Newark Towns Fund
Board Member Profiles
Abbot & CoHenry Price
- Managing Director
Aviation 360Simon Witts
- Founder & CEO
Simon Witts is an experienced is a highly experienced transportation operations, engineering, regulatory, education, skills & training senior executive with a career spanning all aspects of airline and aviation operations - latterly working across other sectors. An Executive Director on the Boards of 5 regional airlines, including for British Airways, initially in an Engineering/Technical capacity and latterly responsible for all aspects of airline operations (COO role). He created and was then Director of the Training Academy at Flybe - considered by many to be a nationally significant Academy. A GoSkills Board Member, he established and Chaired the then GoSkills Aviation Industry Board and he also established and chaired the Exeter & Heart of Devon Employment and Skills Board. He spent two years at City & Guilds/ILM Group as a Director before founding Aviation Skills Partnership in 2013, leaving in 2019 to found Aviation 360.
Born near London and a Graduate from Queen Mary College, University of London, in Aeronautical/Electronic Engineering, he also spent 9 years with the UK Civil Aviation Authority in flight test and transport aeroplane certification, including responsibility for the Boeing 777 programme. He started his career with Bristow Helicopters in Engineering and flight test, moving to Racal/Decca in the development, marketing/sales of navigation/mission management systems involving significant worldwide experience.
Balderton Parish Council Cllr Ronnie White
- Area Lead
Benoy LtdTom Cartledge
- Joint Chairman of the Newark Town Board and Chief Executive
With a varied and international background spanning real estate, retail and investment, Tom is driven by a passion to change the world through design. His vision is shaped by the desire to leave a lasting legacy for people and places, underpinned by economic prosperity, social wellbeing and sustainable development. When he’s not working, Tom enjoys spending time with his family and indulging his passion for sport on the golf course and tennis court. He also coaches at a local rugby club and holds a board advisory role at his beloved Nottingham Forest FC.
British SugarGodfrey Mpundu
- Factory Manager
Canal and River TrustLinny Beaumont
- Partnerships and External Relationships Manager
Linny Beaumont is the Partnerships & External Relationships Manager at the Canal & River Trust; covering the East Midlands region. Linny leads a team developing strategic and funding relationships with statutory and corporate partners and oversees media and communications. Within her current role she also sits on the D2N2 LEP Place Board as a Social Inclusion Representative. Linny has a background in partnerships and fundraising with a number of national organisations including The Prince’s Trust and Home-Start UK. In the past Linny was employed by Nottinghamshire County Council and Newark & Sherwood District Council as the Domestic Violence Policy Officer.
- Enterprise Manager
Alan is the East Midlands Enterprise Manager for the Canal & River Trust. His role is to develop and instigate projects that help improve the waterways for a range of users. Alan is an APM qualified Project Manager and led on a range of schemes from the development of a new cycle centre to the creation of new woodlands, play areas, skate parks and range of other access and recreation projects.
In his spare time, if he is not riding a bike, you’ll find him walking his dogs, fighting weeds in the allotment or he may have escaped on a canal boat holiday.
Alan Leather - Register of Interest (PDF File, 106kb)
Alan Leather - Terms of Reference (PDF File, 150kb)
D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Frank Horsley
- Head of Business and Innovation
Department for Communities and Local GovernmentRobert Jenrick
- MP for Newark
- PA to MP Robert Jenrick
Sue moved to Newark in 1977. Having previously worked in both the construction and manufacturing/retail industries, for the past 19 years Sue has been employed as PA to the Member of Parliament for Newark working out of the constituency office. Supporting constituents, working with local businesses and providing community engagement events. Sue is also Vice Chair of Governors at The Suthers School in Fernwood.
Department for Work and PensionsJane Cooper
- District Manager
- Civil Servant
- Senior HR Business Partner
Tim is a commercially focused senior HR professional, with a Masters in Strategic HRM and a further Post Graduate Diploma in Employment Law. Currently working within Dixons Carphone PLC who are Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and services company, employing over 41,000 people in nine countries. In his current role within the Services Division and responsible for an area covering 2,500 colleagues, Tim’s remit focuses on the Technical Repairs, Digital and Technology teams – across Newark, Acton and our store locations. This remit includes challenging how we attract, engage and develop our colleagues – in an area where the focus is on growing our own talent.
Previously Tim has held a number of senior roles covering predominately the 3rd Party logistics fields as well as various national and international mining businesses. Born in South Africa, Tim retains a passion for travelling and experiencing other cultures as well as spending time together as a family.
East Midlands Digital MediaMatt Colbourne
- Managing Director
Ellis Mather GroupMatthew Ellis-Mather
Having led the multi-million management buyout of Magnet Expert Ltd at the age of 25, Matthew continues to lead the Board and ambitious strategic vision of its parent company, Ellis Mather Group which he co-founded in 2016. Matthew was recognised as Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the East Midlands in 2019.
In his time with Magnet Expert Ltd and having co-founded Ellis Mather Group in 2016, Stuart continues to be pivotal in the commercial and operational success across the Group family of companies aided by his analytical and pro-active approach to strategy and market diversification.
John joined Edward Bailey & Son. in 1969, a Newark-based practice of Chartered Surveyors with offices across Nottinghamshire. During his time there he established their in-house residential investment and management department. The practice was sold after 20 years and John soon created a privately-owned residential investment business, Evenbrook, with the majority of the portfolio now based in the West Midlands. John remains a very active member of the British Property Federation Residential Investment Committee, having serves as its chairman for five years.
Farndon Parish Council Cllr Mick Baker
Mick has been involved at the parish level of Government for over 20 years with Farndon Parish Council. That experience has led to him now serving as Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Association of Local Councils. Mick feels it is important that local people have a say on how the future of their town should be shaped and is pleased to serve on the Board to achieve this. There are exciting times ahead
- Parish Clerk
Clerk to Farndon Parish Council, and also North Muskham, Jayne has spent the vast majority of her career working in local government, at all levels. She enjoys working with the community and the variety the roles bring. She also works at Newark Rugby Club, so life can be a little hectic at times, but it brings her in to contact with a lot of local people and businesses.
Gusto UKSteff Wright
- Chief Executive
Historic England Clive Fletcher
- Principal Advisor and Lead Specialist, Historic Places
Homes England Sandhya Ward
- Director Markets, Partnerships, Places
- Head of Place, Partnerships and New Business
Hoval Ian Dagley
- General Manager
Ian attended Magnus Grammar school and has been in Manufacturing for 40 years and a Director of Hoval Ltd for 15 years. He is a grantee of the Royal Warrant to Her Majesty the Queen for boilermaker and engineer.
Ian has also been associated with Fiskerton FC for 30 years as a player, manager and chairman. He was also Chairman of the Trent Autograss racing club based in Newark.
Ian has done quite a lot of coaching to local schools for those students who are about to leave school and move into work or further education.
- Sales Director
Ross has worked at Hoval Limited for 11 years, and became a Director three years ago, having been in the industry for more than 25 years. He moved to Newark six years ago.
Lincoln College Group Gary Headland
Gary Headland was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Lincoln College Group on 4th August 2014. He is responsible for three further education and higher education colleges in the East Midlands, which are located in Newark, Lincoln and Gainsborough, as well as several colleges overseas and UK commercial operations. Gary is a Deputy Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Regional Chairman of the Institute of Directors for the East Midlands, Chairman of the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a Director of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and a Midlands Engine Export Champion for the Department of International Trade.
- Director of Strategic Growth
National Heritage Lottery FundLesley Owen-Jones
- Development Manager
Masdings of Newark Darren Burke
Mr Darren Burke is company director of Masdings, designer fashion store on Middlegate, Newark. With over 30 years of experience in fashion and retail he also runs two websites for the stores, Masdings.com and Oxygenclothing.co.uk
He has lived in Newark all his life and feels very passionately about the wonderful market town that we have. He strongly believes it is one of the best market towns in the country. He feels positively hopeful that with the boards strong plans for the town we can continue to survive and thrive for the next 25 years.
He wants his children to grow up in the wonderful town that he did and be provided with the best education and opportunities that will eventually translate into employment within the local area.
He believes that community interaction across all generations is vital for a prosperous town. Together with a mixture of traditional and digital retail to build the future of Newark.
National Careers ServiceDarren Scott
- Team Manager
Network Rail Andrew Ruff
- Senior Sponsor
Newark and Sherwood Citizens Advice BureauJackie Insley
- Chief Officer
Jackie Insley has been the Chief Officer of Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark for 24 Years. She has experience in all business sectors and prior to joining the Citizens Advice Service, trained as a Money Advice Caseworker with the charity, Small Traders Advice Centre. Jackie’s working life started at the Halifax where she worked for 3 years before moving to Newark & Sherwood District Council’s Housing Benefits Department. Through the work contributions she makes around equality, social inclusion, research and campaigns, Jackie is driven by change to improve and empower people's lives...Realising early on in her career, her voice could make the most difference in the diverse voluntary sector. Jackie has a long history of partnership working, managing contracts that include Money and Pensions Service and Legal Services Commission contracts. Outside the Citizens Advice service, Jackie holds a first class honours degree in Business and Finance and is a board member of Newark & Sherwood Community & Voluntary Service.
Newark and Sherwood District CouncilCllr. David Lloyd
- Joint Chairman of the Newark Town Board and Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council
Leader of Newark & Sherwood District Council and a Councillor for the Beacon Ward in Newark on both the District and Town Councils. He is Chairman of the Policy & Finance Committee of the District Council. Formerly he has been Chairman of the Economic Development Committee and held earlier positions on finance and scrutiny committees. He has been Leader of Newark Town Council and Chairman of the Finance & Policy Committee there. In addition to a number of town interest groups, he represents the District on East Midlands Councils and the Local Government Association. His employment background includes international and UK politics, local government, business consultancy, training and various retail/leisure/hospitality employments – these have included his own company and trustee positions on charities.
Cllr Keith Girling
- Deputy Leader
- Chief Executive
John began his Local Government career as an Administrative Trainee at Nottingham City Council in 1987. Working his way up through the ranks in various Local Authorities, John took up the position of Chief Executive at Newark and Sherwood District Council in July 2018. A passionate and committed public servant, John has a wealth of experience of initiating and leading organisational change; forging purposeful partnerships and networks; developing and delivering corporate strategies; leading implementation of high profile and high impact projects and driving up performance and value for money. John is a keen, competitive sportsman. In his spare time, he enjoys a game of football with his colleagues. He also cycles around the District and takes part in a number of regular running events.
- Director of Growth
- Business Manager, Economic Growth
Neil Cuttell has recently joined Newark & Sherwood District Council as Business Manager for Economic Growth. Neil has been working in the field of economic development for over 20 years, and has delivered a range of programmes and projects within communities, including new commercial premises, community centres, public realm and housing. Neil has comprehensive experience of bid writing, programme & project development, options analysis, evaluation, appraisal and delivery. Neil has recently been responsible for the devolution of the adult education budget in Cambridgeshire, and prior to that led regeneration, inward investment, planning and economic development teams in Lincolnshire, Hertfordshire and Northumberland
Newark and Sherwood Community and Voluntary ServicesMadeleine OSullivan
Madeleine is the Chief Officer of Newark & Sherwood CVS a support and development organisation, at the heart of local communities promoting and encouraging local voluntary activity in the Newark & Sherwood area.
Madeleine has over 30 years’ experience in Community Development working with both inner-city areas and rural communities; after a short career in Social Work she worked as a Community Development Worker before moving into Senior Management. Madeleine is a strong advocate of the Voluntary & Community Sector and the needs of local communities. Madeleine believes that being a part of the Town Board provides a real opportunity for CVS to ensure that the voice of local communities are heard and represented.
Newark Business ClubKerri McGarrigle
Kerri McGarrigle is the chair of Newark Business Club, a networking group which meets each month to promote business interests in the town and across the region. Kerri is a marketing and PR specialist and currently works at local mental health and wellbeing charity Shaw Mind, as the marketing manager. Kerri is passionate about strengthening the town, it’s businesses, retail offering and community.
- Vice Chair
As director of Duncan & Toplis Chartered Accountants, Simon advises many local businesses on a variety of business issues. Working with these businesses gives him an insight into the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Newark. He has been the vice Chairman of Newark Business Club for a number of years which has given him the opportunity to speak with a large number of businesses and organisations in the local community.
Newark Emmaus Trust Nikki Burley
Nikki joined Newark Emmaus Trust in April 2019 as CEO. They are an independent charity helping homeless young people aged 16-25 in Newark and their babies. She worked in banking for 23 years in many different team leading roles before being appointed as Commercial Director at the National Justice Museum where she worked for 10 years. Nikki was born in Nottinghamshire and is professionally qualified with a first class honours degree in business and finance. She is passionate about helping homeless people and helping them to become independent and good citizens in the Newark area.
Newark and Nottinghamshire Agricultural SocietyTony Aspbury
- Chairman of Development Committee
Antony Peter Aspbury is a member of the Executive Committee of the Newark & Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society, Chairman of the Development Sub Committee and represents the Society on the Newark Towns Fund Board. He is a Spatial Planning Consultant in private practice, the founder (1983) and Director of Aspbury Planning Limited. He is a past President of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and prior to that he was Chairman of the Environment Committee of the Chamber. He is also a past-Chairman of Newark Civic Trust. For 20 years he was a Board Member and Vice Chair of Nottingham Development Enterprise, a partnership between the public and private sector formed to promote the economic development of the Nottingham conurbation which was wound up in 2014. He is also one of the representatives of the private sector on the Nottingham Express Transit (Tram) Partnership.
Newark Town Council Alan Mellor
- Town Clerk
Alan has worked in Local Government for all of his career since 1974. He is a qualified CIPFA Accountant, has acted as the Section 151 Officer for a District Council before being appointed to a Chief Executive post which Alan occupied prior to his retirement. He joined Newark Town Council in 2010 and has worked for them as Town Clerk from them to date.
Nottingham Creative QuarterStephen Barker
Stephen is originally from Coventry and an alumnus of NTU. For more than a decade he was a Newark & Sherwood resident before moving full-time onto his narrowboat. Stephen has held several senior marketing and communications roles at Nottingham City Council and was Director of Communications & Government Relations for the Midlands Engine. He now leads the team at the Creative Quarter Company that encourages the growth of Nottingham’s creative and digital economy by supporting people to start and to grow creative and digital businesses, and by promoting the city-centre Creative Quarter as a great place to live, learn, work and invest.
Nottingham Trent UniversityFiona Anderson
- Head of Civic Engagement
Fiona Anderson is Head of Civic Engagement at Nottingham Trent University, Fiona leads the university’s work with local authority partners across Nottinghamshire. Fiona manages NTU’s civic collaboration with the University of Nottingham under the ‘Universities for Nottingham’ banner. Fiona has an MSc in Local and Regional Economic Development.
Nottinghamshire County CouncilDerek Higton
- Service Director, Place & Communities
- Place and Growth Manager
- HR Director
Pratt & GelsthorpeJohn Gelsthorpe
- Business Unit Director
- Chief People Officer
University of Nottingham
Urban and CivicJohanne Thomas
- Communications, Communities and Partnerships
- Development Director
Richard joined Urban&Civic, the market leading Master Developer of large scale new settlements, in January 2015 where he has responsibility for the delivery of the company’s Strategic Sites and is a member of the Executive Management Committee. He has over 25 years of experience working in planning, development and regeneration having previously headed up retail development at Lend Lease and brought forward Westfield London for Chelsfield.
Wirtgen GroupPaul Holmes
- Managing Director
Paul Holmes is the Managing Director for Wirtgen Limited. Wirtgen Group, is an internationally operating group of companies in the construction equipment industry, with the UK subsidiary relocated their UK Headquarters to Newark in 2018
- Chief Operating Officer
As Joint Chief Executive Officer at Nottinghamshire YMCA, Craig is an experienced director with a demonstrated history of leadership and management in the civic and social organization industry. With a values-driven background in non-profit organizations, Craig’s areas of expertise include: organisational leadership, community transformation, digital strategy, coaching and innovation management. Having completed his BA degree in Psychology and (MA) Youth Work and Community Development, Craig achieved his MBA in Business Administration, Management and Leadership in 2015 from Henley Business School. Committed to promoting youth development,
- Business Development Lead
Jo Bradley-Fortune is an independent consultant with over 25years leading charitable organisations aimed at tackling poverty, unemployment, ill health , social disunity, crime and ASB alongside communities developing ownership, economic resilience and wellbeing. Jo is currently working on behalf of the YMCA to actively seek partnerships, community , statutory, business and third sector groups and organisations that will embolden the Place Based Approach adopted by the Newark and Sherwood YMCA to tackle some the area’s most challenging issues affecting children, young people and their families, together. She is contactable through her email.