The Buckinghamshire Business First Team

Our board of directors

Alex Pratt OBE - Chairman

Alex Pratt OBE - Chairman

Founder, Serious Brands

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Director of Strategy and Communications, Pinewood Studios Group

Eman Martin-Vignerte

Eman Martin-Vignerte

Head of External Affairs, Governmental and Political Relations, Bosch

Philippa Batting - Managing Director

Philippa Batting - Managing Director

Buckinghamshire Business First

Rebecca Bunting

Rebecca Bunting

Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer, Buckinghamshire New University

Our team

Philippa Batting

Philippa Batting

Managing Director

Philippa has 20 years experience running a business and is passionate about Buckinghamshire as a place to live and do business in.

Heather Dean

Heather Dean

Head of Skills and Business Support

Heather has a wealth of knowledge, having worked at a senior level in a range of businesses and helped countless others to grow.

Sarah Randall

Sarah Randall

Head of Operations and MI Systems

An honorary daughter of Bucks, Sarah has 20 years of experience in data, CRM and Management Information and a degree in Human Biology.

Lynsey Dunn

Lynsey Dunn

Head of Marketing,
Communications & Events

Liverpudlian by birth, Bucks by right, Lynsey has launched projects and brands across the world and still found time to study sword fighting

Adrian Champney

Adrian Champney

Head of Funding Acquisition and Business Development

Whatever the sector or size of business, Adrian has experience of working in it. He has been helping companies start and grow for years.

Rupert Waters

Rupert Waters

Head of Economic Research

Rupert’s career has been split evenly between consultancy and local government, with a little self-employment thrown in for good measure.

Jeremy Green

Jeremy Green

Growth Programme Manager

Jeremy, who has run 3 businesses in his time, particularly enjoys supporting ambitious businesses with growth planning & managing finances.

Ian Mackey

Ian Mackey

Business Support Manager

Haddenham resident Ian ran his own business working with breweries, experience he used to write the guide to New UK Breweries in 1998.

Jane Dell

Jane Dell

Business Adviser

Having run her own business advice firm & worked across sectors, Jane has proven to be a catalyst for many business’s strategic growth.

Jerome Harlington

Jerome Harlington

Business Adviser

Founder of a wine company, Jerome is keenly involved in food & drink across international markets and judges The Guild of Fine Food Awards.

Navin Sankersingh

Navin Sankersingh

Broadband Programme Manager

Navin has consulted on digital infrastructure projects across the country and currently volunteers in the smart city technology sector.

William Dallimore

William Dallimore

LEADER Project Manager

Well versed in rural affairs and economic development, Oxford Brookes alumni Will has an affinity with Bucks and a passion for agriculture.

Ian Barrow

Ian Barrow

Leader Project Officer (Chilterns)

Ian has lived and worked in the Chilterns for many years & has extensive experience of the arboricultural & woodland management industries.

Ruth Deraed

Ruth Deraed

Leader Project Officer (Clay Vales)

Ruth previously worked in France and brings her PhD in Biochemistry, work experience at Oxford Uni & viola playing skills to the team.

Katy Brown

Katy Brown

LEADER Project Administrator

Katy spent 13 years in business support for a National Trust Estate and has a wide knowledge of issues affecting countryside management.

Imran Razaq

Imran Razaq

CRM Executive

A student of accounting and finance, Imran has a history in sales, as well as working with young people to help them overcome depression.

Lucy Frost

Lucy Frost

CRM Administrator

Lucy relocated to Bucks to raise a family & has more than a decade of experience in investor relations in a FTSE 100 pharmaceutical company.

Paula Citrone

Paula Citrone

Events and Project Marketing Manager

After heading up customer support and telemarketing teams in her early career, Paula has since made event management her forte with us.

Bhavneet Kohli

Bhavneet Kohli

Marketing and Events Coordinator

Bhavneet ran her own beauty business while undertaking a degree in Events Management and counts Legoland among her former employers.

Amy Axten

Amy Axten

Digital Marketing Executive

Former digital marketing apprentice, Amy worked with the likes of PWC & Microsoft. Photography, web design & her 3 dogs fill her spare time.

Ibraheem Aziz

Ibraheem Aziz

Digital Marketing Apprentice

Ibraheem has experience working for a field marketing agency, and his passion for business means he always enjoys thinking of new ventures.

Abi Fern

Abi Fern

Graphic Designer

Abi has had stints at BAFTA, Burberry and Karen Millen among others and can always be found camera in hand and notebook at the ready.

Gareth Barlow

Gareth Barlow

Creative Content Executive

Gareth has a degree in Creative Writing and experience in freelance writing. He also spent a few years working for a youth charity in Bucks.

Richard Vine

Richard Vine

Telemarketer

Richard ran his own IT Infrastructure firm, then became Service Manager for the Millennium Dome project. Bucks resident for over 50 years.

Maxine Todd-Akerman

Maxine Todd-Akerman

Membership Executive

Maxine has run fashion retail outlets in Bucks and Oxon, and was Strategic Account Manager for a CAD distribution company for 11 years.

Claire Maddieson

Claire Maddieson

Office Manager

Claire spent 9 years managing large teams as an Operations Manager for an Examination Institute. She also once ran a bouncy castle business.

Violeta Corzo

Violeta Corzo

HR/Office Manager

Violeta has private and public sector experience, including with Bucks County Council. She handcrafts jewellery in her spare time.

Alan Field

Alan Field

Finance and Operations Manager

Born and bred in Bucks, Alan has over 15 years of experience within financial departments and gained MAAT status in 2010.

Jacqui Faulkner

Jacqui Faulkner

Accounts Administrator

Hammersmith-born Jacqui has called Bucks home for many years now and has been a long-serving member of our admin and finance teams.

Kristy Corse

Kristy Corse

Executive Personal Assistant

Buckinghamshire’s own, Kristy loves supporting businesses in her home county and brings 10 years of marketing experience to the party.

Lucy Dowson

Lucy Dowson

Tourism Development Manager

Lucy’s background is sales & marketing in the travel industry, while you’ll often find her out & about with the dog in the fields of Bucks.

Molly Buszard

Molly Buszard

Visit Buckinghamshire Marketing Coordinator

Molly has worked alongside a variety of local start-ups, helping with marketing and social media, and runs her own food and nutrition blog.

Alex Beckett

Alex Beckett

Programme Manager Low Carbon Workspaces

An experienced energy & environmental consultant with an MSc in environmental mgmt., Alex has delivered several sustainable energy projects.

Rowan Wallis

Rowan Wallis

Low Carbon Workspaces Project Officer (Hertfordshire)

With 7 years' experience managing an environmental consultancy in Sussex, Rowan is an experienced energy auditor and training course leader.

Lisa Gibson

Lisa Gibson

Low Carbon Workspaces Project Officer (Buckinghamshire)

Lisa has 10 years’ experience in the sustainability sector and has an MSc in Carbon Management from the University of Glasgow.

Richard Swift

Richard Swift

Low Carbon Workspaces Project Administrator

Richard has a history in mortgage consultancy, has lived in Bucks all his life, and loves the green spaces the county has to offer.

Jackie Campbell

Jackie Campbell

Skills Development Manager

A former business owner in the creative sector, Jackie spent 6 years as an entrepreneurship tutor at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy.

Marina Jackson

Marina Jackson

Under 19 Skills Manager

Marina moved to the education sector, specialising in business & enterprise, after a stint in Latin American investment fund management.

Luisa Clarke

Luisa Clarke

Enterprise Coordinator

Luisa’s marketing background includes Penguin, the NSPCC and local gov. Being a school governor inspired her to work for Bucks Skills Hub.