The Buckinghamshire Business First Team

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 & 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.

Jeremy Green

Jeremy Green

Business Adviser

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

Growth Programme Manager

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.

George Hunt

George Hunt

Administrator, Growth Programme

Wycombe-born George has a Business & Management BA (Hons), previously worked in marketing, and is a self-taught bass player in a rock band.

Jack Douglass

Jack Douglass

Broadband Programme Manager

New to Buckinghamshire and interested in all things digital, Jack works with the public and private sectors to deliver innovative solutions.

William Dallimore

William Dallimore

LEADER Programme 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.

Josephine Bradford

Josephine Bradford

Leader Project Officer (Clay Vales)

Josephine has a passion for local business and previously set up a glamping business. She also has a degree in Philosophy.

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.

Monique Connor

Monique Connor

Events Co-ordinator

Previously worked in events & hospitality and ran her own events business. Loves Bucks’ diverse business community. Singer song-writer.

Amy Axten

Amy Axten

Digital Marketing Executive

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

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.

Leo Thompson

Leo Thompson

Graphic Designer

Leo brings to the table a degree in Graphic Communication & Illustration, a love for Buckinghamshire’s countryside, and his archery skills.

Samar Chughtai

Samar Chughtai

Social Media Executive

Bio to come...

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.

Kay Knight

Kay Knight

Office Manager

Kay was a retail buyer for Harrods, ran her own e-business for kids with allergies, and worked locally as a procurement manager for 5 years.

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.

Oscar Needham

Oscar Needham

Accounts Assistant

Bio to come...

Donna Bullock

Donna Bullock

HR Administrator

Born and raised in Wycombe, Donna has 10+ years of admin experience at a variety of organisations and is undertaking a CIPD qualification.

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.

Lily Wood

Lily Wood

Administrator

Lily grew up in Buckinghamshire and is currently studying for a Bsc Hons degree in Policing at the University of Cumbria.

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.

Milly Gandy

Milly Gandy

Marketing Manager – Low Carbon Workspaces

Bucks born & bred, Milly has 20+ years’ marketing experience for companies including BT. Often found gardening or watching rugby.

Daniel Cope

Daniel Cope

Low Carbon Workspaces Programme Manager

Dan has over a decade’s experience in the environmental sector and a passion for sustainability. He also finds the time to coach skydiving.

David Crookes

David Crookes

Low Carbon Workspaces Project Officer (Hertfordshire)

Working in the sustainability sector since 2011, David is an experienced energy auditor and a keen tennis player.

Matthew Archer

Matthew Archer

Low Carbon Workspaces Project Officer (Buckinghamshire)

Studying for an Environmental Science degree, Matt is passionate about sustainable businesses & believes they deserve support & recognition.

Jamie Gowers

Jamie Gowers

Project Administrator Low Carbon Workspaces

Jamie has a BA in History from the University of East Anglia, worked in various roles at Breast Cancer Now, and is a drummer in a rock band.

Tom Macdonald

Tom Macdonald

Low Carbon Workspaces Project Administrator

Bio to come...

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.

Karen Ironside

Karen Ironside

Enterprise Coordinator

Formerly Programme Manager at Said Business School and Head of English in middle schools. Competes in roller derby in her spare time.

Ruth Deread

Ruth Deread

Enterprise Coordinator

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

Keerin Hossain

Keerin Hossain

Enterprise Coordinator

Bio to come...