At our AGM on Friday 1st December we announced two new Director appointments, following membership elections. Paula Foreman from Finance For Enterprise (FFE) and Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford from Colbea Enterprise Agency were confirmed as new Directors to the Board.
Paula is Operations Manager at Doncaster-based Finance For Enterprise which is a long established Enterprise Agency in the region. Over the past thirty years FFE has become a well-respected and successful Enterprise Agency, a Community Development Finance Institution and a key provider of advice and finance helping both new start and established businesses.
Paula has worked in Business Support for over 20 years and is passionate about helping new and established businesses grow and develop, she is very much looking forward to continuing to contribute in her role at National Enterprise Network.
Ashleigh is a driving force behind enterprise in the Colchester area. Working in partnership is at the core of her values and believes that embedding entrepreneurship skills in schools and colleges is the best way to give young people the head start that they need.
Prior to joining Colbea, Ashleigh spent years in the business support arena as Assistant CEO of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, where she led the business development team as well as establishing the Suffolk Young Chamber brand, which ‘bridged the gap’ between business and local schools. Her time working within the Chamber network also encompassed a fellowship with the Policy team at the British Chambers and has led to a passion for both business support and supporting young people into business.
Prior to working in the counties, Ashleigh worked in the City in financial services for 12 years, the last six of those spent at Seymour-Pierce where she was part of the team that listed Supergroup – known better as the brand Superdry. Ashleigh has worked with and within many different industries throughout her professional career, which has given her a well-rounded view on what makes a business successful.
Speaking about the new appointments, Chairman Graham Marley said:
“I’m very pleased to welcome Paula and Ashleigh to the NEN Board – both bring a huge passion for entrepreneurs, start-up and established business, which is at the core of NEN’s mission. They each have a huge wealth of experience from the enterprise support sector, and I’m delighted that they’ve made this commitment to help drive the strategy of our organisation this year, whilst championing the work of the rest of our members across the network.”