Pamela Chesters CBE
Pamela joined The Board of Trustees as the newly appointed Chair in May 2014. Pamela comes to PRIME with a wealth of experience in the private sector following nearly 20 years at British Petroleum, latterly CEO of Duckhams Oils. She has also chaired a number of charities and not for profits, including Anchor Housing Trust, the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust and Action for Children and was a member the Prince’s Trust London Advisory Group. She was awarded a CBE in 2013 for her work with vulnerable children, as well as a former advisor to the Mayor of London on health and families issues and a former councillor for the London Borough of Camden.
Amy joined The Board of Trustees in 2009. Amy is the Founder & Director of The Bubble Consultancy, a micro management consultancy focused on corporate social innovation. She has 17 years experience in sustainable business, corporate social responsibility and social enterprise in consultancy, charity and industry. She spent 9 years as a management consultant and has held several senior positions including heading up CSR teams at Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and Microsoft. In addition to her role as a trustee for PRIME, Amy also sits on the Advisory Board of The Odysseus Foundation.
Professor Mark Hart
Mark joined The Board of Trustees in 2007. He is Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at Aston University and jointly manages the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project in the UK which provides key metrics on entrepreneurial attitudes, aspiration and activity. Mark advises a number of Government Departments including BIS, UKTI, HMT as well as the three Devolved Administrations and a number of the LEPs on enterprise issues. Mark has also undertaken a number of national evaluations of business support products and services.
Valerie joined PRIME’s Board in 2012 and is the chief executive of the Huntercombe Group, a hospital and specialist care centre provider. Before joining Huntercombe Group, Valerie was Managing Director of Serco’s health business, working in partnership with the NHS in the UK and healthcare organisations across the globe, and prior to that she was Chief Operating Officer at Alfred McAlpine. Valerie has experience in acquisitions, consulting and change, as well as integration management, and in addition to her role as trustee for PRIME, Valerie is also chair of the CBI’s Health Panel.
Graham is Head of Mid Corporate in the Midlands for Barclays. He began his career as an entrepreneur himself – successfully starting, building and then selling a corporate fitness company. He joined Barclays in 2007 running their Private Bank business across the Midlands. Graham has an MBA from Warwick Business School. Graham joined PRIME as he strongly believes in the power of a support network when people are setting up in business. He chairs the Income Generation and Fundraising Committee.
Adam Sharples is a former civil servant and up to 2011 was the Director General in the Department for Work and Pensions responsible for employment policies and programmes. He now holds a number of non-executive and advisory positions including as Chairman of Ixion Holdings Ltd and Governor of Anglia Ruskin University. He joined The Board of Trustees in November 2012 and takes a lead role on public policy issues aiming to raise the profile of employment issues facing older people.
Tom joined The Board of Trustess in July 2011. Tom is a Director at Dickinson Dees LLP, one of the leading independent law firms in the UK. Tom specialises in employment law with a focus on the formulation and progression of major strategic projects such as restructuring of the workforce and outsourcing of services. He is an experienced advocate, regularly appearing in the Employment Tribunals throughout the UK, with particular expertise in discrimination issues, most notably age and disability.
Robert joined The Board of Trustees in July 2011. Based in Edinburgh, he is Chairman and co-owner of Nelsons, the UK’s largest Natural Medicine manufacturer. Robert is also a trustee of a number of other charities. He is a Board member of The Scottish Civic Trust, Chairman of The Barcapel Foundation (one of the largest grant giving charities in Scotland), Chairman of Prostate Scotland and a Governor of Kilgraston Secondary School, Perthshire.