Ey up! In celebration of Yorkshire Day, we are taking a gander at some of the most influential business leaders to have hailed from God’s Own County. These inspirational tykes have carried the Yorkshire flame proudly beyond the hills, and made a real, wide-reaching impact. Grab a brew and check out our list Yorkshire’s finest, below:
Dr Paul Sewell OBE, Managing Director, Sewell Group
From humble beginnings, Paul ditched his ambition of playing professional football and went on to study at Leeds University, coming out with a First Class degree in Construction. He quickly found himself working for a national construction company before returning to Yorkshire to work as a Charted Builder in his hometown of Hull. Paul embodies the county’s spirit of generosity, and keeps an active involvement in community engagement. In 2011 he received an OBE for Services to Business and the Community of Hull.
Dorothy Thompson CBE, Chief Executive, Drax
Doing Yorkshire proud, Dorothy Thompson is one of few women to have made it to the top of the UK’s energy sector when, in 2005, she joined Britain’s largest coal-fired power station as Chief Executive. Never one to be ‘flaggin’, she had previously made waves at US power group Intergen, where she worked across four gas-fired power plants in the UK and the Netherlands.
David Richards, Chief Executive, WANdisco
Here’s a Yorkshire success story that runs all the way from the Steel City to Silicon Valley. David Richards graduated with a degree in Computer Science from Huddersfield University, but made his name establishing software company WANdisco, which provides vital data-access to businesses. WANdisco thrived since its flotation on the London Stock Exchange in 2012, leading Richard to take his acumen over the pond, where he holds a strong presence in California’s Silicon Valley.
Professor Diana Anderson, Chief Executive, Oncascan
Proof it is never too late to make an impact, Professor Diana Anderson only set up her first company in 2011, at the age of 69. The former medical student used her wealth of knowledge to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients. Her company, Oncascan works in developing innovative means of blood tests for cancer diagnosis. If that wasn’t enough, Professor Anderson holds a chief role at University of Bradford, where she is Chair of Biomedical Sciences.
Steve Parkin, Executive Chairman, Clipper Group
Leeds-born Steve Parkin went from leaving school with no qualifications to leading one of the UK’s most prominent logistics providers. After a spell working as a coal miner, Parkin launched Clipper, a logistics company, in 1992. Initially the company had just three team members and one delivery driver, and today it boasts a turnover of over £200 million .
Before you finish that brew…
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