People

People

Core Team

Chris Gorst

Chris heads up the Open Up Challenge. He was a Senior Economist at HM Treasury and the Prime Minister’s Energy Review, worked in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and as a strategy consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. He designed and delivered a groundbreaking accelerator programme for 10,000 UK small business leaders at Goldman Sachs.

chris.gorst@nesta.org.uk

Andrea Richardson

Andrea is the assistant programme manager coordinating the implementation of the Open Up Challenge. Prior to joining Nesta, Andrea specialised in not-for-profit audit and earned her chartered professional accounting (CPA) designation at KPMG Toronto. Andrea has a BComm from Queen’s University (Canada) and an MSc International Management from the London School of Economics.

andrea.richardson@nesta.org.uk

Harry Atkinson

Harry is the entrant manager co-ordinating outreach efforts to innovators. Prior to joining Nesta, he managed the fintech programme for a financial services think tank.

harry.atkinson@nesta.org.uk

Extended Team

Pete Finlay (Consultant Entrepreneur)

Pete is the Open Up Challenge's consultant entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of Silicon Milkroundabout, the best and biggest startup recruitment event in the world. He is also a co-founder of Songkick.com, backed by Y Combinator, Index and Sequoia.

Pete Finlay

Emma Harvey / Amy Williams (Seven Consultancy)

Seven is a multi-functional communications agency which works with everyone from large FTSE companies to startups.

Seven Consultancy

Holly Jamieson (Senior Consultant)

Holly was a senior consultant to the Open Up Challenge. She was formerly a senior proposition manager at Barclays and now advises on the design of startup support programmes (among other things).

Holly Jamieson

Cynthia Shanmugalingam (Senior Consultant)

Cynthia was a senior consultant to the Open Up Challenge. She is the ceo/founder of Kitchenette and advises on the design of startup support programmes.

Cynthia Shanmugalingam

Rebecca Burn-Callander (Author)

Bex is a business, economics and technology journalist, editor, copywriter, author and commentator.

Bex Burn-Callander

Neil Mackintosh (Site Design, Illustration & Creative Direction)

Neil specializes in product, brand identity, and user experience design for the international start-up ecosystem.

Neil Mackintosh / TMTC

Daniel Pettifer (Developer)

Daniel is a front-end developer and UX specialist.

Daniel Pettifer

Expert Partners

Capco

Capco is a global business and technology consultancy and developed the Open Up Challenge's data sandbox, which was made available to the teams who participated in the Challenge.

Capco

Kemp Little

Kemp Little is a leading technology and digital media law firm. The firm provided specialist support to multiple Open Up Challenge participants in 2017 and 2018.

Kemp Little

Mint Digital

Mint Digital was a UX agency which (sadly) closed its doors recently after 14 years. The agency provided specialist support to multiple Open Up Challenge participants in 2017.

Mint Digital

Fergal Parkinson

Fergal provides bespoke media advisory and training services to everyone from large FTSE companies to startups. He provided specialist support to multiple Open Up Challenge participants in 2017 and 2018.

Premier Media

Judges

You can find a list of the Open Up Challenge Judges here.

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