Non-Executive Director/Chairman


My varied career has led to me having a wide range of knowledge of different businesses and business sectors. I have probably diagnosed over five hundred businesses now and worked as a coach and an adviser to nearly a hundred of those. I have been a champion for the Indian market and Resource Efficiency.
My empathy and imagination allows me to really understand the needs of a company. I have a wide range of business knowledge and have worked with companies from all sectors. This experience would be extremely useful to companies led by specialists who want to include wider perspectives in their business. Particularly companies who wish to expand their international trade. I have worked with community interest companies and social enterprise.
I have run my own enterprises and understand the issues facing business. Creativity is my speciality, realism my guide, communication my talent. My presentation skills are exceptional.

Past clients include:- Denby Pottery, University of Derby, University of Nottingham, Loughborough University, BKSB, Globsyn, Assa Abloy, Brush, Cooke Optics, AVK, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, The Peepul Centre and Voluntary Action Rutland.


  • Charity/Not for Profit
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Greentech / Cleantech
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Retail
  • Technology, Telco & Internet
  • Sport, Leisure & Travel
  • Government - Central and Local
  • Sustainability
  • Corporate Responsibility
  • Business Transformation
  • Hospitality
  • Professional Business Services
  • Procurement


  • Managing Director
  • Sales Director
  • Non-Executive Director/Chairman
  • Marketing Director/CMO
  • Founder
  • Director
  • Managing Partner
  • General Counsel


  • Start up
  • Early stage
  • Up to £5m t/o
  • £5m - £15m t/o
  • £15m - £50m t/o



Independent Business Adviser Self Employment January 2017 - Ongoing

I work with businesses to improve their Management Systems, QMS and their export capability. I can work as part of your team to build capacity. Coaching, mentoring or consulting.
Do you want to perform better, leaner or conform to an International Standard?
I can help with QMS design or I can audit your creation. Using strategic tools and TQM, I can work with you to build an internationally focused company.

I can provide market entry advice and leadership. I can get you in to new markets, particularly India, my speciality.
I work with Indian companies to get into the UK market. I can provide advice, set up services, or can sit on the board as a Non Executive Director to advise on expanding your business here in the UK.

Regional Business Adviser UK India Business Council October 2014 - December 2016

The UK India Business Council is the premier business led organisation promoting bilateral trade and investment between India and the UK. UKIBC's mission is to facilitate trade between the two countries through dialogue, services and support.
My role was to initiate market research, offer advice and support to businesses looking at Indian market entry.
I worked with businesses large and small, in that advisory capacity. I worked as a partnership manager, finding and holding onto good relations with third party organisations that could provide leads or help to clients and fed the consultancy work that was done by the Indian team. I assisted in setting up events with local partners, then helped to deliver these through presentations and one to one meetings with enterprises at the actual events.
Helping other organisations in the public and third sector with engagement plans for India. Worked with some Indian companies to connect them to potential partners here in the UK.

Area Manager UK Trade and Investment (now Department for International Trade) December 2013 - October 2014

UKTI is the Government's organisation for supporting international trade.

Headed up the team of International Trade Advisers in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The team consisted of 8 trade advisers covering the northern part of the East Midlands. Advising companies on their international trade strategies and supporting them through UKTI network activity.

International Trade Adviser UK Trade and Investment (now Department for International Trade) March 2011 - October 2014

I advised, supported and informed businesses to help them grow internationally. Through flexible, high quality and beneficial programmes and schemes. One of the biggest assets of UKTI is the extensive network of dedicated trade officers in embassies and consulates around the world.
I was the expert resource for the Indian Market until moving to the role as Area Manager for maternity cover.

Ran and organised trade missions to India. Presented on International trade subjects across the East Midlands.

Business Link Adviser EMB Ltd (Business Link contract) April 2008 - March 2011

The role involved reviewing businesses and helping them to diagnose their needs.
I acted as a sounding board or a business councillor, helping people to solve their problems through action planning and providing business tools. Then finding appropriate support if needed.

My speciality was Resource Efficiency as it was termed at the time, it included greentech and cleantech implementation plus better management of resources.
Using the balanced scorecard as my guide I worked with enterprises of all sizes and sectors to build their business. Advised, diagnosed and councilled over 300 businesses and helped a further 200 plus in Lincolnshire and Rutland. I helped with accessing finance and grants, to the tune of about a million pounds a year. The feedback from the businesses was that my work was outstanding.

I presented at events across Lincolnshire and Rutland on a variety of business subjects.

Owner Alehouse Event Bars August 2006 - March 2008

Running Event bars for re-enactors and roleplaying groups. Huge marquee based bars for weekend events. Organising logistics and staff. The plan was to source everything from independent suppliers and locally wherever possible. The weather proved to be a difficulty that led to supplementing work in the winter with Tesco quality and stores management, and working as a Draymen for one of the suppliers to the bar.

We started to investigate export opportunity for smaller brewers.

Closed bar for good after business link offer.

Stock Controller Tesco Plc/ Belvoir brewery November 2007 - February 2008

Worked to supplement the Winter months at Alehouse. Also worked with local brewery as a Drayman.

Scored 100% in the Tesco management assesment.

Managing Director Intelligent IT Services April 2000 - October 2006

Started my own small business acting as an IT department for other SMEs. We advised, built systems, deployed networks and installed IP camera systems. We installed Wifi and remote camera viewing for organisations and businesses security. We hosted web sites and provided support contracts. Resellers for Axis Cameras, Symantec, Pipex Dial and Evesham Micros. Sold the business to invest in the next idea.

Installation of Leisure machines and activities in Europe and The Middle East. Made a JV, selling and installing a Cyber Cafe in Poland.

Technical Manager/ Chief Technical Officer Megazone Technology Ltd (part of P&C Micros Pvt Ltd of Australia) March 1996 - April 2000

Managed the technical support all across Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East, India and North Africa, for a laser game and theme park ride manufacturer.

Involved beta testing, repair, evaluation, technical sales, training on site staff and master licencees, technical authoring, running a small team of technicians.

First taste of working with the Indian market, installed the first laser game in India, training and supporting the master licencee to operate.

Introduced systems and processes to improve the response and the quality of the support.

Wrote two articles for Interpark, the industry magazine for leisure and theme park manufacturers about "managing your site".

Technical Manager Escom Computers August 1995 - March 1996

Assistant manager for retail store, responsible for training staff, preparing and repairing computer systems, hiring staff and assisting customers to make the right choice. Based in Pontefract.

Bench Engineer/ Technician HESH Computer Maintenance October 1994 - March 1995

fixing electronics and computers


Institute of Leadership and ManagementUKOctober 2009Institute overseeing professional management.


Batcholers DegreeDeMontfort UniversityOctober 1994Electrical and Electronic Engineering
GCE A levelsBrigg Sixth FormSeptember 1989A levels in Maths, Physics and General Studies
GCE O LevelsVale Of Ancholme SchoolSeptember 1987O Levels in Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Biology, English Lang, English Lit, French


Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Institute of Leadership and Management Level 5 Diploma in Business Support
ISO 9001:2015 Essentials
ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor Course (IRCA approved)

Golden opportunities in India on offer at major Nottingham event: Local firms urged to sign up - Midlands Business News.October 2012An influential delegation of officials from Gujarat will be in Nottingham this month to speak to local firms about the opportunities available in ‘the Growth Engine of India’.
Javier and Stuart set to boost Mid-Sized Businesses - East Midlands Business News.July 2014Mid Sized Business Advisers, briefly, while Area Manager, before moving to UKIBC.
GBCC | Seek advice on Indian market tradingCompanies looking to enter the Indian market can receive trade advice at business clinic later this month.The Department....October 2016One to One advisory event in Birmingham, one of many.
A passage to India for Nottingham businesses.September 2012A delegation of officials from Gujarat will be in Nottingham later this month to speak to businesses about the opportunities available in India.
Starkstrom, in Rushey Mead, Leicester, given contract to supply hospital in Vietnam.April 2014 A firm which manufactures hi-tech equipment for hospital operating theatres has won an order to supply Vietnam. Starkstrom, in Rushey Mead, Leicester, will provide a control panel which can alter...
A rapid expansion of trade and investment means new jobs and new growth, both in the UK and in India..August 2016Quotes for Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
Suffolk Chamber International event to focus on trade with India.September 2016Suffolk Chamber International, part of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, is set to host an event next Wednesday for local firms interested in breaking into the Indian market.
Consul General J.K.Sharma spoke about... - India in UK (Consulate General of India, Birmingham) | Facebook.December 2016Consul General J.K.Sharma spoke about opportunities available for UK companies for investing in India under Make In India initiative at a business event...
UKTI – India Market Visit Jan 2013 | British Footwear Association.January 2013Contact UKTI for further Information on the details provided within this post.     India Market Visit Ahmedabad & Mumbai 9 – 17 January 2013
Conference to promote trade with 'growth engine of India'.September 2012 OFFICIALS from Gujarat will be in Nottingham this month to speak to local firms about the opportunities available in 'the growth engine of India'. The government representatives will attend the UK...
Cambridgeshire Export Club: Doing Business in India � Cambridge.September 2015Cambridgeshire Export Club: Doing Business in India � Cambridge
The Omega Super Charger SC-3 Personal Compressor.November 2016The home of the Omega Airgun Compressor - a small, compact, portable unit sporting features normally reserved for compressors with double the price tag.
State Bank of India & WBS Present 'Doing Business in India.April 2015Part of the University of Warwick, we have an international reputation for top quality education and research in management and business.


ArcheryPrecision discipline, combined with woodland walks.