Very special supporters of Whizz-Kidz

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We simply couldn't do our work without the help of these very special supporters. 

Charlotte Grobien

After graduating with a degree in Business Studies, Charlotte joined British Airways and followed a career in Marketing, Management and Sales Promotion. She then spent two years in the European Commission in Brussels returning to London to work in conferences, exhibitions, events and corporate communications. Charlotte became involved in voluntary work in Wandsworth organising the Borough’s Young Enterprise initiative in schools and running an education business programme in Wandsworth prison.

After a successful domestic building project Charlotte decided to look at property development as a way of making money with the sole purpose of 'giving it away'. Charlotte formed the company 'Give it Away Ltd' in 2006, starting off in 2007 by  building  three new houses from scratch. The profits from this first venture were £635,000 and this money was given to local charities involved in the care, help and welfare of children and young people who do not receive Government funding. Charlotte then continued with apartments for rental giving away the profit income and in 2011 built 3 more new homes in Woking. The total donated so far is in excess of £1 million. Another new build project of two four bedroom houses is now underway, again in Woking with a completion planned for Autumn 2014.

Charlotte was delighted to include Whizz-Kidz in this project and provided powered wheelchairs for a significant number of children. Charlotte remains actively involved in the work of the charity and the welfare of its beneficiaries.

Mike Hammond – Business Ambassador

Mike is the Chief Executive Officer of Lockton International, the largest privately held, global insurance broking and risk management consulting firm, based in London. Lockton International’s operations span UK and Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Asia.

Mike began his insurance career with Sedgwick UK in October 1980, having previously obtained a BA (hons) in Economics from the University of East Anglia in Norwich. At Marsh he held several senior executive and board positions including: responsibility for Marine, Energy, Aviation and Finpro; CEO of the UK and Ireland Retail businesses; he was previously a member of the European Board of Sedgwick’s Corporate Risk Solutions business. He also led the formation of Sedgwick Global (North America).

Mike has also held positions at Alexander Forbes; on the Group Executive Committee of Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc; as CEO of JLT Risk Solutions; and on the Board of Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc.

Mike is married to Gwen and has two children.

Michael Sanzone – Business Ambassador

Michael Sanzone is a Managing Director within financial sponsor coverage at RBS, one of the largest financial institutions in the world. Michael is responsible for originating and supporting the execution of leveraged and structured finance, merger and acquisition (“M&A”) advisory, equity capital markets, and debt capital markets transactions for private equity firms and their respective portfolio companies.

Michael has over 15 years investment banking experience, and has advised on over 40 M&A transactions worth in excess of USD 60bn, and has assisted clients raise over USD 100bn in the equity and debt capital markets in more than 80 transactions. Prior to joining RBS, Michael was an investment banker covering the global media sector at Lehman Brothers in London. Michael also previously worked within the Media team at Deutsche Bank in London and at Deutsche Bank Alex Brown in New York. Michael graduated with Honours from Dartmouth College.

Michael has dual American-British citizenship, and is married to a British citizen.

Rahul Moodgal – Sports Challenge Ambassador

Rahul -part way through his Land's End to John O'Groats challenge - with Whizz-Kidz beneficiary Joel and his familyIn 2013, Rahul planned and cycled – with three other fundraisers – the Generation Inspired Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge to raise £250,000 for Whizz-Kidz. The funds raised over the 975 mile route transformed the lives of 150 young people by buying new trikes to support their independence. Determined to build on this incredible success, Rahul remains a committed champion of sports fundraising – he plans more personal challenge events for 2014 to ensure hundreds more disabled children get the most appropriate equipment for them.

Rahul works independently within the investment management industry, helping firms build their businesses. Today he works with firms in Europe and Asia. He previously worked for the prominent TCI Platform where he was the partner responsible for investor relations and business development. During his five year tenure at the firm he claimed the crowns for single handedly raising the most capital in the shortest period of time ($20bn in 3.5 years), the largest country fund launch in history ($1bn for India fund TCI New Horizon) and for the largest sector fund launch in history ($1.1bn for financials sector fund Algebris) in the investment management industry.

Prior to working in investment management Rahul was an academic and he studied at 19 universities in four countries – the UK, the US, Russia and Japan. He is a graduate of the Universities of Keele and Cambridge as well as the London School of Economics. He is also a qualified counsellor, bartender, musician, English teacher, interior designer and DJ and is currently training to be a spinning instructor.

David Francis – Business Ambassador

David has over 25 years operational and consulting experience working with the Health Care and Life Science sectors around the world. David is currently CIO at a global Pharmaceutical company and prior to that was a partner at a global consulting firm. David began his career in 1990 having completed a BSc in Computer Science from Exeter University. He has worked with many of the top 10 Pharmaceutical companies including Novartis, Pfizer, GSK, AstraZeneca, J&J, Takeda as well as both private and NHS healthcare provider organisations guiding and supporting major organisational change initiatives.

Throughout his career David has also taken an active interest in advising third Sector organisations within the Health and Social Care environment including Whizz Kidz and Macmillan Cancer Support.

David has 3 boys and is married to Antonia.

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