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Posted 01 Feb 2012

Courvoisier Welcomes New CVTF500 Members

After numerous applications and a rigorous judging process, we at Courvoisier are incredibly proud to welcome the latest intake of members to Courvoisier The Future 500.

These pioneers, progressive thinkers and revolutionary spirits, from fields as diverse as Fashion, Finance and Food, now join a privileged network of the UK’s most promising business and creative talents.

New members include Amber Siegel and Wouter Baartmans, founders of the dynamic luxury menswear label Baartmans & Siegel, as well as internationally acclaimed DJ and producer, Anthony McGinley, and leading stereographer Matt Smith. Alongside them we have ‘Ideas Man’ Shed Simove, Ed Whitling, founder of We Did This, the non-profit company established to support arts sector funding and audience development, and Mark Williamson, director of Action for Happiness, a new venture aiming to bring the latest ideas on happiness to a mass audience. Farid Haque of Accenture Management Consultancy and Rebecca Robson of Catalyst UK, an international network of influential business leaders, have also been welcomed to Courvoisier The Future 500, in addition to Shay Ola, founder of the unique dining experience that is the Rebel Dining Society, and Tristan Stephenson, mixologist, blogger and co-owner of London hotspots The Whistling Shop and sister bar Purl.

For a full list, please see below:

Alan Rosenthal – Founder of stewed!
Alastair Bruton – Director of small car BIGCITY
Alastair Instone – Director of School of Food
Alex Kammerling – Mixologist
Alexandra Carr – Head of New Generation
Amanda Gore – Founder A+E
Amber Siegel – Co-founder of Baartmans and Siegel
Andrew McPhee – Owner of Harmonypark and the other half of Grok Institute
Andy Coleman – Managing Director of U-Mix Ltd.
Anna Bance – Founder of Girl Meets
Anna Chapman-Andrews – Head of Marketing at The Hospital Club
Anna Pearson – Founder of Spots of Time and Simple CRB
Anthony McGinley – Internationally acclaimed DJ and Producer
Antoine Sandoz – Jewellery and watch Designer and Director of Antoine Sandoz & Ketterer
Arash Kaynama – Product Designer and Director of Kelly and Arash Studio
Bella Blisset – Journalist
Ben Brown – CEO at VouChaCha
Ben Collins – Film Director
Ben Paxton – Owner of Goldbrick House
Cassie Robinson – Social Innovation Expert
Chioma Okereke – Writer and Musician
Chris Beastall – Co-founder of Niven & Joahua
Christine Hartland – Film Producer and Founder of Mosaic Networking Evening
Cliff Flynn – Founder of The Artful Eaters
Coco Fennell – Fashion Blogger and Designer
Corinna Warm – Designer and Owner of warm
Damian Frizzell – Co-founder and director of Madame Geisha
Dan Thomson – Director of Zenna
Declan Cassidy – Founder and Director of Playgroup Live Limited
Dominic Campbell – Founder of FutureGov
Drew Ellis – Co-founder of Like Minds
Ed White – Senior Writer at Contagious
Ed Whiting – Founder of We Did This
Eli Ankutse – Co-founder of Niven & Joshua
Ellie Good – Editor of EggMag
Emma Jones – WPP Fellow
Farid Haque – Manager at Accenture
Frankie Shea – Founder of Moniker
Gideon Reeling – Purverypr of bespoke interactive experiences
Glyn Fussell – Founder of Sink the Pink parties
Habib Amir – Director of Prestigious Venues
Henrietta Ludgate – Designer at Henrietta Ludgate
Henrik Kanekrans – CEO of Reconteur Media
Ilya Colak-Antic – Executive Producer at MTV
James Gilpin – Creative Director at It’s Nice That
James Layfield – Serial Entrepreneur and Board Member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organisation
James Minter – Founder of Adam Street Club
Jennifer Anderson Mann – Co-founder and director of Madame Geisha
Jeremy Phillips – Founder of
Jessica Elliott – Managing Director of Dancing After School and J’s Dance
John Gregory-Smith – Journalist, Author and Chef
John Turner – Philosophy Consultant
Jordan Hodgson – Co-founder of House of Jonn
Joss Debae – Visual Trends Analyst at The Future Laboratory
Katie Prescott – BBC Economics and Business Broadcast Journalist
Lily Simpson – Owner of Lily’s Lovely Bites
Lizzie aka Odette Toilette – Founder of Scratch and Sniff Events
Lucy Atkinson – Performing Arts Producer for Roundhouse
Mark Williamson – Director of Action for Happiness
Martin Macmillan – CEO of Bounce Mobile
Matthew Smith – Stereographer
Matthew Xia – Director and Composer at Excalibah
Matthias Metternich – Head of Commercial Development at Poke
Max Reyner – Head of Insight at Protein
Maxim Lester – Director of Open Society
Medeia Cohan – Head of School for Creative Startups
Meta Drcar – Artist and Curator of The Basement Gallery
Milo Yionnopoulos – Commissioning Editor of The Telegraph’s Startup 100 Awards
Miriam Rayman – Journalist and Editorial Director of The Monkey House
Nadine Burzler – Photographer
Nathan Lee – Operations Manager at The Glassboat company and Owner of Hyde & Co.
Oli Barrett – Entrepreneur behind Tenner, WebMission and StartUp Britain amongst others
Paul Smyth – Engineering Designer and Founder of Something & Son
Paul Wayne Gregory – Chocolatier
Philippe Homsy – Founder of Butterfly
Pia Cabble – Founder of Media Basement and Creative Designer of Pai
Ravi Sharma – Co-founder of
Rebecca Robson – Dynamic ‘Intrapreneur’ heading up the Catalyst Network
Rebekah Fensome – Founder of Rebekah Fensome Wellbeing
Renate Nyborg – Edelman Digital Director
Richard Tyrie – Founder of Jobs Go Public and Good People
Ricky Cooper – Producer and Entrepreneur behind Wishbomb Ltd.
Sam Talbot – Founder of Short
Sara Bowcutt – Associate Director of War Child
Sean Blair – Founder of AutoFuel amongst others
Shaka Bunsie – New Voices Ideas Tap Manager at The Old Vic
Shay Ola – Founder of the Rebel Dining Society
Shed Simove – ‘Ideas Man’ behind The Talent Shed
Sherilyn Shackell – Founder and CEO of the Marketing Hall of Legends
Sophie Hobson - Editor at
Steven Godwin - Founder of What’s Up What’s
Thomas Aske – Co-founder of Fluid Movement and Co-Owner of Purl
Tim Head – Artist
Tom Bronock – Director of In The Spirit Events
Tom Latchford – Founder of Raising IT
Tom Savigar – Strategy and Insight Director at The Future Laboratory
Tristan Stephenson – Mixologist and Co-owner of the Whistling Shop and Purl
Uyen Luu – Food blogger and Host of London-based Supper Clubs
William Chamberlain – Founder of Hackney Wicked Festival
Wouter Baartmans – Co-founder of Baartmans and Siegel

These latest inductees will now benefit from the invaluable experience and advice of our existing members, and will have access to exclusive offers and bespoke networking events organised by Courvoisier, as well as support for their own events and concepts.

With these dynamic and innovative new members on board, we can’t wait to see what new and exciting collaborations will emerge!

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