Allan Wilson: Wilson Partners
Having always had the ambition to have his own business, in February 2008, Allan left the City where he worked as an accountant for UBS Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse to start with his brother Chris a chartered accountancy and business advisory firm in the Thames Valley.
Two years later with a small team, Allan joined MD2MD and after eight years leads a successful business with 30 staff and which consistently delivers double digit growth year on year.
Wilson partners are not a typical small firm of accountants. Whilst they have the credentials and breadth of service to match the large firms they are themselves an ambitious owner managed business and so aim to work with like minded clients to solve the headaches of businesses ‘on a mission’.
Andrea Millington: Preedy Glass
Preedy Glass is a family run business which was established in 1913. Andrea has extensive experience in HR, H&S, finance and internal operational processes, software etc. She excels at problem solving, planning and driving the change. Preedy Glass’s mission is to exceed clients expectations by mirroring quality products with outstanding customer service.
Andrea’s love for nature, animals and helping others led her to become a service dogs trainer and also dog support to rescue services.
Brian Craig: Indium Corporation
Founded in 1934, Indium Corporation is a long-standing US based family business. It is an advanced materials company mostly focused at Electronics Assembly Industries. Managing Director Brian Craig has been with the business 30 years. He started in Technical Sales in the UK, then Europe where he developed a rudimentary Continental Sales Channel Partner network. He then moved to headquarters in New York to become Corporate Programs Manager, a Multi functional/training position. He subsequently returned to Europe as MD.
Charles Dall'Omo: Train Together
Charles’ vision is to facilitate sustainable positive impact in the local communities in which he works and lives by enabling employers and individuals to develop skills and the confidence that will revolutionise their everyday lives and gain qualifications that recognise the excellence of the service they provide. The mission of Train Together is to develop a more employable and content workforce, to provide individuals with more opportunities, more confidence, and a deeper skills base. Ultimately, they are committed to the promotion of a more prosperous society for all.
Ian Bray: GSSArchitecture
GSSArchitecture was founded in 1879, making them one of the longest established architectural practices in the country. As Managing Partner Ian is responsible for accounting, financial, and business management (including legal contractual matters) within the practice. He is also a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and a Project Manager, and responsible for these two disciplines within GSS. Ian has experience in various sectors, particularly the education and commercial sectors, and he can provide advice on the various forms of procurement, contracts and professional appointments.
Lee Wilmhurst: Steel Build
Steel Build improves working structures to ensure they’re safe and reliable, keeping up to date with ever changing laws and legislation. Our team of highly skilled, knowledgeable and professional staff complete work to the highest possible standard.
Grant Allaway: AudienceQ
After 17 years of owning and running ad2one – overseeing its expansion from the UK into Europe and Asia-Pac – Grant now works with and invests in a number of brilliant companies, mainly in the digital world. He is currently CEO at AudienceQ, the UK sales division of Near – one of the world’s largest data platforms powered by Geo-Location. This is an amazing opportunity to be part of a leading world-wide location business.
Mark Alexander: Airtanker
Mark is an experienced business leader with a demonstrated history of working in the security, defence and aerospace industry. Skilled in Operations Management, Programme Management, Team Leadership, and Product Development. He is a strong communications and information technology professional. Mark joined as CEO of AirTanker in June 2023.
Michael Pace: ZCJ Consulting Ltd
Michael has more than 30 years commercial and procurement leadership experience across the UK and North America in the NHS, retail and manufacturing sectors. Until summer 2023, Michael was MD at NHS London Procurement Partnership. Prior to this, he was based in Chicago, where he led and oversaw e-auctions for a number of blue chip organisations including WalMart, before returning to the United Kingdom and joining the NHS. He specialised in procurement, with notable roles in Great Ormond Street and the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency. Before joining NHS LPP, Michael was a director at the NHS Business Services Authority before transferring into NHS Supply Chain. After a wonderful 4 1/2 years at NHS LPP, Michael set up on his own again. Through ZCJ Consulting Ltd, he works in procurement and transformation roles as well as supporting HealthTech companies bring their developments into the Health Sector.
Mike Bagshaw: International Taste Solutions
Mike is Managing Director of International Taste Solutions (I.T.S.) who stand for bringing innovative, tailor-made and bang-on-trend flavours and textures to food, drinks and snacks. From an early entrepreneurial career that began by selling Spitting Image characters in his primary school playground, to becoming founder of a multi-million-pound specialist flavour supplier to the food industry, Mike Bagshaw is a man who knows the taste of success. His Newbury-based business, International Taste Solutions (ITS) which was founded in 2009 was voted Thames Valley Business of the year 2018 and has continued to grow at a fast pace.
Mike Salisbury: EvoEnergy
Michael has over 23 years experience in the design and installation of domestic, commercial and industrial building services. He has been the principle engineer on an array of projects including hospitals, hotels, schools, data centre, manufacturing and laboratories. As the Managing director, Mike is focused on his P&L responsibility, which encompasses consulting, sales, technical and operations. Leading a tight team of senior managers within the business to provide excellent customer satisfaction and service. He is also responsible for Health & Safety and compliance. Mike has overseen the achievement of Achillies, ISO 9001 and 14001 at EvoEnergy as well as certification for CHAS and Construction Online. In his spare time, Michael enjoys tennis and camping with his family. He is also kept busy keeping his classic VW camper van on the road.
Naomi Macey: Homes in Sedgemoor
Naomi joined Homes in Sedgemoor in 2019 and is responsible for all property related services including responsive repairs, void management and planned investment. A key part of her role is ensuring that homes are safe, warm and meet all regulatory requirements. Prior to joining Homes in Sedgemoor, Naomi worked for Charter Housing Association (part of the Pobl Group) in Wales for around 20 years covering various roles including housing management, lettings, customer services and asset management. Naomi has a Law Degree, holds a level 7 in Strategic Management & Leadership and is a Chartered Construction Manager with the Chartered Institute of Builders.
Paul Goodgame: The Chesterford Group
Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the food & beverages industry. A strong operations professional, skilled in QSR hospitality, negotiation, budgeting and business planning. A family man with 3 children (19, 14 & 9) and to this day he has no idea why his amazing wife has put up with him for over 20 years!!!!Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the food & beverages industry. A strong operations professional, skilled in QSR hospitality, negotiation, budgeting and business planning. A family man with 3 children (19, 14 & 9) and to this day he has no idea why his amazing wife has put up with him for over 20 years!!!!
Ralph Egas: abstraction
Ralph’s passion for gaming started way back with the venerated Commodore 64 and Amiga consoles. He honed his programming skills in industry for many years but the desire for autonomy and creative freedom led him to establish abstraction in 2007 as a Sole Proprietor. Nowadays, they’re a corporation with over 80 staff members. Ralph now leaves much of the actual coding to the wonderfully talented abstraction team and besides being a guardian of their core values, he spends much of his time researching and envisioning new business opportunities, gaming concepts and technologies, so they can stay ahead of the curve.
Rick Lorenzo: Inventive Creations Ltd
Rick is the owner and Managing Director of Inventive Creations. Inventive Creations is proud to offer the most comprehensive range of shower seal designs and products in the UK. They have been involved with bathrooms and shower room design, installation and after sales for over 20 years and they put all of their knowledge and expertise into their products and services. The company recently moved from Leybourne to a larger premises in Sittingbourne, Kent, to cope with their expanding business and product range.
Richard Newman: AT&C Professional Systems Ltd
AT&C provide high quality audio visual solutions for commercial markets, which currently include the hospitality and high street retail verticals. Boosting an impressive reference list of some of the most well known brands in the world.AT&C provide high quality audio visual solutions for commercial markets, which currently include the hospitality and high street retail verticals. Boosting an impressive reference list of some of the most well known brands in the world.
Sarah Perry: Lowell UK and Overdales Ltd
Sarah has extensive executive and non executive experience. She is currently a non executive director of Lowell UK and Overdales Ltd. Audit a Risk Committee member. Executive and Board Advisory and Executive and Leadership coach. Combines strategic, P&L and commercial experience with leading transformational change and growth whilst creating value through engaging customer and colleague experiences.
Former Managing Partner of large regional law firm. With a creative mindset to find practical solutions that add value, she combines vision, innovation and agile management to leverage opportunities, safeguard interests and drive organisational and cultural change. She was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Coventry University.
Scott Horne: Lakeside Group
Lakeside Group are established suppliers of high-quality reflective products for use within the traffic and safety, vehicle safety, graphics and road stud markets.
Partnering with leading manufacturers such as Avery Dennison & Aura Optical Systems we supply the full range of reflective products including traditional glass bead and cutting edge microprismatic self-adhesive reflective vinyl.
Steve Abbott: Woodford Heating & Energy Ltd
Having worked in the building services and construction industry for 21 years, Steve has been fortunate to have experience ranging across numerous industry sectors and spanning both public and private sector projects. The growth and increasing use of digital solutions in construction is something Steve is passionate about being at the forefront in his current position of Managing Director at Woodford Heating and Energy, whilst always maintaining focus on Quality & their Customers. Additionally, ensuring the long-term sustainability of their industry through apprenticeship and training programmes is something at the heart of Steve’s, and the company’s corporate values, to help build the successful and skilled workforce that the sector so greatly requires.
Steve Webber: The Rooflight Company
Steve Webber is Managing Director of the Rooflight Company, a design-led manufacturer and supplier of high quality heritage, modern and bespoke rooflights.
Appointed during its infancy in 1993 as one of a team of four, today Steve is part of the Leadership Team delivering a sustainable growth strategy for the benefit of over 70 Co-owners. Guided by their principles of a value-led culture, innovation and sustainability, they offer an environment so all employees can develop to their full potential.