Olympian and Managing Director of Raise the Bar
Steve is Britain’s most successful high jumper, having won a medal in every major championship including the Olympic Games. As an athlete, he was able to respond to pressured situations and succeed, a skill which has translated well in to his business career. His company, Raise the Bar works with different organisations to deliver cutting edge learning solutions to help develop their competitive edge, build motivation and engagement.
Raise the bar is also one of the UK’s most recognised speaking bureaus and Steve is a talented motivational speaker himself, engaging audiences by drawing parallels between his incredible sporting success and extensive business experience.
Radio City, Breakfast Show Presenter
Leanne Campbell is Radio City’s first female breakfast show host, and has won the prestigious Sony award for her work on-air. Starting out as a trained actress playing Annie at The Playhouse at just aged 10, Leanne has built a dazzling career in pantomime, claiming such accolades as ‘Top Theatre Personality’ and ‘Best New Talent’. Leanne was headhunted for radio in 2004 whilst playing Fairy Liquid in Snow White at the Royal Court, and has continued to entertain Liverpool both on and off-air ever since.
Regional Managing Editor of Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales
Chris is Regional Managing Editor of Trinity Mirror North West & North Wales as well as Senior Managing Editor, Trinity Mirror Regionals. He started his journalistic career as a junior reporter on the Bradford Telegraph & Argus in 1974. During his reporting career, he covered many regional, national and international stories, including the first murder, arrest, trial and appeal of Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, the attempted assassination of the Pope, the miners’ strike and six general elections. He has been a primary school governor since 1998, vice-chair for about 12 years and chair of the curriculum committee for more than eight.
Chief Executive of Knowsley Chamber
Lesley is chief executive at Knowsley Chamber of Commerce. It’s her role to lead an organisation that is very active in representing the businesses within the borough of Knowsley. She assists and supports companies and organisations of all types to develop and grow, to become more agile and more resilient. Over the next 12 to 18 months she aims to increase the number of young entrepreneurs in the borough, helping them start their own business on the right course; create an education / business forum which will energise work experience opportunities, and give a real meaning to the “World of Work”.
Cllr Gary Millar
Cabinet Member, Business Enterprise and Investment, Liverpool City Council
Cllr Gary Millar is the city’s immediate past Lord Mayor of Liverpool and is now a new cabinet member for business, enterprise and investment. In his time as Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Gary had the opportunity to meet many amazing schools throughout Merseyside, and hopes to continue celebrating their achievements by being part of this year’s judging panel. As a new cabinet member for business, enterprise and investment, Gary has a huge interest and involvement in the development of businesses in the local area. Because of this, he is particularly looking forward to the entries which involve career aspiration, community engagement and student enterprise.
Claremont Farm and the Farm Feast (Wirral Food and Drink Festival)
Andrew runs the successful Claremont Farm, which is now regarded as the good food hub of the Wirral and hosts the immensely popular Farm Feast. He has played a huge role in developing his family farm and has used his business sense and entrepreneurial skills to raise the profile of home grown food and farming. Andrew works closely with many schools from across Merseyside and is passionate about agriculture and hopes to inspire young people in to this career.
The Everyman and Playhouse Theatre
The Everyman and Playhouse have been key features of Liverpool’s arts landscape for decades and together form one of the city’s most well-known creative hubs. The theatres’ dedicated Education Team works tirelessly to provide exciting and innovative programmes for students in primary schools right up to university. It aims to encourage a passion for the arts whilst providing resources for classrooms, support for teachers and opportunities to gain new skills, explore ideas, and raise artistic aspirations.
The Foundry Agency
A successful businesswoman, Fiona has been at the forefront of the media sector within the North West for two decades. Currently director of The Foundry Agency, a multi-discipline communications agency based in Liverpool City Centre, Fiona’s experience and passion for marketing, public relations and design has seen her work with some of the biggest names in a wide variety of sectors, using her expertise and insight to build brands and boost businesses.
Managing director of MerseySTEM
Starting her career as an apprentice gas service engineer, Michelle quickly moved up the ranks in to management and found her passion for establishing links between industry and education. Fast forward a few years and MerseySTEM was born out of the need to take action to provide a translation and engagement service between industry & education that is honest, effective & innovative.
MerseySTEM works across Merseyside, Cheshire and Warrington to bring exciting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics projects to life. Described as the ‘hidden wiring in the system’, it works hard to build and maintain relationships with schools, businesses, industry, colleges and universities so that it can strategically match-make opportunities with need.
James Tartt, Merseyside track athlete
Track star James Tartt is one of Merseyside’s top athletes and has been competing since he was ten years old. As a fully-qualified architect working for Falconer Chester Hall, James balances his time competing alongside his full-time job. Aiming to qualify for this year’s Rio 2016 Olympics, James is hoping to fly the flag for Merseyside and become an Olympian.