Former Sunderland College student Katie Bulmer-Cooke is aiming for success in the boardroom as she appears in the new series of The Apprentice.
Katie is up against 19 other candidates, all hoping to impress Lord Alan Sugar as they compete to win a £250,000 investment from the millionaire.
The fitness entrepreneur owns the internationally-successful personal training business The Little Black Dress Club and has won a host of awards since it launched.
Sunderland-based Katie, aged 27, studied A-Levels at the college, including A-Level PE, and appeared as a case study for the college in a YouTube video last year.
Katie will be joined by contestants from a diverse range of careers and backgrounds including law, social care, marketing, fashion, accountancy and technology.
The candidates will be put through their paces in a variety of challenging tasks. These include designing an innovative wearable technology product, creating an online video channel, running package coach tours, securing and fulfilling orders for a home fragrance range, manufacturing and selling a new board game and launching their own soft drinks brand.
If you would like to follow Katie’s progress on the show, the first episode of the tenth series airs on Tuesday, October 14 at 9pm on BBC One.
Katie’s official The Apprentice profile:
- Age: 27
- Occupation: Fitness Entrepreneur
- Lives: Sunderland
Katie is a personal trainer, and has been awarded Fit Pro UK Fitness Professional of the Year 2013, IFS UK Personal Trainer of the Year 2012 and Fit Pro & Life Fitness Worldwide Personal Trainer To Watch 2012 Top Ten. She creates and markets her own work-out programmes and DVDs and has also been a health and fitness expert for Argos. She would describe herself as honest, down-to-earth and energetic.
She says: “In business I’m like a little stealth bomber that flies under the radar and smashes the competition before they’ve even realised I’m here.”