Founder and Executive Chairman, Made.com
Brent is Chairman/cofounder of made.com, a direct-from-factory consumer crowd-sourced homewares retailer in the UK. Brent co-founded PROfounders Capital in 2009.
Brent also co-founded lastminute.com in April 1998. He was CEO from its inception and the team took the company to profit and gross bookings of over $2bn. lastminute.com acquired 14 businesses after the IPO to supplement the annual growth of the core brand which was over 100% from 1998 – 2004. In 2005 lastminute.com was sold to Sabre for $1.1bn.
Brent is a Non- Executive Board Director of Guardian Media Group, TalkTalk PLC, easyCar & Shazam. Brent also sits on the UK Government Digital Advisory Board, a YGL, a UK Business Trade Ambassador and a Fellow (Governor) of Eton College.
Brent co-founded Founders Forum in 2005, a series of intimate annual global events for the leading entrepreneurs of today and the rising stars of tomorrow which take place in Rio, London, LA, NYC, Brazil, Istanbul, Hong Kong & Mumbai. Founders Forum also has an innovation recruitment consultancy for top corporates and a recruitment company (Founders Keepers). It is also launching a new business SmartUp! a global virtual accelerator.
Professor of Journalism
Professor of Computer and Information Sciences, Northumbria University
Senior Adviser Welsh Affairs for Severn Trent Water and Former Director, BT Wales
Journalist, BBC News
Chairman, Ofcom & Former Chairman of Channel 4 & Santander
CEO, Health Education England