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 and Events

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

Louise Butt

Louise Butt

Head of Marketing, Communications and Events (Maternity Cover)

Louise has worked across a range of different industries, including broadcasting, professional services, health, leisure and hospitality.

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.

Jane Dell

Jane Dell

Growth Adviser 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.

Ian Mackey

Ian Mackey

Business Adviser

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

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.

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

Business Support Coordinator

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

Josephine Bradford

Josephine Bradford

Local Authority Discretionary Grant Manager

Josie has run a glamping business, has a degree in Philosophy and worked as a Project Manager in Software. She loves Bucks' community feel.

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.

Caroline Perkins

Caroline Perkins

Research Manager

Caroline has 20 years’ experience in socio-economic research & a Master's degree in Social & Market Research. She's a fan of maps & charts.

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.

James Robinson

James Robinson

Broadband Project Manager

James previously worked in business improvement at Bucks County Council and loves the mixture of towns and rural areas in the county.

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.

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.

Imran Razaq

Imran Razaq

CRM Manager

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.

Gareth Barlow

Gareth Barlow

Creative Content Executive

Gareth has a degree in Creative Writing and Film. He also spent a few years working for a youth charity in Buckinghamshire.

Amy Axten

Amy Axten

Social Media and Digital Marketing Executive

Amy was a Digital Marketing and PWC Apprentice. She has 5 dogs and rode Vietnam's Ha Giang Loop despite limited experience on a motorbike.

Hari Kalay

Hari Kalay

Digital Marketing Executive

Hari previously worked making films and doing photography for a global manufacturer, and is interested in science & technology.

Leo Thompson

Leo Thompson

Graphic Designer/Marketer

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

Caroline Perkins

Caroline Perkins

Research Manager

Caroline has 20 years’ experience in socio-economic research & a Master's degree in Social & Market Research. She's a fan of maps & charts.

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.

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.

Joanne Blunden

Joanne Blunden

Office Manager

Joanne is a local girl, born and raised in High Wycombe, with a career mainly spent working as a PA for a large accountancy firm in London.

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.

Nicola Richardson

Nicola Richardson

Sales & Marketing Coordinator - Visit Buckinghamshire

Nicky was a BBC drama producer before doing digital marketing & social media management. She loves walking her dog in the Bucks countryside.

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.

Matthew Archer

Matthew Archer

Low Carbon Workspaces Project Officer (Buckinghamshire)

Matthew studied environmental science and geology, has worked for BT and several Buckinghamshire businesses, and enjoys baking & badminton.

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.

Jamie Gowers

Jamie Gowers

Low Carbon Workspaces Project Administrator

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

Tom studied for an MSc in Climate Change and Sustainability, has previously worked at Burnham Beeches Nature Reserve, and enjoys running.

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.

Ladi Mohammed

Ladi Mohammed

Enterprise Coordinator

Ladi has 28+ years' experience as a careers specialist, working in universities & schools across the UK & US, and volunteers within the NHS.

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

Keerin formerly worked in the special educational needs team at Bucks County Council, and at the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Nick Lane

Nick Lane

Grant Coordinator

Buckinghamshire born and bred, Nick graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2019 having studied Politics.

Sebastian Lane

Sebastian Lane

Grant Coordinator

Seb grew up just outside of High Wycombe, studied law at Durham University and carried out work experience at a top 50 law firm.