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
Director, Colliers International Ltd

Ben has 15 years' experience in the commercial real estate industry.  Skilled in valuing commercial property for Business Rate purposes and all other measures to mitigate Rates,  he is also experienced in Property Sales, Lettings, Mitigation, L&T, Feasibility Studies, and Asset Management. He is a strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Real Estate Management from The Nottingham Trent University.

John Brennan

John Brennan
Project Director, Skanska UK Plc

Skanska has been building for a better society in Bristol and the South West for over four decades, and John Brennan plays a vital role in our work in the region. As Regional Director, John leads the Bristol team which has built or improved over 50 schools in the city since 2006 as part of our partnership with the Local Education Partnership (LEP) and Bristol City Council.

John has also overseen a number of other significant school, higher education and healthcare projects in the South West, delivering significant benefits to communities right across the region.

John has over 20 years’ experience in the construction sector in the UK and Australia, working both as a main contractor and specialist trade contractor and has experience of large-scale construction projects including those in the commercial, retail, residential (housing and student accommodation) and healthcare sectors.

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 and an active investor in start-ups via the Bristol Private Equity Club.

Marti Burgess

Marti Burgess
Head of Corporate SME, Gregg Latchams

Marti joined Latchams in 2012.  Since 1999, she has practised as a lawyer, advising SMEs on corporate and commercial law, specialising in company and business buying and selling.  Prior to this, she turned "Lakota" Bristol into an internationally renowned 1,200 capacity music venue. 

Marti is a trustee of the Bristol Music Trust which manages operations and programming at the Colston Hall and is driving music forward across the city to create a world-class music scene in Bristol.  She is also a trustee of the Queen's Square Association and the Company Secretary for Bristol Food Network which organises Bristol Food Connections.

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 MBE
Managing Director, Nameless Media Group Ltd

Jaya is a founding member and the managing director of Nameless Media Group Ltd (nameless), specialising in web communications technologies.  Her background is in physics research and software development, with over ten years' of business and marketing experience in the high  technology sector. 

She is passionate about the use of technology to make life better and fairer and to empower people, digital democracy, net neutrality, education, privacy, protecting children, women's rights and human rights.

Julia Clarke

Julia Clarke
CEO, Bristol Community Health CIC

Julia (Lady Berkeley) was involved in the final stages of set up  and launch of the Bristol Community Health Community Interest Company between May and September 2011 and, in the first year, achieved key provider and partner status in the health system locally, establishing the business on a sound financial and  commercial footing. 

Beyond this role, Julia chaired the Ridgeway Partnership NHS Trust and was the Non Executive Director and member of the Guinness Hermitage Audit and Risk Committee.  She is also an accredited Executive Coach.

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.

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 the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment at UWE Bristol. He is on the Steering Group of the Bristol Urban Design Forum, a member of the Academy of Urbanism, LandAid SW Board member and Chair of the Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust.

Simon Earles

Simon Earles
Planning and Sustainability Director, Bristol Airport

In 2017, Simon became the Planning and Sustainability Director at Bristol Airport, after over 16 years of experience in the aviation sector. Having worked at both Heathrow and Luton, as well as being a qualified transport planner, he is a proven airport executive.

Part of Simon’s current role is to consider how Bristol Airport can meet the challenge of serving the South West region’s demand for international connectivity in a way that is sensitive to the local community and environment. His previous roles, most recently as Planning and Policy Director at Heathrow, have led to his keen knowledge of strategic planning, community and government engagement, surface access strategy, master planning, development and corporate social responsibility.

Sherrie Eugene-Hart

Sherrie Eugene-Hart
Freelance Broadcaster

Sherrie is a sign language interpreter and TV presenter based in the West of England and has held the position of Governor at the University of the West of England and The City Academy Bristol.  After about fifteen years with HTV West, she has has won several national awards as a reporter and presenter and is patron of the charity "Childtime" which provides counselling services to children as well as Home Start and the Organisation for Sickle Cell Anaemia Research (OSCAR).

Phil Flaxton

Phil Flaxton
CEO, tScheme Ltd

Phil has been instrumental in reinforcing the UK as one of the most  progressive economies in the world, by encouraging the widespread adoption of smarter working practices.  With a strong track record in leading major UK initiatives from inception through to achievement of key objectives affecting both Government and Business environments, he has managed Third Sector Organisations in the areas of Skill Development, Agile & Flexible Working, Workforce/Change Management and the adoption of Internet & Communication based Technologies and Standards. 

He is also a skilled and experienced commentator with extensive radio, television, press and public speaking experience. Through his diverse career activities, Phil has acquired considerable experience of business management and business development programmes.

   
Stuart Harrison

Stuart Harrison
Managing Director, Clarion Bond

Stuart has been a founder, supporter and director of high tech companies  over 30 years, helping new technologies disrupt and digitally transform businesses.

Matt Hatcher

Matthew Hatcher
Director of Corporate and Commercial Banking, NatWest

Matt is the Director of NatWest Commercial Banking across the West of England.  A career banker who joined NatWest in 1989, he has operated across the Retail, Commercial, Corporate divisions and, prior to his current role, led a SME Acquisition Finance team.  He has a particular interest in Manufacturing and is a member of the Bank’s Sustainability Committee in the region. Matt is also a Mentor for Entrepreneurial Spark.

Cathy Hawkins

Cathy Hawkins
Marketing and Business Development Manager, BDO

Cathy graduated from UWE Bristol 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.

Richard Heys

Richard Heys
Deputy Chief Economist, Office for National Statistics

Richard is a professional economist with over fifteen years' experience providing expert advice and analysis to the public and private sectors. He has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to manage large teams and hit difficult deadlines. Richard is currently responsible for productivity statistics at the ONS. Richard has particular experience in providing economic and strategic policy advice in the criminal justice, PFI and consumer debt sectors.

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.

Amy Kington

Amy Kington
Director, Community of Purpose CIC

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.  She has been involved in using sport for social change in Bristol since 1998 and is passionate about improving the life chances of young people and creating opportunities so that they can fulfil their potential. 

Amy  served as a special police constable  for 10 years and has worked for Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Bristol City Council, The FA and Bristol City Football Club.  Amy's work has been recognised through the achievement of national awards.

Robert Koya-Rawlinson

Robert Koya-Rawlinson
Diabetes Outcomes Director, Novo Nordisk

Robert has worked with talented professionals in both in the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry, striving to break down the barriers between the commercial and public sector for the benefit of the patient understanding, believing collaboration to be the way ahead, focusing on improving patient outcomes and quality of life.

Roger Lowrey

Roger Lowrey
Founder and Managing Director, 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 motorway. 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.

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