LDC Top 50 2019
Celebrating ambition in 2019
These awards recognise the different ways in which business leaders are fulfilling their ambition and the different stages of their business journey.
The Most Ambitious Business Leader
Group Chief Executive, ParentPay
Clint Wilson, Group CEO of leading payments platform for schools ParentPay, was named The LDC Most Ambitious Business Leader of 2019. He set up the business to use technology to solve the problems created by children taking cash into schools to pay for school trips and lunches. The business now serves 5 million parents worldwide, has expanded internationally and is making acquisitions. The judges praised the scale of his determination and belief when he first founded the business, and his continued passion and ambition.
Guy Schanschieff MBE and Jo Schanschieff
Founders, Bambino Mio
The International Expansion award showcased the business leader our judges felt had the most-impressive global outlook, who demonstrates the greatest ambition to drive international growth. Guy and Jo Schanschieff have grown their brand internationally with Bambino Mio reusable nappies now sold in 50 countries worldwide. The company generates 70pc of its £5.5m revenue from overseas.
Eben Upton CBE
Founder, Raspberry Pi
The Social Purpose award highlighted the leader that our judges felt put people at the heart of everything they do, demonstrating the greatest ambition to do good. Eben Upton has a grand mission: "to give every young person on the planet access to a computer". He's well on his way, having sold 25 million of the affordable and programmable devices worldwide.
Founder, Limbs & Things
The Innovation award recognised the business leader our judges felt has a true disruptor mentality, with the ambition to transform a sector with fresh-thinking and bold ideas. Margot Cooper has revolutionised her industry with life-like anatomical models. Her 20-strong R&D department, are constantly working on new models to help the company save lives and ensure babies are born safely on five continents.
The Alumni's Leader was selected by our Top 50 2018 alumni and is the person last year's success stories think is deserving of recognition. Claire Trott the founder of Plantforce, which hires out machinery for major construction projects, is in love with the construction industry! She has a disruptive, innovative and determined attitude with a focus technical innovation and customer support.
CEO, Anthesis Group
The Highly Commended Award for the Ones to Watch, showcases the business leader who is making their mark and is destined for great things. Stuart McLachlan founded Anthesis in 2013 on the belief that sustainability and commerciality go hand in hand. His business now supports 25% of the FTSE100 and delivers 20 - 30% year-on-year organic growth.
CEO, Anthesis Group
CEO, Protean Software
Nick Brackenbury and Max Kreijn
Managing Director, GlucoRx
Founder, Jimmy's Iced Coffee
Managing Director, Delta Rock Group
Bernie de Le Cuona
Founder, de Le Cuona
CEO, Olive Communications
CEO, Wolf & Badger
Managing Director, ER Travel Services
Founder, Merlin ERD
CEO, Learning Pool
CEO, Vapour Cloud
Richard Paterson and Will Saville
Founder, Rocksteady Music School
Khalid Saifullah MBE
Managing Director, Star Tissue UK
CEO, M&I Materials
CEO, Office Freedom
Founder, No. 1 Rosemary Water
Managing Director, Ronin Value Creation & Sustainable Advantage
Managing Director, LEEC
CEO, Reflex Vehicle Hire
Medical Director, Veincentre
CEO, Incisive Media