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High Fives

Celebrating success

Below are some of our amazing 99ers who are happy to share their achievements so we can all celebrate with them.

Well done to you all!

Agile World

Agile evangelist and speaker Sheetal has transformed several high profile teams. Sheetal helps organisations find people who are passionate about working in an agile way and guides them towards practices that consistently deliver value.

AM Bid

Andrew Morrison, founder and managing director of AM Bid, has been shortlisted for ‘Director of the Year’ at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards for the the third year in a row.

Depledge SWM

Andrew Day, founder of Depledge, celebrates a fantastic five years! He has grown from a team of three to a team of ten since launching. Using organic growth, Depledge has been trusted with over £130 million of funds under advice for around 300 family groups comprising of 850 people.

Mindstream Ventures

Liza Horan from Mindstream Ventures has launched a new podcast, exploring the facts and stories of mind-body-spirit pathways to greater health and happiness. She looks at trends in global wellness, and addresses the credibility issue surrounding such disciplines as energy healing and intuitive communication.

Pro 53

Gary-Lee is director of Pro 53, a sports management agency that works with athletes, teams and rights holders across sport, predominantly within Motorsport. He has recently been interviewed on Good Morning Britain alongside one of his athletes Charlie, who is on a journey to become the first ever transgender driver to compete at the world famous Le Mans 24 race!

Life is Today Academy

Last month Leila delivered her first members' event at the IoD in Edinburgh. The topic was 'Cultivating Resilience for Mental Well-being in Leadership'. Being able to share and teach mental well-being in business is a dream come true for her. Leila received great feedback from all attendees!


Founder of the Women's Leaders Association Sandra hosted a great event celebrating International Women's Day! There was an amazing line up of speakers, panelists, workshops and sponsored networking drinks too!

Clyde & Escaunt

Alain is the founding export consultant of Clyde & Escaut. He organised a very topical event (with help from his fellow committee members) at the brand new IoD Central Scotland branch. The event was 'Digital Economy - Embracing Opportunities for Growth'. It had some amazing guest speakers, simply aiming to inspire by example.

City Maas

High five goes to co-founder & CEO Rene, who has launched CityMaas- using innovative technology to help disabled people achieve spontaneous and inclusive travel. Within a short period of time, it has attracted 9 partnerships with organisations and businesses that share the same vision.

The Lightbulb Tree

Liese has re-branded her company Liese Lord Consulting Limited to The Lightbulb Tree, to change ways of working using flexibility and agility within as many organisations as possible. Liese has developed virtual/remote services and products designed to appeal to SMEs

My Raisin Tree

After building lots of websites for clients, Scott decided to launch a product based eCommerce business. In August My Raisin Tree was born and has already sold to customers in 15 countries worldwide. He is interested in helping freelancers /agencies who want to bring new products to market.

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Abstract PR

Am Golhar, founder & director of Abstract PR, turns individuals and businesses into go-to sector influencers. Earlier this year Am was a finalist for the Divas of Colour Entrepreneur of the Year award. Last month Am was also selected to join the Young Entrepreneurs Panel, a panel of 35 under 35 Powerful Entrepreneurs at The Business Show's 40th Anniversary.

Talent Intuition

Yay! Alison, CEO of Talent Intuition launches Stratigens, a location and labour market analytics platform, in January 2019. Delivered on time and on budget – go team!

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Alexandra Lunn

This year Alexandra, founder of design and branding studio Alexandra Lunn, has worked with Claridges and The British Heart Foundation creating gifs!!

Helena Stone Consultancy Ltd.

High five to Helena Stone from Helena Stone Consultancy. She has had over 500 people hear her speak on the topic of how to improve your confidence via workshops and webinars in 2018!

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People Business Psychology Ltd

Congratulations to founder Jan de Jonge who has recently been admitted to a select pool of preferred leadership coaches for one of Europe's largest asset management companies.

Beyond Brand

CEO of Beyond Brand Craig McVoy launched his first book on the importance of Brand Experience. It became a number 1 Best Seller in 2 separate charts on launch day, as well as receiving phenomenal feedback.

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Forerunner Leadership Training

Mary Otiotio founded her business; Forerunner Leadership Training. She is Certified Trainer and Coach. She also delivers management seminars at Birkbeck, University of London

Chrysalis Consulting

New IoD 99 member Kelly founded Chrysalis in 2014 after being appointed as the UK’s Youngest HR Director, despite many believing she could not achieve this while raising her two sons. Chrysalis focuses on developing and supporting HR professionals.

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Good Cake Day

IoD 99er Chinelo has recently re-launched her company Good Cake Day, creating luxury bespoke cakes to order. As well as the day-to-day hard work, she even designed the website herself. Chinelo is also on the lookout for new collaborative opportunities.

Air Control Entech

For Kieran being both founder and managing director is a huge entrepreneurial achievement in itself. Air Control Entech is two years old and has recently signed off on a strategic partnership with one of the largest North Sea Inspection companies.

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Manjit, Binti International

Manjit is the founder of charity Binti International. Binti was created to provide less fortunate women and girls with basic sanitary products and education. In her pledge to create social change, Manjit has won numerous awards for all her hard work!!

Safety Forward

In 2014 Marisa left her job as a Health & Safety Advisor in the public sector and set up her own consultancy. Marisa now employs 6 people supporting businesses on a national and global basis. Her outsourcing arm has rapidly grown over the last year.

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Deciwatt Ltd- Nowlight

Combining profit with purpose, Caroline left her job at Procter & Gamble to build a social enterprise. Deciwatt Ltd designs renewable energy solutions that help tackle energy poverty. Nowlight provides instant power by simply pulling a cord.

Trafalgar & JF Marquees

Well done to James Morris who was invited to speak to The Financial Times. He gives credit to the IoD, for being able to give the paper a real insight into the affects of immigration on his business, and how this effects his team and their day to day work. It is an issue that is close to the heart of his business.

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Comms 8

Carol Chan is the Managing Director and Founder of Comms 8, the marketing consultancy. From working with new major clients to speaking at the Chinese Britain Trade Expo, it has be a fantastic year so far. Comms 8 have also opened up an office in Hong Kong this year!! She is happy to help anyone interested in joining the Asian business market.

General Counsel

After qualifying as a barrister, Belinda worked in numerous senior roles before opening her own firm. She provides expert legal support to SMEs and Start Ups at an affordable rate. Our General Counsel was a finalist at the Ashford Business Awards in Nov 2017. She is also a trustee for a charity that provides mediation services to the community in Kent.

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Dee Burrowes

Female entrepreneur, Dee, left life in corporate companies to run her own business a Certified Professional Coach, speaker and team builder for companies (To name a few!!). Dee is also the President of the BNI Victoria Chapter that meets weekly at 6:45am the IOD!!

Deakin and Blue

Rosie Cook launched her own female swimwear business in June 2017. It aims to tackle the issue of women giving up swimming due to body confidence issues. Deakin and Blue are expanding their range to size 24 to accommodate a range of female body shapes.

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Domain Office Search

Another fantastic collaboration comes from Steve Marsden and James Hennessy. Steve was introduced to the IoD 99 by James; they then joined forces and came up with the company idea Domain Office Search. Team work really does make the dream work!

Schiltron Associates

Describing himself as an “older entrepreneur”, Callum Byers launched his own business in market development and strategy, after over 30 years in various corporate roles. Callum has also become a student again studying a masters in Coaching. The academic fever has spread through his family as his wife and daughter are also studying masters!!

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