Power 100

The Smith & Williamson Power 100 shines a spotlight on often unsung heroes who play an active role in supporting the entrepreneurial community in the UK.

From start-ups to scale-ups, it includes those who help shape policy, champion, mentor, support and promote entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship.

Smith & Williamson is one of the UK’s leading financial and professional services groups. The firm has a dedicated entrepreneurs group which understands the complexities facing growing businesses and their owners, providing end-to-end services to meet their needs. It is a champion of the entrepreneurial cause and uses its energy and expertise to help emerging and established entrepreneurs and management teams to succeed.

The list is published in four, weekly tranches between 8 February and 1 March.


Ajaz Ahmed

Ajaz Ahmed is an author and thought-leader known for his books Velocity and Limitless, which focus on the mindset of entrepreneurs and business owners.

Alexandra Deschamps-Sosino

Not much happens in the Internet of Things world without Alex somehow being involved. She makes sense of IoT on the keynote speaking circuit and is fundamental to the London/Old Street Silicon Roundabout scene.

Andrew Priestley

Andrew Priestley is an award-winning business coach with nearly 20 years experience. Now head coach at Dent, Andrew is a leading figure in business mentoring and coaching in the UK.

Caroline Redman-Lusher

Best known for the 2011 ITV documentary ‘The Choir That Rocks‘, Caroline Redman-Lusher is a well known and respected motivational speaker, using her experience with Rock Choir as a platform to inspire and encourage budding entrepreneurs.

Charles Cracknell

Charles Cracknell launched the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank, which provides grants and mentoring support to young people that live in Hull, East Riding, Ryedale and Scarborough. Over 13 years, it has supported 382 enterprising young people in these areas. Charles also established the Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership, Be Enterprising group of teachers and a new NEETS enterprise project MC4C.

Colin Mills

Colin Mills is the founder of The FD Centre, which provides entrepreneurs with short-term directors with corporate-level expertise and experience to help boost their business. He is also a recent author on the scale-up agenda, helping ambitious entrepreneurs grow their business faster.

Darren Beale

Director of Delicious Marketing Group, Darren Beale is becoming a role model for young entrepreneurs aiming to shape and inspire their own industry through innovative marketing.


David Edmonston

David Edmonston is a serial entrepreneur best known for PistonHeads. With a background in coding and programming, David regularly provides advice and tips to entrepreneurs on the technical aspects of running their own website.

Erica Neve

Erica Neve is the founder of Wearedotdotdot and the Apprenticeship Incubator Lab. Having started a business as a single, teenage mum, who was homeless for a short time, she commits a large portion of her time to mentoring young people, helping them to start a business or find the right career.

Hanadi Jabado

Hanadi Jabado leads Accelerate Cambridge, Cambridge Judge Business School’s in-house accelerator. She is a serial entrepreneur who holds a variety of advisory and investment roles for early-stage startups.

Jay Allan

Jay Allan is the founder of My True North, the ‘ethical business coaching company’, which focuses on getting to know each and every one of its clients personally, working together to achieve greater success.

Jeane Nehme

Having trained as a surgeon, Jean Nehme has moved into entrepreneurship with Touch Surgery, a surgical simulator. Thanks to his change of career, Jean is now a role model for anyone working in an industry they think could be improved or helped by starting a new business.

Jo Geraghty

Jo Geraghty runs a business supporting large and small companies increase their productivity through culture. She is a best-selling author and mentors numerous entrepreneurs with a special passion for female entrepreneurs.

Kate Robertson

Kate Robertson is the co-founder of One Young World, a global forum for young leaders dubbed ‘Junior Davos’. Kate is a regular commentator on leadership and entrepreneurship.

Leila and Ali Dewji

Brother and sister, Ali and Leila Dewji are the co-founders of I Am Self Publishing, a platform for self-publishing authors. Its selling point is the online marketing course which provides entrepreneur authors with the tools and knowledge needed to make their book a success. Ali is also the founder of Growthaholics, a 1:1 training programme designed to help entrepreneurs build their brand.

Lucy McCarraher

A serial published author herself, Lucy McCarraher is also managing editor of Rethink Press, which specialises in publishing the expert books of entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants and small business owners. To date, she has helped more than 100 entrepreneurs to publish their own book.

Mark Herring

Mark Herring is a managing director of Urbano Network, a London-based networking group which encourages online interaction as well as face-to-face events. Mark is known for his passion for connecting entrepreneurs with the right people, rather than just numbers in a room.

Neal Gandhi

In a 20 year career, Neal Gandhi has held various roles launching, mentoring and coaching new businesses. Now, he continues to invest money in start-ups that will make a difference. He has a set of values and ethics that drive his decision making.

Nick Leech

Nick Leech is group marketing director at Host Europe Group. He has a commitment to helping small business understand how to better use digital. Through the use of videos, articles, face-to-face support and training, Nick has helped thousands of small business owners understand how their online customers and use new marketing channels.

Nicola Cook

Nicola Cook is the CEO of Company Shortcuts, which provides entrepreneurs and businesses with insight into business, sales teams/structures and personal development.

Richard Steeves

Richard Steeves is the chief executive of FTSE 250 listed Synergy Health. He has become a source of inspiration and ideas for entrepreneurs across the UK.

Tom Carter

Tom Carter is the co-founder of Ultrahaptics, a company considered ‘one to watch’ by TechMarketView. Remembering where he came from, Tom regularly returns to university, where he got the idea for Ultrahaptics, to inspire, educate and motivate students to follow the path to entrepreneurship.

Travis Winstanley

Travis Winstanley is Games Investment Director at Kuju. He invests exclusively in games companies and his first fund was the world’s first crowdfunded video games fund. With the proceeds, he backed, mentored and helped raise more finance for three award-winning startup studios.

Tristan Watson

Described as an inspiration and ‘potentially the nicest guy on the UK start-up scene’, Tristan Watson is currently leading the Ignite Accelerator Campus North – one of the UK’s most effective accelerators in trying out new ideas in entrepreneurship.

Victoria Olubi

Victoria Olubi is the founder and CEO of TheTutoress.com, which not only provides tutoring for school children, but has enabled over 2,000 budding tutor-entrepreneurs to start their own tutoring business.

David Barrie

As founder & CEO of Wild Blue Cohort, a West London angel investment network, David Barrie is an influential figure in the industry in London. Wild Blue Cohort boasts over 40 angel investors focusing on startup and early-revenue companies.

David Sear

David Sear is a leading figure in the world of mobile payments. Having led a joint venture between the UK’s three largest mobile network operators, he launched Worldpay. Advancements in mobile payments have allowed many micro and local businesses to start, survive and thrive in an increasingly digital world.

Demis Hassabis

Founder of DeepMind, Demis Hassabis has established himself as one of the leading figures in the UK on artificial intelligence and how it can be used to improve business.

Dr Rami Ranger CBE

Dr Rami Ranger CBE is the chairman of Sun Mark. Dr Rami is an inspiring figure to aspiring entrepreneurs, particularly migrants. Sixteen years after arriving in the UK, he started a business with £2 capital and turned it into a £200 million company.

Emma Sinclair MBE

Emma Sinclair MBE is a serial entrepreneur and became the youngest person to take a company public at 29. Now, Emma leads Enterprise Jungle, which delivers large enterprise innovation projects.  She also writes a regular business column for The Telegraph and was appointed Unicef UK’s first ever business mentor.

Evelyn McDonald

Evelyn is the CEO of the EDGE fund, which has helped almost 200 companies to get off the ground. EDGE has now invested over £7 million in 194 businesses with the collective impact of generating 818 new jobs in Scotland. The businesses have increased combined turnover of £45m and have attracted £44m of new external investment.

James Lohan MBE

James Lohan MBE is co-founder and chairman of hotel booking service, Mr & Mrs Smith. James is regularly found passing on his wisdom to fellow entrepreneurs and hoteliers at conferences and exhibitions around the world.

Jenny Campbell

Jenny Campbell is CEO of YourCash Europe, an ATM and cash management company. She commits a great deal of her time using her experience and skills to inspire others to reach their potential. Jenny also works with Young Enterprise and Tomorrow’s People.

Jordan Daykin

After becoming the youngest person to secure investment on ‘Dragon’s Den’, Jordan Daykin became one of the UK’s most recognised young entrepreneurs. He plays an active role in inspiring and encouraging young people to follow a path into entrepreneurship.

Josephine Goube

Through a variety of roles, Josephine Goube is a tireless campaigner for migrant entrepreneurs and women in tech. Techfugees works within the tech industry to coordinate a tech-based solution to the refugee crisis.

Kate Lester

Diamond Logistics CEO, Kate Lester, places great focus on developing young and dynamic people to help them on their way to success. She mentors and guides small business owners to help them to get the best from their businesses, often using her own business’ resources to do so.

Sir Keith Mills

Entrepreneur and role model, Sir Keith is chiefly known for inventing the Air Miles (in 1988) and Nectar Card (in 2002) loyalty card schemes. More recently he was deputy chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Keith Pacey

Best known for launching Maplin Electronics, Keith Pacey is a serial entrepreneur. Using his experiences with Maplin, Keith has given guidance to numerous companies as director and chairman, including Help-Link.

Laurance Kemball-Cook

Twice winner at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, Laurence Kemball-Cook is renowned thought leader in entrepreneurship and technology, inspiring the next generation to utilise their creativity to bring ideas to life.

Lex Deak

As founder of Qventures and Off3r, Lex Deak is a leading figure in the startup investment scene. Qventures gives entrepreneurs access to sophisticated investors, while Off3r is the world’s first mobile crowdfunding aggregator.

Maxine Mackintosh

Regarded as one of the most inspiring people in the health innovation space, Maxine Mackintosh has developed the largest digital health network of innovators, entrepreneurs, policy makers and clinicians, leading to greater collaboration and influence in the industry.

Melissa Rowley

A champion for women’s rights and today’s youth, Humanise CEO, Melissa Rowley, mentors teen activists around the world with Three Dot Dash, an initiative of the We Are Family Foundation. Melissa is the CEO of Humanise, Inc, a humanitarian media company and head of the tech for good initiative TheToolbox.org, co-founded by the legendary musician and activist Peter Gabriel.

Nick Travis

Nick Travis is an investment management partner at Smith & Williamson. In 2016 he was named WCIT Mentor of the Year, having established a large community of entrepreneurs which he connects and supports on a regular basis.

Nicklas Zennstrom

Niklas Zennstrom is best known for his part in launching Skype. He is now the founder and CEO of Atomico, an investment company which identifies and helps to scale innovative tech companies around the world.

Nigel Mills

Nigel is chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, a not-for-profit group in the North East. As well as being a paying member, Nigel gives a lot of time to support and advise the team who run the Forum, chairing the board and developing & nurturing relationships with supporting companies.

Sir Tom Farmer CBE

Having launched KwikFit in 1971, Sir Tom Farmer now invests in a wide range of businesses and makes charitable donations through the Sir Tom Farmer Foundation.

Surinder Arora

Surinder Arora is the founder and chairman of Arora International Hotels. He is a member of the London Skills & Employment Board and sits on the New Enterprise Council, the group of entrepreneurs that advises the Conservative Party on business policies.

Tash Walker

Despite working in a very male-dominated industry, Tash Walker is constantly finding ways of surprising people and changing their opinions on how to conduct business. She is an inspirational speaker and talks regularly at events both for the industry and for new young students coming through at both General Assembly and university lectures.

Toni Mascolo MBE

Toni Mascolo MBE is co-founder of global hair salon chain, Toni & Guy. Toni now regular seeks to inspire and advise fellow entrepreneurs by speaking at conferences and exhibitions.

Troy Collins

Troy Collins is the founder and CEO of fashion website, Endource, and co-founder of SecretEscapes. As a result of his success, Troy has become an influential figure and role model in entrepreneurship in the UK.

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