Craig has a wealth of experience working across both private and public sectors, with a career spanning more than 25 years.
His role as Leader of Rugby Borough Council was extended in 2010 when he became the first Executive Leader in the country. Praised for his strong and progressive leadership by the Prime Minister and Secretary of State, Craig is now at the forefront of the growth agenda within Coventry and Warwickshire.
Out of hours, Craig raises funds for The Motor Neurone Disease Association and likes nothing more than spending hours trying to get a golf ball around Staverton Park in as few shots as possible.
Phil spent more than 20 years in senior IT and sales and marketing roles working for manufacturing giants such as Rolls Royce, Rover Group, Jaguar, British Shipbuilders, GEC and GKN.
In 2000, he moved into business ownership, taking three of his own businesses through the complete business lifecycle, from start-up, through growth and acquisition, to exit.
Now an accredited business adviser and mentor, Phil has a great deal of real-world business experience to offer SMEs in the Stratford area.
Phil’s spare time is spent with his family, tinkering around with Classic Cars and following sports.
Jon is an experienced manager and administrator with a background in financial services spanning 30 years. Previously employed by NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland Group, he went on to become a business coach, membership recruitment executive and work and health project advisor at Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.
He has since brought his wealth of expertise to GrowthHub where he advises businesses on which public and private sector programmes are best suited to help them grow.
Outside the office, he stays busy with his role as Honorary Secretary of the Old Laurentian Society. As a keen socialiser, he can sometimes be found in the Dun Cow in Dunchurch with a pint of Bass.
Gary joins the Growth Hub from a key player within the Health & Wellness sector where he was responsible for the implementation of key elements of company strategy along with the operational management of call centre and customer service functions.
With roots in the automotive sector Gary has a mechanical background and has since accrued diverse and extensive experience across customer service and team environments within Financial, Health and Training industries.
Out of work Gary enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as following motorsports, especially Formula One.
Providing Learning & Development solutions, she has worked for professional bodies, commercial companies, recruitment agencies, awarding organisations, Certification bodies, and Learning & Technology Providers. These include The Learning & Performance Institute, ILM ( Institute of Leadership & Management, part of City & Guilds) and OCR.
Justine has supported SME’s and blue chip organisations to achieve accreditation, professional status, certification, and win prestigious awards.
Out of work Justine enjoys spending time with family, keeping fit, and travelling to new destinations.
Jim has over 30 years’ experience of building two Privately owned manufacturing businesses -from £500k turnover to £40m.
With a background in Sales & Marketing, Jim moved through his last business to eventual MD / Owner and along the way developed a good understanding of:
Manufacturing, Logistic, Global Sourcing, Global Sales, B2B Sales with major Retailers, successful completion of 2 Management Buyouts.
From mid-2017 to Sept 2019, (as Jim Clark Advisory), Jim has supported SMEs through growth and also Sale.
Outside of work, Jim enjoys socialising with family and friends, walking, watching sport, mostly football,l and he helps out with Stratford Food Bank where time allows.
Martin has over 18 years experience as an IT Professional, with a background in Technical Sales, Cyber Security and Business Connectivity.
Having worked for some of the biggest IT companies in the UK, he has been involved in projects both domestically and abroad, so Martin can draw on a wealth of experiences that will help enable the businesses he supports. From 2010 he has run and grown his own businesses in IT and the Health and Wellness Sector from startup to exit and he is keen to utilize the lessons he learned to help other companies.
Out of work Martin loves to spend time with family and friends, he is a keen sportsman, and still plays football for a Veterans team. A love of karting and watching most forms of Motorsport especially Formula One.
Bill is Chartered Town Planner who has more than 25 years’ experience in the private development sector. He has special expertise in project management, strategic land acquisition, affordable housing and the delivery of mixed-use developments.
Drawing from experience as top-tier management at leading national development companies, he also ran his own planning and housing consultancy business with a client base that included private and public sector bodies and major property investors.
Outside the office, Bill is a keen rugby fan. Once a player, he went on to become both a qualified coach and referee. As a sports enthusiast, he still enjoys watching Nottingham Forest when back in his home town.
Chris joined the Growth Hub in January 2020, having gained experience in the public sector in Economic Development and Planning. Chris has built relationships with numerous partners and stakeholders to deliver economic growth to Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough, and previously Southend-on-Sea Borough Councils.
Chris wrote and delivered the Economic Development Strategy for Nuneaton & Bedworth, managed and delivered projects to increase economic development, and was successful in attracting Inward Investment to the borough through marketing and networking.
Chris gained a Merit in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Birmingham in 2019, having based his research on affordable commercial property and its link to aiding SME’s, and is working towards achieving Chartered status from the RTPI.
Outside of work Chris likes to explore and travel the world. Chris also enjoys watching and playing most sports, football and cricket are his favourites.
Helen is an experienced business development manager whose core skills lie in sales and marketing, with a focus on digital marketing, together with events management experience gained from delivering multiple events over the years for various organisations, including project managing the region’s largest inland waterways boat show for British Waterways, (now the Canals & Rivers Trust), earlier in her career.
From 2010 until she joined the Growth Hub in September, Helen worked for a charity who own a number of hotels and guest houses, as their Commercial Manager, where she was responsible for all aspects of business development and marketing activities, which successfully generated the income necessary to allow the charity to deliver its aims. In her spare time, of which there is very little with two young children to run around after, Helen enjoys reading, gardening and has a passion for writing.
Sarah has previously worked in events, project management and regional development in the cities of Birmingham, Berlin and her hometown Stuttgart. She now helps the GrowthHub team stay organised and manages events to keep us in touch with C&Ws businesses and our partners.
Before Sarah joined the team in October 2015 as Business Administrator she completed a degree in cultural policy and management where she focussed her research on the internationalisation of cities and regions.
When she's not working on projects or sorting out office admin she can be found helping out with culture events in the city, hiking through the countryside or on the lookout for the next good music gig.
Sarah joined the Growth Hub Team in September of 2018 following completion of a master’s degree in legal and constitutional studies. Over the past 6 years Sarah has interned for varying companies in the United States, including those in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Her duties in previous roles include legal and marketing research, dealing with insurance claims and bank loan processing for State Farm Insurance. As well as, constituent profiling on a local mayoral campaign and guiding students at Indiana University through a community development course. Outside the office, she enjoys travelling throughout the United States and Europe, following the latest legal and political news, going to the gym and watching American football!
Gavin joined the Growth Hub in April 2018, he brings with him many years of experience working in both the private and public sector.
Throughout the past 15 years Gavin has worked within Education & Skills Funding, Internal Sales/Project Management and Export Roles.
During this career he has worked for various companies of all shapes and sizes and has gained valuable Business to Business experience.
Outside of the office Gavin enjoys spending time with family and friends, he especially likes to spend his weekends with his young daughter and listening to what she has been up to at her nursery. When time allows he also likes to follow the British Touring Cars Championship.
Adam joined the Growth Hub in October, bringing years of experience in many fields including Recruitment, project management and internal process improvement.
Since Graduating in 2014 with a degree in Business and Enterprise Management, Adam has gained experience working in multiple industries including automotive, healthcare, wholesale and construction. During this time he also gained experience setting up and running his own consultancy business. Recently Adam has completed additional study on Project Management and Change Management courses.
Outside of work Adam enjoys socialising with friends, going to the gym and playing a number of sports including Rugby, Squash and golf.
Louise joins the CWLEP Growth Hub as a Business Navigator, with 24 years’ experience working in a bank environment with significant responsibilities regarding company process management and customer service.
Outside of work, Louise enjoys socialising with her family and friends, taking leisurely walks, visiting new places and watching live music.
Cathy joined the Growth Hub in March 2018 as a Business Administrator and PA to the Managing Director. Her role is to provide organisational support to the Growth Hub team and act as the customer interface.
Prior to joining the Growth Hub, Cathy worked in the public sector for 13 years supporting the leadership team; she has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area.
In her spare time, Cathy enjoys walking, especially caddying for her son on the golf course . She also likes to cook and spend time socialising with friends and family.
Kaylie has joined the Growth Hub in October 2019 as a Support Administrator. Kaylie has experience in working in the Retails, Customer Service, Purchasing and Administration. Kaylie has worked in both Private and Public sectors. She has qualified from Coventry University in 2012 with a Degree in Illustration and Graphics and like to take a creative approach when completing a variety of task and has a lot of transferable skills.
I enjoy listening to music, going to gym, attending Zumba classes and going on holiday.
Laura joined the Growth Hub Team in March 2017 as a Support Administrator, creating extra support for the team of Business Navigators. Laura has over 5 years’ experience in Administration.
Laura’s career journey in admin began after finishing her GCSE’s and taking on an apprenticeship in Business Administration. She has since taken on a number of different roles within administration including, office admin, bookkeeping, sales admin and more.
In her spare time, Laura is quite creative, running a small online shop selling handmade crafts and often spending time in the kitchen baking a variety of sweet and savoury treats.
Dave joined the Growth Hub in February 2016 as the Enterprise Co-ordinator for Coventry and Warwickshire, a role supported by The Careers and Enterprise Company. His role is to help schools and colleges to improve their careers and enterprise activities by linking employers and the self-employed to them, with the aim of motivating and supporting young people to make informed choices about their future and help them achieve against those choices.
Prior to joining the Growth Hub, Dave spent two years working for Hereward College as their Training Services Manager, four years with Coventry City Council as a 14-19 Adviser and nine years as a Partnership Manager with Coventry and Warwickshire Learning and Skills Council.
Outside the office, Dave is a long suffering season ticket holder watching his beloved Coventry City FC and can be found on non-football Saturday’s at The Butts Park Arena watching Coventry RFC. He is also a Governor at his son’s primary school in Coventry.
Anne-Marie joined the Growth Hub Team in April 2014. Anne-Marie has circa 25 years’ experience of working in the Education, Training and Skills Sector covering a range of roles, curriculum areas and training and delivery models from Entry level provision to Degree Level programmes.
Prior to joining the Growth Hub Anne-Marie was a member of a Senior Leadership Team in the F.E sector with responsibility for Skills and Commercial Development. This included managing the delivery of training to meet employer’s needs on both a commercial and funded basis. Anne-Marie has a developed understanding of the challenges faced by employers who need to upskill their workforce around working constraints including business operations, time and access to relevant funding support.
Anne-Marie has solid experience of working in the Private Sector having worked in the Travel and Tourism Sector including being based overseas in a range of countries as an Area Manager for a number of years. When Anne-Marie is not helping businesses to close skills gaps and upskill their employees she loves to travel overseas and in the U.K, spend good times with family and friends, cook and eat and keeps fit looking after two dogs.
Jacky is an experienced manager and administrator with a background in Further Education spanning 28 years. Specialisms include Procurement, Management Information Systems and Policies & Procedures. Jacky joined the Skills 4 Growth team in 2014 and took a short break in 2015 to work in the private industry at Lloyds Industries Ltd. Jacky re-joined the Skills 4 Growth team in 2017 and has brought with her a wealth of experience gained in the education and training sector.
Outside of the office Jacky stays busy socialising with family & friends and looking after her little dog Poppy.
Ryan has both public and third sector project management experience with strong skills in data governance, performance optimisation, and programme evaluation. Having obtained distinction-level postgraduate awards in Public Management (University of Birmingham) and Management Studies (University of Chester), Ryan was originally part of innovative service redesign agendas in adult social care and public health in Shropshire before assisting the rollout of the authority’s superfast broadband scheme.
Prior to joining Coventry City Council in 2019, Ryan performance managed a partnership of community-based, faith-based, civic and charitable organisations in the Black Country where he maximised VFM and results across multiple welfare-to-work and skills contracts. This knowledge of individualised labour market interventions has equipped Ryan for his current project management role in Skills and Growth.
Away from the desk, Ryan is a line dance instructor, a West Bromwich Albion season ticket holder, and a Chair of the Campaign for Real Ale.