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Alexandra Kelly

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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! 

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