Meet The Team

Regions Supported By the Manufacturing Growth Programme

The regions eligible for support from the Manufacturing Growth Programme are shown on the map below.
Please click your region to view details of your local Growth Manager.

Regional Growth Managers

Dean Barnes

Regional Director

dean.barnes@egs.live
07790 358 678

David Ledbury

West and North Regional Manager

david.ledbury@egs.live
07790 358 503

Chris Needham

East and South Regional Manager

chris.needham@egs.live
07920 563 581

Manufacturing Growth Managers

Adrian Waters

Northamptonshire

Adrian is a business professional with over 25 years of commercial experience in UK, pan-European and Global markets – at Board and Managing Director level.  As a MAS Advisor, he has used this experience by working with senior leadership teams to determine strategic plans and the associated implementation of practical, measurable steps towards improvement and growth.

Degree in Economics, Politics & International Studies from Warwick University, member of Chartered Institute of Marketing and of Guild of Motoring Journalists. Adrian is also married with two teenage children, enjoys tennis and cycling when time permits.

adrian.waters@egs.live
07790 358 557

Daren Booth

South East - Kent

Daren is an experienced business support professional working across a number of sectors delivering high quality and client centric support, working with small business owners to develop growth plans and scale opportunities. Previous work has helped enable growth aspirations to business to accelerate growth, improve productivity and profitability, develop new and alternative routes to market and identify development opportunities.

ILM L7 qualification in Executive Coaching and Leadership Mentoring amongst other accreditations. Daren is a keen Formula 1 and football fan, enjoys walks and cycling by the coast in Kent.

daren.booth@egs.live
07971 062 279

Hemaxi Bhatt

Hertfordshire

Hemaxi has over 25 years’ experience working with SME’s and large Corporates delivering end to end solutions and value propositions to support business growth. Working closely with numerous businesses from different industry sectors supporting them to deliver sustainable change, improve productivity, raise finance to support growth, people management practices including leadership and management development, and a host of other issues to support growth.

SFEDI qualification in Business Development and Skills Development. Hemaxi also has 4 parrots which keep her entertained when she’s not busy with her social life or enjoying a good movie.

hemaxi.bhatt@egs.live
07973 946 529

Keith Mabbutt

South East – East Sussex and Kent

Keith is a commercially astute, entrepreneurial business executive with more than a decade of experience at every stage of a business life-cycle. Experience with coaching start-up firms and growing SME businesses primarily to assist and develop their scalability and finance strategies. Keith has a firm grasp of what it takes to run a business and with a vast network of experts and leaders he understands the opportunities and requirements of aspirational modern manufacturing companies.

Multi-Award Winning Entrepreneur including the Top 100 Most Successful Entrepreneurs in the UK and The Great British Entrepreneur Awards finalist, Keith also enjoys football and autobiographies.

keith.mabbutt@egs.live
07773 228 147

Michelle Connor

Coventry & Warwickshire

Michelle has over 17 years’ experience in the Business Support arena including being an Investors in People Advisor/Assessor supporting manufacturers with health checks and developing action plans with Owner Managers. Michelle is a Leadership Specialist who has worked with a large number of manufacturing businesses providing strategic guidance and delivering business and leadership solutions. Michelle understands and appreciates the issues that face business owners with her pragmatic approach enabling clients to access support to grow their businesses and achieve results and support them to achieve their growth ambitions.

Michelle has a Bachelors degree in Business Studies amongst other accreditations including the SFEDI qualification in Business Development and Skills Development.  Michelle likes to travel and spends time in West Cork, she is also a keen walker and gardener.

michelle.connor@egs.live
07790 358 674

Roy Matthews

South East Midlands

Roy’s experience began when he formed and grew an SME manufacturing company supplying decorative interior components to the demanding automotive sector. As Operations Director, he was responsible for continuously improving the performance of the factory and ensuring that customers received the best quality and service. As a dedicated MAS Advisor, Roy was able to apply experience and expertise into a variety of sectors to improve company performances.

With a First-Class Honours Degree in Chemical Engineering among other qualifications, Roy is also married with three sons, enjoys sport, DIY, foreign travel and his Koi Carp.

roy.matthews@egs.live
07790 358 523

Catherine Bray

The Marches & Worcestershire

Catherine is a practiced business consultant having worked directly with business owners and senior management teams to provide strategic guidance and deliver practical business solutions. Having worked with many SME manufacturers across a diverse urban/rural geography and through running her own business, Catherine understands and appreciates the issues business owners face and can quickly build confidence with clients allowing them to fully explore their business challenges.

A strategic business communicator with a proven ability to exploit commercial opportunities with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Catherine is also married with two boys and two cats, loves good food and drink, holidays, snow and sun.

catherine.bray@egs.live
07790 358 610

David Whiteley

Leeds City Region

David is an experienced manufacturing professional, as Managing Director of 6 manufacturing businesses he has the knowledge to understand the issues business owners face and can quickly build confidence with clients allowing them to fully explore their manufacturing challenges. David has also built on his experience supporting high growth business and was a dedicated MAS Advisor in Yorkshire and Humber for 9 years.

David is a Chartered Marketer, has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Accounting, is a Lead Quality Assessor and has an MBA from Bradford which specialises in Strategic Management that support his experience.

david.whiteley@egs.live
07790 358 634

James Smith

York, North Yorkshire, East Riding

James has significant business experience through being a director and shareholder of a £5m SME manufacturing business, giving huge insight into the day to day challenges, frustrations, stresses, opportunities and responsibilities of doing so. James is a huge advocate of business support programmes and has detailed knowledge of the manufacturing sector and the associated business support landscape.

Educated to degree level with two additional post graduate qualifications, James is very passionate about delivering meaningful and quantitative results for SME businesses.

james.smith@egs.live
07790 358 525

Marcus Pearson

Greater Lincolnshire

Marcus has worked in a vast number of manufacturing businesses across all sectors in his 15-year career in business support. Particular areas of specialism include helping managers to identify and understand key and critical barriers to performance, the development of appropriate plans and strategies to address these and through an extensive network of contacts and providers introduce highly skilled individuals/organisations to provide direct intervention support.

When not at work, Marcus can either be found in the gym, on the golf course or taking the family dog – a boisterous and highly spoilt German Short Haired Pointer – for long walks.

marcus.pearson@egs.live
07790 358 517

Neil Harriman

Humber and Greater Lincolnshire

Neil is an experienced professional with over 25 years accumulated knowledge in the manufacturing industry, which includes 15 years at Senior Management level. Neil is a passionate, self-motivated and tenacious business improvement professional with a proven track record of building and leading high-performance teams. Delivering sustainable change with projects across multiple functions, including projects that improved efficiency within steel inventory that released cash, at the same time as improving customer service.

With a Masters Business Administration degree, Neil is also an avid Rugby Union fa, likes to travel, enjoys good food and quality wine and spending time with his growing family.

neil.harriman@egs.live
07790 358 637

Sharn Haywood-Higgs

Greater Birmingham and Solihull

Sharn is an experienced professional with over 10 years accumulated knowledge in the manufacturing industry and has worked with ambitious SME’s who have the passion and need to grow. Sharn has supported clients by listening to their needs and directing them to the best support that available. Delivering sustainable change in a vast range of industries, whilst constantly updating and developing her core competencies and domain knowledge.

Prince2 Practitioner qualified amongst other certifications, Sharn is married with a son and spends her space time supporting her son’s hobby – football.

sharn.haywood-higgs@egs.live
07790 358 654

Christopher George

New Anglia

Christopher is an experienced professional with over 25 years knowledge and experience in sales and marketing within the manufacturing sector along with 15 years working for various car manufacturers in the sub 10,000 fleet. Delivering sustainable change in a vast range of industries, whilst constantly updating and developing core competencies and knowledge.

Previous experience has resulted in a failing territory becoming one of the best performing areas in the country with the Chris management. Out of work, Christopher is a keen DIYer, enjoys gardening, property restoration and reading.

christopher.george@egs.live
07973 778 222

Helen Fortune

Black Country

Helen is a successful individual with extensive account management and customer service experience supporting business start-ups, growth and training.  Working on Enterprise, helping businesses identify and implement the foundations needed for a successful business, helping identify the barriers to their growth through dialogue and the completion of the Strategic Business Review. Helen’s ultimate aim is to add value to all of the businesses she works with.

In her spare time, Helen volunteers as a co presenter on Black Country radio show ‘Smile it’s Saturday’, Helen also loves food and the whole experience that surrounds it.

helen.fortune@egs.live
07790 358 605

James Bosworth

Leicester and Leicestershire

James is an experienced professional and has worked across SME and LE sectors in food and general Manufacturing for over 20 years. He has gained extensive experience building sales channels across European platforms, operated as a business leader coach and mentor in new market environments. James has also built on his experience supporting high growth business and was a dedicated MAS Advisor across the East Midlands.

In his spare time, James is a cycle enthusiast, enjoying taking part in cycling events and for pleasure.

james.bosworth@egs.live
07790 358 583

Max King

Black Country

Max is an experienced professional with over 30 years’ experience and accumulated knowledge in the manufacturing industry, which includes 6 years at Board and Managing Director level. Delivering sustainable change in a vast range of industries, from SMEs to large multinational organisations. Max also has 8 years’ experience as a Manufacturing Management Consultant identifying problems, implementing changes and improvements to efficiency, productivity and profitability.

With a First-Class Honours Business Degree, Max is also an International dog show judge and Chairman of the National Terrier Club.

max.king@egs.live
07790 358 688

Pauline Prockter

South East – Essex

Pauline has spent over a decade in the business support arena, delivering funded support. Experience has enabled Pauline to identify potential high growth businesses through interview process and diagnostic review. She has then worked with clients to develop growth plans which encompassed strategy, marketing, scaling operations and leadership and management.

Pauline is a highly networked and an expert at helping client’s source and select the most appropriate solutions to support the requirements of their growing businesses, in her spare time Pauline enjoys playing the piano.

pauline.prockter@egs.live
07973 778 255