Board Profiles

Kevin Shapland (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.

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.

Paul Batson

Managing Director - Master Abrasives

Paul is originally from Birmingham where he qualified as a Production Engineer through the old style company apprenticeship scheme, working for a blue chip company producing high volume precision engineered automotive components. Paul moved into an application engineering role working in support of a national sales team within the abrasive industry. He has remained in the abrasives industry working for Master Abrasives, based in Daventry, for the past 23 years in various engineering, sales and marketing roles. This culminating in Paul being appointed Managing Director in 2014. He is married with two children and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Steve Clark

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.

Maggie Halsall

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.

Richard Osborne (Vice President)

eFiling

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.

Anjana Rajani

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 Rogers (Vice 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.

Alan Smith

Chief Executive - Northamptonshire Industrial Training Association Limited (NITAL)

Alan is the Chief Executive at NITAL a Charitable organisation established in 1969 specialising in developing young people through apprenticeship opportunities across Northamptonshire and surrounding counties.

Married with three children Alan was brought up in the County and he and his family continue to live and work in Northamptonshire. Alan has an extensive background within Engineering, Manufacturing and Logistics and his organisation supports a large number of companies across the county to develop training. He is a member of Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership Employment and Skills Strategy Board and Group Training Association (GTA) England.

Jon Thorpe

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.


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