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Our Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) are many of Yorkshire’s most successful entrepreneurs. They are drawn from a variety of industries and have all built, and many are continuing to build, highly successful businesses. They have agreed to give time to deliver Masterclasses, take part in panels and provide mentoring for members of Connect Yorkshire.

Entrepreneurs in Residence.

After qualifying as a chartered surveyor Charlie worked for Savills in London and then opened their office in York in 1980. In 1992 he joined Timothy Taylor & Co Ltd, his wife's family business becoming MD in 1995. At that time Timothy Taylor's turnover was £6.5m and its most famous brand Landlord was sold principally to free trade pubs and clubs close to the brewery in Keighley and through their own small chain of pubs. As the public's enthusiasm for real ales grew, Landlord grew in popularity and is now sold nationwide. In addition Timothy Taylor developed new beers to meet evolving tastes as well as rebranding Best Bitter Boltmaker. It was then listed by Tesco's and won Camra's Champion Beer of Britain 2014 to add to the many awards Landlord and other Timothy Taylor beers have won. Brewing top quality beers are the hallmark of Timothy Taylor. Sales now exceed £20m pa. Over the last five years the company has spent over £12m on, amongst other things, a new office, transport depot, new hop store, new fermenters, new barrel handling, cleaning and filling line and a new effluent plant and a new boiler with all major items bought from Yorkshire suppliers. Charlie stood down as MD in early 2015 and is now Chairman.

Charles Dent
Industries:
  • Food and Drink
Skills:
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Innovation
  • Business Planning
  • Management Skills

Cheryl Williams is CEO of Yorkshire Wildlife Park Foundation and one of the founders and owners of the UK’s number one ‘Walkthrough Wildlife Adventure’, The Yorkshire Wildlife Park. The park was built on the site of Brockholes Farm Visitor Centre, which closed to the public in November 2008. Cheryl and Neville Williams (experienced zookeepers from Woburn Safari Park) and business partner John Minion purchased the site in 2008 with funding from Lloyds TSB Commercial, private investment, and a Yorkshire Forward grant. The site was renovated over the 2008–2009 winter, and officially opened on 4 April 2009. The Award Winning South Yorkshire business went from zero to 700,000 visitors in 7 years.

Cheryl Williams
Industries:
  • Leisure
Skills:
  • Accountancy
  • Business Planning
  • Exporting
  • Fast Growth
  • Finance
  • Innovation
  • Management Skills
  • Market Research
  • Marketing
  • Negotiation
  • Project Management
  • Risk & Crisis Management
  • Sales
  • Social Media
  • Sustainability

Chris and his brother Gerard started Intermarketing Communications Ltd in Headingley in 1990. At the group's inception, Chris ran the print management services and his brother ran the marketing communications business. There followed 25 years of steady organic growth  as the business started attracting big names such as Next, Halifax Bank and Grattan as clients. Latterly the addition of Adidas as a client led to the development of a retail division which has enjoyed massive growth over the last five years. The employee model was to recruit bright graduates and facilitate them to grow with the business.  By the time Chris disposed of his shares to a management team in 2015, the company employed over 80 staff and had a turnover approaching £20m.

Chris Henry
Industries:
  • Marketing Services
Skills:
  • Business Planning
  • Ecommerce
  • Fast Growth
  • Management Skills
  • Market Research
  • Marketing
  • Negotiation
  • Printing
  • Project Management
  • Sales
  • Social Media
  • Sustainability

Managing director of AESSEAL -Chris started out manufacturing precision engineered mechanical seals for pumps at a Rotherham workshop in 1981 with just five staff, his business AESSEAL has now grown to a company with 1,268 employees, operating from 73 locations in 34 countries. Market coverage is global – 85 countries – with the USA accounting for more than a third of export sales. Overseas sales have increased by 107 per cent since 2003, and today around 80 per cent of its entire production is sold overseas. Last year the business achieved the £100 million annual sales milestone for the first time, capping 30 consecutive years of uninterrupted sales growth. Chris is now focussed on driving the business forward and developing AESSEAL the next generation.

Chris Rea OBE
Industries:
  • Manufacturing
Skills:
  • Accountancy
  • Business Planning
  • Exporting
  • Fast Growth
  • Finance
  • Innovation
  • Management Skills
  • Market Research
  • Marketing
  • Negotiation
  • Project Management
  • Risk & Crisis Management
  • Sales
  • Sustainability

Craig joined Monaghans in 1988 and twelve years later Adrian Monaghan retired and Craig became MD. At this stage Monaghans was a quantity surveyor and project manager with a turnover of £1.25m.

He sold the business in 2006 and bought it back eighteen months later.

Since then the business has grown both organically and by acquisitions so that the business, now known as Trebbi, is a multi-disciplinary building consultancy with offices in Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester and London and overseas offices in Poland, Spain, Italy, France and Barbados. The acquisitions have included architects and interior designers (White Design and Self Architects),structural engineers (Roscoe), mechanical and electrical consultants (FHP), regeneration services (Piece Regen) and commercial agency (Fernie Greaves). The business now turns over £23m with plans to get to £100m.

In addition Craig owns various property development companies which employ many of the disciplines within the Trebbi.

Craig Hibbert
Industries:
  • Construction and Property
Skills:
  • Business Planning
  • Management Skills
  • Sales
  • Negotiation