Meet the C2S Leaders

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Robert Games • Patent Attorney/Director • Albright •

Robert Games is the managing director of Albright IP, a professional firm of British and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Robert is an experienced Patent Attorney and a creative thinker. He is a people person who understands the requirements of busy entrepreneurs and business leaders. The specialist attorney teams at Albright IP have many years of experience in invention and brand protection, and work for clients in the UK and around the world. they advise on all aspects of IP protection and enforcement, including drafting, filing and prosecuting Patent, Design and Trade Mark Applications.

The specialist attorney teams at Albright IP have many years of experience in invention and brand protection, and work for clients in the UK and around the world. they advise on all aspects of IP protection and enforcement, including drafting, filing and prosecuting Patent, Design and Trade Mark Applications.

Roman Cooper • Executive Director • Allcooper Group •

Many will already be familiar with the friendly face of Roman Cooper - Executive Director of Allcooper Group. Roman is an expert on all things fire and security, with over 30 years’ experience under his belt since starting out as an apprentice. Now as Director and co-owner, Roman proudly oversees the running of his family business, which is based in Gloucester and employs 100 staff.

Roman has a big enthusiasm for Gloucestershire business. He has completed a 7-year term on the board of GFirst LEP and was one of the first to complete the University of Gloucestershire’s MBA in business.

Dave Scobie • Managing Director • All Fleet Services •

Dave Scobie is Managing Director of Gloucestershire based All Fleet Services, who are the country’s leading provider of technology and outsourced customer services to the Fleet and automotive industries and employ over 180 people. Dave set up the business with three others 15 years ago, became Managing

Managing Director in 2007 and bought the business in a management buyout three years ago. Dave, who lives in the Forest of Dean with his wife and three children, is leading the business on a transition from being a people based business supported by technology, to a technology led business, supported by people

Helen Astill • Managing Director • Cherington HR •

Helen Astill is MD of HR consultancy, Cherington HR. A Fellow of the CIPD, Helen launched Cherington HR in 2006 to support SMEs lacking the HR resources that much bigger organisations took for granted. She is a highly skilled problem-solver who focuses on developing ethical but pragmatic resolutions to ‘people’ issues in business.

Previous HR roles at global engineering group GKN plc and the UK Atomic Energy Authority provided her with experience in all aspects of HR management and development. She was an HR Associate of the EEF and Advisor for the Remuneration Committee of the former Festival Housing Group.

Mick Hurst • Managing Director • Areca Design •

Innovations in graphic design and marketing have driven Mick and his Areca Design team to become leaders in delivering successful Mobile and Web projects. Combined with an impressive portfolio of Global Brand Development, Graphics Design and Exhibitions – Mick has the experience to support business growth, from start-ups to established international organisations.

Augmented Reality App projects are an expanding area of exciting project commissions for clients, such as; The City of London Corporation, Dudley Council, BE Aerospace and Worcestershire County Cricket Club, these have provided a platform to explore diverse use-cases, including; training, education, public awareness, tourism, engineering and advertising.

Lorrin White • Managing Director • Bamboo Technology Group •

Lorrin joined Bamboo Technology Group in 2002. Learning quickly, she worked her way up, taking on the role of Operations Director, before becoming MD in 2014. Now a company of more than 50 employees, Bamboo bills for more than 20 terabytes of data every month to its nationwide customers.

Looking to the future, Lorrin said: “We’re operating in such a fast-moving industry, it’s always exciting to see what the next development is. With digital transformation high on the business agenda, we’re always improving our services and developing new software solutions that integrate ICT with other business operations.

Nick Baxter • CEO • Baxter Williams Ltd •

I am CEO and founder of Baxter Williams a recruitment consultancy that specialises in Finance, Sales, Marketing & Procurement appointments. Our ethos is simple – “Connecting Exceptional People” and our entire team prides themselves as a truly transparent, consultative and professional recruitment partner for both our clients and candidates.

My background before industry was dominated by professional rugby. After graduating in Business Studies & Marketing I played my rugby for Worcester Warriors where I represented England Students, England 7’s and the Barbarians. I have been incredibly fortunate to have amassed a first-class network of clients and candidates throughout sport and business. This has enabled me to indulge my passion for people and business

Andy Carter • Managing Director • BOM IT Solutions •

Managing Director of BOM IT Solutions is a leading Entrepreneur heading-up the South West longest servicing Technology and IT Solutions business. Andy is a constant learner of what businesses what and need, applying his experience to deliver strategic business growth and success through the innovation of technology. Andy is continually investing in understanding current business and

stakeholder requirements, applying an extensive Business model, with experience to shape tailored solutions. With a positive Management style Andy’s Personal engagement and collaborative approach is key to the delivering great business relationships, strategy and success. With a positive approach to each day, no challenge is ever too great and all done with a smile, often starting with a coffee.

Debbie Farr • HR & Facilities Director • ISO Quality Services Ltd •

ISO Quality Services is an ISO Certification, Consultancy and Training Organisation. As a business they work prominently with SME’s to help them improve their business performance through good process management.

Debbie joined her family business in 2014, to create and grow the training division, 5 years on she moved across to HR and now takes care of the people and working environment, whilst assisting with the strategic direction of the organisation.

She focuses on the Health & Wellbeing of the staff, so in turn they can deliver excellent service to their customers. They are proud to be in their 20th year, still supporting clients to improve and grow.

John Workman • Senior Partner • BPE Solicitors •

BPE Solicitors is a top 200 UK law firm headquartered in Gloucestershire. We provide a range of legal advice to companies from exciting early stage ventures and regional SMEs to national and international organisations. As well as our business offering, we have a strong private client practice advising

individuals in relation to wealth, property and family matters. BPE was a finalist for Regional Law Firm in The Lawyer Awards 2018. John advises on corporate transactions and is the firm’s Senior Partner. In addition to his legal practice, John is an Honorary Consul to Estonia and a director of the Everyman Theatre.

Nick Bracey • Sales Director • Brace Creative Agency •

Hi, I’m Nick and for over a decade now I’ve enjoyed helping some of the biggest names in industry achieve their goals whilst helping small and medium enterprises grow to their full potential. At Brace Creative we started on a local level and have never forgotten our roots, but we’ve

always aimed high. It’s these lofty ambitions we seek to bring to all of our clients. We’ve worked with charities, locals governments and schools, those just starting out, as well as industry giants. We know the online community inside out and we cater every package for you.

Paul Nurden • Head of Office • Brewin Dolphin •

Brewin Dolphin is one of the UKs leading Wealth Managers Founded in 1762, we are here to help you achieve your ambitions through expert, personalised financial planning and investment management advice.

Paul has worked in the industry since the eighties and has seen many changes over that time. Often driven initially by regulatory pressures but all leading to the high levels of service and care our clients receive. Paul is passionate about ensuring that clients receive the highest quality advice and are prepared for the changes that they face over a lifetime.

Steven Creed • Managing Director • Brickhampton Golf Complex •

Brickhampton Court has a reputation for quality hospitality, great service and professionalism with a wide range of facilities that do not just cater for the golfers. Brickhampton Court Golf Complex provides a friendly and welcoming atmosphere to its members and visitors alike. Meeting the

requirements of our clients whether it is; sporting, business or social events serving between; 20 to 120 people by delivering outstanding service. Through our professionalism and first-class service, Brickhampton has established itself as the premier venue in Gloucestershire.

Marcus Gomery • Group Managing Director • Brunsdon •

Brunsdon is one of the UK’s longest established financial services consultancies with a mission to help individuals and companies throughout the UK realise their potential and achieve their financial goals. It specialises in high quality personal financial advice, wealth management, investment funds and group employee benefits.

Marcus Gomery is group Managing Director, having been in the financial services arena for over 25 years. He is respected in the industry as an authority on group benefits in particular and has a well-deserved reputation for motivation.

James Cass • Managing Director • Cass Stephens •

James Cass joined his family’s business in 1999 and has been its Managing Director for 13 years. During this period the business has expanded rapidly, acquiring seven other local insurance broking firms.
Cass-Stephens Insurances Limited provides insurance advice to businesses throughout the UK. Trading styles of Cass-Stephens include InsurewithCare, which covers Care Homes and

Supported Living Providers and Parksure which covers Park Homes and Holiday Lodges. They also have exclusive facilities for Commercial & Residential Landlords Insurance and Intellectual Property Insurance.
Cass-Stephens Life & Pensions Limited are Chartered Financial Planners, providing investment, pension, protection, mortgage and equity release advice.

Cordell Ray • CEO • CCP Charity Caring About Communities & People •

Cordell Ray is Chief Executive of the charity Caring About Communities & People. The charities vision is to prevent youth homelessness through strengthening families and promoting independence. Cordell is driven by a desire to create positive social impact, he passionately believes we can all add value by doing something extra, every day.

Cordell is also a Director of Aspire Gloucestershire and Gardners Lane and Oakwood Federation. He is also a Trustee of the Gloucestershire VCS Alliance. In his spare time Cordell is a keen runner and enjoys spending time with his family.

Lindsey Young • Cheif Operating Officer • Clarkson Evans •

Clarkson Evans is one of the largest electrical contractors in the UK, with a workforce of over 900 staff and turnover approaching £55m. It specialises in wiring new homes and last year completed nearly 20,000 properties. Thanks to its hugely successful in-house electrical apprenticeship programme, Clarkson Evans has been able to develop the skilled workforce needed to expand from the ‘one-man-bad’ started by Steve Evans in 1981.

Lindsey Young is the company’s Chief Operating Officer and a regular attendee of C2S Leader events. She joined Clarkson Evans in 2001 in an administration role and has progressed within the company, becoming COO in 2018.

Ian George • Festivals Director • Cheltenham Festivals •

From an early age, festivals have been in Ian’s blood; from growing up with tales of his father going to Woodstock in 1969 to touring the world as a teenager to get a taste of what international festivals had to offer. In 2006 Ian set up and led the marketing department for the newly independent Cheltenham Festivals, consisting of the internationally acclaimed Jazz, Science, Music and Literature Festivals.

Ian was Director of Cheltenham Jazz Festival from 2009 until 2017 when he was appointed Festivals Director, managing the programming teams for all four Festivals, developing key commercial partnerships and developing the festival site experience. His role is part of Cheltenham Festivals’ Senior Management Board, alongside the Director of Education (Ali Mawle), Director of Finance (Adrian Farnell), Director of Marketing and Partnerships (Bernadette Murphy) and General Manager (Helena Bibby).

Dave Townsend • Managing Director • Creative Mettle •

I’m passionate about levering the stories and journeys undertaken by our client’s businesses to positively affect the quality of candidates we introduce. Best used for recruiting key hires we combine an analysis of the culture and employee value proposition (EVP) of our customers with an innate understand of the skills required to

provide access to talent otherwise invisible. We actively promote the value of joining our client’s businesses to the cream of the crop; taking an account of the journey to date, the vision of leaders and characteristics of star performers in order interest the next generation of excellence.

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Martin Holmes • Director of People • Creed Foodservice •

Creed Foodservice has grown to become one of the UK's leading independently owned foodservice wholesalers specialising in a comprehensive range of multi-temperature products and services to caterers throughout the country, providing great service through great people.

Martin joined Creed in 2013 with extensive experience in the food industry, including roles in catering management, wholesale and distribution working in a number of senior sales, business improvement and people roles. At Creed, Martin has responsibility for HR and Organisational Development “ the people stuff” and is passionate about creating business success through strong organisational values and culture, employee engagement, wellbeing and development.

Chris Mould • Corporate Audit & Advisory Partner • Crowe •

Chris specialises in large corporates and manufacturing businesses. He has presented and written articles about global business opportunities as well as the challenges facing the manufacturing sector. Other Partners in Cheltenham specialise in family businesses, property and construction, professional practices, non profits and private wealth.

Crowe UK is a national audit, tax and advisory firm with multi-disciplinary specialist teams providing all-round service to clients of all sizes. The firm is the UK member of Crowe Global, the 8th largest accounting network in the world.

Dave Woodfine • Director • Cyber Security Associates •

Cyber Security Associates (CSA) provides advice, guidance and a range of managed cyber services to the SME market to help businesses protect, detect and educate against the growing cyber threat.
All these services have been designed to be affordable, tailored to each individual business

needs and easy to understand. Dave, also known as ‘Big Dave’ has been with the company since the beginning as one of its founders and is now the Director for Support. Dave is not a real Cyberman #DoctorWho

Adrian Gillman • Group Chairman • DAD Domestic Appliance Distributors •

Adrian Gillman started working for his father in 1979 unfortunately on his passing away in 1981 the business was still very small and mainly into repairing and supplying spares and a few finished goods. Adrian saw a gap in the market and in 1989 started the planning of DAD-and it has now the largest business within the Gillman Group.

The group employs over 180 people, with a turnover in excess of £75 million. Now ranking as No 36 in the Top 100 businesses in Gloucestershire this organisation is going from strength to strength. This family business is built on strong family values, delivering great service and value for money. Many of the family still work in the business and are part of the day to day running of this successful organisation

Emma Taylor • Warden • Dean Close School •

Dean Close is a flourishing co educational day and boarding school for pupils aged 3 18 years, offering outstanding teaching and extensive opportunities, particularly in creative and performing arts and sport; the school has a national reputation for hockey. Dean Close has a strong Christian ethos and pastoral care, guidance and individual support is of paramount importance there.

The Dean Close Foundation has recently expanded with the addition of another prep school in Chepstow, and 5 nurseries. Emma Taylor joined as Warden and CEO in September 2017, after 10 years as Head of Christ College, Brecon. Emma is a champion for co-education, for the benefits of boarding, and for both excellence and inclusivity inside and outside the classroom.’

Rod Jenner • Managing Director • Dowdeswell Estate •

Formed in 2014, Dowdeswell Estates is the Cotswolds’ foremost provider of unique prestige construction projects encompassing luxury residential to high quality hospitality. From refined and classic to contemporary and visionary, we design and develop stunning buildings and interiors set amongst some of Britain’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty.

Our clients demand unrivalled bespoke uniqueness and as a complete turnkey operation, we Design, Draft and Deliver stunning projects utilising our network of artisan craftsmen and carefully sourced suppliers, facilitating our clients visions through meticulous management and our Distinguished and Discreet approach.

Paul Nicholls • Business Development Director • drp Group •

Paul heads up drp’s business development team working with new and existing clients to grow relationships and share the exceptional services we provide. Paul has over 25years’ experience in the agency world managing key accounts and

across a huge variety of brands, disciplines and industry sectors - providing expert advice and support to find the best solutions for your business and utilising all of drp’s unique in-house capability.

Jeff Brinley • CEO • Endsleigh Insurance •

Endsleigh Insurance were established in 1965, by NUS, to champion affordable insurance designed for students. Today we are still committed to providing value for money, by extending our products and services to professionals as well as to commercial and business customers

shaping protection for the things that matter most to our customers. We are proud of our heritage and expertise, aligning our solutions to our core markets of education, property, travel and not-for-profit

Mandy Sibley • Head of Serviced Offices • Fig Offices •

Mandy Sibley, Head of Serviced Offices, have contemporary Offices space for businesses of all sizes and are always on hand to help. With offices in Gloucester and Swindon, Fig Offices offer professional Office space, Virtual offices, Meeting rooms and co-working space.

The focus of the Centre Managers is to ensure you receive the best customer experience possible, as well as maintaining a high standard of day to day operations. We tailor each service to your needs using our unique consultative approach to ensure that we have a lasting business relationship built on trust and open communication. Our Offices Your Way

Nigel Church • Managing Director • First Solutions •

Nigel Church, Managing Director at First Solution leads an experienced team of technology professionals and manages a range of high value technology partnerships. Nigel launched his career at Xerox, moved to US software giant PTC and then internet business Global Cloud Exchange. Having held senior roles across a broad range of technology businesses

he has established a business that is focused on delivering the right outcomes from technology for its customers. First Solution deliver secure highly available managed technology solutions that enables customers to digitally transform their business, to disrupt their markets or meet demands of the modern connected customer.

Dane Vince • General Manager • Forest Green Football Club •

Before working at Forest Green Rovers FC, Dane held a wide range of roles over the years, including manufacturing, sales, food production and management positions; he first started at Forest Green Rovers FC in 2011 as Business Development Manager, before then moving to Stadium Manager in 2015 and then onto General Manager in 2016.

Due to the unique nature of football, the role requires a very degree of flexibility, ability to manage a range of stakeholders and an innovative approach, to fit in with the ethos of the club. Dane now leads the team and works hard to drive the club forward. Just named the greenest football club in the world and received an award from the United Nations.

Celia Felgate • Director • Fresh Nous •

Fresh Nous is a full-service marketing agency. Based in the heart of Worcestershire their practical approach brings together customer insight and marketing knowledge to deliver against business objectives. Fresh Nous work with businesses across a range of sectors and with organisations from SMEs to corporates.

By combining proven insight models, creative excellence and commercial acumen, they work with business leaders to develop marketing strategies and plans as a natural extension to their leadership team. Fresh Nous bring business objectives to life, drive customer engagement and turn the organisational aims of their clients into actionable activity.

Mike Goode • Managing Director • GB Solutions • www,

GB Solutions are an established, regional recruitment agency based in Gloucestershire. Within easy reach of Bristol, Birmingham and Swindon, we serve clients ranging from FTSE 100s to SMEs.
Our talent pool spans from graduates, experienced and qualified professionals up to board level. Our committed team of consultants operate across five specialist sectors:

IT, Sales, Office and HR, Marketing and Finance. Acting as Business Partners we provide permanent, temporary and contract staff. To find out more about GB Solutions and the talent we can bring to your business call us on 01452 412999.

Adrian Gill • CEO • GillHarrisJames •

'GHJ provides strategic business consultancy for the specific needs and challenges facing entrepreneurs and ambitious, fast growing businesses. Our expertise covers business planning, research, brand strategy, sales, marketing, technology and people/culture. We deliver confidential leadership, advice and support for every stage of growth, working directly with business owners and senior management to answer three key questions from both a business and personal perspective:

Where do you want to get to? Where are you now? How are you going to get there?
Wherever you are on that journey, we can help you with the next step, because we’ve been there ourselves.'

Lance Bradley • CEO • Gloucester Rugby •

Gloucester Rugby are a Premiership rugby union team based in Gloucester. The club was formed in 1873 and since 1891 has played its home matches at Kingsholm Stadium, He has overall responsibility for the management of the clubs Strategy and Performance.

Andy Bates • Chief Financial Office • Gloucestershire College •

Gloucestershire College (GC) is a modern, career-focused college that educates motivated and ambitious students and provides employers with specialised commercial services and support. The largest provider of
apprenticeship training in the county, GC is nationally recognised for its award winning apprenticeship programmes. Andy Bates is Chief Financial Officer at Gloucestershire College, with extensive experience

in Finance and Business. Andy has held roles at EMI Records, Daily Mail Group, EMAP and FTSe 250 Magazine and Media Group, before joining GC in 2013. Andy is passionate about providing businesses with the skills they need, making a measurable impact on the organisations through a pipeline of skilled apprentices as well as training for existing staff members. At GC, Andy is responsible for all employer training, commercial ventures, and financial strategy and support services.

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Tim Bland • Managing Director • 8D Closures •

8D-Closures Ltd was established in 2002 by Managing Director Tim Bland. The business specialises in the design, engineering and manufacture of homologated closure systems. We are world-class leaders in our field and our portfolio includes prestigious customers McLaren Automotive and The London Electric Vehicle

Company. All London taxis are equipped with our innovative disability access ramps and we are also included on all McLaren car programmes. The company has experienced recent growth, which includes moving in October 2017 to new premises 5 times bigger than the previous and turnover increases in excess of 60%.

Beryl Cuckney • Managing Director • 26 Steps •

Unleashing potential is Beryl’s motivation - organisational change consultancy, executive coaching and
enabling informal learning in the workplace through 26 Steps toolkits. Working across many industry sectors,
the 26 Steps toolkits mobilise managers to add value to their businesses whilst introducing a coaching culture. Beryl is a Lecturer at University of Worcester Business School in Leadership

and Change and a Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship coach.
A Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, the business funds and runs an annual Be Your Own Boss programme for young vulnerable adults in Worcestershire. C2S businesses are very welcome to support this through work
experience, volunteering, apprenticeships, guest speakers, and employment.

Cathy O'Donoghue • Managing Director • HR Champions Ltd •

Imagine your business is perfect. Your employees are engaged, motivated and work to 100% of their ability and at least 85% of their capability. They set their own objectives and achieve them. They recognise their own development needs and implement appropriate personal development plans. Staff are never absent and always turn up for work on time. They never argue, steal, lie, falsify

documents, harass or bully others, turn up to work drunk or use foul, abusive or discriminatory language. Disciplinary and grievance procedures would be unheard of, and dismissals….? It’s a nice thought, but we all know the reality, and that’s why HR Champions exists.

Tim Pearce • Managing Director • Haines Watt •

Haines Watts are a top 15 firm accountants, tax and business advisors. We specialise in advising and
supporting business owners and provide a wide range of business and advisory services including; accounts and audit, tax compliance and planning, outsourced accountancy and cloud, outsourced payroll, and research and development tax credits.

Tim heads up the Worcester, Evesham and Tewkesbury offices and specialises in providing hands on business support to growing companies. Personally, Tim loves Cornwall and spends as much time there with his family as he can, usually in his VW Camper Van.

Richard Knight • Senior Partner • Harrison Clark Rickerbys •

Law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys is firmly rooted in the Three Counties but now has eight offices across the country, offering a complete spectrum of legal services for both business and private clients regionally, nationally and internationally. The firm has grown substantially through a series of mergers in recent years. Key to this was the

merger between Harrison Clark and Rickerbys in 2013. Richard joined Rickerbys in 1989 and was instrumental, with Rod Thomas of Harrison Clark, in creating the merged entity. Born in Gloucester – he had his first visit to Kingsholm aged four – Richard became senior partner last year.

Samantha Turner • Director • Head Turner Search •

Headturner are a unique Worcestershire based recruitment and retention specialist with a true passion for
Worcestershire business. Headturner Search Working with local clients in their commercial recruitment process – sourcing the impossible!

Retain & Recruit - Our retention division retains Worcestershire’s top talent and helps businesses become an ‘Employer of Choice’! We run regular local Employer Branding, Employee Attraction & Retention workshops.
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Paul Williamson • Managing Director • Hillside Brewery •

We produce a great range of delicious beers and a lager. As well as producing award winning beers we also host regular brewery tours and brewing experience days where you can learn more about this delicious beverage in a fun and hands on experience.

As well as brewing beer there are a range of onsite activities. From archery tag (like combining archery and dodge ball), to zorb football and even beer pilates! The Hop Barn has been converted into a modern events barn. Hosting regular team building events, conferences and parties is the ideal venue to help create your perfect event.

Helen Thomas • Managing Director • House Parties •

House Parties was created over 13 years ago to meet the increased demand for luxury large houses for weekend breaks. Our clients come to us to celebrate milestone birthdays, anniversaries, hen party retreats, corporate retreats as well as family holidays. We help property owners and investors to achieve the best income, often achieving much higher

rentals than could be achieved though long term rentals.
We offer various consultancy packages to potential property owners and offer advice on all stages of the process of getting a property to market, from initial purchase through to furnishing and final set up requirements.

Jonathan Rathbone • Director • Hughes Paddison •

Jon Rathbone joined Hughes Paddison in 2017 to establish the Corporate and Commercial team. Two years on and they have been instructed on over 30 transactions with a total value of around £50m. Jon is now looking to
recruit a senior lawyer as the fourth member of the growing team.

The speed of the department’s growth is a testament to the quality of work and clients of the firm as a whole. Over the past decade Hughes Paddison has built on its excellent reputation in family and private client to extend its personal service to business clients with its first class offering in commercial property, commercial litigation and now corporate and commercial.

Ian Richards • Managing Director • IDR Consultants •

As an Outsourced Finance Director, Ian Richards provides an insightful resource to help businesses understand how they are performing.
Using their time and resources effectively, concentrating on what they do best and what is good for the business is essential for any owner, so getting to grips with the “numbers” is vital.

Ian’s role is to support and challenge; providing the key information needed to know where the business is making its money and help build plans. Utilising the flexibility of an outsourced FD enables owners to make informed decisions, shaping their business for success now and in the future.”

Melissa White • Managing Director • ILEC Ltd •

Melissa White took the role of Managing Director at ILEC Ltd in April 2018, utilising her strong background in the construction industry having worked for several large M&E businesses over last 30 years.
This is Melissa’s 18th year with ILEC and her ambition is to ensure that the company’s future growth is focused in the unique relationships

ILEC has with their clients by offering complete solutions to all design, electrical and mechanical services from inception to completion.
ILEC Ltd is a design and build MEP company. Their reputation is paramount and the last 20 years have seen them grow to become a market leader and innovator.

Jennifer Semini • Director • ISO Quality Services Ltd •

ISO Quality Services is an ISO Certification, Consultancy and Training Organisation. As a business they work prominently with SME’s to help them improve their business performance through good process management. Jennifer joined her family run business in 2010 and has been passionate about helping UK businesses grow and thrive ever since. The core values of the

organisation being to display positivity, passion and professionalism, be dynamic and deliver and to always be approachable and authentic have allowed the business to blossom and the company are proud of the quality of the clients that they have supported over the 19 years they have been in business.

Benjamin Murphy • Managing Director • Iguana Group •

We are a pioneering exhibition design agency based in Wychbold. We work with clients from a wide range of
industries – anything from aerospace to hair & beauty to mobile communications to medical prosthetics! Our work takes us around the world and we regularly deliver exhibition stands in the UK, Europe, Middle East, North America and the Far East. Our company ethos is centralised around

innovation and creativity – delivering the “marmite factor” – alongside an unwavering focus on client relationships. From a personal point of view, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife and two young boys. Asides from that I play the trumpet and enjoy collecting bruises training as a Muay Thai kickboxer!

Ed Mawle • Senior Investment Director • Investec Wealth and Investment Limited •

Investec Wealth & Investment offer a complete Financial Planning and bespoke Investment Management Service in Cheltenham for anyone with over £250,000 of investable assets. We have a dedicated team of 28 based at Festival House on Jessop Avenue comprising a growing Financial Planning team and 10 investment managers who between them look after approximately £850m of investment assets for our 1,500+ clients. Financial advice is required at various points over time

and a persons savings & investments need to be steered adroitly through the ups and downs of an increasingly volatile economic & geopolitical landscape. We are passionate about helping our clients transition through life as seamlessly as possible, confident that they can achieve most if not all of their dreams for themselves and their family. Please be aware, with investment your capital is at risk.

Craig Baker • Deputy Managing Director • Kohler Mira Ltd •

Craig, who began his career at Mira Showers as a design engineer over 20 years ago, has since occupied a number of roles, including Senior Project Manager: Mixer Showers and New Product Development Director.
His proudest career moment to date was being awarded the Chairman’s Award in 2009 – an

annual award only presented to one of Kohler’s 35,000 associates worldwide. He is married with three boys, and enjoys family time and holidays, as well as training and competing in local triathlons.

Nicola Bird • Director • K W Bell Group • /

Nicola Bird is Safety and Business tracting and K W Bell Group. Nicola is the third generation of Bells to enter and bring on the business. With a master’s degree in construction safety, she has embedded herself within the
company structure. As like any other family business, Nicola has a part to play in every operation from marketing, HR, safety to client management.

K W Bell Group was founded by her grandfather over 50 years ago, her father is Managing Director of Bell Contracting. The Group specialise in contracting Civil engineering and groundwork operations to the major housing building group, whilst completing their own bespoke developments within Bell Homes. The group
employs over 450 people with a turnover of £65 million.

Andy Hawker • Head of Logistics • Laithwaites •

Andy Hawker - Head of Logistics for the Laithwaites business on the Gloucester Business Park and the C2S Leader representing the Laithwaites business. Gloucester is the centre of all UK Operations with over 400 staff and is open 7 day a week, including our award-winning Call Centre, Sales Team, Warehouse and most
mportantly our Wine Tasting Shop.

The Laithwaites family are all actively involved in the business still and 2019 celebrate 50 Years since starting. I have progressed from watching my children grow up whilst being at Laithwaites to the birth of my first
granddaughter in 2018 which is bringing a another level of enjoyment for our family.

Martin Hughes • Chief Executive • Lilian Faithful Care •

Martin Hughes is Chief Executive of one of the largest providers of Adult Social Care in the Gloucestershire. Lilian Faithfull Care, a Charity, was founded in 1946 and cares for 300 residents and has 450 staff based at sites across the County.

Leading the County in Assisted Living, Extra Care, Residential, Nursing, Day Care and affordable housing.

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Nick Rowe • Partner • Lodders •

Nick leads the team of employment solicitors at Lodders and also heads up our Cheltenham office. He specialises in employment law, covering both contentious and non-contentious cases. He acts for both employers (ranging from privately-owned companies to listed FTSE companies) and employees of ranging seniority and interests. Nick’s work includes the handling of employment tribunal claims of all kinds and he
regularly undertakes High Court litigation for clients

with contractual issues arising out of employment relationships.
Nick also regularly advises on employment-related shareholder issues and enjoys a wealth of experience in acting in respect of regulatory issues involving organisations such as the Rugby Football Union, the General Medical Council and the Financial Conduct Authority. He is also a qualified mediator and is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

Tracy Clarke • Human Resources Director • Lucozade Ribena Suntory •

Lucozade Ribena Suntory is a leading soft drinks business in the UK. Our much-loved brands include Lucozade Energy, Lucozade Sport, Ribena and Orangina. We are committed to providing healthier drinks and inspiring active lifestyles.

Tracy broke a Guinness World Record with World Heavyweight Champion boxer Anthony Joshua.

Michael Chittenden • Owner/Director • Manor by the Lake •

I have over 30 years’ experience in both the property business and the service industry, owning and operating wedding venues, hotels and care homes. My first property purchase, in 1985, was a one bedroom flat and
since then I have undertaken a wide variety of property projects in varying locations - from Gloucestershire to Suffolk, various London and Essex boroughs, and also in Moscow, Russia.

When I passed my driving test two days after turning 17, I became one of the youngest people ever to race at Brands Hatch! My hobbies, when I have the time, include collecting classic cars and playing golf.

Mike Kilcooley • Managing Director • Meantime Media •

My background is in broadcasting with Channel 4, ITV, BBC to name but a few. For many years I was a cameraman for ITN – travelling the world, working with journalists, writing copy, editing news and working to deadlines. News is perishable which is interesting because I think we’ve come full circle and today, Social Media is the news - and it too is perishable.

In the old days of video (2008!) you could spend weeks thinking about scripts , shooting the content and lounging in the edit suite to produce a ten minute corporate film. Today clients want their 60 second B2B video
‘now please’. Good, fast and inexpensive is the requirement. Which is exactly what we do at Meantime Media.

Luke Menzies • Director • Menzies Law •

Menzies Law is a specialist employment law firm - with a difference. We’ve avoided the fancy offices,
raditional structure and ‘sitting on the fence’ style of advice, and instead focus on highly commercial, pragmatic advice, delivered in a cost-effective and transparent way. Our innovation has led us to being
recognised as the Employment Law firm of the Year (outside London) for 2018.

Luke Menzies started Menzies Law in 2009. His experience is diverse, with the manufacturing sector a particular specialism. A champion for gender equality, Luke is the region’s leading expert on Equal Pay and the Gender Pay Gap.

Dr Simon Goodyear • CEO and co-founder • Metrasens •

Dr. Simon Goodyear is CEO and co-founder of Metrasens, the world’s leading provider of advanced magnetic detection technologies. Metrasens take cutting-edge science from the laboratory and use it to create revolutionary, award-winning products that help make the world a safer place.

The Malvern based company’s products are used in hospitals to ensure patient safety in MRI suites and in prisons in over 44 countries to detect contraband and phones being smuggled in. Metrasens’ technology is also used in secure government and commercial facilities to provide physical data security and at sports arenas and
large-scale events to detect threats involving weapons of mass casualty.

Stuart Mico • Director • Midlands Communications Ltd •

Our strong technology heritage makes us a safe pair of hands and allows us to form true partnerships with our clients to ensure a smooth transition to the Cloud. “Cloud is not a standard” and we work with our clients to build and implement the right solution for their unique requirements, making use of best of breed services from a multi-vendor managed supply relationship.

Midland Comms holds the highest accreditations with the UK’s leading network operators, carriers and IT vendors. We manage this technology on your behalf with a dedicated account manager and customer service support available as and when you need it. We guide and implement clients through the evolution from siloed communications to an integrated infrastructure. This convergence allows you to improve the productivity, accountability and flexibility for your workforce and clients

Adrian Gillman • Group Chairman • Montpellier Domestic Appliances •

Adrian Gillman started working for his father in 1979. Unfortunately he passed away and Adrian, his brother Robert and sister Annabelle took the business forward. In 1981 the business was still very small and mainly into repairing and supplying spares and a few finished goods. Adrian saw a gap in the market and in 1989 started the planning of DAD-and it’s now the largest business within the Gillman Group. The

group employs over 180 people, with a turnover in excess of £75 million. Now ranking as No 36 in the Top 100 businesses in Gloucestershire this organisation is going from strength to strength. This family business is built on strong values, delivering great service and value for money. Many of the family still work in the business today and are part of the day to day running of this successful organisation.

George Tatham-Losh • Director • Move Property & Lettings •

Since founding the business in 2009, our founder, George Tatham-Losh has become well-known locally as THE go-to specialist for property investors and professional landlords. He regularly speaks at industry events and is generous with his expertise and unique advice on how to maximise yields - in any market. Born and raised in
Cheltenham, George knows the area intimately,

as does his team of results-focused letting and management specialists. Together they help landlords build and manage smart investment portfolios delivering exciting returns for their large and loyal client base. Why not join them?

David Ellis • Chief Executive • National Star •

Since taking over the helm of National Star almost a decade ago, Chief Executive David Ellis has led the evolution of the charity to become a national centre of excellence working with young people with complex disabilities.
The charity has grown from a £14 million annual turnover to £28 million. National Star now operates education centres in Wales and Hereford as well as two long-term supported living accommodations. It employs 1,000 part-time and full-time staff.

David has worked in the voluntary sector for 35 years. National Star was the only independent charitable specialist provider to be asked to give evidence to Education Select Committee focusing on ‘Post-16 SEN (Special Educational Needs)’ issue. The charity has ambitious expansion plans for Hereford, Wales and on its main site
in Ullenwood, Cheltenham.

Michael West • Director • NatWest •

Chartered Banker with 37 years experience in the SME Banking Sector. My passion is supporting SME businesses in the Gloucestershire County, providing professionalism through my team of qualified and experienced relationship managers.
Customers are our number one priority. Our aim is to make a difference by working closely with them to help them achieve their ambitions.

We achieve this by:
Serving our customers well to build trust and advocacy. Working together to create opportunities for our customers, network and community.

Rick Towers • UK Divisional Director • Omega Resource Group •

Omega Resource Group, headquartered in Gloucestershire and with offices around the UK with c. 80 specialist recruiters, exist to help our clients become more successful. Since 1998, Omega has partnered and accelerated
literally thousands of small, medium and large organisations with total staffing solutions, helping organisations successfully attract, recruit, onboard

and retain the best talent in what is proven to be one of the most challenging labour markets for decades. Offering hourly-paid temp; contract & interim; permanent and discreet headhunt services locally, nationally across the UK, as well as a full service overseas resourcing team, Omega saves organisations time, effort and money, creating a true, valuable partnership.

Mark Martin • Director/Co-Owner • One Creative Environments Limited •

Mark Martin has over 30 years in the construction industry and is co-owner and director of Midlands and London based multi-disciplinary design and engineering company One Creative Environments Ltd. A BIM Level 2 accredited practice. During his career he has worked on a diverse range of projects including Heathrow Terminal 5, Disneyland Paris

and Eton Olympic rowing lake. In 2015, Mark was elected as Chair of the WLEP Business Board and is also a non-Executive Director. He enjoys using his diverse knowledge and passion for the Midlands to drive innovation and growth throughout the region and beyond to attract inward investment.

Gary Smith • Managing Director • Optimising IT Ltd •

Gary Smith founded Optimising IT with a desire to challenge the way IT services are delivered, by cutting out the jargon and tech-talk to create a fresh approach to managing IT. Gary is passionate about helping customers to
realise the true potential of IT. Understanding and aligning with customers’ goals, ensures they have

the best fit IT strategy, data and cyber-security, cloud services and on-going support, to deliver measurable and tangible results. Gary firmly believes that “For us IT is personal. Our #WorkHardHaveFun culture is how we deliver the consistent, friendly, and high-quality service we’re known for”.

Ian Rummels • CEO • PES •

Ian Rummels, CEO of PES, founded the company in 2001 following 14 years at Ernst & Young. His aim was to offer an integrated range of employee services to mid-sized and smaller businesses, at an affordable price.
Today, PES helps organisations with up to 1,000 employees deliver exciting, intuitive, online employee benefits. Our technology platform, happypeople, helps SMEs create a great employee experience.

For HR professionals, our employee benefits platform saves hours of administrative time and delivers comprehensive management information. Regulated broking is included too. PES also offers wellbeing services, including Mental Health First Aid training, and outsourced HR support.

Nigel Davies • Technical Director • PSU Technology Group •

PSU is a business technology specialist, delivering solutions across the spectrum of IT managed services, Mitel phone systems, connectivity, mobiles and unified communications. Joint owner and Technical Director Nigel is an expert in all things IT and telecoms, and has been with the company for nearly 20 years. He initially

joined the business as a Network Engineer, later forming part of a management buyout in 2003. Today, Nigel is responsible for the strategic longterm objectives of the business, and takes a lead on business compliance, GDPR, cybersecurity and partnerships as well as overseeing PSU’s accreditations including ISO 9001:2015.

Colin Bates • Partner • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP •

Colin Bates - PwC Risk Assurance Leader for West & Wales practice. I work with entrepreneurial executives in organisations that don’t sit still. As their audit partner, I draw on my experience over the last 23 years, to help build value, create wealth and realise their ambitions. I have worked with global and cutting-edge organisations, through periods of rapid growth,

international expansion, M&A and ultimately to exit. Having studied Physics, I have a passion for businesses which have technology at their heart, from robotics or AI. I lead our cross-service private business team (tax, deals, consulting and assurance) which means I can bring the best of the PwC to your business.

Debbie Mann • Director • Parrallel Lines •

David, Debbie and their energetic team provide a stress-free line marking service to remove the hassle from your health & safety obligations. With H&S accreditation and vast experience, they have the knowledge to provide your solution. Lines are required everywhere e.g. municipal, industrial, private, sport:

• Indoor/outdoor factory walkways ensure the safe progression of staff, visitors and all site traffic;
• Municipal zones keep the general public safe;
• Sports markings on grass, artificial surfaces and indoor floor coverings.
We keep up-to-date with the latest technology/ products and collaborate with our suppliers to trial new advances, in order to provide a professional and reliable service at the most competitive prices.

Jonathan Viney • Director • Simplicity •

Simplicity provide a comprehensive range of funding, back office and technology services that help recruiters run more efficient, compliant and cost-effective businesses. We remove the burden caused by financial constraints and time-consuming business management, allowing recruiters to focus on sustainable growth.
Jonathan Viney has a full pedigree of growing and developing businesses. His focus at Simplicity is

always on the customer and how we innovate our services to help them achieve their growth aspirations.
Through managing customer relations, implementing a marketing strategy and coordinating a sales team, Jonathan is always keen to understand the customers’ needs and exceed expectations.

Stephen Williams • Managing Director • Perfect Storm •

Studying the BA and MBA trained me how to think, working in TV advertising taught me how to communicate and my time in animation taught me how to tell stories. Beyond

all that, I love new technologies that help us and I’m inspired by marketing that’s both authentic and effective.

Nick Broady • Chairman • The Pied Piper Appeal •

Entrepreneur, managing director of the Avenue Cars Group and Chairman of Pied Piper, Nick never stands still. Passionate about the Pied Piper that he helped establish over 27 years ago, the charity has grown from strength to strength and supports sick and disabled children across the county, far and wide, from Gloucester,
Cheltenham, and the Forest of

Dean to Stroud, Tewkesbury and Cirencester. The charity is proud if its many individual supporters
but much success is based on its excellent reach within the local business community. The generosity and involvement of local companies allows the Pied Piper to help special schools, hospitals, paediatric mental health facilities and Wish holidays for children with life-limiting conditions.

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Terry Edgell • CEO • Premier Forest Group •

Terry Edgell is one of three founding shareholders of Premier Forest Group which was formed in 1993 and he also acts as the groups CEO. Premier Forest is one of the largest vertically integrated timber companies in the UK. The group operates from 15 sites across the UK and Ireland and is principally engaged in the

wholesale importation, distribution, sawmilling, processing and merchanting of timber and timber based wood products. The company has an acquisitive appetite and together with its significant organic growth record; is targeting a turnover approaching £200 million over the next 3 years.

Andy Barham • Managing Director • Premier Kitchens and Furniture •

Andy Barham, Manging Director Premiere Kitchens & Furniture joined the Markey Group in 2007. Initially delivering modular construction on the construction side of the business, he moved into Premiere Kitchens and Furniture, who at the time were 100% focused on social housing. Andy became Managing Director in 2014 and re-set the strategy and has since

diversified the business, and whilst social housing is at the core of the business, high end developer, student, distribution and modular kitchens and furniture all now make up a broader product portfolio. His hallmark is balancing customer centricity with strong values based, empowered colleagues.

Darren Stevens • Managing Director • Prestbury Marketing and Consulting •

Darren Stevens set up Prestbury Marketing in 2010 after a career in Marketing and PR spanning more than 20 years, mainly with Chelsea Building Society where he was Marketing Director and Bang & Olufsen. Prestbury Marketing provide outsourced Marketing and PR by the hour or by the day, to everything from start up

businesses to several of Gloucestershire’s top 100 businesses and public sector organisations. What sets Prestbury Marketing apart is the way they effectively become part of their clients’ businesses and also their total focus on return on investment and measurement.

Kevin Pope • Group Managing Director • Protrack Solutions •

I was born and bred in Gloucester and have strong values for the county and the business that thrives in it. My background saw me serving in the armed forces for a lengthy period from the age of seventeen and upon leaving I entered, like most soldiers do, in the security sector. For the last 18 years I have been involved with vehicle GPS products, working for some of the country’s leading telematics providers however for the last 10 years this has been in my own business as the

MD of what I believe is one of the best innovative fleet software and telematics systems in the UK today. We have diversified from basic track and trace software to App based solutions, electronic driver checklists, compliance testing and bar code scanning to job scheduling, electronic signature capture and automated resources. I am extremely proud to be the Group MD of The Protrack Group.

Tim Watkins • Managing Partner • Randall & Payne •

Randall & Payne are a leading independent firm of chartered accountants offering a full range of accountancy & audit services, specialist tax advice and bespoke business problem solving to clients across Gloucestershire, throughout the UK and internationally. Tim started as an apprentice and is now responsible for running the firm. His primary area of expertise is Tax, but he looks after everything from accounts

and tax to business advice for clients. Tim’s mission for the firm is simple; ‘We make your success our priority’ and by using the team’s wide range of knowledge and experience, they help businesses and individuals achieve their goals. In his spare time, Tim is treasurer of the Friends of Gloucester Cathedral, enjoys travel and running, and is a lifelong (forever suffering) Leeds United fan.

Alessandro Galea • Sales Director • Reach Solutions PLC •

Having a reach of more than 39 million across the UK (and 2.1m on Gloucestershire Live) is all part of the day job for Sales Director Alessandro Galea at Reach Plc in Gloucestershire.
After more than 15 years in commercial sales, starting at a radio station in 2003, Alessandro joined Reach in 2018.

He now commutes to the county from South Wales where he lives with his wife Rebecca who is expecting their first child. He said: “It’s all about the long-term partnerships. We’re offering that support to local businesses
with fully comprehensive marketing solutions and creativity.

Will Lee • Chief Executive • Renishaw •

Will joined the Renishaw graduate scheme in 1996. He holds a degree in physics from Oxford University and an MBA from Bath University. He became Director and General Manager for the Laser and Calibration Products
Division in 2007 and subsequently Director and General Manager of the Machine Tool Products Division in 2014. He was appointed Director of

Group Sales and Marketing in 2015 and became a member of the Executive Board. In 2016 he was appointed to the Board as Group Sales and Marketing Director and in February 2018 he was appointed Chief Executive, taking over from Renishaw’s co-founder Sir David McMurtry. Will is responsible for product divisions, overseas sales subsidiaries and human resources.

Charles Moloney • Marketing Director • Ricoh UK & Ireland •

Chas Moloney has been Marketing Director at Ricoh UK since September 2005, where he has been fundamental in helping to restructure and grow the sales and marketing division - developing and bringing Ricoh UK’s professional print and Managed Document Services propositions to market and focusing heavily on building strong customer-supplier

relationships. Under his stewardship, the Ricoh UK sales and marketing teams have built a reputation for providing premium solutions and services that are relevant to customers’ business situations, and that address real business needs. Chas is an avid sports fan and is passionate about supporting and encouraging young talent in sport.

Simon Tothill • Property & Development Director • Robert Hitchins Ltd •

Robert Hitchins Ltd is an active member of the Gloucestershire business community with extensive land interests and commercial property thorough the region. Simon leads an experienced team of property professionals. He is looking to strengthen and add to the Robert Hitchins property portfolio and is always keen
to speak to companies wishing to explore their

future property strategy. Robert Hitchins, work closely and build lasting relationships with businesses to enable them to fulfil their property aspirations, whether that means expansion, relocation, remodelling of their existing property facilities or maximising the financial returns that can be made through development or refurbishment.

Simon Kershaw • Managing Director • SK Heating and Cooling Ltd •

SK Heating and Cooling Ltd was founded in 1993 by Managing Director, Simon Kershaw. As a fully qualified refrigeration and air conditioning engineer, his extensive knowledge, experience and commitment to
continually improve, has ensured the growth and development of the business which provides commercial Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and

Heating services to companies throughout Gloucestershire, the Midlands and the South West. Simon is also a dedicated member of the Gloucester Quays Rotary Club who tirelessly raise funds for a number well-deserved local and international charities.

Mark Giles • Founder and Managing Director • Salubrium •

Mark set up Salubrium in 2013 with passion for doing what’s right for people. They take an approach to health that is proactive right across the board, giving businesses clear visibility and understanding of their health risks, costs and oversights. They turn that insight into savings, reduced absenteeism, better employee engagement and other clearly demonstrable

benefits. They want their clients working well at every level. They help move a company’s approach to health from being reactive to proactive – even in traditionally ‘reactive’ areas like rehabilitation. They are skilled at identifying areas for attention, but also specialise in an ‘Interlinked Whole’ approach that treats organisations as one – with powerful results.

Berkeley Harris • Managing Director • Sandler Training West of England •

In the world of Business Consultancy Sandler is not only the largest organization in the world but possibly stands out more due to its global content , proven results, global reach, resources and partnerships with many worldwide brands. 5 years in and recently awarded ‘Sandler Franchisee of the year’ Berkeley has really gripped this model and enjoys the close working

relationships he has with his clients. He works in areas such as; Sales Training, Leadership & Management development, Coaching, Strategy Consultancy, Hiring and Organizational Excellence. Berkeley is the epitome of someone who loves what he does and therefore he does it well.

Julia Everard BSc (hons) • Director • Sarcen Care Services •

Julia is Managing Director/ co-owner of Dr led care company, Saracen Care. Values are fundamental to what they do along with a mantra of “Doing everything Well”. Rated as “Outstanding” with the Care Quality commission (CQC), Saracen support vulnerable adults presenting with a learning disability; mental

health; acquired brain injury and complex medical conditions such as Huntingdon’s either in their own homes or supported living. For Julia, people are at the heart of her business – empowering the people they support and valuing and supporting the people they employ.

Roger White • Owner and Managing Director • Severnside Software Ltd •

Roger started Severnside Software Ltd (SSL) in 1989 and has been providing IT solutions to businesses for over 20 years, supporting national and International brands across the globe during this time. They provide IT support

to companies that do not have their own IT department and also full software development services. Their clients work takes them all over the world and Roger often refers to his team as IT Superheroes, with the ability to solve any problem.

Jim Devine • Group HR Director • Spirax-Sarco Engineering •

Jim Devine joined Spirax-Sarco Engineering in 2016 and has been an instrumental part of the group executive team that has accelerated the organic and acquisitive growth of the group in recent years. He has a wealth
of experience across a number of industries spanning manufacturing, financial services, resources and engineering; having previously worked for Chemring, British Gas, Centrica, Ford

Motor Company and BAE Systems.Since joining Spirax-Sarco Engineering Jim has transformed the HR function and has actively encouraged the business to consider the people agenda a key enabler of corporate strategy. Jim is passionate about attracting the best business talent to develop careers in HR, and is a strong believer
that HR is a key commercial discipline as opposed to being a ‘partner’ of the business.

Ian McDuff • Director • Spitfire Consultancy •

Spitfire is a consulting business with a global reach across Europe, North America, Middle East & Africa. Specialising in improving business performance through a unique combination of skills and expertise, the company delivers measurable and sustainable results using advanced lean expertise, leadership
and thinking. Ian specialises in improving business performance across a wide range of

sectors, focusing on coaching and supporting businesses to enable them to deliver successful transformational and cultural change programmes. With over 35 years’ experience in manufacturing both in the UK and globally, Ian has held senior operational leadership roles in Nissan, Volvo Cars, Spirax Sarco and Oxford Instruments.

Nick Laird • Managing Director • SsangYong UK •

Nick is Managing Director of SsangYong UK, the UK distributor for the Korean brand and part of an international automotive distribution group. After a degree in engineering, Nick worked Ford Motor Company, where he
spent 10 years working in both the UK and abroad. After a decent MBA, from which he took too little

he then had stints in private equity, and PE backed businesses, delivering growth and helping to sell a few companies along the way. A self confessed petrol head, Nick now has the excuse to discuss cars at every available opportunity, some of which can actually be reasonably lucid.

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Rachel Jones • Fundraising • St Richards Hospice •

Rachel is a Warwick Business School graduate, with a background in finance, hospitality and the charity sector. Rachel joined St Richard’s Hospice in 2007 and has grown to lead a team of eleven to deliver upon income budgets of over £1.8 million. Rachel has an array of charitable sector experience including developing corporate partnerships,

individual giving campaigns and a wide range of events. In recent years Rachel has specialised in digital learning to enhance online revenue fundraising and has incorporated new technologies such as tap and donate. Rachel loves change and innovation and leads the team with passion and dedication.

Paul Motz • Regional Manager • Stanbrook Abbey •

Stanbrook Abbey Hotel is owned by the Independent country house hotel group, Hand Picked Hotels. Dating back to the early 16th century, a former Grade II listed monastery offers guests a unique taste of what life in an
abbey was once like. A recent £4.2m renovation meticulously designed to celebrate the hotel’s heritage presents brasserie-style dining, The Refectory restaurant, newly refurbished St Anne’s

Hall, 15 new rooms, total 70 bedrooms. Set in 26 acres of extensive gardens. Worcestershire’s best-kept secret, the perfect retreat for a romantic break or unique special event. I have seen both the property and the business develop. Something I feel proud of, I believe we have created a real asset that the County can be proud of and enjoy.

Faisal Mulia • Mortgage & Protection Advisers • Sterling Law •

Sterling and Law is an Independent Financial Services Consultancy firm. We specialise in mortgages and insurance and our advisers have over 15 years’ experience in providing whole of market advice. We are experts in all types of mortgages including first time buyer schemes, remortgages, adverse credit, second charge loans,
all types of Buy to Let, bridging and commercial finance. We really are your one stop shop! We are

young, enthusiastic and hungry for success! We love to think outside the box and have succeeded where many other brokers have failed! Our Facebook page Sterling and Law Gloucester has reviews from many of our happy clients!

Ian Woodley • Creative Director • Stilo •

Stilo are an experienced, agile and innovative creative design agency. We deliver inspiration and expertise across brand and literature, video, motion graphics and interactive digital sales tools to businesses across a range
of sectors from SMEs to corporates. Working as a trusted partner, we have the ability to consider the wider brand story whilst focusing on attention to detail at all times.

At Stilo we love to create impactful and flexible marketing communications which get our clients noticed – from branding a start-up to helping global sales teams showcase their expertise through offline digital sales platforms containing video, animation and interactive product content.

Duncan Sutcliff • Director • Sutcliffe & CO Insurance Brokers •

A fourth-generation insurance broker, you could say that insurance is in Duncan’s blood! He and all the team at Sutcliffe & Co Insurance Brokers certainly are passionate about taking the burden of insurance off their clients’
shoulders. A fully independent broker, Sutcliffe & Co isn’t tied to one or just a handful of insurers:

our goal is to provide the right insurance that fits your unique needs. We are aware that insurance can seem overwhelming, but it is essential for your business and we can help you understand what cover you may, or may not, need.

John Henry Looney • CEO • Sustainable Directions •

John Henry has changed Sustainable Direction’s direction and is helping even more companies, Local Authorities design and deliver sustainable solutions looking at Whole Systems thinking for a Place. We are focused on getting people to engage with Smart (systems architecture), Efficient (design and delivery) and
Green (energy and more) approaches to deliver outcomes. Reaching design level is one of our

MESO energy systems for an Enterprise Zone to create 100s of jobs with a zero carbon energy system in the Midlands, cheaper than the grid; and another reaching financial close for a large Combined Heat and Power solution for a business park in the SW; and for Laithwaites support on the delivery of a very cost effective lighting project leading to onsite energy generation.

Nick Rowntree • Director • System 15 •

System 15 provide agile and innovative IT solutions, specialising in developing custom software applications and providing IT services for private and public sectors. Founded in 2015 by Director Nick Rowntree, Gloucester-based System 15 have quickly expanded to become a leading provider

of technology solutions, both locally and internationally. The company has built a reputation upon honesty and trust, taking the time to consult carefully with clients to analyse and understand requirements, before advising on cost effective, innovative software solutions and IT systems. Focus is firmly set on delivering business growth for clients through the best use of technology.

Sarah Bryers • Managing Director • Target PR •

As CEO, Sarah Bryars leads the team at Target to deliver award-winning communications for clients in a fast changing, competitive and noisy world. For more than 40 years, Target has been combining real world strategic advice with creative hands-on help to support businesses of all shapes and sizes achieve their aims, offline

and online. From disruptive innovators like ADEY, to much-loved market leaders such as Specsavers, we help clients to be understood, distinctive and chosen. More than ever, people buy from brands and businesses they trust. So, with 75% of a company’s asset value down to reputation, we firmly believe excellent communications
can generate commercial value and boost business outcomes.

Janis Sinton • Managing Director • TasteTech •

Janis is the Managing Director of TasteTech Ltd, a niche manufacturing company based in South Bristol, specialising in the design and manufacture of controlled release food flavourings and functional ingredients. She
founded the company with her husband in 1992 when they built their first pilot plant in their garage at home. 27 years later TasteTech has

65 employees and annually ships product to food manufacturers in over 40 countries globally. Janis took over the reins from her husband Roger, following his sudden death in 2007, and plans to hand them over to their son Rob in the next 12 months. So, a true family owned and run business.

Peter Siddall • Managing Director • Tewkesbury Printing Company •

I started Tewkesbury Printing Company in 1985, expanded to 3 factories within 5 years and gained national contracts for printing, from workshop manuals, company stationery and colour brochures to direct mail. Due to
high growth we built our factory in Tewkesbury allowing us to operate double shifts and weekend schedules. We now have 43 staff, run a 24-hour

operation and continue to grow and service clients from across the country, with multinational companies, some of which have been clients for over 30 years. My son Andrew works in the business and shares the day to day production and sales. We offer a complete service from high end brochures/magazines and printed envelopes to digital and lithographic.

Claire Forrest • • The 79 Group •

In 2006, no organisation could genuinely claim to offer an end-to-end lighting manufacture and MEP installation service. Three men had 1 vision, to take this integrated concept and turn it in to a reality. The 79group directors drew on a wealth of collective experience in lighting design, manufacturing, MEP contracting and construction going back over 50 years to fill this gap in the market.

The result is The 79group is a leading expert designer, manufacturer and installer of Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health services and lighting in the world of modern fit out across the retail, commercial and public sectors.

Tom Rolfe • Director • The Channel Partnership •

Tom Rolfe is Director of The Channel Partnership, championing credit insurance as the way to best manage trade credit risk across all sectors and for businesses trading domestically and internationally. Tom is proud of the long-lasting relationships that The Channel Partnership builds with the

business’s 250+ loyal clients; relationships which go beyond the nuts and bolts of credit insurance and a few which date back to the start of the business in 1992. The Channel Partnership is the only specialist credit insurance broker based in the South West and has a growing market presence across the UK.

Laurie Bell • CEO • The Cheltenham Trust •

Laurie recently joined The Cheltenham Trust as its new CEO. The Cheltenham Trust manages Cheltenham’s most iconic and historic buildings including The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, the Town Hall, Pittville Pump Room,
Leisure at and the Prince of Wales Stadium. As a registered charity, the Trust contributes to the social, cultural and economic value of the town.

The iconic venues offer unique and exclusive space for meetings, events, social banqueting, concerts, entertainment and conferences in the heart of Cheltenham. The trust now in its fifth year delivers a programme of arts, leisure, sport and cultural events and activities.

Terry Croft • Owner • The Clarence Social •

Terry’s background was banking and business consultancy before he set up Sterling & Law in 1997. Sterling & Law Group PLC. . He likes to keep busy and has several businesses in Cheltenham ranging from property agency

(Move Estate Agents Ltd) all the way through to hospitality (The Clarence Social). Terry is active in the community and likes to support local businesses and charities.

Derrin & Ely • Joint Managing Directors • The Development Manager Ltd •

Our company believe that people should do well by doing good. Let’s all gain satisfaction, meaning and prosperity by doing good for others! Career and social mobility is achievable for everyone via apprenticeships:
up-skilling via a systematic Work-Based Learning Plan. We specialise in Tech and Digital because the sector is fast growth (with skills

shortages) and highly profitable (with high salary opportunities). TDM have also operated as a Virtual Learning Environment consultancy for over 12 years. So, larger employers can also engage us to deploy apprenticeships funding to support whole organisation learning and development programmes. Find out more, including our
fantastic Ofsted report at:

Steven Winner • General Manager • The Ivy Collection •

Steven has spent the last 15 years working within luxurious hotel establishments so fully understand how to make guest and customers feel special. He always ensures customer service expectations are exceeded
and continually seeks feedback to support their continuous improvement culture. Steven can

often be found at The Ivy Cheltenham which is located in the heart of Montpellier in Cheltenham, fully accessible for local residents, businesses, shoppers and visitors to the area. They provide a wide range of options from breakfast, brunch and lunch to afternoon tea and dinner, with a wide range classic and contemporary cocktails.

AJ Bains • General Manager • The Mount Pleasant Hotel •

In the heart of Malvern Hills is the Mount Pleasant hotel, a family run- business that AJ Bains has run for 16 years. The Mount Pleasant has incredible views, direct access to the hills, 18 bespoke ensuite bedrooms, Mulberry Tree Restaurant & Bar and three elegant function rooms for private dining and events. Newly rebranded Mulberry Tree Restaurant

& Bar offers an exquisite culinary experience in a contemporary setting, a welcoming atmosphere and seasonal menus capturing the very best local produce. The hotel was awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2019 and shortlists as finalist for the Visit Worcestershire Awards of Excellence 2019 in two categories.

Clare Seed • Chairman/Founder Director • Tidal Training Direct Ltd •

Tidal Training Direct Ltd is an approved and Ofqual regulated education centre specialising in the delivery of First Aid training and qualifications to businesses in England and Wales. As the sister company to Tidal Training
Ltd, all trainers are highly qualified medical professionals including former Army/RAF medics & State Registered Paramedics sharing a wealth of experience and knowledge in workplace and

wider First Aid, CPR, Defibrillator and Anaphylaxis skills. We also hold a monthly open course in Cheltenham for businesses to have their staff trained by a State Registered Paramedic, gaining a Level 3 qualification. Clare is the co-founder of the Cheltenham Defibrillator Campaign and PubLIC hearts to raise awareness and numbers of lifesaving defibrillators in Cheltenham.

Ian Appel • Group Chairman • Therarestor •

Thermarestor ® represents a step change in fire safety. By permanently monitoring the temperature of electrical connections and components, it actively prevents fires from being caused by anything that uses electricity. In the event that excessive heat is detected it provides very early warning and automatically notifies the maintenance team through MetaCom, a bespoke GSM communicator, so that an emergency is

transformed into a maintenance issue. This exciting and innovative fire prevention product is attracting interest from across the globe and has been specified and installed not only here in the UK, but Europe, South America and the Middle East as well.

Colin Frensham • Founder Director • Tidal Training Direct Ltd •

Tidal Training Ltd is a national leading provider in the delivery of Mental Health, Medical and Clinical, Health and Social Care and Learning Disability training courses to businesses in the UK through our team of highly qualified
medical professionals. Our innovative and bespoke training raises awareness, knowledge and understanding in nearly 100 subjects from

autism and professional boundaries to acquired brain injury and visual impairment awareness. In 2018, we trained over 12,000 staff and are proud to consistently receive Excellent feedback. Our clients rely us on to create and educate in expert, market leading, precise and fit for purpose training. “We put people before profit.”

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Chris Pockett - Renishaw

Ashley Wallace-Cook • Director • WSP Solicitors •

Ashley Wallace-Cook qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in 2001 before also qualifying as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2003. He joined WSP’s Wills, Trusts and Probate team in Gloucester in 2013 on the merger with Whitemans Solicitors.
Ashley became a Director of WSP in 2017, and is Co-Head of the Wills, Trusts and Probate team.

Ashley is a Full Accredited Member of Solicitors for the Elderly. He advises clients on the preparation of Wills and powers of attorney, setting up and administering trusts and on estate administration. He also advises on Court of Protection applications and on contentious probate. Ashley’s aim is to offer clear and straightforward advice in a sympathetic manner.

Beth Evans • Director • WSP Solicitors •

Beth Evans is the Head of the WSP Family Team and has over 20 years’ experience working in family law.
Beth has a wide ranging expertise. She works with her clients to address family related issues from cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements, to divorce and dissolution proceedings. As well as protecting victims of domestic abuse and resolving financial matters and arrangements for children arising from relationship breakdown.
Beth qualified as a solicitor in 2007 after gaining a First in History from the University of Plymouth. She undertook the Legal Practice Course at the University of the West of England. A member of Resolution, and a Resolution Accredited Specialist, Beth is also a Collaborative Lawyer.

Beth is based in the Dursley office, and is a Director at WSP. She supervises 5 Solicitors as well as the support staff within the Family Team.
Known for her clear, sensible and practical advice, Beth has a sympathetic and understanding approach. A passionate advocate, Beth works in partnership with each of her clients. She helps them to work out what they want to achieve and to then find solutions which reach the best outcome.

Richard Arthur • Director • Hooray Recruitment •

A qualified and highly experienced Recruitment professional, Richard founded Hooray in 2017 after moving back to Gloucestershire where he went to school and where his family reside.

Having worked with some large corporate Recruitment firms, Richard has managed large teams and is passionate about building and delivering an agency built on sound ethical principles and good business practices.

Ian Moriarty • Operations Direction • Hooray Recruitment •

With 13 years of Business Development and Account Management experience, Ian has worked in the Property and Recruitment sectors extensively and brings a wealth of knowledge to Hooray.

Ian manages the day to day operations at Hooray, looking after everything from Finance to Marketing to making sure the team are kept in tea and coffee in the office!

Catherine Green • Director • WSP Solicitors •

Catherine Green is the Head of WSP Solicitors’ Litigation team and has 20 years’ experience in litigation work, specialising in business and property disputes.

Catherine has been working in this area since she qualified and has helped many individuals and a great deal of businesses of all sizes. She qualified as a solicitor in 1998 after attending Cardiff University. Catherine completed her training contract with Stevens and Bolton and then worked for various firms. She moved on to join WSP in 2008, and became a Director in 2012.

Catherine has completed several professional development courses in property and civil litigation. She also chaired Stroud Businesswomen’s Network, one of the largest women’s networks in Gloucestershire, for over 7 years. Having lived in Stroud for the last 10 years, Catherine feels that she is firmly rooted in the community.
Passionate about achieving the best results for her clients, Catherine is on hand to advise whenever it is needed most.

Demelza Pallant • Director • WSP Solicitors •

Demelza Pallant is Head of the WSP Solicitors’ Personal Injury Department. Demelza offers over 15 years’ experience in handling personal injury cases. In recognition that she has expertise in all areas of law she has been accredited Senior Litigator of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
Demelza was made Director at WSP Solicitors in 2018.

Since qualifying as a Solicitor in 2003 Demelza’s breadth and depth of knowledge within this law has no boundaries. Successfully dealing with and winning accident cases for injured individuals from a wide range of causes. For example, work related injuries; road traffic incidents and dog related wounds.
In addition to her recognised and respected professionalism Demelza understands the stress related to those who have been injured. She offers empathy and understanding to all of her clients.

Joseph Mullis • Director • WSP Solicitors •

Joseph Mullis is Director and Practice Manager at WSP Solicitors. Joseph has worked in the legal services sector as a Practice Manager since he graduated from university. He is keen to ensure all clients receive an excellent service, which he feels is supported by forward looking people management.

Joseph’s commitment to people management is reflected in his membership to the Chartered Institute of Personal and Development, and he is also a student member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Judi Bonham • Managing Director • WSP Solicitors •

Judi Bonham qualified as a Solicitor in 1996. She has over 20 years’ experience specialising in all aspects of Family Law. Judi is a member of the WSP Family Law team as well as being the Managing Director of WSP Solicitors.

As well as being a member of the Law Society’s Family Law and Children Law Panels Judi has undertaken training as a collaborative lawyer with Resolution. Judi is recognised by her clients for providing clear, pragmatic advice and understanding what is important to them.

Karmen Waldron • Director • WSP Solicitors •

Karmen Waldron qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and is head of the WSP Solicitors’ Residential Conveyancing department. She specialises in all aspects of residential conveyancing including sales and purchases, re-mortgages, lease extensions, shared ownership and Help to Buy.

Karmen is known for providing clear and practical advice to her clients often helping them meet tight timescales. She has been involved in the Gloucester property market for in excess of 5 years and has an excellent reputation with local estate agents and other property professionals.

Peter Mardon • Commercial Director • WSP Solicitors •

Peter Mardon is Commercial Director at WSP Solicitors and manages the Company Commercial Team. He has over 25 years of experience advising businesses from initial concept, through start-up, growth, consolidation and exit.

Peter is himself a director of a successful international manufacturing group and so knows from first-hand experience the value of expert advice and building long term relationships with trusted advisers who know and care about your business.

Michael Donaldson • Director • The Value Innovator •

I started my working life at Procter and Gamble, on day six I was given the responsibility for improving the performance of a £3m business. During my time there I learnt how to run this business based on Purpose, Values and Principles.
On that solid foundation I developed my expertise as an innovative strategist, detailed implementer and leader of multi-disciplined teams to deliver strategic, operational and behavioural change; including sales growth, effective marketing, business exits, post-acquisition integration, company harmonisation and profitable business growth.
The experience of 30 years employment (20 in the Boardroom) with leading companies selling bars of soap to bars of gold, taught me about strategy and challenge.

Strategy doesn’t have to be complicated but it does have to be deliverable; AND irrespective of size, shape or sector the 3 most common challenges facing business Leaders are how to improve the performance of their people, the profitability of their products and the productivity of their processes, and that doesn’t have to be complicated either.
Since 2013 I have been helping SMEs with the development and delivery of their Strategy, and Leadership challenges.

Niamh McAlonan • Co-Head • WSP Solicitors •

Niamh McAlonan qualified as a Solicitor in 2008. She joined WSP’s Wills, Trusts and Probate team in Stroud in 2012 and became a Director in 2017. Niamh is Co-Head of WSP Solicitors’ Wills, Trusts and Probate team

A STEP qualified Trust & Estate Practitioner (TEP), Niamh advises on a full complement of private client law, including Wills, estate administration, powers of attorney, and trusts. Niamh takes time to carefully consider her client’s circumstances to provide tailored advice in a sensitive and efficient manner.