Sponsors of the launch event

The 2017 launch event sponsored by Hart Learning and Development is taking place at:

The Airbus Foundation Discovery Space, Fulton Close, Stevenage, SG1 2AF

The Airbus Foundation Discovery Space, created in partnership with North Hertfordshire College, was officially opened by Astronaut Tim Peake in January 2017 and is home to a  unique STEM centre which leverages the inspirational power of the ExoMars Rover project to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

  • Backed and funded by Airbus, the Airbus Foundation and the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the centre features educational exhibits and a hands-on education programme, designed and delivered by North Hertfordshire College, to promote science, technology, engineering and maths to encourage and inspire students for their future, especially for a career in engineering.
  • The centre is intended to inspire 25,000 students from Key Stage 2 upwards over the next 5 years.

The networking event will run as follows;

4.30pm Arrival drinks

5.00pm Presentations

Matt Hamnett, CEO Hart L&D

Speaker 1. Matt Hamnett, Hart L&D

Matt Hamnett is the CEO of the Hart Learning Group, which includes North Hertfordshire College, the Hart Schools Trust and Hart L&D, a progressive learning and development business which supports businesses of all sizes to engage with and invest in emerging talent.

Sarah Scott-Foster, Event Manager

Speaker 2. Sarah Scott-Foster, Archant

Sarah Scott-Foster has been Event Manager at Archant for 9 years, she has been instrumental in the organisation and growth of the Business Awards since 2008.


Speaker 3. Dave Simpson, KPMG

Dave Simpson of lead sponsors KPMG

Dave heads up KPMG’s Enterprise business for Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and Buckinghamshire working closely with privately owned and PE backed businesses. Dave trained as an auditor but now helps companies facing a wide range of business challenges.


Claire Brindle, Managing Director, Smart10

Speaker 4. 2016 Winner Claire Brindle, Smart10

Claire is Manging Director of Smart10 Recruitment, one of Hertfordshire’s most innovative and dynamic recruitment firms, and winner of Business Person of the Year 2016 and Entrepreneur of the Year 2016.


5.45pm – Tour of facilities

6.15pm – Refreshments and networking

7.00pm – Event closes

Places are limited so should you wish to attend please register for free HERE