Alex Till, Chief Executive of MENTA, was officially confirmed as the new Chairman at National Enterprise Network’s Annual General Meeting on Friday 16th November. Alex will lead the Board and its development of key strategic activities for the membership body that represents enterprise support organisations.
For seven years, Mr Till has developed MENTA to become fast paced and progressive providing a wide range of advice, training and resources available to established businesses and start-ups. Alex joined MENTA from Suffolk County Council where he held senior roles connected with the economic development of the county. Prior to this, he held posts at Business Link Suffolk, Suffolk Acre and the Suffolk Development Agency. He has also served on the Board of The Prince’s Trust Suffolk for over ten years. Alex is a member of the Institute of Enterprise & Entrepreneurship (IOEE) and SFEDI National Advisory Council, and Chief Executive of GENIX Ltd. Alex joined the NEN board in 2014, and was re-elected in 2016.
Speaking of his new role as NEN Chairman, Alex Till said: “I enjoy working in the business support sector and understand how essential the National Enterprise Network is both to its members and indirectly, to businesses. The NEN provides an independent voice at government level to ensure ministers are aware of what small businesses are experiencing and the challenges they face. NEN members have a platform to demonstrate the positive difference they are making within the business community to ensure their success and prosperity.”
“It is my absolute pleasure to lead the Board from here and to cultivate our strategy over the next two years.”
Two new Director appointments and a reappointment were also confirmed at NEN’s 2018 Annual General Meeting. Following membership elections, Aileen Evans from Hyndburn Enterprise Trust in Accrington and Lisa McCance from StartUp Croydon were confirmed as new Directors to the Board, while Paul McEldon was reappointed.
Speaking about the appointment of the new Directors, Alex Till said: “Our new Directors, elected by the members, bring a wide range of experience to the NEN Board from work at long established enterprise support organisations. Together, as a collective, the Board is driven to set the strategic approach for National Enterprise Network at a national level, an activity that is significantly supported by our passion for, and belief in the value of business support.”
Formal thanks were given to outgoing Chairman, Graham Marley from Let’s Do Business Group in recognition of the two years he has served as Chairman. Graham remains on the Board in a Director role. David Robinson, Chairman of StartUp Croydon, who is stepping down after 3 years as an NEN Board Director was also thanked for his contribution.
National Enterprise Network believes its membership is crucial to England’s economic growth and its role is to support their work by representing their interests, promoting the results they achieve and connecting them with opportunities for even greater success. Working under the leadership of new Chairman Alex Till, the Board will be devising and developing key strategic activities for the membership body in 2019 and beyond.