Presented by

Peter Harrington
family man and serial entrepreneur

Peter Harrington is a family-man and serial entrepreneur with a deep interest in education. Following graduation in York in 1989, he created his first business and over the course of 15 years started and grew companies in the fields of research, marketing, design, print and consultancy. Since 2005, Peter has been at the heart of Venture Simulations Ltd, a company that builds digital learning solutions and SimVenture business simulation technology for people seeking to acquire business start-up/scale-up skills. Whilst his professional roles involve much travel and reading, Peter is very much at home when working with students and staff as an Entrepreneur in Residence at London School of Economics and London South Bank University

Produced by: Duncan Bennetts

Featured Guests

LJ Silverman
Head of LSE Generate

I get to spend my waking hours alongside the best and brightest socially driven entrepreneurs at LSE, leading the entrepreneurship centre at the School here in London as well as our global start-up hubs. I manage LSE Generate which is a community of innovators who can engage with our programme, seek mentorship, funding and a home where they can be equipped to go out and solve some of society’s most pressing problems. Prior to LSE I ran my own careers and recruitment consultancy focussed on climate change and before that I worked in TV. Many moons ago, I studied languages at Cambridge Uni. I am passionate about parent-tech, and any innovation that clearly contributes to a better tomorrow. I also quite like my kids, anything female-foundery, spider plants before they got cool, mulled wine in a mug and Liverpudlians.


Featured in Podcast: 2

Jon Lo
Social entrepreneur

Jon Lo is the Founder of Dare to Care Packages, a social enterprise delivering essential items to people in self-isolation during COVID-19. In the first week of launch, DtCP delivered 1,000 hazmat suits worth £20,000 to UCL hospital. Jon is also the Founder of several other companies in automation/ data consulting, edible insects, food waste, and luxury consumer goods. He was the one who built this website. He is an LSE MSc alumni in Local Economic Development.   


Featured in Podcast: 2

Yohan Iddawela
Social entrepreneur

Yohan Iddawela is the Co-Founder of Lanterne, an award-winning social enterprise that helps international workers in conflict zones to navigate safely. He is also a PhD candidate in Economic Geography at LSE, where his research examines the causes and effects of sub-national government corruption across a range of African countries. He was previously an economist for the Institute for State Effectiveness where he worked in Afghanistan and Puerto Rico. Prior to this, Yohan worked for the Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in areas ranging from economic development to national security.


Featured in Podcast: 1, 5, 9

Kajal Sanghrajka
Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Kajal is currently leading the London School of Economics first ever accelerator programme supporting 15 early stage businesses focused on profit and purpose. She is the Director of Growth Hub Global where she supports European companies and universities to grow globally leveraging her own experience starting and growing a business internationally and building Columbia university’s first incubator as a graduate entrepreneur. She is a Churchill Fellow researching immigrant entrepreneurship and start up ecosystems and writes a monthly editorial The Transatlantic Post on innovation and entrepreneurship. She holds a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Columbia Business School. 


Featured in Podcast: 5, 6

Philip Ashworth
Corporate lawyer

I have been a corporate lawyer since 1983 having worked in major practices in Manchester, Leeds and Hull. I have also been in-house counsel at a major northern based property investment and finance company and on the board of numerous public and private companies. I am considered by many clients and colleagues to be both a businessman and a lawyer – thus enabling me to really get under the skin of businesses and understand the real problems facing their owners and managers. I established Philip Ashworth & Co, a niche corporate law firm in York in 1992 and developed that practice until February 2007 when it merged with a major national law firm. I now run the York office of a major shipping and international trade law firm, Andrew Jackson. I advise clients across a wide range of industry sectors and have been involved in significant private company, plc and private equity transactions over the past 20 years.


Featured in Podcast: 3

Dr. Jenny Brady
Enterprise Educator

Jenny is a specialist enterprise educator, supporting researchers at every stage to identify and act upon personal, societal and commercial impact of their research. Her expertise enables researchers to become fully immersed in the available opportunities to further their careers, their enterprising behaviours and to nurture entrepreneurial intentions. Prior to joining Newcastle University in 2010, Jenny was the lead Business Coach and Mentor at Leeds Beckett University and lecturer for the MBA at Leeds University’s Business School. She has developed and delivered training for multiple HE institutions across the UK. For several years, Jenny was the owner of a multi-award winning gift and jewellery boutique and currently runs an online children’s clothing company.


Featured in Podcast: 2, 4

John Lee Allen
Physician and science VC

John is a physician, scientist venture capital investor and auditory technology specialist with 15 years of experience across the public and private healthcare and life sciences sectors. His interest in digital innovation, and in bringing deep technology to market, developed while building a medical device as a neurosciences PhD student at Oxford University. He has been a repeat founder and investor in healthcare services and consumer health and, as an Audiologist, he served as a partner for Specsavers Optical Group during their strategic transition into hearing products and services.


Featured in Podcast: 5

Richard Hughes Jones
Executive coach

Richard is an Executive Coach who works with the leaders of the future. His clients are entrepreneurs and ambitious executives in startup and high growth technology-led businesses. He became an executive coach in 2013, after a decade at Deloitte Consulting and Her Majesty’s Treasury. Based in London, he coaches clients face-to-face and online around the world, bringing a fresh and progressive approach to business building, executive coaching and leadership development.


Featured in Podcasts: 7

Dr. Simon Brown
researcher/ innovator

Dr Simon Brown’s background is as researcher / innovator in science, and developmental work in holography for security systems such as credit cards. After 10 years in the commercial world he returned to academia and success resulted in him leading a nationally recognised Teaching & Learning programme to develop and grow the internationally recognised interdisciplinary ‘Venture Matrix’ initiative at Sheffield Hallam University. A move to Southampton Solent’s Business School led to the development of new courses such as ‘Social Entrepreneurs’ – as part of a European HEI collaborative project. Simon was elected to Chair Enterprise Educators UK by membership HEIs in 2009, and he initiated an advisory role for EEUK with key Government departments. Current projects include the acclaimed ‘Researcher to Innovator’ programme, and that success led to ICURe, a sector leading IP exploitation programme.


Featured in Podcasts: 4

Hitendra Solanki
Consultant and Lecturer

Hitendra Solanki is currently the Mindfulness & Wellbeing Adviser for Simply Mindful, a mindfulness and wellbeing consultancy offering training and support to humanitarian agencies, academia and the business sector in establishing mindfulness approaches within their organizations. In addition, he has also been teaching at London South Bank University since 2003, and is currently the Senior Lecturer on the MSc Development Studies course. He has been active in the development and humanitarian sector for 17 years, and more recently, in hunger and health related programming for 10 years with Action Against Hunger UK.


Featured in Podcasts: 1

Chris Smith
Policy Advisor

Chris Smith is a policy advisor at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Chris started at the IPO in 2008 as a patent examiner before moving to working in business outreach, education and knowledge exchange. Chris has worked within the education and knowledge exchange team as a policy advisor for 4 years. Chris has developed and maintained the IP for Research online resources and face to face workshops. IP for Research helps researchers understand and make the most out of the intellectual property (IP) they generate.


You can find the IP for Research resources at


Featured in Podcasts: 3

Dr Joshua Chu Tan
postdoctoral fellow

Dr. Joshua Chu-Tan is a postdoctoral fellow at the John Curtin School of Medical Research and lecturer at the Australian National University Medical School in Canberra. Josh’s research focuses on the use of microRNA as gene therapeutics for retinal degenerations, with a focus on age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the developed world. His work has been published in top-ranked ophthalmology and vision science journals. Josh’s passion for science communication has earned him numerous awards for conference presentations and public speaking events, including first prize at the Asia-Pacific 3 Minute Thesis, and A.T. Kearney Scholar/Finalist for Young Innovator of the Year at the prestigious Falling Walls Conference and Lab in Berlin, Germany


Featured in Podcasts: 6

Dr. Jennifer Polk
phd student turned entrepreneur

Dr  Jennifer Polk, PhD, is an entrepreneur, career coach, and expert on PhD careers. She launched From PhD to Life, a career coaching and speaking business, in 2013, and co-founded Beyond the Professoriate in 2014. Jen writes on issues related to graduate education and career outcomes for doctoral-degree holders. She is also a guest speaker on university campuses and at academic and professional conferences throughout North America and beyond. Her University Affairs blog is a three-time gold winner from the Canadian Online Publishing Awards. Jen earned her PhD in history from the University of Toronto. Follow her on Twitter at @FromPhDtoLife.


Featured in Podcast: 8

Dr. Vicky Mountford-Brown FEEUK FRSA
Lecturer in Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Dr Vicky Mountford-Brown is a Lecturer in Creativity and Entrepreneurship at
Newcastle University Business School.  Vicky has been involved in the practise of
enterprise education for around 14 years; facilitating Enterprisers programmes with
University of Cambridge Judge Business School throughout the completion of her
postgraduate studies and PhD in Sociology. After a brief stint in self-employment and working for Higher Education Academy, Vicky returned to Newcastle University to work in their Careers and as part of the Enterprise Team.  More recently this work
focused around researcher development; and it is these interests and experience,
combined with PhD research interests that have forged early stages of her research
project focussing on researcher entrepreneurial development, social and
professional identities and issues such as imposter syndrome.


Featured in Podcast: 8

Jorge F. Guedes
Digital transformation advisor

Jorge is a seasoned Digital Transformation Advisor and Programme Manager
with extensive experience in leading winning teams in several international
engagements. He plays an important role in his engagements by shortening the
gap between Strategy and Execution, while advising his clients on future
roadmaps with new age solutions, keeping their businesses ahead of the curve.
On top of his consulting activities, he is a recurrent guest lecturer and speaker at
several Universities while he continues to pursue his PhD in Strategic
Management at ISCTE-IUL Lisbon, being a Visiting Research Student at the
Department of Management of the London School of Economics.


Featured in Podcast: 7