The Cotswold Challenge Team
The Cotswold Challenge Team comprises four self-employed business professionals who passionately believe that we should encourage our young people to express their creativity and pursue their innovative ideas. This is a philanthropic venture and we are taking no financial payment for it.
Nigel Chute – Chute Design
Nigel has been in the business of developing, protecting and exploiting new product opportunities for more than 30 years. Besides his consultancy he has also successfully marketed his own designs and taken equity in start-ups. Experienced mentor for enterprise in youngsters.
Chris Roberts - Chris Roberts MBE.PR
Freelance journalist, blogger, promoter of businesses, people and events, whose strap line is “I can make things happen!” She likes to poke her nose into other people’s business and then make up stories about them!
Allison Murray – Allison Murray Design
Allison Murray runs Allison Murray Design, an award-winning design agency based in the Cotswolds. Working with entrepreneurs and brand owners to create unique, confident and creative branding, packaging design and brand identity. Her design work has helped launch many businesses and revolutionized existing ones. Clients include Lynwood & Co, Thyme at Southrop, The Corn Hall in Cirencester and Mad Hatters bookshop. Allison is tremendously proud to be part of The Cotswold Challenge Team.
Barry Jackson – Aspire Academy
My mission, collaborating with business leaders, is to develop programs that address the skills they have identified as missing in school/college/university leavers and offering life changing options to young people whose aspirations are to thrive in an increasingly challenging job market.
Author of “Your First Job: How to Sabotage Your Career in 8 Easy Steps.” www.aspire-academy.net
Fiona Scott - Fiona Scott Media
Fiona is a journalist who has been in the media for over 30 years working in print and then in television with ITV. When she was made redundant, she went freelance and since then has worked on The One Show, Comic Relief and Flog It! She’s also made many regional documentaries.
Today she’s a freelance journalist and tv producer/director. She also runs her own agency helping businesses raise their profile through the media, videography, animation and social media. Fiona has one top tip for young people - there is no magic sauce. Success involves hard work, being proactive and showing up. Fiona lives in Swindon with her husband Steve and their four children, one of whom also missed out in her A levels due to Covid19.