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 – Marketing Director
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.
Damian has been running his own companies for the last 21 years in a variety of sectors, from the marine industry, shipping (import and export & shipping supplies), leisure, catering, IT, recycling, environmental consultancy and producer compliance.
Best known for his work in the recycling and producer compliance world, Damian authored and ran one of the UK’s original WEEE compliance schemes and later worked for one of the UK’s largest multi-regime schemes, whilst running his consultancy.
Damian also helped spearhead the implementation of the UK’s first battery recycling plant based in Scotland. He is a leading voice in battery recycling and compliance.
A non-exec director for several companies ranging from international imports and exports through to childcare and IT, Damian has a deep knowledge base and an extensive list of contacts across many industries.
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.
Prior to starting her own business, Denise spent over 35 years in Commercial Banking, as a Director responsible for business development, successfully coaching sales teams.
During that time, Denise felt very privileged to work with many exceptional business leaders across all business sectors. Helping entrepreneurs scale-up and grow.
She is passionate about helping really great businesses to grow, working with / in the business in a strategic role. Helping entrepreneurs and the board deal with sometimes overwhelming demands and focus on the important issues.
Denise’s values are honesty, integrity, accountability, humility and humor.
Glenn relates to both the small start-up businesses with sights on the huge goals as well as the global stock market listed companies under pressure to deliver under a looking glass.
As a Fellow with the Institute of Directors Glenn is keen to assist those looking for good corporate governance and a cohesive and inclusive approach to all stakeholders. As culture is what makes it all happen so alignment with the mission and vision to define a strategic direction is foundational for business growth, particularly so with Glenn’s experience of rapid scaling up.
Expertise in maximising productivity and profitability focus on start-up, scale up and SME’s. Provides expert practical market analysis services, working with Start-ups and SME’s clients from concept to market, develop and maximise their sustainable market share and define financially feasible projects, scale and growth.
Charles is a business leader, consultant and interim manager, with extensive board-level experience gained over a successful twenty-five-year career in the Global IT Industries and in working with innovative SMEs and Start-up companies.
He works with businesses to apply lateral thinking and open new paths to growth through transformation, turnaround, scale-up strategies and the application of new technologies to improve performance and growth.
He is renowned for being highly strategic, formulating innovative routes to success including changing the way an organisation addresses the market to achieve desired outcomes.
Charles is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute CMgr FCMI
An experienced managing director and non-executive director with a track record of delivering rapid, multimillion-pound benefits in manufacturing and industrial businesses with many years of experience in business turnarounds, growing businesses, acquisitions and acquisition integration. Calm, positive and resilient.
Experienced as an energizing change leader, strategic thinker and creative problem solver with a consistent history of business unit success and strategic business development.
Mark’s experiences of dealing with all aspects of SME regenerations and Scale-Ups have fortified his reputation as a trusted advisor who actively spearheads systematic change.
On qualifying as a Chartered Accountant Mark started and went on to sell 2 businesses before becoming MD and FD for several businesses including Mamas & Papas
He is a proven transformation leader, advising on, and steering, strategies in the right direction for growth and development of SME’s. His honest and direct approach ensures focus on the challenges facing individuals, teams, Boards, and companies, and creates positive cultures which maximises efficiency and revenue streams.
SME experience covering Electromechanical, IOT & Building Technology, bought & sold businesses, lived in the Middle East, Germany & the USA, building international companies for nearly 40 years. A Member of the Institute of Export & International Trade.
Board experience with the Lighting Industry Federation & Association and Chair of Lumicom a WEEE recycling organisation. An IOD Member
People orientated and a qualified coach & mentor with the ILM & EMCC.
Proven commercial & sales leader, growth strategies, market entry and international expansion, business recovery & restructuring. Motivational, used to working in challenging environments, creating new inspiration, direction and belief.
Driven, energetic & resilient, with 14+ years of broad global senior management experience from various countries, roles, companies & industries (eCommerce, eGaming, FinTech & Loyalty), and a track record of success.
Director, co-owner & co-founder of a growing global consultancy business, making an impact as a board member, advisor, consultant, mentor & speaker.
Well connected with a strong global network of senior managers, top employees & consultants, and leading suppliers & agencies.
Ability to define & develop strategy but also dive into the details when needed, implementing practical Agile methodologies, in large companies, scaleups, SMEs, and hands-on startup environments.
Martin is a leader in unlocking the power of data and making companies data driven. Experienced in international B2B and B2C organisations from start-ups to £bn turnover businesses across multiple sectors, including private equity, retail, consumer, business and legal services.
Martin is a passionate connector and introducer. He is a founder and chair of the Business Leaders’ Family and the Private Equity Collective. And he is an experienced mentor dedicating his time to early stage entrepreneurs to establish and grow their companies.
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