Nick has many years’ experience in banking, with a predominantly corporate banking background. He has been based in and around the West Kent area for the last 15 years and joined Handelsbanken in 2013 to set up and operate their new branch in Sevenoaks.
He was previously a Board Director of the Kensington and Chelsea Chamber of Commerce and has been on the Board of our Chamber since 2014, initially to act as the liaison between the Chamber and Sevenoaks District Council’s Economic Development Team. He was appointed Deputy Chairman in 2017 before taking over from Mark Tuvey as Chairman following our AGM in October 2018.
Nick has an innate desire to support the growth of local businesses of whatever size and sees our Chamber as a major contributor to this:
“For me, as a local business operator and active Chamber member, as well as being its Chairman, I feel I have a real responsibility to connect people. Making introductions that can take on their own momentum and add value for all involved is a really satisfying part of what I do. The Chamber offers our members not only the networking opportunities, both virtual and face-to-face, but also the chance to meet key influencers and decision makers within our business community and keep abreast of developments in and around Sevenoaks.”
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Julie joined the Chamber in 2015 and joined us from a London based membership organisation focused on developing international trade and investment across the Caribbean and Central America. Julie has been involved in all aspects of membership development, sponsorship engagement, events management and has worked in partnership with international chambers.
Julie has previously run her own portfolio of businesses specialising in franchising and on-line sales. Julie also worked for many years in corporate business setting up a new international product from inception through to launch for Cigna International and also worked for Cable and Wireless in international development where Julie spent time overseas leading a major change management programme.
Kirsteen qualified as an accountant many moons ago and takes responsibility as Treasurer on the Board. Kirsteen runs Ten2Two, a specialist part-time and flexible resourcing agency, with her business partner, Andrea Starbuck. Together they help local business to fill their next resource gap. They specialise in flexible and part-time roles, giving business access to a wealth of local professional candidates who can help business thrive. This may be great experience on an affordable part-time basis; an interim or contract professional; or a freelancer to use their specialist skills for a few hours. Kirsteen is passionate about being part of the local community and encouraging local businesses to enhance their opportunities through the Chamber of Commerce.
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.
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.
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.
Katrina is the Business Development Manager with Warners Solicitors and part of the management team responsible for delivering the firm’s business and strategic plans. She also has the key responsibility for managing the firm’s client care programme.
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 joining Warners in April 2017 and has always seen her role as an ambassador, not just for her own firm, but for the Chamber too.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have been invited to join the Chamber board and to have the opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of this dynamic and vibrant business community”.
An advocate of personal wellbeing, Katrina is a Mental Health First Aider and Reiki Master. Mental health concerns, whether personal or within 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
Gareth Walters is a Healthcare Partner with WPA Healthcare Practice Plc. WPA is a private medical insurer widely recognised for providing excellent value for money and quality of service. Gareth runs his own business representing them, offering expert and regulated advice on medical insurance and low cost cash plans to individuals, families and businesses of all sizes.
Gareth advises on membership development for the Chamber with special emphasis on our Business Partner programme.
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.
Mark and Liz both served on the board for over 10 years and were integral to the success the Chamber enjoys today. Due to their significant experience and longevity on the board Mark and Liz remain to support the Chamber on a consultative basis as and when needed and still contribute to the ongoing development.