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D2N2 Peer Networks Programme

Peer Networks is a peer-to-peer networking programme for SMEs that is delivered locally by the network of Growth Hubs across England

David Williams - High Growth Facilitator 

David has walked in his client’s shoes, having started, run and grown a business, suppling Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys with innovative bakery products. In 2011 he hit a growth “glass ceiling” and so set off on a journey of improving his own self-awareness and learning business Scale Up methodologies. David then used this to good effect trebling the business within 3 years!

In 2016, David started 3w Growth Ltd and now works as Chair, NED, and Business Coach to a number of high growth businesses across the East Midlands, helping their leaders to grow their businesses.

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Dawn Edwards - Women Owned High Growth Facilitator 

Dawn is a multi award winning entrepreneur with a knack for spotting and developing opportunities.  She is a champion for women in business, and is passionate about driving business growth.  Dawn has a broad base of knowledge and experience working with both micro businesses & multi nationals over 25 years.  She is Managing Director of Challenge Consulting, specialising developing leadership and management skills throughout the UK.  She is immediate Past President of East Midlands Chamber and an active member of the Federation of Small Business. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management.

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Leon Mundey - High Growth Facilitator  

Leon Mundey is a successful main board director with over 25 years business experience both in the UK and Internationally.  Leon is a business owner, running a successful Executive Coaching and Strategic Planning company, focused on helping SME businesses to Scale Up.  As a member of the global Scaling Up Coaching Organisation, Leon has access to some of the worlds best thought leaders and the latest best practice tools and techniques to grow business fast and without drama.  Leon is also a highly experienced Peer Network facilitator, Executive Coach and Mentor.

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Lindsey Newman-Wood - Creative Cohort Facilitator 

Lindsey Newman-Wood is an experienced facilitator, consultant, coach and trainer who has a proven track record of facilitating peer to peer sessions, action learning sets, action planning workshops and webinars, 1:1 coaching and mentoring. Lindsey has a depth of experience of the creative industries through her career both working with them as clients providing marketing and innovation consultancy as well as through programmes such as the Big House Project and the work she does with Institute of Directors and Leicester De Montford University. Lindsey understands the challenges that creative businesses have and also the opportunities that are available to them. She is able to call on her own experiences and her large network to support the group with personal development and growth.


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John Bunting - High Growth Facilitator 

John Bunting is a ex Board member of a global business in employee and customer engagement and has held leadership positions in PwC and EY where he focused primarily on transaction advisory services and PE. In recent years John has created his own business, Anderson Stanley Consulting, advising and coaching CEO's and leadership teams in all aspects of how to scale up a business. John is a certified Scaling Up coach and Master Practitioner in NLP and he uses his vast experience to provide pragmatic advise around leadership, strategy, execution and cash to get the best out of people and help them to achieve their aspirations. John has led over 30 peer networks with over 50 SME's in recent months to a satisfaction rating of 93% due to the inspirational entrepreneurs who participate in the Peer to Peer programme provided by the Growth Hub.


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John Collins - High Growth Facilitator 

John has provided coaching, facilitation and training for High Growth and ScaleUp businesses since 2006, he specialises in coaching leaders and senior teams to drive significant growth and change. He’s coached individuals and organisations to innovate and grow, dysfunctional teams to be effective and businesses to change their culture. John co-facilitated 3 peer networks last year and was inspired by the way the participants collaborated and shared experiences to generate some great solutions to their issues and challenges– some of them literally life changing. He is really looking forward to embarking on this journey with you and supporting you to build some great solutions.


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Julie Mather - High Growth Facilitator 

Since launching her business in 2016, Julie has worked with many businesses focused on growth and business development. She is happiest when working with a small number of businesses offering high quality, authentic and honest support. For the D2N2 Peer Network Julie is excited to be partnering with CMBD Ltd and PCA Coach as this will give her a great opportunity to use her coaching skills with a group of businesses using the action learning set model which will provide a safe space to examine business challenges and share experiences. Julie can’t wait to get started on this new journey and hopes to see you on her cohort.

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Paul Male - High Growth Facilitator

Paul is a Partner and Business Coach for The Alternative Board in Derby and East Midlands Central. With a background in procurement transformation and complex transactions, Paul has worked in a mixture of corporate and consulting roles, during his 24-year career. He has undertaken international assignments and worked with 30+ businesses of various size, from small family-run businesses through to some of the world’s largest blue-chips. As a result of this broad exposure, Paul can share a wealth of experience and diverse perspectives on a range of business challenges. Since 2018 Paul has been building a procurement consultancy business and can relate first-hand to the challenges and opportunities faced by many business owners, including those associated with maintaining alignment between personal and business visions.

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Phil Dobson - High Growth Facilitator 

Phil Dobson is a Partner, Facilitator and Business Coach for The Alternative Board (TAB) in Derby and East Midlands. Phil’s background is in management within SMEs and continues today as a Director of a local business. He has over thirty years of sales and business management experience along with strong leadership, organisation, planning and people skills developed during time spent working in the manufacturing and distribution sectors both as senior manager and shareholder positions. Phil spent 5 years as a member of TAB himself, working towards both his business and personal vision. Phil has experienced all of the highs and lows faced when starting and growing a new business and knows how difficult it can be to achieve balance and personal fulfilment alongside success.

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Rachel Mallows - Food and Drink Cohort Facilitator 

Rachel Mallows MBE is a Northamptonshire businesswoman with over 30 years' experience in delivering training, coaching, mentoring and business support. Rachel is the founder and Managing Director of The Mallows Company Limited, a Wellingborough based business with a regional remit, supporting SMEs and larger businesses with a focus on the food and drink sector. In 2015, its inaugural year, Rachel was awarded the Maserati 100, which celebrated her voluntary work for new and young businesses, nominated by an artisan food producer. The Mallows Company delivers the FEAST2 programme supporting food and drink manufacturers in the South East Midlands (SEMLEP) with mentoring, grants and technical assistance. Rachel has worked as a mentor for the Prince’s Trust, trained mentors for Business Link and the CDI and FEAST2. She is the Chair of SEMLEP’s Food and Drink Sector Strategy Board and has recently helped to found the Food from England initiative which supports regional food groups to grow local food and drink producers.

Rachel is also Director of the Weetabix Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards (founded in 2009), Made In Northamptonshire, and is Chair of Trustees of The Daylight Centre, Wellingborough which runs a foodbank. Rachel was awarded the MBE for her services to Business and Entrepreneurship in the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours List in 2016 and was made a Deputy Lieutenant for Northamptonshire in the same year.

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Simon Walton - Manufacturing Cohort Facilitator 

Simon is a customer focused Senior Leader with approximately 30 years of experience within the power generation industry. Simon has proven experience in Engineering, Manufacturing, Sales, Design, Service, as well as team leadership. Simon spent 32 years in the Power Generation Industry, progressing through a variety of roles & providing mentoring to future engineers. Before focusing on his own consultancy business in 2020, Simon worked within Cummins in various regional & global roles with responsibilities ranging from Education & Skills, Business Development, Research & Development, Customer Service, Management & Delivery of projects. With over 30 years’ experience of working directly with businesses of all sizes, Simon is passionate about skills & helping engineers & companies to achieve growth within their market segments. Simon has a detailed understanding of the skills landscape & a good knowledge of business support & funding. Trained in six sigma & lean, business processes, cost reduction, improvement & operational excellence.

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Steve Hobbs - High Growth Facilitator 

Steve works as a facilitator and mentor in helping others get things done. An ex-naval officer, engineer, landlord and shopkeeper, photocopier salesman and print industry man; as business owner, consultant and project manager. There aren’t many situations in business and life he hasn’t come across. He supports others with his boundless enthusiasm to make things work. His ability to stimulate your curiosity, help bring you clarity and support you to take action in both your business and personal life has been honed through three decades in industry, around the globe, including 20 years of experience of action learning.

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Steve Walker - High Growth Facilitator 

Steve started his career in 1968 as an engineering apprentice in the manufacturing sector before progressing to director & Managing Director at Barton Precision over a 30 year career. For the past nine years, Steve has also been an executive coach & mentor, joining the Qinesis team in 2016. Steve has identified coaching as a way to give back to companies & people by acting as a sounding board, increasing self-awareness & an ability to deal with any situation. He specialises in empowering people to make decisions & take responsibility for their actions. Steve’s expertise evolves around leadership, process & systems, lean manufacturing, organisational behaviours, productivity, operations and change management. 

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Stuart Ross – High Growth Facilitator

Stuart Ross is the founder of High Growth. He works with the ambitious directors of fast-growing businesses who want to deliver sustainable high growth whilst enjoying the journey. High Growth provides an integrated approach to supporting fast growing businesses through coaching, training and an online academy. The company has now worked with over 2500 high growth businesses in Europe, the US and Asia. Alongside his consulting, numerous speaking engagements and regular contribution to the BBC, Stuart also lectures at the Nottingham University Business School.

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