Meet the Team
Business Support Facilitator - Norfolk, Suffolk & Essex
Your first point of contact to join TALE, Sian can guide you throughout the process, offering advice on how you currently use data, pinpointing opportunities and preparing growth plans including grants
She graduated in 2015 from Kingston University with a Commendation for Social Entrepreneurism.
Sian's work revolves around design thinking and business analysis, using problem solving in industries where perhaps creative solutions have not be considered before; this is what drew her to working for social enterprises. At Surrey Choices, she formed part of the Business Development, Marketing and Communications Team. Sian delivered a redesign of the day activity centres, ran campaigns to raise awareness and drive sales, and worked with senior management to enact organisational changes.
Most recently, Sian was a Junior Business Analyst at Essex County Council, gaining accreditation as a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma, a key business analytics system. Working in the Adult Social Care sector, she focused on continuous service improvement benefitting of both staff members and Essex residents.
Business Support Facilitator - Norfolk, Suffolk & Essex
Your first point of contact at TALE, Patrick can guide you throughout the process, offering advice on how your currently use data, pinpointing opportunities and preparing growth plans including grants.
Patrick spent over 3 years at the Essex Chambers of Commerce as the Client Relationship Manager working with all sectors of business across the County, with extensive experience of organising exhibitions and networking events. Previously, he has worked at a range of roles in professional services across Essex and Suffolk, including the print industry, event management and recruitment.
Patrick has a memorable personality, always willing to ask clients "How can I help you?". With a strong focus on building client relationships, The TALE project is an ideal fit for Patrick in his quest to support companies growth plans.
Business Support Facilitator - East Sussex & Kent
Your first point of contact to join TALE, Fred can guide you throughout the process, offering advice on how you currently use data, pinpointing opportunities and preparing growth plans including grants
Fred spent 3 years as a Growth Hub Navigator, advising business across Kent and East Sussex. This included providing access to support networks, sharing specialist knowledge, together with financial and grant application expertise.
Fred established and ran a multimillion pound turnover company for 15 years. His key strength in Sales and Marketing encompassed both physical retail outlets and a pan UK sales force, as well as e-commerce platforms. His digital skills include the use of SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and analytics, with a keen interest in Big Data, Cyber Security and The Internet of Things.
Lisa is Programme Director for the TALE project as well as the wider Haven Gateway Partnership, leading on delivery of all activities and programmes.
Lisa has worked in both the private and public sector in several roles including PA, administrator and practice co-ordinator.
Her many roles at the Haven Gateway have included event organisation, supporting the cruise initiative including co-ordinating and attending exhibitions, website administration and supporting our advocacy and business intelligence work.
Lisa was the Project Manager for the Low Carbon Freight Dividend Project. Lisa is currently supporting the A120 campaign as well as working on business cases to develop new projects.
Project Management Assistant
Jenny can advise on preparing a successful grant application and help with any queries on documentation. She keeps TALE systems running smoothly, working alongside the Facilitators and Programme Director.
Jenny has a background in Financial Services, having worked in the City for a retail bank for over 25 years. This included site visits to Europe and India, reviewing and improving the compliance and business process.
She loves travelling and can often be found with a travel brochure in her hand.
Finance and Compliance Administrator
Contact Yvonne with any financial queries including specialist advice on processing your grant payments
Yvonne is a qualified Accounting Technician, having secured AAT in her previous role at Essex County Council. Her role on TALE includes updating the scheme's budget, preparing quarterly claims (to the Managing Authority) including all defrayal evidence and invoices from SMEs, and ensuring compliance to enable recovery of grant funding.
ERDF Partnerships Lead
Janice joined the Haven Gateway Partnership in September 2016 to support the development of funding bids and the delivery of commissioned projects; her responsibility includes the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund).
Janice brings extensive experience of the Higher Education and private sectors.
She was the Director of the Research & Enterprise Office at the University of Essex with responsibility for research funding, research commercialisation and partnerships with business.
Janice also has over 10 years experience of research and development in the private sector in the field of Crop Production and Protection where she worked on a number of international projects.
Marketing and Communications Officer
Please contact Ian for a wealth of information about TALE including Case Studies and Marketing materials. Point of contact for press enquiries, attendance at exhibitions and networking opportunities.
Ian's background is in brand management, including work in the UK and abroad for the BBC, leading commercial activity on Doctor Who and Teletubbies. He also has experience of book and magazine publishing, together with the licensed merchandise industry.
He has forged alliances of both public bodies and private companies, coming together for high profile communications. He is a keen proponent of using video and impactful imagery to reach customers.