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.

"The access the Entrepreneurs’ Forum gives business owners to a strong and diverse network is vital to the success of so many North East firms. Being an entrepreneur should never be a lonely existence and the opportunity to engage with fellow business owners who have experience and expertise to share is without doubt one of the most valuable resources available to our members."


Graham Robb

Graham Robb

Vice-chairman

Senior Partner at Recognition 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 Courtney MBE

Gill Courtney 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."


Pamela Petty

Pamela Petty

Board Member

Former Managing Director of Ebac & Owner of Entreprenising.

"The North East doesn’t shout about what it does. If we lift our heads up for a short while, we can make a stronger economy."


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

Co-founder and Director 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 Managing Director of Osbit Ltd.

"The Entrepreneurs’ Forum is important for business owners because you get to meet like-minded individuals and highly-successful people who you can learn from, share stories and share experiences."


David Nicholson

David Nicholson

Board Member

Managing Director of Nicholson's Transport.

"I joined the Forum to be inspired, and I have been, enjoying the world class events and rubbing shoulders with the best in North East business, and would now like to help inspire others as I believe that 'there's no improvement without change and no change without learning taking place'. The Forum is the perfect place to do just that."


John Waterworth

John Waterworth

Board Member

Chief Executive of Parkdean Resorts.