Meet the Team

Leigh-Sara Timberlake

Group CEO

Joined Business South in 2008

Best bit about my job: Very excited about the Central South UK 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 and we are a horse mad family competing most weekends all over the South of England.

Hazel Warwick


Joined Business South in 2017.

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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 Swift

Champion Director – Surrey

Joined Business South in 2016.

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.

Kate Proh

Business Support Executive

Joined Business South 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

Business Support Executive

Joined Business South in June 2015.

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.

Julie Easterbrook

Business Adviser

Joined Business South in 2014.

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).

Sue Davitt

Business Adviser

Joined Business South in 2014.

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.

Shirley Wynne Jones

Event Logistics

Joined Business South in 2010.

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.

Business South

Solent Business Centre
343 Millbrook Road West
SO15 0HW

Telephone / email

Tel: 02380 518223
Tel: 0844 332 0131