The Apprentices 2009 unveiled

Sugar’s no-nonsense advisers Nick Hewer and Margaret Mountford will return, while spinoff show The Apprentice: You’re Fired! hosted by Adrian Chiles is also back on Wednesday nights.

The list of contestants in full:

    Anita Shah
    Age: 35
    Career: Business strategist
    Qualifications: LLB in law and postgraduate diploma in legal practice
    Lives: Birmingham
    A cricket fanatic, qualified lawyer and self-confessed perfectionist.
    Anita led a team to win at the Visa Business School in 2008 and,
    inspired by Dragon’s Den judge James Caan, believes you can be
    successful by investing in relationships and being nice to people.
    Anita considers herself to be a humanitarian with a Bridget Jones alter
    ego.

    Debra Barr
    Age: 24
    Career: Senior sales consultant
    Qualifications: BA in English Literature
    Lives: Surrey
    Buckinghamshire-born Debra considers herself to be a direct and driven
    saleswoman with a passion for business. She has had to fight illiteracy
    in her youth and, aged 10, had the reading age of a six-year-old.
    Embodying her belief in overcoming obstacles, Debra went on to study
    English Literature at university. Inspired by Bill Gates and Sir
    Richard Branson, she is a go-getter who would rather ask for
    forgiveness than permission.

    Kate Walsh
    Age: 27
    Career: Licensing development manager
    Qualifications: BSc in psychology and management
    Lives: Hampshire
    Staffordshire-born Kate is confident and resilient. She is an indie
    music fan who is interested in cooking, snowboarding and gym workouts.
    Kate, who says she regrets not applying to Oxbridge, describes herself
    as a highly motivated and ambitious professional with an educated
    opinion on most issues.

    Kimberly Davis
    Age: 33
    Career: Marketing consultant
    Qualifications: BA in music management
    Lives: London
    Born in the Bronx, New-Yorker Kimberly is an accomplished musician and
    business owner who launched a highly successful marketing and
    development business. Kimberly has performed Mozart at Carnegie Hall
    and toured the US East Coast playing violin with the Essex County
    Chamber Orchestra. A strong believer in karma, Kimberly insists she has
    no poker face and lists Tiffany & Co, Chanel and Apple as her most
    inspiring brands.

    Lorraine Tighe
    Age: 36
    Career: National accounts manager
    Qualifications: NHC in business studies
    Lives: Kent
    Mother-of-two Lorraine was born in London and left school at 16. Since
    then she has gone on to be the top salesperson in every company she has
    worked for and admires Victoria Beckham for being resourceful when
    doubted for having “not much talent”. Talkative Lorraine admits to
    having very little education and sums up her attitude to business as
    the ability to drive a dead horse to the winning line.

    Mona Lewis
    Age: 28
    Career: Senior financial manager
    Qualifications: A-levels
    Lives: Kent
    Born in Karachi, former Tanzanian beauty queen and mother-of-one Mona
    counts Tesco as one of her most admired businesses. She sees herself as
    shrewd and honest in business and believes that personal emotions
    should never interfere with decision-making. Mona chose to apply for The Apprentice to step out of her comfort zone and change the lives of her and her son.

    Paula Jones
    Age: 29
    Career: Human resource consultant
    Qualifications: Masters degree in industrial relations and human resource management
    Lives: Walsall, West Midlands
    Paula is an academic with a love for interior design. Born and raised
    in Walsall, Paula, a self-confessed scatterbrain, was a four-star
    sergeant in the army cadets and represented the army at county level in
    shooting.

    Yasmina Siadatan
    Age: 27
    Career: Restaurateur
    Qualifications: BSc Economic history with population studies
    Lives: London
    Highly ambitious restaurant owner and marathon runner Yasmina was born
    in Hull and spent time living in Los Angeles and Iran before settling
    in London. Yasmina, who first experienced the world of business in her
    dad’s restaurant, describes herself as dominaant yet adaptable and
    believes that business is about spotting a gap in the market and
    filling it better than anyone else can. She admires Sir Richard
    Branson’s attitude to personal service and would love to have been the
    brains behind Microsoft.

    Ben Clarke
    Age: 22
    Career: Trainee stockbroker
    Qualifications: BA (Hons) economics and business
    Lives: Belfast
    Belfast born and bred, Ben is a rebellious stockbroker. The former
    Gavin Henson lookalike cites Hugh Heffner as one of his most admired
    business figures. Rugby-playing Ben admits to being “cocky” but insists
    he takes business very seriously.

    Howard Ebison
    Age: 24
    Career: Retail business manager
    Qualifications: CIMA part-qualified accountant – BSc (Hons) maths and business studies
    Lives: Derby
    Born in Surrey, Howard is an enthusiastic businessman, award-winning
    dancer, self-trained musician and area manager to 10 pubs. Howard hopes
    one day to set up his own consultancy specialising in customer service.

    James McQuillan
    Age: 32
    Career: Senior commercial manager
    Qualifications: MA (Hons) economics
    Lives: Surrey
    Football referee, sports fanatic and former child chess champion James
    lists Al Pacino and JK Rowling as inspirational figures. James has
    worked as a labourer, trolley collector and a nightclub doorman before
    finding his niche in commercial management. He describes himself as
    likeable and selfless and would love to have been the brains behind The
    A-Team.

    Majid Nagra
    Age: 28
    Career: Business development manager
    Qualifications: BSc computer science
    Lives: Coventry
    Reformed rebel Maj sees himself as loyal and believes business is the
    backbone to the world. Born in Coventry, Maj was expelled from school
    for wayward behaviour but now works with youth centres and charities
    while running his own car hire business. Describing himself as funny
    and talkative, Maj says he never shies away from the spotlight.

    Noorul Choudhury
    Age: 33
    Career: Science teacher
    Qualifications: GTTP, CIM
    Lives: Rochdale
    Science teacher Noorul hopes to become a property development
    millionaire. He aims one day to start up a men’s tailoring business.
    Describing himself as a straight-talking leader, he loves being kept on
    his feet and confesses to always putting work first. He believes
    business is a cut-throat, dog-eat-dog game that you must play to win.

    Phillip Taylor
    Age: 29
    Career: Estate Agent
    Qualifications: NEBS Certificate in Management
    Lives: County Durham
    Born and raised in County Durham, Phillip, who describes himself as
    “confident and charming”, believes he can deal with people on any
    level. A self-confessed control freak, he is passionate about all
    projects he involves himself in and considers himself to be a nice guy
    who people can relate to.

    Rocky Andrews
    Age: 21
    Career: Sandwich chain owner
    Qualifications: N/A
    Lives: North Yorkshire
    Rocky is this year’s youngest candidate and already earns more than the
    six-figure salary on offer from Sir Alan. He left school at 16 to
    pursue a career in football with Middlesbrough but was diagnosed with
    arthritis. Aged 17, Rocky started up a sandwich business – which now
    includes 15 shops across north-east England.

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