Richard has been involved in helping various different businesses develop over a number of years. These have included online resellers, manufacturers, retail, recycling, catering and more. He has advised overseas manufacturers/vendors on how to set up in UK and established a UK channel for them and set up a new Producer Compliance Scheme in the UK to deal with electrical manufacturers. He also has extensive experience in sales and marketing and held positions such as Director of Business Development. As well as running our enterprise centre at Brodie House he also owns and runs a professional acting agency that covers the UK and overseas, and co-owns and occasionally teaches at a successful local Theatre school.
“I’m very passionate about helping young people and also helping businesses develop. Running our Enterprise Centre has now given me the opportunity to combine both passions into one.”
Robert was born in Shropshire and has lived there all his life. He has worked in his family’s business’ Oakleys and Oakleys Fuel Oils and in recent years as Chairman of Midland Wood Fuels. He was a Governor at Shrewsbury Sixth Form College for 12 years and Chair for 6 years. He was Chair of the Princes Trust in Shropshire for 5 years. He was the High Sheriff of Shropshire in 2014/15 focusing on young people, training and entrepreneurialism. Appointed Chairman of the Shropshire Youth Support Trust in 2015.
“I have had a lot of fun running my own businesses. I much look forward to supporting less privileged entrepreneurs in Shropshire to start and progress their own businesses.”
Rob is the co-founder of the London Youth Support Trust (LYST). Having worked in investment management for several years in London, Rob saw that there was a lack of support and space young people needed to nurture their business ideas. Starting off with one centre and a small team Rob has grown LYST into a multi centre charity across London helping more than 800 young people start a business. LYST are working outside of London to help develop the model and supporting other with similar charities. Recently Rob worked with the High Sheriff of Greater London on a project to find jobs for young people leaving prison.
Michael has been involved in the financial sector since the 1950s, financing small companies. Holding the position of CEO of a private equity firm until his retirement. He has held a number of non-executive chairmanships and directorships of public and private companies in the UK, and the role of a Senior Business Advisor to Fleming Family and Partners from 2001. Michael was involved in helping with incubation and the launch of the Foundation of Entrepreneurial Management at the London Business School, where he is an Honorary Fellow, and also UKBI (UK Business Incubation). Through Michaels interest in supporting small businesses the Shropshire Youth Support was established in 2015 to help young people based in Shropshire.
“I have long believed that we have a huge amount of entrepreneurial talent in the UK and it is my personal interest to help develop this, and to help young people by providing accommodation and mentoring.”
Rupert has spent over 25 years in banking, predominantly as an investment banker in London with Barclays, where he became a Director and Chief Investment Officer for its Private Banking Division. Since leaving the City, he has concentrated on advising smaller businesses and the families behind them on strategic issues. Rupert is a non-Executive Director of a number of private companies, and a Trustee of several agricultural, commercial and historic estates.
Richard is a chartered engineer by trade, having worked in the industry for many years holding senior posts with GKN including Managing Director he is semi retired working as a trustee of several charities including the PDSA, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, The Ironbridge Youth Trust and the Shrewsbury Drapers.