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The Team

There is definitively no ‘I’ in team at 7billionideas. Always evolving and adapting our team is the most important reason behind our success.

David Harkin, Group Chief Executive

David is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and author who dedicates his life to connecting people with their own ideas. He does this via a number of different mechanisms, including his ideas company 7billionideas, their education and training arm and the soon to be released 7billBOOKs, which were created to inspire children to think big.

David made the leap from the corporate world to become an entrepreneur after spending the best part of a decade working for the technology giant IBM. He was responsible for a multi-million dollar business, before he decided that he needed to go and live and breathe his passion of connecting people with their own ideas. David truly believes that every single person on this planet is an ideas generator and he will endeavour to do all he can to help each person to have their ideas heard.

David is also proudly the Entrepreneur in Residence at Surbiton High School, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Kingston 7am networking community and Non-Executive Director to the start-up business Alphawear Ltd. In his spare time, he works for the charity ‘Action for Chidren’s an independent visitor, which is someone who befriends and supports children and young people with their parents or families. He is also an active member of a Premier league cricket club, fulfilling a role as club captain, junior coach and committee member. 

Jenny Pool, Director

Also with a background in IT, Jenny decided that she would leave the corporate world and start multiple businesses in 2014. Her background as a project manager, professional seller and working directly for leaders in large businesses gives Jenny a unique view on how things should be done.  Her creativity and customer centric values are an asset to our team. 

James Warner, Director

James has also had a genuine interest in international trade, markets and start-up businesses and jumped at the opportunity to lead our finances at 7billionideas. With a Masters in Management from the University of Sheffield, he has laid the foundations for our business. His accuracy, rational thinking and due-diligence is crucial to our setup. 

Christopher Harkin, Director

Since graduating with a first class degree in Design, Chris built the foundations of his career in the city working for some of the largest companies in the world, advising on their design and marketing strategy. Christopher has been a Director of 7billionideas since the beginning and overseas our technical developments as a platform, our design and branding images and manages our marketing strategy. 


Charlotte Wallis, Head of Trusts, 7billeducation

Charlotte joined the 7billionideas team as an intern in the early days of the business, due to her excellent organisational skills and ability to multi-task she soon found her place as a full-time employee on the team. Charlotte graduated from the University of Manchester and has a background in creative arts and education. She is an incredible asset to the team, she is hardworking, committed and a fun person to have around


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