Meet the VOOM professionals

The Virgin Media Business VOOM competition has now found its 12 Professionals, who will help decide which businesses make it to the grand finale to pitch to Richard Branson.

The 12 men and women come from a variety of industry backgrounds, including automotive, digital marketing, education and energy, and will provide a comprehensive panel of experts to help with the competition. They’re from all over the UK – Kilmanock to Portsmouth – and will join forces for the first time on June 1st when they take it in turns to take a seat on the judging panel for the 29 hour VOOM Pitchathon.

Virgin Media Business teamed up with LinkedIn to find their advisors and tens of thousands of people applied to be one of the Professionals. The 12 successful applicants were chosen after a rigorous selection process to find the best talent that the UK has to offer. They are experts in sales, operations, marketing and communications, legal, finance, or have existing experience in entrepreneurship.

“We’re delighted to be able to offer twelve of our UK members this golden opportunity to put their valuable skills and knowhow to the test, offering advice for one of the UK’s most famous entrepreneurs:  Richard Branson,” Josh Gaff, UK Country Manager & Senior Director, LinkedIn EMEA said. “Too often experience goes unrecognised and undocumented but these winners have demonstrated the value of sharing accomplishments and professional achievements and are reaping the rewards. I wish them the best of luck with judging the winning entrants.”

The 12 professionals are:  Mike Higgins, VP Global Sales & Marketing, Wisetek; Debbie Hunt, Divisional Head of Fleet Sales, Jardine Motors Group; Monica Hart, Marketing; Bernadette Kelly, Business Director and Mentor, ActiveWin Media; Angela Middleton, CEO and Founder, MiddletonMurray; Sean Reel, Investor, Board Director and Mentor, StampsbyText International; Iain Shirlaw, Economic Investment Advisor, Fife Council; Colin Glass, Chartered Accountant, Business Advisor and Funding Specialist, WGN Chartered Accountants; Mark Engelman, Head of Intellectual Property, Barrister, Hardwicke Building; Suzanne Rab, Barrister, Serle Court; Paul Freemantle, Co-founder and CTO, WSO2; and Manjiri Gokhale , Leadership Trainer and Project Mentor, Elephant Connect. Find out more about them on the Virgin Media Business VOOM website.


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