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IFB 2014 Ambassadors

John Allan

John Allan

National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses

John Allan is a former FSB recruiter who has been a grassroots activist for 15 years. He is a Director of the British East India Company Ltd involved in oil expediting, steel making and whisky bottling. John was previously Chairman and Chief Executive of the Wirral Chamber of Commerce.

Sir Howard Bernstein

Sir Howard Bernstein

Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

Sir Howard Bernstein was appointed as the Chief Executive after joining Manchester Council as a junior clerk in 1998. Sir Howard was previously involved in the establishment of the Manchester Airports Group, now the largest British owned airports group in the UK, owning four airports.

Ed Bussey

Ed Bussey

Founder of Quill

Serial entrepreneur Ed Bussey is the founder and CEO of Quill, a fast-growth content creation platform that specialises in writing for the web. Ed was also part of the founding team and Global Marketing Director of Figleaves.com, backed by Balderton Capital. He has served in various NED, Chairman and Internet advisory positions, including Mr. & Mrs. Smith Boutique Hotels, Bauer Media Group, PCCW, Charles Tyrwhitt, Enterprise Ire<

John Cridland CBE

John Cridland CBE

Director General, Confederation of British Industry

John Cridland is the key spokesman for the business community in the media. He leads the CBI – the voice of business - in the UK and represents it internationally. John is a Board member of Business in the Community and a UK Commissioner for Employment and Skills. He was awarded a CBE for services to business in 2006 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Lincoln in 2011.

Julie Deane

Julie Deane

Founder of the Cambridge Satchel Company

Founded in 2008, the Cambridge Satchel Company is a British company that produces satchels based on the traditional British school satchel. Following coverage by international fashion magazines, production of the satchels increased from six every 10 days to 3,000 a week in 2013 (all manufactured in the UK). In 2013 Julie won RSM International Entrepreneur of the Year at the European Business Awards.

Lord Derby

Lord Derby

Lord Derby owns and manages the Knowsley estate and Safari Park, which is Merseyside's largest paying tourist attraction with 500,000 visitors each year. Lord Derby was a fund manager for many years with Robert Fleming, and still chairs the FF&P Trustee Company Ltd. He is involved with over 100 different charities and organisations predominantly in the North West.

Sir Bob Kerslake

Sir Bob Kerslake

Head of Home Civil Service and Permanent Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government

Sir Bob Kerslake was previously Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council, and Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency. Sir Bob has also been a non-executive board member at DCLG and was a member of both the Equalities Review Panel and the National Employment Panel.

Sir Terry Leahy

Sir Terry Leahy

Sir Terry Leahy joined Tesco plc in 1979 as a Marketing Executive and was CEO from 1997 to 2011. He transformed Tesco from a successful British store into the UK’s leading supermarket and the third biggest in the world, with over 350,000 employees and 2,000 stores worldwide. He was awarded a Knighthood for services to food retailing in 2002. He is now a Senior Advisor to Clayton Dubilier & Rice.

Paul Lindley

Paul Lindley

Founder and CEO of Ella's Kitchen

Paul Lindley founded the organic baby food brand Ella’s Kitchen in 2006, which now has a 20% share of the baby food market in the UK and in 2012 families spent over $100million on Ella’s Kitchen foods. Paul was named National Entrepreneur of the Year by City AM in 2012.

Henrietta Lovell

Henrietta Lovell

Founder of the Rare Tea Company

The Rare Tea Company is an independent company based in London and founded in 2004, that sources and supplies high quality tea direct from farmers and their tea gardens. The company supplies high-end retail outlets including Waitrose and Selfridges as well as top restaurants worldwide.

Sara Murray OBE

Sara Murray OBE

Founder of Confused.com and Buddi

Sara Murray is the Founder and CEO of personal monitoring company Buddi, which has just been announced one of the Preferred Bidders in a £400m Ministry of Justice contract. Buddi also has operations in the USA and New Zealand. Sara founded the price comparison website confused.com. She received an OBE for her services to entrepreneurship and innovation in 2012 and is a member of the British Government’s Technology Strategy Boar

Phil Orford MBE

Phil Orford MBE

Chief Executive, Forum of Private Business

Phil Orford MBE began his career in sales before starting his own business at the age of 21. Between 1983 and 2007, he was involved in a number of start-up companies as diverse as scientific supplies and hazardous waste management.

Terry Scuoler

Terry Scuoler

Chief Executive, EEF The Manufacturers' Organisation

Terry Scuoler is responsible for enhancing EEF’s representation role as the voice of manufacturing. He also leads the further development of EEF’s business services in employment law, occupational health and safety and environmental services. Terry served as an Infantry Officer before beginning his commercial career in publishing and the construction industry. Following this he joined Royal Ordnance (now part of BAE Systems)

Russ Shaw

Russ Shaw

Founder, Tech London Advocates and former Vice President at Skype

Russ Shaw is an angel and venture investor and non-executive director of high growth businesses including Dialog—a publicly traded semiconductor company and AIM listed Cupid plc. Tech London Advocates is a coalition of experts from the tech sector and broader community who are championing London as world-class tech hub.

Sarah Wood

Sarah Wood

Co-founder and COO of marketing technology company, UNRULY

Sarah Wood from UNRULY ensures that the company delivers the most awesome social video campaigns on the planet. Sarah has been voted UK Female Entrepreneur of the Year by the Growing Business Awards, one of 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. and one of 10 London-Based Entrepreneurs to Watch by Forbes.

Ed Wray

Ed Wray

Co-founder of Betfair

Ed Wray co-founded Betfair in 1999 and was it’s first chief executive, becoming chairman in 2006. He also set up the business in Australia. Betfair floated on the London Stock Exchange in October 2011, valued at £1.4bn. He has twice been named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Ed stepped down from his role as chairman of Betfair last year, and currently holds a directorship at Funding Circle.

Juergen Maier

Juergen Maier

MD of Siemens UK & Ireland

Juergen Maier is Managing Director of Siemens UK and Ireland Industry Sector. Mr Maier also chairs the North West Business Leadership Team, alongside taking a leading role on Manchester’s Local Economic Partnership promoting manufacturing and industry across the region.

Rupert Lee-Browne

Rupert Lee-Browne

Founder & CEO, Caxton FX

Tech-entrepreneur Rupert Lee-Browne started Caxton FX with £25,000 and a telephone; since he has grown it to become an industry leader with an annual turnover of £750 million. The online currency specialist has become one of the leading financial services in Europe, making its success through offering consumers bank-beating exchange rates.

Ana Botín

Ana Botín

CEO of Santander

Ana Botín is CEO of Santander UK and a member of Banco Santander’s Board, as well as its global Executive and Management Committees.

After eight years at JP Morgan in New York and 10 years with Banco Santander, in 1999 she set up and ran a Private Equity fund as well as an IT web consultancy firm. From 2002 until moving to the UK in 2010, Ms Botín was Executive Chairman of Banesto, recognised as the Best Bank in Spain for three consecutive years by Euromoney.

In addition to her business roles, Ms Botin is an active leader in social responsibility and philanthropic work.  Ms Botín is the founder and Chair of CyD Foundation, which focuses on universities, Empieza por Educar (ExE), the Spanish affiliate of Teach for All, and is a Trustee of the Mayor’s Fund for London, benefiting disadvantaged children in the capital.  She serves as a Business Ambassador for the UK government.