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John Markham OBE, BSc(Hons), CEng, CSci, FIChemE

Chairman Email John
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John has had a distinguished career in the chemical industry, holding a range of executive management positions with ICI, Albright and Wilson and Hickson International. In January 1995, John was awarded the OBE for services to industry in West Cumbria.

He also has significant experience in the regeneration sector, and was previously Chairman of the Whitehaven Development Company (WDC) – a public/private partnership which was established to spearhead the regeneration of the town,Read More

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Cllr. Heather Smith

Leader of Northamptonshire County Council Email Cllr. Heather
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Biography coming soon.

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Brian Binley MP

Vice-Chairman Email Brian
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Born in 1942, Brian is Chairman of BCC Marketing Services. Brian created BCC Marketing in Wellingborough in 1988 to offer a database building service to the direct marketing industry. The company has prospered and now employs some 100 people turning over approximately £1.4 million.

In 1997, Brian was elected to serve the Hackleton electoral division as a councillor on Northamptonshire County Council and was quickly appointed to act as the Conservative Party's FinanceRead More

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Cllr. Tom Beattie

Leader, Corby Borough Council Email Cllr. Tom
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Cllr Tom Beattie has been a Councillor in Corby since 2003 and was elected Leader of Corby Borough Council in December 2011.

Tom represents CBC on East Midlands Councils and is Chair of the Regional Employers Board. He is also an Executive Board member of CEEP UK (the organisation that represents public sector employers in Europe) and is a member of the LGA Workforce Board. Tom previously worked in the field of learning and skills for the Unite trade union, where he was a National OfficerRead More

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Sarah Canning

Partner - Head of Litigation, Franklins LLP Email Sarah
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Sarah is a Solicitor and came to Northamptonshire in the late 80s. She joined Franklins Solicitors in 1992, progressing to partnership in 1997 and is now Head of Litigation Services across the firm’s offices in Northampton and Milton Keynes.

Sarah specialises in a broad range of work from contractual, director disputes and debt recovery to OFT investigations as well as being experienced in alternative dispute resolution. In addition Sarah oversees the business migration work undertakenRead More

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Jon Corbett

Head of Corporate Banking, Barclays
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Jon Corbett is Head of Corporate Banking for Barclays in Northamptonshire & Milton Keynes as well as extending to cover various neighbouring counties.

He joined Barclays in 1987 and is ACIB qualified

Jon’s previous roles have given experience as a Relationship Director, where he worked with clients with medium sized businesses in Northampton, before moving on to various leadership roles. Jon led the Corporate Banking teams for BarclaysRead More

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Gerald Couldrake

Company Secretary, Howes Percival Solicitors
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Gerald has been a Partner at Howes Percival Solicitors since 1989. Specialising in corporate and commercial law, Gerald acts principally for family-owned and SME companies in Northamptonshire.

In addition, Gerald is the Company Secretary for the British Racing Driver’s Club and is a trustee of the Rockingham Forest Trust.

Gerald has been the Company Secretary of NEP since its inception and prior to that was involved in the formation of its predecessor NorthamptonshireRead More

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Pratima Dattani

VCSE Representative, Wellingborough Homes
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Pratima has over 30 years experience of working with the voluntary and community sector. She is a founder member and Board member of Gharana Housing Association, a Black and Minority Ethnic Housing Association providing housing and support services for Asian older people.  She also has 25 years experience of working in  local government leading  community development and community regeneration programmes and partnership working between statutory and non statutory partners. PratimaRead More

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Stephen M Davies

Chief Executive & Principal, Moulton College Email Stephen M
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Stephen is responsible for all aspects of the operation of Moulton College which includes overseeing the training and education of over 8,000 students per annum together with the operation of seven commercial enterprises to support the development of employability skills of the students.

Moulton College is one of the leading land based colleges in the UK specialising in land based, sports and construction with centres in Moulton, Great Billing, Higham Ferrers, Silverstone and DaventryRead More

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Cllr. Andre Gonzalez De Savage

Northamptonshire County Council Email Cllr. Andre
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André has been a loyal and dedicated resident of Northamptonshire for over a quarter of a century.
He has travelled extensively throughout the world and uses his experiences to broaden the opportunities and future direction of a county and a country which he respects, appreciates and is truly passionate about.

One of André’s main roles is Cabinet Member for Strategic Infrastructure, Economic Growth and Public Protection at Northamptonshire County CouncilRead More

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Graham Goss

Consultant, Haines Watts Chartered Accountants
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Graham is Senior Partner of Haines Watts Chartered Accountants in Northampton and Kettering and was a founder member of the Northamptonshire Enterprise Board in 2006.

Graham trained as a Chartered Accountant in Chester and North Wales. Following seven years with a top 4 practice in Liverpool, Newcastle upon Tyne and London, he moved into commerce with a US multinational as European Director of Internal Audit and has worked extensively Europe and the USA.

He then joinedRead More

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Chris Hatfield

Managing Director, David Wilson Homes
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As Managing Director, Chris is responsible for all aspects of Divisional operations including land acquisitions, technical and commercial appraisal of development sites, and sales and construction activities.  Reporting to Chris is an experienced team of directors.

He joined David Wilson Homes South Midlands in February 2003 as Development Director, was made Deputy Managing Director in January 2005 and was promoted to Managing Director in July 2011. Prior to working at DWH SouthRead More

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Andrew Langley

Managing Director, Juniper Trading Ltd.
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Andrew is the founder, owner and Managing Director of Juniper Trading Ltd, which supplies a wide range of leather goods mainly B2B in the corporate promotions market. Juniper has also developed its own in house high quality St James Leathergifts brand which sells to consumers online.

A former Cabinet member of Northamptonshire County Council, and current Chairman of Destination Nene Valley, Andrew is passionate about Northamptonshire, the county he was born and raised in. 

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Victoria Miles

Chief Executive, Northamptonshire Community Foundation Email Victoria
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Victoria Miles has been Chief Executive at Northamptonshire Community Foundation for 7 years, having spent the previous 5 years as Director of Marketing and Development at Milton Keynes Community Foundation.

Prior to this Victoria had a career in local newspapers working primarily on educational publications and capital building projects to develop multi-media classrooms for young people and communities training them to write and print their own newspapers. Before this, VictoriaRead More

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Cllr. Chris Millar

Leader, Daventry District Council Email Cllr. Chris
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Chris, who has three sons, worked in the banking industry for 25 years.

He has been Leader of Daventry District Council since August 1999 and was a County Councillor between 2001-2013.

Chris was also a Board Member of the West Northants Development Corporation (WNDC) 2005-2014 and chaired the WNDC Audit & Risk committee since its inception. He has also chaired the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership Shadow Board since around 2004.

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Cllr. Steven North

East Northamptonshire Council
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Biography coming soon.

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Prof. Nick Petford

Vice Chancellor & CEO, University of Northampton Email Prof. Nick
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Previously Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) at Bournemouth University and before that Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Kingston University, Nick has worked in industry (BP) and on academic and commercial research projects throughout the world, most recently as a consultant to DFID (UK) and CONICYT, the National Research Council for Chile.

Nick is a former Royal Society University Research Fellow and Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. He has held visitingRead More

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David Reynolds

Chairman, North Northants Development Company Email David
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David Reynolds has lived in Northamptonshire all his life coming from a farming family that has worked in the area for many generations.

A founding director of Napier Brown Holdings, he played a key role in the growth of its group of food companies across the UK and Europe before its listing on the AIM in 2002 and eventual acquisition by the Real Good Food Group in 2005.

The owner of a thriving and diversified family farming business, David remains embedded in the agricultureRead More

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David Rolton

Founder, Rolton Group Email David
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David is a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineer with capability covering a wide range of engineering in the areas of construction, the built environment and manufacturing.

He spent his early career with international engineering consultants and international bridge builders. In recent years he has been mostly active in the low carbon sector and in the influences of renewable energy technologies in the transition to a low carbon economy.

He is the Founder of three ProfessionalRead More

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James Saunders-Watson

Head of Investment Trust Marketing, J.P. Morgan Email James
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James is Managing Director and owner of Rockingham Castle Estate which has interests in commercial and residential property, property development, arable farming, tourism and the heritage.

He is also Head of Marketing for Investment Trusts at JPMorgan Asset Management and serves as Chairman of North Northamptonshire Landowners Group which brings together land, development and growth interests in North Northamptonshire. He is also Chairman of the Finance Committee and a Trustee of SeafarersRead More

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Martin Sutherland

Chief Executive, Royal & Derngate Email Martin
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Martin Sutherland has been Chief Executive of Royal & Derngate, Northampton for five years having spent the previous four years as Director of The Corn Exchange & New Greenham Arts in Newbury, Berkshire.

Prior to this Martin worked as an independent producer and general manager, touring over 50 theatre, comedy and circus productions throughout the UK and internationally. His early career was spent working with commercial theatre producers including Elton John's Rocket TheatreRead More

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