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Meet the SBA team

Patricia Marks
Managing Director

Patricia comes from a background in manufacturing and more recently marketing and people development. She started SBA in order to be able to provide individuals with a high quality service that allows them to explore career paths and business opportunities that help them take the next steps.

Toni Millership
Operations Director

Toni has had a successful career in hospitality and training before joining SBA to take over operations and contract management. Toni believes in supporting people to become the best they can be in whatever their chosen career path or business proposition is.

Amanda Middleton
Training and Development Manager

Amanda has developed a comprehensive management background over the last 19 years from the Further Education and Social Care sectors. Amanda has been delivering teaching and training for the last 9 years and uses this experience to develop and deliver one to one mentoring and training as well as delivering group training specifically in leadership, management, team building and customer care.

David Marks

David is a master butcher and has successfully worked in the meat industry most of his career. In that time David has developed training for new people into the industry and coached many people to develop their skills within the trade. David currently supports SBA with the operation of Great Bow Wharf and looking for new opportunities.

Lance Cross
Associate Trainer

Lance delivers management and personal skills training, as well as consulting in strategy, Investors in People and change. He also facilitates team events.
At school and university he specialised in languages. Lance has twenty years of experience in training, general management, network development, customer service, Investors in People and continuous improvement.  He has a large kitbag of tools and techniques which he uses to help clients improve their business results. 

Jos Kelly
Business Advisor

Jos has a background of working for large multinational corporations developing their sales function both in terms of processes and personnel. As an advisor Jos is able to translate the key systems and processes deployed within large corporates to work successfully in owner operator businesses.

Paige Jones
IT Administrator

Paige is the one of  the newest member of the SBA team.  After discovering a passion for IT Paige has decided to commence a level 2 apprenticeship in IT support.  Paige will be assisting with the admin for both SBA and Great Bow Wharf. 

Abby Cox 
NEA administrator 

Abby has recently joined the SBA team, she has a strong hospitality back ground with experience in event organising.  Abby will be facilitating the day to day management of the office as well as booking and organising workshops and events.  

Cressida Slater
Business Advisor

Cressida is a successful bid and tender writer particularly within the food and drink industry. Cressida has worked with the welsh government, UK cider makers and small independent food businesses to help them develop projects and bring products to market.

Juliet Maclay
Associate Trainer

Juliet Maclay is a marketing and communications professional who has spent a career writing marketing content for a wide variety of clients.

She has undertaken a wide variety of challenges, from devising campaigns to improve take-up of sustainability programmes in Australia, to commissioning design and content for launching small enterprises in the UK. She has also helped individuals and senior management teams with presentation skills.

Adam Watson
Business Advisor and Accounts Manager

Adam is a business advisor with SBA having many years experience of supporting others to either develop existing businesses or to set up in Business.  Adam works on the NEA programme within Job Centre Plus as well as leading on the Business Development Workshops.  Adam also supports SBA with the business finances. 

Sally Geake
Workplace Coordinator

Sally is a graduate from Exeter University and Cygnet training theatre. She joins the team as the Workplace Coordinator of Princesshay recruitment in Exeter. 

Peter Frome

Peter works to support the daily operations at Great Bow Wharf as well as providing key services for our events and office maintenance.

Alex Mason
Business Support Administrative Assistant

Alex is the newest member of the SBA team. He is a graduate from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in IT with Business Studies. His working background is varied with experiences in customer relations, business administration and IT. Alex brings a positive, can do attitude and skills in organisation and teamwork to the SBA team. He will be assisting the team with administration and office duties.

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