NCBC Council

Richard Cooper

Richard Cooper

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 the combined strength of these relationships that has created the foundations of the business's 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.

Charlotte Moreland

Charlotte Moreland

Vice President / NHTA

Charlotte is managing director of NHTA which includes Training for Business.

She joined the family business of NHTA in 2008 after studying for a management and economics degree at Sheffield University. She started in administration and was promoted, eventually becoming managing director in July 2013.  At the same 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 debate issues such as apprenticeships and recruitment.

Since 2013 NHTA 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 and Training for Business deliver business based apprenticeships to employers in the East Midlands.

Ian Roberts

Ian Roberts

Immediate Past President / Nottingham Physio

Ian Roberts is a director of Nottingham Physio - a centre of excellence for sports and exercise medicine based at Roko Health Club in West Bridgford. In addition Ian is an associate director of Notts County Football Club

Prior to this Ian was a founding member of SLR Consulting Limited which was set up in 1994 and 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 was also a Regional East Midlands Councillor for four years at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) working both locally and nationally on a range of issues affecting businesses in our area.


Mark Deakin

Mark Deakin

Former 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.

James Simmonds

James Simmonds

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.

Dianne Allen

Dianne Allen

Former President / Gemini PR & Marketing

Dianne Allen is managing director of Nottingham based company Gemini PR & Marketing.

Gemini was established in 1990, making it one of the longest established marketing and PR agencies in the city.  The company provides a wide range of marketing and PR services to clients ranging from the delivery of media relations activity including crisis management, the development and implementation of social media campaigns, the production of marketing material, event management, website development and maintenance.  The firm also works with clients to support them in devising marketing and communications strategies.

Working with clients in both the public, private and not for profit sectors, Gemini has experience of working 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 (CIM) and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and is past chairman of CIM's Nottingham branch.

In addition Dianne is on the board of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire United Services Club in Nottingham. 

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and for a spot of fitness, she plays tennis and likes to ski.

Steve Potts

Steve Potts

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.

As a Business Consultant he has 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.

Deborah Labbate

Deborah Labbate

Former President / Secretary / 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

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.

Ross Davies

Ross Davies

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.

Simon Gray FCA

Simon Gray FCA

Council Member / Pembridge Gray Ltd | Career Codex Ltd

Simon is the founder of Pembridge Gray Limited and Career Codex Limited 

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.

Craig Pearson

Craig Pearson

Council Member / Your IT Department

Craig is Director of Sales and Marketing at Your IT Department, a provider of outsourced IT services for small and medium sized businesses.

He joined Your IT in January 2017 after previously working for Nottingham based Enterprise Agency NBV Enterprise Solutions as their Head of Commercial Development.

Craig holds the CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing alongside numerous other qualifications including NVQ's, a Diploma in Management, NEBOSH, Prince 2 Foundation & Practitioner and the ILM Level 5 Award in Business Support.

In his spare time Craig and his wife like to walk their adopted Greyhound, and he has also recently taken up playing golf. Craig, not the dog!


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    About Us

    The Nottingham City Business Club (NCBC) was founded in 1924, with Mr J G McMeeking as its first president.

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    Former president Deborah Labbate and council member Ross Davies welcome February's guest speaker, Emily Hancock from Impacting Businessby Design

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    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.

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    The Nottingham City Business Club is committed to complying with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) law, that came into effect from 25 May 2018.

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