Hamish, 59, owns and runs Fast Track which he founded in 1997 after securing the Sunday Times as a media partner and 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-performing private companies and entrepreneurs, and ranking them in Fast Track’s definitive annual league tables.
He enjoys working closely with sponsors, media partners and leading entrepreneurs to promote British enterprise and entrepreneurship, and to ensure that their expectations of Fast Track are exceeded and that they remain engaged with our alumni network.
He has been an associate fellow at Green Templeton College, Oxford University since 1997, 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 compiles and publishes seven annual league table programmes, ranging from the Fast Track 100 fastest-growing companies to the Top Track 100 biggest private companies.
He hosts around 30 networking dinners a year, including seven national awards events and over 20 alumni dinners for the entrepreneurial owners and directors of companies on the league tables to network and to meet our sponsors, including Virgin, Barclays, BDO, BGF, BMW, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, PwC and UBS Wealth Management.
Hamish was a ‘country expert’ for the Europe 500 fastest-growing job creators. He was 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); was invited by WEF to attend their ‘Summer Davos’ for growth champions in Dalian, China; and gives the occasional lecture on entrepreneurship and has been interviewed on the subject a number of times on BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme.
Hamish has completed a number of charity bike rides, including from Land’s End to John O’Groats over nine days, raising over £100k for The Princes Trust and Virgin Unite Foundation; and from Monaco to Tignes with Richard Branson and the Virgin Strive team – cycling 560km over 5 days and climbing more than 15,000m. 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.
Hamish is married with four grown-up children, and enjoys cycling, hot yoga, sea kayaking and SUPing.
Originally from South Africa, Hamish won scholarships to complete his schooling in the UK, to study for a BA in political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a British Morehead-Cain Scholar; and to complete his masters and doctorate in management studies at Oxford University.
After graduating he 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.
Faye works part time and is executive assistant to Hamish Stevenson. Before joining Fast Track in 2012, she 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. In her spare time, Faye enjoys riding, both teaching and competing, and is a judge at national level showing competitions.
Aoife is responsible for managing the office and accounts; and also provides support to our chief executive, as well as the events and research teams. Before joining Fast Track in 2020, she worked in admissions for Oxford Study Courses, an education company. She has a PhD in biomedical engineering from Oxford University and a degree in electronic engineering from University College Dublin. In her spare time, Aoife enjoys hiking and cooking, and is slowly learning Turkish.
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 Saïd Business School, and a degree in English from Beijing Foreign Studies University. In her spare time, Ying enjoys collecting Lego sets for her two young children, and is learning to ice skate.
Lindsay is responsible for Fast Track’s “Ones to Watch” programmes. 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. In her spare time, Lindsay enjoys playing the cello and racquet sports.
John plans, produces and curates editorial and social media content in support of Fast Track’s annual league tables and networking events. He joined in 2019 from Powerscourt, the strategic communications consultancy, where he advised fast-growth TMT companies. He was previously a journalist at The Sunday Times for eight years and has also worked for the Telegraph, Condé Nast, and HarperCollins publishers. He has a degree of English literature from the University of Cambridge. In his spare time, he coaches football and rugby.
Jonathan joined Fast Track’s graduate programme in entrepreneurship in 2019, and currently works with the research team, co-managing our Fast Track 100 programme. He has a masters in economics from the University of St Andrews; and previously completed an internship at the TMT research firm Enders Analysis in London. In his spare time, he is a keen sportsman and particularly enjoys tennis, football and running.
Lauren is responsible for helping to deliver the Tech Track 100 conference & awards dinner. Prior to joining Fast Track she was a training and events coordinator for Relax Kids, a training company. She has a degree in crime and investigative studies from Anglia Ruskin University. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys travelling and playing netball.
Helen works part time and is responsible for managing a number of events at Fast Track, including the Top Track 100 events programme. Before joining Fast Track in 2008, she worked as event manager at The Marketing Practice. She has a degree in English language and literature from Reading University. She enjoys yoga and is an enthusiastic novice gardener.