Meet The Founders and Team
The Rt Hon The Lord Young of Graffham CH DLPresident
Lord Young of Graffham has had a distinguished business and political career. He first entered the world of business in 1961, founding the first of many enterprises.
Lord Young became involved in politics in 1979, leading on programmes to alleviate youth and adult unemployment. He initially joined Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet as Minister without Portfolio before becoming Secretary of State for Employment and Trade and Industry until 1989. In 1990 he became Executive Chairman of Cable & Wireless PLC until 1995.
In 2010 Lord Young was appointed Advisor to the Prime Minister on Enterprise to review the relationship between Government and small firms. His first report – “Make Business Your Business” introduced the Start Up Loan initiative. His second report – “Growing Your Business” opened up the whole Public Sector to Small Firms and his third report – “Enterprise for All” introduced Enterprise Advisers for all Head Teachers and an Enterprise Passport for all post Primary School children. As a result of this report, The Careers & Enterprise Company was launched.
Andrew Griffith MPFounder Chairman
Andrew is the MP for Arundel & South Downs. Prior to his election in December 2019, he was the Prime Minister’s Chief Business Advisor. Before that, he spent 27 years working in business, mostly at Sky plc, serving on the Board of Directors for 11 years as Group Chief Operating Officer and CFO.
Between 2014 and 2019 Andrew served as Senior Independent Non Executive Director of Just Eat plc, one of the UK’s largest and most successful consumer technology companies. After acting as interim Chairman between April 2018 and April 2019 he was named The Sunday Times Non Executive Director of the Year. Andrew stood down as Chairman following his appointment as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister in September 2021.
David Sismey has over 20 years experience advising companies having worked in a number of senior positions in investment banking at JPMorgan and as a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs.
David advised the UK Government during the financial crisis in 2007-8. David was a Conservative Councillor from 2005-2019 and worked for the Conservative 2019 General Election Campaign. email: [email protected]
Gareth Davies MPVice Chairman
Gareth is the MP for Grantham and Stamford. Prior to his election in December 2019, he was a senior director of a $500bn global investment company.
Gareth has served on a national government taskforce for HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office. In 2020 Gareth was appointed to the House of Commons Finance Select Committee and serves as Vice Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sustainable Finance.