BEF Funding Panel
09:30am until 11:00am
Stephen Waud, Andy Chaffer, Richard Doyle, Colin Whitehead, Pamela Goodison, Melissa Liburd
Chief Executive | BEF (Business Enterprise Fund)
Steve has been working in the Finance Sector at a 'not for profit' social enterprise since 2004. BEF has grown tenfold in that period. The business is now going through a further period of growth. The successful completion and running of BEFs City Hub incubator is only part of that success.
He has been an advisor to recent governments on Access to Finance and provided input into the commission for banking standards. He is a previous chair & vice chair of the CDFA and continues to lobby actively within the sector. He also is a member of the Ecology Building Society’s lending committee. He was pleased to be nominated to fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in recognition of his contribution to social enterprise.
He has worked very successfully across a variety of sectors ranging from precision engineering, Plastics, Automotive, Brand Marketing and oddly enough Signage. Initially training as a design engineer he has worked in precision engineering for 18 years. Working within the SME world has given him a clear understanding of the needs of those businesses.
He is a strong communicator and decisive leader and has lead all those SMEs to strong growth and clear profitability.
He trained later in life to become a Barrister specialising in Company Law, Employment Law, Intellectual Property Law as well as Contract Law. These seemed to fit most comfortably with his commercial experience as well as add value to the work he does for SMEs.
His strong financial, legal and technical skills are well placed to assist businesses and this is borne out through his non-executive director functions in a variety of businesses.
Steve continues in his role as one of the presenters of the Business Matters show for BCB radio (a little more Jeremy Paxman than Chris Evans). This is a specialist business programme looking at current concerns in the business community for West Yorkshire providing insights and commentary.
Business Development Manager | BEF (Business Enterprise Fund)
Andy qualified as a Chartered Banker with Yorkshire Bank before moving to work in retail for American Express. In 2002 he joined UK Steel Enterprise, the CSR division of TATA Steels, working at the newly-launched South Yorkshire Investment Fund. He later worked for both Connect Yorkshire & Finance Yorkshire.
He holds an honours degree in Business & Enterprise from Edinburgh Napier University. Andy is working on strategies to further develop the BEF business, as well as being a part-time coach at Leeds University Business School.
Principal | Radish Investments
Partner | CareFree Flora
Non Executive Director | NYnet
Non Executive Director & Investor | Numecent
Non Executive Chairman | Blue Logic Computer Systems Ltd
Richard founded Esteem Systems in 1985 which he grew to a £30m IT infrastructure & Managed Services business. He sold Esteem to a BI/MBO team backed by Primary Capital. Since then Richard has immersed himself in a variety of voluntary and commercial roles. He has been in the IT industry for 30+ years and now has various property and commercial interests including: NED/Investor Numecent (Cloud Paging software), NED of NYnet (Broadband), NED Chair of Blue Logic (IT Services) and NED of Ampleforth Abbey Trading (trading arm of Ampleforth Abbey Trust)
Richard has held a number of other NED roles in recent years including, NED Chair of Connect Yorkshire where he remains an Entrepreneur in Residence, NED Chair of and investor in Liquid Accounts where he still retains an investment, NED/Investor in the Arena Group which doubled turnover and profits during his tenure and NED Chair of Total Commerce Management which was sold in September 2010. He is also a former member of the CBI Council for Yorkshire & the Humber, a former Town Councillor and a former governor of two of the region’s leading independent schools.
Partner | Naylor Wintersgill
Treasurer | Bradford Hockey Club
Committee Member | ICAEW
Committee Member | West Yorkshire Society of Chartered Accountants
Colin Whitehead is a Partner at Naylor Wintersgill Chartered Accountants in Bradford. He qualified with the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) in 2005 and is currently the President of the Bradford Society of Chartered Accountants. Colin manages a growing portfolio of owner-managed businesses and has a particular interest in online accounting.
He has a keen interest in encouraging enterprise having worked as an accountancy mentor for the New Enterprise Allowance - a scheme helping long term unemployed people get into self-employment or start up their own business. He has also worked with 16-18 year olds at Woodhouse Grove School as a Young Enterprise Leader and was a regular Finance Lecturer on the Goldman Sachs 10k Small Businesses Programme administered by Leeds University Business School.
Outside of work, Colin is a keen hockey player and is currently Treasurer of the Bradford Hockey Club.
Business Growth Enabler | NatWest Bank
Pam has worked for the RBS/Natwest group for 27 years & has been heavily involved with business lending for trading and property investment. She is accredited through the Chartered Institute of Bankers in The Certificate in Business Banking Practice II. She is involved with the women in business ambassador programme as well as working with the Princes Trust.
As a Business Growth Enabler she is involved with setting up event days that cover different issues facing small businesses, from how to pitch products and services, accounting, recruitment and even more specialist topics like how to protect from cyber fraud.
Project Manager | West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Melissa has over 12 years’ experience working in the public sector in a range of service areas including health, safety and well-being, employee relations and learning and development. In 2013 she made the transition to economic development and business support with a focus on pre-start and early stage businesses. Melissa now works for the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership as the Project Manager for the Business Growth Service. The service has supported over 1700 businesses to access a range of grants and training, recruit apprentices, and connect with a range of experts and partner organisations since its launch in 2015.