Kevin Horne, Chairman
Chief Executive of Nwes
Kevin is the architect and Chairman of Cavendish Consortium Ltd. A local entrepreneur, Kevin joined Nwes as CEO in 1997 and has taken the agency from a turnover of £185k and a staff of 4 to Read more.. one of the UK’s most successful business support organisations with a staff of 70-plus, a multi-million pound turnover and a strong asset base. Nwes is a Sunday Times Top100 Best Companies to work for and has scooped a plethora of awards in the last 15 years.
Kevin is a past Chairman of the NEN (National Enterprise Network), helped form and was the first Chairman of Enterprise East and served as an inaugural director of the CDFA (Community Development Finance Association). He was a director of 1st East, the urban regeneration body for Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, and is Chairman of The Bridge Trust, a leading education business charity.
He became a Chartered Director in 2005 and takes a special interest in Corporate Social Responsibility and its effect on “bottom line” performance.
He enjoys an active social life and is a keen long distance cyclist, having completed many challenges, including cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats and from Calais to St Tropez. Read less..
Sylvia Philips, Board member
Chief Executive of BBV Ltd
Sylvia was appointed as BBV's Chief Executive in 2010, having joined the organisation in 1991. In her initial role with BBV as Operations Executive Sylvia was responsible for the management of a wide range of publicly Read more.. funded contracts, including business support programmes, loan funds, and managed work-space centres. Previous to BBV, Sylvia was North West Regional Manager of Small Firms Service responsible for managing a large team of staff and business advisers.
During her time with BBV, Sylvia has been appointed as Chair of Prowess, and Chair of the NW Women's Enterprise Forum. Read less..
Richard Dearden, Board member
Director and Chief Executive, NBV Enterprise Solutions Ltd
Following a highly successful career in the banking industry spanning fifteen years, Richard joined NBV as Deputy Chief Executive in 1999, becoming Chief Executive in 2004. A sound strategist, Richard has led NBV through a successful Read more.. period of expansion and diversification to develop it into the high profile and successful Enterprise Agency it is today. Recognised as an exemplar of best practise in areas such as partnership working, innovative programme modelling, incubation and mentoring, Richard’s skills have seen NBV successfully deliver numerous public sector funded start-up and small business projects to the value of about £3m per annum with an unblemished audit track record. A Common Purpose Graduate, Richard was the East Midlands Regional Chair for the National Enterprise Network (NEN, previously known as the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies from 2000 – 2008) and the NEN Regional Director from 2000 – 2006. Read less..
Jo Greenwood, Board member
Finance Director, Business West
Jo joined Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Business Link West, both part of Business West, in 1996 as a management accountant and progressed to be the Finance Director in 2000. In the last 15 years she Read more.. has been responsible for the strategic financial direction of the company, which has gone from £3m turnover to over £15m. Business West is now recognised as one of the most influential independent business leadership organisations in the UK.
Jo is also a director of South West Angel Investor Network; Destination Bristol, Bristol's Destination Marketing company, Recognising Excellence and Bristol Chamber of Commerce.
John Mitchell, Board member
Chief Executive, Enterprise First
After graduating in economics, John joined a Hampshire firm of chartered accountants, leaving to join the board of a client operating in the digital pre-press sector. He subsequently became Managing Director of the company, which grew Read more.. rapidly to a turnover of £10m. In 1997, he became Chief Executive of Enterprise First, which provides advice, training and workspace to start-ups and small businesses. Enterprise First has grown to become the leading provider of such services in the South East. Read less..
Carole White, Board member
Chief Executive, TEDCO Business Support Ltd
Carole White is Chief Executive of TEDCO Business Support Ltd, a spin out company from TEDCO Ltd. She joined TEDCO Ltd in 1996 following a retail career encompassing both operational management roles and a national role Read more.. in people development.
Initially recruited as Training Manager, Carole was responsible for delivery of both external training for businesses and internal staff development. As the Business Support Manager from 2001 to 2011 she has extensive experience of managing business support contracts for a wide range of funders.
Carole has worked with a range of businesses across all sectors and has a strong track record of developing and delivering creative and effective business support initiatives. She is also very active in local partnerships across the North East, including being a board member of North East Enterprise Agencies (NEEAL) Ltd.
She is a Graduate in English from the University of Lancaster. Read less..
Dawn Whiteley, Board member
Chief Executive, National Enterprise Network
Dawn Whiteley joined National Enterprise Network in 2011. She had previously worked at Business Link in Yorkshire where she had undertaken a variety of roles since 2008, latterly as Head of Enterprise. Dawn is highly respected Read more.. within the sector and has in-depth knowledge of the Network, having served for five years on the board prior to taking up an executive role.
Before joining Business Link Yorkshire, Dawn was General Manager of a Network member, West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency, which was then one of the largest independent enterprise agencies in the UK, employing over 120 people and with a turnover in excess of £5m pa. Read less..
Doug Scott, Non-Executive Board member
Doug was the Chief Executive of TEDCO from 1997 to 2013. He now runs a consultancy business, What You See Is All There Is Ltd, which delivers non-executive director and interim management roles in not-for-profit-distribution companies, Read more.. and consultancy services, primarily in enterprise and economic development with a focus on policy and evaluation.
He took TEDCO from a turnover of £750k and a surplus of £250k to a turnover of £3.25m and accumulated cash reserves of £800k. He established the multi-award-winning business incubator, The Quadrus Centre, in 2005 and instigated a service design process which led to TEDCO becoming the first organisation in the North East to gain the Customer First standard. He also devised a cost-benefit social value model for the centre and its services and takes an active interest in the measurement of value in social enterprises. Businesses established in the Quadrus Centre now employ over 1,000 people.
Doug wrote the business birth rate strategy for the North East, Everybody’s Business, in 2001 and led award-winning programmes in enterprise education and in enterprise in disadvantaged communities.
He is the past Chairman of the National Enterprise Network and of the North East Enterprise Agencies Ltd, and has extensive experience as a non-executive and executive director. In 2010, Doug received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, Lifetime Achievement Award.
David Seall, Non-Executive Board member
David Seall is a Non-Executive Director, Advisor and Chartered Engineer. He is the Regional Chairman of the Institute of Directors for the South East of England and a Member of the IoD Council. He began his Read more.. career as an engineer in the aerospace industry and following this was Chief Executive of the Engineering Employers Federation for London and the South East (EEF South) for over 10 years. He worked with hundreds of technology based companies and led the team that delivered the Manufacturing Advisory Service for London and the South East.
He has been a Non-Executive Director and Trustee for nearly 20 years and as well as working with many technology and manufacturing businesses, has been retained by DMH Stallard LLP, a leading law firm for over 5 years as their Strategic Advisor on manufacturing matters.
David is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of World Traders and a Freeman of the City of London
In his spare time he is a member of the Board of Trustees of a local arts centre and theatre company, ECB level 2 cricket coach and keen cyclist.
Brian Dormand, Non-Executive Board member
Brian Dormand, BSc, has particular experience of managing complex, large scale business support programmes on for a wide range of economic development agencies including Local Authorities, Regional Development Agencies, DTI, UK Trade & Investment, EU MEDA Read more.. Programme and the Welsh Assembly Government.
Brian’s skills lie in developing and delivering consultancy, mentoring and training services, in particular, and nurturing high growth businesses, helping entrepreneurs and business owners achieve fast, sustainable and profitable expansion. He has particular expertise in helping business strategy development and implementation, including helping organisations diversify and build overseas business.
Brian has served as both Strategy Director and Managing Director at Winning Pitch plc. He is the author of several best practice and self-help guides for small businesses, including the recent Winning Pitch ‘Pathfinder Guide for High Growth Businesses’, which forms the basis of The Winning Business Academy™.
Brian has a Dual Honours degree in Economics and Financial Management, graduating from the University Of Sheffield.
Davina Young, Marketing Manager
Davina’s career path moved into the enterprise sector when she joined Nwes, one of our consortium partners, to fill the role of Social Media Co-ordinator. Here she successfully developed and delivered Nwes News, as well as Read more.. web development and increasing the company’s presence on all Social Media platforms. During this time, Davina also undertook a share of the duties of the Marketing Manager covering maternity leave.
Previously she worked at Anglia Television as an Art Director / Set Designer, and ran a £350k home based business, before embarking on various freelance design roles, where she was both very successful and highly respected. She has worked within the public, private, charity, and social sectors of business, from which she has consolidated a wealth of knowledge. Her achievements and experience have given her a deep understanding of what makes a business successful.
Davina is qualified to degree level in the Management of Learning and Development.
Davina has a very strong record of accomplishment in developing and delivering various creative marketing strategies and plans, with effective results. Her commitment, knowledge and determination, together with her amiable persona and strong desire to help others succeed, led to her recruitment as the Marketing Manager for Cavendish Enterprise. Read less..