Carrie Longton is co-founder of Mumsnet, an online community of parents sharing advice, support and product recommendations. Over the last 17 years it has become the UK’s busiest and most influential network for parents with over 12 million monthly users. In 2013 Carrie was listed 7th in BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour’s Power List of the 100 most powerful women in the UK. Prior to Mumsnet Carrie was a TV producer who worked with Clive James for almost 10 years. She lives in Hampstead with her husband and three children and attends Lighthouse London. She is co-chair of the Spear Ambassador programme and is passionate about the impact Spear can have on individuals and the community.
Elizabeth Knight is a journalist and reporter with over a decade’s experience working for the BBC, Channel Four and ITN. She began her career in New York, reporting on arts and entertainment stories for BBC News and continued as a reporter and presenter in London, on the shows Liquid News, Celebdaq and BBC Three News. She’s best known as one of the last regular presenters of BBC’s The Money Programme. Libby has four children and lives in Highgate.
Kate Oakley – I’ve worked in HR and Talent Management for over 20 years, and two things still give me a thrill: matching people with their dream jobs, and making a real difference through coaching. During my career I have reviewed thousands of CVs, conducted hundreds of interviews and devised several recruitment processes and whilst this is my paid profession, I also wanted to use this experience to help those who needed it most. I was introduced to Spear by a mutual friend and the fit for me is perfect. I have seen first-hand the huge impact they have on young people’s lives in such a short time and I feel lucky to play some small part in that through coaching, mock interviews and assisting in training sessions.
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