Owner and managing director of Spider, an online recruitment advertising service, Michelle Pollard represents fellow local business owners, having a genuine understanding of the realities of running a smaller, local company.
Michelle has been in the recruitment industry, locally and nationally for over 28 years, and has helped reshape this saturated industry.
A devoted supporter of the local community, Michelle is passionate about helping local and national businesses find recruitment solutions that work for them. Over the last 4 years, as well as establishing Spider, Michelle has become Vice Chair of The Suffolk Skills Show, Inward Investment Ambassador and Board Member of Suffolk Business Women
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.
Carole has supported Chief Executives, Board of Directors, Entrepreneurs, Business Professionals from PLC’s to small family run businesses on how to get REAL results through GREAT HR practices that don’t cost the earth.
Her last corporate role was HR Director for Marshall Motor Group where she worked with the Exec team to transform the performance of the business and as a result the business experienced significant (400%) growth since 2008. It grew from an underlying £250m in sales to just under £1bn in 5 years and became a major top 10 UK motor retail group with over 70 retail centres and 2,200 colleagues (at its peak). In addition, it was recognised as a Top 75 employer in their Great Place to Work league and received several accolades including "Dealer Group of the Year" and being shortlisted for "Employer of the Year".
Carole created MAD-HR in 2014 as she wanted to bring a new brand of HR to East Anglia, and has grown the company into a Future 50 Class of 2019, with a wider team delivering HR support and training across East Anglia.
As her father’s family hails from Suffolk, Carole wasn’t allowed to support another football team growing up except ITFC. Travelling from Kent each home game, this led to her meeting her future husband and as a result moving to Suffolk over 15 years ago.
Carole loves nothing better than taking their black Labrador to visit Aldeburgh most Friday evenings to sample Adnams finest with a bag of fish and chips.
Helen is Marketing Manager at Sackers Waste and Recycling, with sixteen years marketing and design experience. As an experienced Marketeer with a National Digital Award and an award-winning App she has a B2C and B2C background in professional services, private, charities and public services. She has a creative ‘can do’ attitude with a proven track record of running successful campaigns and planning effective marketing.
As a full time working single mum, she understand the challenges facing career women getting back in to work and juggling the work life balance.
Marlini is a Director of Challs International Limited, who manufacture household cleaning products for the FMCG sector. They supply their branded products, including, Buster, Bin Buddy & Alkimi globally, operating in the UK, USA, Singapore & Australia. Qualified in both Accountancy & HR, Marlini is responsible for Finance, HR & IT across the business.
Marlini grew up in Eye, and went to school at Thomas Mills in Framlingham, before starting her career in Sovereign Chicken in Eye. She continued to work in Suffolk, primarily with Fred. Olsen, completing her professional training while she worked. Having taken this career route, Marlini feels passionately about informing school children about the number of options available to achieve their goals, as well as more traditional routes. To this end, she has recently become a Careers Enterprise Adviser, working with Thomas Wolsey.
Although as a teenager, she couldn’t wait to leave Eye lured by the bright lights of Norwich & Ipswich, Marlini has since moved back to area, where she lives with her husband. Her 3 grown up children are still young enough to prefer the bright lights!
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.
A fully qualified teacher and facilitator who is also an instinctive coach I have been working with young people and adults for the past 20 years to help them achieve their goals and transform their lives.
I have always railed against inequality and been interested in women’s rights and, after designing a programme to support young mums in the local community, I was compelled to create a business (Future Female Society) that could support women and girls to achieve their full potential.
My teaching days were spent at Suffolk New College where I was head of Media and my love of that subject (particularly radio) has helped me to design creative, exciting programmes that can engage, enthuse, develop and transform. I then worked at the Eastern Enterprise Hub supporting entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs with Action Learning based programmes. A fully qualified ALS facilitator I continue that work today with the School for Social Entrepreneurs in London.
Running programmes in the community, as well as working with businesses and organisations means that I can help women and girls of all ages, across all social spectrums and backgrounds.
Result; A Future Society that is free of inequality.
Mark is Group MD at Muntons (who are passionate about Malt, and supply leading brewers, distillers and food manufacturers around the world). They employ 250 people in Stowmarket, and 350 worldwide.
His career started with Procter & Gamble, where he spent 15 years in Marketing and General Management across the world. He moved back to the UK in 2008 as Buying Director of Health & Beauty for Tesco, then ran Premier Foods Grocery Division before taking on his first standalone CEO role at Jeyes in Thetford. He moved to Muntons in April 2017 and took over as Group MD in Jan 2018.
Having run both B2C & B2B organisations, companies with 300 employees and with 30,000 employees, and having worked across 70 countries, he brings unique perspective on where businesses can learn from each other, and where genuine differences exist.
Mark was schooled in Suffolk (Hadleigh High School and Ipswich School 6th Form) and his parents still live in the area. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife Alex (a languages teacher) and their two children, and has managed to retain a support for Ipswich Town FC.
Steve Carroll is the senior supply chain lead for EDF’s proposed new nuclear power station Sizewell C and as such will be the primary contact for local companies wanting to win contracts on the project. Steve is no stranger to the nuclear industry, having spent the last 20 years working at Sizewell B. His long association with the plant started with work experience as a 15-year-old back in the late 1980s, when the iconic domed reactor on the Suffolk coast was still under construction. In 1992 he left school and took an electrical apprenticeship with ICI in Manningtree, which included studying at Suffolk College.
Tom has been CEO of one of the leading Suffolk charities, The Green Light Trust since 2018. Under his stewardship, the charity has gone from strength to strength. It now supports over 2,000 individuals a year from across East Anglia who are facing challenges such as poor mental health, substance misuse and additional learning needs utilising the healing power of nature as a catalyst to change their lives.
Tom is passionate about working towards broadening the reach of the trust and making sure that those in our communities who have the least access to the natural world and the most to gain from it are enabled to do so. Tom cares intensely about challenging all and any inequalities in society in both his professional and personal life. When asked about being invited to join the board Tom said “I am not only flattered but humbled to be asked to contribute as a member of the Women in Business board. I genuinely believe we have to be the change we wish to see in the world, and I thank the chamber of commerce for allowing me to contribute in this area.”