The Apprentice

Edward Hunter

Age: 25

Occupation: Accountant

Lives: Reading

Half-British and half-Afghan, Reading-born and raised Edward’s first job was as a gardener at the age of 12. He successfully applied for a role in a global professional services firm headquartered in London straight after university and was hired as Senior Associate in the audit team before becoming an accountant at a FTSE 30 energy company. Trained at one of the world’s leading accountancy firms, Edward describes himself as a “man with strength of character and conviction who is honest and direct”.

He says: “I’m the wheeler dealer who accidentally became a finance professional and wants out.”

Alex Britez Cabral

Age: 28

Occupation: Estate Agent Manager

Lives: London

Motorbike enthusiast Alex who lived in Paris as a child, describes himself as “ambitious, driven, and extremely focused”. Born and raised in London, Alex’s first job was making tea in a small estate agents before becoming a thriving agent himself. His greatest achievement is taking a business losing money and turning it around to a fast growing profitable business within 12 months.

He says: “Fear is a great motivator. If you are successful, you are unpopular, so unpopularity is a good thing.”

Zoe Beresford

Age: 26

Occupation: Project Manager – Drinks Manufacturer

Lives: Cheshire

Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Zoe joined her family firm straight from university and played an integral role in the company’s development working in sales and marketing. Zoe, who bought a house with her sister at the age of just 12, describes her attitude as not “why” but “why not”. Zoe was awarded the Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Technology Prize for the highest dissertation mark in the school of engineering.

She says: “I will do whatever it takes to win.”

Susan Ma

Age: 21

Occupation: Natural Skincare Entrepreneur 

Lives: Croydon

Born in Shanghai, adrenaline junkie Susan moved to Australia at the age of six before eventually settling in London aged 13. With her mum having no grasp of English, Susan succeeded in getting herself into a school despite her young age and went on to study Philosophy and Economics at university. She describes herself as “ambitious, optimistic and easy going”. Her first ever job was working on a market stall selling skin care products which she has now turned into a lucrative business.

She says: “I’m short, sweet and smiley but when I do business I mean business.”

Natasha Scribbins

Age: 31

Occupation: Divisional Manager – Recruitment

Lives: London

German born Natasha achieved only five GCSEs but went on to graduate from university with a Bachelors Degree in International Hospitality Management. Happy to get her hands dirty Natasha worked cleaning the bakeries of a major retail chain at the age of 15 before venturing into business. An avid fitness fanatic, Natasha is inspired by the Nike brand for their representation of women in sport.

She says: “I’m like a really fine tuned switch. If I need to turn it down then I turn it down. If I need to turn it up then I turn it up.”

Melody Hossaini

Age: 26

Occupation: Founder & Director – Global Youth Consultancy Business

Lives: Midlands

Born in Iran, Melody lived in four different countries before settling in the UK. Melody, who speaks five languages, set up a renowned UK youth organisation at the age of 13 and has won the Woman of the Future award for her voluntary work. Global Youth Sector Entrepreneur Melody has previously worked with 12 Nobel Peace Prize winners including Desmond Tutu, Dalai Lama, Sherin Ebadi and was trained on climate change by Al Gore.

She says: “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”

Helen Louise Milligan

Age: 30

Occupation: Executive Assistant to CEO 

Lives: Northumberland

Stockport-born Helen describes herself as “calm, loyal and tenacious” and enjoys reading in her free time. A keen swimmer, she studied Law at university and climbed the ranks from part-time work as a waitress to managing a restaurant before landing her role as Executive Assistant to a CEO.

She says: “I see my job as my complete life. I work 24/7. There isn’t a cut off.”

Felicity Jackson

Age: 23

Occupation: Entrepreneur Creative Arts 

Lives: London

Felicity worked at a hairdressers as a teenager before going into children’s entertainment and eventually setting up her own company specialising in career development for actors. An avid fan of soaps and a trained actress, Felicity compares herself to Kanya King.

She says: “Lord Sugar will probably find it difficult to ever say anything negative to me because I always turn it round to a positive.”

Ellie Reed

Age: 33

Occupation: Managing Director – Construction Recruitment

Lives: Yorkshire

The Bradford-born entrepreneur started her working life with a paper round and eventually went on to start a new business during a recession, playing a crucial role in helping the company become one of the most successful in its market. Golf lover Ellie describes herself as “positive, fun and driven” and once chased a burglar out of her house at 17.

She says: “I don’t like lazy people… dole dossers that don’t want to work. I don’t like posh kids who have everything on a plate.”

Edna Agbarha

Age: 36

Occupation: Business Psychologist

Lives: London

One of 10 siblings, London-born Edna rose from working life as a teenager on her uncle’s Covent Garden market stall to her first position as a Business Psychologist and coach. Edna holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology, two Masters degrees and enjoys cycling in her free time.

She says: “Weak people in business are a waste of space and a limp handshake is unforgiveable.”

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