Four years ago, I took the plunge and started my own animation production studio company. I now create films for the BBC and Channel 4, as well as adverts and children’s cartoons. After graduating from the Business School, I spent years exploring Asia, Australia, South America and Africa, eventually settling in North London. From here I began a career in marketing, working for some of the country’s biggest events brands. It wasn’t until I met my now wife, Anna, that I decided to turn my hand to film. You can see my work at infocandy.co.uk.
I became Marketing Manager (Europe) for William Grant & Sons, a Scottish family-owned spirits business, in mid-2016. My focus is on developing and executing the first-ever prestige strategy for the company, which in terms of brands is primarily defined as single malts (Glenfiddich and The Balvenie – 21 Year Old and older variants.) I love the craft and passion that goes into those fine liquids and working for a family-owned business which allows me to think long-term. I am always looking for great collaboration opportunities; however even if you just want to catch up over a wee dram, please do get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.
After graduating from LUBS, I returned to my previous company, Bertrandt, where I was quickly promoted to Financial Advisor. Two years later I was offered the opportunity to become the Director of Finance of Berdrandt’s Ruesselsheim branch. After a good start, the economic landscape changed and the branch went through a rough period. Now, that everything is settled again, I have decided to take a year off, marry my soulmate and travel around the world together. During our trip we will volunteer with different organisations. Who knows what the future will bring after that!!
After graduation, I decided to take a year out to travel whilst deciding what to do next. I became a youth ambassador with ONE, Policy and Newsletter Contributor with African Education Network and Homeland Africa ambassador among others. I travelled to Qatar for the World Congress on Undergraduate Research, New York for the Youth Assembly at the UN Headquarters, Austria (Vienna) for Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems Summer School, and Belgium (Brussels) for the ONE Youth Summit. I also won two awards namely Young Achiever of the Year at the C Hub Magazine Creativity Awards 2016 and Young Achiever of the Year at the Women4Africa Awards 2017.
After graduating in 2002, I’ve been on quite an adventure. I combined my management knowledge with sustainability, working with big businesses to help them be more sustainable. I even advised Number 10 on how best to communicate climate change to drive action. But four years ago I had a terrible realisation. I was an angry dad, stressed out with work. This led me to found BeingDads, exploring how to be the best dad I can be. Now I work with high performing dads to help them be the best dads they can be, while leading successful working lives.
After graduation I joined Warner Music Group’s strategy and business development team. There I was responsible for developing strategic partnerships (including Spotify, 7digital, Deezer) and new business models as the company transitioned to a new era of music streaming. From there I moved to Microsoft, where I helped transform Xbox from a pure gaming platform to a hub of home entertainment. I’ve since moved to Seattle, where I am now responsible for driving strategic partnerships in the field of artificial intelligence. My wife, two daughters and I are now enjoying life (and coffee!) in the Pacific Northwest.
Since graduating from LUBS, I started my career within the UK Civil Service. I completed the HR Fast stream in 2016 and started to specialise in Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP). Having moved around a few departments, I now work within the Cabinet Office as Head of the SWP Expert Service and Apprenticeships Strategy. My role involves setting the workforce strategy for all Government Departments, and delivering our commitment to 30,000 apprentices within the Civil Service by 2020. It’s a fascinating role and I’m involved in such interesting and high profile work. I love it!
Since leaving Leeds I’ve had some fantastic experiences, including reaching the live final of Britain’s Got Talent 2015 with my two brothers and our dad as The Neales. A year later, we were #6 in The Official UK Music Charts, alongside our full time professions! I’ve now left my ‘full time profession’ to focus on my own business; Snoozle – The Social Alarm Clock. We raised £100k in just nine hours of going live on Europe’s largest crowdfunding platform, Seedrs and were the number one Investment Opportunity across all three of their categories.
I’ve just moved back to Leeds after ten wonderful years running the Community Foundation in Wales, and this summer was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration by Cardiff Metropolitan University. Currently I’m exploring setting up a micro-finance charity for entrepreneurial people to overcome financial exclusion and poverty – little loans to grow ideas. All resonant of my former role setting up the Emmaus Leeds social enterprise where homeless people help themselves and others. So, I’m visiting great businesses and community projects, reading loads, planning and volunteering.
I currently teach at Ming Chuan University in Taiwan as an Associate Professor in Economics. I have been engaged in a number of research projects connected with technology policies and industries. I have also researched the role of central banks in the development of the banking sector and Fintech, and the relationship between outward foreign direct investment and industrial development. I have developed a hobby of hiking and enjoy hiking abroad when I attend international conferences.
My wife, who is originally from China, and I took the challenge and moved from Germany to England in 2013. After studying in Leeds, my wife, our now three year old daughter and I went to China. We’ve settled down in Shanghai, the city which we now consider our home. My wife is working in the sports/media industry while I’m working as a manager in the automotive industry. Even though we’re both quite busy, there is still time for family life. In my case I hope I can motivate others to take a risk and try something new.
After graduating from Leeds I returned to my hometown of Suzhou, China and worked in the fast-paced world of marketing and hospitality. During my time back home I developed a passion for Chinese cooking and began teaching authentic Chinese cooking classes based on my family’s original recipes. In June 2017, I moved to Brooklyn, New York and successfully continued my cooking classes under the name “Cooking With YeYe”. I’m excited to report that since arriving in New York my recipes have been featured in the New York Post and I’ve even had one of my classes broadcast on the SinoVision TV network.
During the last year, I’ve been travelling around the world as an International Consultant. It can sound like being on holiday, but I can promise that it’s not the case. Working internationally not only helps your professional experience, I’ve learnt new working techniques which have helped my personal development. Working abroad builds up cultural awareness, improves your communication skills, opens your mind and helps to develop your creativity. If you have the chance to work in an international environment, take advantage, you can learn more than you expect!
Being at Leeds University changed the course of my life! I left my home in Malaysia after my A-levels in 1979 to study Economics with Accounting at the University of Leeds and thereafter qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in London. I had three wonderful years in Leeds, I made friends with people around the world, including my now Mauritian husband! As a result, I am now working in Mauritius as a director at KPMG. My story with Leeds however continues… my daughter is now studying medicine at the University!