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Christopher Ware

Director - The Conygar Investment Company Plc

Reshma Sheikh (Octavian Security UK)

Managing Director - Octavian security Uk

Hilary Fanning

Director of Research Development & Innovation at University of Birmingham

David Penney

Head of CAV Technologies - Horiba Mira

Robert Franks

Managing Director - West Midlands 5G

Daf Williams

Head of Policy, Communications & Economic Development (Humber) - Associated British Ports

Darren Clark

Midlands Engine Health Board Member & CEO of Mediilink East Midlands

Lily Eaves

Portfolio Co-Lead - West Midlands Combined Authority

Alistair Trippett

Founder & Director - BM Holdings Group

Andy Street

West Midlands Mayor

Charlotte Horobin

Regional Director - Mate UK

Shelina Begum

North West Editor -

Alex Turner

Joint Managing Director -

Sam Metcalf

Midlands Editor -

Philip Stewardson

Director - Stewardson Developments Ltd

Mac Alonge

Founder & CEO - The Equal Group

Satnam Rana-Grindley

Head of Communications - Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership

faz chowdhury

CEO - Nemaura Pharma

Glenn Crocker

Head of Life Sciences - JLL & Chair - BioCity Group

Matheu Parr

Director of Customer Business - Rolls Royce

Julio Taylor

CEO - Hallam

Pat Doody

Chair - Greater Linconshire LEP

Chris Hulme

Director - Influential

Sarah King

Co-founder and chief exec - We Are Radikl

Yiannis Maos


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Ian Taylor

Managing Director - Conventions & Exhibitions - NEC Group

Fiona Allan

Chair of the Regional Board for Tourism and Chief Executive of Birmingham Hippodrome

Mark Davies

Head of Business Development - Leicester Tigers

Sara Blair-Manning

CEO - Nottingham Castle Trust

Gurmit Kler

Director of Business Engagement - University of Birmingham

Dan Storer

Chief Investment Officer - West Midlands Growth Company

Ian Reid

CEO - Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee

Liz Draper

Head of Corporate Partnerships - Coventry City of Culture Trust

Ricky Sandhu

Founder & Executive Chairman - Urban-Air Port Ltd

Natalie Gasson-McKinley

Development Manager - Federation of Small Business

Paul Faulkner

Chief of Staff & Operations - Richardson Group

Sarah Walker-Smith

CEO - Shakespeare Martineau

Shehzad Chaudhary

Deputy Director - Trade & Investment Midlands - DIT

Stephen Pratt

Board Director & Owner - Godwin

David Hardman

Managing Director - Bruntwood SciTech Birmingham

Henrietta Brealey

CEO - Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

Jim Campbell

Founder - SureScreen Diagnostics

Neil Murray

CEO - Impact Data Metrics

Anita Bhalla

Chair - WM Leadership Commission

Tru Powell

Creative & Events Director - Aston Performing Arts Academy

Chris Reeves

Head of CAV Technologies - Horiba Mira

John Russell

Interim CEO - Norton Motorcycles

Maria Machancoses

Chief Executive - Midlands Connect

Jeff Counsell

Managing Director - Trent barton

Liz Needleman

BT Group Regional Lead - BT

Clive Roberts

Head of School of Engineering - University of Birmingham

Paul Smith

Area Director Leicester - Lloyds Banking Group

Mark Hales

Investor & Entrepreneur

Sarah Windrum

Incoming Chair - CWLEP

Ken Cooper

Managing Director - Venture Solutions, British Business Bank #MEIF

Ben Ormsby

Yorkshire Editor -

Mark Stapleton

Director - Turner & Townsend

Nicola Fleet-Milne

CEO - Fleet Milne & Chair of Colmore BID

Jo Gideon

MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central & PPS to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Ministerial Team

Kathrin Enenkel

Senior Analyst - Centre for Cities

Amanda Dorel

Regional Director - Lloyds Banking Group

Sam Metcalf

Midlands Editor -

Chris Burden

Co-chair of the West Midlands Young Combined Authority

Sophie Drake

Account Director at Story Comms and Board Director for Young People - GBSLEP

Silvia Rindone

EY UK&I Retail Leader - EY

Chris Romans

Partner EY Private and Midlands Tax Leader - EY

David Borland

EY UK&I Automotive Leader - EY

Simon O'Neill

Managing Partner for the Midlands - EY

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