabeth specialises in teacher training, curriculum, school improvement and school self-evaluation. In 2010 she became Headteacher of Camden School for Girls, a very successful medium sized school for age group 11-16, with a large, mixed sixth form of 450 offering A level qualifications. Elizabeth joined the YE board in 2017.
Helen joined Young Enterprise in 2016. She recently retired from PwC, where she was a partner specialising in risk management and internal controls.
Carl Reader joined the Young Enterprise Board in March 2021.
Carl is an entrepreneur and small business champion with a background in accountancy. Carl serves as Chair of the Practitioner Panel at ACCA and is widely recognised as a thought leader in the accounting profession, speaking globally to accountancy audiences about a range of topics. He features regularly in the national press and on stage and regularly provides content through his social media channels. Carl is chairman of business advisory firm d&t and author of Boss It, The Startup Coach and The Franchising Handbook. Carl also hosts a podcast.
Raj is General Counsel and Company Secretary at Wincanton Plc. Prior to this, he spent several years at Mitie Group Plc, latterly as Group Counsel. In both of these roles, he gained extensive experience in working with start-ups and high-growth businesses and thrives on the energy and buzz associated with these sorts of businesses.
Raj is a Young Enterprise alumnus, having been the Finance Director of a successful Young Enterprise company in 2001, reaching the National Finals. He was involved in re-establishing a Bristol Young Enterprise Board and subsequently was a member of the Greater Manchester Young Enterprise Board. He joined the Young Enterprise Board in January 2019.
Chris Slater joined the YE Board in February 2019. A highly successful entrepreneur, Chris is the co-founder of Simply Business, an organisation he helped to grow from a tiny start-up to one of the UK’s largest online business insurance providers. Having sold the business in 2017 Chris recently returned to the Simply Business board as an advisor, and begun to put the foundations together for a new profit and purpose led private equity fund.
He currently invests in start-ups across both the fintech and impact led sectors, as well as advising and supporting a number of charitable ventures. Chris has a particular passion for reinventing the education system and addressing the social mobility issues that exist in the UK through empowering young people with the skills they need to be successful.
Johaan Wiggins has been a Trustee of Young Enterprise since May 2017. Johaan is a Partner at Oliver Wyman based in London where he leads the Digital, Technology, Operations & Analytics practice across EMEA. His role is to advise Oliver Wyman’s clients in Financial Services, Technology, Media and Telco companies on a range of digital, operational, technology and business performance improvement initiatives.
Prior to Oliver Wyman Johaan worked for leading Tech Advisory firm, Diamond Technology Partners in North America and the UK and prior to that was an M&A banker focused on the Technology Media and Telco (TMT) industry.