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Andy Mather, Team Leader

Andy Mather, Team Leader

Andy has over 10 years’ experience in helping businesses both start-up and grow. Having run a partnership Andy understands the challenges new business face on a day to day basis. Previously Andy has worked in European Trade, Insurance Loss Adjusting and Retail. Andy also has several years of experience in people management and is ILM level 2 qualified.”

In his spare time and like to watch Rugby League and enjoys playing guitar and cooking different cultural dishes.

Yvonne Sampson, Programme Manager

Yvonne has over 25 years of working in the Business Support arena and specialised in working with Women entrepreneurs, Ethnic minority groups and people with disabilities. Yvonne set up her own sports franchise business over 10 years ago and has a bank of 14 associates. She believes that if you have the passion energy self-belief and confidence your 80% there to building up a good business.

Yvonne loves spending time with family and friends, coaching netball and playing tennis as well as spending time walking her dog on the beach and getting time away to re-charge.

Gemma Blades, Engagement Officer

Gemma joined Enterprising You from GC Employment where she created and delivered skills workshops and 1:1 coaching sessions.

She has 12 years of experience in business, as the owner of Blooming Kids, providing performing arts classes and events across Greater Manchester, and was previously a self-employed actor and entertainer.

This gives her an understanding, empathy and lived experience of the everyday challenges freelancers and the self-employed face, particularly in the creative industries, and as a parent.




Elizabeth Boulton-Lear, Programme Manager

20 years professional experience across training, coaching, learning and development has instilled in Lisa a passion for supporting others to achieve their goals. She worked for many years in her family business so has experienced, first hand, the pressures, sacrifices and triumphs involved in running a small company.  

Travelling to new places with her family is what brings her most joy, closely followed by attending live classical music concerts and watching films.

Gemma Williams, Enterprise Team Leader

Gemma has over 10 years of administrative experience; she has worked on many different job centre contracts in this industry, starting on Flexible New Deal, the work programme, NEA and Start Smart. She realised once you are in this sector it is hard to get out as so many people seem to have had a similar journey as herself all gaining valuable skill and experience along the way.

She is a new mum and enjoy spending her spare time on the big red slide at head over heels with her 10 month old son and has found herself spending a lot of time getting food out of clothes.

Adam Butler, Business Coach

Adam spent over 18-years working in the corporate foreign exchange market in both London and Sydney, trading foreign currency to corporate clients and latterly heading up a relationship management team. In the last few years Adam has run his own foreign exchange and business consulting company. He also ran a small beer importation business, specialising in importing obscure beers from around the world. 

Adam’s passion is understanding how varying businesses operate and devising and implementing solutions to help them survive and thrive!

Phil Starr, Business Coach

Phil brings over 7 years’ experience in setting up and growing new business. He has a strong financial background having previously established and ran his own financial services company for over 10 years and managing social finance organisations

Phil has significant experience in the psychology of sales motivation, retail and partnership networking having worked for several major Pharmaceutical Businesses.  His experience helps businesses to identify new markets and sales opportunities, driving business growth from a blank sheet and identifying who may be key drivers in new/existing markets. When not working, if you can find him, Phil can be found out walking on a remote moorland or engaging in community work, gardening and anything else involving the sun on his back.

Simon Dickinson, Business Coach

Simon can call on experience in several different job roles. He has over 10 years’ experience in a business support environment and has recently worked as a business advisor on the Business Growth Hub’s Start Smart programme. Having also worked on a self-employed basis, he understands the landscape for self-employed people and the importance of accessing the right type of support.

As a practicing counsellor, he recognises the pressures and challenges that self-employment (and life) can throw at us and how we can better understand ourselves and any obstacles to success. Away from work, Simon has a passion for music, film and traveling to obscure holiday destinations.

Clare Braithwaite, Business Coach

Clare has over 20 years of experience in the corporate world, working as a marketer on major brands, leading and coaching teams. Her biggest career claim to fame is modernising Snap, Crackle & Pop in a Rice Krispies redesign and getting them into jeans! She has lots of experience running her own business and she has built a successful practice.

Clare has a passion to help people who are stuck in a rut whether in business or life and help them to have successful businesses and happier, more balanced lives. Her coaching is full of energy and fun. Clare also loves running, travel, good food and wine (the running balances out the eating and drinking!)

Rebecca Levene, Business Coach

Rebecca has had her own business since 2017 coaching mums on career change and confidence, coaching was what she was born to do, it is her absolute passion. Mum to a wild toddler and loving it, she also knows the challenges that are faced by the modern working woman when it comes to balancing work, life, fun, self-care and everything in-between.

She understands what it takes to keep all those plates spinning and also what it takes to start your own business and make it a success. A courage catalyst, an eternal optimist and a very proud honorary northerner, she is beyond excited to be supporting the self-employed of Manchester through EY.

Nick Langley, Business Coach

Nick owned a successful business for nearly 20 years, a recruitment company which he started from scratch and grew into being one of the market leaders.

He has been a business coach for the last 5 years, using his personal business experience combined with the theoretical knowledge of developing "the perfect business model" to help sole traders and owners of small limited companies become more successful. Nick has also been a Membership Advisor for The Federation of Small Businesses. He has a true passion for helping individuals to develop their business and achieve ultimate success. Nick is married with 2 children and has experienced the 30 year pain of being an LFC supporter!!

Shahin Chowdhury, Finance Specialist

Shahin has seven years of experience in social enterprise in an advisory role on money and housing issues. Shahin has many years of experience in welfare rights, money and debt advice. He has been a credited member of the Institute of Money Advisers (IMA).

Over the years he has worked for social housing to support tenants to overcome financial difficulties. Shahin is very competent at seeking external charitable grants for families on low income or special needs.  He is determined to help people in financial difficulties and works to maximise their income through money advice.

Shahin believes every problem has a solution if you know the cause of that problem. Shahin is married with three children. He enjoys cycling, cooking and traveling. Sometimes he uses his hobbies for charity work to put a smile on others.

Nichola Burke, Supply Chain Manager

Nicki has a training, adult education and supply chain management background gained within industry, local authority, college, prison and not for profit environments. She joined the EnterprisingYou team after working for 9 years as a Supply Chain Manager on DWP contracts within welfare to work. 

Motivated by a desire to help others achieve their full potential, Nicki is passionate about supporting people to transform their lives through work and education.  When not at work she is kept busy by three daughters, a pug, a labradoodle and a long-suffering husband. She enjoys theatre, reading and country walks; ideally ending at a pub.    

Gaile Yeung, Marketing Manager

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Gaile has injected this project with her international experience with a twist of local knowledge. She has a diverse background in sales, events and marketing in Asia and Europe. She is passionate about working on this programme to support the self-employed as she worked as a freelance yoga teacher prior to moving to the UK.

Apart from yoga, Gaile also loves experimental cooking, skiing and cycling to connect to nature; exercising been a big part of her lifestyle in addition to looking for funny animal videos.

Karunia Indreswari, Team Support Coordinator

Karunia, also known as Ines, has worked in various industries throughout her career journey ranging from Hospitality to the Oil and Gas sector. Before joining the team, Ines worked for the Australian Embassy in Indonesia helping to build networks with business leaders and trade policy makers.

Having always loved a new adventure and curious of the international environment the UK could offer she decided to follow her passion for events and flew 7,339 miles away to pursue a Masters degree in International Events Management and make Manchester her home.

In her free time, Ines enjoys to cook, sing and dance but most importantly enjoys having mastered the indispensable life skill of doing all three at the same time!

Sarah Cosgrove, Enterprise Co-ordinator

Sarah has worked in the Welfare2Work sector for more than ten years providing administrative support for the Flexible New Deal and Work Programme contracts during this time.

In her spare time Sarah can usually be found trying to rescue some sort of animal in distress and counts among her highest achievements in this area rearing two orphaned kittens and a raising a young magpie for several weeks over the Summer.

Vicki Hinchliffe, Enterprise Co-ordinator

Vicki worked in the Welfare to Work sector for the last 10 years as an Administrator.  She has been working on many different contracts in this industry, starting on Flexible New Deal, the Mandatory Work Programme (MWA), Adult Education Budget (AEB), Flexible Learning Fund (FLF) & Skills Support for the Unemployed (SSU).

In her spare time, she enjoy watching musicals at the theatre, with her favourites being Dirty Dancing, Grease & Wicked.

James Aspinwall, Business Coach

James founded CRD people screening in 2001 and led the high growth of the business as Managing Director for 12 years during which time he developed a market leading product and grew annual sales to £3M.   

After a successful exit in July 2013, he took on the role of business consultant helping to support businesses from the technology market.  He has also held a mentoring role at the local chamber of commerce supporting small businesses. 

James is married with two children and in his spare time you will find him on the football pitch managing a local junior football team or walking in the countryside enjoying the peace and quiet.

Nicola Anderson, Business Coach

Nicola has worked in business and marketing for over 20 years with a large part spent in leading creative and digital marketing agencies across the North. Working with international brands to small independents, helping them to shape their strategies, brands and marketing.

Following a desire to help people on a more personal level, Nicola set up her own business to help independent ethical, sustainable and wellness businesses through coaching and 1:1 support. Supporting her passion for personal development and empowering people to follow their dreams.

She loves getting outdoors exploring the countryside and snowy mountains in the winter, and is always taking photos whenever the moment allows. 

Annalise Hewitt, Engagement Officer

Annalise is accomplished in supporting others to realise and achieve their goals. With a 16 year focus in helping others to progress both personally and professionally, she has achieved awards and recognition for her efforts. With experience of working within Secondary Education; with DWP; Local Authorities; Social Housing and the Criminal Justice System. Her work is also reinforced by her academic qualifications and a positive and tenacious attitude.

Annalise’s mission statement is to empower every person and every business (on the planet) to achieve more. When she’s not helping small business owners get the support they need, you can find her whipping up a delicious vegetarian meal, reading the Chinese Panda Sanctuary blog and playing ‘taxi driver’ to her two children.

Naomi Greene, Health and Wellbeing Adviser

Originally from the midlands, Naomi has previously worked at two football club foundations (including one Premier League) running health and wellbeing programmes. She has been helping people from all walks of life being a Personal Trainer.

As a keen footballer from a young age, she has played up to Tier 3 of the women’s game and given her the opportunity to play and live around the country, also to work with footballers, GB pre-selection athletes and various sport teams. She is also passionate about helping people to improve their health and wellbeing starting with the mindset to make small but long-term sustainable changes.

Michael Ngene,  Business Coach

Michael has previously worked in the inner-city areas of Birmingham, Wolverhampton, and Coventry for the past 28 years as a Business Adviser and Coach, Business Mentor, Trainer and Lecturer. As a Business Adviser with Business Link West Midlands, he had undertaken hundreds of business reviews of private sector businesses, and his specialist areas are in marketing planning, business planning, capacity building and financial management.

Michael has also undertaken assignments in International Development and Civil Service Reform projects. He is a highly experienced International Development Consultant specialising in Public Financial Management, with over 25 years of experience advising developing countries’ governments on strategic planning, organisational development, legal and financial management issues. In his spare time he loves to spend time with his family.

Jelani Ghulam, Business Coach

Jelani brings a wealth of experience stretching over 20 years in the business support arena. Having worked with organisations such as Chambers of Commerce, Department for International Trade, Enterprise Europe Network, Innovate UK and a number of the UK’s best business support agencies, Jelani’s passion and energy lies in supporting business owners to help grow their business(es) and to prosper.

He is qualified to ILM level 5, holds a Prince2 practitioner qualification and has expertise in increasing revenue and profits, improving efficiency and performance, marketing for growth, innovation, transformation and diversification strategies.

Jelani is a keen martial artist and also loves to escape the urban sprawls and trek across the wonderful landscapes the world has to offer.   

Kirsty Nicolson, Business Coach

Kirsty has a wealth of experience across several sectors including Business Travel, Recruitment, Sales & Marketing and recently running her own consultancy in assisting new Business Start-ups and delivering Career Guidance programmes.

Kirsty has set-up many different successful businesses and held a number of high profile roles within large corporate organisations and is extremely passionate about offering real supportive advise and mentoring, sharing her own life experiences and business knowledge to help people. Kirsty is passionate about making a difference to individuals by enabling them to believe in themselves and supporting them to get to their dream destination.

Out of hours she enjoys the outdoors and living on her houseboat with her partner and Joey, a beautiful and naughty Labrador!

Vikki Bradbury, Business Coach

Vikki has a wealth of experience in variety of sectors, including Hospitality, Training and Professional Development, Retail and Ecommerce.
Her first passion was in the hospitality sector, where she worked as a restaurant manager at two of Manchester’s high profile restaurants.

After having her son in 2000, she changed direction and moved into the corporate world, where she has worked in customer service and sales focused roles, working her way up to management level.

Her experience of running her own business, and all the challenges that comes with, has led her to working in the business support sector, where she has been working since 2017.

Away from work, Vikki is massive dog lover and loves nothing more than a long walk with her dog Vinny, she also have a cat who sometimes joins them on a walk.

Martyn Walsh, Business Coach

Martyn is a Professional Trainer and Business Consultant, specializing in the Creative Industries. He achieved worldwide success as a recording/performing artist with my band Inspiral Carpets and have ran my own Record Label; Cow Records this ongoing success now spans over 25 years. He has undertaken business consultancy work all over the UK and currently I am “Creative Industries Guru In Residence” for the British Library, where I host various workshops, panels and seminars.

He is presently co-chair of the Greater Manchester Music Review, which he instigated alongside GM Mayor Andy Burnham, in 2019.  He has worked on numerous business support programmes; including New Enterprise Allowance, BSUS, Start Smart, New Deal For Musicians and now in 2020, EnterprisingYou.

Gaynor Leigh, Business Coach

Gaynor has 25 years of experience in the business sector. She was a Business Manager for Barclays for many years, then a Business Advisor/Coach for the last 10 years. Gaynor has a vast experience in banking and finance and has worked with many businesses to advise and guide them in order to help them grow.

Gaynor loves keeping fit and socialising with friends and family.

Darren Pond, Business Coach

Darren is a dedicated and experienced Business Advisor and has 21 years’ experience, running businesses in the manufacturing and retail Arts and Crafts Sector.

He is Passionate about business start-ups, entrepreneurship, and diversity & inclusion and above all creating a supportive network that enables people from all backgrounds, to confidently and freely be who they want to be. He specialises in Sales and Cash Flow Forecasting and product pricing and from his experiences manufacturing products for 207 Focus Do-It-All stores over a 10-year period he gained a wealth of knowledge in project management and design and critical costing processes.

In his spare time, Darren is an Ambassador for Windrush Initiatives CIC where he delivers educational sessions to schools, colleges, and the Football Association. Darren’s is passionate about this work as his heritage is Mixed White British and Black Caribbean, and he is very proud of his beautiful and multi-cultural background.

Sarah Humphries, Enquiry Advisor

Sarah is our dedicated EnterprisingYou Enquiry Advisor, taking all the EnterprisingYou enquiries and booking appointments for all the EnterprisingYou Business coaches at Growth Company and PeoplePlus .

Sarah is originally from North Wales, but spent 9 years living abroad (Madrid, Honduras, NYC, and Bilbao) where she taught English and dance, and helped make a documentary about girls in a Honduran orphanage learning poetry. She lived in Manchester for 2 years and in her free time she likes reading, walking with friends, and hanging out in coffee shops in Chorlton.