Board Profiles

Louise Wall (CEO)

100

Louise Wall was appointed as Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce’s Interim CEO effective from Thursday 18th June 2020.

Louise became the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber’s Group Commercial Director in the summer of 2014 and is responsible for overseeing all operations within the Chamber ranging from membership services, business support programmes and international trade.

Louise is a fully qualified HR professional with a breadth of experience across the public and private sector having headed up a successful small HR and IT consultancy business for nearly ten years, as well as key roles within Local Authorities, with an emphasis on the economy and enterprise.

She was previously Head of Sustainable Communities at Warwickshire County Council and founder member of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership Executive board.

Robyn Allen (President)
Director, Robyn Allen Solutions Limited

Robyn runs a Northamptonshire based insurance brokerage that specialises in providing personal protection advice. Robyn started the firm in 2016 and has over a decade of Financial Services experience under her belt. During her varied career in Financial Services, Robyn really found her passion when she began her last employed role as a Financial Consultant which focused on helping customers from all walks of life protect their futures. Robyn is proud to represent the insurance sector both locally and nationally, being awarded Young Business Person of the Year and being a finalist at the National Business Women awards 2018.

Being a firm believer in giving back to the local community in Northamptonshire, Robyn regularly volunteers with a variety of groups but mostly supporting young adults, especially encouraging any budding entrepreneurs. She has also raised funds for a number of organisations including The Special Care Baby Unit at the Kettering General Hospital and Niamh’s Next Step.


Kevin Rogers (Immediate Past President)

Partner - Wilson Browne Solicitors

Kevin is Chairman of the Board at Wilson Browne and his Teams are responsible for marketing and business development, human resources and operations including compliance, ICT and facilities management.

Kevin practices in commercial dispute resolution and professional negligence. He trained in both Manchester and London firms and has acted in a number of high profile cases that have attracted a good deal of media coverage. He is proud to act for local and national businesses, from sole trader to large companies, providing innovative funding options and practical commercial advice for clients large and small. Kevin lives in Northamptonshire with his wife and two young children.


Scott Jones (Vice President)

CEO, 123 Internet Group

Scott Jones

After a short career within the insurance market working within the MIS team supporting the merger of Aviva, Scott moved to online automation developing web platforms and early digital marketing concepts within the car rental industry and was pivotal in developing and launching the Government Scrappage Scheme.

For more than 15 years he has worked within the Digital space, helping to support big brands with their online strategies reaching an accredited fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM) and member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (MCIPR).

As a leading local agency owner, his team of 20 professionals offer a full suite of services including branding, web design, social media and SEO. The agency has grown to support a local, national and international audience and activity works with a number of local businesses. Scott and his team are also the official digital partners of MK Lightning Ice Hockey and a Platinum founding member of SproutSocial.


Reemesh Patel (Vice President)

Managing Consultant, SK Energy

Reemesh is a shareholding director and board member of numerous companies based in Northamptonshire within retail, property and service industries alongside a growing investment portfolio of companies.

Reemesh is married with three young children. He is described as a devoted father, multiple business owner and investor. A modern-day entrepreneur who challenges the norm and positively disrupts markets. Outside of his work life Reemesh is very passionate about most sports, but particularly football, martial arts and boxing, both as a spectator and competitor. Reemesh is a blackbelt in several disciplines and has even trained with the likes of Ricky “Hitman” Hatton.


Anna Clarke

Anna Clarke was appointed Group Director Employer Engagement and Partnerships at Milton Keynes College Group in September 2021.

Overseeing the College’s teams of engagement and delivery experts, Anna has overall responsibility for ensuring the College is at the heart of developing the local economy and supporting communities in Milton Keynes. This includes managing and developing partnerships with businesses to grow their talent pipelines, improve skills and drive change.

Having joined MK College in 2016, Anna has a wealth of experience in further education and training and has held a variety of senior posts across both the public and private sectors. As someone who is committed to nurturing innovation and creativity, Anna believes that collaboration is the key to success – working in partnership to find solutions that drive great outcomes for all.

Maggie Halsall

Director, Acanthus Management Limited

Maggie is an HR Consultant, Director of Acanthus Management Limited and a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. She established her outsourced HR Consultancy in 2009 after over 20 years working as an in-house HR practitioner.

Following a career in professional services and UK-based plc’s, she has seen Acanthus’ client base grow from local, family owned companies to UK-wide organisations which have a global reach. Maggie takes a “prevention rather than cure” approach to HR, offering practical solutions to complex issues. Her ethos is to take the pressure off business owners, so that they can concentrate on running the business and develop their people, enabling them to achieve the very best that they can at work.

Maggie’s roots are firmly in Northamptonshire - she is an advocate of the area for career and business opportunities as well as the recreational facilities the county has to offer. As a Non-Executive Director of NCC, her aim is to maintain strong business relationships with existing and future members in an evolving business community.


Shalom Lloyd

Founder & CEO Naturally Tribal Skincare Ltd

An award-winning, senior business professional, with over 24 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry. A British-Nigerian with a BSc and MSc in Pharmacy from the Ukrainian Academy of Pharmacy in former Soviet Union, and an MBA from the University of Liverpool, resulting in a cross-cultural background which has enabled her to push for diversity and cultural awareness in the global business place at every opportunity for herself and others.

Shalom is the Founder of Naturally Tribal Skincare, a natural chemical-free skincare company built on valuing healthy, ethical and sustainable living whilst empowering African women.

Shalom is also the Chief Strategy Officer at Emerging Markets Quality Trials (eMQT), an organisation focused on diversity in Clinical Trials providing the global pharmaceutical industry access to patients in Africa.

Shalom is a Department of International Trade Export Champion, a Mentor and strong believer in the fact that anything is possible!


Nick Lygo-Baker

Paradigm CX

100

Nick is a leading expert in customer experience and a specialist in operationalising customer insight, Nick is an accredited member of the Market Research Society and Certified Customer Experience Professional.

He provides growing SME’s and large businesses with Customer Strategy and Customer Research Solutions (Voice of Customer and Employee, Mystery Shopping and
Journey Mapping).

He was listed in the top 25 CX professionals and top 150 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers in 2020. Now an international best-selling co-author, Nick is proud to be member of the Milton Keynes Chamber and to serve on the board.


Darren Millis

150

Partner, Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors LLP

Darren is 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 !)


Conor O’Sullivan

Managing Director - O’Sullivan Financial Planning Ltd

Conor is Chartered Financial Planner, Fellow of the Personal Finance Society and after 16 years working in the profession founded O’Sullivan Financial Planning where he provides independent financial advice to both individuals and businesses. Conor originally began in the profession advising clients with Lloyds TSB and then spent the last decade working with HSBC progressing through various management roles to a Regional level covering London, South and East of England. Conor completed his time with HSBC working in head office as a Senior Propositions Manager leading a Transformational Programme and developing their Premier and Wealth strategy in the UK and worked with a number of HSBC’s markets across the world.

In addition to running his own company, Conor is an Area Director for Vision Independent Financial Planning where he provides supervision and guidance for a number of IFAs.

Conor has spent most of his life living in Northamptonshire, and is married with two young children, which dominate most of their time. Conor is an active reader, has a love of sport (although participation is limited these days) and dabbles with a little photography.


Steve Robinson
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.


Anjana Rajani

Managing Director - Power2Progress

Anjana Rajani is the founder and managing director of Power2Progress, an executive development, business coaching, management training organisation that impacts productivity, performance and profitability.

Anjana is an entrepreneurial spirit who has worked with multinationals and locals alike. She is a natural, intuitive leadership coach who brings commercial know-how and global skills to local and regional organisations.

As a corporate coach with extensive experience inspiring executives and business owners across many sectors, she has nurtured senior executives in the private sector, including Waitrose, Miele and Avon, as well as leaders in public education and healthcare. In addition to her corporate work, Anjana has a keen interest in emerging businesses and small to medium-sized organisations. She believes in helping young and growing businesses to rise and exceed expectations.

Anjana’s unique approach to leadership and progress is based on acknowledging that people have emotional drivers at work. Her coaching and training sessions are empowering and are designed to help people, teams and organisations move forward and to connect with their own resources and power.


Jon Thorpe

ACS Office Solutions

Jon is Joint Managing Director of ACS Office Solutions, a national provider of IT and workplace solutions that celebrated 20 years of business in January 2015. The company, like it’s directors, works under core values of honesty, passion, loyaty, teamwork and trust.

Jon and his fellow directors have also been heavily involved in the success stories of expanding companies Datastore365, ACS Recruitment and Starting Off, which complete the ACS group.

Jon himself graduated from Northampton University in IT and Business and today remains very passionate about how modern work styles and new technologies can improve business productivity. Alongside technology, Jon is a Northamptonshire ambassador and is keen to promote and help support the continued growth of the county and most importantly, the local SME community. Jon also resides on the Microsoft UK Advisory Board.

Jon is married with two daughters and outside of his work life is very passionate about most sports, but particularly golf and tennis, both as a spectator and player.


World Pay Logo