Having graduated in Modern Languages from Oxford University, I spent the next 13 years in Stoke working in economic development – particularly enterprise, business support and consultancy.
After two years at Staffordshire University helping academics commercialise their research I moved to North Staffordshire Chamber where I spent over eight years developing and managing a huge range of projects to help people start or grow successful businesses. I then jumped into a more commercial environment, with an international business consultancy, Winning Moves, where a led several multi-million pound projects to accelerate the development of small and medium sized businesses.
In August 2015 I took on a newly created role of Growth Hub Manager for Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. The Hub is a publicly funded, impartial one-stop-shop for all businesses and entrepreneurs seeking support or funding.