The Lancashire Ambassadors are a powerful network of leaders who understand that success for Lancashire will lead to success in business and a stronger more prosperous Lancashire for all.

BAE Systems – Dave Nuttall

Barnfield Construction – Tim Webber

Blackburn Rovers – Steve Waggott

Booths – Nigel Murray

Conlon Construction – Michael Conlon

Forbes Solicitors – Pauline Rigby

Obas  – Norman Tenray

Panaz – Tony Attard OBE

PM+M – Helen Clayton 

Sales Geek – Richard Few

Scorpion Automotive  – Mark Downing

Stonyhurst – Simon Weber

VEKA UK Group – Neil Evans

Vitality Property Group – Zak Khan 

 

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Passionate about Lancashire, with a business located here and a desire to help drive future success? We’d like to welcome you as a Lancashire Ambassador >> Find out more here


BAE Systems

Dave Nuttall - HR Director

BAE Systems, help their customers to stay a step ahead when protecting people and national security, critical infrastructure and vital information. They provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of over 85,000 people in more than 40 countries.

Dave Nuttall is the HR Director for the Chief Operating Office organisation and central functions with BAE Systems Air, covering over 4,500 employees. He started his career in 1984 in (then) British Aerospace at Warton as a sponsored student studying Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester. Dave joined HR in 1992 to set up the British Aerospace sponsored Systems Engineering Degree at Loughborough University. He then specialised in management, leadership and organisational development for 12 years, including 18 months as a consultant with Insyte Business Solutions (a BAE Systems owned entity) and three years as the HR Development Director for AMS, an Anglo-Italian JV of BAE Systems.

Dave returned to the air sector at Warton in 2004 and has undertaken several Business HR Director roles before taken his current role in 2018.  Dave’s current role also includes leading the exciting people and organisational strategic thinking relating to Tempest – the next generation military fighter aircraft – and BAE Systems contribution to the UK’s Combat Air strategy, with the aim of helping ensure that BAE Systems internationally and here in Lancashire continues to play a global role in the Combat Air sector.

 

Lancashire Business Directory: BAE Systems 

Booths

Nigel Murray - Managing Director

Booths is a high quality independent food and drinks business with stores across Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Cheshire. Booths employs approximately 3,000 colleagues and has 2 distribution sites plus 3 manufacturing units servicing its 27 stores and growing number of trade customers.      

Nigel Murray joined Booths in November 2015 having spent his career to date in the food retail sector with Safeway, Tetley, Asda and Greggs.

Born and bred in Blackburn, Lancashire he attended Manchester Polytechnic (Met) where he gained a B.A.(Hons) in Accounting & Finance followed by a Post Graduate Diploma and C.I.M. professional qualification in Marketing Management.

Within Booths Nigel is a member of the Board and takes Executive responsibility for all commercial, customer, operational and people functions.

Nigel is a member of the Lancashire LEP Food & Agriculture sector group in addition to being a Lancashire Ambassador.

Home life is with wife Sue, their son and the dog. The daughter is currently studying English Literature at The University of Edinburgh, although now aspires to be a Medic.

Any spare time is spent watching cycling, reading about cycling, talking about cycling, tinkering with cycles and………cycling!

In 2021 Nigel rode the full Tour De France route (all 21 stages) as one of a team of 18 amateur cyclists to collectively raise over £1m for the charity, Cure Leukaemia. Nigel and the Booths team have raised well over £100,000 for the charity so far.

 

Lancashire Business Directory: Booths

Forbes Solicitors

Pauline Rigby - Managing Partner

Forbes Solicitors has offices across the North but our roots are firmly based in Lancashire. We offer the full range of legal services to individuals, commercial clients and a number of specialist sectors where we excel nationally.

Pauline heads up the Corporate team at Forbes Solicitors and handles a wide range of corporate and commercial work right from business start ups through to acting for businesses that are expanding or disposing of their business. More specifically those areas include formation, banking, joint ventures, contractual matters, equity fundraisings and investments, re-organisations and restructurings, disposals and mergers and acquisitions.

Pauline has also developed and is known for her experience in assisting clients and Insolvency Practitioners in insolvency matters. In particular, she specialises in acting on behalf of businesses and Insolvency Practitioners when buying or selling businesses in distress and/or restructuring.

Pauline also assists a number of Lending Institutions on a broad range of matters including drafting and negotiating banking documentation and carrying out and reviewing legal due diligence and structure documents on mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructures. Pauline acts for a wide range of clients including public companies, owner managed businesses, banks and financial institutions, shareholders, investors and management teams.

 

Lancashire Business Directory: Forbes Solicitors

Panaz Ltd

Tony Attard OBE - Founder and Group Chief Executive

Formed in 1986, Panaz Limited, has spearheaded the design and technical advancement of flame retardant fabrics for the worldwide hospitality, leisure, cruise ship and healthcare sectors.  The company today exports to 46 countries, operating worldwide through subsidiary companies in Europe and the USA and a global network of agents. Panaz has been presented with two Queen’s Awards for International Trade and Innovation, marking the company’s success in both export achievement and enterprise.

Tony is the founder and Group Chief Executive of Panaz Ltd. However, Tony’s activities and interests extend far beyond his Burnley boardroom. Tony is the current Chair of Marketing Lancashire and is Chair of Lancashire 2025, the Bid for Lancashire to become City of Culture on 2025. As such, Tony is a passionate advocate of Lancashire and business in Lancashire as well as a true Lancashire Ambassador. Tony was made an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the 2010 New Year’s honours and held the position of High Sheriff of Lancashire in 2018.  Tony also sits on the Board of Creative Lancashire as well as NWTexnet, the British Contract Furnishings Association and the General Assembly of Manchester University.

Tony’s other positions and interests include:

  • National President of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers charity,
  • Member of the Guilds Court and Manchester University Department of Material Science Industrial Advisory Group
  • Member of Manchester Metropolitan University Department of Enterprise Advisory Group,
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Institute of Directors,
  • Associate of The Textile Institute
  • Member of the Institute of Management.

 

Lancashire Business Directory: Panaz Ltd

PM+M

Helen Clayton - Partner

PM + M provides independent accountancy and advisory services with local expertise. Operating from offices in Blackburn and Bury, PM+M has deep roots in Lancashire, and is proud to be widely regarded as one of the leading and most respected chartered accountancy, advisory and financial planning firms in the North West.

Helen has been a partner at PM+M for over 7 years, heading up the audit, accounting and advisory team. With over 25 years’ experience in advising owner-managed and privately owned businesses, Helen is committed to growing the PM+M brand and reputation across Bury, Greater Manchester and Lancashire.

Helen works with clients across a broad range of industry sectors, with significant experience in advising the legal profession. Focusing on building strong relationships with clients, Helen aims to understand the ambitions of leadership and management, for themselves as individuals, as well as for their business.

People development is a key focus for Helen within PM+M, which is why she is drawn to people-based businesses and developing strong, long-lasting relationships. Alongside her role at PM+M, Helen also holds the position of Chair of Trustees at The Met in Bury.

 

Lancashire Business Directory: PM+M

Sales Geek

Richard Few - founder and Chief Geek

Richard founded Sales Geek to change the way the world perceives sales and make world class sales leadership available for everyone not just large corporations. He has led from the front as the Geeky team has grown and flourished and won multiple awards for their ground breaking work. Weekends are for family, Reggie the bulldog and the rugby pitch, not always in that order. You might say that as a rugby player as well as a Sales Geek he specialises in conversions!

Unlike other Ambassadors Richard is not a native Lancastrian. In a former role he travelled up from Buckinghamshire to the company’s headquarters here, regularly. He was spending more and more time away from his family but gaining a real affinity for the county, the landscape and the welcoming nature and entrepreneurial spirit of the people. By the time it came to jump ship and found his own business, Lancashire was the obvious choice for Sales Geek. ” I don’t mind saying that, as a family we have fallen in love with the place and are fully committed to supporting our adopted home’s growth. As our company has grown, we have been determined to root our supply chain here in Lancashire, where you really can get anything, your business needs. Our office in Blackburn is our national centre for our franchises across the UK and will be our global headquarters as we launch in the USA and beyond.”

Lancashire Business Directory: Sales Geek

Stonyhurst

Simon Marsden - Enterprises Director

Set in the beautiful Ribble Valley, Stonyhurst College is an independent co-education Catholic boarding school and home to 700 pupils during term time. However, beyond the College’s excellent academic offer, very few people are aware of the breadth of commercial activity encompassed under ‘Stonyhurst Enterprises’.

Simon Marsden commenced his career in banking, moved into an education based private equity venture, followed by bursar appointments in two prestigious large day schools. He joined Stonyhurst in 2016 as Bursar and Clerk to the Governors.

Simon is a fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Business Management, and holds qualifications in accountancy, human resources, leadership coaching and business planning. Simon has been Chairman of the Northern Bursars’ Association and sits on a selection of independent schools’ advisory panels. He is a foundation governor of St Joseph’s, the oldest catholic primary school in the United Kingdom.

He and his wife Julia have four children, two of whom attend Stonyhurst.

 

Lancashire Business Directory: Stonyhurst Enterprises

VEKA Plc

Neil Evans - Managing Director

VEKA has been leading the global development of PVCU window systems for over 50 years, through design, innovation and customer focus. With factories in over 40 countries across Europe, Asia, America and Russia, VEKA is the world’s largest manufacturer of extruded PVCU products. VEKA Plc is the UK arm of the company, based in Burnley.

Managing Director Neil Evans joined VEKA Group as Sales Director in October 2016 and was promoted to Managing Director in 2020. With significant experience in the fenestration industry, Neil previously worked for VELUX where he spent 10 years as their UK Sales Director and prior to that some years as their Operations Director. During his time at VEKA, Neil has reshaped the Sales & Customer Service function, taking on added responsibility for Commercial & Technical departments since joining.

With his fellow Directors of the VEKA Board, Neil continues to strengthen the company’s reputation as market leader and is helping shape the Group’s future direction, with customers at the heart of every decision. Neil’s passion lies in building teams and creating the environment that ensures the customer gets the best of the business. He strives to identify opportunities for change, growth and improvement; to engage stakeholders, influence outcomes, and continue to set new standards.

Neil’s experience and expertise in sales, project management, procurement, customer service, technical functions, policy setting, lean process development, business analysis, operational leadership and sales leadership, mean that he can focus his attention on both the development of internal processes and the direction of external growth. Neil and his team are reinvigorating the company’s business and sales strategies and encouraging greater capability and confidence at all levels.

 

Lancashire Business Directory: Veka Plc

Vitality Property Group

Zak Khan - Managing Director

Vitality Property Group is centred on exceptional standards and a reliable choice for energy efficiency and property needs. VPG work with private, commercial and public sector partners to upgrade residential and commercial properties, with a particular focus on energy efficiency. 

Zak joined the police service after university, accredited as a Detective and was soon identified as a fast-track promotion candidate.  He completed a Master’s Degree in Human Rights whilst working for the police at the University College London and then succeeded in the national selection process for the acceleration promotion Fast Track Constable to Inspector programme (only an average of 40 officers nationally are selected each year).

During this time, Zak was also supporting his brother, with Euro Energy Group as a start-up business. They managed to double the company turnover and Zak decided to take a leap of faith to co-own Euro Energy Group, which he has since left to pursue further exciting ventures via Vitality Property Group. In May 2022 he was elected as a Borough Councillor for Hyndburn Borough Council, swinging the seat from the opposition party.  He now proudly represents the ward in which he was born and raised.”

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