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Dave Giles • Managing Director • Abbey Business Interiors •


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.

Neil Brimble • Director • Abbey Business Interiors Ltd •

Neil Brimble was introduced to the business equipment and furnishings industry at the tender age of eighteen and has been involved in it to this day, originally being involved in the formation of Abbey Business Equipment in 1989. Neil was one of the three directors who bought out the Business Interiors Division from Abbey Business Equipment in April 2019 which has allowed the team to focus solely on the office and leisure interiors market. Neil has been involved in many major projects over the years for clients such as St James's Place in Cirencester, BPE Solicitors, Kohler Mira, Attivo Group and Portman Dental Group's to name a few.

Neil is supported by an amazing in-house team who have the experience to provide an end-to end service to all Abbey Business Interiors clients, whether large or small.

These services include CAD Planning, Project Management, Fit-out and Refurbishment, Furniture supply and installation and Moves Management, all aimed at supporting Abbey's mission of ‘Creating people Inspired Spaces’. The hands on involvement with clients by the directors ensure exceptional levels of client service for which the business has gained an enviable reputation in all sectors in which it operates.

In his personal life Neil is a keen skier, golfer and cyclist and has been involved in a wide range of charitable fund raising over the years. His next challenge is to walk Hadrian’s Wall this summer in aid of local charity LINC

Steven Badrock • Managing Director • abc Services •


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.

Natalie Bell • Growth and Partnership Director • AccXel •

Natalie is the Growth and Partnership Director at AccXel. She has used her legal skills as a qualified Barrister in her construction career to date, having built a new development region in less than two years for Kier Living, with a GDV of £250m. She has expertise in land acquisition, joint ventures, affordable housing and construction.
Natalie is a passionate advocate for women in construction, especially at board and Senior Management level, and was Chair of Women in Property South Wales in 2019. Having worked in both house building and construction at National and Regional companies, Nicola and Natalie have first-hand knowledge of the skills and resourcing challenges facing the construction industry, and how these challenges can be addressed through a sustained and cohesive approach between industry and education.

Paul Szymanski • Senior UK & European Business Development • Afex Global Payment and Risk Management Solutions •

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 •

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 •

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 •

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.

Katie Oliver • Director, UK & European Trade Mark Attorney • Albright IP •

Katie Oliver is a Director and Trade Mark Attorney at Albright IP. Katie qualified as a Trade Mark Attorney in 2002 and joined Albright IP in 2009. Today she heads up Albright IP’s specialist Trade Mark team which has been repeatedly ranked by the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) in their annual top-filer rankings.

Commercially focused, Katie has extensive experience in all aspects of Trade Mark law, including Trade Mark selection and searching, Trade Mark portfolio management, filing and prosecution of Trade Mark applications around the world, initiating and defending Trade Mark opposition, invalidation and revocation proceedings, and Trade Mark defence and enforcement.

Katie is well known in the IP world and has been named in the latest edition of the World IP Review Leaders as well as the World Trade Mark Review. Katie puts this success down to their attorney led approach which delivers a commercially focused service, helping businesses of all sizes to protect their brands and IP all over the world.

Established in 2007, Albright IP operates with a six-strong trademark team. It employs 30 people across the company and has seen significant growth over the past few years, currently working with more than 2,000 companies across the world, including Europe, the US and China.

Mark Williams • Director of Sales • AMAG Technology •


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.

Kami Dukes • Director of Business Development • AMAG Technology •

Kami Dukes is the Director of Business Development for AMAG Technology. She authentically leads her team to work with security leaders while specifying Symmetry solutions, and spearheads AMAG’s annual Security Engineering Symposium where Fortune 500 customers learn about technology and trends.

Kami exceptionally balances the demands of her career with the challenge of homeschooling her daughter. She’s modelling critical life skills: communications, time management, diligent work completion, and leadership...a silver lining of the pandemic.

Ian Beswick • Managing Director • AP Air Europe •

AP Air Europe is Europe’s leading distributor of air conditioning parts, tools and consumables, for agricultural and construction vehicles. Ian started the business in 2010. Prior to that he had an extensive career spent mainly in the agricultural sector. Ian runs the business with his son Mike who heads up Sales and his son-in-law Gary Watling who is in charge of Operations and Marketing.

Today AP Air Europe distribute products to 52 countries in Europe and beyond. The business offers a range of over 40,000 products covering all the leading vehicle manufacturers and employs nearly 30 people. In 2020 the business set up their first overseas distribution facility in Barr, in North Eastern France.

Jim Stevenson • Associate Director • Aston Lark •

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 •


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 •

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.

Lee Hibbert • Director of Digital Assurance • Bamboo technology Group •

Lee has 35 years’ experience in Risk Management, serving in both the UK Military, Law enforcement and Government. Working previously as an Operational Commander in the Technical Collections Division at the NCS and Serious and Organised Crime Agency, Lee has a Post Grad Diploma in Business Continuity, Cyber Security and Emergency Management and an MSc in Organisational Resilience. He is a qualified teacher and visiting lecturer in the UK and abroad.
Working as the Digital and Cyber lead at Bamboo Technology Group, the team are creating digital assurance solutions to defeat cybercriminals, while meeting compliance and delivering long-term cyber resilience.

The teamwork to deliver digital assurance services to businesses, with an in-house Cyber Threat Intelligence unit (CTI) and Incident Response Team (CIRT), all delivering high levels of service from the Security Operations Centre (SOC) situated in offices near Cyber Central, the UK’s focal point of activity in cybersecurity, adjacent to GCHQ. Bamboo is certified to ISO 9001 and 27001 BSI standards. They are a NCSC approved Cyber Essentials (CE), CE Plus and IASME Gold certification body.

Kevin Harris • Managing Director • Bamboo Technology Group •

Kevin, Managing Director of Bamboo has had an impressive career. Having started in the aerospace industry, Kevin went on to work at a senior level in construction and civil engineering for many years. He is able to draw on his knowledge from across multiple sectors, which has provided wide experience on how different industries operate.

This has led to Kevin being invited to join several advisory boards and Chairman for various committees. He really is the man with the plan and always gets the job done.

Matthew Sewell • Tax Partner • BDO LLP •

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.

Helen Ridler • Director • Belford House HR Limited •

Independent HR consultant specialising in Workplace Investigations.
Clients come to me when they have complex or higher risk situations to investigate. Some have no one internally who can carry out an investigation objectively as they have been involved in the case in some way before. Some lack capacity or specific investigation expertise.
A workplace investigation may involve sensitive issues and allegations against senior staff. An external investigator may then be the preferred option. Those involved may find it easier to talk openly to an independent person who is not part of the organisation they work for.

Linda Smith • CEO • Betaden •


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 •

For over 20 years Paul has pioneered businesses that are looking to do things better. Whether that’s efficiency, safety, cost, service, environmental impact or all of these. Paul is hugely motivated by not just settling for the ‘old way’ of doing things. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in relation to Clean Tech and Green tech, having been lucky enough to build at least half a dozen business from Start-up / early stage to multi-million pound businesses, and with a particular interest in surface cleaning, chemistry, process improvement and sustainability. This background served as a solid platform for bringing the German Bio-Circle brand to the UK in 2017, ‘Bio-Circle Surface Technology Ltd’.

Bio-Circle operate in over 15 countries with their own subsidiary organisations and have a presence in more than 65 countries world-wide. The Bio-Circle mission very much aligns with Paul’s - to transform archaic processes into efficient, streamlined processes that are cost and carbon conscious and help organisations fulfil their potential - Bio-Circle call this MAKING GREEN WORK. Paul pours this ethos into a number of areas - through his Board Advisory and NED work, his mentorship with start ups at various Universities and Entrepreneurial Spark, and as Board Member and Trustee at Coventry University, The Cheltenham Trust and Ribston Hall.

Mike Rowe • Managing Director • Blackmore Ricotech •


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 •

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 •


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.

Andrea Borwell-Fox • Commercial Director • borwell •

As commercial director of borwell, Andrea is continually looking to improve the ways in how we portray our services to businesses who are looking to improve their capabilities and efficiencies through bespoke software solutions and also promoting the importance of cyber security to keep businesses safe.

Andrea is passionate about mentoring and growing the team making sure that each team member has the most potential to learn and grow through innovative and creative ideas.

Nick Rowe • Partner • BPE •

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 •

John Workman is a partner in the Corporate team at BPE Solicitors. He advises on corporate transactions and is the firm’s Senior Partner having lead a management buyout of the firm in 2005. John has over 35 years’ experience and is well-known for his specialist corporate knowledge.
In his role as Senior Partner, John is part of the senior management team at BPE, playing a key role in the firm’s strategy as well as being at the forefront of client facing activities and managing key client relationships. In addition to his legal practice, John is an Honorary Consul to Estonia and a director of the Everyman Theatre.

BPE is a full service law firm based in Cheltenham. 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.

Louise Grzasko • Partner • BPE Solicitors •

Louise is a Partner at BPE Solicitors as well as being Team Leader of the Corporate team at the firm. She joined the firm in 2016 and has almost 20 years’ experience advising clients on corporate and corporate finance matters such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and IPOs.

Louise has played a pivotal role in growing and developing the firm’s AIM and public company offering in the county, advising many of the firm’s AIM-quoted company clients.

Having spent a large part of her career working in London, Louise offers city quality, technically excellent advice, taking into consideration the complete needs of her clients.

Antonia Shield • Managing Partner • BPE Solicitors •

Antonia is Managing Partner at BPE Solicitors. She has over 20 years’ experience advising companies on a range of legal property matters. Antonia joined BPE in 2002 and was previously Head of Commercial Property. Since taking over as Managing Partner in 2019, she has focused on shaping and developing the operational aspects of the firm whilst retaining her role as key point of liaison for several significant property clients. Working alongside the wider senior management team, Antonia plays a pivotal leadership role in the firm’s strategy whilst maintaining her legal role supporting organisations with significant and often complex property assets.

She is a trustee of The Summerfield Charitable Trust and currently sits on the Cheltenham Economic Recovery Taskforce.
BPE is a full service law firm based in Cheltenham. 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.

Jo Bewley • Partner • BPE Solicitors •

Jo is Head of Property Services and the Commercial Property Team Leader at BPE Solicitors. As an excellent client-facing lawyer with over 20 years’ experience Jo advises the team’s and some of the firm’s most significant clients and has been instrumental in growing the healthcare work undertaken by the Property team and by the wider firm. She specialises in GP surgery developments and was instructed to advise on the creation of two Super Surgery in the county in 2020, and to act in respect of a funder of a third.
In addition to the healthcare specialism, Jo works on all elements of property transactions from acquisition to disposal as well as securing finance funding by working with private clients and banks. She also leads the largest team at BPE and, as Training Principle, is responsible for the recruitment, training and wellbeing of the firm’s trainee solicitors.

BPE is a full service law firm based in Cheltenham. 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.

Helen Cankett • Partner • BPE Solicitors •

Helen is a Partner and Head of Family law at BPE Solicitors. She is a Family Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer with almost 19 years’ worth of experience and specialises in all aspects of divorce/separation and the related financial aspects.
Helen is an active Family Mediator with regular referrals from local solicitors. She is accredited by the Family Mediation Council in All-Issues Mediation.
She also collaborates with our Corporate and Private Wealth Partners to provide high net worth individuals and business owners with a ‘Corporate Wills’ package that takes into consideration the protection of their business and personal assets now and in the future.
Helen is a Resolution Accredited Specialist, a member of the Law Society’s Advanced Family Law Panel and Pod Liaison Officer for the Gloucestershire Collaborative Pod.

BPE is a full service law firm based in Cheltenham. 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.

Sarah Kenshall • Partner • BPE Solicitors •

Sarah is a Partner in BPE’s Technology Team where she advises clients on commercialising evolving technologies. Sarah joined BPE in October 2020 and plays a pivotal role in building the firm’s Technology Sector offering. Sarah’s passion for technologies is has grown over the past 20 years where she has gained significant experience in the financial service and telecoms sector. Sarah brings a depth of operational experience to her advice having worked both in-house and in private practice and advises clients on structuring new business models and as well as providing practical risk analysis and guidance, most recently in the realms of cloud, data and analytics and payment service technologies.

BPE is a full service law firm based in Cheltenham. 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.

Dale Williams • Partner • BPE Solicitors •

Dale Williams is a Corporate Partner at BPE Solicitors. With a corporate law background he deals with project finance, private equity investment, mergers and acquisitions, group restructuring and joint ventures. He has considerable experience in renewable energy projects including solar, wind, ground source and anaerobic digestion and sits on the energy committee of the local LEP. Dale is particularly well connected in the South West marketplace and is known for his commercial and pragmatic approach.

BPE is a full service law firm located in Cheltenham. We provide legal services to companies from exciting early stage ventures and regional SMEs to national and international organisations. Additionally we provide advice to high net worth individuals in respect to their personal affairs in relation to wealth, property and family matters.

Jo Bewley • Partner • BPE Solicitors •

Jo Bewley is a Partner and Head of the Commercial Property team at BPE Solicitors. She is a key liaison and account manager for some of BPE’s most significant property clients. Jo has over 20 years’ experience and is well-known in the sector for balancing her technical and legal knowledge with the commercial needs of her clients. She has a developed a particular specialism in advising surgeries and super surgery development and also care home organisations.
As well as leading the Commercial Property team, Jo heads up the BPE Property Services division, managing the links among wider property services offered by BPE.

Jo Bewley is a Partner at BPE Solicitors and is Head of the Commercial Property team. She is a key liaison and account manager for some of BPE’s most significant property clients including Mears Limited and Pure Gym. Jo has over 20 years’ experience and is well-known in the sector for balancing her technical and legal knowledge with the commercial needs of her clients. She has a developed a particular specialism in advising surgeries and super surgery development and also counts care home organisations amongst her clients.
As well as leading the Commercial Property team, Jo heads up the BPE Property Services division, managing the links among wider property services offered by BPE from Residential Property to Construction.

BPE is a full service law firm based in Cheltenham. 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.

Christine Jackson • Partner • BPE Solicitors •

Christine joined BPE in 2021 and is a Partner whose practice grew out of City firm Hogan Lovells where she qualified and worked in the IP, IT and Communications team during the ‘Dotcom’ bubble. After enjoying long term secondments to a couple of major brands in the communications and retail sectors, Christine continued to flourish as a private practice solicitor over the next 20 years.
At BPE, Christine has taken the lead for the Technology Division, through which she is responsible for driving collaboration between the multiple specialisms offered by the BPE Technology team and supporting further growth in this area.

Christine is lauded for putting clients' interests at the centre of her service and for giving a considered commercial steer. She enjoys working with clients to help their organisations manage and prioritise risk in their commercial operations, often acting as an extension of their inhouse legal team, or as ‘the’ client’s legal team, on an external basis. She is adept at building relationships and values the opportunity of getting to know client teams and organisations in order that she may apply her technical expertise to advise her client on the most appropriate next step.
BPE is a full service law firm based in Cheltenham. 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.

After enjoying long term secondments to a couple of major brands in the communications and retail (sports apparel) sectors (latterly setting up and growing the internet side of the brand), Christine continued to flourish as a private practice solicitor over the next 20 years throughout a wide range of sectors including life sciences, education, manufacturing, engineering, automotive, gaming, logistics and sport.
Technology has been a central theme throughout Christine’s practice. At BPE, Christine has taken the lead for the Technology Division, through which she is responsible for driving collaboration between the multiple specialisms offered by the BPE Technology team and supporting further growth in this area.

Nick Bracey • Sales Director • Brace Creative Agency •

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

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

Paul Nurden • Head of Office • Brewin Dolphin •

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

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

Helen Farley-Higgs • FCSI Divisional Director • Brewin Dolphin •

I am a Chartered Wealth Manager with Brewin Dolphin and have worked in the investment industry for nearly 30 years. Working with Brewin allows me to have the support and security of a large company whilst giving me the flexibility to offer a very personal service. Building strong relationships and understanding clients’ needs and long-term hopes enables me to help them build a strong

financial plan which is very satisfying and rewarding. Staying with the client as that plan works out over the years and helping to amend it to meet challenges continues to drive my passion for the role.

Steven Creed • Managing Director • Brickhampton Golf Complex •

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

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

Marcus Gomery • Group Managing Director • Brunsdon •

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 •

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."

Brian Morman • Chairman • Brunsdon Financial •

Brian has been in financial services most of his working life, becoming CEO in the year 2000. He is a Senior Financial Adviser with a large portfolio of prestigious individual and corporate clients and is also head of Brunsdon’s marketing and client communications team. As a strategist, his direction has helped drive the company forward.

Brian has a ‘can do’ attitude and rarely takes ‘no’ for an answer. He is a committed family man, loves playing golf, walking his dogs and riding his motorcycle! He is the author of the self-help book, The Little Guide to Your Bigger Future™

Neil Saunders • General Manager • Bürkert UK Limited, part of the Bürkert Group of companies •

Neil is responsible for the management of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

A qualified engineer with a Degree in Mechanical Engineering & Business Studies, Neil joined the Business in February 1998 fresh out of University, developing his career at Burkert over the years.

Bürkert manufactures and sells mechanical and electronic process control equipment in component and customised system solution formats to a very diverse and wide range of industries. Headquarters are based in Germany and UK Ireland sales office in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. A family owned business, the company has offices in 36 countries worldwide and over 3,000 employees.

Neil is passionate about building teams and loves having the opportunity to collaborate with inspiring and talented people every day.

This creates the platform that paves the way towards fulfilling the company’s vision and outlines ways for every employee and every process to contribute to our overall goal.
Neil is a keen sportsman in his spare time, as his town’s local cricket team captain and former football captain, he likes to keep fit and socialize when he can.

Jason French • Director • Business Doctor •


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.

Ramona Ray • Director of Community Based Services • Caring for Communities and People (CCP) •

Ramona Ray started her career journey in Hotel Management, within a 5-star Hotel located in Muenster, Germany. Ramona relocated to the UK in 2000 where she joined Caring for Communities and People (CCP).
Working from a Full-Time Volunteer, Ramona held several management positions before being promoted to her current role, Director of Community Services, overseeing a diverse and extensive portfolio of Community Based Support contracts.

Ramona is passionate about Early Help Family Support and is a trained Positive Parenting Practitioner, Family Mediator, Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming and qualified in ILM Management Level 5.

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

"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://


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.

Eve Jardine-Young DL • Principal • Cheltenham Ladies College •

Eve lived in Malawi, Central Africa, and was educated there at Saint Andrews International High School until 1989, when she accepted a scholarship to the Cheltenham Ladies' College for Sixth Form. After she left school, she studied Engineering Science at Pembroke College, Cambridge. Having worked in industry for a little while, Eve then entered the teaching profession, beginning at Radley College in Oxford, later moving to Epsom College in Surrey where she taught Economics.

In 2005, she moved to Blundell's School in Devon, where she was Director of Studies for six years. She became Principal of Cheltenham Ladies' College in 2010.

She was appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire in 2017.

Helen Astill • Managing Director • Cherington HR •


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

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

Graeme Thurman • Commercial Director • Citizen Communications. •

Graeme oversees all the commercial activities within the business and maximising all opportunities for the successful development and future of Citizen.

Citizen is a full service creative marketing agency based in Kidderminster. With over 30 years of product launches, marketing campaigns, building brands and advertising businesses using every media under the sun we have picked up a thing or two along the way. If you have a new business, service, or product to launch and you’re not sure how to position it, the right messaging or your go-to-market strategy, we can help.

We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver eye-catching and meaningful design and creative work for you and your customers on time, on budget and on brief. You can have the flashiest website but if you don’t have a clear marketing strategy it means nothing.

Our digital team have been honing their skills and know-how since the digital revolution changed our industry forever. Whether it’s web design, app builds, user experience, email, CRM, intranets, web portals and systems or full web development – we have the know-how to deliver for you.

Neil Madle • South West Lead • City Fibre •

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 •

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 •

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.

Dave Townsend • Managing Director • Creative Mettle •

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

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

Martin Holmes • Director of People • Creed Foodservice •

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

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

Chris Mould • Corporate Audit & Advisory Partner • Crowe •

Chris specialises in large corporates and manufacturing businesses. He has presented and written articles about global business opportunities as well as the challenges facing the manufacturing sector. Other Partners in Cheltenham specialise in family businesses, property and construction, professional practices, non profits and private wealth.
Crowe UK is a national audit, tax and advisory firm with multi-disciplinary specialist teams providing all-round service to clients of all sizes. The firm is the UK member of Crowe Global, the 8th largest accounting network in the world.

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 •

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.

Gemma Brindley • Director • Crowe UK •

Gemma is a Director at Crowe in Cheltenham. She oversees the corporate tax work of the office including advising on capital allowances and R&D tax relief claims. Having taken the lead on the property and construction specialism locally for a number of years, Gemma is also Crowe’s local Women’s Empowerment Champion encouraging equality and an inclusive approach in the workplace. Gemma is currently broadening her expertise by acquiring international tax qualifications”.

David Woodfine • Director • Cyber Security Associates •

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

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

David Evans • Director of External Relations • Dean Close Foundation •

Working at Dean Close for just under 20 years, my latest role as DoER from September 2018, has a particular focus on developing partnerships locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. As one of the first co-educational independent schools from 1968, and with pupils from nearly 30 countries, we believe strongly in a global, inclusive, diverse community, where each person is valued and can thrive. With 5 nurseries and a commercial arm, as well as 4 schools, Dean Close is well set to flourish. I also work closely with our Alumni, Development and Careers Departments and look to develop links with the local business community. Last year saw the establishment of the Cheltenham Education Partnership, and I currently chair its Operations Group (programme planning).

This sees 6 state secondaries of the town working with the 4 independent schools, the University of Gloucestershire, and many organisations to create opportunities for both pupils (many of whom are disadvantaged) and teachers. Dean Close has many other partnerships, including a recent link last year with No 7 High School in Chengdu, China, and a much more established link over 15 years with Nyakatukura Memorial Secondary School in Ibanda, Uganda. Pupils not only receive excellent teaching here but also get great opportunities, and I try to provide as many of those as I can.

Emma Taylor • Warden • Dean Close School •

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

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

Neil Rogers • CEO • Digital NRG •

Neil Rogers, originally from South London, met his wife and now business partner, Kathryn at University in Bristol in 2001 and has loved everything the South West has to offer ever since. Neil has worked with 1000’s of locally based companies as well as National UK organisations and global brands across all elements of digital marketing. Neil is highly passionate about all things digital and this knowledge and passion has clearly been passed down to the amazing team at DNRG. With no investment over the years, the DNRG business remains as independent and agile as ever.

with its senior leadership team adapting the proposition for its clients as fast as the algorithms are updated and new platforms are launched.

Neil loves working with businesses and new team members to offer digital training and support. Understanding what is possible within digital, embracing automation and AI is key. If any business leader can understand what is possible within digital Neil believes it becomes easier to then map it to the business objectives and the data sets available. Ask Neil about the new Agency academy, which goes live in 2022! A great opportunity for all marketers.

Ben Jordan • Chief Growth Officer • Digital NRG •

Ben Jordan is the Chief Growth Officer at DNRG and heads up the business development team as well as overseeing all operational activity within the business. Based out of the DNRG HQ in Bristol, Ben is instrumental in driving the agency's growth forward and also works with our strategic partners. DNRG works with Google and Facebook but we also believe in working within business communities at a local level. Ben can be seen at many a network event building new relationships from our sponsorship network group at Swansea City Football Club to the exciting new partnership with C2S.

With 20 years of experience at Mercedes Benz, where Ben controlled revenue, sales, finance, and customer service, Ben's new challenge within the world of digital has been a ride. Heading a new sales team and building relationships whilst in 18 months of lockdown has proved challenging but the agency growth has continued under Ben's leadership as DNRG has supported hundreds of clients to develop their online strategies at accelerated rates. Ben is now highly regarded and recognised within the digital sector and is committed and driven to deliver over and above whilst never overlooking the client's needs and business objectives. An inspirational leader and a highly effective business operator, Ben’s greatest skills in connecting business leaders with the right digital talents inside the agency and seeing it through is second to none.

When Ben is not working you can see him tinkling on the ivories!!! He enjoys playing the piano and spending time with his family.

John Tarrant • Managing Director • DNA •

John has an impressive 30-year track record in the marketing and advertising space, having been COO and CEO of TMP Worldwide, and Barkers before founding DNA in 2010. DNA help their clients create stronger brands and better businesses by finding, keeping and engaging the staff or customers they need to be successful.

John has supported leading brands, including Superdry, Electrolux, MAN Truck & Bus and Aldermore Bank to achieve their people and business objectives.

Paul Nicholls • Business Development Director • DRPG •

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.

Dagmar Mackett • Global Development Director • DRPG •

Dagmar Mackett – Global Development Director
Dagmar is DRPG’s global development director, addressing clients’ requirements for more internationally focused communications solutions. She has been with the business since 2009 when she joined as board director for film and video, building an award-winning film and animation team that provides creatively compelling solutions for a variety of clients in different industry sectors. Her focus now lies in developing the company’s profile abroad and supporting the global expansion of the group.

Dale Parmenter • CEO • DRPG •

Dale left school with just one goal in mind, to run his own business. He has now been in the events and communication industry for over 40 years. DRPG a creative communication agency in the UK, employs over 350 specialists across 5 locations in Worc, London, Windsor, USA, and Germany. Dale is passionate about talent and putting people first.

DRPG appeared in the Sunday Times best 100 companies to work for list this year, coming 16th and was awarded the Investors in People Platinum status. In 2015 presented with the events industry personality of the year and in 2016 honoured with a fellowship award for services to Communication, presented in the House of Lords.

Lee Summers • Managing Director • Elmrep Office Solutions Ltd •

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 •


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 . •

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.

Nick Carter • Regional Sales & Print Specialist • Finnick Group •

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 •

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.

Orhan Ertughrul • Managing Dircetor • G-SMATT •

Orhan has worked in high-tech and entrepreneurial enterprises for over 20 years. He runs two businesses in Gloucestershire. G-SMATT Europe delivers an innovative South Korean transparent media glass used for media facades in a range of markets ( G-SMATT has an innovative media glass solution that imbeds LEDs in laminated glass using laser etched circuitry on the surface of the glass. Inflectix finds cutting edge start-up synthetic biology and biotechnology companies in Europe and the US and partners them with South Korean investment capital ( He is passionate about the application of technology to solve health and environmental problems.

This means that the media glass retains almost complete transparency whilst having the ability to play rich media. The company has recently completed projects at Merchant Square in London and for British Telecom at their Ad Astral park research centre. G-SMATT Europe is working extensively with partners in the Middle East and Europe. Inflectix is about two years old and has in its portfolio investments as diverse as an oral probiotic solution to bad breath and tooth decay, and a company that creates hydrogen from food waste. Inflectix selects companies for investment that we believe will have a positive impact on human health or the environment.

Mike Goode • Managing Director • GB Solutions •

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

Lance Bradley • CEO • Gloucester Rugby •

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

Karen Taylor • Managing Director • Gloucestershire Airport •

Karen Taylor is Managing Director of Gloucestershire Airport, one of the busiest general aviation airports in the UK. Formally appointed Managing Director in January 2021. Karen firmly established her credentials as a capable leader in her earlier role as Commercial Finance Director. In this capacity she was instrumental in securing funding to deliver a major capital improvement programme which will, ultimately, provide the foundation on which Gloucestershire Airport now fulfil its long-term vision for growth, and ambition to establish itself as a ‘gateway to growth’ for the wider region.

Recently described by Aviation Business News magazine as “busy and brilliant” Karen is now steering the airport through this period of significant change, with a programme of work now underway to refurb two of the runways, install new radar comms, and successfully deliver the new CGX Connect Business Park development.

Andy Bates • Chief Financial Officer and Vice Principal at Gloucestershire College • Gloucestershire College •

Since joining Gloucestershire College as Chief Financial Officer and Vice Principal in 2014, Andy Bates has driven a number of high profile projects. These include introducing a business partner model to improve financial visibility throughout the organisation and Gloucestershire College’s Institute of Technology bid consequently securing £3 million of funding for outstanding new cyber and engineering facilities.

Andy is responsible for leading the financial strategy, employer training and all commercial activities across Gloucestershire College’s three campuses in Cheltenham, Gloucester and The Forest of Dean.

Gloucestershire College is a modern, career-focused college that educates ambitious students and provides employers with specialised training services and support, including professional courses, apprenticeships, traineeships and the government’s new Kickstart Scheme. As the largest provider of apprenticeship training in the county, GC is nationally recognised for its award-winning apprenticeship programmes and is a proud supporter of the local business community.

Matthew Burgess • Principal and Chief Executive • Gloucestershire College •

Matthew Burgess was appointed as Principal and Chief Executive of Gloucestershire College in 2013 having joined in 1998 as Vice Principal for Finance. Supported by the Board of Governors, Matthew proudly leads all aspects of Gloucestershire College including its strategic direction, educational character, student outcomes and financial position.

An advocate for how FE supports local businesses, passionate about helping young people to achieve their potential and an ambassador for apprenticeships, Matthew ensures GC provides choices, pathways and support for all to help the local community thrive.

Committed to equipping students and businesses with the skills required for today and tomorrow, Gloucestershire College forms an invaluable part in meeting the future challenges and demands for skills both locally and nationally. Proudly part of the West of England Institute of Technology, Gloucestershire College is at the cutting edge for digital and technical innovation and education.

Julie Tegg • Director of Apprenticeships and Employer Training • Gloucestershire College •

Julie Tegg is the Director of Apprenticeships and Employer Training at Gloucestershire College. Awarded ‘Gloucestershire’s Apprenticeship Training Provider of the Year 2020’, Julie steers GC’s professional training provision with her senior leadership experience and exceptional knowledge of apprenticeships to provide an outstanding service for employers and apprentices alike.

Having joined GC in 2012 and is passionate about apprenticeships and their positive impact on both the individual and businesses as a whole. Julie and the team at GC are on a mission to change the stereotypes of apprentices and encourage everyone to utilise the scheme to develop professionally throughout their career.

The college is one of the leading providers of apprenticeships in the region and recognised nationally for the quality and impact of its apprenticeship programmes. Committed to providing employers with the right training for their business, Julie leads Gloucestershire College’s vast and experienced team of Business Consultants, Training Coordinators, Assessors, Trainers and Tutors, ensuring quality is always the top priority.

With apprenticeships in Engineering, construction, carpentry, accountancy, HR, marketing, IT, cyber, administration, hairdressing, hospitality and more, Gloucestershire College is the largest provider in the county. Providing training for both new recruits and existing staff members, GC can help all professionals to upskill and bring essential new skills into businesses.

Taking each and every apprentice’s experience personally, employers can expect top-class service and support every step of the way.

Juliet Davenport OBE • CEO & Founder • Good Energy •

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 •

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.

Russell Marchant • Vice Chancellor & Principal • Hartpury University And Hartpury College •

Russell Marchant graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in agriculture and has spent over 40 years in land-based education, during which time he gained an MBA.

He is the current Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Hartpury University and Hartpury College in Gloucestershire. The campus covers more than 360 hectares, is the world’s largest equine education facility and regularly wins national titles in rugby, football, netball, rowing and golf.

Since Russell took over the reins in September 2012, Hartpury has successfully received Taught Degree Awarding Powers and in September 2018 received University title.

The University achieved TEF Gold status and continues to recruit record numbers year on year.

Hartpury College has 2,000 students studying A-levels, BTEC Diplomas and short courses. In 2017, Hartpury again ranked as the top specialist land-based college in England for its vocational BTEC courses, with the average grade being a Distinction and students making more progress from their starting points than at any similar college. In 2018 Ofsted rated Hartpury Outstanding over all measures.

Hartpury University has more than 2,500 students completing foundation degrees, honours degrees and postgraduate qualifications in equine, sport, animal and agriculture studies.

Russell has overseen investment in a state-of-the-art College Learning Centre, a new University Land-based Centre and Veterinary Nursing Centre, a new farm agri-tech facility and animal science labs, development of a 24-hour University Learning Centre and an £8m sports academy development.
He has a keen interest in rugby and has led Hartpury RFC as they have risen to the Championship and become the highest placed university side in the UK. He also loves the countryside, photography and playing the bagpipes!

Scott Lawrence • Partner • Hazlewoods •

Scott is head of the Hazlewoods Corporate Services team. He has over 26 years’ experience advising corporate clients, family businesses and entrepreneurs from various industries including manufacturing and engineering, wholesale and distribution and motorsport. The majority of Scott’s clients have an international dimension: importing or exporting goods and services, and many have overseas trading operations. Scott is also head of the Charities and Education team, which provides expert advice to charity and academy clients. He has a Diploma in Charity Accounting and also serves on the National HLB Education team.

Whether your charity is new or long established, or if you manage a school making the transition to academy status, his extensive experience enables him to understand your unique issues from your perspective.

In response to the rapidly changing environment we now live and work in, businesses require support and advice more than ever before. Scott and his team continually produce articles, webinars and insightful top tips to support businesses and entrepreneurs that provide them with ideas to adapt and grow.

Ruth Dooley • Partner • Hazlewoods •

I’d rather be a gorilla” said my friends when I told them I wanted to become an accountant. Before I came to Gloucestershire I was working for Mars and that gave them lots of free chocolate – hence their rude comments!

Thirty years on it has turned out to be a fantastic career choice for me. Accountancy can take you in all sorts of directions, whether in practice or within a business. My personal route has been through audit to tax, which I have always found to be challenging and fulfilling. Clients seem to appreciate good tax advice; especially when it leads to tax savings! In the last ten years I have also become a business valuer and an expert witness, primarily for divorce cases and tax professional negligence claims.

It has been a great career as a woman; I have never felt there was a glass ceiling in accountancy. At Hazlewoods, our professional staff are split equally between men and women and we are definitely a meritocracy.

I have also had the opportunity to be able to contribute to the wider Gloucestershire business community. I am a member of the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire, a Visiting Fellow at the University of Gloucestershire and a board member of GFirst LEP, which keeps me pretty busy in addition to the day job!

A gorilla’s life might have its attractions but I would recommend accountancy as a far better career choice.

Rebecca Copping • Director • Hazlewoods •

Having joined Hazlewoods in 2018, I have worked on a large number of private company, family business and corporate audits, and various inbound subsidiaries, and love the challenge and variety that working here provides. I have a particular interest in companies in the food and drink industry and take the lead on working in this industry at Hazlewoods.

Outside of work you can find me cycling, running, and spending time with my young family.

Alison Townsend • Director of Marketing • Hazlewoods •

With over 25 years marketing experience across both B2B and B2C, Alison has led growth and brand awareness campaigns in regional, national and international markets.

Alison cut her marketing teeth working for complex global organisations in London - Deloitte & Touche and SITA Airline services. She was promoted through the ranks, using her strong management and communication skills to co-ordinate work across numerous teams and countries. Now as Director of Marketing for Hazlewoods - accountancy and business advisers to regional and national clients – Alison is channelling her marketing skills to continue to grow the firm’s brand presence and its business development capacity.

Moving to Gloucestershire with her family, Alison then headed up marketing teams for local organisations including Nelson Thornes publishers, Cheltenham College and Gloucestershire College. She has a well-known presence in the local business community, and is a strong advocate of the Golden Valley development and all the opportunities it will bring to our region.

Alison’s main passion is enabling teams to excel and cultivating strong and respected stakeholder relationships to strategically grow both business and brand.

Richard Arthur • Director • Hooray Recruitment •

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

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

Ian Moriarty • Operations Director • Hooray Recruitment •

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

looking after everything from Finance to Marketing to making sure the team are kept in tea and coffee in the office!

Tina Seymour • Chief Executive • Hope For Tomorrow •

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 •

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 •

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.

Jonathan Rathbone • Head of the Corporate and Commercial Team • Hughes Paddison Solicitors •

Jon Rathbone is head of the Corporate and Commercial team at Hughes Paddison. Jon joined in 2017 with over 15 years’ previous experience working in private practice for national firms as well as acting as Group Legal Counsel for Mulberry Group PLC. Jon also designed the Pourty Easy-To-Pour Potty, one of the bestselling potties in the UK, establishing a successful business selling children’s products to the likes of John Lewis and Amazon.

Jon draws from his experience setting up his own business and working in house for Mulberry to take a pragmatic approach and help clients to address their risks and optimise their opportunities.

Benjamin Murphy • Managing Director • Iguana Group •

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

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

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

Investec Wealth & Investment offer a complete Financial Planning and bespoke Investment Management Service in Cheltenham for anyone with over £250,000 of investable assets. We have a dedicated team of 28 based at Festival House on Jessop Avenue comprising a growing Financial Planning team and 10 investment managers who between them look after in excess of £1bn of investment assets for our 1,700+ 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 •

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 •

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.

Nicola Bird • Director • K W Bell Group •

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

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

Craig Baker • Deputy Managing Director • Kohler Mira Ltd •

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

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

Sarah Sadler • Finance Director • Kohler Mira Ltd •

I started my career as Mira’s first Finance Apprentice, qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant in 2007, and was appointed Finance Director in 2015.
Working in a global organisation such as Kohler Co., I have had the amazing opportunity to hold many finance positions across several business units. I’m keen to learn and push myself and drive my development, so last year I enrolled on an MBA course.
Balancing my career, study and being a mum to two gorgeous boys certainly keeps me busy, and I love it!

Working in a global organisation such as Kohler Co., I have had the amazing opportunity to hold many finance positions across several business units. I’m keen to learn and push myself and drive my development, so last year I enrolled on an MBA course.
Balancing my career, study and being a mum to two gorgeous boys certainly keeps me busy, and I love it!

Pete Hoddinott • Managing Director • L3 Harris •

Pete Hoddinott is the Managing Director of L3Harris Technologies’ Intelligence and Cyber EMEA business area. With over 30 years of leadership experience within the defence and security sector, Pete inspires his team, ensures they always feel valued, and is a big advocate for the power of collaboration, communication, and teamwork. Dedicated to driving the business’ substantial plans for growth, he shares its people’s commitment and passion for making the world a safer place. Outside of work, Pete is married with two children and two step-children, enjoys playing golf, skis as much as possible, and has an interest in vintage cars.

Andy Hawker • Head of Logistics • Laithwaites •

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

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

Bob Holt • Chairman/NED/Investor • Leadership Today Ltd •

Not many Leaders can say they have taken a business from £9m to over £1Bn but Bob is one of these exceptional individuals who have innovated within their field of expertise and deserves the description of being an inspiring leader. With a flawless history of leadership success, Bob is one of the UK’s most acclaimed businessmen. He is most famously known for his pivotal role in the rise of Mears Group PLC and now Bob holds numerous executive and non-executive positions.

Since taking control of Mears in 1996, Bob led the business onto the stock market, building an order book value of £3billion and steered the company to its market leading position. Bob is currently holding executive and non-executive roles in several companies where he continues to be instrumental in guiding businesses to make beneficial changes that will not only improve the business itself but will aid communities and have a positive impact on the lives and welfare of others.

Sarah Grout • Regional Fundraising Development Executive • Leonard Cheshire •

Sarah is an experienced fundraising professional for Leonard Cheshire’s Midlands/South West region. She draws on a diverse 20-year career including regional tourism, marketing and retail ownership to bring a balanced perspective of how business, charity and community can collaborate to form a sustainable, inclusive and diverse economy.

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.

Martin Hughes • Chief Executive • Lilian Faithful Care •

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

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

Suzanne Booker • Director of Care & Deputy CEO • Lilian Faithfull Care •

Lilian Faithfull Care is a charity caring for 300 residents across our care homes and day centres in Gloucestershire. An elderly care and dementia professional working at the charity for nearly 25 years!

Suzanne is very passionate about her job and she loves seeing every day our remarkable residents and incredible compassionate care team. No two days are the same, with vision and drive we continue to provide the very best in elderly care in the county.

Tracy Clarke • Human Resources Director • Lucozade Ribena Suntory •

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

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

Rory McAllister • Creative Director • M-Studios Ltd •

Rory studied film and video production at university, worked as a radio presenter for 20 years in national commercial radio and for the BBC. He has a wealth of experience as a broadcaster, BBC rugby sports commentator for Worcester Warriors and on-screen and on-stage corporate presenter for companies such as Honda and O2. Hosting audience warm-ups for Strictly Come Dancing, The One Show’s Children In Need outside broadcasts and has converted everything he knows about radio, television, podcasting, commentating and presenting into his company M-Studios, making videos. They provide engaging video content, animation, drone footage and e-Learning concepts - plus separate presentation training and podcast training.

Rory can turn you into a better presenter with minutes. Rory enjoys an engaging and open conversation and is keen for you to be able to present and represent yourself or your company in the most effective way possible. Rory can also come up with an idea for a video by listening to what it is that makes you successful - and then converting those ideas into an engaging and rewarding message for your clients. Rory can provide services in your working corporate life and in your personal life for parties and filming for family events or occasions.

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

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

Nathan McLoughlin • Managing Director • McLoughlin Planning Ltd •

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.
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.

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 •

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.

Luke Menzies • Director • Menzies Law •

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

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

Adrian Gillman • Managing Director • Montpellier Domestic Appliances Ltd •

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 •

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 •

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 •

Since founding the business in 2009, our founder, George Tatham-Losh has become well-known locally as THE go-to specialist for property investors and professional landlords. He regularly speaks at industry events and is generous with his expertise and unique advice on how to maximise yields - in any market. Born and raised in
Cheltenham, George knows the area intimately, as does his team of results-focused letting and management specialists. Together they help landlords build and manage smart investment portfolios delivering exciting returns for their large and loyal client base. Why not join them?

David Ellis • Chief Executive • National Star •

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

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

Michael West • Director • NatWest •

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

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

Neil Hyde • Managing Director • Nimble Elearning •

I’m the founder and Managing Director of Nimble Elearning. Nimble offers a beautifully simple platform for customers to create their own online learning and deliver it to their teams – whether that’s SMEs looking to train their staff or entrepreneurs wanting to monetise their subject matter knowledge.

We care to go the extra mile, supporting our customers to become confident and self-sufficient in digital learning. Nimble now has more than 500,000 active learners and is used by over 5000 companies of all shapes and sizes, from local SMEs to the likes of LEGOLAND and Gatwick Airport.

Why did I start Nimble? Because I could. I was confident that I had spotted a clear gap in the market and believed (at the time) I had the knowledge to build and market a new platform.

My degree was in computing and multimedia, which lead to a career spanning online learning, media production and digital project management. Prior to Nimble, I had the good fortune of working for some pioneering companies in online learning and digital marketing.

I have loved the process of growing Nimble from the ground up. Of course, there’s been a few bumps in the road and lessons learned. Now we have a lovely, expert and dedicated team of 30 and a smashing management team to keep us on track. I’m also lucky to have a great business partner, Alex Hathway, to share the trials and tribulations of our Nimble adventure. We set out to grow a company that we could be proud of. We are proud of our progress, but there’s so much more ground to break!

Alex Hathway • Commercial Director • Nimble Elearning •

As co-owner and Commercial Director of Nimble Elearning, I focus on the general leadership and management of the company alongside our founder, Neil Hyde. Together, we are building an innovative company that helps other companies excel at their provision of training through elearning. We encourage our customers to easily build their own online courses or use our range of ready-made and editable courses, covering all the essential topics that companies need to be compliant with. We’ve been carving a niche within the elearning industry for nearly 10 years, but ultimately, our goal is to create a company that we’re proud of. This means offering excellent products with great service and adhering to our set values that ensure we’re trustworthy partners for our team and our customers.

I love my work at Nimble. My particular focus is running sales and marketing, customer management, finance and HR. With over 20 years of marketing experience, I’ve previously enjoyed leading commercially successful Pan-European initiatives across multiple products. I was the Marketing Director for Betfair, the pioneering online gaming company which became one of the world’s largest international betting providers. When leading teams, I try to provide an open, honest, and approachable style that engenders trust and collaboration between departments. My experience includes working at some of the UK’s leading advertising agencies and corporates, such as Sky. Having been based across Bristol, London, Australia, India and Malta… I now proudly live and work in Stonehouse, Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Steven Mason • Director, CTO and CEO • Nova Blue Technologies •

Steve is a richly experienced and highly accomplished executive business leader and cyber expert. Over Steve’s 20-year career, he has become an expert in all aspects of cyber; from the more mainstream cyber security through to the more specialised cyber warfare and offensive cyber. A truly visionary executive leader, Steve has deep expertise in all aspects of business leadership and management, as well as business change, human resource management, executive team development, business development and growth, and business strategy and direction.

Kelly Anderson • Director • Nspire People Ltd •

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.

Mark Porch • Director • Omega Resource Group •

My career in recruitment started when I joined an independent start-up business as a Recruitment Consultant, where I headed a further 4 branch locations in the Midlands. I then headed up the South Region’s branch network for Prime Time Recruitment. Joining Staffline in 2013, I took responsibility for a business acquisition in the South West and subsequently took on full responsibility for the entire Staffline UK branch network. Following the acquisition of Omega Resource Group in 2018 I stepped across to head the business at the end of 2019 to help integrate and develop the business’s next phase of growth during 2020 and beyond.

My 22 year career in recruitment started when I joined an independent start-up business as a Recruitment Consultant. Over the 9 years I spent with this business I grew and headed a further 4 branch locations in the Midlands covering industrial, commercial, driving and perms. With growing demands for skilled labour, we also opened offices in Tallin (Estonia) and Katowice (Poland) specially to bring skilled workers into the UK to work with some of the UKs leading household names. My next 5years was spent heading up the South Region’s branch network for Prime Time Recruitment (now Cordant Group) operating across Wales, London and the South West. Joining Staffline in 2013, I initially took responsibility for a recent business acquisition in the South West and grew this to encompass locations in Wales and Luton and subsequently took on full responsibility for the entire Staffline UK branch network.

Following the acquisition of Omega Resource Group in 2018 I stepped across to head the business at the end of 2019 to help integrate and develop the business’s next phase of growth during 2020 and beyond.

The recruitment industry has given me a great opportunity to work with the broadest range of people across a breadth of private and public organisations. The skills, experiences and vast talent that I have had the great fortune to work with have given me a huge insight into the operations and dynamics of business whilst enabling me to experience and navigate buoyant and recessive markets.

HAYLEY PARKER • Director • Ops Box Ltd •

As founder of OPS-BOX Group, Hayley is passionate about supporting businesses to achieve their potential. She has over 20 years’ experience working in the UK and internationally both as an employee for Lloyds Banking Group, and as a consultant providing interim management to SMEs.
As well as being successful working directly with businesses as a relationship manager, corporate financial adviser and area director, Hayley has also held senior operational roles where she led and motivated teams, delivering compliance and regulation along with large-scale and complex projects. She has a very clear and precise understanding of the challenges that businesses and their owners face.

Hayley is a highly motivated and engaging professional with the ability to turn any problem into an opportunity. With her extensive knowledge, wide-ranging experience and inspired approach she has, over the years, developed a reputation that’s built on reliability, respect and trust.
Whether providing general advice and guidance or working side by side with business owners and their management teams on specific projects, Hayley brings a wealth of valuable expertise to every business challenge.

Richard Neale • Director • Ops Box Ltd •

Richard has a natural ability to support business aspirations having worked with a wide range of clients of all sizes and across many sectors. He has over 35 years’ experience in the financial sector working for Lloyds Banking Group and has worked exclusively in the commercial sector since 1995.
As well as fulfilling roles as a relationship director and a business development director, he has also managed commercial banking teams. Most recently he acted as a conduit and reference point for businesses of all sizes seeking commercial funding solutions from £25K to £10M across the wider market.

This level of expertise has earned Richard a reputation as a proficient, motivated and fully engaged professional who has the proven ability to communicate and influence at all levels, and is widely respected and trusted by his clients, colleagues and partners.
Richard is well known in the Gloucestershire business community, and brings his considerable experience to bear on commercial situations for clients seeking either general business advice or funding expertise.

Debbie Mann • Director • Parrallel Lines •

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

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

Alice Fox • Commercial Director • PBS Printed Banners & Signs Ltd •


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.

Terry Edgell • CEO • Premier Forest Group •

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

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

Vicky Williams • Company Secretary • Premier Forest Products Ltd •

I was 17 when I joined Premier Forest Products Ltd. The company was just going into its fifth year of business and I was starting out as an admin apprentice. That was 23 years ago and Premier has grown to a team of 400, with 16 sites in the UK and Ireland and a turnover of £170M. Meanwhile, I’ve gone from apprentice to company secretary. I think it’s fair to say we’ve grown up together!

As well as being an admin apprentice, I’ve been an admin assistant, admin manager and HR manager before I became Company Secretary in 2019. If you’d told me on that first day in 1998 that this is where I’d end up I’m not sure I’d have believed it.

Starting in such a junior role and working my way up means that I’ve gained a really thorough understanding about how the business works. I’ve seen it from all angles and I know what will work and what won’t.

The last year has been a year like no other I’ve ever experienced. Busy would be an understatement. From those very early days of fear and uncertainty we turned everything around.

We had no choice but to keep going through the pandemic, we had government contracts to fulfil (we supplied products to the government’s Nightingale Hospitals) and to do that we needed to make sure that our brilliant team was kept safe. I worked closely with the Health & Safety Manager to ensure that procedures were followed to the letter.

Of course, the first lockdown also coincided with some glorious weather so our retail sector was incredibly popular as people started to work on home and garden improvements.

There are no two days the same for me and I really love what I do. I’ve seen Premier go from strength to strength and I’m so proud of the part that I’ve played in that success. From the early days as one of the company’s most junior staff members, I’m now in the room when important decisions are being made and the directors really value my input which is a great feeling.

I love working with people and supporting others to succeed. If I had advice for others starting out in their careers it would be to set goals and just keep going until you reach them. Nothing is unattainable if you work hard enough.

Andy Barham • Managing Director • Premier Kitchens and Furniture •

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

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

Darren Stevens • Managing Director • Prestbury Marketing and Consulting •

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

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

Colin Bates • Partner • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP •

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

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

Richard Muller • Managing Director • Prima Dental Manufacturing Ltd •

Richard Muller started his career in the dental industry over 30 years ago, joining Prima Dental in 1998 as Sales and Marketing Director. Promoted to Managing Director in 2000 he has led the transformation of the Prima business from a £5m business to an international group delivering revenue of £36 million in 2022. The key to success has been a clear understanding of the world marketplace and its requirements backed by investment in the latest technology and the support of a committed team. Continuous growth and a passion for export sales has always been major driver of in his career.

Kevin Pope • Group Managing Director • Protrack Solutions •

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

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

Paul Dyer • Managing Director • QBD •

Paul Dyer is the Managing Director of QBD, a full-service digital marketing agency that helps growing businesses of all sizes to reach more, attract more and achieve more.
Paul is an experienced entrepreneur with a strong track record of starting and building successful online businesses. He’s a highly skilled digital marketing and SEO professional, with vast expertise in sales & marketing strategy, sales management and strategic partnerships.

He also specialises in helping other businesses identify how they can grow through having a great website and a digital presence that ranks well and generates new business.

Paul has enjoyed a long and successful sales career, holding senior roles at Sony UK and Samsung UK, where he was General Manager, responsible for large teams and budgets.

He first got involved with QBD, as a client, in 2001, and worked with its then owner to help shape its strategy around the ecommerce products it was developing. At the same time, he was also running several multi-million pound businesses created from start-up.

He bought QBD outright in 2010 and has since overseen its growth and transition from a traditional web developer to a full-service digital marketing agency.

Paul’s strengths lie in being authentic and having an inherent understanding of how to grow a business with proven success.

He lives in Evesham with his wife and has two grown up sons. Away from work, he enjoys relaxing with ‘boys’ toys’, photography, drones, flying model aircraft and helicopters. He’s also learning to play the piano.

Dan Bullock • Director • QBD •

Dan Bullock is a director of QBD, a full-service digital marketing agency that helps growing businesses of all sizes to reach more, attract more and achieve more.

An experienced creative and business development professional, Dan joined the firm as a junior programmer and has worked in a variety of roles across the business to develop his knowledge and understanding of the industry.

His strengths lie in being able to bridge the gap between the technical and creative worlds and look at how that can be applied to business to help clients solve their challenges.

Dan Bullock is a director of QBD, a full-service digital marketing agency that helps growing businesses of all sizes to reach more, attract more and achieve more.
An experienced creative and business development professional, Dan has worked for QBD since it started.

Dan joined the firm as a junior programmer and has worked in a variety of roles across the business to develop his knowledge and understanding of the industry, including marketing manager and business development manager, becoming more engaged and involved with our clients and the delivery of their projects.
His main roles are working alongside his business partner, Paul Dyer, to look after the operations side of the business to make sure things run smoothly. He also liaises with clients and oversees the delivery of their projects and ongoing services to help them achieve their objectives.
Dan came straight into the role from university, where he studied graphic design and then new media design. He’s always been interested in the research and development side of design and the bigger picture, in terms of how creative and technical teams fit together to bring ideas to life, which is what the QBD team tries to do with every project they work on.
His strengths lie in being able to bridge the gap between the technical and creative worlds and look at how that can be applied to business to help clients solve their challenges.
Dan lives in Derby with his wife and three children. Away from work, he enjoys spending time with the family, sport and exercise, getting outdoors and travel. He is also a keen photographer and videographer and likes mixing his passion for creativity with his lifestyle by capturing people, places and memories.

Kerry Waite • Head of Strategic Marketing • QBD •

Kerry Waite is Head of Strategic Marketing at full-service digital marketing agency QBD.

Her role is to help businesses achieve their growth objectives through a wide range of services, from marketing review & analysis to strategic planning & implementation, and reporting & analytics to campaign marketing.

Having worked across a broad range of industries and for a variety of businesses, from large global companies to smaller SMEs, she possesses a depth of knowledge and experience that she’s able to bring to QBD.

Katherine Baines BA (Hons), FCCA • Director • Quantum R&D Tax Ltd •

Kate began her career in accountancy in 2004, after a 10-year career in Retail Management. She trained at a practice in Malvern as an Auditor, and within just 7 years became a Director at a practice in Cheltenham. In 2013 she founded Beacon Accountancy and Tax, with the aim of supporting businesses in the Malvern area.

The practice was an immediate success and in 2018 Kate partnered with Mike Newnham to form Quantum R&D Tax. A company that educates small business owners about the benefits of the R&D Tax Credit scheme and whether they would be eligible or not.

In her role as an accountant, Kate could see how poorly many businesses were initially set up and to help them in 2015 she founded The Business Pod, an online resource for start-ups to get their businesses up and running on a sound footing. The Business Pod’s Start-Up-Hub deals with all the issues that face a new business, from choosing the right structure for the business through to goal setting, marketing, sales, and much more. Kate’s book ‘The Small Business Guide to Setting Up A Business’ is now available on Amazon.

Kate is passionate about giving back to the community. Part of the profits from all her businesses go to supporting projects in line with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development goals, via B1G1. She also supports various other charities such as the RSPCA, and Midlands Air Ambulance.

Michael Newnham • Director • Quantum R&D Tax Ltd •

Mike is a founder and director at Quantum R&D Tax ltd, a specialist R&D Tax Credit consultancy. At Quantum, Mike heads up the technical aspects of the claims process. The company has SME clients across all sectors, including engineering, IT, food, construction, and agriculture.

A Materials Engineer by background, Mike has worked in R&D and innovation throughout his career, having held senior positions at Rolls-Royce Aero-Engines, and ABB Power Generation, and was Engineering Director Bowman Power Group, where he led the design, development and introduction of the UK’s first micro-turbine based Combined Heat and Power system.

The company focuses 100% on R&D and is passionate about helping companies to innovate and thrive. Mike has a deep knowledge of the scheme, having been claiming since the scheme started in 2000.

Nikki Cairns • Client Director • Ranall & Payne •

Alongside Shaun, Nikki manages the Accounts team at Randall & Payne and has an impressive portfolio of clients, with specialities in agriculture, charities and pubs. Day-to-day, she’s always on the other end of the line when clients need advice and guidance, and is proud to work for a highly regarded local firm with a long standing history. In her free time, she enjoys her annual skiing trip – or two if she can fit it in!

Tim Watkins • Managing Partner • Randall & Payne •

Randall & Payne are a leading independent firm of chartered accountants offering a full range of accountancy & audit services, specialist tax advice and bespoke business problem solving to clients across Gloucestershire, throughout the UK and internationally. Tim started as an apprentice and is now responsible for the leadership of 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.

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.

Will Abbott • Partner • Randall & Payne •

Will is partner and head of Management and Business Advisory Services at Randall & Payne. Helping business people achieve success by bringing clarity and commitment to their plans, he works with many sectors to develop and implement strategy. With over 25 years’ experience in practice he is passionate about helping clients solve problems and ensuring they, their teams and their businesses are the best they can be. A dedicated MAMIL he can be seen cycling the highways and byways of Gloucestershire and further afield most weekends.

Shaun Pegler • Client Director • Randall & Payne •

Alongside Nikki, Shaun manages the Accounts team at Randall & Payne, has a substantial portfolio of clients and meets with new prospects to understand their business goals. Shaun works closely with clients to prepare financial statements, year-end planning and identify key tax-planning opportunities. Any free time is spent with his two boys, going on adventures and playing games – generally boys being boys.

Ryan Moore • Client Director • Randall & Payne •

Ryan is Head of Audit and Assurance at Randall & Payne and works closely with executives in organisations across a number of sectors, including Charity Boards and Academies. Having trained in audit at the Big 4, Ryan joined as the firms’ Responsible Individual and draws on his experiences to help clients create value and develop their business ambitions. He is also a member of the Disciplinary and Regulatory Committee for the ACCA. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys spending time with his growing young family and can often be found riding the waves on his surfboard!

Rob Case • Partner • Randall & Payne •

Rob oversees Randall & Payne’s Tax department and its specialisms, with his own being VAT. Rob helps clients to meet their obligations, will seek to minimise their tax burden and reduce the risk of any tax investigation, and works heavily within the construction, property, education and charity sectors. If you’re a keen runner like Rob, you might spot him pounding the streets or taking part in a parkrun event.

Oliver Newbold • Partner • Randall & Payne •

With an eye for a promising opportunity, Ollie leads Randall & Payne’s Corporate Finance team, securing futures for ambitious businesses and their owners. He handles company acquisitions and sales, financing, due diligence and valuations.

Ollie is also heads up the Payroll department, working to help provide payroll solutions that relieve the frustrations of an in-house system. Out of the office, he loves spending time with his two children – their artwork is often proudly on display at his desk.

James Geary • Client Director • Randall & Payne •

James Geary, Client Director
James is Randall & Payne’s lead in corporate tax and specialist in R&D tax credits. He also specialises in corporate restructuring, employee share incentives and investment tax reliefs. He ensures a high standard of corporation tax compliance is maintained for clients. He also volunteers for the Chartered Institute of Taxation on one of their technical committees with direct links to policy makers in the government, as well as chairing the local members’ branch. He can be found playing table tennis with colleagues in his lunch break and out of work he’s a keen stage performer and musical director for stage musicals.

Richard East • Chairman • RE Group •

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 •

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.

Rachel Harber • HR Director • RE HR Solutions •

Rachel is a CIPD fellow with over two decades of HR and recruitment expertise. Rachel heads up RE HR Solutions which provides flexible HR Solutions, bespoke services, and advice, designed to meet the immediate, interim, or long-term needs of organisation. Rachel has a passion for problem-solving and process improvement and uses this to understand organisational needs and develop a bespoke people-based service. That means keeping everyone feeling fulfilled, engaged and wanting to perform at their best.
Away from the office, Rachel can be found playing tennis, involved with equestrian pursuits or spending time with her young family.

People are the building blocks of your business. Achieving success isn’t just about recruiting the right individuals, it’s how everyone functions together as a team – and stays focused on doing the right things, in the right way. RE HR Solutions can help identify what you need and implement a bespoke service, flexes with your business requirements, and is in line with your organisational goals. We provide this with a team of HR professionals complemented by experienced and qualified specialist associates.

Will Lee • Chief Executive • Renishaw •

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

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

Jacqueline Conway • Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Renishaw plc • Renishaw PLC •

Jacqueline advises and gives guidance to the Board and senior management on legal and governance issues and leads the legal function. Prior to joining Renishaw in 2019, she spent 12 years with Vodafone in a variety of roles within the group legal and corporate secretariat team,

latterly as Group Risk and Compliance Director. Prior to that, Jacqueline had worked across private practice, in-house and government, both in Australia and in the UK, specialising in Intellectual Property law.

Charles Moloney • Marketing Director • Ricoh UK & Ireland •

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

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

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

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

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

Katie Armstrong • Company Director • Safehands Recruitment •

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 delivering the best service to its clients. 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.

Safehands, supply experienced and skilled staff to support adults and children with complex needs and disabilities in a range of settings: Nursing & Residential Homes, Day Centres, Specialist Schools and Colleges, Supported Living, Hospitals

Anton de Leeuw • Managing Director • Salus Group Limited •

I specialise in restructuring, turnarounds and transformational change.
Are you feeling out of control in your business, worried or frustrated? Everything I do, I believe in empowering business owners to be the best version of themselves; enabling businesses to achieve their purpose. I do this by coaching, mentoring, facilitating, and applying my discernible knowledge, eclectic expertise and broad experience.

I restructure businesses... assuring clarity.
I turnaround businesses… bringing stability.
I transform businesses… stimulating growth.
“I work side by side my clients; together we arrive at solutions that work hard for them.”

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

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

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

Arthur Agnew • Head of Electronic Security (ES • Securitas UK •

Arthur is Head of Electronic Security in the UK for leading global security services provider, Securitas. Arthur has over 30 years’ industry experience and is an expert on all things security and safety technology. In line with Securitas’ strategy to grow its ES business in the UK, Arthur led the 2019 acquisition of Gloucester-based

security company, Allcooper Group, since rebranded as the specialist Securitas Electronic Security division. Arthur is now at the helm of a dedicated local ES team bringing intelligent security solutions, a complete set of protective services, and international security knowledge to the business community.

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

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

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

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

SK Heating and Cooling Ltd was founded in 1993 by Managing Director, Simon Kershaw.

As a fully qualified refrigeration and air conditioning engineer, his extensive knowledge, experience and commitment to continually improve, has ensured the growth and development of the business which provides Commercial Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating services to companies throughout Gloucestershire, The Midlands and The South West.

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.

Maurizio Preziosa • MD Steam Specialties • Spirax Sarco Engineering •

Maurizio Preziosa, took over as Managing Director Steam Specialties from 1st January 2021 and became a member of the Group Executive Committee. Maurizio will be based at the Group Headquarters in Cheltenham, UK. Maurizio joined the Group in November 2011 as General Manager for Spirax-Sarco Italy, progressing

to the role of Regional General Manager for Southern Europe in 2014, before becoming Divisional Director for Gestra in May 2017 where he led the successful integration and growth of the Gestra acquisition.

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

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

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

Ian McDuff • Director • Spitfire Consultancy •

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

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

Matthew Burke • Headmaster • St Edwards Independent School •

Matthew is Headmaster of St Edward’s Senior School in Cheltenham, a post he has held since April 2020. Prior to working at St Edward’s, Matthew spent two years with the Inspired Learning Group, before which he was Head of St Martha’s in North London, having previously held leadership roles at a number of other Independent Schools. Matthew is passionate about education and the aim at St Edward’s to ensure that all students are provided with an outstanding educational experience, which will lead to happy and successful futures.

St Edward’s School comprises two independent day schools, both located in the heart of Cheltenham. We are a Catholic foundation welcoming students of all faiths and none, who benefit from our outstanding pastoral care and excellent teaching.
Situated on two sites, approximately five minutes from each other, and enjoying over forty-five acres of wonderful grounds, together the two Schools provide academic excellence and a nurturing community for boys and girls ages 1 – 18.

Faisal Mulia • Mortgage & Protection Advisers • Sterling Law •

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

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

Nick Rowntree • Director • System 15 •

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

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

Sarah Bryers • Managing Director • Target PR •

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

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

Janis Sinton • Managing Director • TasteTech •

Janis is the Managing Director of TasteTech Ltd, a niche manufacturing company based in South Bristol, specialising in the design and manufacture of controlled release food flavourings and functional ingredients.
She founded the company with her husband in 1992 when they built their first pilot plant in their garage at home. 27 years later TasteTech has 65 employees and annually ships product to food manufacturers in over 40 countries globally.

Janis took over the reins from her husband Roger, following his sudden death in 2007, Along with her son Rob, Janis is still instrumental in the continued growth and success of the company which will include designing and building a new factory over the next few years. Their plan is to remain an independent business and for Rob to take over from Janis when the time is right.

Peter Siddall • Managing Director • Tewkesbury Printing Company •

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

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

Tom Rolfe • Director • The Channel Partnership •

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

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

Laurie Bell • CEO • The Cheltenham Trust •

Laurie recently joined The Cheltenham Trust as its new CEO. The Cheltenham Trust manages Cheltenham’s most iconic and historic buildings including The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, the Town Hall, Pittville Pump Room,
Leisure at and the Prince of Wales Stadium. As a registered charity, the Trust contributes to the social, cultural and economic value of the town. The iconic venues offer unique and exclusive space for meetings, events, social banqueting, concerts, entertainment and conferences in the heart of Cheltenham. The trust now in its fifth year delivers a programme of arts, leisure, sport and cultural events and activities.

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

Terry Croft • Owner • The Clarence Social •

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

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

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

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

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

Michael Donaldson • Director • The Value Innovator •


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

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.

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

Tidal Training Direct Ltd is an Ofqual regulated training and education centre specialising in the delivery of high quality, precise and engaging First Aid training throughout 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 Ltd •

TTidal 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. We support businesses, charities, limited companies and public bodies across the United Kingdom. Offering over 100 courses, we train in areas including Epilepsy, Autism, Acquired Brain Injury, Dementia & Alzheimer's, Catheterisation, Syringe Driver, Venepuncture, Care of Medication, Wound Care Management, Self Harm Awareness, Rescue from Ligature.

We are continuously developing new courses to keep pace with market developments and to offer training in highly specialised fields. Guaranteed up to date, fit for purpose training courses, designed and delivered onsite in your own environment to enable and empower your organisations workforce to provide the highest standards of care and support. We are a member of the UK Register of Learning Providers and are an approved accredited Centre with Qualsafe Awards.

Polly Pick • Director of Business Engagement and Partnership • University Of Gloucestershire •

Dr Polly Pick is Director of Business Engagement and Partnerships at the University of Gloucestershire, where she oversees the development of apprenticeships, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and other business to business activities. Polly is passionate about developing work-based leaning programmes that are relevant, contemporary and inspiring.

Since Polly joined the University in 2016, its apprenticeship offer has gone from strength to strength. There are now 18 programmes available, ranging from social work to cyber security. This has resulted in the university’s apprentice population growing to more than 500 learners.

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 •


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.

Edward Davies • Managing Director • Viper Innovations •

Viper Innovations Ltd, was founded in 2007 by co-owners and Directors Max Nodder and Neil Douglas. Today Viper is a high-tech, innovative & disruptive SaaS model business serving the subsea oil & gas, rail and other industrial sectors with proprietary, award winning technology and products. As part of planning for that growth the founders decided to appoint a new managing director and Edward Davies joined the business as MD in June 2020. Edward brings 20 years of experience working with fast growing businesses as a consultant, non-executive and executive director.

A solicitor by background, he most recently acted as advisor to the founders of engineering company Adey from start up in 2003, before taking on the full time, executive position of Chief Operating Officer in 2015. He was pivotal in developing and overseeing a strategy that saw a transformation in the business to position it for further rapid growth, international expansion and to undertake strategic acquisition work. Viper is proudly filled with incredible people and bright minds, it is agile, pro-active and disruptive.

Max Nodder • Director & Founder • Viper Innovations •

Since starting the company in 2007 Viper Innovations have produced a series of award winning and disruptive products and services within the subsea oil and gas industry. Viper are now diversifying into the rail industry, employing over 60 staff and have managed to turn a profit in every year of operation. Starting out as an apprentice, graduating as an engineer and progressing through

to numerous senior management roles in both the UK and Norway, Max developed his business acumen and strategic thinking on the back of large corporate businesses and has learnt to take the good from corporate practice and leave well behind the bureaucracy in shaping the ongoing success.

Neil Douglas • Director & Founder • Viper Innovations Ltd •

Neil Douglas

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 •


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.

From launching 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 and then finding the customers.

Mitch Bracey • Director • White Light Hosting •


Pioneering the idea of the portfolio career, Managing Director of White Light Hosting Mitch Bracey is compiling all of his skill-set for success. 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.

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.

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.

Bridget Redmond • Managing Partner • Willans • https://


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.

Chris Wills • Partner, head of corporate & commercial • Willans LLP solicitors •

Partner and head of Willans’ Legal 500-rated corporate & commercial team, Chris Wills is a corporate and commercial law specialist with almost 15 years’ experience.
He works with clients ranging from start-ups and owner-managed businesses to multi-million-pound companies operating on a global scale.
Chris advises businesses on a range of transactions and issues, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity funding, joint ventures and shareholders’ agreements, partnership and LLP agreements, group restructures and commercial collaborations.

He has a particular interest and expertise in the renewable energy sector (particularly developers of, and investors in, wind, solar and anaerobic digestion projects).
Willans is a leading South West law firm, established in Cheltenham in the 1940s. A full-service firm, Willans offers comprehensive legal services for businesses, charities & not-for-profit organisations and private clients, delivering an expert, practical and personal service.
Many of the firm’s departments and lawyers are rated in independent legal guides, Chambers and The Legal 500, with its high-calibre lawyers acting for a wide range of local, national and overseas clients from Willans’ Cheltenham offices.

Willans is a leading South West law firm, established in Cheltenham in the 1940s. A full-service firm, Willans offers comprehensive legal services for businesses, charities & not-for-profit organisations and private clients, delivering an expert, practical and personal service.
Many of the firm’s departments and lawyers are rated in independent legal guides, Chambers and The Legal 500, with its high-calibre lawyers acting for a wide range of local, national and overseas clients from Willans’ Cheltenham offices.

Alasdair Garbutt • Partners • Willans LLP Solicitors •

Alasdair Garbutt is a partner in the Chambers-rated commercial property team at Willans LLP solicitors. He handles a wide range of work in this area, including sales and acquisitions, development transactions, landlord and tenant, security work including lending and refinancing, and property management matters.
He works closely with many large national as well as local clients, advising on all of their real estate needs and is “recommended” by The Legal 500 UK for his expertise.
Alasdair has a particular passion in working with local businesses, whether they be corporate office occupiers, owners of industrial estates or local coffee shops and restaurants.

He has carved out a reputation for supporting them with their property portfolios UK-wide, comprising of retail office, industrial/storage and operational premises.
He is also a trustee of Cheltenham Open Door – a local charity which helps vulnerable people.

Peter Kelly • Managing Director • Worcester Warriors •


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.

Judy Chadwick • Director of Skills • Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership •

Judy is the Worcestershire LEP’s Director of Skills, leading on the delivery of various programmes across the LEP and County Council. These projects are working to help inspire and inform young people about the variety of career options available within the county and are improving and increasing the number of interactions local businesses have with schools.
Judy and her team work tirelessly to help organisations better understand the recruitment challenges they face now and going into the future. Her team work closely with schools and businesses, enabling these businesses to get vital guidance and support with creating their future workforce.

Apprenticeships are also a vital part of Judy’s work. Judy has led the team creating the Worcestershire Apprenticeships Awards. These awards are focused on celebrating the work, effort and achievements of apprentices, training providers and the employers who support them. The awards have become a staple part of the year for apprenticeships locally.

Lucy McCallum • Head of Residential Property • WSP Solicitor •

Lucy McCallum is an Associate Solicitor and Head of WSP Solicitors Residential Property Team.
Lucy qualified in 2013 and joined WSP Solicitors in 2016. She gained a Law Degree from Bristol University and worked as a paralegal for a number of large national firms. She has been working in conveyancing since she qualified and specialises in a wide range of residential conveyancing services. These include sales and purchases, new build properties, shared ownership and Help to Buy, re-mortgages and equity release mortgages, transfers of equity and probate sales. She has helped thousands of people move home, sell and purchase investment properties, transfer ownership and remortgage their properties.

Lucy works proactively to solve any issues arising and keeps in regular communication with both clients and agents regarding the progress of a transaction. She prides herself in providing a personal service. This earns her many recommendations from satisfied clients, agents and other third parties.

Peter Mardon • Commercial Director • WSP Solicitors •

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

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

Judi Bonham • Managing Director • WSP Solicitors •

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

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

Joseph Mullis • Director • WSP Solicitors •

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

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

Ashley Wallace-Cook • Director • WSP Solicitors •

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

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

Demelza Pallant • Director • WSP Solicitors •

Demelza is Head of the WSP Solicitors’ Personal Injury Department and was made Director in 2018.
She has 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).
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 •

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 •

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.

Robert Selwood • Deputy Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate • WSP Solicitors •

Robert Selwood started his legal career as a trainee solicitor with Morrison & Masters in Swindon. Following completion of his training contract, Robert worked for 8 years at Winterbothams in Stroud. He took a break from practising law to work as a Procurement Specialist and was awarded a Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Diploma.

Robert returned to WSP’s Wills, Trusts and Probate team in 2017 based in Stroud. In 2021 Robert became Deputy Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate at WSP Solicitors. He advises clients on the preparation of Wills and powers of attorney, setting up and administering trusts and on estate administration. Robert greatly enjoys interacting with, and advising, his clients.

Amy Leivers • Head of Commercial Property • WSP Solicitors •

Amy Leivers qualified as a Solicitor in 2003 and specialises in Commercial Property. She received a Commendation for the Legal Practice Course at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice and a 2:1 Law Degree from the University of Hertfordshire. Amy moved to Gloucestershire in 2007 and joined the WSP Solicitors Property team in 2017, becoming Head of Commercial Property in 2019.

She has completed thousands of property transactions and is particularly skilled at dealing with complex commercial property transactions.
Amy likes to build good relationships with clients and contacts, and is able to provide clear and practical advice.

Kirstie Carr • Head od Department • WSP Solicitors •

Kirstie qualified as a Solicitor in 2004. She joined WSP’s Private Client Department in Dursley in 2016 and became Head of the department in 2021.
Outside of the firm Kirstie is an ultra-runner. To celebrate her 40th Birthday in 2018 she ran two double marathons and an ultra-marathon within five weeks.

She has just completed her fourth 100-mile ultra in the last 10 months with the fifth coming up in 7-weeks!
Kirstie’s aim is to build detailed and lasting relationships with clients and to offer them prudent and practical advice.

Dave Morris • Director • Zentano •


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?”

Rich Horton • Director – Coach, Facilitator, Mediator • Zentano •

Curiosity is why Rich is here today as a Director of Zentano. People are often surprised to hear about Rich’s move to coaching given his successful career in IT leadership. But, after an offer to be someone’s “coaching guinea pig” Rich decided IT wasn’t his passion and he made the leap to coaching.

Rich’s curiosity is matched by his desire to support and help people gain insight and achieve their purpose. Rich bought into Zentano’s mission and knew he had to be a part of it. He believes that everyone should try to be a little more curious every day.