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Alexandra Kelly is the founder and former managing director of UK pre-employment screening company, Powerchex, and formally the MD of HireRight's background screening operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Alexandra was born and raised in Greece and moved to the USA aged 25 to study for an MBA at one of the top business schools. She arrived in the UK in 2000 - interrupting a round the world sailing trip with her husband - after discovering she was expecting their first child.

In 2005 she started Powerchex, a pre-employment screening firm specifically targeted at the London financial sector. Seeking investment, she went to face the BBC's Dragons' Den to pitch her business. The Dragons rejected her idea and said it couldn't be done. Alexandra decided to go for it on her own, hired one employee and found a small office. On June 23 2010, California based HireRight Inc., a U.S. background screening company, announced that it had acquired Powerchex, with Alexandra being made Managing Director of HireRight's background screening operations in the EMEA region.

In 2007 she won 'Business Person of the Year' in the Thames Gateway Business Awards, whilst also guiding Powerchex to awards for 'Growth Business' and 'Business of the Year'. In 2008 Powerchex was awarded the NatWest Thames Gateway Business of the Year. In 2009, Powerchex won the DBC & East London Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year award.

Kelly was profiled in UK newspaper The Financial Times explaining the processes behind Powerchex and where she attributes her success. In August 2009 she was interviewed on BBC News about research which found that the number of job applicants lying on their CVs has been increasing since the beginning of the recession.

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Volo Group

Volo Group

Lotis Bautista

We’re bringing companies, charities and individuals together through skilled volunteering in order to help break down societal barriers and support individuals in developing the skills needed to be effective members of this future workforce.

100% recommended, 100% impact.

In just one hour, Alexandra was able to impart practical advice regarding the next stage in our journey. Her questions were precise, insightful and very well targeted towards the challenges that we laid out in our pre-meeting brief. 

Enabling Enterprise

Enabling Enterprise

Alice Faulkner

Enabling Enterprise is an award-winning not-for-profit social enterprise, set up by a team of teachers in 2009. Our mission is to equip young people with the skills, experiences and aspirations they need to succeed in life.

It was a really useful and thoughtful session

Alexandra used her experience applied it to my own situation really effectively. She was clear with her advice, having listened well to the needs of my organisation. I have taken part in many other mentoring programmes and this is not always the case! 

Balobeshayi

Balobeshayi

Beatrice Kabutakapua

Balobeshayi is a social cooperative facilitating the integration of migrants in urban spaces.

She reads the issues perfectly.

She knows what you need to do next and recommends many different options. I got more out of the hour from her than with any other course or book I've ever read.

Career Shifters

Career Shifters

Dominic Baker

Life's too short to be unhappy at work.  We help bright, motivated people who feel stuck in the wrong career find and move into more fulfilling work. We've done it ourselves and want to help you do the same.

Alexandra was sharp, candid and super helpful

We'll be actioning her advice, which I'm sure is going to have a tangible impact on our business. Many thanks indeed!

Portland Education

Portland Education

Alex Bell

Helping schools, school leaders, charities, museums & governments to be bold, brave & authentic

Insightful, precise and quickly got to the he

Alexandra quickly got the the heart of the issues I brought to her. She offered a good balance of encouragement and challenge. I came away with a much clearer understanding of where to focus my energies and efforts, and a reinvigorated drive to make Portland Education a sector leader in performance coaching.


I can’t thank Alexandra Kelly and Expert Impact enough for this opportunity. I hope this is only the beginning of an ongoing relationship as Portland Education grows.

Student Circus

Student Circus

Tripti Maheshwari

Student circus is a niche job search platform that enables International Students secure deserving jobs in the UK.

Meeting Alexandra was the most amazing experi

We are faced with the same challenges as she was when she started her business- her advice was classic and practical. She advice was not limited to what we ask her for, but she gave us amazing ideas to work on.


A big thank you to Expert Impact! It was a perfect match and really helped us.

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