We are pleased to introduce you to our Titans of Industry!

Here you’ll find an amazing collection of experts from across the creative sector and beyond (pretty impressive, no?). This amazing network supports the programme in a variety of ways from one to one advice to group lectures and much, much more. Our students are able to unlock this invaluable resource in the second term of the programme through our members’ site.


Photographer and director, Rankin, made his name in publishing, founding the seminal monthly magazine Dazed & Confused in... read more

Rhoda Parry

Rhoda Parry is the Editor of Country Homes & Interiors, the magazine that’s all about living in – and loving – toda... read more

Nathan Elstub

Nathan has over 20 years of management, investment, transaction and financial experience across sectors. He has senior non-ex... read more

Symon Meikle

Symon is both a strong strategic thinker and tactical operator. Having boot-strapped his first business at the tender age of ... read more

Shaka Bunsie

A qualified teacher with experience teaching hard to reach inner city students in the UK; before joining the Old Vic New Voic... read more

Tim Deeson

Tim is the managing director of Deeson Group, a 30+ person company that helps clients communicate with their audiences, whate... read more

James Mansfield

James Mansfield co-founded field&flower an online farm shop selling premium quality meat by subcription. Time spent worki... read more

Anna Carloss

I launched my first company Cunning Stunts (now CUNNING) at 31. The UK’s first agency to specialise in “Disruption”, ou... read more

Robert Hurst

Robert Hurst led the organic growth of award winning media music company Audio Network from a bootstrapped start up through a... read more

Jeremy Deller

Jeremy Deller  is an English conceptual, video and installation artist. Much of Deller's work is collaborative; it ha... read more

Christina Richardson

Christina Richardson is founder of The Nurture Network the UK’s first on-demand marketing department for start-ups and entr... read more

Deborah Joseph

Deborah Joseph is the editor of Easy Living. Formerly a BSME award-winning editor of Brides magazine, and prior to that a sen... read more

Robin Hambro

American by birth, Robin started her career as a model and at the same time sold real estate in New York. Then the serendipit... read more

Eleanor Ford

Eleanor began her career as an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker, before founding LikeCube Ltd in 2006. Based on her f... read more

Mark Glynne-Jones

Since graduating in 1980 with an Honours Degree in Visual Communications I have worked with a number of the UK’s leading ma... read more

Stephen Garrett

Stephen Garrett is a multi-award-winning producer of tv dramas (Spooks) and movies (Eastern Promises, Salmon Fishing in the Y... read more

Charlie Marshall

Online furniture brand Loaf (Loaf.com) is a one-stop shop offering gorgeous homeware that won’t burn a hole in your pocket.... read more

Cliff Fluet

Cliff joined Lewis Silkin LLP as a Partner in April 2006 and specialises in Digital Media & Brand Entertainment. He found... read more

Caroline Burstein

Caroline Burstein was born into a fashion family. Her parents founded Browns in th eearly 70's and at about the same time Car... read more

Richard Greer

Richard Greer has worked in international finance for 30 years, and is a partner in an investment banking group specializing ... read more

Glenn Max

Glenn Max was born in NYC. In 1997, he was asked to serve as creative director of the multi-tiered performing arts venue, The... read more

Jim Needham

Jim Needham has worked in various elements of finance since 1999, formerly in investment banking advisory and more recently a... read more

Tim Julian

Tim helps companies build brand value, working for US entertainment studios, TV companies, sports organisations and arts orga... read more

Chloe Lonsdale

After completing my Fashion Design degree at Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design and assisting Nicole Farhi in he... read more

Rodney Kinsman

Professor Rodney Kinsman RDI, graduated Central St Martins 1964, formed OMK Design Ltd www.omkdesign.com in 1965, an independ... read more

Sarah McCullough

Sarah studied Fine art at Central St Martins, her practiced focused on photography and film. After graduating she enjoyed myr... read more

Dinny Hall

Dinny Hall founded her celebrated, eponymous range back in 1985 when barely out of Central St Martin’s School of Art - the ... read more

Shane Redding

Since becoming one of the first women to graduate from Jesus College Cambridge, Shane has enjoyed a varied career in direct a... read more

Phil Dolman

From Bond Street to Brixton - Philip Dolman founded London based creative consultancy studio db with Lesley Batchelor, both e... read more

Rebecca Heald

Rebecca Heald is Director of New Contemporaries, the annual exhibition of work by new and recent UK fine art graduates. She h... read more

Nova Stevenson

Nova Stevenson is a digital strategist who specialises in user experience design. Starting in the industry as Senior Web Edit... read more

Polly Stenham

Polly Stenham is a playwright and film writer. Her first play was produced at the Royal Court Theatre when she was 19 years o... read more

Lucy Morris

Lucy lives and works mainly in London, opened the Andrew Robson Bridge club in 1997, now with a few thousand members and a gr... read more

John Burgess

John Burgess writes dance music reviews for the Guardian most Fridays, founded Jockey Slut magazine (RIP) and is now associat... read more

Jeff Zie

Over 20 years of experience in successful digital media in startup and corporate environments; holding senior strategy and ma... read more

Brian Boylan

Involved in Branding for 40 years he has been Chairman of Wolff Olins for the last 15 years. Under his leadership it has grow... read more

Alessandro Commisso

Alessandro Commisso is a dynamic marketing and brand expert with a hands-on international experience in retail and e-commerce... read more

Robert Devereux

Robert Devereux worked with Amnesty International & Macmillan Publishers before joining Virgin in 1980 as Richard Branson... read more

Ashley Long

Ashley has worked for Paul Smith for over 20 years. A chartered accountant by training but with far reaching experience gaine... read more

Marcus Mason

Marcus Mason completed an MA in International Relation at SOAS and holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxfo... read more

Caroline Daniel

Caroline Daniel is Editor of the Weekend FT, overseeing all the sections from the Weekend magazine to FT Money. Before this s... read more

Ossian Ward

Ossian Ward is Head of Content at Lisson Gallery and a writer on contemporary art. Until 2013, he was the chief art critic an... read more

Elsa Corbineau

Elsa Corbineau has started her career in fast moving consumer goods companies to train on classical marketing skills and comp... read more

Jason Martin

Jason Martin has over ten years' experience of making business simpler for reluctant entrepreneurs; specialising in supportin... read more

Craig Smith

Craig is a hugely experienced international brand guardian with a background in design, marketing, pr, online and digital. Al... read more

Helen Edwards

EAST END PRINTS was set up in 2010 to encourage emerging artists to publish their work as fine art prints for the very first ... read more

Fleur Emery

Fleur Emery is a creative and charismatic entrepreneur specialising in food and drink. In 2006 she founded Grasshopper, creat... read more

Sarah Greenwood

Sarah Greenwood is a Film Production Designer who started her her career after graduating from Wimbledon School of Art in The... read more

Jaime Gough

Jaime is International Manager at Native Tongue Music Publishing, an independent music publisher with offices in Melbourne, A... read more

Jude Kelly

Jude Kelly is Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, Britain’s largest cultural institution. She founded Solent People's... read more

Daniel Mcclean

I run the Art and Cultural Property (legal) Team at Finers Stephens Innocent LLP. I act for many leading art world clients, i... read more

Matt Miller

mills™ co-founded ustwo™ back in 2004 with his business partner sinx™ with a £5000 loan. Since then, ustwo™ has grow... read more

Tony Elliott

Founded Time Out in August 1968 whilst still a student at Keele University. Never finished university course. Since then T... read more

Peter Tullin

Cultural entrepreneur and Co-founder of www.CultureLabel.com - a website retailing design products and art from leading inter... read more

Jasmine Birtles

I’ve been talking about money on the air since 1998, appearing on all sorts of programmes from The Alan Titchmarsh show to ... read more

James Lavelle

Founder of Mo Wax recordings and Unkle, has worked between music, art and fashion for the past 25 years. Specialising in coll... read more

Chloe Macintosh

Chloe Macintosh is the Creative Director for online furniture retailer Made.com as well as a founder of the business. Having ... read more

Christopher Turner

Christopher Turner is the editor of Icon, a monthly magazine devoted to architecture and design, and an editor of Cabinet, a ... read more

Rosie Wolfenden

Co Founder of accessories label Tatty Devine, Rosie Wolfenden has overseen the transformation of the handmade accessories lab... read more

Roderick Williams

Roderick Williams has spent most of his working life in the world of retail developing well known hight street brands with hi... read more

Lee-Jon Ball

Lee-Jon Ball shouldn't even be working in business. Having started work in sales, then journalist, then a twice weekly DJ gig... read more

Will Ramsay

Will Ramsay is the founder and CEO of The Affordable Art Fairs worldwide. His aim was to democratize art. There are now 18... read more

Ian Pearman

Ian Pearman is CEO of AMV BBDO, the UK's largest and most creatively awarded agency, with clients that include Guinness, The ... read more

Linda Hewson

Linda Hewson is the Head of Creative for Selfridges, recently awarded Best Department Store in the World 2012 for the second ... read more

Andrew Weisz

Andrew Weisz is an active investor in the internet and mobile space. He has raised over £5mn for start ups in the last 5 yea... read more

Nadine Monem

Nadine Monem is a writer and the Art Publisher of Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London. She also co-produces and present... read more

David Lan

David is an English playwright, filmmaker and theatre director. Since 2000 he has been artistic director of the Young Vic the... read more

Sanjay Wadhwani

Sanjay is the founder and CEO of Ascension Media Group, a ventures and business services group specialising in the creative a... read more

Nikki Tibbles

With a reputation for spectacular and innovative flowers, Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart has been creating stunning floral arran... read more

Stephen Brittain

Stephen Brittain brings hands-on experience of product development to the School of Creative Start-ups. As an entrepreneur... read more

Justin Hammond

In 2007 Justin Hammond devised the Catlin Art Prize, an annual showcase for the most talented new artists in the UK, describe... read more

Alexander Graham

Alex Graham has been a leading figure in UK independent television production sector for almost 30 years. He set up Wall to W... read more

Dan Germain

Dan is Global Head of Brand and Creative at innocent, the healthy food and drink company. He’s worked there since the compa... read more

Henrik Riis

Having been working with start-ups for almost 20 years, I have a deep understanding of the day to day challenges ofsmall comp... read more

Paul Cackett

Paul is a an Executive Producer with 15 years experience in Entertainment with a background of creating brands and IP, strate... read more

Con Gornell

Con oversees the day-to-day marketing operations in Europe. He supervises all aspects of a diverse number of projects, as wel... read more

Lynda Relph-Knight

Lynda Relph-Knight was editor of Design Week for more than 20 years. She is a writer and journalist primarily, but works now ... read more

Alex Watt

Alex is a solicitor who works primarily with the creative industries. Alex regularly advises on every type of IP transacti... read more

Alison Coward

Alison Coward is the Founder of Bracket, a creative collaboration agency which helps teams work together effectively to devel... read more

Foluke Akinlose

Foluke Akinlose is Founder of PRECIOUS, the leading online magazine, network and events resource for women of colour. She ... read more

Jonathan Shakhovskoy

Jonathan Shakhovskoy is a seasoned music producer and mixer. His credits include work with U2, Beady Eye, Amy Winehouse, Patr... read more

Rose Lewis

Invest, develop and champion start-ups in the digital/creative space. Help companies focus on what it will really take to rai... read more

Tim Harvey

Tim is one of the leading festival organisers in the UK and a champion of event-based businesses. He has been at the forefron... read more

Gabrielle Hase

Gabrielle Hase is a Director of Soleberry Advisory. Soleberry provides private equity and venture capital investors operation... read more

Sophie Cornish

Sophie Cornish is co-founder and executive director of online marketplace, notonthehighstreet.com. The site provides a retail... read more

Robin Sheppard

hotelier, bottle of the year designer, soft drink pioneer, author and investor. visiting fellow at Oxford Brookes and sponsor... read more

Steve Waring

Steve Waring is an experienced CFO with a background in the marketing services sector. He helped to launch a firm of accounta... read more

Eric Lundgren

Eric Lundgren is passionate about technology with over 12 years of experience developing computer hardware and software. In r... read more

Bec Astley Clarke

Bec Astley Clarke brought to life her passion for fine jewellery in 2006 when she founded Astley Clarke. As a talented int... read more

Peter Evans

Peter Evans has spent his entire career dealing in all aspects of taxation and is highly regarded for his ability to explain ... read more

Sebastian Conran

From stacking shelves at Habitat in his teens to running his own Studio, Sebastian's life has been focused on understanding h... read more

Jonathan Simon

Jon is Founder and Managing Director of pieminister - the fastest growing and biggest premium pie brand in the UK. Since s... read more

Arabella Dymoke

With an editorial background, Arabella Dymoke became a founder investor of thegoodwebguide.co.uk when it launched in 2000. In... read more

Pippa Lambert

Pippa Lambert has worked in international television for 12 years. She is focused on helping business growth via the exploita... read more

Caroline Mackay

Caroline Mackay oversees all PR, Marketing, Branding and Creative for knomo. Joining knomo from the start, Caroline has helpe... read more

Helen Goldberg

Helen has been providing robust, practical legal advice in plain English for almost 20 years. Having worked for a number of t... read more

Carole Stone

Joined BBC as a secretary, went on to become Producer of Radio 4's flagship current affairs programme Any Questions? Left BBC... read more

Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis is one of the UK’s leading authorities on social media. Through his company, The Worst Kept Secret, Andrew pro... read more

James Mair

James Mair worked started his own architectural design company before becoming more interested in contemporary furniture desi... read more

Joanna Pieters

Joanna Pieters has run a succession of multi-million pound publishing businesses, in both small and corporate companies. S... read more

Harriet Kelsall

Harriet runs the UKs leading bespoke jewellery design company. They make beautiful pieces to match the wearer's style, person... read more

Nick Giles

Nick Giles is co-founder of Seven Hills and StartmeupHK Ambassador for Invest Hong Kong. As co-founder of Seven Hills he h... read more

Luke Johnson

Luke was Chairman of Channel 4 Television Corporation from January 2004 to January 2010. In that time he appointed a new CEO,... read more

Daniel Saunders

Having served as Chief of Staff at Israel's Economic & Trade Mission to the UK since 2007, Daniel Saunders has engaged in... read more

Kelly Schneider Lees

Kelly Schneider Lees overseas marketing and international expansion for Silcon Valley start-up Gogobot. She has spent the pas... read more

Alia Al-Senussi

Princess Alia Idris Al-Senussi graduated Brown University Magna Cum Laude in International Relations (honors) and Middle East... read more

Tendayi Viki

Dr Tendayi Viki is an academic who teaches Organizational Psychology and Entrepreneurial Innovation at the University of Kent... read more

Guy Armitage

Guy is the CEO of Zealous, an on-line platform matching creative talent with opportunities (such as festivals, prizes, jobs..... read more

Peter Czapp

Peter Czapp is co-founder of The Wow Company, a proactive accountancy practice that advises small creative businesses across ... read more

Geraldine Sharpe-Newton

Geraldine Sharpe-Newton has over 30 years experience in corporate communications and media companies on both sides of the Atl... read more

Deborah Campbell

Deborah Campbell has worked in fashion for 18 years. Having previously ran a manufacturing business supplying retailers like ... read more

Ben Fletcher

Ben Fletcher ran his first business from the age of 24. Since then he has invested in, advised and mentored a number of start... read more

Jude Ower

Jude is a veteran in the gaming space. With a background in making games for training, education and awareness she has worked... read more

Lisa Markwell

Lisa Markwell is a journalist with more than 20 years' experience, both in national newspapers and glossy magazines. In her c... read more

Loyd Grossman

Grossman (O.B.E.) had a short-lived career as a singer with punk band Jet Bronx And The Forbidden, who reached number 49 in t... read more

Parminder Vir

Parminder Vir OBE, Director of PVL Media, facilitating business with emerging markets (Africa, Asia, Latin America and Middle... read more

Evelyne Brink

Evelyne Brink is the author of "The ARTrepreneur. Financial Success for Artistic Souls" and helps Creative Entrepreneurs esta... read more

Russ Oliver

Russ is in the business of connecting people, initiating valuable conversations, promoting creative collaboration and creatin... read more

Nicholas Logsdail

Nicholas Logsdail founded Lisson Gallery in 1967. It was one of a small number of pioneering galleries in the UK, Europe and ... read more

Karen Perkins

I love helping people work up, triage and get started on a new business idea ! My coaching skills help you plan your strategy... read more

Michael Collins

Within a small to medium sized company such as Bubble Food, overall coordination and management rests firmly with the Managin... read more

Alice Instone

Alice Instone makes paintings concerned with gender and power and frequently depicts influential or well known public figures... read more

Fiona Hammond

Fiona is a senior in-house lawyer with experience in the marketing, advertising, sports and media industries. She has worked ... read more

Sir Paul Smith

Born in 1947, in Nottingham, England, Fashion Designer Paul Smith opened up a tiny shop for clothing in 1970. Since then he w... read more

Ben Evans

Ben Evans has worked in around the creative industries all of his working life. He has been involved in policy, education, ev... read more

Victoria Tate

Victoria Tate is an entrepreneur who has worked in various communications roles both in-house and consulting across a range o... read more

Nick Horton

Nick spent 15 years in Japan / Asia as a finance professional; is a former student S4CS and former start-up advisor for S4CS,... read more

Susie Hall

Susie Hall is a highly experienced coach and trainer in the field of impact and presentation skills. She has been working as ... read more

Jamie Anley

Jamie is an entrepreneur in the creative industries. He has launched and sold 'designer' objects and products across the glob... read more

Mat Hunter

Mat Hunter is Chief Design Officer at the Design Council which, for over 60 years, has promoted design for the public good. M... read more

Anya Hindmarch

Founded in 1987 the brand has grown from one store on London’s Walton Street, to 56 stores globally including London and To... read more

Callum Negus-Fancey

Callum Negus Fancey left school at just 17 to launch his own underage events company. Having sold over 60,000 tickets at sell... read more

Ivor Peters

Ivor Peters is the founder of Urban Rajah, a food and lifestyle brand running pop up restaurants, developing food concepts an... read more

Binki Taylor

Binki Taylor is a coach-mentor and owner at Circus, an art and vintage homeware store at the heart of Brixton Village Market.... read more

Lynne Franks

Lynne Franks, business woman, author, broadcaster and speaker, described by the world’s media as a lifestyle guru and visio... read more

Clare Yuille

Clare Yuille is a retail coach for creative people who want to sell their work to independent shops. Owner of an award-win... read more

Mick Audsley

Mick Audsley is a British film and television editor with more than 30 film credits. Audsley has had a notable collaboration ... read more

Kanya King

Kanya King MBE is an internationally recognised entrepreneur and innovator in the British music industry. As CEO/Founder of M... read more

Jeffrey Boloten

Jeffrey Boloten is Co-Founder & Managing Director of ArtInsight Ltd, the art market education partner of art market analy... read more

Melissa Belcher

Melissa Belcher was a Senior Buyer at Topshop with 12 years experience on the buying floor. Traveled globally in search of i... read more

Matthew Slotover

Matthew Slotover has started and run his own businesses in the Visual Arts sector since 1991. He is the co-founder of frieze ... read more

Emma Gibson

Gibson is an investigative artist, but does not confine her creative output to the gallery walls, she also co-presents and pr... read more

Rekha Mehr

Rekha Mehr, founded Pistachio Rose in Feb 2012, a business dedicated to changing the face of Indian sweets and desserts in th... read more

Michael Jacobsen

Europe based Australian Michael Jacobsen is an international businessman and entertainment entrepreneur. He Co Founded and C... read more

Mark Prescott

Mark Prescott is the director of Spark, a company that brokers relationships between the cultural and commercial sector and d... read more

Gord Ray

Gord has had a global career spanning 20 years and working with the world’s leading brands across media, marketing strategy... read more

Neil Cook

Neil Cook is an experienced advertising professional and entrepreneur. He has 20+ years under his belt working on some of the... read more

Kevin Taplin

Creative Director Kevin Taplin, has over 20 years of commercial graphic design experience under his belt, operating for desig... read more

Pete Bowker

Trained as a sculptor, Pete worked in the film biz as an Art Director and then a Film Studio Manager. He ended up in a board ... read more

Rosie Arnold

Rosie Arnold is an experienced Creative in advertising. She graduated from Central St Martins in graphic design and went stra... read more

Paula Reed

Paula Reed is style director of the UK Grazia. Her career as a fashion editor has included the iconic Independent fashion ... read more

Oliver Peyton

Oliver Peyton has 30 years experience in the hospitality industry, as well as being a premium beverage importer and as a bran... read more

Brian Message

Brian is a partner in Courtyard Management and founding shareholder of ATC. Together with his partners, he manages, invests a... read more

Anthony McGaw

Anthony McGaw is a seasoned executive who has over 18 years experience in the interactive entertainment space. Originally a g... read more

Adam Thow

Adam Thow has worked in buying, sourcing and product development for more than 15 years. With extensive experience in the cul... read more

Theo Fennell

Theo Fennell is one of today's premier jewellery designers and his handcrafted masterpieces grace serious collections and fam... read more