Founder & Trustee
Piers Linney, Co-CEO of world-leading Cloud Service Provider Outsourcery plc, is a pioneering serial entrepreneur with a blue chip background in venture capital law, corporate finance and fund management. Since the day he cut out his local newsagent by going direct to the wholesaler to start his own paper round at just thirteen years old, which was his first business sale at sixteen, Piers has had a wide-ranging career working across a wide breadth of businesses in the technology, media and communications sectors. Piers has always been inspired by the disruptive power of technology and the internet, has an interest in the development of scalable social businesses and he firmly believes that business can be a force for good alongside the public and third sectors. Piers knows what it takes to overcome barriers to entry in education, business and a variety of top flight careers. He attended his local comprehensive in a small Lancashire mill town after despite failing his 11+ he went on to qualify as a solicitor in the City and become an investment banker specialising in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions at the global bank, Credit Suisse.
Piers has a high profile presence in the media having featured on Channel 4's The Secret Millionaire in 2011 where he spent time in a Young Offenders’ Institution and subsequently employed a young offender he met during filming. He is currently best known as one of the Dragons on the BBC2’s Dragons’ Den, where he exercises his keen eye for innovation to invest in a wide variety of early stage ventures. Piers was named on the Thomson Reuters sponsored Powerlist 2014 as one of the top 100 most influential black Britons and was a founding trustee of the Powerlist foundation, which seek to identify tomorrow’s leaders irrespective of their race, gender, faith or ethnicity. In June 2014, The Department for Education announced that the Powerlist Foundation's bid to establish the Powerlist Leadership College in central London had been successful. Piers is a trustee of NESTA, the leading innovation charity with a £350m endowment, works with Virgin Unite and is Patron of mental health charity ACCI . Piers is now focused on applying his profile, experience, resources and networks to establish workinsight.org as a national digital platform.
Sam Antill, Educational Consultant has been working in the educational sector for over ten years. Her career started as a teacher in a very challenging and deprived area of North London. Here she realised how important it is for young adults to be given the right support to make effective choices about their career path in order to progress in life. She soon moved into educational management in Further Education specialising in Skills for Life and Functional Skills. Sam then went into consultancy, managing a wide range of Government funded educational projects transferring her skills to support and train other teachers who were working with disadvantaged students in deprived areas of the country.
Sam then moved on to Cambridge University where she worked on a range of educational reform projects in far flung countries such as Kazakhstan and Egypt designing new curricula and training their teachers how to teach the new materials effectively. Sam is now working full time in her new post with workinsight.org.