In 2010 I was interviewed for a BBC program about the financial crisis by Robert Peston. By a strange quirk of fate , I realised that in my restaurant supply days , I had served his sister, the likeable and very talented chef Juliet Peston who was the force behind and even more famous chef Alistair Little .
Anyway to cut a long story short , it became apparent to me , when my two eldest children went to senior school, the state school system was woefully under resourced in comparison with the fee paying sector who attract the best speakers ; people from all walks of life , that touch all our children, to help mentor , guide and possibly inspire them on.
I had in the back of my mind that Robert had set something up to start to address this imbalance and he essentially said get involved with his charity, Speakers for Schools
Last week , I had the great pleasure to tell my story to the Business Course students of Barnet and Southgate College. We covered my journey of entrepreneurship and explored some of the key attributes of entrepreneurship , who is suited to being an entrepreneur , what role the entrepreneur plays in society , some of my failures , things for them to avoid and much more. The students were forthcoming and asked many questions form the floor and I just hope, if only one of them gets something out of it, then my time there was worthwhile. I would urge anyone , no matter how time pressed , give your time , if you can change one life for the better, its worth it.