Michelle O’Hara • Managing Director • Thursfiels • https://www.thursfields.co.uk
Michelle is the Managing Director for Thursfields. A member of the executive board, she is responsible for the Firm’s HR, Recruitment and other commercial aspects of running a growing and thriving law firm. She also chairs the Company’s Equality & Diversity Group, which has an active commitment to focus on diversity and inclusion strategies.
An employment solicitor with 20 years’ experience, Michelle leads the Employment Department. The Legal 500 (2018) recommended her as an ‘excellent communicator’, who provides ‘clear and concise advice’ and is highly skilled in restructuring and TUPE-related issues. She is MCIPD qualified and a Member of the Employment Lawyer’s Association.
Dave Giles • Managing Director • Abbey Business Interiors • https://www.abbeybusinessinteriors.co.uk
Dave, Managing Director of Abbey Business Interiors has paved his way in the industry over the last 29 years, delivering large scale projects and building long-term industry knowledge and relationships. Abbey’s office may be based in Cheltenham but the team
work nationally to deliver small to medium sized projects right through to larger projects that have scale and complexity. The team work across FF&E, hospitality interiors, project management, moves, CAD planning and fit-out and refurbishment with the main aim of creating people, inspired spaces.
Steven Badrock • Managing Director • abc Services • https://www.abcservicescheltenham.co.uk
Steven Badrock Is the managing director of ABC SERVICES in Cheltenham since 2003, which is the largest independent garage of its kind in the South West. With a team of 30, in 2019 we completed work on over 160,000 vehicles (cars/vans) for maintenance, service, mot, diagnostic and body repairs.
Steven has successfully created an alternative for company fleets and families based in
Gloucestershire. ABC SERVICES has now has attained software for every type of car and
van in the current market. Saving you up to 50% compared to main dealers. For convenience we collect and deliver so your staff are not interrupted.
We successfully already look after several
C2S fleets and look forward to helping others
in the region.
Paul Szymanski • Senior UK & European Business Development • Afex Global Payment and Risk Management Solutions • https://www.afex.com/unitedkingdom/
Paul, has over 23 years of experience within the corporate foreign exchange and financial industry, working with some of the world’s leading payments and hedging specialists.
Since joining AFEX, one of the world’s largest privately-owned non-bank providers of international payment and risk management solutions, Paul has guided and supported clients managing their FX exposure.
Over the past 13 years spent in South West England, Paul has established a great client base, building trustworthy relationships with importers, exporters and different professional partners like accountancies and law firms.
Being native in Polish and English has enabled Paul to gain a deeper insight into the Polish and European market and banking system, grasping the challenges businesses face in their international trades operations and providing them with competitive solutions.
In these volatile times, it is more important than ever to have a trusted partner to help you protect your bottom line. Paul and the entire AFEX team of experts provide market insights and tailored solutions to help clients achieve their business goals.
Robert Gomes • Patent Attorney/Director • Albright • https://www.albright-ip.co.uk
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.
Adrian Hocking • Patent Attorney/Director • Albright • https://www.albright-ip.co.uk/
Albright IP are here to protect your creative vision, innovation and investment. By using our services, our clients obtain practical, potent and cost-effective intellectual property (IP) protection, both nationally and globally.
Adrian Hocking is an engineer, as well as a patent attorney, patent litigator and director of Albright IP. With more than 20 years of IP experience in sectors ranging from general engineering, automotive and aerospace, to medical devices, telecoms and software, Adrian enjoys guiding his clients with clear and proactive advice. The challenge of obtaining potent and robust patent protection all over the globe for his clients, to help their businesses succeed, is what drives him.
There are various intellectual property rights, including Patents, Designs, Copyright and Trade Marks, and we advise on all aspects of intellectual property protection and enforcement. This could range from advice about appropriate record-keeping for the purposes of Copyright and Design Right to full representation in drafting, filing and prosecuting Patent, Design and Trade Mark Applications around the world.
Julia House • Chartered Trade Mark Attorney/Director • Albright • https://www.albright-ip.co.uk/patents/
Albright IP is a full service patent and trade mark attorney firm. Our first-class attorneys have exceptional expertise, and will represent you before the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO), the European Patent Office (EPO) and internationally before the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). We can also obtain patent rights for you in almost any country throughout the world.
Julia House is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney within Albright IP; a professional firm of British and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Julia is an experienced attorney described in the 2020 edition of the WTR 1000 (The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals) directory, as being “Practical and focused, providing top-notch, outstanding trademark prosecution work. She is a pleasure to work with.”
She has experience of all aspects of trade mark practice, which enables her to provide an insightful and commercial approach to brand management and protection, including the complex issues of ownership and licensing.
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.
David Scobie • Managing Director • All Fleet Services • https://www.allfleetservices.co.uk
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
Roman Cooper • Executive Director • Allcooper Group • https://www.allcooper.com
Many will already be familiar with the friendly face of Roman Cooper - Service Director at Allcooper. As well as being passionate about the Gloucestershire business community, Roman is an expert on all things security and fire safety. Since the company was established in 1987, Roman has been integral to helping Allcooper grow into a nationally-respected provider of security solutions, employing 80 staff from its head office in Kingsholm.
Allcooper was acquired by Securitas in 2019 following a successful long-term partnership with the leading global security services provider. Now, the Allcooper brand operates at the forefront of Securitas’s specialist technology division, where Roman oversees all aspects of service delivery for customers across the UK. Roman has completed a 7-year term on the board of GFirst LEP and was one of the first graduates to complete the University of Gloucestershire’s MBA in business.
Mark Williams • Director of Sales • AMAG Technology • https://www.amag.com
AMAG is the technology arm of G4S, the world’s largest security company, operating in 90 countries with more than 570,000 staff. AMAG’s international headquarters in Tewkesbury is home to its global manufacturing and R&D facility. AMAG products help its customers reduce cost, mitigate risk and increase compliance via an array of solutions including access
and identity management, video and visitor management, command and control and incident and case management.
Mark heads up the EMEA division and has extensive global experience in the electronic security sector having held a number of senior positions both in the UK and the US.
Jim Stevenson • Associate Director • Aston Lark • https://www.astonlark.com
Aston Lark is a top 5 independent Chartered Insurance Broker trusted by over 100,000 clients for business insurance, risk management, employee benefits and bespoke personal insurance. In a faceless world of indifferent service, our vision is to put CARE back into the broking business.
Our expertise and services are wide-ranging but our customer service is always personal. Our staff work within local communities to understand clients and everything in their world.
Ben Allman • Partner • Ballards LLP • https://www.ballardsllp.com
Ben Allman is a Partner with Ballards LLP, a professional firm of Chartered Accountants and business advisers, based in Worcestershire. Ben is both a qualified Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser and has a particular focus on dealing with owner managed businesses. Being qualified in both remits means he is able to consider strategic business support for clients whilst having
an expert understanding of any tax implications that may be associated.
Established in 1985, Ballards LLP is a 10 Partner, award-winning firm of Chartered Accountants which employs over 70 professional staff. It is most well known for its strategic advisory services which include business planning and tax mitigation planning.
Lorrin White • CEO • Bamboo Technology Group • https://www.bamboo.tech
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.
Matthew Sewell • Tax Partner • BDO LLP • https://www.bdo.co.uk
Matthew is a tax partner based in the Bristol office of BDO, one of the UK’s leading accountancy and advisory firms, providing innovative, high-quality accounting, assurance, tax and advisory services across all sectors of the economy. The team at BDO make the time and effort to understand their clients’ businesses
and markets, whilst leveraging service and sector expertise to support local, national and international clients in achieving their goals and aspirations. BDO’s clients are Britain’s economic engine – ambitious, entrepreneurially spirited and high-growth businesses that fuel the economy.
Linda Smith • CEO • Betaden • https://www.beta-den.com
Linda Smith is the Founder and CEO of BetaDen, Worcestershire’s first commercial technology accelerator funded by WLEP. She joined Worcestershire LEP in Summer 2017 to develop and launch a programme that would support new and emerging technology companies to progress to investment readiness or bring new solutions to technology supply chains. Linda’s background includes working in the industry in business
development and sales roles for high growth technology companies, which then extended into international trade and export; previous roles have included Director of International Trade for the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) and directorships in several small tech companies. She has an abundance of knowledge and experience of US/EMEA markets, specialising in defence, aerospace and security sectors.
Paul Owen • Director • Bio-Cirle Surface Technology • https://www.bio-circle.co.uk/
Paul is an Investor Director of Bio-Circle Surface Technology, the UK arm of a German Headquartered business that has spent the last 30 years developing innovative solutions to customer’s cleaning challenges in many Manufacturing and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul Operations – always with a focus on lowering environmental impact, increasing process efficiency, and improving user well-being and operator safety.
Bio-Circle’s UK Customer base has quickly grown to include the likes of Transport for London, Network Rail, GE Aviation, Airbus, Alstom, the FA, Forest Green Rovers, Rolls Royce, Bombardier, Premier League Football and Rugby Clubs and many more, and the unique FoC Bio-Circle “Process Optimisation Plan” (POP) has brought significant benefit to many organisations in improving their cleaning processes.
Kevin Brent • Director • Biz Smart • https://www.bizsmarts.co.uk
An experienced and entrepreneurial business practitioner with a focus on strategy, business development and building value for business owners. He’s combined senior-level corporate pharmaceutical experience with strategy consulting, value-based management, medical communications and e-business. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, has built four (and exited from two) businesses and built his own kit car, race car and eco-friendly home.
Kevin founded BizSmart in 2012 with the aim of supporting business owners to build scalable, sustainable and ultimately valuable businesses.
BizSmart’s Flight Academy ScaleUp System is aimed at owner-managed businesses with typically between two and 35 employees looking to scale and build value. Combining a proven methodology for scaling up and creating value with P2P support to provide real and tangible support that delivers.
Mike Rowe • Managing Director • Blackmore Ricotech • https://www.r3cycle.co.uk
Blackmore is one of the UK’s leading Secure IT Asset Disposal Businesses. We have been operating from our specialist facility at Chitterne since 2004 and have recently completed a £500k upgrade project which lifts processing capacity to in excess of 15,000 items per month.
Blackmore’s data sanitisation of IT assets not only acts as the last line of cybersecurity defence for its clients but also assists with GDPR compliance. Our zero to landfill policy can form a key part of CSR policy for our clients ‘
Andy Carter • Managing Director • BOM IT Solutions • https://www.bomitsolutions.co.uk
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.
Steven Borwell • Managing Director • Borwell • https://www.borwell.com
Steve is the MD of borwell. As the founder of the business in 2003, he has steadily grown the team to 30 talented and highly motivated technical team members. These teams provide professional software engineering services, computer network design, build, test and assure services, computer security and Information assurance services.
Customers include businesses large and small, prime contractors, UK Government Departments, NATO & the Italian MoD. Most business is repeat business, as the team deliver top quality, reliable operational solutions.
Steve is passionate about up-skilling the next generation. His ambition is to find an apprentice who could one-day run borwell.
Nick Rowe • Partner • BPE • https://www.bpe.co.uk/
I lead the Employment Team at BPE where I specialise in employment law and the wide range of commercial issues and disputes that arise from that relationship. I act for employers ranging in size (from privately owned to publicly listed companies) and employees. I have obtained vast experience in exit/termination packages for senior directors, shareholders and stakeholders and regularly appear as an advocate in employment tribunals. I frequently act in connection with related shareholder issues and disputes and regularly assist our commercial department with the employment aspects of transactional work.
I’ve also acted successfully in regulatory matters concerning the General Medical Council, HCPC, FCA and the RFU.
I have substantial experience of acting for clients in the High Court on matters including the enforcement of restrictive covenants, obtaining (and resisting) orders for injunctive relief and running to a conclusion the satellite claims that commonly result from these situations. I pride myself on the balanced perspective that acting for parties on both sides of the working relationship provides as it enables me to deploy the best strategy in each circumstance.
I am also a qualified and accredited mediator.
John Workman • Senior Partner • BPE Solicitors • https://www.bpe.co.uk
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 • https://www.brace.co.uk
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 • https://www.brewin.co.uk/cheltenham
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 • https://www.brickhampton.co.uk
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 • https://www.brunsdonfinancialservices.co.uk
Marcus Gomery is Managing Director of both Brunsdon Financial Services Ltd and its appointed representative Brunsdon Employee Benefits Ltd. Marcus has worked in the financial services industry for nearly 30 years. He has a reputation for motivation and is an accomplished public speaker. Outside of work, Marcus enjoys spending time with family, playing golf and following most sports. He is a regular attendee at Gloucester Rugby (Brunsdon Financial has had a corporate box there for many years) and likes nothing more than the roar of the crowd on the first day of the Cheltenham Festival.
Brunsdon Financial is a long-established financial services organisation. It is committed to providing high quality, focused and holistic financial advice and prides itself on the fact that the business has developed largely through recommendation, long-term client loyalty and relationship building.
Steve Kenyon • Director and Employee Benefits Consultant • Brunsdon Employee Benefits Ltd • https://brunsdonfinancial.co.uk/corporate-services/employee-benefits
Steve has an educational background in health and physiology and specialises in the Group Risk and Health and Wellbeing sector. Steve's role involves meeting with existing and potential clients to discuss and review their current employee benefits offer and then suggesting and recommending solutions that meet their needs, budget and culture. Existing clients benefit from continued dedicated account management, including regular policy reviews and employee engagement initiatives.
Amongst the insured employee benefit schemes on which Steve advises are: group private medical insurance,
group income protection, group life, critical illness cover, sick pay insurance, private medical insurance, health insurance cash plans, employee assistance programmes, health assessments, various group insurance policies, for example travel, gadget and dental.
Steve says: "‘My enthusiasm and passion is to ensure my clients are educated and utilise all available benefits to support their employees’ health and wellbeing. I firmly believe that improved wellbeing builds on positive engagement, enhanced physical and mental health and improved reward recognition and retention."
Dorian Wragg • Partner and Head of Commercial • Bruton Knowles • https://www.brutonknowles.co.uk
Dorian Wragg is Partner and Head of Commercial at Bruton Knowles, and national spokesperson on commercial property issues for the consultancy. Based at the firm’s Gloucester Head Office he leads the agency, lease advisory, building surveying, valuation and asset management teams. Working with businesses, entrepreneurs, funds and public bodies he specialises in managing complex, multi-sector
property assets, identifying core issues and providing innovative measurable solutions that drive business transformation.
Dorian is a Chartered Surveyor, Fellow of the Non-Administrative Receivers Association, an RICS Registered Property Receiver, and actively involved in local groups including the GFirst LEP Retail Group and the Cheltenham Development Taskforce.
Jason French • Director • Business Doctor • https://www.businessdoctors.co.uk
I work with businesses and leaders who have come to realise that fundamental change is necessary in order for them to achieve their goals. I own Business Doctors in the region, a business consultancy specialising in facilitating growth, value, structure and leadership to allow
businesses to ACHIEVE THEIR VISION. I bring to bear resources including 18 years as an Officer in the British Army with great depth of experience in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organisational Design. These are underpinned with a BSc and MBA, all delivered through an unbeatable system which has helped over 10,000 companies grow and thrive.
Cordell Ray MBE • CEO • CCP Charity Caring About Communities & People • https://www.ccp.org.uk
"Cordell Ray is Chief Executive of the charity Caring for Communities & People (CCP). The charities vision is to prevent the causes and reduce the effects of homelessness, family breakdown and exclusion. 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 The Child & Family Learning Trust and the Chair of Governors with 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."
Claudine Morgan • Legal Director • Charles Russell Speechlys • https:// www.charlesrussellspeechlys.com
Charles Russell Speechlys is a law firm headquartered in London with offices in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Hong Kong. We have an unusually broad range of skills and experience across the full spectrum of business and personal needs. This gives us a wider perspective, clear insight and a strongly commercial long-term view. We use this approach to secure the growth of our clients as they move confidently into the future. Clients find our more
considered and personal approach a refreshing alternative to conventional business law firms. Claudine is based in the Cheltenham office. she is an experienced litigator and works on a variety of commercial disputes destined for the High Court, with particular emphasis on contractual disputes, breach of warranty, professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duties, shareholder disputes, civil fraud, sale of goods and supply of services and misrepresentation.
Helen Astill • Managing Director • Cherington HR • https://www.cheringtonhr.com
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.
Neil Madle • South West Lead • City Fibre • https://www.cityfibre.com/
Neil joined CityFibre from Surrey-based medical company Xstrahl, where he was commercial director. Prior to that, he spent 13 years as European corporate communications and investor relations director with US-owned Varian Medical Systems, working both in the UK and the USA. Prior to that, he was based in Swindon for 14 years handling senior communications roles for Raychem (now Tyco) and Equiinet, both based in Dorcan. A trained journalist, he started his career as a reporter on local newspapers such as the Marlborough Times and the Bath Evening Chronicle. He lives in Chippenham with his wife of 34 years and two children and says he has a huge affection for this part of the UK, which is why he is so pleased to be overseeing such exciting projects in some of the south west’s most vibrant and ambitious locations.
As City Manager for Swindon, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Bath with CityFibre, the UK’s largest alternative provider of wholesale fibre network infrastructure and the builder of Gigabit Cities, Neil is responsible for the successful rollout of these multi-year projects. Across the UK, CityFibre is investing £4 billion to bring comprehensive full fibre access to up to 100 towns and cities, targeting some eight million premises or 30 percent of the country’s homes. CityFibre is also providing full fibre for businesses, public assets and to support 5G rollouts across the country and is creating some 10,000 jobs along the way. A modern digital infrastructure such as this plays a crucial role in growing and protecting local economies, even more so during these unprecedented times when connectivity has proven vital to residents, businesses and public services alike.
Lindsey Young • Chief Operating Officer • Clarkson Evans • https://www.clarksonevans.co.uk
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.
Emma Stevens • Senior Partner and Co Founder • Corinthian Wealth Management • https://corinthianwealthmanagement.co.uk/
As a Senior Partner and Co-Founder of Corinthian Wealth Management, I specialise specifically in helping clients achieve their future perfect. Often, we have learned how to make a living, but not a life. In my experience, there is rarely a plan to ensure your hard work meets your personal aspirations or an understanding of what financial future your existing arrangements may provide.
My role is to help you achieve the life you want to create, to guide you through maximising tax efficiency and implementing a successful and robust investment strategy to make sure you get where you want to be.
Richard Neville • Managing Director • Coutts • https://www.coutts.com
Richard has been at Coutts since 1997, a widely recognised as one of the leading private banks in the UK. Their progressive, long-term approach to wealth management is founded on experience gained through looking after clients and their money for over three centuries. They offer award-winning and innovative private banking solutions that enable
clients to engage with their wealth in the way that suits them. Coutts unique network includes some of the most successful and pioneering individuals across the UK and on an international scale. Renowned for intelligent relationships with these clients, Coutts is the only private bank and wealth manager with clearly defined client groups aligned to their needs.
Dave Townsend • Managing Director • Creative Mettle • https://www.creativemettle.co.uk
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.
Martin Holmes • Director of People • Creed Foodservice • https://www.creedfoodservices.co.uk
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 • https://www.crowe.co.uk
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.
Nick Latimer • Tax Partner • Crowe • https://www.crowe.com/uk/croweuk
Nick Latimer – is the Tax Partner within the Crowe Cheltenham office and advise business owners, entrepreneurs and families on appropriate ways to structure their affairs to make the most of tax allowances and reliefs.
He specialise in income tax planning, capital gains tax planning, partnerships, inheritance tax, and trusts, as well as advising internationally mobile individuals who may or may not be domiciled in the UK.
David Woodfine • Director • Cyber Security Associates • https://www.csa.limited
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
Dan Barker • Director • Dan Barker Studios • https://www.danbarkerstudios.com
Dan Barker is an industrial photographer serving engineering, manufacturing and technology companies with high-quality photography and video. Before making the switch to photography, Dan worked as a stress analysis engineer for 13 years at several major aerospace manufacturers including Airbus in Bristol and Safran Landing Systems near Cheltenham.
“Having a technical background, I find I’m
able to help engineering and manufacturing companies because I understand their products and services. This enables me to focus on the important aspects of what they do and produce photos and videos that show off their work and help gain them more customers”.
Emma Taylor • Warden • Dean Close School • https://www.deanclose.org.uk
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.’
Rick Towers • Head of Operations • DNA • https://www.wearedna.co.uk
Bristol based with a full-service agency team, DNA partners clients through the South West, UK and internationally. DNA are a specialist Employee Engagement, Marketing Comms and Recruitment Advertising Agency. We help our clients – large and small – create stronger brands and better businesses
For some we help them find, engage and keep the staff they need. For others, we help them find, keep and engage the customers they need. And for many, we do both. Compelling. Expert. Refreshing. Hungry.
Rod Jenner • Managing Director • Dowdeswell Estate • https://www.dowdeswellestates.co.uk
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 • DRPG • https://www.drpgroup.com
Paul heads up Business Development at DRPG - a completely integrated creative communications agency. With 30 years experience in developing and growing mutually successful client relationships with some of the biggest and brightest brands in the UK and beyond, Paul has access to an incredibly creative, innovative and results focussed team at DRPG.
Concentrating on bespoke solutions that centre on objectives and results rather than the media or channel of delivery enables Paul and the 370+ strong team to deliver outstanding and measurable results for their hugely impressive client portfolio.
DRPG has an unrivalled blend of in-house expertise which is illustrated below. Angela, the image I have suggested is also attached
This year, DRPG celebrates its 40th anniversary and continues to grow - now a global organisation and continually delivering on its promise that Anything’s Possible.
Lee Summers • Managing Director • Elmrep Office Solutions Ltd • https://elmrep.co.uk/
Lee joined Elmrep in 1993 as a YTS Trainee and then bought the business in 2011. He has taken the business from strength to strength including pioneering the way to manage businesses office printing and scanning needs. A unique one-way monitoring system that allows them to know there is a problem before they do!
Lee is also the President of the Rotary Club of Gloucester Quays which has seen him and his team raise thousands for local charities.
In his spare time Lee likes nothing better than two wheels! Whether that be Mountain Biking, Motorcycling or the even lycra brigade!
Elizabeth Laidlaw • Managing Director • Encore Communications • https://www.encore-communications.co.uk
Having trained and performed as a professional flautist, Elizabeth relocated from London to take a marketing job with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 2003. She developed her skills in the commercial agency world, before setting up Encore Communications as a virtual marketing and PR agency, offering the benefits of a big city
consultancy without the overheads of traditional agencies. Encore’s team of experienced marketing consultants works with clients as diverse as aerospace, nuclear and medtech engineers to universities, jewellery designers and app developers. With agile working in its DNA, the team works flexibly to deliver effectively for clients in a 24/7 global world.
David Jones • Managing Director • Evans Jones Property and Planning Consultancy . • https://www.evansjones.co.uk
Evans Jones is an independent firm of Chartered Surveyors and Planning Consultants, advising on all aspects of the acquisition, development and management of Commercial Property across the UK. Founded in 1972 and based in Cheltenham, the team work across the UK and have regional operations in London and Reading.
David Jones is Managing Director and Head of Planning at Evans Jones. David has an enviable reputation for getting results and has particular strength in the residential, education and leisure sectors and deals with larger or more contentious projects. David has over 35 years’ experience and has built in-depth knowledge and lasting relationships in the local business community.
Peter Boucher • Managing Director • Excalibur Communications • https://www.excaliburcomms.co.uk
Peter has worked in technology and telecoms for over 25 years, with Vodafone, Addison Lee and SelfTrade, after starting his career in FMCG marketing at Kraft and Unilever.
He joined Excalibur Communications in 2017 as CEO, with the goal of scaling-up the business. Excalibur is a leading South West based
communications and IT solutions provider, with over 70 employees. Peter led the 2018 MBO and made a series of investments to expand its IT, mobile, fixed-line and education businesses to build a £9m plus turnover company. Peter is a board member of Business West and governor of Swindon College.
Nick Carter • Regional Sales & Print Specialist • Finnick Group • https://finnick.co.uk/
Finnick Group are proud to be the only authorised dealer for Ricoh UK printing and ducuments solution technology in the South West. Nick has over two decades experience looking after clients’ requirements relating to print and document management solutions. Finnick Solutions are specialists in supplying copiers and managing their ongoing maintenance from servicing & repairs to maintaining toner stock levels etc. With many organisations requirements changing as more peope work from home, Nick works closely with clients to enusre they reduce costs where possible and re-evaluate their print requirements for 'The New Norm'.
Many organisations are now over equipped and Nick would be delighted to re-asses members needs and costs. Making up one of the four companies of Finnick Group Ltd, Finnick Solutions joins Typecraft, Tigerfish, and Finnick Creative in creating a unique collective of businesses offering fast, excellent service in all aspects relating to print, design and digital marketing, tailoring solutions to suit all budgets - all under one roof.
Nigel Church • Managing Director • First Solutions • https://www.firstsolution.co.uk
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.
Mike Goode • Managing Director • GB Solutions • https://www.gbsolutions.co.uk
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 • https://www.gillharrisjames.com
'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 • https://www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
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 Office • https://www.gloscal.co.uk
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.
Neil Male • Managing Director • GMS Group • https://www.gms-group.co.uk
Neil Male is CEO of Bromsgrove based security specialist GMS Group of Companies. Neil started his career as a professional football player until back and knee injuries ended his career early at just 19. Neil joined GMS in 2000, became CEO in August 2005, and owner in 2015.
Neil has led GMS to become a leading security specialist in the Midlands with a turnover of
£14m and over 500 employees, and have been widely recognised for his business achievements. Neil was recently awarded Transformational Leader at the West Midlands Leadership Awards and was named one of Grant Thornton’s 100 Faces of a Vibrant Economy in 2018.
Juliet Davenport OBE • CEO & Founder • Good Energy • https://www.goodenergy.co.uk/
Juliet has been an innovator for over 20 years, working on ideas to fight climate change and transform the energy sector for the better. As founder and Chief Executive Officer of Good Energy, she has helped grow renewable energy in the UK, with a strong focus on independent generators. She founded the company with a clear purpose to give consumers the power to tackle climate change by choosing renewable power. Her services to renewables were recognised in 2013 with an OBE. She continues to be passionate about creating a business that does good and one that can deliver the needs of society in a purposeful way.
As part of this vision, she is working with the British Academy’s Future of the Corporation project, contributing to new thinking about how to create a better future. The project seeks to change the focus of businesses, so that profit is the product of its purpose, and not the sole reason for its existence.
Juliet also contributes to new research and ideas to accelerate the clean energy transition. This includes working closely with the Renewable Energy Association, InnovateUK, and the Energy Institute, among others, to influence how we think about our low-carbon future
Tim Pearce • Managing Director • Haines Watt • https://www.hwca.com/
Helping our clients achieve their business and personal goals and overcome their challenges, is my passion! 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, payroll, and research and development tax credits.
Personally, outside of work, I love spending time with my wife and two children is important to me as is travelling, both in this country – I love Cornwall so spend as much time there as possible – mainly staying in my VW Camper Van, and farther afield.
Finally I am also completing an MBA, I am over halfway through now and feel it has been absolutely worth it.
Richard Knight • Senior Partner • Harrison Clark Rickerbys • https://www.hcrlaw.com/
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.
Kristine Scott • Head of Cheltenham office • Harrison Clark Rickerbys • https://www.hcrlaw.com/
Law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys is rooted in the Three Counties but now has nine 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 mergers, one of which brought together Harrison Clark and Rickerbys in 2013. Kristine first joined Rickerbys in 1996 and has led the firm’s nationally-recognised education team for seven years. She became Head of the Cheltenham office in 2020 and enjoys climbing and walking.
Kristine Scott • Head of Cheltenham Office • Harrison Clark Rickerbys • https://www.hcrlaw.com/
Law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys is rooted in the Three Counties but now has nine 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 mergers, one of which brought together Harrison Clark and Rickerbys in 2013.
Kristine first joined Rickerbys in 1996 and has led the firm’s nationally-recognised education team for seven years. She became Head of the Cheltenham office in 2020 and enjoys climbing and walking.
Paul Williamson • Managing Director • Hillside Brewery • https://www.hillsidebrewery.com/
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.
Richard Arthur • Director • Hooray Recruitment • https://hoorayworks.co.uk/
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 Director • Hooray Recruitment • https://hoorayworks.co.uk/
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!
Tina Seymour • Chief Executive • Hope For Tomorrow • https://hopefortomorrow.org.uk/
Tina is passionate about Hope for Tomorrow and the service and benefits it provides to patients. She joined the charity in January 2015, after her mum was treated on the Gloucestershire unit.
It is very different from the world she came from, but she enjoys the variety with each day being different and having to learn so much. She is a tenacious individual who thrives on watching her team develop and succeed.
She is proud of the difference her small team make to patients’ lives and is often extremely touched with the letters that are received in the office from patients’, their families or just supporters. She studied business and management at many levels, gaining her MSc in Management.
When she is not working, she loves being at home in her garden, or cooking and socialising with her friends. She visits her family in Italy often and is a long suffering Arsenal fan.
Hannah Davies • Head of Fundraising • Hope For Tomorrow • https://hopefortomorrow.org.uk/
Hannah Davies is the Head of Fundraising and Business Development at the cancer care charity Hope for Tomorrow. Hannah started her fundraising career in 2008, and since then has worked for a range of causes, both in the UK and New Zealand.
She has worked in both a health and hospital setting and is really looking forward to working with the team and building networks of supporters to ensure Hope for Tomorrow can deliver mobile cancer care to the greatest number of people who need it most.
Cathy O’Donoghue • Managing Director • HR Champions Ltd • https://www.hrchampions.co.uk/
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.
Benjamin Murphy • Managing Director • Iguana Group • http://www.iguanagroup.co.uk/
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 • http://www.investedwin.co.uk/
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.
Debbie Farr • HR & Facilities Director • ISO Quality Services Ltd • http://www.isoqsltd.com/
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.
Jennifer Semini • Director • ISO Quality Services Ltd • http://www.isoqltd.com/
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.
Jonathan Viney • Director • JV Consultancy Group • https://jvcg.co.uk/
For the last 15 years, we have enjoyed sharing our vast experience and success leading, building, and even dismantling sales teams in B2B sales within SME businesses to Global organisations. The support includes delivering significant value through developing and managing the senior strategic relationship. In addition to effective sales management, we achieve success through designing change plans to meet company objectives to increase market share or launch in new markets and or defend against new competitors.
The key strengths are in developing and managing B2B sales for direct and in-direct channels delivering success through strong sales leadership with a very active approach to leading by example, coaching, and a clear focus on the critical KPI’s.
We look at your business plan and goals, then translate them to your specific business to develop your strategic sales vision and plan to deliver the changes we agree that will work for your company.
Nicola Bird • Director • K W Bell Group • http://www.bellhomes.com/
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.
Craig Baker • Deputy Managing Director • Kohler Mira Ltd • http://www.kohlermira.co.uk/
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.
Andy Hawker • Head of Logistics • Laithwaites • https://www.laithwaites.co.uk/
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.
Sarah Grout • Regional Fundraising Development Executive • Leonard Cheshire • https://www.leonardcheshire.org/
Leonard Cheshire is a leading UK disability charity supporting individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability. The charity provides 130 supported living and residential services throughout the UK and runs wide-ranging programmes focussing on areas including youth skills development, education, employment and digital inclusion in the UK and Africa/Asia.
Sarah is an experienced fundraising professional for Leonard Cheshire’s Midlands/South West region. Sarah draws on a 20-year career in regional tourism destination management and marketing, followed by teaching and retail business ownership to bring a balanced perspective of how business, charity and community can collaborate to form a sustainable, inclusive and diverse economy.
Martin Hughes • Chief Executive • Lilian Faithful Care • http://www.lilianfaithful.co.uk/
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.
Tracy Clarke • Human Resources Director • Lucozade Ribena Suntory • https://www.lrsuntory.com
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 • https://www.manorbythelake.co.uk
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.
Nathan McLoughlin • Managing Director • McLoughlin Planning Ltd • https://www.mplanning.co.uk/
Nathan established McLoughlin Planning in 2009 focusing on a simple objective: to get results for clients by providing high quality planning consultancy.
Based in Cheltenham, but working nationwide and drawing on over 25 years of experience, Nathan has been pivotal in winning planning permission for a wide range of developments, from strategic promotions and commercial premises to private developments and rural projects.
This has been achieved through forensically examining planning policy and how they can be applied to support a client’s project.
His reputation for integrity, ability to think innovatively and the respect he has gained has developed a growing business, thriving on personal recommendations from clients and industry colleagues.
Jenny McLoughlin • Finance Director • McLoughlin Planning Ltd • https://www.mplanning.co.uk/
McLoughlin Planning is an independent, results focused consultancy and has an expansive experience of many areas of planning consultancy.
Providing the best advice to anyone who asks us is at the heart of what we do. Our approach is always guided by our three principles of Integrity, Innovation and Intelligence.
Jenny trained as an accountant with KPMG and went on to establish McLoughlin Planning with Nathan, her husband. She takes the lead on all aspects of running the business, leaving Nathan to focus on the planning consultancy. Leading not only the work on accounts and HR but also business development, marketing and strategy, Jenny is driving an exciting period of growth for McLoughlin Planning.
Mike Kilcooley • Managing Director • Meantime Media • http://meantimemedia.com
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 • https://www.menzieslaw.co.uk
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 • https://www.metrasens.com
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 • https://www.midlandcomms.co.uk
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 • Managing Director • Montpellier Domestic Appliances Ltd • https://www.montpellier-appliances.com/
Adrian Gillman started working for his family’s business in 1976 as a refrigeration engineer. In 1992, having identified a gap in the market for a good distribution service, he created Domestic Appliance Distributors (D.A.D).
D.A.D is now the largest business within the Gillman Electrical Group, which employs over 180 people and has a turnover in excess of £75 million. It ranks as number 36 in the Top 100 businesses in Gloucestershire and continues to go from strength to strength.
The Group added the successful Montpellier domestic appliances brand into the fold in 2012, which is recognised in the industry for it’s style, reliability and ease of use.
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.”
Simon Quinn Firp • Director of Executive Search • Moon Executive Search • https://www.moonexecsearch.com/
Simon is Director of Executive Search at Moon Executive Search and brings over 20 years of experience in the Executive recruitment industry. He was made a Director of the business in 2019 in recognition of his high-level experience, knowledge of the market and utmost commitment to integrity and ethical values.
He manages high level retained search campaigns for C-Suite, Non-Exec and senior appointments, including PE and VC backed entities. He operates across multiple sectors regionally, nationally and internationally. Simon brings a developed network of CEO and Chair contacts within FTSE Plc’s and as well as representing Moon on panel interviews, he is Chair of Babbasa which supports disadvantaged young people in Bristol and the current President of the Old Colstonian Society.
Vanessa Moon • Co-Founder • Moon Executive Search • https://www.moonexecsearch.com/
Vanessa co-founded Moon Consulting in 2000, perceiving a need for a return to the personal touch in senior level recruitment and is a firm advocate of the company's core values of being distinctive, ethical and approachable.
Vanessa works with a broad portfolio of clients both in the UK and internationally, ranging from listed PLC’s, private equity groups, SME’s to equity-backed businesses.
Her experience of over 25 years of senior management and recruiting at board level has given her a deep understanding of the talent of the South West and beyond. She is Master of the Guild of Guardians for 2019/2020 and was President of The Dolphin Society 2017/2018.
George Tatham-Losh • Director • Move Property & Lettings • https://www.move.uk.net
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 • https://www.nationalstar.org
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 • https://personal.natwest.com
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.
Kelly Anderson • Director • Nspire People Ltd • https://www.nspirepeople.co.uk/
Nspire People provides a full service People and Culture consultancy to businesses. Established this year by Kelly Anderson, a respected and highly qualified HR professional who is commercially focused, pragmatic, authentic and keen on promoting contemporary people solutions.
With extensive board experience, Kelly has a well-stocked toolkit of knowledge and experience to support organisations gain competitive advantage through their people.
Nspire People supports businesses who either don’t have inhouse HR teams, need extra support or have specific projects to deliver, with a focus upon Reward, Engagement and Cultural Change.
Debbie Mann • Director • Parrallel Lines • https://www.pl-linemarking.co.uk
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.
Alice Fox • Commercial Director • PBS Printed Banners & Signs Ltd • https://www.printedbannersandsigns.co.uk
Alice Fox is Commercial Director at PBS Ltd, a team of print and signage specialists based in Malvern. Known for their superfast turnaround but without compromising on quality, with a passion for creating bespoke, innovative signage solutions. PBS supply print & signage to both SMEs and national brands such as Morgan
Motor Cars, National Trust, DuPont and Reach Events. Their factories are fully equipped with the latest print and cut technology and an experienced in-house design team to help put your ideas into production. In her spare time Alice enjoys dressmaking, with an ambition of making one item of clothing each month.
Ian Rummels • CEO • PES • https://www.wearepes.co.uk
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.
Terry Edgell • CEO • Premier Forest Group • https://www.premierforest.co.uk
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 • https://www.premierekitchens.co.uk
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 • https://www.prestburymarketing.co.uk
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.
Colin Bates • Partner • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP • https://www.pwc.co.uk
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.
Kevin Pope • Group Managing Director • Protrack Solutions • https://www.protrack-group.com
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.
Nigel Davies • Technical Director • PSU Technology Group • https://www.psu.co.uk
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.
Tim Watkins • Managing Partner • Randall & Payne • https://www.randall-payne.co.uk
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.
Richard East • Chairman • RE Group • https://www.reresourcegroup.co.uk/
Following a career in management, Richard set up RE Resource Group in 2001, specialising in recruitment into the hospitality sector. A natural entrepreneur, Richard has since successfully launched a number of recruitment brands before bringing them together under the RE umbrella.
As Group Chairman, Richard uses his extensive experience as a recruiter to provide strategic oversight to the business - constantly looking for new opportunities to broaden the appeal of the Group
and sourcing new talent to help drive the business forward, and promoting a culture of excellence and professionalism.
In his spare time Richard enjoys being out with his dogs and following his horses. He’s a keen gardener and has a passion for the beautiful island of Ibiza where he likes to spend time relaxing.
James Gibbs • Group Managing Director • RE Group • https://www.reresourcegroup.co.uk/
James joined RE in 2005 and quickly established his reputation as an innovator and problem solver. Widely known for his expert market knowledge across a wide range of sectors, we can confidently say he works harder than anyone else to solve long term recruitment challenges for our clients.
As Group Managing Director, James is responsible for ensuring recruitment best practice and optimising operational excellence across the RE Group,
providing oversight and strategic direction for both our sales teams and network of branch offices and onsite operations.
Away from the business James can be found spending quality time with his family, training for his next marathon or following his passion for horse racing. And not necessarily in that order.
Will Lee • Chief Executive • Renishaw • https://www.renishaw.com
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 • https://www.ricoh.co.uk
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 • https://www.robert-hitchins.co.uk
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.
Katie Armstrong • Company Director • Safehands Recruitment • https://www.safehandsrecruitment.co.uk/
With over 12 years in the healthcare and recruitment industry, Katie has established Safehands Recruitment with people at the heart of its success. Her focus is on ensuring that Safehands delivers the best service to its clients
Safehands Recruitment, supply experienced, trained and skilled staff to support adults and children with complex needs and disabilities in a range of different settings and organisations which include;
Nursing Homes, Residential Homes, Day Centres, Specialist Schools and Colleges, Private Care Providers, Supported Living Settings, Hospitals and Charities. Katie is passionate about the company’s culture which is one of excellence and enthusiasm.
In her spare time, Katie can often be found out on her farm exercising her horses or walking the dogs.
Mark Giles • Founder and Managing Director • Salubrium • https://www.salubrium.co.uk
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.
Anton de Leeuw • Managing Director • Salus Group Limited • https://www.AntondeLeeuw.com
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Julia Everard BSc (hons) • Director • Sarcen Care Services • https://www.saracencare.co.uk
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 • https://www.ssl-uk.net
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.
Simon Kershaw • Managing Director • SK Heating and Cooling Ltd • https://www.skheatingandcooling.co.uk
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.
SK pride themselves on being at the forefront of the latest developments in heating and cooling and are very environmentally aware with vast knowledge on future proofing your company.
Simon is always happy to sit down and share his in-depth knowledge to help your company work more cost efficiently and eco effectively.Simon is passionate about the future of his industry and works above and beyond to create a partnership between SK Heating and Cooling and your company, never just the quick sale but to create a solution for your individual needs to ensure your company stays operational and SK become part of your business.
Simon is also a dedicated member of the Gloucester Quays Rotary Club who work diligently to raise funds for a number well-deserved local and international charities.
Jim Devine • Group HR Director • Spirax-Sarco Engineering • https://www.spiraxsarcoengineering.com
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 • https://www.spitfireconsultancy.com
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 • https://www.ssangyonggb.co.ik
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.
Paul Motz • Regional Manager • Stanbrook Abbey • https://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/stanbrookabbey
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 • https://www.sterlingandlaw.com
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 • https://www.brandstilo.co.uk
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 • https://www.sutcliffeinsurance.co.uk
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.
Nick Rowntree • Director • System 15 • https://www.system15.co.uk
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 • https://www.targetgroup.co.uk
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 • https://www.tastetech.com
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 • https://www.tewkesburyprinting.com
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 • Business Development Manager • The 79 Group • https://www.79group.co.uk
Claire Forrest, is the Business Development Manager at The 79group, a leading expert lighting design and manufacturer and Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health contractor working across the retail, commercial and public sectors.
In 2006, no organisation could genuinely claim to offer an end-to-end lighting manufacture AND MEP installation service. 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.
Working directly for end clients, consultants, general contractors and shopfitters, our teams know how to create successful partnerships meaning clients trust us to deliver for them time and time again.
Tom Rolfe • Director • The Channel Partnership • https://www.the-channel-partnership.co.uk
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 • https://www.cheltenhamtrust.org.uk
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 • https://theclarence.social
Terry’s background was banking and business consultancy before he set up Sterling & Law in 1997. Sterling & Law Group PLC. www.sterlingandlaw.com . 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 • https://www.thedevelopmentmanager.com
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: tdm.co.uk
Steven Wilmer • General Manager • The Ivy Collection • https://theivycheltenhambrasserie.com
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 • https://www.mountpleasanthotel.co.uk
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.
Michael Donaldson • Director • The Value Innovator • https://www.thevalueinnovator.co.uk
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.
Ian Appel • Group Chairman • Therarestor • https://www.thermarestor.co.uk
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.
Clare Seed • Chairman/Founder Director • Tidal Training Direct Ltd • https://www.tidaltrainingdirect.co.uk
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.
Colin Frensham • Founder Director • Tidal Training Direct Ltd • https://www.tidaltrainingdirect.co.uk
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.”
Polly Pick • Director of Business Engagement and Partnership • University Of Gloucestershire • https://www.glos.ac.uk
Polly leads on the university’s business-facing services and the development of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships. She is passionate about higher education and its ability to transform lives, believing that vocational education should be useful, applied and focused on developing excellent practitioners. Academically Polly’s discipline is Leadership and Management and Marketing.
The University of Gloucestershire is now delivering apprenticeships in finance, leadership and management, health and social care, cyber security, education and engineering. Programmes available include the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship and the Senior Leader Master’s Degree Apprenticeship (SLMDA), which both result in Chartered Manager Status upon completion.
Anne Marie McTavish • Director of Business School • University Of Worcester • https://www.worcester.ac.uk
Anne-Marie McTavish joined the University of Worcester as Head of the Business School in 2018-19. She is a leading expert in Location Independent Working and Technology Enhanced Flexible Working, and has recently led funded projects worth in excess of £600,000 on business implementation of LIW and its management. Alongside this she has worked with major commercial and public sector organisations helping prepare for and maximise
LIW introduction, while advising on a national and European government level on flexible working practice both during a 20-year global consultancy career and in her academic roles. Her senior experience in HE include Birmingham City Business School, Coventry University and Nottingham Trent University. Her current work includes a multi-sector longitudinal study of the impact of location independent employment on individuals, organisation and society.
Richard Bonelle • Utility Helpline • Utility Helpline • https://www.utilityhelpline.co.uk
At Utility Helpline, we secure low-cost energy deals on behalf of businesses, reducing the cost of business energy bills. With more than 13 years’ experience working to reduce energy costs, we pride ourselves on offering a friendly, trustworthy, strategic service.
We’re proud to be energy geeks, staying on top of the constant fluctuations in the market and ensuring we choose the right tariff at the right price for you. With a shelf full of impressive industry awards, we’re one energy company you can really trust.
Neil Douglas • Managing Director • Viper Innovations Ltd • https://www.viperinnovations.com
Founded by Neil Douglas and Max Nodder in 2007, Viper Innovations is a Portishead based company that designs and supplies electrical cable integrity monitoring equipment and analytics software for the subsea and rail industries. A high level of investment in R&D has
resulted in an average annual growth rate of 25%. Export sales account for over 50% of revenues. Neil is a direct descendant of Sir Isaac Newton’s grandfather and so science and engineering runs in the family.
Wayland Coles • Managing Director • Web Atomic • https://www.webatomic.co.uk
As one of the early adopters of landing pages back in 2004, I fully understand the importance of website/conversion rate optimisation and the use of landing pages. My 10 years+ experience in this field has contributed to many business successes. At Web Atomic, we have delivered website optimisation work for clients where a single optimisation has delivered hundreds
of thousands of pounds of additional profit. This is a core aspect of the service from Web Atomic, all of our clients benefit from this experience. From launching the Sainsbury’s online grocery delivery PPC campaigns to contributing to the 15X growth of a Web Atomic client (60% of business through PPC campaigns) my focus is on understanding the business first and then finding the customers.
Mitch Bracey • Director • White Light Hosting • https://www.whitelighthosting.co.uk
Pioneering the idea of the portfolio career, Managing Director of White Light Hosting Mitch Bracey is compiling all of his skill-set for success. Many will know Mitch from Brace Creative Agency who have gone from strength to strength in digital marketing for over ten years in Gloucestershire, but he has another arm to his enterprise. White Light Hosting is your go-to hub for hosting - it’s what makes your website visible on the internet. Without hosting you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. They provide
fast and reliable plans that is tailored to you. White Light Hosting also provide endless arrays of domain names to give your business a home online. This is one of your best opportunities to get your brand out there with a website domain name to remember. It’s the driver to help direct your customers to your website and of course your business. And, when you’re in need of a marketing plan for your business once you’ve got the essentials covered, then Mitch can assist with that too along with the expert help of team Brace.
Bridget Redmond • Managing Partner • Willans • https:// www.willans.co.uk
Bridget Redmond became Managing Partner of leading Gloucestershire law firm Willans LLP in 2013, seven years after becoming partner in the firm’s residential property department. She has overseen the Lexcel-accredited firm, which is widely regarded for its high-calibre lawyers and focus on client care, through a period of substantial growth.
Willans ranks consistently in national legal guides Chambers and The Legal 500, with many of its individual lawyers named as leaders in their field. The firm is widely regarded for its provision of high-quality, sound and straightforward legal advice to businesses and individuals – locally, nationally and overseas.
Dr Peter Atkinson • Dean of Worcester • Worcester Cathedral • https://www.worcestercathedral.co.uk
Dean of Worcester since 2007, previously a parish priest in South London, Bath and Sussex, a Theological College principal, a Cathedral canon and author is of two books, Friendship and the Body of Christ (SPCK 2004) and The Lion Encyclopaedia of the Bible (LionHudson 2008). Responsibilities and duties for the whole
Cathedral Chapter are to govern and direct the life and work of the Cathedral as the seat of the Bishop and as a centre of worship and mission for the whole Diocese, maintain the fabric of the Cathedral building, employ the Cathedral staff and to raise funds needed both for the fabric and the work of the Cathedral.
Michael Thomas • General Manager • Worcester Racecourse • https://www.worcester-racecourse.co.uk
Michael recently joined Worcester Racecourse from Lingfield Park Racecourse in Surrey. Delighted to take on the role after Jenny Cheshire retired last year. This tree-lined track and unique position nestling on the banks of the River Severn, Worcester Racecourse offers a great day out for all the family. Hosting 20 National Hunt jump racing
fixtures each year, from May - October, including the famous Ladies Day welcoming over 10,500 guests, first Saturday of June, our feature race day of the year. More than just a racecourse, the venue is suitable for events of all kinds across the multi-purpose facility, and ideally located in the heart of Worcester City Centre with free parking for 500+ cars.
Peter Kelly • Managing Director • Worcester Warriors • https://www.warriors.co.uk
Peter Kelly joined Warriors in October 2018 as Operations Director and was promoted to Managing Director of the Gallagher Premiership club 12 months later. Kelly has more than 35 years’ experience in operational and commercial roles at director level in small, medium and large organisations across the UK including Whitbread and Arcadia. During his time with Warriors Kelly has overseen major improvements
at Sixways Stadium. This includes the installation of three new big screens with two digital ribbons, industry-leading floodlights, new public address system, high-speed stadium-wide wi-fi and a new fanzone all of which have improved the matchday experience for spectators. A major refurbishment of all hospitality areas around the stadium has also been completed to further enhance the facilities to help increase non-rugby revenue.
David Hoskins • Commercial Director • Worcestershire County Cricket Club • https:// www.wccc.co.uk
After 11 years as Commercial Manager at Luton Town FC I am delighted to be working with Worcestershire County Cricket Club, as cricket is my first love. I played a key role in helping Luton climb back up the footballing ladder from non-league into their current role, EFL Championship this season
and am looking forward to working with WCCC to achieve the same growth and success. WCCC is a great club, with tradition, established ex-players support and inspiring young players, blending history and opportunity. I am looking forward to building new relationships and developing the retail side, all very exciting!
Niamh McAlonan • Co-Head • WSP Solicitors • http://wspsolicitors.com/
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.
Peter Mardon • Commercial Director • WSP Solicitors • https://wspsolicitors.com/
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.
Karmen Waldron • Director • WSP Solicitors • https://wspsolicitors.com/
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.
Judi Bonham • Managing Director • WSP Solicitors • https://wspsolicitors.com/
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.
Joseph Mullis • Director • WSP Solicitors • https://wspsolicitors.com/
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.
Ashley Wallace-Cook • Director • WSP Solicitors • https://wspsolicitors.com/
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.
Demelza Pallant • Director • WSP Solicitors • https://wspsolicitors.com/
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.
Beth Evans • Director • WSP Solicitors • https://wspsolicitors.com/
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.
Catherine Green • Director • WSP Solicitors • https://wspsolicitors.com/
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.
Dave Morris • Director • Zentano • https://www.zentanogroup.com
Dave’s grandfather, Ronald Collette, was the person who inspired him most. He instilled a passion in Dave to be curious and have a thirst for learning. Ronald was a great mentor and role model. His legacy is why Dave focuses on helping people become more self-aware, to overcome obstacles, acquire knowledge and
skills, achieve goals and to be happy, confident and fulfilled. Hence Zentano was born to serve as many people as they can through coaching, mentoring, consultancy, training and facilitation. Everyday Dave asks himself “What can I do for others to help them be the best they can be?”