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Frances Rutter

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council

As Chief Executive of Epsom & Ewell Borough Council, Frances Rutter is responsible for 300 employees delivering over 200 services. This includes accountability, in the last year, for the collection of 13,130 tonnes of kerbside recycling, 260 food hygiene inspections, emergency housing for 150 families, the regulation of over 200 licenced establishments and a herd of cattle grazing Epsom Common! As Returning Officer, Frances also has responsibility for ensuring the regions elections are run correctly.

Frances, who was previously Assistant Chief Executive at Elmbridge Borough Council, was appointed Chief Executive to Epsom & Ewell Borough Council in 2009, becoming only the fifth person to take up the post in the authority’s 77-year history.

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Cllr Humphreys

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

I have been in the Financial Service industry advising high net worth clients for the past 26 years.  My career started with being a man from the Pru. After which I worked for a Global Bank, HSBC, as an Independent Financial Adviser.  Following a long employment with them, I became an equity owner and IFA for a National IFA company.

Our company utilises 21st century technology to conduct our business following the recent over haul through the Retail Distribution Review.  We offer a fee based advisory service through all channels of communication.

My wife and myself also have 2 further Businesses, a cost management & procurement company and Cardiacaid distributing Defibrillators.

As a Councillor I am involved with the local community including representing my constituents, helping events and safe guarding Banstead as a Village.

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Peter Martin

Surrey County Council

Peter is Deputy Leader of Surrey County Council and has responsibility for business and the economy. He was elected to the County Council in 2005 and has served in the Cabinet since 2007, having held the Environment and the Education portfolios.  Peter is also a Waverley Borough and a Godalming Town Councillor and was the Mayor of Godalming in 2005/6.

Peter holds an Honours degree in Geography from Durham University and is a qualified accountant.  After graduation, he taught in Khartoum, Sudan for 2 years before a career of over 30 years in the international IT industry where he held senior management positions in Finance and Marketing in London, Paris and New York.

Peter is married with now 3 grown up children.

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Brian Woods

WS Planning & Architecture

Brian Woods worked for five Local Planning Authorities culminating as Head of Development Control for Runnymede Borough Council. He was subsequently Planning Manager at a Commercial Property Company, Associate at a Planning Consultancy and now Managing Director of WS Planning & Architecture, which he started in 1992. He has gained over 30 years of experience in planning and regularly acts as an expert planning witness at Public Inquiries for a wide range of clients.

Brian is the Chairman of the Surrey Hills East Branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and Regional Vice Chairman. He is involved in the Reigate & Banstead Borough Council Entrepreneurs Academy where he sits on the panel of Dragons and is proud to be sponsoring the Young Business Person of the Year Award at the Surrey Business Awards 2016.

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Jonathan Richards

CEO of breatheHR

Jonathan is CEO of breatheHR which he founded 4 years ago with a plan to develop a really user friendly online system to help businesses build, motivate and retain great teams. Prior to founding breatheHR he ran a software consultancy that implemented bespoke HR systems for larger companies. 

Jonathan also Co-Founded MARSC, a market research software company, and is now Non-Exec Chairman.

 In his spare time, Jonathan regularly attempts outdoor challenges that include sailing the Atlantic, climbing in the Himalaya and long distance self-supported kayak trips.  He spends as much time as possible walking in the mountains and kayaking the UK’s rivers.

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Sue Taylor

ALPS Surrey

I work for ALPS Surrey which stands for the Association of Learning Providers in Surrey,  and I represent the colleges and providers who deliver apprenticeships and other vocational learning across Surrey.  I have also ran various contracts including over the past two years the successful graduation ceremonies supported by the Federation of Small Businesses and Surrey County Council.  I work very closely as a network on policy around apprenticeships and ALPS and the members are certainly challenged at this time with the introduction of the Levy and what this means to smaller companies which Surrey is mainly made up of.  I am an experienced judge, having for the past two years Chaired the regional awards for the Skills Funding Agency and worked with them on supporting other regions across the country.

The opportunity for apprentices and companies is very exciting in the new era and I feel positive that many young people will make a positive choice in their favour when considering their options at the end of GCSE’s and A levels with the growing higher level apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships being introduce.

I am married with two grown up girls. My love is for the countryside, I am the proud owner of an event horse which is competed by my daughter and a little west highland terrier!

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Roya Croudace

Enterprise M3 Growth Hub

Roya is a specialist in helping SMEs to grow and innovate. She has spent the last 10 years working with over 300 small to medium sized businesses in a range of sectors including Digital, Professional and Business Services, Space, Engineering and Construction in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. Roya has been a coach and consultant, providing tailored support, helping businesses with their strategy and delivery to maximise revenue, productivity and profit. She also uses a range of innovation tools to provide a frame work for businesses to develop an innovative culture.

As a senior manager Roya’s experience and expertise comes from a career working for some of the top media houses in the UK including Reed Elsevier and Emap. As Sales Director across both B2C and B2B publications she was responsible for taking brands offline to a digital platform, performance management, leading and working with Board Directors to develop new product strategies and investment, whilst also being responsible for key stakeholders and advertisers. She successfully developed strategies and delivered profit targets, and increases in market share.

Roya is a great believer that success comes from driving a proactive culture throughout the whole organisation, starting with strong leadership. Her personal values include enthusiasm, passion, championing innovation, creativity and collaboration.

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Melanie Wrightson

Gatwick Airport

As Community Engagement Manager at Gatwick Airport Limited, Melanie works across the airport’s neighbouring boroughs and districts, building relationships to support local community and business activities. She manages a programme of community investment, including events and activities designed to raise awareness and understanding of the airport’s operations, and to strengthen the airport’s understanding of community matters. Melanie manages the relationship with Gatwick’s charity partnerships, and promotes employee engagement in volunteering and fundraising.

She supports the airport’s consultative committee,  GATCOM and works with colleagues across the airport to develop Gatwick’s position as a community airport and a good neighbour.

With a background in law, Melanie has been a Surrey resident over 15 years.

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Andrew Mosby

Menzies LLP

Andrew is a partner at Menzies LLP and specialises in providing business advice to SMEs and mid-corporate businesses.

With a strong bias in the retail and technology sectors, Andrew works with a large number of overseas groups looking to expand into the UK and across Europe. He is also a member of the firm’s Strategic Consultancy team and focuses on helping businesses to develop.

Andrew also heads the firm’s Corporate Governance team, offering the full range of company secretarial services. Whilst being strong on compliance, his real strength is his ability to understand client needs and deliver a commercial solution that works.

On a personal level, Andrew enjoys spending time with his children, playing golf and swimming.

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Graham Hindley

Rothmans Accountants

Graham is a Partner in Sutton.  He joined the Sutton office in 1984, grew the business and then merged it with Rothman Pantall in 1996.

Graham has been a Partner for 29 years.  He specialises in advising owner-managed businesses.  He is a very commercial accountant with a sound background in Audit, accounts  preparation, tax planning, business systems and Cloud based accounting systems such as Xero.

Graham is extremely proactive with his clients and is ready to assist and suggest strategies on projects such as the purchase and sale of businesses, raising finance and assisting businesses that are encountering difficult trade conditions.

He lives in Epsom Downs and is married with two sons.

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Andy Miller

Rothmans Accountants

Andy joined Rothmans in 2002 and became a partner in the Sutton office in 2006.

He enjoys working with owner managed businesses where he can work with his clients not only on the preparation of statutory accounts and auditing but also help with forecasting and budgeting and looking at long term strategies to help them develop their businesses.

Andy has experience with a range of SME sectors and has also developed specialisms in charities and pension funds.

Andy and his family live close to the office in Banstead and outside work he enjoys keeping fit by doing Pilates and spending many hours pounding the streets in preparation for his next marathon. To date he has completed fourteen including London, Las Vegas and several in fancy dress; as Elvis and Batman’s side kick Robin.

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Keith McGroary

Spelthorne Borough Council

Keith was appointed to Spelthorne Council in 2008 when there was no economic development team employed by the council, so had to set up the service from scratch.

He has worked hard over the years on helping to support and develop the Spelthorne Business Forum which now has over 600 members.  Keith was appointed by BP for 6 months to work at the BP offices in Sunbury with their staff for 1 day a week in order to help develop and improve their corporate relationship with other local authorities including Hounslow.

Over the last 3 years there has been a Business Plan Competition for Spelthorne entrepreneurs brought about by an idea by the local MP Kwasi Kwarteng; Keith has worked as part of the team including marking the initial entries, to ensure that this was a complete success.  In November 2015 Staines-upon-Thames was identified as the Number 1 location for new business start-ups in the UK with 43 for every 10,000 of the population, compared with a national average of just 14, clearly there is something in the air that has made that possible and in some way it is hoped that some of the support and provisions put in place by Spelthorne Council have contributed towards that success.

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Cllr. John Kingsbury

Woking Borough Council

John Kingsbury represented St. Johns and Hook Heath on Woking Borough Council from 1999 to 2016, being re-elected in 2016 to serve the new Heathlands division.  John was privileged to have served the Borough as Mayor in 2006/07 and has been Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Finance since July 2008.  He is Vice-Chairman of the Woking Joint Committee of Borough and County Councillors dealing with road and transport issues, as well as making decisions concerning parking, speed restrictions and traffic flow measures, health and wellbeing, and youth services.

John is a member of the Surrey Civilian Military Partnership Board supporting the Community Covenant and last year was appointed Woking’s Armed Forces Champion.

John has lived in Woking and been involved with the community all his life.  He has  been an active fundraiser for several local charities including the Royal British Legion, where he is a Branch Chairman and member of the Surrey County Committee, and the Alzheimer’s Society.  John is also Vice-Chairman of St. John’s Care.