Carol joined National Enterprise Network in June 2012 having previously worked for a national charity for over 13 years in a similar role. She is responsible for the day to day running of the head office in Milton Keynes, line management of the Administrator as well as contract management of the Start & Grow RGF 6 contract for the West Midlands and Yorkshire & Humber regions. Carol also undertakes the role of Company Secretary which includes all governance administration and attendance at Finance and Board meetings. She is a mum to three children and in her spare time enjoys keeping fit and socialising.
An experienced administrator, Gemma joined NEN towards the end of 2015, as our Office/Finance Assistant. Gemma has a busy role, dealing with everything from our day-to-day administration and keeping our CRM up to date, to invoicing and membership renewals. Gemma is often the first point-of-contact for telephone and email enquiries. Away from work, Gemma is kept busy by her young son and enjoys reading in what free time is left for her.
Katherine is a Marketing Manager at Keystone Marketing. Keystone have provided marketing and communications support to National Enterprise Network since 2006, supporting the team across the full range of marketing, PR and event activity both within and outside the membership network. Katherine is the dedicated communications lead for NEN's marketing activity. A graduate and diploma qualified online communications specialist with over 14 years professional marketing and project management experience, Katherine is a focused and experienced marketer. She prides herself on taking a detailed approach to project management, a holistic approach to strategy and a creative approach to campaign development and delivery.
Hayley is the Managing Director of Keystone Marketing. Keystone have provided marketing and communications support to National Enterprise Network since 2006, supporting the team across the full range of marketing, PR and event activity both within and outside the membership network. Hayley advises the NEN team on best practice communications and audience engagement approaches. A Communications graduate with 15 years professional marketing and project management experience, Hayley prides herself on a personable and organised approach, with ability to focus on both minute detail and also develop wider marketing strategies.
Alex Till is focussed on driving forward the growth of new, emerging and existing businesses in Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. He joined MENTA as CEO in 2011, having previously worked at Suffolk County Council in senior roles connected with the economic development of Suffolk, as well as posts at Business Link Suffolk, Suffolk Acre and the Suffolk Development Agency. Through his role at MENTA, Alex helps raise the profile of the significant work MENTA provides supporting people in skills, enterprise and employability.
Mike Brook brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of the enterprise and business support sector in London to the Board. Economic Development Officer at Wandsworth Council from 1989 to 2012, Mike oversaw the progressive improvement in the local economy, which included an increasing number of small firms. Mike is currently Chairman of Capital Enterprise, the membership organisation for providers of business advice, training and resources to new entrepreneurs and small businesses in London, and was a director of and then the Chair of Customer First from 2008 until 2014.
Having been the Executive Director of two enterprise agencies, Aileen brings strong managerial and leadership skills to the Board. She was a key player in forming the Consortium of Enterprise Agencies in East Lancashire and later Lancashire, bringing together nine enterprise agencies which successfully bid for European funding and North West Development Agency funding. Aileen has represented enterprise agencies on a number of strategic boards. She was Chair and Vice Chair of the North West Enterprise Agency which at one time represented 12+ enterprise agencies. Being part of a number of small enterprise agencies, she has also been an active Business Adviser which has given her a good understanding at "grass roots" of the target groups that they aim to support.
Joanne Fulthorpe started her career with Hyndburn Enterprise Trust in 2001 and has worked at all levels from Project Manager to Business Adviser and Trainer. She now manages many of the contracts the Trust successfully delivers. Within that time she also spent six years working for a major high street bank and so specialises in access to finance, and ensuring clients’ business plans can attract investment. She currently leads on managing the Start Up Loans contract in the Lancashire and wider north west area. Joanne also runs her own business – a Business to Business Networking Group known as The Business Network Bolton and Bury. She is passionate about supporting SMEs, especially those at start-up stage.
Peter is an established non-executive director, backed by thirty years financial services experience and a successful track record in areas including strategic management, marketing and PR. As well as Chairman of Small Businesses for NatWest and RBS since 2008, he is also non-executive Chairman of the Lenlyn Group and a former non-executive Director of The Start Up Loan Company. Additionally he is a Director of Primedia Solutions, a bespoke media coaching company and a Director of Journolink Limited; an online platform which provides small businesses with affordable PR in a box and journalists with a matching service to small businesses keen to talk in the media.
Graham is Chief Executive of the Let’s Do Business Group (LDBG) and has been with the agency for over 15 years – having previously worked as a Senior Business Manager with NatWest. LDBG provide business support, finance, exhibitions and training across Sussex (and the wider South East) and also delivers the Inward Investment services for East Sussex and Essex and the East Sussex Growth Hub LDBG are also the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce. Graham joined the NEN Board in 2012.
Lisa has worked in Economic Development for 15 years at a local and regional level and has extensive experience of working alongside businesses and charities to design and develop strategies and programmes to deliver positive outcomes in support of the economy. In her professional career, she has worked to identify the needs of small businesses and corporates to stimulate economic development. Lisa has been a Trustee of StartUp Croydon for the past 4-years and has contributed to the overall direction and decisions faced by the charity during this time. In her role as Director at Shared Intelligence, she works alongside government at a national and local level as well as enterprise partnerships to develop policy and deliver business support.
Paul comes from an accomplished background in finance and auditing with KPMG, having previously studied accountancy and financial analysis at Newcastle University. Since his appointment in 2001, Paul has injected fresh thinking into establishing the BIC as a primary regional player in the fields of incubation, innovation and business support. In addition to his work with the BIC, Paul works with several other organisations, all dedicated to shaping enterprise in the North East. Paul chairs the regional enterprise network group (NEEAL), is on the business support board of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) and is Vice Chair of Sunderland College.
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.
Wendy is the CEO at Airedale Enterprise Services (AES), a BEIS registered Enterprise agency based in Keighley, West Yorkshire. AES supports new and existing businesses to start-up and grow within Airedale and across Yorkshire. Wendy has worked at AES for 19 years and is responsible for the strategic planning and the day to day running of the organisation. Following on from the success of a recent successful £1m bid to the Local Trust for Keighley Valley Big Local, Wendy is now working alongside other local partners on a development strategy for potential investment of up to £6m under the CLLD (Community Led Local Development) initiative under the European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF) programme for 2014 -20 which will cover the needs of Keighley’s small businesses and start-ups.
Sara Williams took over as the Chief Executive of North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce in November 2011 and has since overseen the creation of the powerful Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce group. Previously she was Director of Enterprise at St Helens Chamber. Sara has a wealth of experience working with the private sector to develop services in response to their needs, as well as a proven track record of lobbying and representing businesses. Sara has worked in marketing and community development as well as in museums and galleries. Sara is a strong advocate for the private sector taking a lead in all aspects of economic development. She believes that Chambers of Commerce provide an excellent platform for engaging with and supporting businesses to grow and prosper. Her remit, and that of the Chambers, is to help businesses in Staffordshire to succeed and she believes that her role on the Board of Staffordshire University will further this aim. Sara has been a Governor of Liverpool John Moores University and so hopes to bring this experience to the Staffordshire University Board.