Business Fellows continued

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

Charley Maher

Charley Maher
Managing Director, water2business

Charley is the Managing Director for Wessex Retail and Customer Services and leads two successful joint venture businesses based in Nailsea, Bristol - water2business and Pelican Business Services. Charley is also a non-executive director of the auto energy switching service, Flipper, and is the founding trustee and chair of The NICU Foundation, a registered charity that supports the South West Neonatal Units.

Prior to this, she was the Regional Director for NatWest in South West England, latterly the Head of Simplifying Customer Life for retail banking at the RBS Group. Charley has fifteen years' experience in engaging and leading large teams to deliver awarding winning customer service and with a strong track record of simplification and driving change and innovation.

Luke Menzies

Luke Menzies
CEO, Menzies Law

Luke is owner and founder of Menzies Law, the region’s leading specialist employment law firm and the winner of a prestigious national award for the best employment law team outside London.  As a Barrister and Solicitor, he works with business leaders to deliver pragmatic, commercial solutions to employment law and people-related challenges, in a collaborative and engaging style. In addition to Employment Tribunal claims, Luke focuses on exiting senior executives, trade unions/industrial action and equalities law. 

Recently, he has developed a reputation as leading expert on the Gender Pay Gap and Equal Pay.  Luke is also an Executive Coach, taking a psychologically-minded approach to helping business people to develop their true potential at work and in their relationships. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Institute of Directors.

Simon Minton

Simon Minton
Co-Founder and CEO, RUGGD

With 15 years' experience in cyber security and 10 years in Cloud, Simon has provided guidance to multinationals and investment banks and founded three companies. He is the co-founder and CEO of RUGGD, working closely with Dev(Ops) teams and senior stakeholders in security, risk and products to establish 'DevSecOps'​ best practices and ensuring organisations have the right culture, awareness, training, processes and tooling to build resilient applications.  He is frequently invited to speak at international events.

Nathan Peacey Nathan Peacey
Partner, Foot Anstey LLP

Nathan is part of the Foot Anstey management team and has a broad range of responsibilities including leading the Bristol office, chairing the Risk Committee and, as Head of Markets, responsible for leading the firms 'go to market strategy', its sector offering and client relationship management. As a lawyer, Nathan specialises in regulatory work, advising clients on risk, regulatory and reputational issues.

Alice Peacock

Alice Peacock
Managing Director, Alastair Currie Events

Alice is Managing Director of Alastair Currie Events, providing event design and management for a wide range of clients throughout the South West and further afield.  Alice takes great pride in running a Bristol-based business, being a Bristolian by both birth and upbringing.  She is President Elect of the Bristol Junior Chamber 2019-2020, Committee Lead of networking group Bristol Young Professionals and is a board director at The Clifton Club in her role as Chair of Membership. 

Alice was named as one of the "42 under 42" business leaders in the South West by Business Insider, for the class of 2018.

Richard Pendlebury MBE DL

Richard Pendlebury MBE DL
CEO, The Anchor Society

Richard is Chief Executive of the Anchor Society which supports disadvantaged older people. Over the last 30 years, he has been involved in founding a number of charities and social enterprises including Emmaus Bristol which provides home and work for homeless people and Changing Tunes which rehabilitates prisoners.  He is also chair of Bristol and Bath Regional Capital which uses social finance to tackle social and environmental issues and patron of a number of charities involved in the relief of poverty in Bristol.

Richard received an MBE for his work in 2009 and, in 2012, he was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration by UWE Bristol. Richard is a Deputy Lieutenant in the County and City of Bristol.

Simon Prescott Simon Prescott
Senior Planning Partner, Barton Willmore

Simon is the Senior Planning Partner in Barton Willmore’s Bristol office. His practice is the largest employer of town planners in the UK.

Locally, Simon has overall responsibility for the work of its planning team as well as being directly involved in a wide range of projects. He is involved as lead consultant in major housing, mixed use and commercial development proposals. He has appeared as an expert witness at Local Plan Examinations and Appeals.

Simon has a keen interest in localism as well as strategic planning in the West of England, and has provided advice to a number of neighbourhood planning groups. He helped draft the Home Builders Federation’s note to its members on the Localism Bill and has been part of the British Chambers of Commerce Expert Planning Group providing feedback to the Department for Communities and Local Government and Ministers. Up until 2014, he chaired the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership’s Construction and Development Sector Group and has continued to offer support and advice to the LEP and West of England Office.

Roger Proctor

Roger Proctor
Founder and Managing Director, Proctor and Stevenson Ltd

Roger's passion is ensuring British design is world leading and an advocate of design as a catalyst for positive change economically, culturally and socially.  This features strongly in his message to students, education and government. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Proctor + Stevenson Limited, Intimis Limited and a Director of Ian Proctor Designs Limited and also a former board member of South West Design Programme. 

In 2012,  Roger was awarded an MBE for services to design and education in the south west of England and, in 2009, an Honorary Degree from UWE Bristol for the promotion of closer links between the design industry and education.

Jeremy Richards Jeremy Richards
Director, JMark Consultants

Having successfully run the South and Wales region of JLL and King Sturge over the last 30 years and now a Director at JMark Consultants, Jeremy has a unique insight into both Partnership and corporate entities and how to drive performance and success in a business services world.  He has 25 plus years' experience of the Bristol office market, having been involved in major schemes such as Harbourside and Temple Quay and has recently advised KPMG, Toshiba and Bond Dickinson.

Matthew Russell

Matthew Russell
Partner, Forensic Services, PwC

With a background of nearly 15 years working in financial crime including fraud and money laundering, Matthew leads a global team responding to the regulatory challenges facing financial institutions, helping them to move from simple compliance to developing frameworks mitigating the risks of financial crime, developing affordable and sustainable internal solutions. 

Adam Smith 

Adam Smith
Senior Marketing Manager, LexisNexus Risk Solutions Ltd

Nina is the Initiative Manager at Business West - a business leadership team which enables the business community to positively influence the way the West of England is shaped, managed and developed. She is a co-founder of the Net Impact Bristol Chapter, a network for environmental professionals; the Vice-Chair of Bristol Green Capital Partnership between 2014 and 2015, and co-founded the Go Green program, the main business engagement programme for Bristol European Green Capital 2015.

 Vinny Smith

Vinny Smith
CEO, Meningitis Research Foundation

Since joining the MRF in 2015, Vinny has been instrumental in developing  and launching  a new brand identity, website and strategy. The Foundation has held governments to account on vaccine policy and called for and achieved a new World Health Organisation global task force for meningitis to 2030.

Previously, his roles include International Consultant, Chief Operating Officer and Head of Direct Marketing for organisations as diverse as Cancer Research UK and the African Center for Economic Transformation (Ghana). He is a business development professional, skilled in non-profit organisations, Marketing Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Planning, and Social Enterprise.

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CEO, We Care and Repair
Donna Speed

Donna Speed
Commercial Operator/CEO, We The Curious

Donna is the Chief Operating Officer at We The Curious, an educational charity dedicated to building a culture of curiosity by repositioning the science centre as an inclusive, creative and integral part of culture. With experience in commercial operations, marketing and business planning, Donna’s work around organisational change has garnered interest from across the sector. Donna is also on the Destination Bristol Board, Women in Business Taskforce and UWE Bristol's Business School Advisory Group. She achieved a Masters in Business Administration from UWE Bristol in 2018. 

Photo credit: Ailsa Fineron 

Peter Stirling

Peter Stirling
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Dashboard Ltd

Pete is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer at Dashboard Ltd, a leading player in industrial IoT solutions. He spent his early career working in industrial technology with multinational organisations, and latterly in engineering and systems integration at Stirling Dynamics.   His unquestionable grip on the industrial IoT technology landscape focuses on oil and gas, aerospace, utilities and low carbon technology.

Sue Turner Sue Turner
CEO, Quartet Community Foundation

Sue’s career has been dedicated to supporting and promoting the best of British entrepreneurialism and opening doors to disadvantaged people to help improve their lives. She first came to prominence in the South West in 1995 as the youngest Regional Director of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). She now is the CEO of Quartet Community Foundation which works in partnership with businesses, people, families and trusts to engage them with philanthropy and focus their support to improve the lives of people living in the West of England. 

Sue is also a Non Executive Director with Cornish Mutual, the west country general insurance business that is owned by its customers.

Nicola Walther

Nicola Walther
Co-Founder and CEO, Duplex Gadgets

Nicola co-founded Duplex Gadgets in 2016.  She is an AMCT qualified Senior Banker with significant business infrastructure, relationship management and risk experience.  She has three years C-Suite experience in emerging markets and risk management and a further 10 years in international relationship management across multiple industries and sectors, SME and consumer banking. 

Experienced in internal and external FCA audit and customer reviews, she is described by colleagues and partners as tenacious, analytical, intellectually curious, extremely well organised, inspiring and full of positive energy

   

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