Career highlight

Editor, South West Business Insider

Speaking at the Insider 42 under 42 awards for young entrepreneurs
South West Business Insider was my most recent full-time position as an editor. The magazine is a business-to-business (B2B) publication read by business owner-managers and board members. As the name suggests, it covers the South West region of the UK, from Cornwall and Devon in the south to Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire, and Wiltshire in the west.

I did a lot of writing for the magazine and was fortunate to meet and interview many fascinating people — business leaders who’d founded or run hugely successful companies. They included Trunki suitcase designer Rob Law, BBC Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Jordan Daykin, Ecotricity’s Dale Vince, and Westons Cider managing director Helen Thomas — the great-granddaughter of the firm’s founder.

My favourite part of the job was profiling young entrepreneurs for the annual 42 under 42 list. Some had founded startups while others had transformed the companies they’d joined.

My list contained many inspiring business leaders like Georgina Hurcombe, Brian Allen, Sammy Payne, Hue and Maxwell Painter, and Tom Dewhurst. The full lists, complete with profiles, are on Insider’s site: 42 under 42 members 2017 and 42 under 42 members 2016.

Another aspect of the role was chairing events, including round-table discussions and breakfast debates, and chairing judging panels for awards including the South West Property Awards, the South West International Trade Awards, and the Made in the South West manufacturing awards.