Renegade Generation Founders
Fiona is a talented entrepreneur, business consultant, startup mentor, investor, Non-Exec Director, and business growth specialist. Her expertise lies in business development, commerciality, people development, investor management, business structuring, budgets and forecasting. She loves any excuse to open an Excel spreadsheet and once played hockey for England.
Caroline is Lead Design Mentor at Google Launchpad London and her background includes User Experience (UX) research and design, product management, digital production, social media and web content management. Caroline's obsession with designing exceptional customer experiences began during her 5* Hotel Management Business degree from Cornell University's affiliated campus in Australia. Her eyes light up when presented with Post-it notes and a whiteboard.
Supporters, Advisors and co-designers
DR barrie hopson
Consultant, author, speaker, presenter, advisor, non-executive director, chairman
Barrie is a psychologist specialising in career development, lifelong learning and Lifeskills education. Barrie has recently designed an online retirement programme, co-authored an online learning programme for over 50s for learndirect and has written 39 books. He's currently consulting on the Transitions in Later Life project for the Gulbenkian Foundation and plans to run a marathon to celebrate his 75th birthday.
Author of The New Rules of Living Longer
Yvonne has 30+ years of HR consulting and pensions industry experience. She's a writer, speaker, and co-chaired the DWP Business Strategy Group which concluded with publishing the Policy – Fuller Working Lives: A Partnership Approach and the supporting Evidence Base in February 2017. Yvonne recently published a best selling book, The New Rules of Living Longer, leads a LinkedIn group called Ageing Populations and the Future Workplace, and guest blogs for the International Longevity Centre - UK.
Mentor, Coach & Counsellor to Start-up & Scale-up Entrepreneurs
Stuart is an experienced board advisor, speaker, author, mentor and technology consultant for entrepreneurial startups and high growth businesses. He's mentored in a variety of accelerators and incubators, teaches at eight major universities and is non-executive director for 30 companies. Stuart was listed in the top 25 for 2017 Smith & Williamson Power 100 and in the 2016 Maserati 100. He also runs his own nano-brewery.
Director of Jackie Marshall-Cyrus & Associates
Former Lead Specialist, Health and Lifesciences Sector at Innovate UK, Jackie was the driving force behind Innovate UK’s Long Term Care Revolution. She challenges convention with innovative thinking in the areas of ageing, innovation, design, and inclusion. She originally trained as a nurse before becoming a lecturer, working at InnovateUK and now running her own business.
Freelance copywriter, D&AD Awards 'Writing for Design' Jury President, founder of Wordspring Ltd
Fiona provides copywriting and marketing support for Renegade Generation. She started with a degree in French, worked in fashion and textile publishing as a writer and editor, had a stint in business psychology, then became a freelance journalist and wrote regular features for The Times, The Guardian and Esquire magazine. Fiona speaks fluent French and Italian and plays the harp in her spare time with various London orchestras.
Retirement Coach, founder of Long Tall Sally
Experienced businesswoman, entrepreneur, and coach specialising in retirement transitions. Judy became a certified coach after selling her business - it seemed a brilliant way of putting her experience as a businesswoman and entrepreneur to use – as well as the life lessons she'd picked up along the way. One of her personal dreams is that all ‘retirees’ are given three months of coaching instead of a gold watch. [Update] Judy has now made the decision to retire from coaching to concentrate on her legacy writing.
Taylor studied Design and Business (which included an MBA at INSEAD) before immersing himself in the world of Product Management. He founded startups in the US in the late 90s (CitySearch, idealab, LiquidWit) and has developed products for large brands including Aol, eBay, Seatwave, Netscape, Time Out and eMoov. He now passes on his valuable user experience and product knowledge as an Expert in Residence in Seedcamp (a First Round Fund) and has recently joined Concrete VC to find and grow the best Property Tech entrepreneurs.
Career coach, career change expert, mentor, speaker, writer, ex HR Director
After starting in personnel and industrial relations, Simon moved into consulting and operational leadership roles including International HR Director, Managing Director and later took on Chairing and Non-Executive Director roles. Simon is an alumnus of Rolls-Royce, Shell International, PwC, KPMG and IBM. He holds a degree in Sociology and Politics from Exeter University, is a Fellow of the CIPD and was credentialed by the International Coach Federation in 2007. Simon is a regular speaker at some of the UK’s top business schools including Ashridge, Henley, Warwick and Durham. He shares his wealth of skills and experience with Renegade Generation to support mid and late career professionals through times of change.