Sam Smith is currently the only female chief executive of a city broking firm, finnCap, which she established in 2007. She graduated from the University of Bristol in 1995, where she studied Economics and Accounting before going on to qualify as a chartered accountant with KPMG. Outside her duties as CEO, Sam is involved in various mentoring projects and organisations including PinkyLilani’s Women of the Future awards, and the Modern Muse project, which aims to encourage the entrepreneurial ambitions of girls throughout the UK. Sam also helps support the Stepping into Business programme, which teaches primary school children to cultivate their skills in everything from pitching to business planning. Today she will return to her former institution to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws .
Bristol-based Lisa Johnson is Manager of Direct Services at Women’s Aid, which she joined as a helpline volunteer in 1996, motivated by her personal experience as a child survivor of domestic violence and eager to make a difference to women and children's lives. Lisa works closely with the University in the Centre for Gender and Violence research department, providing training, advice and support to NGOs involved in developing services abroad. Lisa also oversees the No Women Turned Away Project (NWTA), which provides additional support to women facing barriers to accessing a refuge space, is a registered Domestic Abuse Prevention Advocate and has a diploma in preventing and tackling domestic and sexual, abuse and violence. Her passion and contributions will today be recognised by the University with an honorary Doctor of Laws.
Bristol-born, former footballer and internationally recognised sports broadcaster, Gary Mabbutt MBE, began his career with Bristol Rovers FC in 1977. He joined Tottenham Hotspur FC in 1982 where he was captain for 11 years. His many awards include a UEFA Cup winner’s medal, an FA Cup winner’s medal, an MBE for his services to the game and an award for Outstanding Services to English Football from the Professional Footballers Association. Gary has since been a global ambassador for Tottenham Hotspur and ambassador for the 2010 World Cup Final.
The organisation was set-up after Iain and Ally learnt some medical students are receiving as little as eight hours of compulsory nutrition training out of the five or six years at medical school. Faced with rising levels of chronic disease, mainly related to poor diet and lifestyle, Nutritank has founded more than 20 medical school societies across the UK. The campaign is now feeding into the NHS long-term plan.