About Us

Meet the Team

Board of Trustees

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Liz Jenkins Trustee

Liz is an experienced coach and facilitator, coaching clients to explore potential career futures and develop career management and career building skills.

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Chairman of KCC Trustee

The Chairman of Kent County Council is invited to join the Kent Foundation board of Trustees for the duration of their term.

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Julian Kirkness Chairman – Trustee

Julian has many years experience in the software industry. Forming his own company Select Software in 1996, based in Canterbury, and successfully ‘exiting’ in 2010.

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Pip Lawrence Trustee

Pip founded her own business in 2014, DayOne Wellness. In 2019 she merged with The Wellbeing People into her current role as Wellbeing Director.

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Richard Waller Vice Chairman – Trustee

Richard is a retired Chartered Accountant whose employment included an American Bank, Apple Computer, and a computer games company.

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Adrian Wenn Treasurer – Trustee

Adrian spent the vast majority of my 37 year banking career working with business owners and professionals across the South East Region.

Would you be interested in joining our Board of Trustees? We are currently looking for new board members. If this interests you and you would like to know more about the role please contact stuart@kentfoundation.org

Staff Team

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Miranda Haston Area Coordinator – West Kent

Miranda joined The Kent Foundation in 2020. She also runs her own business that she started in 2018.

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Rowan Pringle Area Coordinator – East Kent

Rowan previously worked for The Prince’s Trust where she managed a number of successful programmes across London and the South East.

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Stuart Tanton Director

Stuart became Director in 2018 bringing experience from various sectors including publishing, property, charity, training, and education.

Our History

The Kent Foundation was launched in 1985. The Rt Hon Lord Aldington who was the appointed board chairman invited Kent’s young entrepreneurs and the press to a reception in the grounds of Leeds Castle.

A need had been identified for business support for aspiring young entrepreneurs across Kent. The Kent Foundation was (and still is) a place for ambitious young business owners of Kent to express their business ideas and get the support to turn them into a reality and boost the economy of Kent through business creation, business startup and business growth.

Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure young people of Kent get the support they need to be successful in starting and growing a business, so contributing to the overall success of Kent.

The Kent Foundation is an essential part of the business community, supporting innovative young people to grow new enterprises, create employment opportunities, and contribute to the economic well-being of the County. Start-ups are essential to growing a successful economy and 2020 marks our 35th anniversary-everything we have achieved over the last 35 years has inspired, created, and successfully grown hundreds of new enterprises in Kent.

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Why we do it

“My mentor is one of the most inspiring, knowledgeable and compassionate people I’ve ever had the fortune of working with, and I am incredibly privileged to have her as a mentor. She lifts me up when I’m doubting myself – building my resilience and courage to keep on growing. We work not just on my business but we debate, we collaborate, we play with concepts and we work on my thought processes states and wellbeing.  We connect on all manner of life issues, which has enabled me to have such a brilliant and successful first year of business. I leave my sessions with her bursting with energy, and ready to take action.”

Additional Services

KentBizFest

KentBizFest! is our all new business event which makes a difference! Come and meet some of Kent’s incredible young entrepreneurs, hear the stories behind their business successes and listen to how they see business in the future. Find out more about the support they receive from The Kent Foundation, and what it means to them. Plus so much more with space and time to catch up with friends and make new contacts. New date! 12th October 6pm Find out more HERE

Business Start-up Workshops

These workshops are designed to enable and equip business start-ups to achieve success. The content is packed with practical tips and tools to help get their businesses up and running. What makes a successful business? How do you get it off the ground? and do the sums add up? We will unpack the skills, knowledge and attitudes it takes to run a business, and how to get organised. We will explore are they heading in the right direction, and where do they want to be in 5 years? what needs to be prioritised? Marketing, do they know who their customers are? How to create sales opportunities, value added, and maximising business opportunities that come your way. and more! If you would like to know where we are currently delivering these workshops, or you would like us to deliver them for your organisation, please contact us for more information.

Engaging with Enterprise Workshops

Do you work in education, and would like your students to learn more about business? We have developed a wide range of interactive, explorative and confidence building workshops designed for school, college and university students. These workshops will develop entrepreneurial and enterprise skills which includes business planning, management and leadership, creative thinking and communication skills to name a few. As well as the opportunity to develop new skills it is also a great way to promote and encourage students to consider business as a career option. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information, all our workshops can be tailored to suit your needs.

Looking for business advice and mentoring?

Check out our handy guide to see if you are eligible for support from The Kent Foundation, and what we can do to help startup or grow your business.