President / SLR Consulting Limited
Ian Roberts is a founder member of SLR Consulting Limited which was set up in 1994. SLR is now one of the world’s largest environmental consulting firms employing over 1400 professional technical staff across the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, Southern Africa, the USA and Canada. SLR provides advisory services across a number of sectors including power, oil and gas, built environment, industry, mining and minerals and infrastructure.
Ian has been responsible for the ongoing development and management of the organisation and is a specialist advisor to the waste management industry working on projects locally, nationally and across the world for a range of public and private organisation including international funding institutions.
For four years Ian was also a Regional East Midlands Councillor for the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) working both locally and nationally on a range of issues affecting businesses in our area.
In addition Ian is an associate director of Notts County Football Club.
Vice President / LEBC Group
Richard is a chartered financial planner with LEBC Group, a firm of independent financial advisers with offices around the UK who specialise in providing advice to private clients, businesses, charities and trustees. Richard has responsibility for leading the development of LEBC in Nottingham and the East Midlands.
The firm works 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 combined strength of these relationships that has created the foundations of their success.
Having worked in financial planning and wealth management for over 30 years, Richard has developed a depth and breadth of knowledge that is quite rare in the profession. Within this broad knowledge-base, there is a range of areas in which he is perceived to be a specialist, namely tax planning, pensions and investments. He is also well skilled in working with charities and trusts.
He is well connected and enjoys working closely with his professional contacts. He is regularly asked to assist with, and provide advice about 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.
Immediate Past 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 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.
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 in the city. The company provides a wide range of marketing and PR 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, private and not for profit sectors, Gemini has experience of working with clients in a variety of industries including construction, professional services, insurance, education, homes 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 Business Solutions
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 specialists, investors, IFAs and other key contacts you may need to help your business go further, faster...
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 / 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.
Council Member / NHTA
Charlotte is managing director of National Hairdressing Training Academy (NHTA) and Training for Business
She joined the family business of NHTA in 2008 following a management and economics degree at Sheffield University. She started in administration and was promoted up through the business until she became managing director in July 2013. In addition at that time she became a non-executive director of NTN.
In 2016 Charlotte stepped down from the non-executive directorship role and became deputy chair of the D2N2 Public sector compact, a group for public sector organisations in the D2N2 area who work together and discuss/debate current issues such as apprenticeships and recruitment.
Since 2013 the business has gone from strength to strength in terms of growth and accolade, launching a second provision Training for Business, which is now one of the few providers in the country to be Ofsted Grade 1 Outstanding across the board. NHTA Ltd and Training for Business deliver business based apprenticeships to employers in the East Midlands.
Simon Gray FCA
Council Member / Pembridge Gray Ltd | Career Codex Ltd
A graduate from the University of Nottingham with a BA (Hons) in Economics, he is a Chartered Accountant and formerly Chief Executive of Nottingham Means Business, which he ran for four years.
With an extensive background in the recruitment industry he now provides strategic advice to clients in the service sector as a non-executive director. In addition, he advises executive clients worldwide on how to navigate the executive job market successfully.
He sits on the Regional Strategy Board for ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) and is vice-chair of the Business Committee in London.
Simon is also a published author, a Freeman of the City of London and away from the office, a keen martial artist.
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