I have been Chief Executive Officer of BES since 2006. I have a practical, common sense attitude and believe success cannot be achieved alone. I value my staff who are hard-workers and also the various people who work in partnership with me and my company. I have been involved in the Enterprise ‘movement’ for over 20 years, firstly in the mid-eighties working at a private training company in Stoke-on-Trent, Quantum Business Services who had contracts to deliver start-up programmes across the West Midlands and North Derbyshire areas.
In 1990, I worked at the Staffordshire Development Association, an enterprise agency which was part of Staffordshire County Council. As a member of the Business Development Team, I supported, advised and trained new businesses across Staffordshire.
In 1997, I joined BES, taking responsibility for the start-up and business development contracts. I became CEO in 2006 when the company’s future was uncertain. Within two years, with the aid of my team, we turned the company into a profitable and sustainable organisation.
I am married to John who runs his own small commercial vehicle body manufacturing company in North Staffordshire. I am actively involved in the business which gives me practical experience and keeps my feet on the ground.
I am a Board member of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, taking the lead for social enterprise.
I am also a Governor at Portland School and Specialist College in Blythe Bridge.
My passion is Stoke City Football Club! An avid supporter and season ticket holder for numerous years, I also frequent many away games. I have also got a holiday booked whatever the time of year!
Best piece of advice I’ve ever received:
Be nice to people when you are on the way up because you might meet them on your way down.
The biggest challenge I’ve overcome:
Turning BES, some years ago, into a profitable company when we found we were in a negative situation.
What I’d put in Room 101:
People who try to be somebody different to what they actually are.
North Staffordshire oatcakes of course! Filled with bacon and cheese.
What does Miley Cyrus have for Christmas dinner? Twerky!