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.
Philosopher & Podcaster
Head, School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences, University of Hull
Chairman, Evening Standard Ltd & Independent Print Ltd
Assembly Member and Cabinet Secretary for Education, Welsh Government