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Karen Thomas

Karen Thomas

Financial Services

Head of Business & Corporate Banking for Barclays across Cardiff and South Wales Valleys.  With over 25 years’ experience within financial services, Karen is responsible for a team of relationship managers committed to supporting and growing the Welsh SME sector.

Ken Poole

Ken Poole

Inward Investment

Ken is the Head of Economic Development at the City of Cardiff Council, he is responsible for the implementation of the Council’s economic development including the application to the UK Government for a £1billion City Deal.

Dr. Meirion Morgan

Dr. Meirion Morgan

Business of Welsh Politics

Dr. Meirion Morgan runs his own consultancy, chairs the think-tank Gorwel, and works closely with the third sector. He was formerly a Quantitative Analyst in the City

Mark Hindmarsh

Mark Hindmarsh

Technology, Start-ups & Business Growth Acceleration

Serial entrepreneur, investor, mentor and technology commercialisation expert, Mark recently established Smart Anchor Ventures, a Cardiff & London based advisory and investment firm that works with SMEs and Start-up entrepreneurs to facilitate growth acceleration and value creation.

Kellie Beirne

Kellie Beirne

Innovation and Enterprise

Kellie Beirne is Director of Innovation and Enterprise at Monmouthshire County Council and co-chair of the Innovation Advisory Council for Wales. Kellie is passionate about reclaiming entrepreneurship in the public space and for the last six months has been working to help position Innovation and Digital as central components of the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal.

Matt Sutton

Matt Sutton

Corporate Finance

Matt Sutton is a Director at Greenaway Scott and has a decade of experience in Corporate Finance and Commercial Contracts, including experience in debt and mezzanine investments, equity investments, mergers and acquisitions relating to companies ranging from start-up through to exit.

Nick Crew

Nick Crew

Aerospace

Employed by Airbus Defence and Space, to deliver large scale systems and service solutions in both government and commercial sectors. Nick has worked in the UK, France and Germany and presented many business cases at a board level for opportunity pursuit decisions. Negotiating contracts with organisations such as European Space Agency, Defence Procurement and with the Economic Development Board of Singapore.

Huw Bowden

Huw Bowden

Criminal Defence, Serious Crime, Fraud

Huw has over 20 years’ experience and his practice covers a broad range of disciplines. He is a Solicitor Advocate and represents individuals and companies across the UK. Huw specialises in white collar and serious crime and heads the Serious Crime Team at Bowden Jones. Huw is instructed at every stage of proceedings with the initial and early stages of investigations being particularly important.

Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones

Serious Crime and Cyberlaw

Steve specialises in all areas of Criminal Law with an emphasis on serious violent crime and drug related offences. A specialist Criminal Lawyer with extensive experience in dealing with cases of serious fraud and white collar crime.  Steve has had an increasing presence in Data Protection and Regulatory work and is regarded as one of the country’s leading lawyers in Cyber Security.

Alex Parr

Alex Parr

Language Services

Alex Parr is the Managing Director of Wolfestone, one of the fastest growing LSP’s in the UK. She has wide ranging management experience and an impressive track record accelerating revenue at Wolfestone. Alex’s ethos is to deliver exactly what’s right for you, your project, your goals and your needs.

Claire Marshall

Claire Marshall

Accounting and Consulting

Leading the Wales G Team from Grant Thornton Cardiff office Claire is working with dynamic leaders of small businesses to support them in achieving their business growth ambitions. Claire’s role includes provision of workshops dedicated to helping SME’s improve their business planning and strategy, exploring ways to raise finance, including personal introductions to nationwide investors and delivery of added value initiatives such as engagement with collaborative partners, complimentary publications and provision of sector specific insights and analysis.

Graham Morgan

Graham Morgan

Business Support

A full time business troubleshooter and advisor to business owners and SEM decision making teams. Graham is able to bring determination, confidence and creativity to each and every challenge by drawing on his 32 years in commercial and business banking dealing with businesses operating in all sectors and in all markets.

Iestyn Gruffudd

Iestyn Gruffudd

Procurement Advisor

Iestyn specialises in supporting small and medium sized businesses to write high-quality bids and tenders, and to understand the procurement strategies used within the public and private sector. To date, Iestyn has directly assisted hundreds of business across Wales in winning a combined value of over £100,000,000 in contracts, helping secure or create in excess of 727 jobs.

Justin Newton

Justin Newton

Corporate and Commercial Insurance Specialist

Justin has 15 years’ experience in the insurance industry. He specialises in arranging insurance and risk management solutions for companies turning over between £1m – £500m operating in the UK and overseas.

David G Thomas

David G Thomas

Innovation

Full time manager of the Bridge Innovation Centre in Pembrokeshire, David is a senior member of the Pembrokeshire County Council Economic Development Team. David loves anything to do with Science and Technology and works alongside businesses helping to bring ideas to closer to the commercial market.

Elaine Ballard

Elaine Ballard

Housing Management

Elaine joined the Taff Housing Association in January 2000 from CT Dewi Sant, where she was Director of Housing Services for over five years. Elaine’s previous experience includes many years spent in local government in Cardiff and Nottingham, and three years in Australia.

Douglas Haig

Douglas Haig

Property Management, Development and Investment

Douglas has over 15 years experience in managing, developing and investing in residential and commercial property.  He is at the forefront of legislative changes in the market advising and consulting with local authorities, government and business on their impact on supply and value.  Douglas is also the Vice-Chairman of the Residential Landlords Association which represents over 28,000 private sector landlords.

Martin Warren

Martin Warren

Financial Management

Martin is from Cardiff and is Director for Wales Representing the ICAEW. He is a Chartered Accountant who has worked at Director level in the Public, Private and Voluntary Sectors. In his current role he works with members and stakeholders of ICAEW including Government.

Jayne Kendall

Jayne Kendall

Product Marketing Manager

Jayne Kendall is the newly appointed Product Marketing Manager for Nominet, one of the world’s largest Internet registries. Her role is to lead all marketing initiatives for .cymru and .wales, identifying opportunities for the development of these domain names for Wales.

Rhian Elston

Rhian Elston

Investment Director, Finance Wales

Investment Director for Finance Wales with responsibility for all direct investment as well as strategic and operational fund management activities throughout Wales.

Phil Cooper

Phil Cooper

International Business

Philip Cooper has a track record of managing the growth and profitability of regional subsidiaries of major organisations throughout the world. Phil is an avid Scarlets and welsh sports fan and a welsh speaker from Llanelli.

Mark Powney

Mark Powney

Digital Media

Mark is the editor and MD of Business News Wales, leading recruitment news website Recruitment Buzz and niche digital agency Ecom Digital. A passionate Welshman and serial entrepreneur from Pembrokeshire mark has lived and breathed the development of the digital marketplace for the last 15 years.

Lyndon Wood

Lyndon Wood

Business Growth

Lyndon’s been CEO of construcaquote.com for 25 years and recently launched SunZu.com  – a serial entrepreneur with his own book and TV channel, Lyndon’s all about helping businesses grow.

Alastair Milburn

Alastair Milburn

Welsh Media

Founder and MD of one of Wales’ leading communications agencies, Effective Communication, Alastair has been at the heart of The Welsh Media sector for over 25 years and now represents over 45 of the country’s leading brands.

Paul Ragan

Paul Ragan

Entrepreneurship

A dynamic and proactive entrepreneur with an outstanding record in business growth and turnaround. An experienced business mentor and featured on the hit Channel 4 series “Secret Millionaire.”

Jo Golley

Jo Golley

Digital Communications

Jo has an international career in sales and marketing within a number of media and digital organisations. After returning to Wales in 2011 to manage the launch of the .cymru and .wales domains, she moved in January of this year to head up the engagement team at Wales’s new innovation hub, Innovation Point.

Steve McNally

Steve McNally

Creative Industries

Cardiff-born, Steve has been a thought-leader in UK Creative Industries for over 25 years, with 36 industry awards and Creative Directorships at Havas and Omnicom to his name.

Liz Brookes

Liz Brookes

Event Management

Liz Brookes  founded Grapevine Event Management in 2011. A graduate of Cardiff University in Social Policy, Liz went on to carve a career in the events industry. Responsible for organising events throughout Europe and the UK for numerous corporations, most prominently the Society for Endocrinology and from 2006 as the events manager for the Audit Commission.

Leon Window

Leon Window

Security

Leon Window is a business owner, who has built his company from a startup into one of the leading security firms in Wales. Through a combination of hard work, dedication, and a commitment to quality, Leon has secured numerous prestige clients and received a number of high profile awards and accolades for his efforts. An entrepreneur in the truest sense of the word, Leon has an the enviable ability to define his vision and motivate teams towards shared goals.

Spencer Symmons

Spencer Symmons

Recruitment

22 years within IT Recruitment, initially working for a large PLC in London between 1995 and 2004 and then had the privilege of being a co-owner and Director of CPS Group, driving it to become a multi award winning £10m turnover business with a team of 40 staff across three offices in Cardiff, Manchester and Swansea. Married to Jane with four lively boys who keep me busy.

Kevin Dooley

Kevin Dooley

Marketing, Life Sciences

Kevin Dooley is the Marketing Manager for Life Sciences Hub Wales, the nerve centre of the vibrant Welsh Life Sciences eco-system, bringing together healthcare, business, academic, funding and government organisations to provide a commercially-driven resource for the sector. Kevin leads on all strategic and operational brand, media, digital, events and marketing communications for the Hub.

David King

David King

Wills, Tax, Trusts and Probate

David is a principal lawyer in the wills, tax, trusts and probate team in Cardiff. He is experienced in drafting wills, trust deeds, powers of attorney and deeds of variation. He administers high value and complex estates including agricultural land, businesses, foreign assets and contentious aspects.

Paul Collins

Paul Collins

Employment Law, HR and Health & Safety

From the Vale of Glamorgan, Croner Business Manager Paul Collins is the dedicated point of contact for a number of organisations in Wales. Paul has advised and supported hundreds of employers through complex areas and updates surrounding employment law and health and safety obligations. He works closely with organisations of all sizes to identify and tailor the best HR solutions in the market.

Rhianon Washington

Rhianon Washington

Mentoring

Rhianon is a specialist in mentoring, coaching and professional development with over 10 years’ experience in training and development in education and the NHS in areas including the design and delivery of bespoke executive mentoring schemes. Rhianon is now responsible for the design, coordination and delivery of academic modules along with the expansion and development of the curriculum to meet business needs.

Matt Appleby

Matt Appleby

Ethics in Business

Matt joined BITC Cymru as the Director in July 2016 from one of Wales’ most successful communications consultancies. Matt has previously represented many of Wales’ highest-profile businesses and organisations and as such has an in-depth knowledge of how companies operate and the challenges shared by business, communities and individuals in today’s Wales. At BITC Cymru Matt is responsible for the strategic direction of the Prince’s Responsible Business Network in Wales and oversees the charity’s top level stakeholder and Member engagement activities.

Adrian Field

Adrian Field

Economic Development and City Centre Management

Adrian has worked in Economic Development and City Centre Management for 18 years, beginning his career at the Chamber of Commerce in Worcester. An influential and respected senior Director, Adrian comes to Cardiff BID after managing the Worcester BID for over 8 years. In recent years, he has overseen two successful ballots, delivered award winning projects in addition to undertaking regional and national roles for Place Management organisations.

Simon Finneran

Simon Finneran

Property & Housing

Simon Finneran, Managing Director of Ad Hoc Property Management, is one of the leading housing experts with a career in the property sector spanning over a decade.