Top Influencers: 7 UK Managing Director and Founder’s To Follow in 2022

3 years ago

Managing Director and Founder play a crucial role in any startup. It takes an extraordinary person to fulfil the Managing Director and Founder role. We have selected these Managing Director and Founder’s for this list as they are inspiring for a variety of reasons – whether that’s pushing boundaries, creating groundbreaking products, or doing their bit to save the world.

Our analysts did their best to select be best, and most innovative Managing Director and Founder’s. The list is in no particular order!

Edward Hollands

Managing Director and Founder @ DrivenMedia

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Ed Hollands is the 23-year- old entrepreneur behind DrivenMedia, the Derby-based advertising agency which creates mobile billboards on commercial trailers for brands, organisations and businesses. Originally from Hertfordshire, Ed graduated from the University of Derby in 2016 with a first-class honours degree in Business Studies and was always ambitious to create his own company. Today DrivenMedia offers companies, brands and organisations the opportunity to advertise on the sides and backs of lorries, trucks and vans as they travel the world delivering goods and services. Ed got the idea of mobile billboards on an early morning walk when he saw traffic – including several large, plain lorries – queuing at a busy roundabout as rush hour traffic began to build. He realised the scope for offering companies a different type of marketing opportunity was huge. Ed grew up in a village called Pitstone near Tring in Hertfordshire with his parents Angela & Graham and his younger brother Will. His mum works for local hospice charity and Graham works for HP. Will is currently studying music at university. It was in primary school (Brookmead Primary School) that the seeds of entrepreneurship were sown when Ed declared he wanted to run a pub called The Happy Inn. He also saw his father being away from his family due to working overseas and felt that he wanted to have some choices around work when he got older. Later when at secondary school in Tring he earned money by carrying bags for small change to the form room. His determination to run his own business became stronger just before selecting his GCSE choices as he already knew he wanted to be the master of his own fate financially. This dictated the subjects he chose at both GCSE and A level. Ed chose to study for his degree at the University of Derby as he felt the campus and the teaching staff had the right ethos around business. Once there he also joined the Business and Entrepreneurship Society and began to be inspired by those who had already walked the walk in business. It was during this time he met Graham Mulholland, a leading local entrepreneur who became his mentor alongside lecturer and friend Bev Crighton Senior Lecturer/Programme Leader BA HRM As part of his studies, he did explore the idea of creating digital billboards on A38 right next to the university. He also set up his own business in the summer of his first year at university but the idea didn’t work mainly because he had not appreciated the important role played by marketing and advertising. It was an early lesson learned. At home, Ed lives with his fiancé Tara and they are childhood sweethearts who met at Scout Camp more than five years ago. Tara is a teaching assistant at a school in Nottingham and also is also an Ofsted-registered nanny currently studying for her level 3 NVQ in childcare. Ed is also a keen dodgeball player and qualified referee. While at university he played for the university team, The Derby Seahawks, and now plays for the Nottingham Sheriffs alongside being an referee. He plays twice a month during the season and referees weekly. Learn more about Edward Hollands on Crunchbase…

The UK’s major road network is one of the most densely populated highways in the world. Read more aboutDrivenMedia on Crunchbase…

Colin Gray

Managing Director and Founder @ The Podcast Host ltd.

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The Podcast Host aims to help any business get their word, their personality & their brand out to a larger audience, all through podcasting. Read more aboutThe Podcast Host ltd. on Crunchbase…

David Johnstone

Managing Director and Founder @ After Digital

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David Johnstone is the Founder and Managing Director at After Digital. Learn more about David Johnstone on Crunchbase…

Digital Agency in London and Glasgow Read more aboutAfter Digital on Crunchbase…

Daniel Yates

Managing Director and Founder @

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Making it a doddle to book campsites in 65 countries. Member of Financial Times FT1000 fastest-growing companies in Europe 2018/19/20. Read more on Crunchbase…

Tony Fairhurst

Managing Director and Founder @

FollowTony Fairhurst on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin. are here to deliver bespoke wall murals to help transform your living space or workplace. Read more on Crunchbase…

Jay Chinnadorai

Managing Director and Founder @ Sumtotal

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Sumtotal is a strategy, product and business development consultancy with a proven track record of delivering pragmatic. Read more aboutSumtotal on Crunchbase…

Colin Williams

Managing Director and Founder @ Sixteen South

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Colin Williams is Managing Director at Sixteen South. Learn more about Colin Williams on Crunchbase…

We are dedicated to the development, creation and production of original premium children’s television for national and international Read more aboutSixteen South on Crunchbase…

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