Sir Jack Petchey was born in the East End of London in 1925. He had few advantages in life and left school aged 14 with no qualifications.
Initially rejected for management training and told he would “never make a businessman”, Sir Jack has gone on to become one of the most successful businessmen in Britain today!
“I am a great believer in the ability to speak well.
I remember when I first started in business and quickly realised the importance of making your points with confidence.
Most young people today hold strong views and feel passionate about them.
Our challenge gives them an opportunity to be trained in how to express themselves clearly and without fear” – Sir Jack Petchey CBE, The Jack Petchey Foundation.
The Jack Petchey Foundation
Sir Jack Petchey CBE founded the Jack Petchey Foundation in 1999 to recognise the positive contributions young people make to society and to support them in achieving their potential. Since then it has provided support to a wide range of 2,000 youth initiatives across London and Essex and has invested over £100m in them.