Who we are

Entrepreneurs in Action offer a range of programmes and activities that unlock the untapped talents of young people from all backgrounds.

By working in partnership with organisations we give students a real sense of enterprise through exciting, hands-on business challenges and learning programmes.

By inspiring young people of all backgrounds and abilities to follow their passions and open their minds to opportunities available and undiscovered possibilities within themselves

We give young people a positive taste of a real-life working environment.

Learning activities are structured to encourage young people to be innovative, to experiment and to develop their potential as future entrepreneurs, creators and leaders.

From effective communication and teamwork, to marketing, to marketing ideas and sound business and financial planning, our programmes equip young for the future. But more importantly, EiA changes aspirations and mind sets.

• EiA programmes enable young people to develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes needed in the business and world of work.

Our facilitators use coaching techniques and group work to help young people develop and implement their ideas, and to think about what they have learned from the experience. We find young people become motivated to expand their ideas about the future directions of their lives.

EiA is committed to making enterprise a ‘real’ experience so that our programmes change young people’s view of business giving them the belief that it’s something they can ‘actually’ do.

• They experience the satisfaction of working hard as a team to successfully accomplish a challenging business project. EiA programmes raise young people’s confidence and self- esteem.

If you would like to hear more about our programmes, please contact info@theeia.com or click on this form and someone will be in touch with you.

Derek is passionate about education and opening up opportunities in the workplace for young people. Having been advised by his teachers at the age of 18 that, if he wanted to become a trader, he should speak to the guy running a local market stall, he went on to work in Barings Investment Bank, the City Regulator, the Securities and Investment Board and finally to Merrill Lynch International Private Banking as an ultra-high net worth senior private banker.

His belief that we can all create our own future is something that he wanted to pass onto others. He gave up his glittering city career and set up EiA to help young people from all walks of life achieve their dreams through entrepreneurial training programmes.

These programmes improve self-confidence and self-belief, helping people’s talent, passion and skills stand out and also increasing employability. Derek has seen the employment climate changing over the years with a flood of degree educated young people and not enough jobs. Bright, passionate youngsters are losing their belief in the workplace. These programmes are designed to give young people and employers a better chance of finding each other.

11 years on, he has helped thousands of young people from state schools in under privileged areas to private international schools and universities. Since creating EiA, Derek has worked with executives from Waitrose, Aon, Transport for London, Serco, Virgin Atlantic, The Olympic Delivery Authority, The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, and Croydon and Tameside Councils on innovative engagement strategies. He has consulted and delivered programmes to the DFES and SSAT on 14-19 and enterprise strategies and is a Director of the Barbados Entrepreneurship Foundation.

Derek is often sought as an international speaker and has appeared on C4, CNN and BBC News, and been interviewed by the Financial Times, Telegraph, Independent on Sunday and The Economist. He is a regular contributor and speaker at the National College of School Leadership and Windsor Leadership Trust and has presented at social mobility conferences at Pembroke College, Oxford University and Herbert Smith.
Derek was awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2006. and was a Visiting Professor and board member of London Metropolitan Business School.


Hamish is one of the most experienced and well-respected recruitment specialists in the UK, having led global searches for a range of high-profile roles during his time as partner heading up the UK Executive Resourcing team at PricewaterhouseCoopers and as Chairman of first Veredus Executive Resourcing and then Rockpools.These have included leading the searches for: Commissioner of Transport for London; Chair & Chief Executive of the Legal Services Commission; Chair & Chief Executive & Board of the Olympic Delivery Authority; Chair, Chief Executive & a team of 14 Trustees for the Equalities & Human Rights Commission; Chair of the Electoral Commission; and Chief Executive for the UK Supreme Court.

Today, apart from leading his own diverse consultancy practice ‘Davidson & Partners’ and chairing Entrepreneurs in Action, Hamish also chairs Iris Consulting (a niche London based, research focused, improvement consultancy) and MJI (a Scottish based, public affairs & transformation consultancy). A passionate advocate of diversity and authenticity of leadership in its widest sense, Hamish firmly believes that talent is fully transferable between the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, as well as between different industries, organisations, countries, and cultures “I am totally committed to nurturing, developing and encouraging talent and entrepreneurship – and in the power of inspiration and personal example. This is the reason why, since meeting Derek, I have been determined to assist him in realising his vision for EiA in any way that I can, and why I am so proud, today, to be chairman of this wonderful organisation.”