Paul Griffiths (Chief Executive)
Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce
Paul is Chief Executive of Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce. He makes sure that the Chamber’s Members have their voice heard at local, regional and national levels and that Members can take advantage of extensive networking opportunities and savings on essential business services. Other responsibilities include maintaining relationships with stakeholders in order to progress regional initiatives and ensure Milton Keynes is one of the best places to do business in the UK.
Paul is a qualified accountant with an extensive business background at senior level, in both finance and general management roles. He has a diverse background covering manufacturing, software development and publishing, hospitality and financial shared services.
Darren Millis (Vice President)
Partner, Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors LLP
Darren is a Partner at Geoffrey Leaver LLP, a firm of solicitors at the heart of Milton Keynes’ business community. As team leader of the commercial property team, Darren has day-to-day contact with the businesses and entrepreneurs driving Milton Keynes’ successful growth. Darren joined Geoffrey Leaver in January 2014 after 16 years as a solicitor and partner with a Legal 200 firm in Kent. Darren has worked with developers on both local and national level, as well as on the property aspects of corporate and finance deals. He has a wealth of experience in more complicated land acquisition work including options and conditional contracts together with leases and licenses for both landlord and tenant. In his spare time Darren enjoys traveling and walking. As a keen linguist he is currently studying German for business (and leisure !).
Managing Director, Visual Identity Creative Ltd
After gaining a degree from the world renowned University of the Arts, Chelsea, Jacqui spent over a decade as a successful designer for a number of agencies in London and the South East including a multi award-winning design consultancy based in Hertfordshire. Over that period Jacqui worked with some of the world’s best-known brands to not only deliver a number of high profile projects but help interpret brand direction, deliver creative concepts and execute a marketing plan.
Jacqui is an experienced Owner/Director, specialising in Brand Development and Ideas Generation for both B2C and B2B markets. She set up Visual Identity with her partner, Jon Newham, in 1989 and has worked in Milton Keynes for over 25 years.
Jacqui has a strong communications with solid background and passion for creativity, ideas generation and concept building. With an extensive managerial experience and a wide range of skills gained over 30 years, she is well organised with a proven experience to manage large projects.
As a supporter of all areas of the creative industry, she believes the interaction between business and the arts can be leveraged to change the perception of MK to the outside world.
Business Advisory Partner, Mercer & Hole
Steve is a Audit and Business Advisory Partner based at Mercer & Hole’s Milton Keynes office. He has significant experience in the Northampton and Milton Keynes market working with corporate businesses and not-for-profit organisations.
Steve has a strong background of working for independent schools and academies, ranging from single schools to large education groups. Within the corporate sector, he focuses on working with owners to achieve their ambitions across a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, property, construction, freight & logistics, retail and professional practices.
In 2016, Steve joined Mercer & Hole from Grant Thornton, where he had worked since 1986 and had been a Partner for the previous 18 years. He is a past President of both the Milton Keynes and Northampton Chamber of Commerce.
Outside of work, Steve has held the post of Governor at a Secondary School Academy for the past three years and is a Cub Scout Leader in the Northamptonshire village of Brixworth. Steve enjoys supporting Northampton Saints Rugby Union Club and Liverpool Football Club. He is married with three children.
CEO, 123 Internet Group