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Grant Thornton Unveils Faces of a Vibrant Economy

Who are the people who are shaping a vibrant Britain? How can we showcase them to inspire others to make their mark too? These are the questions Grant Thornton set out to answer as part of realising its purpose of shaping a vibrant economy and unlocking the potential of our nation through working with government, businesses and communities.

The list of 100 Faces of a Vibrant Economy is composed of individuals representing cities, communities and corporations across the UK. They have been photographed by Magnum Photos, the international photography cooperative, as a celebration of the contribution they are making to a more vibrant economy. In addition, Grant Thornton ran a nationwide competition and found two talented student photographers who were mentored by Magnum Photos through the process of photographing the Faces.

Featuring leading figures from the public and private sector, emerging entrepreneurs and not-for-profit pioneers, the list showcases individuals who were proven to deliver against one or more of three categories:

  • Inspiring leadership – those individuals that have developed a culture that empowers, develops and motivates their people
  • Innovation – individuals who are solving problems in an innovative way, or creating new ways and models of doing things
  • Social purpose – people who are making a positive contribution to the wider local or national community

Spanning the length and breadth of the country and from sectors including energy, retail, technology, local councils, not for profit organisations, financial services and food production, the final 100 includes:

  • James Timpson OBE, Timpson Group - since taking the reins of the family retail group James has pioneered an ‘upside down’ approach to management, encouraged innovation, empowered employees and developed a programme that selects, trains and mentors candidates from prison towards a role at the company.
  • Dave Cates, Donate Technologies – The new Foodbank app notifies contributors to the food demand of their local foodbank. By streamlining the donation process, Dave’s technological innovation is helping 15% of the UK’s foodbanks meet the needs of some of society’s most vulnerable people.
  • Laura Tenison MBE, JoJo Maman Bébé – the clothing retailer offers support, advice and care to pregnant women and new parents in the community around their stores. Laura believes that it should be possible to do well whilst doing good and that business leaders should inspire and encourage both their teams and support their local environment.
  • Dr Kate Hersov, Medikidz – as a junior doctor, Dr Hersov created superhero-themed education programmes across more than 100 therapeutic areas to help children understand what is happening in hospitals. To date it has distributed more than 3.5 million comic books across 50 countries and 30 languages.
  • Amy Peake, Loving Humanity – founded the organisation that supplies machines to manufacture sanitary pads for Syrian refugees. Since its creation its ambition has expanded to setting up and running a fully functioning factory inside Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan. From here they will also be able to help people facing the issue of incontinence which affects the elderly, disabled and 75 per cent of children who wet the bed as a result of the trauma of war.

Sacha Romanovitch, CEO of Grant Thornton UK LLP, comments:

“Earlier this year we set out a clear purpose to shape a vibrant economy, and we know that no one organisation or individual can do this alone. Following the result of the EU referendum it is even more important than ever that we all work together to help the UK to build upon its strengths and ensure that our economy continues to grow.

“Today we’re celebrating the achievements of 100 Faces driving a vibrant economy and sharing their stories to inspire others. Some are inspiring leaders, empowering their employees to reach their full potential. Others are using innovation to help their local communities, and some have created businesses with a clear, social purpose helping everyone from refugees to families that rely on food banks.

“We are connecting and convening these inspirational figures to help us unlock the true potential of the UK. Instead of seeking out the challenges, and focusing on the problems, we believe that by sharing inspiring examples from businesses, government and communities, we can look at how to replicate these across the UK for the good of the economy, and the communities in which we live and serve.”

Please find the list of the 100 Faces below:

Ruth Amos, StairSteady Rowan Gormley, Majestic Wines Guy Mucklow, PCA Predict
Bea Appleby, The Female Lead Mark Gould, Wholebake - 9Bar Maggie O’Carroll, The Women’s Organisation
Jane Ashcroft CBE, Anchor Trust Patrick Grant, Community Clothing Marie Owen, LS Productions
Kim Atherton, Ovo Energy Hillary Graves, Little Dish Jude Ower MBE, Playmob
Professor Baron Peter Piot, London School of Hygiene Adam Hale, Fairsail Jitesh Patel, Peldon Rose
Alice Bentinck MBE, Entrepreneur First Lee Hallam, Linbrooke Services Amy Peake, Loving Humanity
Tom Blofeld, BeWILDerwood Asif Hamid, The Contact Company Steven Pleasant MBE, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
Professor Bob Cryan CBE DL FREng, University of Huddersfeld Kate Hardcastle, Insight with Passion David Pollock, Chess
Paul Boissier CB, RNLI Dr David Hardman MBE, Innovation Birmingham Russell Quirk, eMoov
John Bowers, JCC Bowers Martin Hellawell, Softcat Gwyn Roberts, Galeri Caenarfon
Adam Breeden, Bounce Lucy Heller, Ark Justine Roberts, Mumsnet
Kevin Byrne, Checkatrade Professor Janet Hemingway CBE, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Peter Roberts, Pure Gym
Richard Carter, Nostrum Group Dr Kate Hersov, Medikiz Joanne Roney OBE, Wakefield Council
Dave Cates, Donate Technologies ShaoLan Hsueh, Chineasy Cally Russell, Mallzee
Stefano Ciampolini, Renal Services Ruba Huleihel, Sarah Beckett & Sophie Slater, Birdsong Romi Savova, PensionBee
Natasha Clayton, Charity Executive Risha & Sumita Jindal, Digimeal Mark Simmers, Celtic Renewables
Richard Clothier, Wyke Farms Mandy Johnson, Don Spalinger, SETsquared
Tessa Cook, OLIO Talisha Johnson, Skool Girl Gillian Stewart, Ecolution Group
Linda Cregan, Children’s Food Trust Laurence Kemball-Cool, Pavegen Jason Stockwood, Simply Business
Sir David Dalton, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust Samantha Kingston & Bertie Millis, Virtual Umbrella Natalie Sykes, Regional IoD
Nick Davies, Neighbourly Karen Knight, Norse Care Pauline Tambling CBE, Creative & Cultural Skills
Julie Deane OBE, The Cambridge Satchel Company Priya Lakhani OBE, CENTURY Tech Laura Tenison MBE, JoJo Maman Bébé
Sally Dicketts CBE, Activate -Learning Dave Lees, Southampton Airport James Timpson OBE, Timpson Group
Paul Dransfield, Birmingham City Council Josh Littlejohn, Social Bite Clive Tritton, Renaisi
Nicole Eagan, Darktrace Clive Lucking, Fourfront Group Sara Turnbull, Bootstrap Company
Paul Evans, Redstor David Maclean, Packt Publishing Matt Turner, tastecard
Anthony Fletcher, graze John Marren, Company Shop John Vincent MBE, Leon
Scott Fletcher MBE, ANS Group Dr Eric Mayes, Endomagnetics Bruce Walker, WeAreTheFuture
Rob & Paul Forkan, Gandys Flipflops John McArthur, Tracsis Leon Ward, Brook
Barbara Frost, WaterAid Professor Rachel McKendry, i-sense Joelle Warren MBE, Warren Partners
Martin Frost, Cambridge Medical Robotics Dr James McKenzie, PhotonStar LED Petra Wetzel, WEST Brewery
Joel Gibbard, Open Bionics Chirs Moore, The Clink Charity Dr Jamie Wilson, HomeTouch
Councillor Geoff Gollop OBE, Bristol City Council Tracy Mort MBE, Grace Cole Debbie Wosskow OBE, Love Home Swap
Michelle Wright, Cause4