Our Business Fellows

The University has welcomed Business Fellows from across the region to take part in the programme.

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Keith Annis

Keith Annis MRTPI MRICS
Planning Director, Redrow South West Ltd

Keith has worked for Redrow Homes since 1996 in various roles, including Land and Technical Director. He is now Planning Director Redrow Homes South West Division.

Keith is a Town Planner and Valuer and has worked for local and national government in planning policy and development control. He spent four years as Land and Planning Manager with Knightstone Housing Association, based in Weston-super-Mare, during which he was a member of the panel advising the Housing Corporation on ways to intervene in the planning system to generate affordable homes. Keith has been an active member of the CBI, Business West and Homes for Bristol.

In his spare time he has been a board member of several registered social landlords (RSLs), including those undertaking rural and special needs schemes and a large-scale voluntary transfer (LSVT). He also chaired a Community Development Trust seeking regeneration of inner urban Gloucester.

Ben Batchelor-Wylam

Ben Batchelor-Wylam
Associate Director, Colliers International

Richard Bonner

Richard Bonner

Bristol Office Director and Director Cities and Multi National Client, Arcadis

Richard is the Bristol Office Director and Director Cities and Multi National Client for EC Harris and Arcadis Company.

Richard has a background in engineering and consultancy working generally in the Building sector, and with both public and private sector clients. Richard is the Deputy Chair of the West of England LEP’s Construction and Property Sector Group, an Executive Advisor to the Bristol Initiative and Master Elect of the Guild of Guardians of Bristol, a charitable organisation established to promote Bristol, its culture and commerce.

John Brennan

John Brennan
Project Director, Skanska UK Plc

Kate Brindley

Kate Brindley

CEO, Arnolfini

Kate has over 20 years experience in the visual arts and museums sector.

Kate was Head of Arts and Museums for Wolverhampton where she led the RIBA award winning capital development of Wolverhampton Art Gallery. 

From 2005-2009 Kate was Director of Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives and lead for the South West Renaissance programme. Her achievements included developing M Shed, a £26 million new museum, and the record-breaking Banksy V Bristol Museum exhibition 2009.

Kate was Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art until March 2014 where she led the visual arts programme and significant governance change to University control.

She is now CEO of the Arnolfini in Bristol.

Karl Brown

Karl Brown

Senior Associate, Clarke Willmott LLP

Karl is a commercial property solicitor at Clarke Willmott LLP. He is also a former President of business group the Bristol Junior Chamber. In December 2014, Karl won the Professional Award at the MTM South West Asian and Minorities Awards 2014.

Paul Brown

Paul Brown

CEO, Mail Handling International Ltd

Paul is the proud creator of jobs and Bristol companies Bascom Ltd and Mail Handling International.  An example of perseverance in education, Paul gained an HND followed by BA(Hons) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing. He is a helicopter pilot with a passion for commercial regeneration of Bristol’s industrial areas and a mentor for entrepreneurs @E-Spark.

Richard Brown

Richard Brown

Partner, Veale Wasborough Vizards

After 45 years as a lawyer in Bristol and London, Richard has recently retired as a partner of Veale Wasbrough Vizards where he was head of the Aerospace and Defence Sector. He continues to be involved in the Bristol business community through various non-executive and not for profit appointments.

Simon Caraffi

Simon Caraffi

CEO, St Peter’s Hospice

Simon spent 37 years as an Army officer, retiring in the rank of Brigadier, before joining St Peter’s Hospice Bristol as CEO in July 2012. He is a governor of Merchants’ Academy Bristol and has a particular interest in leadership development in all areas.

Jaya Chakrabarti

Jaya Chakrabarti
Managing Director, Nameless Media Group Ltd

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Consultant, JLL
Savita Custead

Savita Custead

Chief Executive, Bristol Natural History Consortium

Savita is the Chief Executive of Bristol Natural History Consortium, a collaboration between major environmental organisation in the region. She has also been a Director of Bristol 2015 on part-time secondment between January 2014 – December 2015, is a board member of the Architecture Centre, Puppet Place, and sits on numerous national and international committees. 

Nick Davies

Nick Davies

Founder and CEO, Neighbourly Ltd

Jo Davis

Jo Davis
Regional Senior Director, GVA

Ian Dibble

Ian Dibble

Head of Business Support, Handelsbanken

Ian has a broad experience over 34 years in banking across the disciplines of commercial banking, retail banking, credit risk management and leveraged/corporate finance. After 28 years with a UK clearing bank Ian joined the challenger bank, Handelsbanken, five years ago and is currently part of the leadership team supporting 45 branches across the South West and South Wales.

James Durie

James Durie

Director, Business West Bristol

James leads all Chamber of Commerce and Initiative activity in Bristol. His role is to raise the profile of the Chamber and Initiative, retain and recruit new members and through a range of business support and services offered by the Chamber, help local businesses to prosper and grow. James maintains close relationships with the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), local MPs, councillors and other key partners so that the Chamber and the Initiative can effectively represent the views of members ensuring their voice is heard by key decision makers.

Bob Durie

Bob Durie OBE FRICS FRSA

Bob is a chartered surveyor and valuer with extensive experience of property both commercial and residential embracing development and funding and now delivered through his practice Duries Chartered Surveyors. He has particular interest in strategic development land, new builds and conservation of old buildings. Currently a Vice Patron of the National Association of Almshouses and past Chairman of Prince Charles Awards panel for rewarding nationwide excellence in almshouse refurbishment and development.

A former High Sheriff of Bristol, past president and now board member of Bristol Chamber of Commerce and trustee of charities supporting both the vulnerable young and frail elderly in the West of England. Non-executive Director of Curo Group.

Nigel Dyke

Nigel Dyke BSc (Hons) Dip Arch RIB

Director, Alec French Architects

Nigel joined Alec French Architects in 2000 and was appointed Director in March 2002.  Before this he worked as a Project Architect for Jestico and Whiles in London, principally on education and low energy projects. Nigel has been a visiting critic at the Centre of Alternative Technology in Powys, Wales and Department of Architecture and the Built Environment at UWE. He is on the Steering Group of the Bristol Urban Design Forum and a member of the Academy of Urbanism.

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Luis Garcia
Chief Executive, Bristol Water Plc

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Fiona Hallworth

Director of Heritage, Clifton College

Post-Cambridge, Fiona embarked in management with a top FTSE and TV. Her UWE Certificate in Education led her to the education sector, school inspection, network building and international consultancy. Fiona has taught with UWE, employed UWE graduates and advised UWE students. Fiona currently works strategically with UWE as a trustee of Arnolfini.

Matt Hatcher

Matt Hatcher
Director of Commercial Banking, NatWest

Matt is the Director of NatWest Commercial Banking across the West of England leading a team of ten Relationship Managers that work closely with SME businesses in the region typically with a turnover of £2m to £50m. A career banker who joined NatWest in 1989 and has operated across the Retail, Commercial, Corporate divisions and prior to current role led a SME Acquisition Finance team across Southern England and Wales that worked closely with SMEs on achieving their wealth creation strategies. He has a particular interest in Manufacturing and is a member of the Bank’s sustainability committee in the region. Also a Mentor for Entrepreneurial Spark.

Cathy Hawkins

Cathy Hawkins

Marketing and Business Development Manager, BDO

Cathy graduated from UWE with a first class Honours in Business Studies and a CIM diploma in Marketing. She is an experienced Marketing and Business Development Manager with a successful track record of growing business significantly. Cathy has professional services, B2B, B2C, charity, public and private sector sales, marketing and communications experience.

Alison Jennings

Alison Jennings

Communications Manager, Bristol Water plc

Alison studied Environmental Sciences at UEA, Norwich, and a postgraduate course in journalism. She has worked in publishing, television, public relations and the third sector and is now focused on building the profile and managing the reputation of Bristol Water through media, business, public and customer relations.
Martin Jones

Martyn Jones

Senior Partner, Alder King LLP

Martin has been Senior Partner at Alder King since 2009. He is an active member of the Managing Partners Forum and West of England Initiative.

In his professional capacity, he runs the Professional business at Alder King. He regularly acts as arbitrator and independent expert in commercial rental and valuation disputes and appears in the High Court as an expert witness on complex valuation matters.

Martin is married with three grown up children and is a keen golfer and rugby fan.

Laura Kerby

Laura Kerby
Chief Executive, Penny Brohn Cancer Care

Amy Kington

Amy Kington
Director, Bristol City Community Trust

Amy is the Director of Bristol City Community Trust, an independent charity which works in partnership with Bristol City Football Club to make a positive difference to the lives of communities across Bristol through football.

Previous roles have included Sports Development Officer at Bristol City Council and the Football Association, County Development Manager at the Somerset FA, Regional Facilities and Investment Manager at the FA, Academy Director at Bristol City FC and Community Director at Bristol City Community Trust.

Amy has several volunteer posts within sport and was invited by the Mayor of Bristol to form part of the Sports Commission advisory panel to assist with the future direction of sport within the city.

Roger Lowrey

Roger Lowrey

Founder, Lowrey Contractors Ltd

Born in 1952 in St Pauls Bristol, Roger started in business aged 19 as a fence erector /ground worker on the M5. He grew Lowrey Contractors Ltd into a main contractor, building Car Showrooms and Travis Perkins depots, working with Bristol Airport and nationally with the Water industry. Roger successfully invented terrorist resistant steel enclosures.

Malachy Mcreynolds

Malachy McReynolds

Chair at SWIG Capital, funder of SMEs, and Chair at Arnos Vale Cemetery

Malachy was previously Managing Director of Elizabeth Shaw Ltd, the chocolate manufacturer, and is a past President of both the UK and the European confectionery industry trade associations. Until June 2015 he was a board member of the West of England LEP.

He is currently Chair of Trustees at Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust.

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