With an MBA from Norwich Business School at the University of East Anglia, Brad Adnams has worked in various roles in Adnams ranging from marketing, brand management, sales and operations. Brad is currently working on growing the Adnams brand in international markets including Australia, South East Asia and Europe. Brad's first degree was in Chemistry which gives him a deep insight and understanding of making premium beers and spirits. He loves the sociability of the drinks industry and enjoys educating people about great drinks. Brad especially likes talking about gin and hosts gin masterclasses across the UK and Europe.
Amanda Ankin has worked for Suffolk Chamber since 2010 and is our Operations Director.
As part of the senior management team, Amanda manages various departments of Suffolk Chamber including events, membership and customer care, communications, marketing, policy, supply chain, and international trade, and her team is based all across Suffolk.
CIPD qualified, Amanda is the lead on HR and change initiatives. Amanda also manages various Suffolk Chamber project teams including our business improvement district Lowestoft Vision and Suffolk Business Women, and sits on all our town Boards.
Owner of consultancy practice Richard Perkins & Associates and director of two property companies, Richard is also an experienced Non-Executive Director and Chairman who actively represents Suffolk businesses particularly within the property and public sectors.
A Lowestoft & Waveney Chamber Board member and Suffolk Chamber’s Non-Executive representative to the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Local Transport Board, Richard is also an independent Non-Executive Director of the Lowestoft College subsidiary company Lowestoft and Waveney Education Services that specialises in maritime and energy sector skills training.
Having served as a Merchant Navy Deck Officer, James was articled to a Chartered Accountants before spending 21 years in retailing. Finished as CEO of Waveney’s largest independent retail group, which was sold in 2004. James was a partner in his family’s Nursing Home, which was sold in 2009.
In 2005 James and colleagues formed Enterprise Lowestoft CIC, encouraging education and business engagement. An active grandparent, he helps small companies through his business, “Let’s Manage”.
In 2017 James was elected to Suffolk County Council as member for the Oulton division. Cllr Matthew Hicks, leader of the Council, invited James to join his Cabinet in 2018 holding the portfolio for Public Health and Prevention.
Matthew is a Manager at Lovewell Blake Chartered Accountants and is based at the firm’s offices in Lowestoft and Halesworth. Lovewell Blake have been established on the East coast for over 160 years, offering a wide range of services to individuals and businesses of all sizes. The firm has built an industry leading reputation for its apprenticeship and graduate schemes, recruiting up to 20 college leavers and graduates annually and has been named one of the top 100 UK employers for school and college leavers.
He specialises in advising owner-managed businesses from creation to retirement and is the Chair of the firm’s charitable fundraising committee. He lives in Halesworth and outside of the office is the Honorary Treasurer of Beccles Rugby Club.
Jules Shorrock M.D. Citrus Sharp Security Shredding has been a business owner since 2000. After selling her document destruction business in 2007 she returned from London to Ellough near Beccles, reflecting her commitment to growing our local economy.
Citrus have been recognised by Suffolk Chamber for secure sustainable environmental practices and customer service, offering award winning service in an area of market growth stimulated by EU reform of Data Protection.
I was President of the Chamber of Commerce for Lowestoft & Waveney from 2006 to 2008 and continued to be a Chamber Director for both the Suffolk Chamber in Ipswich as well as the Lowestoft & Waveney Chamber. In both I have been a keen advocate in promoting initiatives in practical learning as part of our youth education both in business and engineering environments.
I am also a member of the Cambridge 100 Club. This was a network group originally formed by the Government for East of England region as the Innovation Society for the East of England (ISEE).
Paul Wood, Head of Economic Development & Regeneration at the East Suffolk Councils has been involved in supporting local and regional economic growth throughout his career.
Paul’s previous roles include being the Programme Manager for the Sizewell C nuclear new build project and leading the Regional Development Agency’s economic investment programme across Essex including the Thames Gateway.