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Our Leadership Team are the people behind the creation of the Academy. They have invested many hours creating the concept, writing the content, developing the platform and curating the experience to ensure that each and every budding  entrepreneur gets the most from their experience with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. 


Lauren Smithie

Chief Executive Officer

Lauren provides strategic leadership and direction, ensuring the company achieves its goals and objectives. She has been key in building our brand and taking the YEA from from an idea into a fully realised entity. 


Ryan McInnes

Digital Learning Specialist

Ryan is a creative and energetic digital learning specialist with a passion for learning, technology and design, with over 20 years experience in designing technology enabled learning experiences. 

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We're always on the look out for new talent to join our team and help in creating entrepreneurs for the future. We are currently recruiting an individual who will be responsible for designing and developing the online courses and educational content provided on the platform, ensuring they are engaging and impactful for young learners.


Tracy Kingsnorth

Chief Operations Officer

Tracy oversees the day-to-day operations of the Academy and has been an integral part of the organisation since its formation in 2019.  Working alongside both Lauren and Paul to ensure that the strategic plans of the Academy are both realistic and timely, Tracy is in complete control of all the all operational components.


Nick Dyson

Non-Executive Director

With Francis Holland a key supporter in our formative years, Nick was heavily involved at the Young Entrepreneurs Academy for over two years and was a driving force behind the relationship with Francis Holland School where he was both Director of Creative Enterprise and a highly skilled geography teacher.  Nick is currently Deputy Principal of Innovation and Student Development at the Ladies' College, Guernsey. 


Paul Herman

Founder and Funder

Paul is the founder of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, CEO of two corporate finance businesses and Chair of an Investment business.  He has a passion for everything entrepreneurial and is firmly of the view that the kids of today will be the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.  

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