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 promote entrepreneurship and 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.
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, PwC and UBS Wealth Management.
Hamish 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 was invited by WEF to attend their ‘Summer Davos’ for growth champions in Dalian, China.
Hamish recently cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats over nine days and raised £113k for The Princes Trust and Virgin Unite Foundation. He has helped Virgin Unite and Big Change charities raise over £3m from Fast Track entrepreneurs for underprivileged budding entrepreneurs in South Africa and the UK.
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 bought by Pi Capital.
He returned to Oxford to establish and be appointed the Virgin research fellow in entrepreneurship at Templeton College from where he spun-out Fast Track as a company.
Richard leads Fast Track’s 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.
Jon is director of research at Fast Track. Prior to this he was a director in the equity research department of Citigroup Global Markets, where he worked for 17 years. Jon began his career in the fixed income markets and has also worked as a financial journalist. He has a masters in social and political science from Cambridge University.
Claire is responsible for Fast Track’s programme of events and managing VIPs and speakers. Previously, Claire was the lead programme manager at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, where she oversaw the portfolio of co-curriculum programmes, events and activities at the Entrepreneurship Centre. She was also a project manager at the University of Cambridge, and managed an education programme in South Africa after completing her degree at Leeds Beckett University.
Lucy is responsible for account managing Virgin, and working closely with other sponsors including BMW and UBS. 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.
Emma is responsible for curating and managing Fast Track’s social media accounts and digital strategy, and for managing the website. She previously worked in digital marketing and communications for the economics consultancy, Oxera; and before that was a university lecturer and communications officer at Magdalen College, Oxford. She has a BA and a masters degree in English from the University of Oxford and a PhD in medieval linguistics from the University of Leicester.
Rebekkah is responsible for the design and print of Fast Track’s marketing and events literature. Prior to this, she designed documents and proofread for QA, the training and education provider. She has a BA in English literature and creative writing from the University of Surrey.
Alex is responsible for helping to win new sponsors and ensure that they get a positive return on investment. Previously, he was sales & marketing director at LNP China, a consultancy which advises UK SMEs on exporting to China and worked in China for eight years. He has also worked with the Department for International Trade, and holds a masters in Chinese law from Peking University and a law degree from Cardiff University.
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 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.
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.
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.
Matthew is responsible for researching companies and helping to create Fast Track’s editorial output. He previously worked at the International Coffee Organisation, the Rio Times in Brazil, the Business Year, the Euro Weekly News in Spain, and Consulting.us. He has a degree in law from the University of Glasgow.
Malcolm is responsible for researching companies 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 is responsible for identifying and researching companies, and manages the Top Track 100 programme. She 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 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 is responsible for identifying and researching companies. She previously published a European biotech business and finance newsletter, BioBusiness, which she sold to US publisher BioCentury. She was also head of UK internal communications for Rhône-Poulenc. She has a degree in biochemistry from Kings College, London, and a post-graduate degree in psychology from Oxford Brookes University.
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.
Verity is responsible for identifying and researching companies, and manages the Fast Track 100 programme. She has previously worked for leisure management organisation Fusion Lifestyle, in commercial and partnerships for Oxford United FC, and as a project coordinator at IT consultancy firm White Cat Consultancy. She has a degree in geography from University College London.
Thea is responsible for researching and identifying companies. She was most recently a senior consultant at PRIME Research, having previously spent two years at Fast Track as a research project coordinator. Prior to this she worked in development for Sotheby’s International Realty. She studied French and Spanish at Oxford University.
Trevor helps create Fast Track’s editorial output and manages the Tech Track 100 programme. Previously he was a journalist and editor for over 14 years, working in the UK and Australia for titles including Yahoo! Finance, iTnews, and Insurance Business. He has a degree in media from the University of Brighton, a masters in ethics from the University of Sydney, and has studied medical research at Oxford University.
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.
Hannah is responsible for identifying and researching companies. Previously she has gained experience in middle-market private equity at Maven Capital Partners and Nevis Capital Partners. She has a degree in Law from the University of Edinburgh, and a candidacy on the Masters in Taxation (Law and Economics) at the University of Oxford.
Maya is responsible for the Profit Track 100 and Tech Track 100 events programmes. She previously managed the global events programme for the central Alumni Office of the University of Oxford. Maya has a degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford.
Kathryn is responsible for the International Track 200 events programme and supports the Top Track 250 and Tech Track 100 events programmes. She previously organised events and conferences for the Association of Employment and Learning Providers in Bristol, and The Royal College of Chiropractors in Reading. Kathryn has a degree in English and Drama from the University of Kent.
Emily is supporting the SME Export Track 100 and Top Track 100 events programmes. She previously managed networking events at Oxfordshire Bioscience Network, 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 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.
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.
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 and an MSc in Psychology from Coventry University.
Rosie works as a freelance journalist for titles including The Telegraph, Times, Independent and Mail on Sunday. She was formerly the Deputy Personal Finance Editor of The Telegraph and has a degree in Classics and English from Oxford University.
Laura has run her own corporate copywriting agency, Superscript, since 2005, with clients including Tata Steel and Carillion. She has a background in public relations and internal communications, working for Grayling and Porter Novelli PR agencies. She has a degree in English from Cambridge University.
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 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.
Dan previously worked at Fast Track full time as a business writer and researcher, helping create Fast Track’s editorial and social media output. He also worked as an advertising copywriter for 303 MullenLowe in Australia. He has a degree in English and communication studies from the University of Western Australia.
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.