Our Mentors

Our mentors are local business men and women, who have either set up and run successful businesses in many different markets, or are recognised as specialists in their area.


Peter Copley

After a career as a property director for several FTSE 100 companies; including Emap, Anglian Water and Reuters, Peter launched Corporate Property Advisers, delivering property consultancy services to BBC, Shell, BP, ITV etc. In 2014 the company was sold to EC Harris part of the global Arcadis corporation.

    Carolyn Morgan

    Carolyn Morgan

    Carolyn has a background in strategy consultancy and held senior publishing, marketing and business development roles at EMAP plc.  She has run her own business since 2008 - she launched an independent media event in 2010 which she sold in 2013 and now provides digital media strategy advice to publishing and media companies.


      Martin Fox

      Has held senior marketing roles at Legal & General, Prolific and Pearl Assurance. Today he runs Bulletin Marketing, specialising in the financial services sector, with extensive experience in the EIS and Seed EIS sector. He is also a business coach for the Growth Accelerator programme run by Grant Thornton.


        Jo Thomson

        Jo has had a career in buying and marketing, which has included senior roles as Trading Director and Product Director for Boots, the Chemist. Today she is Chief Executive of the Leprosy Mission Trading. She also has extensive experience in interviewing candidates.


          Steve Burnett

          Is the founder and managing director of The Retail Data Partnership. He started the business after leaving his position as a director of Hambros Bank, he understands the importance of making IT systems work commercially, rather than just being intellectually exciting and challenging.


            Peter Hutchinson

            Had a long corporate career spanning HR, with a specialism in industrial relations, Supply Chain, IT and retail-supplier collaboration, culminating in the role of ECR Director at Britvic Soft Drinks. He is currently director of an interior/exterior design company, a director of a theatre production company and a professional network marketer in the health and wellness sector.


              Kate Jennings

              Is Managing Director of Simply Training and Development, based in Stamford. She is an experienced mentor, coach and training consultant in the areas of management, leadership and HR.


                Carl Fender

                Is a barrister, working in Peterborough. He is an expert in family law, personal injury, employment, commercial and property work, as well as criminal law. He also works for Christians against Poverty in Stamford.


                  Ian Leech

                  Is an economic graduate and chartered accountant and has over 25 years' experience in financial services. In 2013, Ian was appointed as CFO of BHL Holdings Limited, the international parent Company of a worldwide Group engaged primarily in insurance, legal services and property development. He has led a number of strategic acquisitions and the commercial structuring of major business partnerships. Ian has also worked on a broad range of new business initiatives from initial concept through to live operations.


                    Charlie Reading

                    Charlie Reading is a Chartered Financial Planner and the founder of Efficient Portfolio, Rutland's only Chartered Financial Planning firm where he specialises in managing people's retirement planning and their investments. He is also the founder of The Rural business Community, a serviced office that specialises in helping small businesses grow in a professional and collaborative environment. He is also the co-founder of Efficient Paraplanning, a company that provides outsourced support to other financial advisory firms all around the UK.


                      Fred Soneya

                      Co-founder of Haatch, a unique digital investment and business incubator, focusing on the digital retail, mobile and social space. They work with start up businesses and are building a co-working incubator space called the Hub in Stamford.


                        Josh Brown

                        Following university, Josh served as an infantry officer in the British Army, gaining valuable training and experience. He then went into the construction industry, progressing through a couple of positions, to be given responsibility for running a £5m turnover company. In 2012 he set up his own company-Trinity Steel Ltd, a specialist subcontractor that designs, supplies and installs architectural metalwork.