Founder , Brixton Finishing School

Ally Owen founded Brixton Finishing School due to the need to create a diverse and equitable talent blueprint for our industry. By the end of 2020 230 talents from multicultural, socially mobile, neurodiverse (& majority female) backgrounds will have passed through this award-winning accelerator that finds, trains and places ‘under-represented’ talent in roles.

Recognising the impact that COVID-19 will have on young people’s futures, Ally gave this summer's intake a digital experience with the BFS Virtual School, providing crucial insight into delivering virtual courses. This has led to the game-changing and upcoming AD-Cademy programme which will give over 2000 students a year across the UK a fairer chance to succeed. 2021 will also see the extension of the award-winning programmes to other underserved groups, e.g. women of colour 45 +

Ally’s success stems from the belief that more can be done to support this country’s untapped talent. She’s created a groundswell of support amongst leading agencies and brands and built an alliance of 400+ industry #Changemakers who are working together to change outcomes. Ally is using her platform to influence direct change, advising agencies on their recruitment policies and speaking on allyship at events with Omnicom, Facebook and Mediatel. Ally constantly pushes for platforms through which the voices her graduates can be heard and asks the industry to listen and change.

She’s a true role model: a single mother who sacrificed her own money and time and works tirelessly to create a better future for all in the industry.