Meet the Board
The Board was established in January 2020 to realise the opportunity for the Lincolnshire coastal towns of Mablethorpe and Skegness presented by the Towns’ Fund.
The Board is comprised of 11 Private Sector Representatives, 7 Public Sector Representatives and 9 Stakeholders.
Bridging Public Sector, Private Sector and Stakeholder Experts
Sarah Louise Fairburn, CCB Chair (Private Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: L J Fairburn & Son Ltd - Brand & Sales Director
Specialist areas: Branding, Strategic Marketing, Food & Agriculture, Business Improvement, Sales
A dynamic and adaptable leader with a passion for the food and agriculture industry. I thrive in fast-paced, innovative and entrepreneurial environments where change and growth are essential for success. I excel in collaborative working cultures and am a fearless communicator capable of conversing at all levels of industry.
Ambassador for many organisations in the media and on other public platforms. A regular member of judging panels for regional / entrepreneurial / industry award schemes – including EY Entrepreneur of the Year and Amazon Growing Business Awards.
A Brand and Sales mentor and Business Development Leader for women in business.
The Deputy Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Food Board and the Chair of the Government’s Towns Deal for Skegness and Mablethorpe (newly branded Connected Coast).
Determined to remain rooted in ever evolving, interesting business environments, that show a potential for growth and diversification, I enjoy sharing my time supporting like-minded, aspirational leaders.
Chris Baron, CCB Vice Chair (Private Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: Butlins - Resort Director
Specialist areas: Business, Acccountacy
Born in Skegness, Chris went to the local grammar school before studying Business Studies at Sheffield Polytechnic. He went on to qualify as a Chartered Management Accountant working for Fogarty's, LinPac and British Fuels before moving to Butlins and settling back in Skegness for the last 30 years. He tries to promote the coastal strip and the Visitor Economy as a whole, representing both on the board of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership and chairing the Greater Lincolnshire Visitor Economy Board. He is also a member of the Visit East Lincolnshire Destination BID Board, Coastal Developers Forum and sits on the Advisory Council for the Skegness Academy.
Pat Doody, CCB Member / CCB Investment Board Chair (Private Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: NatWest - Director Business and Commercial Banking
Specialist areas: Banking, Commercial Business
Pat moved to Lincolnshire around 30 years ago and leads NatWest Bank's Commercial Business in the area. He is responsible for the Bank's Commercial team across most of Lincolnshire inc Mablethorpe and Skegness where we look after Customers in the mid-market segment and have specialisms in Leisure, Health, Logistics, Manufacturing, Technology, Construction and Agriculture.
He was recently past Vice Chair of the Lincoln College Group and is currently Interim Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership. He additionally is also Chair the Employment and Skills Board for the LEP, is a member of the Investment and European Funding Committees and also a member of the University of Lincoln International Business School's Advisory Board. His personal passions are all things Welsh sport especially Rugby as well as a bit of cycling to keep at least partially fit! He loves spending time with his family and loves the County and is encouraged by both its growth and continued potential.
Robert Caudwell, CCB Member (Private Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: Association Drainage Boards - Chairman
Specialist areas: Farming, Flood Defence, Local Government
Robert Caudwell is a farmer from South Lincolnshire farming land adjacent to the Wash and has been involved with flood defence all his career. He currently Chairs the Association of Drainage Authorities and is President of the European Union of Water Management Associations. Robert also is Chairman of Covenham RYA Sailabilty and works with Navigo providing sailing experience to Navigo members. Robert has experience of local government and government agencies at local, regional and national level.
Freddie Chambers, CCB Member (Private Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: Lindum Group - Business Development Director
Specialist areas: Construction, Joint Ventures and Development, Waste Recycling
Freddie is a Board director and Business Development director at Lindum Group. He is involved across the business, in construction, joint ventures and development. He chairs the waste recycling division and HR department and is passionate about the apprentices and training programme, helping and encouraging more youngsters into construction. Before coming back to Lincolnshire in 2011 Freddie worked as a Chartered Surveyor for a property company in London.
Claire Draper, CCB Member (Private Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: Mellor Group - Finance Director
Specialist areas: Accountancy, Economic Growth and Sustainability
Claire Draper is the Director of Finance at Fantasy Island in Ingoldmells. Having attended Skegness Grammar School, Claire briefly left the Lincolnshire area to attain a Law Degree at the University of East Anglia and went on to begin her Chartered Accountancy training in Peterborough and London. She later returned to Skegness to work for a local accountancy firm, gaining a huge wealth of knowledge of local businesses and the issues that they face. Now a fellow of the ICAEW, Claire has worked at Fantasy Island for 10 years and is committed to driving economic growth and sustainability for the area. As a keen triathlete, Claire is passionate about the incredible natural landscape our area has to offer and is steadfast in her drive to help the Joint Towns' Deal Board secure investment for Skegness and Mablethorpe with a fully transparent and integrated approach.
Janet Stubbs, CCB Member (Private Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: British Garden Centres - Owner
Specialist areas: Leisure Industry
Initially from a farming back ground, Janet has over 40 years' experience in the leisure industry developing Woodthorpe Leisure Park, Woodys bar and Restaurant, Woodthorpe country cottages and Chapel Sands to their successful position to date. She is also the Founding member of the BID and still working pro-actively within this position. She is a Member of a variety of committees including Skegness chamber of commerce, treasurer of Mablethorpe CCT, Strubby with Woodthorpe parish committee, Lady President of Woodthorpe Hall Golf Club and member of BH&HPA. She also takes an active role and interest in her families enterprises including British garden Centres and Lincs Aquatics Ltd.
William Price, CCB Member (Private Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: Country Land and Business Association - Chairman
Specialist areas: Land Management, arable crops, egg production, beef cattle, forestry, renewable energy
William Price is a farmer and landowner, based at Harrington on the Lincolnshire Wolds. He is married and has two children. His family business encompasses arable crops, egg production, beef cattle, forestry, renewable energy and a commercial shoot as well as residential lettings. William read History at Edinburgh University and Land Management at Cirencester before qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor with Savills in Lincoln where he worked until 2009 before coming home to run the family business. He is currently Chairman of the Lincolnshire branch of the CLA (Country Land and Business Association), Hon Sec of the Royal Forestry Society in Notts & Lincs and Chairman of the Trustees of the Lincoln County Assembly Rooms as well as being a trustee and adviser to a number of large landed estates in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.
John Henry Looney, CCB Member (Private Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: Sustainable Direction - Director
Specialist areas: Climate Change, Environmental Projects, Sustainability
John Henry grew up in Tennessee doing environmental projects since 1975 and teaching mountain rescue to the US Marines. His PhD was on the Island of Rhum, Scotland, and he carried out early climate change research in Canada, before delivering a research project for the UNECE on acid rain at the Natural History Museum. He authored the UK's first Carbon Footprint for a coal fired power station at Bilsthorpe, Notts in 1989. He career has been helping companies and countries engage and reduce their environmental impacts across a wide range of manufacturing, food and energy projects in over 30 countries. He has returned to living in the Lincolnshire Wolds area due the quality of life here and is helping organisations transform their approach and become sustainable. He has also helped many Councils deliver projects and was the technical author of the DECC BIS report on the green economy and well as delivering Innovate UK projects. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham, a Visiting Fellow at the University of Bristol, and recently an Associate Lecturer at the University of Lincoln. He has been on the Boards of several international charities delivering change and has a Diploma and Certificate in Company Direction from the IoD as part of the Chartered Director Qualification.
Peter Watson, CCB Member (Private Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: Distract - Director
Specialist areas: Marketing
Peter is a dynamic entrepreneur and marketing speaker. Since starting in marketing at 16 (his website being picked up by The Sunday Times), Peter has gone on to create Distract, a multi award-winning specialist Digital Marketing & Advertising Agency. Distract advises clients on the best ways to promote themselves in the digital space, and suggest solutions to fulfil a firm's promotional potential.
Peter is well-known in the East Midlands as a keynote speaker and innovator and is an advocate for personal branding. During 2018, Peter hired a full-time videographer to document his business day, with his YouTube series 'Inside the Journey' showing this process in detail.
Peter also supports other young entrepreneurs with Featured, a business incubator company that invests in developing start-ups.
Peter also supports other young entrepreneurs with Featured, a business incubator company that invests in developing start-ups.
Ruth Carver, CCB Member (Private Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: Greater Lincolnshire LEP - CEO
Specialist areas: Strategic direction, Local Enterprises
Ruth is responsible for the day to day running and development of the LEP. She works closely with the Board and guides the strategic direction, ensuring it retains its focus on productivity, creating jobs and removing the barriers to economic growth. Ruth enables Greater Lincolnshire
Robert Parker, CCB Member (Private Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: Micronclean - Managing Director
Robert has been Managing Director of Micronclean for the last 6 years having joined the business as Finance Director in 2007. Micronclean operates 3 specialist garment laundries in Lincolnshire supplying pharmaceutical and other niche businesses. In recent years Micronclean have developed a sterile consumable business that now exports to over 30 countries with core products manufactured in Skegness. Our latest venture is opening a cleanroom laundry in Bangalore. Away from work his interests include Rowing and Gardening and he is married with 3 teenage children. Robert is also currently Chairman of Boston Rowing Club and Governor at Bourne Grammar school.
Victoria Atkins, CCB Member (Public Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: MP Louth and Horncastle
Specialist areas: Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability. Local Community (Louth and Horncastle)
Victoria was first elected and the Member of Parliament for Louth & Horncastle in 2015 and re-elected in 2017 and 2019. Since Victoria's election to office she has campaigned on a range of issues, including the provision of rural broadband, defence, wind turbines, coastal issues, roads, schools, the health service and the importance of the rural way of life.
In November 2017 Victoria was appointed to the Home Office, as Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability. At the start of 2018, the centenary year of some women gaining the right to vote, Victoria was made Minister for Women in addition to her duties in the Home Office.
Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Victoria practiced as a criminal barrister specialising in prosecuting serious organised crime.
Sandra Williamson, CCB Member (Public Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: Chief Operating Officer for Lincolnshire East Locality NHS Lincolnshire CCG
She is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants And school Governor for Boston West Academy since 2017. In April 2013, she was appointed as Chief Finance Officer for Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and enjoyed seven years as an Executive Team and Governing Body member. She has supported local delivery plans designed to improve the health and wellbeing of the population in East Lincolnshire. )
The introduction of the NHS Lincolnshire CCG on 1 April 2020, following the merger of the four CCGs, led to Sandra being appointed Chief Operating Officer for East Locality and Executive Lead for reducing health inequalities.
She is passionate about improving care and better outcomes for people of Lincolnshire building on the great work undertaken so far and recognises the significance of her role in addressing health inequalities, specifically for the East Coast.
Matt Warman MP, CCB Member (Public Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: MP Boston and Skegness
Specialist areas: Local Community (Boston and Skegness), Journalism (Technology), Digital communications
Matt Warman is the Conservative MP for Boston and Skegness. He was first elected as an MP in May 2015. Retaining the seat for the Conservatives with a majority of 4,336, he campaigned on a commitment to improve communication between Westminster and the electorate, and increasing investment in Lincolnshire's roads, broadband and public services. In 2017 he was returned to Parliament with an increased majority of 16,572, and again in 2019 with a majority of 25,621.
Prior to entering politics, Matt worked for the Daily Telegraph from 1999 until 2015, focusing for most of the period on technology, leading coverage of Facebook, Google and Apple, and covering the launch of products including iPhones, the BBC iPlayer and the Apple Watch, as well as interviewing key figures including the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web.
In the 2015-2017 Parliament, Matt was a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee, and Co-Chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group on Broadband and Digital Communication and Pictfor (The Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum). In January 2018, Matt was appointed PPS to the Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, having previously served as her PPS in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from June 2017. Between April 2019 and July 2019 Matt served as an Assistant Government Whip, before being appointed as a minister in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. As Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Digital and Broadband, this portfolio covers digital and tech policy, online harms and security, digital infrastructure and digital skills.
Matt's mother-in-law worked for the RSPB at Freiston Shore and his father-in-law was a long-serving science teacher at Boston Grammar School. Matt and his wife Rachel have known and loved Lincolnshire for more than a decade and live between Boston and Skegness with their young daughter.
Cllr Craig Leyland, CCB Member (Public Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: East Lindsey District Council - Leader
Craig has been a district councillor since 2007 and was elected leader in 2015 after serving as deputy leader and planning portfolio holder. He has strong family connections with Lincolnshire and have lived here since 1984. Craig is a partner in his family business trading in Woodhall Spa as VOC Antiques since 1986. Lincolnshire is a wonderful place to live and work and he is delighted that Mablethorpe and Skegness have been given the opportunity to be part of the Town Fund initiative. He will work hard to make sure we are successful in securing a great future for both towns.
Cllr Steve Kirk, CCB Member (Public Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: East Lindsey District Council (Portfolio Holder for Coastal Economy)
Specialist areas: Training, Quality Assurance, Consultancy (FE), Housing
Steve has lived in Skegness for the last 38 years. He has two children that were both educated in the town before heading off to university. Steve represents Skegness on the Town District and County Councils. In addition, he is Portfolio Holder for the Coastal Economy, Employment and Skills at the district council. Steve is a Chartered Manager and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
Steve runs his own training company that delivers Assessor and Internal Quality Assurance qualifications across the UK from its centre in Boston, Manchester, Birmingham and London. He also runs a consultancy service for organisations working in or about to enter the FE sector. Prior to this Steve spent 10 years as an Area Manager for a London based Housing Association. The Housing association specialist in housing and support for those with mental health, drug or alcohol problems. Steve sits on a number of different boards including the Lincolnshire Coastal Destination Bid and Skegness Trading Company and is a trustee of two local charities; East Lindsey Information Technology Centre (First College) and Skegness Sports Association. He is also a member of the Gibraltar Point Advisor Committee. In his spare time, Steve likes to get some sleep.
Cllr Carl Tebbutt, CCB Member (Public Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea Town Council - Town Mayor
Specialist areas: Clothing and Sportswear
Cllr Carl Tebbutt was born in Loughborough and moved to Mablethorpe in 1975 to start a Record Shop which expanded into a small chain and independent record label. In 1990 a change of direction saw a move into the Promotional clothing and sportswear business which Carl still operates from Manby, supplying printed and embroidered workwear and teamwear to clubs and businesses throughout the country.
He has been a Town Councillor at Mablethorpe & Sutton Town Council for a period spanning over 30 years and finally in 2019 found time to take on role of Mayor. As well as this Carl has been an active member of the community having been Chair of Mablethorpe Carnival throughout the 1980s and serving on many other committees and local groups. Carl is also a Football Referee, now into his 25th season and also plays Walking Football for Louth Town and a team he founded himself Sutton Sharks. He looks forward to taking part in this exciting new opportunity for the area.
Cllr Tony Tye, CCB Member (Public Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: Skegness Town Council
Specialist areas: Planning
Tony is a member of the Skegness Town Council and has been for just under a year. He is Chair of both Chair of the Planning Committee and Coastal Community Team. He was ex Chair of Skegness Chamber of Trade & Commerce and ex-Chairman of Skegness Hoteliers Association as well as being ex Chair of 20.20. Vision, (Skegness Town Plan). Tony is also a member of Skegness Rotary Club.
Cllr Colin Davie, CCB Member (Public Sector Representative)
Organisation and Role: Lincolnshire County Council (Executive Councillor for Economy & Place)
Specialist areas: Entertainment, Event Organisation, International Relations
Colin Davie is the Executive Councillor for Economy & Place at Lincolnshire County Council. This is a position he has held since 2013 and one to which he was reappointed, following elections in May 2017. He has been a member of the County Council since 2005. He is also a Director and Board Member of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership. He is also a director of National research charity, the Renewable Energy Foundation.
Colin lives on his family farm, where he grew up in the Village of Orby, close to the Lincolnshire coast and is married to Vanessa. He studied Politics and Economic History in London and then went into the Entertainment Industry where he has had a hugely successful career as an Agent, Manager and Promoter of major International events for nearly 35 years. The company he founded in 1992 (Planet 7 Entertainment Ltd) continues to provide event services internationally and he has proudly worked with such stars as Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie & Andrea Boccelli. He has also coordinated major events such as Miss World and the IIFA Awards and produced musical theatre events such as Mama Mia, Chicago and the Sound of Music in the Middle East.
He is a passionate advocate for stronger International relationships to aid economic growth and has been a champion of stronger ties between Hunan and Lincolnshire since he took office in 2013. He believes in a strong interconnected World based on mutual relationships and is a strong advocate for China and India been central to a successful global economic model for the future. He also believes emerging markets will drive a successful global economy and sees his country as Global Britain, trading and working in partnership across the globe.
Gill Alton OBE, CCB Member (Stakeholder)
Organisation and Role: Grimsby Institute - CEO
Specialist areas: Education
Bio: Gill entered the educational sector as a lecturer in 1986 and has worked in many different roles during her 30 years in the sector. In 2010 she left Grimsby Institute as the Deputy Principal to take up the post of Principal and CEO of Rotherham College. During her time at
Rotherham College she developed the campus significantly to provide state of the art resources for learners whilst focussing on continuous quality improvements which saw the college judged as Good with Outstanding features for the first time in its history. In 2015 she initiated a merger with another college because she believed a larger college in Rotherham would help it thrive and make it more able to adapt to changing Government policy.
In 2015 Gill was appointed as the CEO of the Grimsby Institute Group and returned to the Greater Lincolnshire area. The Grimsby Institute Group (campuses in Grimsby, Scarborough and Skegness) offers outstanding provision from entry level through to degree level and in 2017 the Grimsby Institute Group was judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted and it is currently the only college in the region to achieve this status. In 2017 Gill was appointed to both the Principals' Reference Group and the National Leaders in FE.
On a personal level Gill is married with no children but has three beautiful rescue dogs. In 2018 Gill was awarded an OBE for services to education.
Claire Foster MA PGCE, CCB Member (Stakeholder)
Organisation and Role: Boston College - CEO
Claire has devoted a 25-year career to working in further and higher education. She is passionate about improving people’s life chances through the transformational power of education, skills and training. Claire has worked in several successful colleges, initially as a teacher in the creative arts. She has been a senior leader for 7 years and proudly now, as the Principal and CEO of Boston College. She has developed many new and different approaches to educational challenges and enjoys the chance to challenge the ‘norm’. As a proud mother of three grown up children, she is particularly pleased that Thomas, her son with Down’s Syndrome, demonstrates the usefulness of people with educational needs, working in the East Coast family business that she and her husband runs.
Although she started her current college role in the midst of the pandemic (yes,… that was interesting…), Claire has worked quickly to build strong, purposeful partnerships with businesses in Boston and its surrounds, to secure mutually beneficial opportunities, such as the Town Deal, made possible from effective collaboration.
Sid Dennis, CCB Member (Stakeholder)
Organisation and Role: Visit Lincs Coast BID - Chairman
Specialist areas: Recyling, Entertainment
Sid was born and has lived in Skegness all of his life, enjoying every minute of it. He has been married to Marie for over 45 years and has two Sons and 3 Grand Daughters.
In his younger years he was a bass guitarist and singer in a local rock band and in 1980 successfully went on to hone his skills as a Comedian and After Dinner Speaker. He was honoured to be asked to join the Grand Order of Water Rats of which he is a proud member.
Sid owns and runs a Family owned Recycling Company based in Skegness, which has been established since 1884. He is a serving ELDC Councillor (9 years) and a member of Skegness Town Council (9 years). He is also Chairman of the BID Board, a member of the Skegness chamber of trade and a member of his local PPG (Patient Participation Group]. He is part of our local Hospital Watch and a member of the Skegness Twinning Association.
Lisa Fairlie, CCB Member (Stakeholder)
Organisation and Role: Platform Housing Group - Assistant Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods
Specialist areas: Housing, Business Transformation
Lisa is the Assistant Director of Communities and Neighbourhoods at Platform Housing Group. She is managing the Eastern region which covers area hubs in Louth, Matlock, Leicester and Market Harborough. Her housing teams provide housing management services to customers across East Lindsey including LSVT properties. She joined Platform in October of last year having worked for over 30 years for her previous employer; a large part of that involved working across Lincolnshire and East Lindsey, so she has many connections with partners and stakeholders in the area as well as being very familiar with the geography and demography.
Platform is undergoing a period of transformation, being a newly formed organisation via a merger with Waterloo Housing Group and Fortis Living. Currently they are looking at the way they work with their customers and the services they provide focussing on sustainable tenancies and ways they can support customers in their tenancies by providing a service that meets their needs. They are particularly passionate about making a difference to as many people as possible through the way they deliver their services and offering a bespoke service that meets individual needs and circumstances.
On a personal level, Lisa is married with 2 daughters, 3 stepsons and 2 dogs, so has a very busy household. She enjoys reading, travelling and socialising when she is not immersed in the world of social housing, which does take up quite a lot of her time!
Adrian Benjamin, CCB Member (Stakeholder)
Organisation and Role: Mablethorpe and Sutton CCT - Chair of the Sutton on Sea Residents Association
Specialist areas: Fundraising, Editor of Magazines
Adrian is Chair of the Sutton on Sea Residents Association, a group which meets at the Bacchus each month to focus on key local topics. It is led by a strong steering committee which again meets monthly. For a year he was a fundraiser for the Sutton-on-Sea & Trusthorpe Carnival & then for two years was its committee's chair. He then used this experience to chair a group which brought back the Carnival to Mablethorpe. He was able to do this as he had become chair of the Boatshed Charity. When the Coastal Community Team was set up by the Mablethorpe Area Partnership he became Secretary of both bodies.
With the help of the media project Coastal Breeze & the websites www.mablethorpe.info & www.suttononsea.info a network of communications has been built up & this has involved Adrian editing the magazine TROVE which is taken out by volunteers from the Residents Association to every door in Sutton-on-Sea, &, on alternate months, the magazine TIDINGS which is distributed throughout Mablethorpe
In 2019 Adrian became a town councillor. He currently chairs the council's Events Working Party, and is vice-chair of the Acre Gap Conservation Area Working Party, & represent the council on the Young Persons Forum. In the same local elections he secured, by a majority of almost 500, a position on the District Council where he currently serves as a member of the Audit & Governance Committee.
Caroline Killeavy, CCB Member (Stakeholder)
Organisation and Role: YMCA - CEO
Specialist areas: Public/not for profit sectors, community development and involvement, urban regeneration and community development/support
Caroline joined YMCA Lincolnshire as Chief Executive in 2018, following a successful senior leadership career in the public/not for profit sectors, more recently leading the community team for a large national charity.
Caroline's expertise lies in community development and involvement, urban regeneration and community development/support. Lincolnshire YMCA has been supporting communities across Lincolnshire for the past 150 years and the current portfolio consists of supported and emergency accommodation, community based child and youth services, training & skills development programmes and physical & mental wellbeing support services.
Institute of Directors - Winner Third Sector Director of the Year (East Midlands) 2019.
Regional Finalist - Forward Ladies Public Sector Award 2019.
Trustee - Lincoln City Foundation.
Sandra Williamson, CCB Member (Stakeholder)
Organisation and Role: Lincolnshire CCG
Andrew Stevenson, CCB Member (Stakeholder)
Organisation and Role: University of Lincoln - Director of Research & Enterprise
Specialist areas: Research and Enterprise, Relationship building, Business start-up and development, SME short-term failureAndrew is Director of Research & Enterprise at the University of Lincoln and leads the department which supports all research and enterprise activity across the institution, including: research grant support; business start-up & growth; technology transfer; funding partnerships; knowledge exchange; employer engagement and careers & employability.
At the heart of this work is a drive to establish wide and deep relationships with key industrial partners (e.g. Siemens around engineering and the Lincolnshire Co-operative around pharmacy). Andrew also had a leading role in establishing the Lincoln Science & Innovation Park and the Lincoln Growth Fund (supported by the Regional Growth Fund), alongside a range of access to finance initiatives for growing regional companies.
Prior to joining the University, Andrew established his own business from start-up, through development and growth to eventual sale. During this period he also secured an Executive MBA, with a particular focus on the reasons for SME short-term failure and how this can be improved.
Andrew is currently a Director and Chair of the East Midlands Incubation Network, a Director of Investors in Lincoln, the University spin-out company Metnano Limited and the Midlands Engine Innovation Group. He provides a key link to the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, the Midlands Engine and has led for the University on the establishment of the Midlands Enterprise Universities Group (alongside Wolverhampton, Coventry, Birmingham City, DeMontfort, Nottingham Trent and Derby universities).
Mark Humphreys, CCB Member (Stakeholder)
Organisation and Role: Magna Vitae - CEO
Specialist areas: Leisure Management/facilities, Local government services
Mark is the Chief Executive of Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure & Culture. Magna Vitae works primarily as a strategic and delivery partner to East Lindsey District Council advising and providing local leisure, physical activity, health and wellbeing facilities and services to support local people to lead healthier, fulfilled and active lives. In doing so the trust also partners with Arts Council England as one of their National Portfolio Organisations, with Louth and District Hospice and with North East Lincolnshire Council.
The trust operates facilities and services locally including the Horncastle Pool & Fitness Suite; Meridian Leisure Centre - Louth; Skegness Pool & Fitness Suite; Altitude44 Skegness; Station Sports Centre - Mablethorpe; Café Magna; Embassy Theatre Skegness; SO Festival; East Lindsey Events Safety Advisory Group... and much more.
Mark has a wealth of experience of improvement and transformation of local government services having developed and implemented several change projects. He has a MA in Leisure Management from the University of Sheffield which has helped him lead in the management and delivery of community leisure services with the early part of his career spent in front line service delivery, including the training of staff; and the latter in strategic management positions. He is also the director of Lincolnshire Coastal Destination BID and a trustee of Skegness Sports Association & Louth Sports Association.
Deborah Campbell, CCB Member
Organisation and role: Environment Agency (Area Coastal Manager)
MABLETHORPE & SKEGNESS
The Connected Coast
THE BOARD OF THE MABLETHORPE & SKEGNESS TOWN FUND BID