Our Judges

Our Judges

Peter Murphy

Peter MurphyPeter began his career at Price Waterhouse, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. His experience includes strategic planning, finance and business operations. He has held a variety of senior board positions in the software, manufacturing and consumer goods industries. Most recently he was Finance and Operations Director for the Lionhead Group of companies where he organised the sale of the business to Microsoft and prior to that he was a founder Director, CFO and Business Operations Director of Camelot Group plc, The National Lottery operator. He currently sits on a selection of companies’ boards that are at various stages of growth, including the advisory board of Prove My Concept's parent company Find Invest Grow.

Al Gosling

Al GoslingAl Gosling, CEO of the Extreme Group and Founder of the Extreme Sports Channel, developed a passion for extreme sports during his early teens and following a number of jobs went on to set up a business that would rapidly grow into the Extreme Group. Very early on he became an entrepreneur, starting various business ventures which included managing two bands and selling boardshorts and surfwear from the back of his Renault 5, whilst studying for exams. With a friend, Tom Hussen, a fellow extreme-sports fan, he came up with an idea for a TV distribution and production firm specialising in everything from paragliding to snowboarding. They did their research, examining sales figures from firms selling sports clothing and equipment. The figures showed clear growth in public interest in the sector and confirmed their “categorical belief that the sports themselves were going to grow”, he says. After raising £18,000 in funding from his parents and their friends, and adding in his own savings, he bought a phone and computer and began operating out of a barn outside his parents’ north Essex home in 1995. The Extreme Sports channel became the Extreme group as Al has followed his entrepreneurial dreams building new products and services and as an active investor he knows how to spot a budding young entrepreneur.

 We will be announcing additional judges shortly...

12

schools involved from
across the UK & Ireland

152

hardworking student
entrepreneurs registered

207

ideas pitched
on PMC

£3,000

granted to PMC
winners (and counting)