Simon Hawtrey-Coombs
Christchurch - The Captain’s Club

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
Lyndhurst - Lime Wood Hotel

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. 

Jeremy Old
New Forest - Burley Manor Hotel

Chair: Jeremy Old

Jeremy Old is chair for the New Forest Peer2Peer board. He sees this as an exciting opportunity to help small businesses transform their productivity and profits whilst at the same time keeping a healthy work life balance.

Qualified to MBA level with a post graduate diploma in psychotherapy, Jeremy has twenty-five year’s experience helping small-business leaders improve their profitability in a wide range of industry sectors from manufacturing to a variety of business and health care services.

Jeremy achieves consistently successful results through a unique blend of team planning, applied psychology and systems thinking, as well as his own infectious enthusiasm for improving everything in a business, everywhere, all at the same time. Key benefits are the rapid speed with which the teams achieve results, and the exceptional and widespread employee engagement. His team planning methods also tend to take the stress out of major business transformations, turnarounds, and high growth trajectories.

Long experience and personal research into systems thinking, and the neuroscience of leadership have led Jeremy to write “Reinventing management thinking – Using science to liberate the human spirit”. In this book Jeremy dispels a number of common misconceptions about leadership including how leaders often unwittingly demotivate their staff and provoke unnecessary costs and why, as a result, their organisations underperform. In essence the book reveals how to work with innate human needs to liberate employee energy, creativity, loyalty, commitment and focus, to create a high-performance work culture.

Steve Knowles
Sheffield - Knowles Warwick

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.

Paul Wallis
Southampton - New Place Hotel - Paul

Chair: Paul Wallis

Father and daughter Paul and Hannah Wallis are Co-Chair at The New Place Hotel Peer2Peer Board.

Paul has been running the family business Hantec Systems in ISO management consultancy since 1995. Prior to joining the family fold in 2018, Hannah was a Primary School teacher. Together, they combine their vast experience in strategy, risk management and sustainable growth with a love for meeting new people, forging real connections and making a difference.

Paul has owned multiple businesses in consultancy, software development, security vetting and manufacturing, and brings his many years of experience of growing and selling businesses. His passion for business compliance is a bit strange but he is pretty good at it. He likes to tell people that he helps organizations make more money and stay out of gaol.

Life-learner Hannah has an BSc in Geography, Primary PGCE and is currently completing a Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Winchester. In addition, she is a Mental Health First Aider and Motivational Maps Licenced Practitioner, for both adults & children. Hannah loves to get her teeth into growth projects, helping clients align their people, their motivations and their wellbeing with the strategy and direction of the organization.

Hannah Wallis
Southampton - New Place Hotel - Hannah

Chair: Hannah Wallis

Father and daughter Paul and Hannah Wallis are Co-Chair at The New Place Hotel Peer2Peer Board.

Paul has been running the family business Hantec Systems in ISO management consultancy since 1995. Prior to joining the family fold in 2018, Hannah was a Primary School teacher. Together, they combine their vast experience in strategy, risk management and sustainable growth with a love for meeting new people, forging real connections and making a difference.

Paul has owned multiple businesses in consultancy, software development, security vetting and manufacturing, and brings his many years of experience of growing and selling businesses. His passion for business compliance is a bit strange but he is pretty good at it. He likes to tell people that he helps organizations make more money and stay out of gaol.

Life-learner Hannah has an BSc in Geography, Primary PGCE and is currently completing a Master’s in Business Administration at the University of Winchester. In addition, she is a Mental Health First Aider and Motivational Maps Licenced Practitioner, for both adults & children. Hannah loves to get her teeth into growth projects, helping clients align their people, their motivations and their wellbeing with the strategy and direction of the organization.

Simon Hawtrey-Coombs
Southampton - The Old Bond Store

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. 

John  Acton
St Albans - Musterhubs Bushells

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.
 

Peter  Woods
Towcester - Whittlebury Park

Chair: Peter Woods

Peter is a dynamic and accomplished leader, renowned for executive level engagement, strategic planning and financial expertise. 

Having enjoyed a 30-year career in Financial Services – 14 in the City of London – Peter is now committed to business coaching and helping business owners and leaders to realise growth potential and fulfil their ambitions. An empowering motivator, Peter is adept at cultivating high performing teams. He has an innovative, positive and entrepreneurial mindset and extensive experience leading successful improvement projects. A member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Peter’s structured and persistent approach to overcoming challenges is a real asset to his clients and his resilience and dedication have proven vital throughout his career. 

Since leaving Financial Services Peter has successfully run his own coaching business and works with SMEs on a consultancy basis to help them grow both their businesses and their skills.

   
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