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The Leadership Team

Click on each photograph to find out more on each member of our leadership team.

Katrina Walker

Chair

Dawn Blee

CEO

Paul Baker

Treasurer

Kathryn McKerlie

Operations

Katrina is the Client Relationship Manger with Thackray Williams LLP Solicitors and is based at the firms’ Sevenoaks office.

Her experience is drawn from working for multi-national corporates, SME’s, charities and family-owned businesses. She brings with her key skills in business development, CRM, marketing, tender management and the facilitation of client care through post transaction and matter reviews.

Katrina has been part of the Chamber since April 2017 and has always seen her role as an ambassador, not just for her own firm, but for the Chamber too.

“I was absolutely thrilled when I joined the Chamber Board back in 2019, and now, to be appointed as Chair, is a huge privilege. Such a wonderful opportunity to be able to continue to contribute to the growth and development of this dynamic and vibrant business community, and all the more so now, as our members and our local community begin their journey of recovery, from the pandemic”.

An advocate of personal wellbeing, Katrina is a Mental Health First Aider and Reiki Master Teacher. Mental health and wellbeing concerns, whether personal or within the confines of a business, can become isolating and difficult to manage. Katrina is happy to offer support to any Chamber member who feels that ‘a chat’ just might help to bring some clarity

Katrina can be contacted on 077 3333 4374 or at [email protected]

Dawn joined the Chamber in 2020 and has until recently run her own company concurrent with being a Board Director representing the 1800-strong membership interest of a London-based national organisation, where her focus was growing the membership and enhancing the value of membership both internally and to the outside world.

Dawn brings experience of working with an international hotel company as a director in Human Resources; has taken time out for a baby break; working as an associate in a small-medium sized organization; managing the back office support for her husband’s company; developing her own company as a sole trader and most recently working with Sevenoaks District Council.

Email: [email protected]

Paul is a Director at Wealden properties (Sevenoaks) Limited, a local property firm that owns and manages circa 90 commercial and residential units in Bat & Ball and Riverhead. He joined in 2018 following a 30+ year career in finance and banking.

Wealden is a family-owned business that has been trading since 1958 and as such has a long-standing history with Sevenoaks.

Paul says ‘I joined the Chamber in 2018 when starting with Wealden and have enjoyed my time, making a number of worthwhile contacts with both tenants and professional business partners. During 2020 I have sought to work closely with all our tenants, offering support and advice on financial assistance available from Government and banks.

Paul says, ‘I am delighted to be joining the Board of Directors at the Chamber at a time when networking and helping each other will be as important as it has ever been’.

 

Kathryn has worked at senior management level in advertising, publishing and creative services before joining the Chamber team in January 2017. She is responsible for all membership administration.

Email: [email protected]

Sharon Field

Andrew Raby

Sandhya Iyer

Sharon is head of Corporate and Social Responsibility at FM Conway but her experience in the organisation is vast where she has worked in a variety of roles over the past 30 years.

Sharon manages the London Construction Academy for the Worshipful Company of Paviors.  She has also chaired the people and skills working group for the Highways Term Maintenance Association that involved working with other businesses to discuss and formulate solutions for attracting talent to our industry and recruiting apprentices.

Sharon was also the director of a local sports club for a number of years running their “200 club” and raising funds by organising burns night suppers, sports days etc.

The varied experience and knowledge of Corporate and Social Responsibility Sharon brings with her, will provide a valuable asset for the Chamber board.

Sharon can be contacted on 01732 660700 and can be emailed on [email protected]

Andrew is Senior Partner Thackray Williams LLP Solicitors who have been supporters of the Chamber for many years operating out of their Bromley office, but are now fully embedded in the Sevenoaks community with their new office in Pembroke Road where Andrew is based.

Andrew is a member of the Litigation team specialising in residential Landlord and Tenant property disputes including professional negligence claims arising out of property transactions.  Andrew also specialises in litigation arising out of Leasehold Enfranchisement transactions and is experienced in Right to Manage applications.  He also acts as an advocate in the County Court and the First Tier Tribunal.

Andrews’s previous experience as President of Bromley and District Law Society, member of the Institute of Arbitrators, Director and board member of Law South Group and Governor at Farringtons School provides valuable experience for Andrew to share with the Chamber.

Andrew can be contacted on 01732 496496 or by email at [email protected]

Born in India and with a specialist MBA in Human Resources Management from Mumbai University, complemented by a UK Graduate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Sandhya’s corporate life took her to offices in Bangalore and London, focusing on employee relations and the day-to-day application of employment law to dynamic work environments.

But it was when working for a pre-school in Singapore, as part of her graduate membership qualification for the CIPD that her appetite for working with smaller organisations was whetted.

During the past three years her business has grown significantly as she has supported clients in all areas of staff management, particularly during the coronavirus crisis.

She has also become involved in community life in the Sevenoaks area – not just within the business community but by sponsoring local events, such as jazz concerts at the Sevenoaks Summer Festival last year and local family and women-based charities.

Sandhya can be contacted on 01892 629 669 and can be emailed on [email protected]

The Leadership Team

Click on each photograph to find out more on each member of our leadership team.

Katrina Walker

Chair

Katrina is the Client Relationship Manger with Thackray Williams LLP Solicitors and is based at the firms’ Sevenoaks office.

Her experience is drawn from working for multi-national corporates, SME’s, charities and family-owned businesses. She brings with her key skills in business development, CRM, marketing, tender management and the facilitation of client care through post transaction and matter reviews.

Katrina has been part of the Chamber since April 2017 and has always seen her role as an ambassador, not just for her own firm, but for the Chamber too.

“I was absolutely thrilled when I joined the Chamber Board back in 2019, and now, to be appointed as Chair, is a huge privilege. Such a wonderful opportunity to be able to continue to contribute to the growth and development of this dynamic and vibrant business community, and all the more so now, as our members and our local community begin their journey of recovery, from the pandemic”.

An advocate of personal wellbeing, Katrina is a Mental Health First Aider and Reiki Master Teacher. Mental health and wellbeing concerns, whether personal or within the confines of a business, can become isolating and difficult to manage. Katrina is happy to offer support to any Chamber member who feels that ‘a chat’ just might help to bring some clarity

Katrina can be contacted on 077 3333 4374 or at [email protected]

Dawn Blee

CEO

Dawn joined the Chamber in 2020 and has until recently run her own company concurrent with being a Board Director representing the 1800-strong membership interest of a London-based national organisation, where her focus was growing the membership and enhancing the value of membership both internally and to the outside world.

Dawn brings experience of working with an international hotel company as a director in Human Resources; has taken time out for a baby break; working as an associate in a small-medium sized organization; managing the back office support for her husband’s company; developing her own company as a sole trader and most recently working with Sevenoaks District Council.

Email: [email protected]

Paul Baker

Treasurer

Paul is a Director at Wealden properties (Sevenoaks) Limited, a local property firm that owns and manages circa 90 commercial and residential units in Bat & Ball and Riverhead. He joined in 2018 following a 30+ year career in finance and banking.

Wealden is a family-owned business that has been trading since 1958 and as such has a long-standing history with Sevenoaks.

Paul says ‘I joined the Chamber in 2018 when starting with Wealden and have enjoyed my time, making a number of worthwhile contacts with both tenants and professional business partners. During 2020 I have sought to work closely with all our tenants, offering support and advice on financial assistance available from Government and banks.

Paul says, ‘I am delighted to be joining the Board of Directors at the Chamber at a time when networking and helping each other will be as important as it has ever been’.

 

Kathryn McKerlie

Operations

Kathryn has worked at a senior management level in advertising, publishing and creative services before joining the Chamber team in January 2017. She is responsible for all membership administration, back-end admin, event organisation, book-keeping and marketing.

Email: [email protected]

Sharon Field

Sharon is head of Corporate and Social Responsibility at FM Conway but her experience in the organisation is vast where she has worked in a variety of roles over the past 30 years.

Sharon manages the London Construction Academy for the Worshipful Company of Paviors.  She has also chaired the people and skills working group for the Highways Term Maintenance Association that involved working with other businesses to discuss and formulate solutions for attracting talent to our industry and recruiting apprentices.

Sharon was also the director of a local sports club for a number of years running their “200 club” and raising funds by organising burns night suppers, sports days etc.

The varied experience and knowledge of Corporate and Social Responsibility Sharon brings with her, will provide a valuable asset for the Chamber board.

Sharon can be contacted on 01732 660700 and can be emailed on [email protected]

Sandhya Iyer

Born in India and with a specialist MBA in Human Resources Management from Mumbai University, complemented by a UK Graduate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Sandhya’s corporate life took her to offices in Bangalore and London, focusing on employee relations and the day-to-day application of employment law to dynamic work environments.

But it was when working for a pre-school in Singapore, as part of her graduate membership qualification for the CIPD that her appetite for working with smaller organisations was whetted.

During the past three years her business has grown significantly as she has supported clients in all areas of staff management, particularly during the coronavirus crisis.

She has also become involved in community life in the Sevenoaks area – not just within the business community but by sponsoring local events, such as jazz concerts at the Sevenoaks Summer Festival last year and local family and women-based charities.

Sandhya can be contacted on 01892 629 669 and can be emailed on [email protected]

Andrew Raby

Andrew is Senior Partner Thackray Williams LLP Solicitors who have been supporters of the Chamber for many years operating out of their Bromley office, but are now fully embedded in the Sevenoaks community with their new office in Pembroke Road where Andrew is based.

Andrew is a member of the Litigation team specialising in residential Landlord and Tenant property disputes including professional negligence claims arising out of property transactions.  Andrew also specialises in litigation arising out of Leasehold Enfranchisement transactions and is experienced in Right to Manage applications.  He also acts as an advocate in the County Court and the First Tier Tribunal.

Andrews’s previous experience as President of Bromley and District Law Society, member of the Institute of Arbitrators, Director and board member of Law South Group and Governor at Farringtons School provides valuable experience for Andrew to share with the Chamber.

Andrew can be contacted on 01732 496496 or by email at [email protected]

The Next Generation initiative

Next Gen provides a meeting forum for entrepreneurs and professionals at the early stages of their career.

The networking is very relaxed and informal to encourage the future generation to make early business connections they can nurture throughout their careers.

The group is run and organised by members of the Next Generation Team with support and guidance from the Chamber and is suitable for professionals and entrepreneurs who may be starting a new career or business venture or at the early stages of career progression within their organisations.

Amy Lane

Lead Ambassador

Alexander Stennings

Ambassador

Paul Stevens

Ambassador

Amy is a solicitor at Thomson Snell & Passmore based in Tunbridge Wells. She specialises primarily in tax planning and succession matters with a view to mitigating tax exposure and preserving family wealth for future generations by providing practical, clear advice whilst understanding the sensitivity and often competing objectives of family circumstances.  In 2018, Amy was a finalist in the Young Practitioner of the Year category at the international STEP Private Client Awards, shortlisted as one of only six young professionals from across the globe to be recognised as an up and coming practitioner within the industry.

Amy is an advocate for ensuring that legal services and advice are accessible for those who need it the most and she regularly undertakes pro-bono work as well as working in partnership with numerous charities, such as Breast Cancer Care and MENCAP, to deliver presentations and legal clinics.

Amy has been attending the Sevenoaks Chamber events since 2014 and is passionate about raising awareness of the importance of marketing and networking to securing long-standing professional relationships by encouraging people to find a way of marketing and communicating through the Chamber of Commerce that suits them, their business and the succession of that business.

email: [email protected]

Alexander is an experienced Mortgage & Protection adviser at Vintage Financial Planning. I am responsible for ensuring that a client reaches their planning goals so we can help them achieve the right mortgage and protection that suits them. Furthermore, I am on hand to help ensure that all of our clients get the professional & efficient service that they deserve.

I love to travel as this helps me try new experiences and challenges. I am a passionate Chelsea supporter but also enjoy watching other sports such as Tennis and the Olympics.

email: [email protected]

Paul joined Sanlam in 2006, having received his grounding in the financial services industry at what was then, Skandia Life Assurance. With over 14 year of investment experience, Paul holds Chartered Wealth Manager status with the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments and has experience in managing a range of investment portfolios for private clients, trusts and charities.

email: [email protected]

The Next Generation initiative

Next Gen provides a meeting forum for entrepreneurs and professionals at the early stages of their career.

The networking is very relaxed and informal to encourage the future generation to make early business connections they can nurture throughout their careers.

The group is run and organised by members of the Next Generation Team with support and guidance from the Chamber and is suitable for professionals and entrepreneurs who may be starting a new career or business venture or at the early stages of career progression within their organisations.

Amy Lane

Lead Ambassador

Amy is a solicitor at Thomson Snell & Passmore based in Tunbridge Wells. She specialises primarily in tax planning and succession matters with a view to mitigating tax exposure and preserving family wealth for future generations by providing practical, clear advice whilst understanding the sensitivity and often competing objectives of family circumstances.  In 2018, Amy was a finalist in the Young Practitioner of the Year category at the international STEP Private Client Awards, shortlisted as one of only six young professionals from across the globe to be recognised as an up and coming practitioner within the industry.

Amy is an advocate for ensuring that legal services and advice are accessible for those who need it the most and she regularly undertakes pro-bono work as well as working in partnership with numerous charities, such as Breast Cancer Care and MENCAP, to deliver presentations and legal clinics.

Amy has been attending the Sevenoaks Chamber events since 2014 and is passionate about raising awareness of the importance of marketing and networking to securing long-standing professional relationships by encouraging people to find a way of marketing and communicating through the Chamber of Commerce that suits them, their business and the succession of that business.

email: [email protected]

Alexander Stennings

Ambassador

Alexander is an experienced Mortgage & Protection adviser at Vintage Financial Planning. I am responsible for ensuring that a client reaches their planning goals so we can help them achieve the right mortgage and protection that suits them. Furthermore, I am on hand to help ensure that all of our clients get the professional & efficient service that they deserve.

I love to travel as this helps me try new experiences and challenges. I am a passionate Chelsea supporter but also enjoy watching other sports such as Tennis and the Olympics.

email: [email protected]

Paul Stevens

Ambassador

Paul joined Sanlam in 2006, having received his grounding in the financial services industry at what was then, Skandia Life Assurance. With over 14 year of investment experience, Paul holds Chartered Wealth Manager status with the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments and has experience in managing a range of investment portfolios for private clients, trusts and charities.

email: [email protected]

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