SREG mentors are active, successful and experienced business people supporting the growth and economic prosperity of the region by offering support to other entrepreneurs.

Mentors are personally selected by SREG’s steering committee. As a result, SREG can effectively connect clients with the most appropriate mentor for their business challenge and ensure that a mentor’s valuable time is put to the best use.

Some of our mentors are listed below:

Alan Halsall
Business for Britain
Alan Halsall Alan qualified as a lawyer before taking over the family toy company, growing the business to a turnover of £80M and leading it to a management buyout. Alan then purchased Silver Cross the famous pram company, transforming the business into an internationally recognised brand before selling it in 2015. Today Alan co-chairs Business for Britain.
Roger Tempest
Broughton Hall Estate
Roger Tempest Roger runs the award winning Broughton Hall Estate and Business Park, is Executive Chairman of Rural Concepts Group and a director of several enterprises involved in the heritage and rural regeneration sector. Roger also has a major interest in a number of overseas projects, newspaper management, construction and the leisure industry.
Andy Barton
Compass UK
Andy Barton With over twenty years experience in corporate strategic development, Andy helps business owners and their executives realise and manage the business’s growth potential. A qualified Business Coach, and Warwick MBA, Andy has a pragmatic approach to business development, drawing on his marketing and analytical skills to develop truly customer lead solutions.
Graham Yule
Mentor
Graham Yule Graham has wide experience of e-commerce, B2B marketing, consultancy led selling, procurement & information technology. He has worked for both large and small companies across a range of industries including: distribution, education and IT.
Simon Mercer
VAN17Y International
Simon Mercer With over twenty-five years working within marketing, advertising & communications, today Simon undertakes consultancy for governments or private consortiums who wish to maximise the value of their vehicle assets. Simon works through direct and online auctions worldwide and is also involved in a number of China based projects.
Steve Richardson
Wildacre Cosmetics Ltd
Steve Richardson Steve has many years senior management experience in a high volume, multi site production and distribution environment coupled with six years in the non food FMCG sector. Cost conscious and profit driven with a wealth of international experience, Steve manages and motivates staff in change management, outsourcing and supply chain management.
Simon Morris
Partner at Raworths LLP
Simon Morris As a partner with the law firm Raworths LLP, Simon provides commercial legal advice and support to small and medium size enterprises throughout the region, encompassing a wide variety of clients from small family businesses to large venture capital backed enterprises. Simon’s extensive experience of working with local businesses has equipped him with a broad understanding of business management issues and the capacity to work within the majority of business sectors.
Hanne Barton
Education Consultant
Hanne Barton With a career in Special Education, Hanne was Head Teacher of an all age Special School with a substantial outreach sector. A qualified School Improvement Partner and Mentor, Hanne now supports headteachers and school management to develop an 'outstanding' approach to pupil and staff development.
Alex Robinson
Director - Skipton Building Society
Alex Robinson heads up the Investment Division at Skipton Building Society. He has a background in finance and is an investment professional with operational board, private equity and corporate finance experience. He is interested in growing and developing businesses either by organic growth, new business streams or acquisition. He enjoys both the investment side and the operational delivery of the investments.
Chris Woodhead
GFM Business Solutions Ltd
Chris has extensive experience of UK and International Sales and Marketing Management, has held a Senior Management position in a major UK Insurance Company, founded an Independent Financial Adviser Business and led a division of a Global Software Company. His experience includes identifying new market opportunities for innovative technology solutions and creating the go-to market strategies for direct sales and partner channel delivery in the financial services and healthcare sectors.
Nick Falkingham
Pure Collection Ltd
Nick is an entrepreneur who founded and subsequently led the growth of Pure Collection from a cashmere specialist cataloguer to become a premium women’s fashion label. The company today is a multi channel and international retailer and a thriving online and catalogue business. Nick continues to lead and influence the business through a professional private equity style management team to lead the company’s growth to £100m sales in 2020
Paul Theakston
Black Sheep Brewery
Paul was son-and-heir to the Theakston empire, which Paul took on as managing director at the age of 23. Paul split with the long-established brewery which bears his famous name, following its takeover by giant Scottish and Newcastle and in 1992 and established Blacksheep Brewery which has gone on to become one of the UK's leading brands.
Richard Boothman
The Open University Lecturer
Richard, owner of Ideostone is a facilitator in environmental learning. For more than 12 years he has been an Associate Lecturer with the Open University, teaching environmental and business modules. He has devised face-to-face and e-learning courses for individuals and businesses to help them learn how to reduce their impact on the environment.
Claire Gaines
Blue Sky Event Solutions
Claire set up a small tool hire shop in Skipton in 1981 and now the firm now hires plant, tools and access equipment throughout Yorkshire and Lancashire, with depots at Northallerton, Ripon, Ilkley. Claire has sat on the board of Directors of the Hire Association Europe and held the posts of vice Chair and Chair and been instrumental in developing training and better career structures within the industry. Three years ago she founded Blue Sky Event Solutions, which specialises in hiring equipment and services to the events industry.
Stephen Grantham
Stockcheck Limited
Over 25 years of senior management experience, including ten years as a hotel General Manager. Now providing financial audit controls to the hospitality industry. Stephen is owner and M.D of one of the UK’s leading I.T lead stocktaking companies, including the development & management of over 100 franchised partners. Stephen's businesses are involved in bespoke software development and Windows applications for new and developing businesses
Nick Sands
Belgrave Financial
Nick has a long career in Financial Services which has equipped Nick with huge experience of working with Business Owners from start up or acquisition, through to sale or Management Buy Out. Nick is also involved in and supports a number of local business associations and several years ago established Belgrave Financial in Gargrave.
Phil Strong
Chameleon Bar & Dining
Phil has extensive experience in hospitality in corporate businesses including Allied Breweries, Allied Domecq and Punch Taverns and as a successful entrepreneur successfully developed Chameleon Bar and Dining into a multi site pub restaurant business.
Tim Wray
Turner & Townsend
Having trained as a chartered surveyor,Tim joined Turner & Townsend in 1971 and became Chairman in 1999. He was responsible for building our first overseas business in South Africa, where he lived for many years, and our subsequent expansion around the world. From his appointment to the Executive Board in 1994, he has seen turnover grow to more than £400m. Tim chairs the Executive Board and Remuneration Committee and champions the Chairman’s Group, a staff network that encourages innovation and leadership.
Keith Hardington
Walker Foster (Solicitors)
Keith has over twenty years experience of litigation and dispute resolution and prior to becoming a lawyer worked in and with several businesses which provided valuable experience outside of the legal sector. He has worked with entrepreneurs and businesses from every sector. Keith has wide experience of commercial contracts and has handled business sales worth millions of pounds. He is an accredited mediator. The Managing Partner at a successful four site firm of solicitors, Keith oversees strategy, team management, compliance, risk, business development, marketing and finance in a highly competitive sector. He has developed excellent listening and analysis skills and likes to problem solve through constructively challenging those he works with.
Nick Price
EuraAuditUK
Accountant and Business Advisors for 25 years with holistic financial management, business planning and specialised taxation. Experience with international business development and off-shore outsourcing Background 1987 - 1988 - Training Contract Lishman Sidwell Campbell and Price 1988 - 1989 - Training Contract KPMG 1989 to date - Partner Eura Audit UK
Henry Rowntree
Farmer & NFU Mutual
Henry is an Aberdeen-Angus cattle breeder and sheep farmer at Gisburn. The farm is in Environmental Stewardship including educational access which is used to demonstrate how to run a productive farm whilst enhancing the environment. Henry also has a role within NFU Mutual
John Henderson
Henderson Farms
John has lived and worked locally since 1970 and apart from his direct business interests, became closely involved in ‘Agri-politics’. He has also chaired a rural affairs advisory committee of the BBC (1995-2003). In addition to being a share farmer on two farms and a landlord on five others, John has a small acreage in-hand, giving him an extensive knowledge of Countryside Matters. Furthermore, as a former Tax Commissioner and non-executive director of Skipton Building Society, John has a broad understanding over a wide range of business matters.
Martin Gerrard
Barclays Bank
As Senior Premier Relationship Manager, Nick works alongside a wide variety of businesses embracing technology in supporting the local business community. Nevertheless Nick’s approach is very much that of the face to face and personal bank manager holing to those traditional values
Steve Ross
CEO at Spoor Global
Steve has over 30 years of business management experience gained in sectors as diverse as renewable energy, banking, airlines and media, and has worked across every continent. He is already a mentor to a select group of managers and business owners and looking to expand this within the Yorkshire area.
Sarah Hardy
Jounalist at fabl
Sarah has over 25 years experience in Business Journalism and Public Relations in the UK and in Asia. She is a versatile and creative PR, Marketing and Communications professional with multi-national, multi-media and multi-sector experience. Her proven ability to add value as a trusted solutions provider for clients large or small in industries as diverse as food, finance and logistics has allowed her to build a client portfolio that includes blue-chip relationships now in their second decade.
Piers England
Commence Marketing
With over 30 years’ experience in marketing and business management across a variety of business sectors, Piers helps business owners and their executives realise and manage the business’s growth potential. A qualified Direct Marketeer, Piers has a pragmatic approach to business development based around setting solid goals and implementing step by step plans to achieve them.
John Alderson
The Alderson Partnership
John has been involved with creation, building and selling of companies with the last 15 years advising small to medium sized organisations on business development and management. Particular strength is in marketing in both the national and international arenas to a wide spectrum of clients –leisure, hi-tech manufacturing, mail order, building products, B2B and internet based ventures. Has been involved with the start-up of companies in both advisory and ownership situations.
Gary McKinney
Sandler Training
Gary has over 25 years experience in sales and sales management in the engineering and manufacturing sector. He now owns and runs Sandler Training in the Yorkshire region. Sandler provides sales training, coaching and consulting services to small and medium size businesses as well as corporate training to FTSE100 organisations.
Mark Ashton
True Purpose Ltd
Mark is a qualified business mentor and runs his own coaching and mentoring business, True Purpose Ltd, which helps company owners, directors and management teams to overcome performance barriers. He also leads a team of board level managers as part of his role with RGR. Mark holds an MBA from Warwick Business School and a Master’s in Engineering Science from Cambridge University.
Susannah Daley
Peel Entertainment
Susannah studied at the renowned Bretton Hall College, Leeds and later became a lecturer there in Performance Management. Continuing her passion for performing arts, Susannah went on to become Head of Theatre at the National Media Museum, running the acclaimed Action Replay Theatre and organised Britain’s first International Conference and Festival of Museum Theatre. During her eight years at the museum, Susannah spent time working closely with curatorial and educational colleagues to produce live interpretation programmes that met the strict curatorial standards required by the museum. Subsequently Susannah was inundated with requests to set up similar projects for other museums and visitor centres across the country; The BBC Experience, Tetley’s Brewery Wharf, The Galleries of Justice, and Blackpool Tower to name but a few. In 1999 PEEL was born and began to work as a production company supplying a turnkey entertainment product to the Cruise industry. Over the years Susannah has continued to expand PEEL, introducing an actor-based education service (PEEL Roleplay) and a forward-thinking digital arm of the business (PEEL Interactive, formerly PEEL Heritage). This has seen the company work alongside a number of high-profile clients across the cruise, leisure, heritage, education and private estates sectors.
Charlie Andrew
Bleiker's Smokehouse
Originally from Leeds, Charlie took a controlling stake in Blieker's in 2006, having joined the business in 2004. His background in the media industry in London, where he was involved in products that included ITV Digital, ITV TLC and Warner Brothers, provided the perfect platform for developing and promoting the excellent brand.
Grant Hamilton
Equality Gold
Grant has had a career in business support and is noted for his work in the development of innovative and sector based programmes such as those for not for profit organisations. He has also developed site based learning for the construction Industry.
Julian Horrocks
Yorkshire Business Mentor
Julian background is in the law before resigning his partnership in 2000 to start a second business career developing a portfolio of business interests, most of which has been spent in the field of start up businesses and SMEs. Julian also acts as a business mentor to a variety of business start up entrepreneurs and business owners, some of which have been with him for several years. He also acted as a voluntary mentor on the YAS Growing Routes scheme and is presently a voluntary mentor with Entrepreneurial Spark in Leeds. In 2015, he started http://www.yorkshirebusinessmentor.co.uk with two like-minded colleagues.
Andrew Kitchingman
Incommunities Group
After seventeen years as a Senior Corporate Finance advisor, Andrew is now active in a number of Non Executive Director (NED) roles. His background as a chartered accountant and corporate financier enables him to take a holistic view of a business and the issues they may be seeking to address. Andrew’s experience of advising the boards of high growth companies has given him appreciation of a broad range of businesses and sectors including industrial, construction and business support services.
Jan Lawson
The Private Health Partnership Ltd
A highly experienced insurance professional with over thirty years as both an insurer and a broker, Jan has a broad range of practical skills and a common sense approach. Having started her own business she is familiar with multi-tasking and getting involved in all aspects of business. She brings a practical and pragmatic perspective to the companies she works with and backs this up with the formal learning, leading up to becoming Chartered Director 6 years ago. Jan has a ability to cut through lots of background detail and distraction to get to the heart of the and sum it up in a way that allows it to be "unstuck" and move forward.
Mark Lewis
Analox Ltd
30 years as technologist, 20 years as a Director, 10 years as a Managing Director. My expertise lies in building value in technology companies. Experience of large corporates including M&A work, VCs, and Intellectual Property Management. A wealth of experience developing products from prototypes to volume production in the millions. Introduction of processes into immature companies, setting up systems to cope with the demands of defence / aerospace. Building teams to cope with the day to day running a small/medium/large business. A supportive manager and mentor. A chartered Electronics Engineer with knowledge and experience to ask the difficult question in most areas of business.
Lindsay Ross
Severfield-Reeve Projects Ltd
Lindsay qualified as a Civil Engineer and worked for a number of UK national civils / construction companies throughout England, Scotland and Wales. In the mid-1980’s he moved to the Severfield group to start up their construction division and later running Severfield-Reeve Projects Ltd as the Managing Director. Lindsay went on to develop a thriving business, providing a complete Design & Build service for commercial and industrial construction, from concept to completion and was responsible for the group’s offices, factories and infrastructure, property portfolio and contract negotiation. As part of his role at Severfield, Lindsay became involved with the local community, sitting as a member of the Hambleton Local Strategic Partnership (HLSP), as member of the North Yorkshire LEP steering committee, was the founding chair of Thirsk Regeneration Initiative (TRI) and latterly, founding chair of Hambleton Strategic Business Forum
David Richmond
Armstrong Watson
As a partner with Armstrong Watson, following their merger with Robertshaw Myers on 1st January 2013, David manages a portfolio of SME clients in a wide range of sectors. With over 20 years experience in the business, David provides a complete accountancy, business advisory and audit service for clients throughout the UK. With an extensive client base covering all areas, David has particular specialism in the manufacturing, motor trade and legal sectors. Through working in such diverse industries, David has built up a broad knowledge base that leaves him better placed to meet client needs and to act as their trusted advisor. David believes such relationships are critical, and never more so in increasingly difficult economic times.
Dean Fielding
Business Consultant and Investor
Chartered Accountant, recently retired CFO of LSL Property Services plc (largest surveying and second largest estate agency business in the UK). Steered the group through a business turnaround from a large loss making subsidiary of Aviva to profit and a successful MBO, and subsequently an IPO. Dean now operates as an Investor, Board Director and Consultant for a number of businesses, principally in the property sector.
Ken Yeadon
Thematic Capital LLP
Managing Partner and Co-Founder. - A recognised innovator in financial technology, with over 25 years experience in management, trading, technology, large technology project management, and venture investing. Ken was a former head of trading, sales and e-commerce for HSBC Asia-Pacific and has had a successful track record in angel and venture investing in financial technology and financial projects. Ken has an MBA from John Cass Business School and a BA in economics from Nottingham.
Gareth Roberts
Comply Direct Ltd
With an academic background in business and economics and then many years of sales and marketing experience working for global companies, in 2006 Gareth fulfilled his desire to set up from scratch a business of his own by founding environmental compliance business Comply Direct Ltd. Comply Direct has an impressive growth record and financial performance and now employs ten staff supporting clients as diverse as Waitrose, John Lewis, Ryman, Fujitsu and Sharp Electronics to Harrogate Spa, Ronseal and Seabrook Crisps. Gareth specialises in Business Strategy and Sales and Marketing.
Lynda Fussell
Dales Consulting Limited
After years of working as a management and change consultant Lynda focuses upon the value of people and teams within organisations. Her leadership coaching background has given her direct experience in helping business leaders deal with every type of corporate issue.
Mark Rasche
Sport & Activity Professionals Ltd
Mark has worked with many leading organisations in the sport & leisure, health & fitness and education sectors including franchises and leisure facilities.
Anthony Prince
Extreme Creations
Antony formed Extreme Creations in 2002 having worked previously in the web design and television industry. On a daily basis, Antony works with many small and medium sized businesses from all types of sectors, helping them to identify and access their potential markets and customers and putting together a marketing and digital strategy to promote their brands. Antony offers a wealth of practical business knowledge having grown Extreme Creations from a start-up, in the midst of the ‘dot.com’ bubble bursting, to a leading business in the digital marketing sector today. His clients regularly benefit from this experience, across a wealth of business disciplines, when developing results focussed digital marketing strategies
John Currie
Financial Planning Consultant
Following a 40 year career in the front line of financial services John continues to act as a trusted adviser a wide variety of business owners and professional clients. John has been a pioneer of holistic financial planning, placing the client’s needs at the centre of the advice process. As regulation evolved throughout the 90’s he played an active role in the Yorkshire IFA community as Chairman of the Life & Pensions Society.
John Blackett
Founder of Durham Leisure
Having completed an MBA at London Business School, John founded Durham Leisure which over 20 years grew into the largest independent amusement machine operator in the North East providing machines to the major breweries, universities, and pubs.
Peter Beresford
Founder of RedSky
Peter trained and worked in the financial sector, gaining many years of small business experience with Barclays bank. In 2003 he founded RedSky, a North Yorkshire-based business which specialises in helping SME’s with fund-raising, grants, sales & marketing, general business advice and mentoring. Since 1992 Peter has also run a publishing business where he developed much of his ‘hands-on’ business experience. He is also the writer and creator of ‘The Walkers’ Pack’ series of walking guide.
Mark Cunliffe-Lister
Proprietor of Swinton Park
Mark (Lord Masham) has restored developed Swinton Park into a thriving estate and luxury hotel and manages and extensive staff to deliver the very highest standards in hospitality and estate management.

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