Boardroom Advisors Limited – Team

John G. Courtney – Chief Executive

John is highly ranked in the Top 100 UK Entrepreneurs list by City AM and is winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from techSPARK.

He has been a Board Director himself for over 40 years and first started placing Non-Executive Directors over 25 years ago. John founded and ran six of his own businesses including a Management Consultancy for 10 years, a Corporate Finance offering for 10 years and a mid-sized Digital Agency for another 10 years.

He is also a very experienced business Mentor, with Microsoft Ventures then Microsoft Accelerator (now Microsoft Scale-Up), HRH Prince Andrew’s [email protected], SETsquared (scale-ups spinning out of the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Surrey and Southampton) and Entrepreneurial Spark (now NatWest Accelerator). He is also on the Advisory Board for the Oracle Start-up Cloud Accelerator (OSCA).

Having trained as a Strategy Consultant, John has run strategy training in the UK, Holland and West Indies and advised over 100 scale-ups, family businesses and SME’s in strategy. He has also been conference speaker at Tech For Britain, Digital Marketing, LikeMinds for Entrepreneurs and others.

John is Chairman, NED or Board Advisor to several scale-up and SME businesses in both London and Bristol.

John is a lifelong cricket lover, has captained Gloucestershire Seniors and is a proud Ashes winner with the full England Seniors side. He has recently taken over as Chairman of The Lord’s Taverners (West), a national charity focused on helping disabled and disadvantaged children through sport.

Kathryn Dawson, MBA FCIM – Board Advisor

Kath has been a Board Director for over 15 years for a management consultancy, a mid-sized digital agency and her own consultancy. She is now also a Fellow and Board member for the Chartered Institute of Marketing where she is also the Digital Ambassador. Kath is currently a Board advisor to five early stage businesses.

A digital marketing strategy specialist, Kath has a grounding in digital strategy, content marketing, SEO, social media, conversion rate optimisation and paid search.

Kath has also worked in computer software and financial services as well as the Universities of Exeter and Wolverhampton.

Kath is a Trustee of Mencap, the learning disabilities charity, and is also a regular volunteer for them.

Regional Directors

Simon Dodd, Wessex
Simon Dodd

A highly experienced and proven Management, Marketing and Marketing Communications expert.

Currently supporting MD’s and Management Teams of SME’s in various sectors.

Involvement includes strategic planning and partnerships, corporate/brand/product insights and positioning, Chairing Boards/Management Teams, Marketing/MarComms planning, , Leadership training, profile raising, investment structures and potential exit strategies.

Extensive CEO, MD and Board experience in a range of corporate environments from PLC to small private companies, start-ups to established global offerings, with international, London and UK regional experience.

High profile experience working at senior level within a professional body – Regional Chairman of the IPA, Institute of Practitioners in Advertising.


Steve Wakefield, Fens
Steve Wakefield

Steven has worked with many businesses over the past 40 years.  He has helped organizations from their initial start-up, working with organizations seeking funding for expansion, helping businesses work through their growing pains and working in major organisations troubleshooting areas of concern.

Steven is now a professional Business Advisor working with organisations all over the United Kingdom helping individuals and businesses realise their true potential and then provide support to help them build their business to the next level.

Steven is an author and his book, “So You Want To Be A Leader” is available on the Amazon platform.


Gerry Wilkinson, South Wales
Gerry Wilkinson

In the last four years Gerry has been involved with cloud technology and its introduction into SME’s and Accounting practices.  He was sales director for a fast-growing cloud integration company selling consulting and cloud ecosystems around the Xero accounting system.

Prior to joining Boardroom Advisors Gerry was the Managing Director of Cognitive Research, the company was focused on three things, – media research into the changing face of accounting practices, a value-added reseller of cloud-based software and a business consultant involved business acquisitions, interim assignments, GDPR and the funding.

He was a partner in a successful City based software and consulting firm for over twelve years and created one of the world’s first Operational Risk solutions combining value at risk modelling techniques with traditional subjective methods.  He raised $1m in an earn out deal worth $16m for his operational risk system solution.


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