Peter Funnell (Chair)
Peter Funnell (Chair)
Director, Oakmere Solutions Ltd
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Peter is a Director of Oakmere Solutions Ltd, a central Suffolk based consultancy company which works extensively, but not exclusively in the UK heritage sector. Oakmere specialisms include activity and business planning, evaluation and the development of project proposals for funding by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other funding bodies.

Previously, Peter enjoyed a distinguished academic career including roles as a FE College Assistant Principal and as Executive Dean of Arts, Business and the Social Sciences, and Director of Enterprise at University Campus Suffolk (now University of Suffolk). He has published widely, including academic books and peer-reviewed papers and established an international reputation in the field of technology-supported learning. He has undertaken consultancies across Europe, in Australia and the Middle East alongside two BT research fellowships and a Visiting Teaching Fellowship at Murdoch University, Australia.

Peter was President of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce between 2010 - 2014 where he led a significant development of Chamber governance which has supported sustainable growth in subsequent years. He is a member of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Skills Advisory Panel and was independent chair of the Department for Education's post-16 Area Review of Norfolk and Suffolk in 2017. He holds other board positions including Chair of the Eastern Angles Theatre Company. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Dayle Bayliss
Dayle Bayliss
Chartered Building Surveyor, Dayle Bayliss Ltd
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A Chartered Building Surveyor, six years ago Dayle’s desire to deliver construction services from a different perspective led her to found Dayle Bayliss Ltd, a Surveying, Design and Project Management Consultancy.  This gave Dayle the freedom to exercise her collaborative approach to construction projects, as well as tackle the challenges of skills and diversity in construction.  Dayle has already won national and local business awards, including East Anglian Daily Times Young Business Person of the Year 2012, Project ‘@TheRec’ Winner of the 2015 East of England RICS Regeneration Award and highly commended accolades for her work.

Not content with running a successful practice, Dayle is passionate about breaking down myths and barriers that exist around construction careers.  This has led her to work on the NALEP Construction Sector Skills Plan and Chair of the 2017 Suffolk Skills Show.  She is a member of the NALEP Skills Board and the skills lead for the Construction Sector Group, Building Growth.  Her experience culminated in being appointed as Chair to the Department for Education Employer Advisory Panel (Construction – Design, Surveying and Planning board), the task-group set up for the development of the new T-Levels.  Dayle is also enthusiastic around enterprise, new business and innovation in Suffolk.  Her appetite to support entrepreneurship has led her to become Vice Chair the Board for Menta, the Suffolk Enterprise Agency.

A Fellow member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Dayle is both a Member of Governing Council and Vice Chair Board of Trustees Lionheart, the Benevolent Fund for RICS members.  Both posts enable Dayle to make rewarding contributions to the RICS, especially helping colleagues who experience financial, social or wellbeing difficulties.    

Finally, Dayle still finds time to run her food business, Brace and Hook, which focuses on game and artisan food, cookery and demonstrations.

Adam Bird
Archive Solutions Consultant, CAS (Clarks Archive Storage Ltd)
Phil Clark
Operations and Supply Chain Director – Europe, Konings Juices & Drinks UK Limited
Danny Cuff
Customer Services Director, Gipping Press Ltd
Charles Downie
Director, Bacton Transport Services Ltd
Marlini Finney
Marlini Finney
Director, Challs International Limited
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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!

Mary Graham
Director, Yellobelly
Anne Harrison
Managing Director, Colour Marketing Services
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Originally from Kent, I have lived in Suffolk for nearly 40 years.  My background is accountancy and I have worked for several companies in Cambridge and Suffolk with varying turnovers. These include service-based and manufacturing companies, a Research and Development company based in Cambridge and the Barnes Group in Ipswich where I was Head of Finance. The need to adapt to the requirements of each company has allowed me to develope a wide range of skills. This experience has enabled me, along with two colleagues, to establish Colour Marketing Services Ltd., a company which is now a market leader within the field of colour sampling and point of sale materials.

Nigel Slinn
Nigel Slinn
Commercial Director, Sackers
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Nigel is Commercial Director at Sackers and has worked within the waste recycling industry for over 30 years.

He is well connected throughout the UK and his passion for the business is evident when he delivers talks around the county to various groups about scrap metal and waste recycling.

Nigel has worked for local family business Sackers for a little over 15 years and been pivotal to its growth over recent years.

Whilst Nigel has worked for two large national waste management companies over the years covering the UK, he has remained living local with all three children going to school in Ipswich however recently moved to the mid Suffolk area with his wife now enjoying the countryside.

Mark Tyldesley
Managing Director, Muntons Plc