Kevin Rogers (President)
Partner - Wilson Browne Solicitors
Kevin is Chairman of the Board at Wilson Browne and his Teams are responsible for marketing and business development, human resources and operations including compliance, ICT and facilities management.
Kevin practices in commercial dispute resolution and professional negligence. He trained in both Manchester and London firms and has acted in a number of high profile cases that have attracted a good deal of media coverage. He is proud to act for local and national businesses, from sole trader to large companies, providing innovative funding options and practical commercial advice for clients large and small. Kevin lives in Northamptonshire with his wife and two young children.
Director, Robyn Allen Solutions Limited
Robyn runs a Northamptonshire based insurance brokerage that specialises in providing personal protection advice. Robyn started the firm in 2016 and has over a decade of Financial Services experience under her belt. During her varied career in Financial Services, Robyn really found her passion when she began her last employed role as a Financial Consultant which focused on helping customers from all walks of life protect their futures. Robyn is proud to represent the insurance sector both locally and nationally, being awarded Young Business Person of the Year and being a finalist at the National Business Women awards 2018.
Being a firm believer in giving back to the local community in Northamptonshire, Robyn regularly volunteers with a variety of groups but mostly supporting young adults, especially encouraging any budding entrepreneurs. She has also raised funds for a number of organisations including The Special Care Baby Unit at the Kettering General Hospital and Niamh’s Next Step.
Amarjit Singh Atwal
CEO – Premier Electrics
Amarjit is the Chief Executive Officer for Premier Electrics a retail business, servicing, repairing and selling new domestic appliances across the UK. During the past 20 years he has held senior commercial management positions in retail, wholesale and distribution businesses.
Born in Northampton he has a long history of volunteering with several organisations across the county. He is also regarded as the voice of the local Sikh community and has been a Trustee and President of the Siri Guru Singh Sabha for well over 10 years.
Amarjit is married with twins outside of a hectic work / volunteering schedule he enjoys cycling and keeping fit.
Steve is a shareholding director of several companies based in Northampton who manufacture and retail evacuation equipment and moving & handling devices into hospitals, care homes and other public buildings around the world.
He has more recently set up a new business Help2Export Ltd designed to assist small businesses, based in the East Midlands who have little or no export experience by signposting and mentoring, as required.
Prior to his work in the Life Sciences sector he had over 25 years experience in the Financial Services sector with a number of insurance companies, brokers and banks.
Paul Griffiths (Chief Executive)
Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce
Paul is Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Chamber. He makes sure that the Chamber’s Members, which employ over one third of the county’s workforce, have their voice heard at local, regional and national levels and that Members can take advantage of extensive networking opportunities and savings on essential business services. Other responsibilities include maintaining relationships with county and regional stakeholders in order to progress county initiatives and ensure Northamptonshire is one of the best places to do business in the UK.
Paul is a qualified accountant with an extensive business background at senior level, in both finance and general management roles. He has a diverse background covering manufacturing, software development and publishing, hospitality and financial shared services.
Director, Acanthus Management Limited
Maggie is an HR Consultant, Director of Acanthus Management Limited and a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. She established her outsourced HR Consultancy in 2009 after over 20 years working as an in-house HR practitioner.
Following a career in professional services and UK-based plc’s, she has seen Acanthus’ client base grow from local, family owned companies to UK-wide organisations which have a global reach. Maggie takes a “prevention rather than cure” approach to HR, offering practical solutions to complex issues. Her ethos is to take the pressure off business owners, so that they can concentrate on running the business and develop their people, enabling them to achieve the very best that they can at work.
Maggie’s roots are firmly in Northamptonshire - she is an advocate of the area for career and business opportunities as well as the recreational facilities the county has to offer. As a Non-Executive Director of NCC, her aim is to maintain strong business relationships with existing and future members in an evolving business community.
CEO, EasyWeb Group
Sean is the CEO for EasyWeb Group, a recruitment company based in Strixton, Northamptonshire who provide recruitment services and software along with free employee engagement surveys, free recruitment training and a dedicated agency division.
Sean joined EasyWeb as a graduate, during his 13 years he has seen the company grow from just two employees to over 50! Over this time his role within the company has developed from Graduate Account Manager to Commercial Director to CEO. He has a lot of strong client relationships and is proud to have recruited for businesses of a range of sizes, across many industries, from all over the UK as well as focusing on helping local businesses grow.
Managing Director - O’Sullivan Financial Planning Ltd
Conor is Chartered Financial Planner, Fellow of the Personal Finance Society and after 16 years working in the profession founded O’Sullivan Financial Planning where he provides independent financial advice to both individuals and businesses. Conor originally began in the profession advising clients with Lloyds TSB and then spent the last decade working with HSBC progressing through various management roles to a Regional level covering London, South and East of England. Conor completed his time with HSBC working in head office as a Senior Propositions Manager leading a Transformational Programme and developing their Premier and Wealth strategy in the UK and worked with a number of HSBC’s markets across the world.
In addition to running his own company, Conor is an Area Director for Vision Independent Financial Planning where he provides supervision and guidance for a number of IFAs.
Conor has spent most of his life living in Northamptonshire, and is married with two young children, which dominate most of their time. Conor is an active reader, has a love of sport (although participation is limited these days) and dabbles with a little photography.
Richard Osborne (Vice President)
Business Data Group
Richard began his Entrepreneurial career by starting and subsequently selling a web hosting company in the ’90’s where he then continued building and selling a number of companies up until 2014. Today he is the Managing Director of eFiling Limited, a cloud based technology company that supports more than 100,000 new start businesses a year and is the largest incorporator of new companies in the UK.
Richard is also a volunteer mentor and coach to youth at risk of falling out of the education system and he supports similar organisations. He is married to his lifelong friend and they have a young son and daughter. In his spare time he enjoys performance motorbikes, mountain biking and downhill skiing.
Managing Consultant, SK Energy
SK Energy is a multiple award winning Independent Energy Brokerage that helps businesses of all sizes regardless of location or industry procure their gas, electricity and water contracts more efficiently. Saving client’s both time and money whilst supporting charitable causes. SK Energy have saved client’s over £1.5m off their utility spends to date.
Reemesh is also a shareholding director and board member of several companies based in Northamptonshire within retail, property and service industries alongside a growing investment portfolio of companies.
Reemesh is married with two young sons and is described as a devoted father, multiple business owner and investor. A modern-day entrepreneur who challenges the norm and positively disrupts markets. Outside of his work life Reemesh is very passionate about most sports, but particularly football, martial arts and boxing, both as a spectator and competitor. Reemesh is a blackbelt in several disciplines and has even trained with the likes of Ricky “Hitman” Hatton.
Managing Director - Power2Progress
Anjana Rajani is the founder and managing director of Power2Progress, an executive development, business coaching, management training organisation that impacts productivity, performance and profitability.
Anjana is an entrepreneurial spirit who has worked with multinationals and locals alike. She is a natural, intuitive leadership coach who brings commercial know-how and global skills to local and regional organisations.
As a corporate coach with extensive experience inspiring executives and business owners across many sectors, she has nurtured senior executives in the private sector, including Waitrose, Miele and Avon, as well as leaders in public education and healthcare. In addition to her corporate work, Anjana has a keen interest in emerging businesses and small to medium-sized organisations. She believes in helping young and growing businesses to rise and exceed expectations.
Anjana’s unique approach to leadership and progress is based on acknowledging that people have emotional drivers at work. Her coaching and training sessions are empowering and are designed to help people, teams and organisations move forward and to connect with their own resources and power.
Kevin Shapland (Immediate Past President)
Partner, CJS (UK Management) Limited
Kevin set up CJS in 2002 after a successful career in the Metropolitan Police Service. During the latter part of his police career Kevin moved into marketing and PR, project-managing a number of successful, award-winning campaigns aimed at helping the Met to reach out to a variety of different audiences.
Having identified a gap in the ability of police forces to engage with their diverse range of stakeholders on a proactive basis, Kevin created CJS to help to fill that void, by building and improving relationships between the criminal justice sector.
ACS Office Solutions
Jon is Joint Managing Director of ACS Office Solutions, a national provider of IT and workplace solutions that celebrated 20 years of business in January 2015. The company, like it’s directors, works under core values of honesty, passion, loyaty, teamwork and trust.
Jon and his fellow directors have also been heavily involved in the success stories of expanding companies Datastore365, ACS Recruitment and Starting Off, which complete the ACS group.
Jon himself graduated from Northampton University in IT and Business and today remains very passionate about how modern work styles and new technologies can improve business productivity. Alongside technology, Jon is a Northamptonshire ambassador and is keen to promote and help support the continued growth of the county and most importantly, the local SME community. Jon also resides on the Microsoft UK Advisory Board.
Jon is married with two daughters and outside of his work life is very passionate about most sports, but particularly golf and tennis, both as a spectator and player.