About us

Management team

Hamish Stevenson
Founder & CEO
Hamish Stevenson - Founder & CEO

Hamish owns and runs Fast Track which he founded in 1997 after securing cornerstone sponsorship from Richard Branson. With the help of lots of people, he and his team have built Fast Track into the UK’s leading research and networking events company focusing on top private companies and entrepreneurs, and ranking them in league tables published with The Sunday Times.

He works closely with sponsors, media partners and leading entrepreneurs to try to ensure that their expectations of Fast Track are exceeded, and that they remain engaged with our alumni network.

He is an associate fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford University, where he completed his masters and doctorate in management at St Edmund Hall, and later set up and held the Virgin research fellowship in entrepreneurship.

Fast Track: With media partner The Sunday Times, Hamish publishes seven annual league table programmes, ranging from the fastest-growing to the biggest private companies. He hosts around 25 networking dinners a year, including seven national awards events and around 20 alumni dinners a year for the entrepreneurial owners and directors of companies on the league tables to network and to meet our sponsors, including Virgin, Barclays, Grant Thornton, HSBC, Lloyds Bank and UBS Wealth Management.

Past: Originally from South Africa, Hamish graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a British Morehead-Cain Scholarship; and completed a masters and doctorate in management studies at Oxford University. He then bought into, turned-around and successfully sold his stake in The Venture Capital Report fundraising newsletter after four years, which was subsequently bought by Pi Capital. He returned to Oxford to establish and be appointed the Virgin research fellow in entrepreneurship at Templeton College and launched Fast Track.

Extra curricular: He has helped Virgin Unite charity raise over £1.8m from Fast Track entrepreneurs for underprivileged students at the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was a ‘country expert’ for the Europe 500 fastest-growing job creators. He was involved as an Ambassador to Team 2012, securing support from entrepreneurs for British athletes for the London 2012 Olympics. He collaborated on entrepreneurial cases with Stanford Graduate School of Business for the World Economic Forum (WEF); and in 2011 he was invited to attend the WEF’s ‘Summer Davos’ for growth champions in Dalian, China.

Richard Tyler
Director of research & editorial
Richard Tyler - Director of research & editorial

Richard leads Fast Track’s research and editorial, working closely with sponsors and companies within our network. He was the enterprise editor of The Daily and Sunday Telegraph for nine years, covering private companies and government policy towards business. He trained in journalism at Euromoney, part of The Daily Mail & General Trust, after completing his degree at Manchester University.

Lucy Stock (prev. Murray)
Head of events
Lucy Stock (prev. Murray) - Head of events

Lucy is responsible for the Fast Track events programme, managing VIPs and speakers and account managing sponsors including Virgin. Prior to joining Fast Track in 2001, she spent four years at ship-based forum organisers Richmond Events. She has a degree in photography from Nottingham Trent University.

Lindsay Chadwick
Associate director
Lindsay Chadwick - Associate director

Lindsay is responsible for helping with business development and working with our sponsors to ensure they get a good return on investment. She was previously a lawyer with Gowling WLG, where she trained in commercial and real estate law. She has a degree in modern history from Oxford University, and also studied at Princeton University.

Support team

Faye Preston-Smith
EA to Hamish Stevenson
Faye Preston-Smith - EA to Hamish Stevenson

Faye is executive assistant to Hamish Stevenson and also helps with business development. She previously worked for a successful entrepreneur and has experience in banking and private equity, including as head of research for Skillcapital. Prior to this she worked for Vision Capital and Goldman Sachs. She has a masters in chemistry from Bristol University.

Lizzie Ritz
Office manager
Lizzie Ritz - Office manager

Lizzie is responsible for managing the office and accounts; and also provides support for the events and research teams. She previously worked as a client relationship manager for a mortgage broker in Oxford and has experience working on national cycling events. She has a masters degree in philosophy from the University of Glasgow.

Research team

Ying Chen Van de Walle
Head of research operations
Ying Chen Van de Walle - Head of research operations

Ying is responsible for helping manage Fast Track’s research. Before joining Fast Track in 2005 she worked for the Beijing subsidiary of French consultancy Metizo, and managed HR for City Centre Bistros. She has a masters in HR from Oxford University’s Said Business School, and a degree in English from Beijing Foreign Studies University.

Chris Marshall
Deputy head of editorial
Chris Marshall - Deputy head of editorial

Chris is responsible for helping to create and manage Fast Track’s editorial output. He also researches companies and manages the Tech Track 100 programme. He was previously a journalist at Citywire for six years, covering investments and global financial markets. He has also worked as a reporter at Financial Times Business. He has a degree in applied biology from Aston University.

Adam Boyle
Business researcher
Adam Boyle - Business researcher

Adam is responsible for identifying and researching companies. He was previously a research analyst at business data provider Beauhurst and has a background in researching private equity in UK companies. He has a degree in business and economics from the University of Northampton and a masters in international economic development from the University of Reading.

Michael Cook
Senior researcher
Michael Cook - Senior researcher

Michael is responsible for researching and identifying companies and for helping train Fast Track’s team of freelance researchers. Prior to joining Fast Track in 2005, he worked for NatWest Bank as a senior tax consultant, and has held various positions in US Embassies abroad.

Malcolm Gilmour
Business researcher & company visit co-ordinator
Malcolm Gilmour - Business researcher & company visit co-ordinator

Malcolm is responsible for co-ordinating company visits and providing research support. He previously worked as client services director at corporate communications agency Investis, and conducted media research at Prime Research. He has a degree in English from the University of Warwick and a masters in European Literature from Oxford University.

Eva Gronbech
Senior research manager
Eva Gronbech - Senior research manager

Eva is responsible for identifying and researching companies and was previously head of research at Fast Track. Prior to joining the company in 1999, she worked for companies such as Kuwait Petroleum and Maersk Line. She has a masters in politics from Oxford University, and a degree in business from Copenhagen Business School.

Mike Harding
Senior research manager
Mike Harding - Senior research manager

Mike researches companies and is responsible for managing the Top Track 250 and the Profit Track 100 programmes. He trained as a chartered accountant with Grant Thornton (Oxford) and has an audit and corporate finance background. More recently he worked as a finance manager for Unipart. He has a degree in mathematics from Birmingham University.

Kaye Johnson
Business researcher
Kaye Johnson - Business researcher

Kaye is responsible for identifying and researching companies. She previously worked as a business journalist and also set up and published a European biotech business and finance newsletter, which she sold to a US publisher. She has a degree in biochemistry from Kings College, London, and a post-graduate degree in psychology.

Laura Kebble
Company visit coordinator
Laura Kebble - Company visit coordinator

Laura is responsible for coordinating company visits and managing Fast Track’s team of freelance researchers. She previously worked for over seven years at school expeditions organiser, World Challenge, as the account manager for a portfolio of schools in the southeast. She has a degree in English studies from the University of Nottingham.

Campbell Martin
Business researcher
Campbell Martin - Business researcher

Campbell is responsible for identifying and researching companies. He previously worked as a book editor and before that as a financial researcher at Winton Capital Management. He has a degree in archaeology and anthropology from the University of Exeter and a masters in archaeology from the University of Oxford.

Dan Robinson
Business writer and researcher
Dan Robinson - Business writer and researcher

Dan is responsible for helping to create Fast Track’s editorial and social media output, as well as for researching companies. He was previously an advertising copywriter for 303 MullenLowe in Australia. He has a degree in English and communication studies from the University of Western Australia.

Lindsay Uppadine
Senior research manager
Lindsay Uppadine - Senior research manager

Lindsay manages research projects including the International Track 200. Prior to joining Fast Track in 2006, she worked as a research associate at Library House in Cambridge; and as a post-doctoral research chemist at the Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg, France. She has a doctorate and masters in chemistry from Oxford University.

Claire Wheeler
Senior research manager
Claire Wheeler - Senior research manager

Claire is responsible for managing projects including the SME Export Track 100. She trained as a chartered accountant with Deloitte in its financial services tax department in London. During this time she spent six months in Jersey working mainly on tax advisory projects for private clients. She has a degree in geography from Durham University.

Events team

Rachael Kemp
Deputy head of events
Rachael Kemp - Deputy head of events

Rachael is responsible for managing a number of events at Fast Track, including the Fast Track 100 and Top Track 250 events programmes. She previously worked at solicitors, Manches LLP. She has a degree in International Business from Loughborough University.

Richard Edenborough
Designer & web manager
Richard Edenborough - Designer & web manager

Richard is responsible for the design and print of all Fast Track’s marketing and events literature, and for managing the website. He previously freelanced and was the in-house designer at World Telecom. He has a degree in mathematics from Leeds University.

Emily Highton
Events manager
Emily Highton - Events manager

Emily is supporting the Top Track 100 events programme. She previously managed networking events at OBN, the Oxford-based membership organisation for life sciences companies. Emily has a degree in English Literature and Media, Communications and Culture from Keele University.

Helen Mount
Senior events manager (on maternity leave)
Helen Mount - Senior events manager (on maternity leave)

Helen is responsible for managing a number of events at Fast Track, including the Top Track 100 events programme. She previously worked as event manager at The Marketing Practice. She has a degree in English language and literature from Reading University.

Lucy Walters
Senior events manager
Lucy Walters - Senior events manager

Lucy is responsible for the SME Export Track 100 and the Tech Track 100 events programmes. She previously worked for the University of Oxford at St Catherine’s College, where she managed their alumni relations and annual programme of events. Lucy has a degree in International Events Management from Brighton University.

Freelance researchers

Ashley Cavers
Ashley Cavers

Ashley formerly worked as a researcher and reporter for the BBC and Sky TV. More recently she has run her own public relations and event management consultancy. She has a degree in English from the University of Warwick.

Claire Harrington
Claire Harrington

Claire qualified as a solicitor at Travers Smith in 2000, specialising in financial regulation. More recently she taught law at Oxford Brookes University. She has a degree in Classics from Cambridge University.

Elizabeth Marsh
Elizabeth Marsh

Elizabeth is a researcher and consultant specialising in the role of digital technologies at work. In 2015 she co-authored ‘The Digital Renaissance of Work: delivering digital workplaces fit for the future’, which was shortlisted for CMI Book of the Year 2016. She holds a degree in English Literature from the University of Kent.

Suzie Pilkington
Suzie Pilkington

Suzie has worked in corporate finance for HSBC in London and Tokyo and more recently she directed large scale financial conferences for the Informa Group. She holds a degree in Japanese studies from Oxford University.

Luke Purser

Luke is director of development at the Royal College of Art. He is an experienced fundraiser in the Higher Education sector, with a proven international track record in securing major gifts from individuals, foundations and corporates. He holds a degree in modern history from Oxford University.

Francesca Woodhouse
Francesca Woodhouse

Francesca is the founder of Slanted Door Communications, a marketing agency. She has previously worked in a number of communication and marketing roles, most recently at a business incubator, and before that at the Co-Op, the Foreign Office and John Lewis. She has a degree in French and German and post-graduate degree in German Studies from UCL.