Meet Our Team
Debra is the founder and CEO of Novacroft, a smartcard tech company with a team of 250 and clients including Transport for London and the Royal British Legion. She places teamwork, innovation, and the belief that the only barriers in life are those we erect ourselves as key to growth.
Ben recently completed his postgraduate degree in Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the LSE. He has worked on a variety of entrepreneurial projects, from tackling the Silicon Valley to teaching start-up basics to Timorese guerrilla fighters.
Jason Holt CBE
Jason is an accomplished business leader and a respected educationalist. Having jumped ship from a legal career to the family business, Jason has successfully built a number of companies each becoming respected pioneers in their particular fields.
Stuart Acker Holt
Stuart is a documentary film director and founder of the CRUMB.FILM production company. His films centre on themes of relationships and values that connect all humanity. Stuart designed the story-telling format called film trails, re-imagining the function of the director and subject with documentary.
Julia is depute FE editor at Tes. Born and raised in Germany, she came to the UK in 2003 to attend university. Following her degree, she worked for the Sunday Times in its Scottish office before starting at Tes in 2011. She covers further education and skills across the UK, and lives in Edinburgh.
Ian has been Head of Ysgol San Siôr in Llandudno, North Wales for the past 25 years. He is a regular panellist on a Welsh BBC Radio Nature programme. His passion for the natural world means that the school now has its own zoo, apiary as well as a flock of chickens who produce over 20,000 eggs each year.