Graham Cartledge CBEArchitecture, 1972
Graham Cartledge is the Chairman of Benoy, an award-winning international Architecture practice with offices in the UK, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Renowned for groundbreaking retail schemes such as the Bullring in Birmingham, Bluewater in Kent and the Highcross in Leicester, and international developments including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, ION Orchard Singapore and Shanghai IFC in China, Graham has worked to establish Benoy as a world-leading brand engaged on some 400 projects in over 36 countries.
In 2007, Graham and his wife Jo established the Benoy Foundation - a charitable trust that supports tangible, lasting projects in building, sustainability, community and education throughout the UK and across the world.
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Nicola PellowMathematics, 1992
Nicola Pellow was a member of the "World Wide Web" project at CERN, where she worked as an intern in 1991 whilst studying Mathematics at Leicester Polytechnic.
Although the first WorldWideWeb browser had been created in 1990, it only worked the software of NeXT computers, which were in limited use. Nicola was recruited by CERN to write a "passive browser" so basic that it could run on most computers of that time. Nicola wrote the Line Mode Browser (also known as LMB, or just www) which could be widely used across many different computers, from UNIX to Microsoft DOS, to enable access to the Internet.
Nicola left CERN at the end of August 1991, but returned as a graduate in 1992, working alongside Robert Cailliau on MacWWW, the first web browser for Mac OS.
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Janet Reger, DesignerContour Fashion, 1956
Janet was born in the East End of London shortly before the outbreak of World War Two. In 1953 she enrolled at Leicester College of Technology on a course that had only launched been launched a few years earlier: Contour Fashion. Her final-year show was fairly revolutionary at a time when underwear was very much regarded as functional: a pretty, co-ordinated set of pants, bra and suspenders. Here she was quickly identified as one of the most promising designers of her year and upon graduating the job offers came thick and fast.
Janet was originally employed as a freelance designer by the major industry players of the era such as Marks and Spencer, Rosy of Paris and Slix swimwear.
In 1966 Janet returned to London and decided to set up her own lingerie business with her husband Peter Reger. The launch of Janet Reger's first collection in 1966 was met by a great deal of industry scepticism - at the time plain functional undergarments were the norm, putting Janet's bold designs in stark contrast. However with the era of female emancipation approaching, Janet's customers were the sexy fashionistas of their day.
The business grew rapidly from a small Paddington back street store to an internationally recognised lingerie brand with widespread press acclaim and a huge celebrity following. The company's reputation for the finest quality ladies' lingerie grew and, today the list of Janet Reger customers includes leading stores and boutiques, celebrities and Royal family members from around the world. In 2005, the prestigious Queen's Award for Export Achievement was awarded to Janet Reger Ltd.
In 2005, Janet Reger sadly passed away; her only daughter Aliza Reger, took over all control of the company. Since then Aliza has continued to develop the brand, keeping the luxurious Janet Reger lingerie reputation alive and making it stronger than ever.
40 years later and the business still retains the core values Janet Reger instilled back in 1966 - quality of design, luxury fabrics and components, as well as passion, style and superb customer service.
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Ken ShuttleworthArchitecture, 1977
Ken Shuttleworth is the founder of Make and a former partner at Foster and Partners, where he worked on some of world's most iconic and ground-breaking buildings including London’s Millennium Bridge, 30 St Mary Axe ('The Gherkin’) and City Hall.
Ken left Foster and Partners to set up his own practice, Make Architects, in 2004. Since then, the practice has established itself as one of the UK’s foremost architectural firms and has studios in London, Birmingham and Beijing and registered offices on Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Make has completed a number of award-winning buildings which include the City of London Information Centre, the 55 Baker Street office development, Grosvenor Waterside and 10 Weymouth Street residential schemes, all in central London. Recently completed schemes include the Handball Arena for the London 2012 Olympics, The Cube in Birmingham and the Montpellier Chapter hotel in Cheltenham.
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