Career Accelerator is an education business supported by experts in education, digital, social enterprise and investment fields.



“My goal is to help shape a world where hard working young people from diverse backgrounds are empowered to realise their full potential and become the future leaders of society.”
Mayur Gupta – Founder and CEO

Career Accelerator was inspired when Founder Mayur Gupta worked at a school in Elephant and Castle as part of his Year Here postgraduate, where he identified how influential career support is, in determining students’ post 18 trajectory. During his market research he found that more and more roles are being created in the digital sector, however students are not being prepared for these opportunities and therefore, they are missing out. At the same time fast growing digital businesses are looking for meaningful opportunities to upskill their employees and provide meaningful ways to give back to the community that fits into their busy schedules.


Career Accelerator was set up in July 2017. Career Accelerator is supported by Teach First, LinkedIn for Good, Cambridge Social Ventures, The Young Foundation and Year Here to help it develop and scale across England.

Career Accelerator has run six programmes across eleven schools in London in collaboration with over 20 leading tech firms, including LinkedIn, Just Eat Vodafone, Cisco and 02.

Career Accelerator Advisory Board

Career Accelerator is supported by Business Advisers who are experts in the education, digital and social enterprise fields.

Ashleigh Ainsley 

Tech & Innovation Strategy | Co-founder | Founders Intelligence

Currently working for Founders Intelligence as a Strategy Consultant focusing on Innovation and tech, on an advisory basis for the World Economic Forum, as a School Governor at Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley and as a co-founder of Technology and Geography are central passions to him, so any system that combines data, location and people is of particular interest.

Chris Howard

Business Analyst, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Intertech LGBT+ Forum Lead, Media Officer & School Chair of Governors

An experienced Senior Business Analyst and Scrum Master who has successfully delivered multiple digital transformation projects for large public and private sector organisations across the globe. An exceptional leader holding various positions including British Army LGBT Forum Media Officer, Intertech LGBT+ Diversity Forum Strategy Lead, Associate Member of the British Computing Society, Chair of Governors for the New Wave Federation and former President of a Durham University college.

Bruna Gil

Leading Partnerships @ LinkedIn | Keynote Speaker | Financial Times Emerging Leader

Bruna is a Channel Sales Leader with extensive experience in the tech industry, marketing, partnerships, and digital advertising. Currently working at LinkedIn, she leads Channel sales in the Ad Technology space, driving the growth of LinkedIn’s Marketing Partner Program in EMEA.

Bruna has a global role within LinkedIn’s LGBT+ network leading investment efforts in LGBT+ leadership. As a member of LinkedIn’s Social Impact Board, she has worked with numerous non-profits to create opportunity for youths from diverse backgrounds. In 2018 and 2019, Bruna has been recognised by OUTstanding in the Financial Times and Yahoo Finance as a top LGBT+ Emerging Leader. In 2020, she was shortlisted by the British LGBT Awards under the Diversity Hero category.

Tariq Salih

Head of HR Business Partnering at Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Tariq is the Head of HR business partnering at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) leading on HR initiatives across international regions. Prior to this he worked as a HR business partner at Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) leading on HR programmes across their digital function. He has significant experience of working in large and complex organisations including the NHS and Civil Service. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD) and has a Masters in HR Management along with a Degree in Business and Law. He has been working in HR for 10+ years in a variety of different roles across healthcare, pharmaceuticals, digital/technology and now international programmes at the FCO.

Patricia Hamzahee

Founder and Principal Consultant at Integriti 

Patricia Hamzahee is an expert at helping social enterprises attract private capital and guiding investors through the complexities of responsible finance.

She has 20+ years of career success as a strategic communications specialist, both in-house and as a consultant, in understanding how the interests of corporate, financial, political and societal audiences intersect to compete and cooperate.

Matt Jones

Principal at Ark Globe Academy

Matt has been Principal of Ark Globe Academy (an all-through academy) since May 2012. In his first full year as Principal the academy achieved it’s best ever outcomes for children in all Key Stages. Matt is a graduate from the Future Leaders programme and remains committed to closing the achievement gap in education and raising standards for all, especially those threatened by urban deprivation and poverty. In 2012 Matt joined the Future Leaders Board of Trustees and has recently chaired an all-party parliamentary group on developing character in secondary school students.

Rosie Wright 

Organisational Development & Innovation Specialist at ALYS Innovation

Rosie is an Emerging Technologies specialist helping organisations innovate for worthwhile purposes. She has worked and volunteered across a wide range of organisations (including Oxfam, Crisis and Alzheimer’s Society, alongside 6 years in RBS). At RBS she designed and implemented a global department to lead on bank-wide technology innovation and improvement initiatives. Rosie set up ALYS Innovation where she is responsible for working with businesses, charities, educators and civil society to shape future strategy for worthwhile innovation.

Mike Mompi

CEO at Enza Capital

Mike spent 5+ years building the early-stage investment business at ClearlySo, Europe’s leading Impact Investment Bank, as the Director of Impact Investment. He worked with management teams, private investors, and institutional investors to structure and secure values-aligned investment for businesses that have a positive impact on society and the environment. Within this, Mike was also responsible for ClearlySo’s network of HNW impact investors, which includes the Clearly Social Angels, the UK’s largest and most active network of individuals and families investing in businesses with an impact. Mike led the transactions awarded the UKBAA Social Impact Investment Deal of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2016 Mike was selected as one of Brummell’s ’30 Ones to Watch: Rising stars of the City’.

Jack Graham

CEO and Founder of Year Here

Jack is the CEO and Founder of Year Here – a postgraduate course in social innovation based in London. He was named one of Nesta and The Observer’s 50 New Radicals. Before founding Year Here, Jack worked at the Young Foundation, a centre for social innovation. He has a background in youth leadership, having run Leonard Cheshire Disability’s international internship scheme, adapted the Faking It TV series into an intensive employability programme for unemployed East Londoners and worked as Head of Operations of an HIV/AIDS NGO in Zambia.

Robin Chu

Founder and CEO of CoachBright

Robin is the Founder and CEO of CoachBright – an education business which widens university access for high potential pupils by pairing them up with the best university and graduate coaches. Through 1-1 coaching, their pupils improve their prospects of entering top universities in 3 ways: grades, confidence and expectations.

Robin has also held successful roles as the Development Officer at Year Here and as a Producer and Reporter at the BBC.

Our Strategic Partners

Career Accelerator is supported by a team of Business Advisers who contribute their expertise and professional network to help Career Accelerator develop successfully and positively impact its clients.

Thank you to the the following networks who have helped us set up and scale Career Accelerator.



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