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."


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 Bros (Ashington) Limited. 

"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."


Dean Benson

Dean Benson

Board Member

Chief Executive of Visualsoft.

"Organisations like the Entrepreneurs’ Forum are hugely important; I’ve been a member of the Forum for many years. Running a business can be a lonely place, but the Entrepreneurs’ Forum brings entrepreneurs together and provides them with an environment to share knowledge and experience."



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."


Brian Palmer

Brian Palmer

Board Member


Chief Executive of Tharsus.


"The Entrepreneurs’ Forum helped me on my entrepreneurial journey, providing inspiration, insight and camaraderie, so I feel that it is only right to accept the invitation to join the Forum’s Board."



Aman Chahal

Aman Chahal

Board Member


Chief Executive of TaperedPlus.


"I accepted the invitation to join the Board of the Forum as I reckon its payback time for all the support and encouragement its members have given me over the past few years. It’s good to know we are not alone."



John Waterworth

John Waterworth

Board Member

Former Chief Executive of Parkdean Resorts.


"Since its founding in the early 2000s, the Forum has demonstrated the importance of supporting North East business leaders, who are creating jobs, driving growth and strengthening our regional economy, through it’s fantastic events calendar and mentoring programme. For me, the Forum is an invaluable source of inspiration, and I’m delighted to support the Forum’s vital work."