March 19, 2021

Old Boy update – Adam Gillespie (2005-2012)

Since leaving NSB in 2012, I had until recently continued my competitive equestrian career.  I’m currently working for a venture capitalist backed tech firm whose HQ is in London, along with offices around the country.

I continued my horse riding competitively at European level alongside studying for my coaching qualifications. In 2013, I was shortlisted to represent Team GB at the European Junior Championships in Haras de Jardy, France. The next couple of years I focused on my training by moving to Yorkshire and then to Germany to be based at the DOKR (Olympic Committee for Riding) in Warendorf, with former World and European Champion Bettina Hoy. Here I would spend the cold winter months preparing for my return to England in the hope of being selected for Team GB to represent them at Montelibretti, Italy. This year was a great success for me, securing Top 6 places in all of the trials along with finishing on the podium a number of times and 4th at the final Selection trial in Wellington. However this didn’t prove worthy enough for selection for the team, and I would be made 1st Reserve. None of my success over the years would have been possible without a great team behind me. I owe a lot to my family, friends, team mates and sponsors.

The realisation in 2020 that continuing my dream of competing at the Olympics wasn’t going to be possible, and with the tech industry booming due to the pandemic, I thought there was no better time to take up a role in our family tech firm Activ Technology. The business has subsequently been acquired by Babble.

Babble works with over 2,000 organisations in a wide range of sectors – including financial, health and education, travel and accommodation, and public services – by sourcing and deploying the very best cloud solutions to deliver increased efficiency, customer engagement and profitability, whilst protecting customers’ businesses. In 2020 the company was valued at £90 million after rapidly growing annual revenue to £30m – 95% of which is recurring.

It’s definitely going to be an exciting business to work for and I am looking forward to seeing what the future holds.

If there is any advice I can give to anyone it is “Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed.” If you’re not afraid, you don’t care. Along with “Work hard in silence and let your success make the noise.”

I will always be grateful for the sporting opportunities and support given to me at NSB, it played a major role in developing the character I have become.