This is who we are
Steven Northam Mentor & Investor
Steve splits his time between his role as Senior Lecturer in Business Management at the University of Winchester and as mentor/investor with his company SN Technologies Limited, operating a wide range of business across a diverse range of sectors. Specialties include business start-up, social media and web marketing and idea development. Steve also owns IncuHive, the business incubation space where Inspiring Enterprise sessions are held.
George has always had an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to work for himself. He spent nine years in London working in the property industry with the intention of making enough money to go it alone. At 30 he left London and co-founded Kiss Gyms, a low cost award-winning gym chain. Kiss currently has three very profitable sites in Acton, Swindon and Milton Keynes and George sits on the board. With a desire to hedge all that healthiness, George bought and redeveloped a Pub, Restaurant and Hotel once famously owned by Keith Floyd in Totnes, Devon with the ambition of building a small PubCo. 6 years of running a pub was enough so George recently sold a lease on the building to his current management team. George has been involved in several start-ups, some successful and some less so. His latest endeavour is to launch a business incubator space in Winchester with Steve Northam and IncuHive.
Chris Buckingham is a crowdfunding specialist and author of several books on the topic. His research interest with Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton) is looking at how serious games might help crowdfunding campaign management. He is the founder of the specialist publisher, minivation, and the crowdfunding consultancy, Lean Campaign, an international speaker and guest lecturer for several universities.
Tom Saunders Mentor
While at university, I set up the Southampton Enactus team, which was a huge learning opportunity for me. We were crowned Rookie Team of the Year, and the group has gone on to win the UK National Competition four times as well as the Enactus World Cup. I then worked as Programme Director for Enactus UK, supporting 48 Universities and over 2,000 students in setting up and growing social enterprise projects. I’ve since set up two businesses (Opportunity China Ltd and Opportunity Education Services Ltd) which enable exchange, employment and educational opportunities for people across the world. While growing both companies, I’ve continued to support universities and students in developing enterprise education and entrepreneurship. This has included working with academics at a university to build more enterprise in to their curriculum, setting up a crowdfunding platform and developing a very practical and high impact start-up boot camp.
Jane Buswell Mentor
Jane is also an experienced and enthusiastic trainer and has delivered a large number of workshops around the subjects of marketing and social media. Jane says: “These offer step-by-step processes, bite sized chunks of information and detailed handouts – all essential to understand the practical applications of somewhat fluffy subjects like marketing and social media. My aim is to share my genuine passion for the subject in order to generate those wonderful lightbulb moments experienced by trainees as they suddenly “get it”
Greg Sandford Mentor
After several years working in higher education, I left the comfort of my job and started working on a freelance basis in 2012. I’ve faced many of the challenges that sole traders have to deal with – from knowing what to charge and finding your next contract, to structuring your business and managing your finances. My enterprise education journey started at the University of Southampton, where I led Fish on Toast, one of the country’s most successful student business societies. We hosted weekly guest speakers, ran funding initiatives and shared best practice with other institutions across the UK. I wasn’t to know then that this would become an important and enjoyable part of my work after graduation. In the last year, I’ve coordinated a programme that saw more than 40 people receive money to launch their ideas, advised a group of social entrepreneurs who competed in a national competition, grown a support network for graduate business owners and used design thinking to help a room full of students generate ideas to improve the IKEA experience.
Emma Morrissy Mentor
Emma Morrissey is a Business Woman based in Hampshire, working within the Arts & Enterprise Business Industries. After Graduating with honours from University in 2011 with her Bachelor of the Arts Degree, Emma began her journey to build her business knowledge through endless determination & setup her Business in 2014. With over a decade’s industry experience, Emma Offers Specialist Services & Products, including Art Commissions, Teaching Art Workshops & Teaching Students & Creative people about Self Employment & Business Start Ups. She is currently studying for her M.A in Learning & Teaching.
Jonathan Mardall Mentor
After studying Russian at the University of Geneva, I worked in the voluntary sector, first with the Muscular Dystrophy Group and then in Africa and Asia for Save the Children and ActionAid. From 1991 to 1996, I worked for Coopers & Lybrand (now part of PwC) on a range of consultancy assignments in the former Soviet Union. Following that, I joined an outplacement / careers transition firm helping people re-adjust and find new jobs following redundancy. In 2001, I set up my own outplacement consultancy to try and provide as good a service as possible to those seeking new job opportunities.
I have been fortunate to have had a very varied career in Telecoms, Manufacturing & Services Industries as well as ten years as a Consulting Partner on a leading Consultancy. In Industry, I have lead a Business Unit where I repositioned it & transformed into a profitable business as well led many functional teams in Information Technology, Engineering and Purchasing. In Management Consulting, I have had the opportunity to work with many blue-chip companies as well as providing Board Room advice to Small/Mid-sized enterprises. In all my roles, I have had the opportunity to develop & grow my team members such that they were able to take on their exciting challenges in their careers. As a mentor, I am looking to share my broad experience with the Programme participants.
Imogen Coleman Mentor
In 2006, Imogen started her degree at the University of Winchester. She thoroughly enjoyed her degree in Education and Drama Studies and received a high 2:1 BA Hons in 2009. On completion of her degree, Imogen knew she wanted to work with children and set up a Baby Sensory franchise in 2010. She began with only 5 classes a week to now running 15 classes across her territory. Imogen absolutely loves her job and has not looked back and she has now been running classes for 7 years and has a small team with 4 Class Leaders and a wonderful volunteer! During her time running classes Imogen wanted to extend her knowledge so undertook a PGCE (teaching degree) which she completed in May 2014. Imogen has also been working with Baby Sensory Head Office alongside her business for the past 5 years, from programme co-ordinator, to supplies manager, assessor and trainer for new an upcoming franchisees and also dealing with a network of over 400 franchisees. Imogen also has 2 beautiful children aged 3 years and 7.5 months which have certainly helped shape her as a person. Imogen says "My children are my world, they continue to surprise me everyday with their abilities to learn. They brighten up my day and are the highlight of my life". I then worked as Programme Director for Enactus UK, supporting 48 Universities and over 2,000 students in setting up and growing social enterprise projects. I’ve since set up two businesses (Opportunity China Ltd and Opportunity Education Services Ltd) which enable exchange, employment and educational opportunities for people across the world. While growing both companies, I’ve continued to support universities and students in developing enterprise education and entrepreneurship. This has included working with academics at a university to build more enterprise in to their curriculum, setting up a crowdfunding platform and developing a very practical and high impact start-up boot camp.