Susie Warran-Smith CBE DL

Thought Leader and Award-Winning Business Woman

Susie is a business woman, author, broadcaster and speaker recently named as one of the Top 20 Global Food & Agri Influencers and Thought Leaders. Susie has appeared as a guest on every national television and radio news programme in the UK from CNN, Sky News, Radio 5 Live and Radio 4’s Today Programme to The Culture Show, BBC Breakfast, The Politics Show and The Food Programme and is the lead presenter of weekly FoodTalk Radio Show.

She is in-depth experience growing small businesses using ground-breaking employment practices to accelerate to hyper profitability, as well as being a renowned expert on foodtech and food and agri innovation.

She is the founder and sole owner of the multiple award-winning Breakthrough Group, which has grown from a two-person operation in her conservatory in 2015 to a highly profitable multi-million pound business which was sold to EY (Ernst and Young) in 2020. In the process the company won the coveted Independent Tax Consultancy Firm in the UK 2019 at the Tolley Awards for its role in gaining over £60 million of funding for innovative UK start-ups. She was awarded the Kent Business Woman of the Year in 2017 and the London and South East Director of the Year 2019 by the Institute of Directors.

She is a keen home cook and enjoys good wine and excellent company. The rest of her spare time is taken up with her grandchildren and pottering around her garden by the sea.

"Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential."

Winston Churchill

"Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans."

Peter F. Drucker

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe."

Abraham Lincoln

"Mould-breaking strategies grow initially like weeds, they are not cultivated like tomatoes in a hothouse.… (They) can take root in all kinds of places."

Henry Mintzberg

"Strategy is the great work of the organisation. In situations of life and death, it is the Tao of Survival or Extinction. Its study cannot be neglected."

Sun Tzu

"Everyone has a plan... until they get punched in the mouth."

Mike Tyson