Suffolk Business Women Board
Ginny Idehen is Head of Business Operations and Quay Place Manager for the charity, Suffolk Mind. She is part of the leadership team delivering the charities mission of enabling Suffolk to become the best place in the world to talk about and take care of mental health. You will often find her in Quay Place, the award winning wellbeing and heritage centre, based on the historic waterfront of Ipswich. Ginny helped build up the team of staff and volunteers for its opening in November 2016 and has been very hands on in the day to day management and development of the venue and the activities that are held there. Ginny heads up a team of 10 people and has responsibility for over 50 volunteers.
Ginny has experience as Head of Business Development at West Suffolk College, and as a Business Link Adviser, then manager, providing support to hundreds of businesses in Suffolk to help them grow and access finance.
As a volunteer, Ginny has been involved with Suffolk Business Women since 2015 and prior to that, she represented education on the Bury Chamber of Commerce Board. Her favourite thing to do, when she’s not working, is to spend time with her husband and 3 wonderful children.
Dayle is Chartered Building Surveyor and owner of Dayle Bayliss Associates. She has a keen interest in skills and enterprise, and gets involved in projects across Suffolk and Norfolk. She is chair of the steering group for the Suffolk Skills Show, a member of the New Anglia LEP Skills Board as well as Vice Chair of Menta, the Suffolk Enterprise Agency. A keen interest in food and its origins she has just started a new business venture called Brace and Hook exploring local produce and food skills.
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!
Patrice Love runs her own consultancy business, specialising in the Life Science and Technology sectors. Patrice works mainly with early stage and pre-IPO companies to help build dynamic teams as well as organisation development. Patrice joined the Board of the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce when she was a Director at Timberwolf. Earlier in her career, she was Head of Operations for BT Brightstar, which was BT’s first Corporate Incubator. Patrice is also on the Board of Suffolk Business Women, Governor at Suffolk One and an Inward Investment Ambassador for Suffolk.
James Payne is a Senior Development Officer for the County Sports Partnership, Suffolk Sport. James is a member of Suffolk Sport’s Senior Leadership Team and fulfils the role of the organisation’s designated lead for the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.
On a day-to-day basis James, the strategic lead for children and young people, oversees a programme of work that focuses on the improving the physical and mental wellbeing of young people in Suffolk.
Having worked in the sports industry for over 15 years, James has a wide understanding of tackling and dealing with the complex needs and barriers relating to inactive and sedentary behaviour as well as developing bespoke projects and interventions that counteract poor physical health.
Unsurprisingly outside of work James can often be found taking part in some sort of sport or physical activity. Having grown up as a footballer and still playing today, he has taken part in a large number of other sports and challenges, most notably and the one which gives him the greatest satisfaction was taking part in and completing the 2016 London Marathon.
Michelle Pollard has been in the recruitment industry, locally and nationally for over 28 years. Michelle is passionate about recruiting and has a background not only within the high street recruitment marketplace but has also enjoyed many years in the online recruitment space.
Michelle the proud owner of Spider, an online recruitment advertising & recruitment service provider that offers East Anglian companies a cost effective alternative to other methods. Michelle is avid about supporting the local economy and helping companies recruit the very best employees and skills in the market place.
Wendy Quantrill is the Communications and Public Relations Manager at facilities management group Vertas, responsible for internal and external communications, brand and digital marketing. From its base in Suffolk the company employs 3,000 nationally and offers the total FM package including cleaning, catering, security, energy and environmental waste management.
A seasoned communications specialist, Wendy’s experience spans education, financial services, retail and manufacturing. Her career began at a multi-award-winning London PR agency The Red Consultancy where she worked on brands such as Britvic and B&Q. She then went on to work in-house at brewer and retailer Fuller, Smith and Turner before joining Egg Banking Plc as Senior Copywriter, taking complex products such as life insurance to the online market for the first time.
Before joining Vertas Wendy was the Communications and Fundraising Manager at alternative education charity Lapwing Education. Wendy is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
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 Sharp Security Shredding Ltd guarantee secure shredding of Confidential information, protecting their client’s business & reputation when they protect details of employees, client transactions, accounts, complaints, research & development, health & Safety etc.
Citrus choose to partner ethical balanced business throughout Suffolk, caring for local & global environment, and has a clutch of Awards for good practice & environmental awareness.
Jules is primarily responsible for new business growth, encouraging more office security, recycling & less office waste.
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.
Fifteen years ago Caroline joined a small two-person startup that had a big idea. She devoted our career to bringing a university to Suffolk. And now it’s here – a thriving institution with an iconic campus on the Ipswich Waterfront.
In the summer of 2018, Caroline decided it was time to embark on a new challenge. To take all that she had learned and apply it to different organisations in different sectors.
Seeing first-hand how businesses being run by incredibly smart and successful people were missing key opportunities to tell their story, promote their brand and take advantage of opportunities. Not through a lack of desire. Not because of a lack of vision. But more often than not, time and resource.
Senior teams know they are missing opportunities. But they don’t often have the capacity to see the bigger picture and join the strategic dots.
Caroline is skilled at joining these dots; across boards of directors, senior teams, communications, philanthropy, and operations. She now offers Chief of Staff services, working behind the scenes to maximise your time and effectiveness. Solving problems, delivering research and projects, as well as acting as a confidant and a sounding board for ideas.