Site Metrics and Web Analytics by WebSTAT Get to know our members and their interests-Network York

keeping business on track

Meet the Members

Picture herel
Welcome to our Member’s page at Network York…
Our team are listed here and by clicking on their names you will be able to learn lots more about who they are and what they do.
Feel free to contact any of them if you wish to follow up and utilise their incredible skill sets.

Enjoy.
Peter Gibson, M.D. Coles Solicitors
Peter Gibson was brought up in Saltburn and studied Law at Newcastle University, followed by the College of Law at York.
 
Peter’s work history includes time at Iron Trades Insurance, Corries Solicitors and Minster Law Solicitors in York.
 
In 2006 Peter took the helm at Coles Solicitors in Northallerton and over the following years has grown and expanded the organisation to cover a number of offices across North Yorkshire and an ever increasing range of services.
Picture herel
Peter lives with his partner, his step father and his partners grandmother together with Clemmie the Jack Russell and Peppy the Labrador, along with three chickens Honey, Lola and Rosie. Rumours abound about the imminent  arrival of the Pink and Blue Sheep: Cheryl Cole and Norris Cole.

Peter is an enthusiastic networker and proactive lawyer.He has been an active member of Network York since 2010. Of his membership of the Network Peter says “our monthly meeting of professionals has provided a very useful forum for networking and learning with other likeminded professionals. Firm friends have been made and real business has been generated”


Contact details:

Tel Nos: York : 01904 679990
please see www.coles-law.co.uk for other office nos.
Website: www.coles-law.co.uk
LinkedIn: Peter Gibson. http://uk.linkedin.com/in/petergibson
Twitter: @COLESsolicitors https://twitter.com/COLESsolicitors:

Check
Richard Hodgson, Client Relationship Manager, Brooks Macdonald
Richard Hodgson, Client Relationship Manager, Brooks Macdonald
 
Richard joined Brooks Macdonald in 2017, providing  advice to trustees and employers on all aspects of their employee benefits programs, having spent the previous 15 years working for Capita Employee Benefits. With over 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector, Richard has a broad technical knowledge of the employee benefits industry and awareness of the impact that pension and benefit arrangements have on the business of clients.  He holds a number of professional qualifications including the Diploma in Financial Planning.   
 Picture herel
Richard is a proud Yorkshireman, having spent all his life living in various places within the white rose county.  Outside of work, Richard enjoys spending time with his friends and family and is a keen follower of most sports, particularly crown green bowling.
 
Contact details
 
Telephone – 01904 615076
Linked In –
www.linkedin.com/in/richard-hodgson-232a3132/
Website -
www.brooksmacdonald.com/employee-benefits
Charlotte Harrison, Founding Partner and M.D. of mass architecture
Charlotte Harrison, BA(Hons), DipArch(UCL), RIBA, MA, graduated from the Bartlett in 1999. Charlotte co-organised an international festival of architecture in Leeds before joining Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects, where she ran projects for Shelter and the Barbican Arts Centre.

Together with Glen McGowan she formed mass architecture in 2004 in London and moved to York in 2009.

Charlotte has been a design tutor and lecturer in 20th Century Theory of Architecture at Universities in London, Leeds and Sheffield.

mass architecture are currently working within the Yorkshire region on:
Picture herel
New contemporary, homes (PassivHaus, CfSH)
Refurbishment/Extensions of period houses, often in Conservation Areas
New-build or conversion commercial projects – retail units, restaurants, offices (BREEAM)
New-build or conversion community buildings – Community Halls, Sports Halls, sports facilities, school extensions, nursery buildings
Church conservation/refurbishment projects

Services

Feasibility studies
Investigating the feasibility of a project in terms of the client’s aspirations and requirements

Measured surveys
Producing or arranging an accurate survey of an existing building or arranging a topographic survey

Historic Building Assessment/Conservation management plan
Making an appraisal of what is important (significant) about a particular building and why. This is required in order to know how changes ought to be made (if at all) to an historic building

Public consultation / Community engagement
Helping to communicate to and engage the individuals or groups that live/work near to a place where a new building/facility is being proposed

Development appraisals
Looking at the scope of what can potentially be built on a given piece of land and what this might provide in terms of a return on investment

Developing design proposals
This can be through a range of media such as sketches, models and computer generated images

Applying for statutory approvals
Planning applications, listed building applications, building control applications. Planning Appeals

Appointing consultants
Advising on and appointing any other consultants specifically required. For example, structural and building services engineers, cost consultants and energy consultants

Preparing construction information
Producing technical construction drawings, schedules and specifications

Obtaining tenders for building work
Drawing up a list of appropriate tenderers and overseeing the tendering process

Administering a building contract
Administering the building contract between the client and the builder to ensure that both parties are fulfilling their respective duties

Personal Interests

Charlotte is currently training for the Paris Marathon in April 2015, she has enjoyed long distance running for over 6 years and has braved the cold and wet on many a dark winter’s morning to pound the streets and fields around York. Her favourite place to run is the North York Moors.

Charlotte is also interested in philosophy but isn’t quite sure what it all means yet!

“Network York is entirely refreshing experience, the informal format is welcomed but most of all I am thoroughly impressed by the people who make up the group.”

Contact details:

Tel: 01904 848898
Website: www.massarchitecture.com
LinkedIn:Charlotte Richardson http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/charlotte-harrison/28/1b/121
Twitter https://twitter.com/massarch
Steve Kent, M.D.Kent Building Developments Ltd
I obtained my HND in Civil Engineering in 1979. I have worked on countless construction projects from roads and bridges to development of deep mines. At Selby I was part of a production record breaking team in the construction of one of the deep mine shafts at Whitemoor Mine.
I started Kent Building Developments Ltd in 2003 where my technical expertise and management skills have enabled the company to offer a quality service in design and construction. 
I am looking for enquiries that result in potential clients who appreciate bespoke home designs, especially with energy efficient options.
We specialise in Barn Conversions, Listed Properties, Planning & Design & Eco-Friendly Homes.   
Picture herel
“I have been  a member of Network York for many years. In recent months our workload has been the result of connections in one form or another going back over 5 years.
Being a member of Network York has certainly been very beneficial and I have met a lot of useful contacts.”

Picture herel


Learn about Steve's Radio contributions. Click here.

Contact Details:
Tel nos: 07774 754946 or 01944 759 259
Website: http://www.kent-build.co.uk/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevekentbuilder Twitter: https://twitter.com/kentbuild
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kent-Building-Developments-Ltd/116795725180194
http://kent-build.blogspot.co.uk/
Anne Ma’aye, Network York
Anne has 25 years of experience of organising small and very large events. Working on weddings for up to 2,000 guests in the Middle East to weddings for a few hundred back in the UK.has given Anne vast experience of organising events.
She has organised several Charity Balls for Sargent Cancer Care for Children ( now CLIC) and for the ‘Guardian Angels’ of York, to raise funds for a special care unit and nurse for the local children’s ward at York Hospital.
Picture herel
Over the last few years she has also successfully organised various business networks in York, Leeds and Harrogate. She has also experience in Business Development and worked for 3 years with Tricia Douglas a well known interior designer here in York.

Having run all types of Business networks with different formats, Anne now feels through her experience that she has a format that maximises her members opportunities for personal, business development and business referrals. In 2015 she intends to extend the membership to 30 members and to continue to give the best and most beneficial services to her members enhancing their networking experience

Her special interests are helping and motivating people to achieve their business goals. Encouraging young people to follow their ambitions. Charity work.

In her leisure time Anne likes anything to do with ‘The Arts’, cultural visits, architecture, history , travelling and meeting people from other cultures, reading,dancing, spending time with her 3 children, and dining out with friends.

Contact details:

Tel No: 07803616878
website: www.network-york.co.uk
LinkedIn: Anne Ma’aye https://www.linkedin.com/profile/public-profile-settings?trk=prof-edit-edit-public_profile
Twitter: @networkyork2006 https://twitter.com/networkyork2006
Twitter:@linchpin4 https://twitter.com/linchpin4
Manar Matusiak, M.D. Of Living Autism
Picture herel Living Autism was set up in 2010 to help people with autism and their support circle to find the most appropriate support and services for their needs. There is a wealth of helpful information on the website and those looking for services can use the search function to look for services in their location or nationally. Living Autism also has a proactive and unique Autism Placement Support Service. This service enables families looking for schools, residential placements or supported living packages to have support in working through the complexities of the health and local authority systems. All providers within the Living Autism network are validated to check they do what they say they do.

My special interests are Autistic Spectrum Conditions. In my leisure time I enjoy experiences that include a learning component, as well as relaxing with family and friends at the theatre or over dinner with good wines and stimulating conversations. 

“I have been a member of Network York since it started in 2006 it is a great place for businesses and professionals to network and share and discuss business issues.”

Contact details:

Tel no: 0113 815 0210
Website: www.livingautism.co.uk
LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/manar-matusiak/23/513/5b3
Twitter:@manarmatusiak https://twitter.com/manarmatusiak
Twitter:@livingautism https://twitter.com/LivingAutismuk


check
Adrian McClaren, Cert.PFS FPC Whole of market mortgage specialist
As you will no doubt be aware, the world of property financing is changing on a day by day basis. If you would like to benefit from my 30 years of experience and knowledge in the market, please feel free to contact me, Adrian McClaren, your local Mortgage and Protection Specialist. I’m a whole of market broker: in simple terms I can access nearly all the lenders offers. Because I’m a whole of market broker I’ll find you a deal that meets your requirements.
Picture herel
The first meeting with me is at my cost. I’ll find out from you, in the strictest confidence, your current situation and I’ll talk with you about where you wish to be.

My clients have found that my knowledge and ability is the enabler to helping them achieve the results they require. Please contact me to arrange our first meeting: remember it will not cost you a thing!

My special interests are playing table tennis and tennis , watching football and keeping  fit and healthy
 
“I have been a member of Network York for 4 years now and have found it to be one of the best networks that I have and am attending. It is a more in depth form of networking and therefore you get to make the all important trusting relationships between the members leading to quality business referrals.”


Contact Details:

Tel no: 07818086390
Website: http://www.adrianmcclaren.co.uk
an associate of Pen Life
http://www.pen-life.co.uk
LinkedIn profile: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/adrian-mcclaren/b/9a0/475
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/adrianmacclaren
https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&q=%40adrianmacclaren&src=typd
Michael Menzies-Baird,-Coles Solicitors - Commercial Consultant Solicitor
Former Bomb Technician now a Friendly, approachable and most importantly affordable Lawyer (Civil Litigation) based in Yorkshire.

Whatever legal issue you have it's vital to get the right expert advice. You need to know your entitlements and be sure that you're not wasting valuable time and money.
Picture herel
Our speciality is in offering genuinely honest advice. Sometimes such advice might not be what you want to hear but we will always endeavour to provide a unique, personal service which is an honest response to your requirements and ensure you receive the individual specialist treatment you deserve.

In addition, whenever possible, we will quote you a fixed fee.

Specialities:
Company Law
Employment Law
Debt Recovery
Commercial debt recovery
Landlord & Tenant Disputes
Professional Negligence
Boundary Disputes
Criminal Injuries inc. sexual assaults, physical assault and psychological injury. Personal Injury
Right of Way Disputes
Liquor Licensing

My special interests are SSAFA (military charity work) and trying to keep fit
“Network York is the most refreshingly different type of networking that is around. Many copy its format but none are as good.”

Contact details:

Address: 22 Lairgate Beverley HU17 8EP
Email: michael.menzies-baird@coles-law.co.uk
Tel No: 01482 231300
Website : www.coles-law.co.uk
Michael Menzies-Baird http://www.uk.linkedin.com/in/yorksolicitor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/minguslaw
Julie Parkin, Events Manager at Novotel Hotel York
I began my career in Hospitality by studying Leisure and Tourism in the Sixth Form, then moved on to college to study Reception for Forte Posthouse.
 
Following a successful 3-month work placement at the Posthouse Sheffield the Hotel invited me to stay on, and after spending 2 years on Reception I joined the Conference and Events team.
 
I have now been in the Industry for 19 years and have been extremely fortunate to work in some fantastic Hotels throughout the UK.
 
My passion is for Events and I truly love how different each day can be - whether it be organising training courses, Charity Dinners, Networking events or Wedding Receptions.  I always put the needs of my guests first and strive to make their every experience at the Hotel the best it can possibly be.
Picture herel
I settled here in York in 2009 to begin my career with Novotel. The best part of working at the Novotel York Centre is the fantastic team here - it really is the backbone of everything that’s achieved and I am very proud that we consistently deliver high levels of service.
 
In a highly competitive and demanding industry people’s expectations have changed, but I am pleased to say we still manage to exceed and “Wow” our guests.
 
In my spare time I enjoy classes at my local gym, getting lost in a good book and spending as much time as I can with family and friends.

Contact details:
Tel No: 01904 611660
Website: http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-0949-novotel-york-centre/index.shtml
Andrew Richardson, M.D. of PenLife Associates Chartered Financial Planners
Andrew started his working life in the RAF, joined the financial services world at 26, worked for Abbey National until 32, joined Pen Life at 33.
 Picture herel
Pen-Life Offers financial planning solutions to individuals and companies across Yorkshire.
Established  30 years ago offering straight forward advice and guidance to our clients and connections across the region
We specialise in Inheritance tax planning , Investments and Retirement solutions
Much of our work comes from referrals. Pen-Life have worked hard to achieve ISO 22222 status, are Chartered and Fee Based, attributes most consumer associations advise those seeking advice to look for.

Very few Independent Financial Advisers in the country meet these criteria; in fact Pen-Life is perhaps the only one in North Yorkshire.
For investment advice from the Independent Financial Advisors at Pen-Life, please apply for a Discovery Meeting with us.

Company: Equinox Financial Planning
Senior Partner Practice of St. James's Place Wealth Management

We specialise in providing high quality personal advice on many aspects of wealth management, advising clients of widely differing financial resources and of all ages. Additionally, we assist businesses in the increasingly complex area of corporate financial planning, providing guidance on pensions, protection for directors, key employees or shareholders, tax reliefs and aspects of exit strategy planning.

In my leisure time I am a keen golfer and cyclist

“I have been a member of Network York since it’s launch in 2008. It is a small and perfectly formed network , building a  true understanding of the members business and services they can offer in a friendly and welcoming environment long term relationships can prosper.”

Contact Details:

Tel no: 01904 819793
Website: http://www.equinoxfinancialplanning.co.uk
Twitter :@PenLifeUK https://twitter.com/PenLifeUK
LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/andrew-richardson/3/866/71


check
Jane Sachedina, Sachedinas Solicitors
I have been a solicitor specialising in company commercial work for 30 years.  I have had my own niche company commercial practice for the last 10 years.  My unique selling point is to my total focus on the client using fixed and capped fees for most of the work that I do so that clients can be assured of complete fee transparency.
Picture herel
My interests are networking skills and helping people to improve those skills for the benefit of their business.  Anything to do with business.

In my leisure time I enjoy the theatre and dancing salsa.

“Network York has emerged into one of the most effective networks that I have ever belonged to.  It is like a family of like minded business people who care about each other and each others businesses.”


Contact details:

Tel no: 01904 793195
Website: http://www.sachlaw.co.uk
Linkedin: Jane Sachedina http://uk.linkedin.com/in/janesachedina
James Plant, Barrister at Law
I am a barrister specialising in Personal Injury, Product Liability and general tortious and/or contractual disputes. I represent individuals, businesses, organisations and insurance companies upon instruction from solicitors and also from members of the public (by Public Access).

I grew up in York before moving to London in 2000. I worked for a PR firm before a change of direction and retraining to be a barrister (law conversion, Bar School and pupillage). I have been a barrister at Farrar’s Building in the Temple since 2005.

I moved back to York in 2014 and now live near Sheriff Hutton where my wife and I are slowly but surely renovating a farmhouse and learning how to garden! When I’m not at work I can usually be found puzzling over a power tool or swinging a spade… I also enjoy weight training, running and cooking (sadly not in that order) and, whenever I can, indulge my passion for antiques by rummaging through flea markets, auctions and junk shops.
Picture herel
I mainly work from home but represent clients in court nationwide – one day is very different from the next and I split my time between advocacy in court, drafting and advising. I pride myself on being modern, flexible and approachable and I am always happy to discuss cases with my clients informally as well as acting on formal instructions.

I am a new member of Network York having joined towards the end of 2015. I was looking to meet like-minded individuals, expand my network and learn how other businesses operate and grow. I attended as a guest member one month and immediately signed up!

The group was extremely sociable and welcoming from the off. There are members who, through the group, are colleagues but also firm friends yet it never feels cliquey. What is most striking is that every member is genuinely supportive and encouraging of the businesses and ideas of other members. If one person raises a problem or spots an opportunity there is always a raft of suggested solutions or recommended people to contact.

In only a short amount of time I have been referred work for new clients, have recommended people I know to members of the group and have recommended members to people I know. Every week business is conducted between members but also between members and people they know outside of the group.

In short it’s a network that works.

Contact Details

Website: http://www.farrarsbuilding.co.uk/barrister/james-plant
LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/jamesrichardplant
Jane Coope, owns and leads HR Dept. Vale of York
HR is my passion – despite over 25 years working across all sectors and including a stint as a university academic, I never get tired of the challenges (and fun!) of HR. My roles have included Head of HR for the National Trust, Director of People & Business Services at Guide Dogs and Director of HR at Marlborough College. My work experience is backed up by an MSc in HR, an MBA and various teaching and training qualifications. I am a Fellow of the CIPD (the professional body for HR professionals) and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Picture herel
I currently own and lead HR Dept Vale of York – an HR and Training consultancy firm providing the full range of services to organisations in our area. We offer everything from a one off contract of employment through to a fully outsourced HR service. We are incredibly flexible about the services we can provide and pride ourselves on being local, personal and highly professional. No remote call centres or template advice with us! We offer a free, no obligation first meeting so that we can learn more about your needs and you can see what working with HR Dept Vale of York would be like. Do get in touch to find out more.
Outside of work you will usually find me with my wellies on either walking with our black Labrador in the North York Moors where we live or doing battle with the weeds in our vegetable patch! Baking for an appreciative family is always a pleasure and I am currently inflicting not-quite-set preserves on them as I learn the mysteries of jam making. Travel is a passion with highlights including Bhutan, Borneo, Nepal and Africa. My first degree was in English Literature and Drama and I have kept a love of those subjects throughout my adult life. My dramatic interests are rather more low brow these days however as I enjoy writing and directing pantomimes – oh yes I do!

Contact Details:


Jane.coope@hrdept.co.uk
01904 557640
07790 820937
www.hrdept.co.uk
LinkedIn https://uk.linkedin.com/in/janecoopehr
Twitter https://www.twitter.com/aneCoopeHR
Facebook HR Dept Vale of York


check
Keith Humphreys M.D. Pinpoint Commercial Finance Ltd
Having over 28 years banking experience working in a variety of Business and Corporate finance roles with 3 major banks, I finally made the decision to follow my passion and form my own Business and Commercial Finance brokerage, www.Pinpoint.Finance .
I am committed to helping individuals and business owners find suitable funding solutions. I work closely with local with business owners directly or with clients of local professionals, accountants, solicitors, independent financial advisers and residential mortgage specialists. 
 
I can access all types of Commercial Mortgages, Business Loans, Investment Finance, Development Finance, Asset Finance and Cash Flow Finance, from a variety of lenders, specialising in complex Buy to Let cases, professional landlords including HMO’s status property’s and ownership within Limited Company structures.
 Picture herel
Finding Finance or reviewing your existing arrangements can be difficult, time consuming and confusing for many business owners.  That’s why choosing the right business and commercial finance broker is an important decision to make.
 
If you are looking for business or commercial finance either now or in the future I would be delighted to hear from you.


“Being a member of Network York for the last few years reinforces my principles that “good business is built on strong relationships”.  This networking group is informal and friendly yet professional and business focused.  It has a great spread of professionals from all areas of business, giving you access to their expertise and experiences in all areas of business life.”
 
Contact details

Tel No: 01904 866100
Website: www.Pinpoint.Finance
Linkedin: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/keithhumphreys3
Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/pinpointfinance


check
Mark Stredwick Owner of Brewtown Tours

Mark Stredwick was brought up in Yarm and studied Economics at Sheffield University. His work history includes 7 years involved with databases and reporting on data for marketing, working on boat and ships on Sydney harbour and in the dredging industry and lastly in beer tourism.

Picture herel
In May 2016 after his 16 years in Sydney, Australia Mark moved back to his home county of Yorkshire. Looking into the local beer scene on his return, he was bowled over by the number of microbreweries in the area and the quality and variety of beer styles they were producing. Due to his experience in Sydney of beer tourism he decided set Brewtown Tours taking people to the small out of the way breweries promoting local produce and small businesses.

In September 2016 Mark moved permanently to York  and joined Network York.

Contact Details:

Tel: 01904 636666
Website: www.brewtowntours.co.uk
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Brewtowntours
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brewtowntours


check
Gary Marshall, Senior Investment Manager, Cardale Assessment Management

Gary grew up and lives in York. Post-graduation from Liverpool University he started his stockbroking career in 1993 and qualified with BWD Rensburg.

Gary was a co-founder of TD Waterhouse Institutional broking, which was acquired by WH Ireland in 2006 when he was appointed Head of Institutional Sales. Gary then became Director of Equity Sales for Arden Partners in London in 2009 before moving back to Yorkshire to join Cardale Asset Management in 2012.
Picture herel
As a Chartered Fellow of the Securities Institute and a Chartered Wealth Manager, with over 24 years market experience encompassing Investment Management, Institutional Equity Sales & Corporate PLC Advisory, Gary has a wealth of knowledge and experience to draw upon when providing solutions for clients.

Gary believes that it is important to offer clients a total wealth management solution if required. The two divisions of Cardale Asset Management and Cardale Financial Planning work together to optimise clients’ assets and aspirations.

Cardale Asset Management is a discretionary asset management business, specialising in bespoke portfolio management, probate and stockbroking for private clients, intermediaries, charities, trustees and pension funds.

Cardale Financial Planning offers independent advice specialising in pension funding and retirement planning, long term care, inheritance tax, trust, estate and succession planning.

Cardale was formed in 2003 with its roots dating back to the 1970’s and it now employs over 50 people and is a unique, independent, fee based wealth management business.

Outside work, Gary’s two children keep him busy and he is also a keen cyclist which keeps in check his other interests in food and wine!

Gary would be happy to provide an initial meeting to discuss your financial aims and priorities

Contact details:

Tel: 01423 534100   Fax: 01423 534123
Website:
www.cardale-asset.co.uk
LinkedIn: Gary Marshall
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-marshall-433a7622
Chelle Thirsk M.D. CGA

Member: Chelle Thirsk M.D. CGA

Chartered Certified Accountants and Taxation Advisors (with a difference)

On the 26
th July 1991 I began work at CGA.  In those days it was files as far as the eye could see and one computer shyly sulking in the corner.  Many years later (too many) – having taken the helm in 1998 -  our paperless office and flourishing client list means that I still enjoy coming to work each and every day. But there is still so much more to achieve for both CGA and our clients.
Picture herel
There is no place that I would rather be than at my desk or sitting on one of our comfy sofas, coffee in hand, advising clients from a full spectrum of regional businesses.  I am a self-confessed ‘doer’ and am enjoying working my way through a rather long bucket list, having ticked off a 15,000 feet parachute jump, fire walking and zorbing, there is still much to go! As a Zumba and Fight Fit addict, a good bottle of wine and a thriller make a relaxing change.

My interests are Horse Racing, Rugby Union and Music Festivals and Gigs

“I have been a member of Network York for 3 years and I find it to be professional, friendly and informal. It offers the opportunity to share ideas and to benefit from the experiences of other professionals.  The size and structure of the network means that we really get to build strong relationships, the foundations of which ensure that business gets done within the group wherever possible.”

Contact Details

Tel:  Office: 01904 720718
Mobile: 07921 460262 Website: 
www.cga-york.co.uk LinkedIn: Chelle Thirsk http://uk.linkedin.com/in/chellethirsk
Twitter: @chelle-thirsk https://twitter.com/Chelle_Thirsk
Alison Bolton Trustee & Volunteer for charity Kyra Women’s Project
Originally from Newcastle, I studied French at Hull University followed by a certificate in Bi-lingual Business Administration at the City of London Polytechnic.
Picture herel
My career started in management training with The Industrial Society in London. It continued as Youth Enterprise Manager in the Business Enterprise Centre in Sunderland (!) and then segued into marketing and PR, before leading large community volunteer projects in the USA and finally returning to the UK to retrain and qualify to teach English as a foreign language to students and business people in York.

I am now fully occupied as a ‘hands on’ volunteer and trustee for Kyra Women’s Project. I am responsible for PR, event organising and delivering workshops on building self esteem and confidence.

I am passionate about raising Kyra’s profile in order to attract the support we need in order to raise this unique York charity to the next level – it’s own front door.

Contact details:

Tel :07581 038821
Email:
ali@kyra.org.uk
Website:
www.kyra.org.uk
Instagram: @Kyrawomen
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/@Kyrawomen
Beki Whitehouse
On leaving school I embarked on a successful and happy career with HSBC Bank, now having almost 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry.
As a qualified Financial Advisor I have a wealth of experience advising clients in all areas of financial planning but in particular now focus on working with clients who wish to review their protection needs. I also specialise in helping Employers who wish to provide employee benefits to their staff.

I am proud to be a qualified adviser and hold the Chartered Insurance Institute Diploma in Financial Planning and the Chartered Institute of Bankers Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice.

Picture herel
Following redundancy 6 years ago, I seized the opportunity to leave what was becoming a very ‘sales’ driven environment and moved into the world of self-employment. This has given me the chance to focus on building true relationships with my clients, getting to know and understand exactly what their individual needs are and advising them accordingly in all areas of protection – these being life insurance, critical illness cover, income protection, medical insurance and health cash plans, along with funeral plans. Based on client feedback I can now also advise clients who wish to make a Will, and/or set up Powers of Attorney.

I work with a range of clients, who vary from Individuals and Families, right through to Sole Trader owner managed businesses, Partnerships and Limited Companies and I take great pride in giving my clients peace of mind.

When not working you’ll either find me at the gym or knee deep in mud gardening!
Contact details:
Tel - 07753 297622
Email -
beki@deathanddisease.com
Website – www.deathanddisease.com
LinkedIn -
www.linkedin.com/in/bekiwhitehousedipcii
Owen Turner Creative Director, Brand Consultant and Founder of United by Design
Owen is Creative Director, Brand Consultant and Founder of United by Design

When not at work Owen enjoys running, playing rugby York RI RUFC, reminiscing about surfing, loves to explore artisan food & drink, especially beer from the growing craft ale scene.

He lives in York with his wife and 2 young children but has lived and worked in a range of places before settling in the city; including Bristol, Bath, Leeds, London, Ashbourne, Bury St Edmunds, Banbury, Northampton and Hovingham.

At United by Design ‘We BrandHappy®’ – an independent, award winning branding & graphic design consultancy located in York but working nationally with a range of clients, across different sectors. 

With a great track record for creating and nurturing brands, we work with individuals and organisations across a range of sectors in the UK and overseas. I bring over 20 years of experience in the creative and design industry to my role. Working closely with our clients and nurturing and leading a team of talented people
Picture herel
Both creatively and strategically, Owen likes to think! But most of all he prides the teams ability to listen, understand our clients and find out what’s unique about them, so that we can produce work that’s individual, bold and effective.

The business constantly strives to make business and their brands stand out, attract attention, win loyalty and get talked about. Brands – be they companies, products or services – that enjoy success. We think things through. We ensure that work is executed to the highest standard: work that demands effectiveness!

Adding value is key to what we do at United by Design. We give unique, high value solutions: Solutions that continue to reward time and time again! If you’ve got a good product or service, we’ll give you a great brand.

Owen certainly loves to build lasting relationships with his clients, becoming the trusted design partner of numerous organisations. This is because United by Design has a proven track record of not only delivering on promises, but exceeding expectations.

Specialising in: Brand strategy, brand positioning, brand identity, naming, brand architecture, brand packaging, brand communications (editorial, stationery, annual reports & accounts, leaflets, brochures, flyers, posters & books), advertising & branded environments.

Owen is obviously passionate about his client work at United by Design but also is very active in the wider creative industry. He is currently Deputy Master of the Guild of Media Arts and sits on the board of York Professionals.

01904 615 050
www.unitedbydesign.co
Twitter;
@ubd_studio and @owen_ubd
LinkedIN;
https://www.linkedin.com/in/owenturner/
Facebook; www.facebook.com/unitedbydesign/
Rachel MacKenzie
Rachel MacKenzie, Business Development Manager, One Stop Business Finance Ltd
Rachel Mackenzie was brought up in Wiltshire before living her adult life in Pocklington, York.
Rachel began her career with a Vintage Tearoom and baking business before taking hold of her finance reigns.
Picture herel
One Stop Business Finance provide a brokering facility and their own book lending facility which allows for unusual borrowing requirements for businesses unable to secure finance through the more conventional routes. One Stop securely lends money from privately managed funds over an 18 month period to LLP and Limited companies.
Rachel is also a retained firefighter in her spare time serving her community in Pocklington.
Rachel lives with her partner and two children alongside three dogs and 1,200 pigs on a farm.
Contact Details

Tel No: 07557 403847
Office Tel: 01757 289885
Email:
rachelmackenzie@osbf.co.uk
Website:
www.osbf.co.uk
© 2017 Contact Me