President and Treasurer / UHY Hacker Young Chartered Accountants
James is a partner in the Nottingham office of UHY, an ambitious and growing Top 20 Group of UK Chartered Accountants.
James specialises in owner-managed businesses within the SME market, offering tailored services to clients across all business sectors whether complex or day-to-day, local, national or international.
James offers a partner-led approach to all of his clients, ensuring they receive the personal one-to-one service required. At UHY, our foundation of service, based on strong ties and long-standing loyalty from our clients, continues to be valued and fostered across the firm.
Whilst accountancy services remain the core services provided by the office we also offer personal and corporate finance, taxation and computer services together with added value services such as dispute resolution, financial planning advice and assisting in the selling and purchasing of businesses.
Immediate Former President / Actons
Nic joined Actons in 2012 after 8 years at international law firm, Wragge & Co. He deals with a broad range of employment law & HR matters towards the contentious end of the spectrum, regularly advising on complex and commercially sensitive litigation. Nic advises on the exit of senior employees and directors, complex absence management issues and provides general advice on day to day employee relations matters. Nic spent time seconded to the HR department of a global retail bank advising on employee relations issues, running a number of bespoke projects designed to increase efficiency and save cost, and advising on business protection. Nic has experience advising clients in a variety of sectors including retail & leisure, social care, financial services, and information technology.
Nic heads the firm's Employee Investigations team, running and advising on employee-related investigations, including fraud, discrimination, whistleblowing and grievances. He has a background in psychology and is trained in cognitive interviewing. He also trains internal investigators to conduct investigations taking into account the special risks caused by the employment relationship.
Nic enjoys using his network of contacts to work with businesses and investors to create mutually beneficial opportunities. In his spare time Nic is involved with the Institute of Directors - Young Directors Forum and serves as a governor at a local primary school. He also enjoys music and a number of sports.
Vice President / Turner & Townsend
Mark has been working within the property sector for over 25 years as a chartered quantity surveyor and project manager. He has been a director of Turner & Townsend for nearly fifteen years where he now runs the Nottingham office as well as having a regional role across the Midlands.
Mark previously chaired the Property Forum for the Sheffield Region's Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and takes an active role in leading on physical local development, regeneration and people development. Within the last few years he has been involved with large scale developments including the revitalisation of a former coking works in Derbyshire which was dubbed as one of the worst contaminated sites in Western Europe as well as some of the largest and most complicated infrastructure projects.
He likes to keep fit with mountain biking and although he continually struggles with time, he does manage to fit in a game of golf once a week. He is also kept busy by his wife and two young girls. Mark does like to challenge himself with 2014 seeing him do a 50 mile kayaking challenge around 3 of the largest lakes in the Lake District for a local charity supporting Dementia patients. In 2015 he did a 170 mile coast to coast cycle challenge and in 2016 a 140 mile cycle ride with Snowdon and Kinder Scout thrown into the mix.
Former President / Skeleton Productions
After graduating with a degree in Applied Biology with European Studies in 2003 (UoN), Jonathan went on to complete a Masters in Entrepreneurship, from Nottingham University Business School and graduated in 2004 after five years of HE.
Since then Jonathan has had experiences running a number of businesses including a Student Radio Advertising Platform, an Event Management Company, and since 2008 a Video Production company that is “thinking Big.”
Skeleton Productions is a turnkey video production provider. The company provides end-to-end volume video production services by harnessing our exclusive global network of over 5000 based filmmakers. Video concepts range from interactive viral video campaigns to large corporate video productions.
Clients include: The University of Nottingham, Sport England, Experian Plc, Standard Charter Bank, E-ON, Business 2012 and Mitchells & Butlers.
Former President / Gemini PR & Marketing
Dianne Allen is managing director of Nottingham based company Gemini PR & Marketing.
Gemini PR & Marketing was established in 1990, making it one of the longest established agencies inn the city. The company provides a wide range of marketing, PR and social media services including the delivery of media relations activity, the production of promotional material, event management, website maintenance and developing and implementing social media campaigns. The firm also works with clients to support them in developing and implementing marketing and communications strategies.
Working with clients in both the public and private sectors, Gemini has experience of a variety of industry sectors including construction, professional services, insurance, education, h9omes and interiors, transport, retail, sport and leisure to name but a few.
Prior to setting up Gemini, Dianne was the marketing and PR manager at PwC in the East Mildands. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
In addition Dianne is on the board of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire United Services Club in Nottingham.
In her spare time Dianne enjoys spending time with her family and for a spot of fitness, she plays tennis and likes to ski.
Former President / Andante UK
Steve Potts MIBC is a progressive experienced executive, committed to improving the customer's journey through all the stages of contact for both small and large organisations. He has over 30 years experience, 16 as a Board Director for a manufacturer, with Profit & Loss accountability. He has an enviable record of delivering profitable growth year on year, managing sales strategy, integrated marketing campaigns, service delivery and service assurance teams.
International experience includes managing multiple product development programmes and their deployment across Europe and the US for FTSE 250 companies. These included a Pan European e-commerce platform and the procurement of an international billing platform.
He has, as a Business Consultant, delivered consistently significant results, providing mentoring to management teams and managing post acquisition integration. He has experience in recovering lost revenue, and returning ailing business units to profit and efficiency. He is an experienced Interim Manager, with strong leadership and motivational skills.
Unlike many Business Consultants Steve listens to a clients needs, provides advice in plain English and is committed to delivering simple, practical and effective solutions to meet his client's requirements.
Former President / Deborah Labbate
Deborah started in business in the early 80's and since 2005 has worked with SMEs and business owners who want to develop their businesses, themselves and their people.
With a no nonsense, straightforward approach to focus on the things that matter most, Deborah combines a unique blend of skills, practical experience and empathy to provide you with clearly thought through practical and realistic strategies that are focused on tangible results.
Deborah learned very early on in her business life that the most vital aspect of being able to run a business is actually feeling confident to make the everyday decisions that accompany being 'The Boss', be that the Owner/Manager, the MD or anyone responsible for leading a team. It can be lonely at the top!
Deborah works in partnership with carefully chosen people and organisations to bring you a wider range of services and expertise including Banks and other finance professionals, Accountants, Solicitors, Branding and Social Media agents, Investors, IFAs, and other key contacts.
Council Member / Initial Design
Alison is co-owner of Initial Design. The company was set up in 2003, and has been delivering innovative graphic design and marketing ideas and solutions to all types of businesses ever since.
Alison has been in account management for many years, learning her trade by working with major players such as Heinz, Crookes Healthcare, Black and Decker and Ladybird Books.
She's an active member of the local business community, and believes in building strong relationships with other business professionals.
Dr John Collins
Council Member / PCA and Adler International Learning
John is a highly experienced, qualified executive coach, consultant and trainer. He specialises in working with high growth businesses and organisations, coaching their leaders and senior teams to embrace rapid growth and change, to take the right actions to transform their individual and organisational performance.
John’s background is manufacturing operations, international sales and general management in the polymer and chemical sector. He combines this real ‘been there and done it’ experience with professional training as a coach and mentor to help people develop the mind-set, perspective and behaviours needed to drive growth, creating innovative solutions to their issues.
He is director of coaching for the Professional Coaching Alliance and principal of Adler Learning UK, a coach training organisation. He is a member of the International Coach Federation, the CMI and IOD, chair of the Rushcliffe Business Partnership, a school governor and a qualified RFU coach.
Council Member / Jamieson Christie Wealth Management
Richard is a senior consultant with Jamieson Christie Wealth Management with offices in Balsall Common, Nottingham, London & Stoke on Trent. Richard has the responsibility of managing and leading the development of the East Midlands Office in Nottingham.
Jamieson Christie are an independent firm of Chartered Financial Planners, specialising in providing quality advice to private clients, businesses, charities and trustees. They work extremely closely with strategic partners, principally solicitors and accountants. Their relationships with these associates is equally as important as those they build with their clients. It is the strength of all these relationships which create the foundation of their success.
Having worked in financial planning and wealth management for over 25 years he has developed a depth and breadth of knowledge which is quite rare in the profession. Within this broad knowledge-base there are a number of areas in which he is perceived to be a specialist, namely in Tax Planning, Pensions and Investments. He is also well skilled in working with Charities and Trusts. . He is well networked and enjoys working closely with his professional connections. He is regularly asked to assist and provide advice in relation to final salary schemes, company pension schemes, corporate protection, trustee investments and pension/divorce work as well as the more routine and straight forward financial planning matters.
As well as being on the steering group of The Rushcliffe Business Partnership and supporting local businesses, Richard does find time to relax with his wife and daughter and is trying hard to make time to learn how to play golf.
Council Member / Shake Social
Kate founded Shake Social in 2010, with the intention of helping businesses and organisations reap the benefits of social media. From short term campaigns to long term community management, consultancy and training, she excels at developing successful strategies, creating engaging content and building online communities.
Working with clients in both the public and private sectors, Shake Social deliver support, training, content and campaigns for a real range of industries, and pride themselves on their strategic and imaginative approach.
Since graduating with a BA (Hons) in English Literature, Kate qualified as a teacher and enjoyed a successful career in education, teaching both English and media for over ten years. As a result, she understands the importance of professionalism, and is a skilled trainer and presenter on all things social.
Kate enjoys reading, travel, photography and the arts. Her passion for social media is matched only by her passion for photobooths - especially the old fashioned analogue ones!
Council Member / George Square Financial Management - Independent Financial Consultants.
Parry has been advising private and corporate clients for over 25 years, working in house for solicitors and latterly within independent financial advisory practices. He is a member of the investment committee at George Square Financial Management, independent financial consultants based in the Lace Market area of Nottingham.
He is a fully independent financial planner helping people to realise their personal financial goals and to develop a long-term financial strategy. His clients are based all over the country, with many residing in London, and have varied investment profiles.
Parry specialises in the fields of investment and pension planning, and director and business partnership protection. He works with many of the large investment houses.
A keen sports enthusiast, Parry is a member of both Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and Wollaton Park Golf Club. He is married to fellow NCBC member Finola Brady.
Council Member / In Residence
David is the owner of In Residence Management Ltd, an independent estates and block management company formed in 2005. Based in the Lace Market, the majority of In Residence’s clients are located in the East Midlands, ranging from large, purpose built apartment blocks to mixed use sites and estates. He became NEBOSH qualified in Fire Safety and Risk Management in 2008.
Property is his passion; David has been a landlord and property investor since 1999 and is also the founder of Property Face2Face, a networking group for local property professionals.
Prior to a career in property, David was employed as a marketing and sales manager at Sharp Electronics for 12 years. In this role he was responsible for an £18m annual sales budget.
David enjoys music, photography and motor sport – he has written articles for a number of auto magazines too.
Council Member / Strafe Creative
Ross Davies is the co-founder of Strafe Creative, an award winning digital design agency based in the heart of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter on Stoney Street.
Founded in 2010, Strafe Creative has always been committed to providing the highest level of quality and performance, delivering high return on investment for our clients, leading to significant growth in five short years. In the last six months Strafe has won 3 design awards as well as Midlands Fastest 40 Creative Industry award in May 2016.
Ross previously was on the Board for Nottingham Young Enterprise as well as taking time to mentor at NTU and NCN as well as guest lecturing at Nottingham Trent University’s Hive programme.
As Strafe Creative has grown Ross has been involved in some large scale projects for national companies helping build creative websites and graphic projects to increase their clients sales.
Outside of Strafe, Ross is very active being an avid basketball player, rock climber and distance event runner. He recently completed a half marathon Obstacle course, raising over £1000 for the Delete Blood Cancer charity.
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The Nottingham City Business Club (NCBC) was founded in 1924, with Mr J G McMeeking as its first president.
At May's lunch, President Mark Deakin welcomes Mike Sassi, publisher and editor of the Nottingham Post
Our lunch meetings are held on the third Friday of each month (excluding August) at the design-led, four-star Park Plaza Hotel on Maid Marian Way in Nottingham.