Meet
the Team

Leigh-Sara Timberlake

Executive Director

Time working with Business South: 11 years

Best bit about my job: Very excited about the Central South – Global Gateway agenda, after many years we have a chance to push aside personal agendas and really promote all that is great about the Central South collaboratively.

 

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Everyone stands to benefit from us having a joined up message for central gov, the rest of the UK and indeed the world!

What you don’t know: I have twin daughters of 21. We are a horse mad family competing most weekends all over the South of England.

Andy Swift

Champion Director – Surrey

Time working with Business South: 3 and half years

Best bit about my job: Helping businesses make connections to supply chains and supporting innovation.

 

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Best Business South event: Our Director’s Dinners are fantastic opportunities for our Champions to meet future customers and collaborators.

What you don’t know: I love the theatre, walking my two dogs and supporting Reading FC.

Natalie Maxim

Group Marketing Manager

Time working with Business South: Six and a half years

Best bit about my job: That every day is different at Business South. I love working with Action Groups, the Events teams and being in the thick of it!

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Working across the business on the start up and scale up side through to supporting business engagement with larger organisations makes you appreciate how much the Central South region has to offer and we’ve lucky to be working with great Champions who share our desire to make a difference.

What you might not know: I can’t function without tea. Travel journalist would be my ideal job. I have a lazy Frenchie who doesn’t like walking. 

Kate Proh

Business Support Executive

Time working with Business South: Joined in April 2019.

Best bit about my job: Retaining talent in the Central South region is my favourite agenda at the moment as this core theme naturally crosses over with a lot more of what Business South is trying to collectively achieve with its action groups.

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You can’t retain talent in the South if you don’t have the infrastructure (connectivity/housing/education) or employment in place to begin with.

What you don’t know: I love travelling. I love food, I love adventure. I do my best to give most things a try as  ‘Life is not a Rehearsal!’.

Natalie Hunt

Events Executive

Time working with Business South: 4 years

Best bit about my job: My favourite agenda is Workforce South, as within the HR header we are able to tackle so many different topics that can resonate to all levels of employees in the workplace.

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What you don’t know: I have an A-Level in Photography and before Business South I spent 10 years in the hospitality industry, and within that time, 8 years as a Deputy Manager of a Hotel.

Shirley Wynne Jones

Event Logistics Manager

Time working with Business South: 10 Years +

Best bit about my job: Cruise & Port South action group, there’s sense of pride in working alongside great organisations like Carnival, Cunard, Red Funnel & Southampton Hoteliers.

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Previous actions of this group have included improved signage to the various cruise terminal for visitors, better links with Southampton airport for passengers and new tourism initiatives and approaches to keep cruise passengers in the city for longer, especially for calling cruise visits by Aida.

What you don’t know: I am a keen traveller especially to the snow for ski holidays! Love a bit of pebble painting! Am the “go to” organiser within my group of friends for all events.

Annelies James

Marketing Support

Time working with Business South: 18 months

Best bit about my job: The Responsible South initiative, because I believe each business making a small impact will eventually lead to huge changes in the way we look after our planet and shape our future.

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It is wonderful to see so many exceptional businesses coming together for the bigger picture and also putting the Central South on the map.

What you don’t know: I have lived in Canada, I have flown a twin-engine plane, I have cage-dived within a 4.5 meter great white shark and I am 100% a mad cat lady.

Rosemary French OBE

Board Member

Time working with Business South: 3 years

Best bit about my job: The way that Business South brings all the issues together. You cannot talk about growth without talking about talent, you cannot talk about talent without talking about mental health and so on.

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Business South is THE organisation led by businesses to bring all of these together, to discuss, debate and identity solutions.

What you don’t know: I love cycle touring! After cycling 50 miles down the volcano in the morning, we quickly changed and got married at the last sunset of the Millennium!

Andy Pringle

Business Development Manager

Time working with Business South/Enterprise First: 6 years

Best bit about my job: Working with our small friendly team and equally friendly local business owners. It is great to be part of such a worthwhile cause. Having lived in the south for most of my life, I can wholeheartedly support the view that it is the perfect place to live, work, or run your own business.

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What you don’t know: I am a football fan and have written a series of books entitled ‘Where are they now?’

Julie Easterbrook

Business Adviser

Time working with Business South/Enterprise First: 6 years

Best bit about my job: The diversity of businesses that I am able to work with in the area. I particularly like solving financial challenges. Sometimes that is guiding clients through an application for the Government start-up loan to successful results.

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At other times I help unravel their cashflow problems and help them to find systems or services that alleviate the issue. Watching those businesses grow as a result is particularly exciting and satisfying.

What you don’t know: I have a passion for helping the less fortunate, whether that’s people or animals. I foster rescue dogs, fundraise for various charities, donate monthly a proportion of my income to good causes and provide mentoring for disadvantaged teenagers. At weekends I am often found doing Canicross events (trail running with my dogs).

Katy Waters

Programme Co-ordinator

Time working with Business South/Enterprise First: 4 years

Best bit about my job: Taking to and helping people who are just at the beginning of their businesses and seeing them grow into successful enterprises.

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What you don’t know: I have my own Vet Physio business and own 2 horses and 3 dogs.

Steve Jennings

Enterprise Centre Manager

Time working with Business South/Enterprise First: 6 years

Best bit about my job: Working with great teams at our Business Centres providing excellent support and space for our local Small Businesses liaising with with our advisory team when required.

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What you don’t know: I have two daughters and I am a grandad to a two year old grandaughter with another on the way. My wife and I have just bought a property in Spain where we and the family hope to have many holidays enjoying the sun and seaside.

Sue Davitt

Business Adviser

Best bit about my job: How lucky am I to work with so many owners of wildly varied businesses? Some of the business ideas have been truly extraordinary! I really love being a small part of their business’ progression. As a Business Adviser I am often ‘in’ at the very start but have had the pleasure of seeing so many of our clients go on to really flourish!

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What you don’t know: As a teenager I used to do ‘sponsored swims’ in aid of the British Legion. In the second year some friends and family capped their donations and refused to sponsor me by the length as I did 100 in my first year and some had quite a lot to pay up! But such a good cause.

Address
Business South

Business South
Ocean Village Innovation Centre
Ocean Village
Southampton
SO14 3JZ

Address
Enterprise First

11 Wellington Street
Aldershot
Hampshire
GU11 1DX

Telephone / email

Business South

Business South Office: 0844 225 3130
Business South Email: info@businesssouth.org

Events Office: 02382 021280
Events Office Email: eventsadmin@businesssouth.org

Enterprise First

Tel: 01252 319272
Email: info@enterprisefirst.co.uk