Our Board

The Entrepreneurs' Forum is an organisation of like-minded people, supported by a strong board of entrepreneurs who are here to help you.

 
Meet the board:

James Robson MBE

James Robson MBE

Chairman

Director of Exwold & founder of Alexander Jewitt & Co.

Founder and director of Exwold, James has recently moved to become its non-executive director in order to make more time for supporting other North East businesses who are experiencing some of the issues which Exwold has had to overcome. His own consultancy Alexander Jewitt & Co. provides mentoring and hands on resource to SME's in the region and in 2011 james recieved an MBE for his services to North East business.


Graham Robb

Graham Robb

Vice-chairman

Senior partner at Recognition Marketing & PR

"I value the Forum as it provides the ideal platform for like-minded individuals to talk peer to peer about ideas and opportunities to develop their business. The North East’s most important priority is new jobs. The best way to create these is by growing private sector businesses, hence the need for the Entrepreneurs’ Forum's vital work."


Nigel Mills CBE

Nigel Mills CBE

Board Member

Co-founder of The Lakes Distillery, MD of Closewalk Limited & director of Trout Hotels.

"There's only one constant in business and that is change. We cannot be expected to know all the answers all of the time, however, within our own businesses our teams often believe and expect us to do just that. The Entrepreneurs' Forum exists to help fellow entrepreneurs grow their businesses by learning from each other. The Forum has proved invaluable to me over the years to help me successfully build and grow my various business interests."


Gill Southern MBE

Gill Southern MBE

Board Member

Director of Wessington Cryogenics.

"Supporting local businesses is rewarding because investing in them and helping to remove barriers to growth such as access to finance , skills and promoting best practice generally leads to increased productivity and competitiveness, which is fantastic for the North East and UK economy. There's a huge amount of pride in the North East and this creates an environment for self-perpetuating growth."


Brian Jobling

Brian Jobling

Board Member

Executive chairman of Eutechnyx & director at Atom Bank.

Brian was a hobbyist programmer before founding Eutechnyx, which has become one of the world's leading independent video game developers with studios in Gateshead, mainland China, Hong Kong and Charlotte, USA.


Yvonne Bell

Yvonne Bell

Board Member

Director of Bell Truck and Van. 

"I accepted the invitation to join the board of the Forum as I reckon it's payback time for all the support and encouragement its members have given me over the past few years... some of which haven't been easy. It is good to know we are not alone."


Fiona Raglan

Fiona Raglan

Board Member

Director and co-founder of Dipsticks Research.

"I’ve been a Forum member for many years and throughout that period the Forum has been a pivotal North East organisation that has not only inspired me to go that extra mile, but a platform that has enabled me to discuss the wider business ‘ups and downs’ with other entrepreneurial individuals; an invaluable asset in the North East not to be taken lightly."


Brendon Hayward

Brendon Hayward

Board Member

Co-founder and MD of Osbit Ltd.

Brendon is co-founder, shareholder and managing director of Osbit, an innovative bespoke offshore engineering company. An established figure in north east engineering, he previously led projects at SMD and Pearson Engineering, before establishing new markets and products as Engineering Director at Pipecoil. Brendon has a passion for business, engineering, agriculture and commerciality.


Pamela Petty

Pamela Petty

Board Member

Former managing director of Ebac & owner of Entreprenising.

Former managing director of Ebac, Pamela is passionate about Great British Manufacturing and was responsible for adding the UK’s only British manufactured washing machines to the company’s portfolio. After working in the family business for 30 years, Pamela founded Entreprenising to allow her to share her experience and mentor business owners with an appetite for growth.