As Head of Department, I am responsible for the academic leadership, management and strategic direction for the Department across learning and teaching, research and enterprise. I am also on the MMU governing body. Regionally, I sit on the Cheshire and Warrington LEP Skills and Employment Board, am a member of the Corporation of South Cheshire College and a trustee of The Joshua Tree, a local charity. I shifted direction into higher education some years ago having spent over 20 years in senior marketing roles, as Marketing Manager of a large FMCG organisation and Marketing Director of a new media/communications company. I also ran my own business for seven years. My research specialisms are female entrepreneurship, Marketing (specifically Relationship Marketing), and enterprise in general. I was also responsible for the launch of MizBiz, a local support programme for women start up enterprises, operating from MMU.
As a Chamber Board member I also Chair the Policy and PR committee and am a member of the Property Board and the Loan Committee. The relationship between MMU and the Chamber is crucial to economic development. Through the Chamber's engagement with local businesses and stakeholders, we are able to work together to match skills and expertise, whether that is training, qualifications, research or consultancy, to meet the needs of the region.
Patrick has a wide range of business experience and interests including work for DEFRA, Staffordshire County Council, the Co-operative Group, plus serving on Audit and Remuneration Committees. He is also Chair of South Cheshire Chamber Properties, proprietor of an Energy Auditing company as well as serving on a Bank of England Business Advisory Panel and is a Governor of South Cheshire College. He has been a Chamber member for more than 12 years where the contacts made have really contributed to his business success at the moment Patrick is looking to establish a Rural Network section of the Chamber based on his farming experience.
Shaun Cafferty was recruited to the main Chamber Board in 2012, and sits on the Chamber’s Policy and Communications panel. He also takes portfolio responsibility for Nantwich, and is part of the Town Council’s Retail Forum, as well as being Vice Chair of the Nantwich Partnership. He also represents the Chamber on the Bank of England panel.
Shaun is passionate about the economy in South Cheshire, an area he returned to ten years ago after a seven year absence. He also actively participates in a wide range of community activities, sitting on the Advisory Board for The Georges Community Centre in Crewe, and being heavily involved in organising a number of events in Nantwich such as Holly Holy Day (the Battle of Nantwich), the Town Fete and its Christmas celebrations. Whilst Shaun always follows the progress of Nantwich Town, his true football love is Crewe Alexandra!
Keith Cutler works with the local law firm Hibberts LLP, which can date its history back to the 18th century.
Keith is a Solicitor Advocate, yet stopped doing litigation when he left London in 2002 after 15 years of handling heavy weight commercial/pension disputes.
He now specialises in corporate and commercial work in his home town of Nantwich.
Keith has been a board director of the Chamber and the Chamber's property company for many years. He sits on our audit panel, property panel, funding/loan panel and PR panel and is always on call when the Chamber team needs advice.
Storage Boost was launched in 2005, offering Self Storage, Office and Workshop facilities. We have three modern drive-in facilities in Crewe, Stafford and Chester and a team of storage experts who are passionate about great service and helping people.
A recent addition to the Chamber Board, I have considerable local business knowledge and a passion to support small and medium enterprise.
With the recent developments and improvements at Crewe Station and plans for a possible HS2 link, I believe it is a good time to start and operate a business in South Cheshire. I firmly believe the Chamber can support and influence the regeneration of the area to help support local business.
Following a combined 20 years working for larger consultancies, Magenta was established by Gill and her husband Dave ten years ago in a small office in Nantwich. Based on Crewe Business Park since 2012, the company now has over 350 clients nationwide, and has satellite operations in Glasgow, Huddersfield and London.
Gill was elected to the Chamber Board in 2013, and sits on the Policy, PR and Communications panel. Her experience in managing a small administration support team at Magenta, together with a historical background in business-to-business publishing, and a fervent desire to ensure the best opportunities for local industry and commerce, are the personal skills and attributes that Gill brings to the Chamber table.
Well-known local accountant Philip Taylor has been a member of the Chamber Board for 12 years. Supporting start-up businesses is an area where Philip has brought his expertise to the Chamber.
As a former governor of Malbank School and chairman of the finance committee, he played an integral role in helping the school win specialist arts college status.
He acts as treasurer to the Nantwich and Acton Grammar School Foundation which supports local youngsters undertaking special projects. He is also clerk to the trustees of the Almshouses in Nantwich.
John is a Director of Nantwich Town Football Club and one of his most important responsibilities as Chairman of South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce is to ensure there are sound governance arrangements and structures in place so that the Chamber not only meets its responsibilities as a business in its own right, but operates as efficiently as possible for the benefit of its members and meets the standards required to be an Accredited Chamber as part of the British Chambers of Commerce network.
In these fast moving and dynamic economic times there are many demands on the Chamber and, to this end, the Board is supported by a number of Panels and Committees which leave it to concentrate on matters of policy and strategic direction.
As a key stakeholder, the Chamber works in partnership with many organisations and John is therefore often involved in discussions with other key stakeholders such as Bentley Motors, MMU, Cheshire East Council, The LEP, Crewe and Nantwich Town Councils and of course other Chambers as well as maintaining regular contact with our Patrons and MP Edward Timpson.
Together we are committed to helping this area achieve its maximum potential while ensuring our members benefit from the resulting economic growth.