John  Acton

Chair: John Acton

John has 30 years’ experience of working within global organisations. As the Executive Vice President of the global DPD Group, John was instrumental in driving five consecutive years of triple market growth in international business. 

With a natural passion and enthusiasm for Strategy, Innovation and Disruption, he is well placed to support other business leaders in the formulation of their strategic thinking and innovation. 

Throughout his successful career, John has had numerous opportunities to work with each of the major consultancies. One consultancy stood apart from the others, Decision Processes International (DPI) – possibly the best kept secret in Europe. John worked closely with DPI during 2005, 2008 and again in 2011. DPI’s involvement was critical in reshaping the strategic thinking and direction of DPD and resulted in the creation of three tipping points that transformed the vision and success of the business. Having been a client of this consultancy, when leaving DPD in 2012, an opportunity to forge a relationship with DPI presented itself to John and he is now the Managing Partner for DPI Europe.
 

Simon  Hawtrey-Coombs
Lime Wood, Lyndhurst, SO43 7FZ

Chair: Simon Hawtrey-Coombs

Simon is the founder of Peer2Peer and has an impressive career behind him. A passionate believer in working towards being your best self through business success, mindset management and health and well-being, Simon is a powerhouse of ideas and motivation with the business acumen to drive change and create momentum.

Simon became a franchisee of the global DPD Group back in 2001. He has been successfully running the Bournemouth and Southampton branches ever since. Simon works with frustrated business owners and CEOs on a day to day basis, turning their frustration with hidden surcharges, late deliveries and call centre madness into wonderful client relationships with eyewatering lifetime value. There’s very little Simon doesn’t know about the first-class customer experience!

Simon has worked with all sorts of companies and business leaders throughout his career, from global household names to start-up entrepreneurs. He is committed to helping P2P Members thrive in every way. 

Simon Hawtrey-Coombs
Captain’s Club, Christchurch, BH23 1HU

Chair: Simon Hawtrey-Coombs

Simon is the founder of Peer2Peer and has an impressive career behind him. A passionate believer in working towards being your best self through business success, mindset management and health and well-being, Simon is a powerhouse of ideas and motivation with the business acumen to drive change and create momentum.

Simon became a franchisee of the global DPD Group back in 2001. He has been successfully running the Bournemouth and Southampton branches ever since. Simon works with frustrated business owners and CEOs on a day to day basis, turning their frustration with hidden surcharges, late deliveries and call centre madness into wonderful client relationships with eyewatering lifetime value. There’s very little Simon doesn’t know about the first-class customer experience!

Simon has worked with all sorts of companies and business leaders throughout his career, from global household names to start-up entrepreneurs. He is committed to helping P2P Members thrive in every way. 

 

Susannah Brade-Waring
Upton Country Park, Poole, BH17 7BJ

Chair: Susannah Brade-Waring

Susannah is a qualified, award-winning business advisor, trainer and coach. She is dedicated to helping business leaders build strong businesses, without all the headaches. 

Susannah is a former Finance Director helping to grow Monsal Limited from a start-up to £10 million turnover and then through a successful Management Buy-Out. Monsal was subsequently acquired by GE. 

Since 2008, Susannah has helped business leaders grow their businesses and develop their teams through her own business, Aspirin Business Solutions. Her clients include John Lewis, Waitrose, Merlin Entertainments, ESET, Poole Housing Partnership, Shire Leasing, Douch Family Funeral Directors, Lester Brunt, Wealth Management, Bournemouth Town Centre BID, Dorset Chamber and Dorset Growth Hub.

Steve Knowles
South Yorkshire

Chair: Steve Knowles

Steve Knowles is a business advisor and Chartered Accountant who established his own practice in 1985. He recently took on the mantle of Chairman, after 35 years as MD, allowing him to focus his time and attention on his true passion—mentoring business owners and entrepreneurs.

In 2011, Steve was named Mentor of the Year by Connect Yorkshire. He plays an active part in encouraging young entrepreneurs to start their own businesses, helping them create and deliver successful pitches for funding.

Steve served as a Governor for 6 years at the Sheffield College, before being asked to become Chairman. During Steve’s tenure, the college was upgraded from Special Measures status to Outstanding by Ofsted.

In 2019, Steve was shortlisted for Advisor of the Year at the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards.

   
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