Meet the SBA Team

Patricia Marks
Founder & CEO

The Founder and CEO of the agency, Patricia is a astute business professional specialising in business development and project management.

Clare Paul
Business Development Advisor 

Clare’s background is in retail & hospitality management where she specialised in turning around unprofitable businesses. She then became a small business owner/entrepreneur herself and owned a successful public house, a retail butcher and a high street cafe.

The particular skills that Clare brings to the SBA are her expertise in business analysis and planning. Clare is experienced in digital media marketing, lead generation and small business finance.

Lenka Pike
Finance & Operations Manager

Lenka has worked for SBA since October 2017 as the Accounts & Events Co-ordinator and is now in the role of Finance and Operations Manager.

Emma Brade
Training & Contracts Manager

Emma has a background in the Education and Learning sector, primarily dealing with compliance and risk management.

She joined SBA as the Contracts Co-ordinator in July 2017 before stepping up into the role of Training and Contracts Manager. 
 

Barrie Collins  
Business Advisor

A business founder, start-up enthusiast, Mentor and Small Business Consultant, passionate about helping entrepreneurs to bring their ideas to life.

Benefiting from a 25-year 'roller coaster ride’ in business, working with a mix of Global Corporations and SME’s, across a wide range of sectors both as an employee and as a business owner for the last 15 years.

Sam Brade
Marketing Support

Sam is part of Fat Punk Studio, a world renowned, award-winning design studio based in Somerset. Over the years they've honed design skills working on a wide variety of projects from branding and websites through to illustration, graphic design and custom automotive.

With a growing international client base this specialist team of world class designers are able to offer an unparalleled range of diverse creative services to help you bring your projects and visions to life.

Mike McEvoy
Business Advisor

Mike started his career in large Public Limited Companies, working in all areas of Business, following this he became Director in a number of SME Companies followed by completing a ‘Management Buy-Out’. 

After successfully selling the Business Mike started his own Company as a Business Advisor/Consultant and has worked in a vast array of business sectors assisting individuals, SME’s and Private Equity Stakeholders.  

Sian Robinson
Business Advisor

Sian is a business owner and casual lecturer in Business & Management at the University of Exeter. Her studies in Business and Management and Organisation Studies at the University bring her a wealth of theoretical knowledge as well as experience of practical applications. 

She is a staunch champion for entrepreneurship and fully encourages individuality and self-belief as key factors for becoming a successful entrepreneur.

David Lewis
Volunteer Business Advisor

A co-founder of Cornerstone Enterprise Support Limited and a volunteer business mentor. David’s business career was in the biotechnology industry, during which he was a senior manager and director of two successive start-ups, venture capital businesses.

During the 15 years before he retired, he was General Business Manager of a strategic business unit within the Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England). 

Barry Peel
Volunteer Business Advisor

Prior to setting up a freelance management consultancy, Barry was employed by Unilever, Glaxo and Government Audit Agencies in HR and management development. 

As a qualified Organisational Psychologist he has experience in executive coaching, psychometric testing and team development interventions. He can support clients as individuals or groups, understand the choices faced and human factors affecting business decisions.

Aisha Elliott
Business Development & Marketing Co-ordinator

Aisha has a background in Business Development and Sales Consultancy, primarily in the Construction sector. She is a recent addition to our team as the Business Development and Marketing Co-Ordinator which is a new and varied role which suits her dynamic and ‘outside the box’ style. 

Graham White
Business Development Advisor

An experienced leader in the design and print industries with specialist knowledge of import/export international trade, Graham has amassed a long and distinguished list of business directorship roles before becoming a business growth coach on High Growth and Growth Accelerator programmes. Graham has developed an extensive reputation as a business mentor in both International Development and general strategy.

Tracey Longhurst
Business Advisor

Tracey started her career in the legal profession and then moved over to practice as an HR professional, where she worked in the corporate sphere for 25 years in both pharmaceutical and tech companies developing senior leaders and their teams.  

She is passionate about entrepreneurship and strives to continue to mentor those starting out on their journey as business owners.

Nevelle Marchent
Business Advisor

Throughout his career, Nevelle has helped many companies across a wide sector range, from Product Development, Manufacturing, Engineering, Consultancy, IT, Medical sector and Commerce. His primary skills are Business, Strategy, Financial & Cash planning, Management Team Development, Change Management, New Product & Market Development & Innovation,  Identifying & Creating opportunities within the business, Mentoring Business owners and Directors through the challenges of growing,Succession and Exit Strategy planning.

Rupert Cox
Business Advisor

Rupert has a wealth of small business experience. Following an early career farming he has led membership-based business organisations where an empathy and support for members' businesses was of paramount importance. As well as agriculture, Rupert has worked in the events, tourism, commercial property and marketing sectors giving him a well-rounded view of business and in particular the support that fledgling businesses require. 

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