The Rebel Team

Get to know the Rebel Team and find out what makes them tick outside of starting businesses.

Learn Something Every Day

A team built up of friends and experts, we travel the world running the Rebel Business School to help people start-up their own businesses, doing what they love.

​Most of the team have run their own business, made their own mistakes and learnt what to do and what not to do in real business. We have all come together to help you get going and make money doing what you love!

Co-Founder and CEO

Simon Paine

Simon spent ten years as a police officer and the next ten experimenting with business, the music industry and occasionally a proper job. He set up a centre for entrepreneurship, ran a regional enterprise service for Business Link before heading-up client services for a leadership consultancy. Simon started Rebel with Alan in 2011. 


He has coached, trained and facilitated senior leaders from some of the world’s most famous companies including Microsoft, British Airways, and Thomson Reuters. 


Outside of Rebel he is the frontman of a band, makes art, drinks coffee from the Yemen and cooks up new ideas – which includes being founder of forever27.co.uk. Also as a Dad of three boys he watches a lot of sport, operates an unlicensed parent taxi service and avoids DIY. 

Co-Founder and Showrunner

Alan Donegan

Alan founded Rebel in 2011 with Simon after they thought there must be a better way to start a business, without debt and without formal business plans.

Nothing is more rewarding for Alan than seeing other people flourish. His past experience in business gives him the drive to enable anyone, no matter what their circumstances, to live the life they want in personal and financial freedom. Alan heads up our podcast ‘The Rebel Entrepreneur’, supporting entrepreneurs around the world.

Outside Rebel, Alan loves Marvel, making pizza and occasionally playing with Lego. He is also a regular speaker for the “Financial Independence, Retire Early” (FIRE) movement, which has given him the freedom to enact lifelong ambitions of writing movie scripts and travel the world with his wife Katie as part of a nomadic lifestyle.

Lead facilitator

Katie Coombes

Katie is a lead trainer and delivers our courses all over the UK.

She co-founded, scaled and sold a successful events business over 15 years before joining Rebel in the Summer of 2018. The business was started with no money, but plenty of blood, sweat and tears were shed along the way.

She loves the first day of the Rebel course, especially the moments when people realise that this is not another boring business course and it talks sense about real life.

When not running the courses for Rebel, she is a speaker and mentor helping people grow their existing businesses.

As well as all this, she is a busy mum to two fantastic young people, so she can often be found doing the washing, sweeping the floor, eating crisps and watching Netflix (all at the same time). 

Account manager and Facilitator

Liam Sibley

An event wizard, organising the ins and outs of workshops across the nation, Liam joined the team in early 2018 as an Events & Operations Manager to help keep the ship of each event sailing straight and true. Liam went straight from three years in college studying business and economics to dive into the insurance industry. He nearly became an invisible pyramid builder, but just didn’t see the point…. Yes, jokes are a strong suit.

Outside of work, you’ll normally find Liam behind either a camera, airsoft gun or model paintbrush.

Contrary to popular belief, Liam is quite fond of his beard… after all, he grew it himself! Some say you may even find it smelling of cherry cola. (Disclaimer: cola smell not always present. Beard oil dependent, terms and conditions apply.) 

Chief Operations Officer

Henry Nicholson

Henry came on board in 2015 managing our events, marketing and communications. Henry’s prime role is now to keep the company running smoothly in all areas, planning our events and ensuring all of our online shenanigans are in order.

Henry is an expert on websites; both in building, developing and troubleshooting them to get them to where they need to be. Check out some of his work at NicholsonWebDesign.


A lover of music, shooting and side-hustle; Henry also owns a business in ethical clothing too, One Planet Apparel and freelances  for Shield Sights

Chief Marketing Officer

Jack Aling

Jack heads up Rebel’s branding and oversees marketing

Jack joined Rebel in 2016 after completing a TV and Film Media degree with the role of creating content, which quickly evolved into event management and increasing Rebel’s brand on and offline.

He loves to teach about the power of online with his knowledge of website building, social media and marketing. He has helped hundreds of small businesses around the world create their online presence and has spoken about online marketing at Oxford University and Henley Business School.

A content creator and film fanatic, when Jack isn’t at Rebel, you’ll probably find him at the cinema, writing reviews or figuring out what film he’s going to watch next.

Jack runs his freelance video production company ‘AlingMedia’ as his side hustle. He has produced video work for Microsoft and Alzheimer’s Society and has had his work featured on the BBC, PBS and ABC all before the age of 21. 

Head of Sales

James Headspeath

James leads the sales process selling the Rebel course and methodology across the UK.

James is responsible for developing commercial partnerships for Rebel Business School with local governments, third sector organisations and private sponsors.

He has been following Rebel since its creation and since officially joining the Rebel team in 2017 James has raised over £1m worth of funding helping to deliver events in the communities that need it the most.

Outside of Rebel, James can either be found cheering on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium or out cycling in the countryside.  

Wider Team

Emma May

Accountant – Milward May & Co 

Laura Poole

Event Support 

Euan Pope

Event Support 

Naomi Fox-Smith

BID Writer 

Ashley Blackmore


Victoria Panasenko

Graphic Designer 


Jon Card

PR Lead 


Corinne Card

PR Lead 


Keona Fernandes

Social Media Manager

Katie Burton-Sweeten

Project Manager

Halima Salim

Alumni Support

Teresa Allen

Copywriter & Admin 

Global Team

Tony Henderson Newport - New Zealand

See more about the New Zealand projects here: https://www.rebelbusinessschool.nz

Nathalie Riond - France

See more about the France projects here: https://www.hec.edu/en 

Daniel Angel - Colombia

More about the Colombia projects coming soon. 

Ben Perrault - USA

More about the USA projects coming soon. 

Laila Majdoub - Morocco

See more about the Morocco projects here: https://1000fikra.ma/en_US/ 

Anne Thandeka Gebhardt - Namibia

More about the Namibia projects coming soon.