Jeremy first came to Plymouth as a young officer with 29 Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery, based at the Royal Citadel during the 1970’s. He moved away in 1979 to take up a commercial career with United Biscuits plc and later with the Rank Organisation plc until the late 1980s. In the early 1990s he had a brief spell in the City of London working with an international consultancy and training organisation. For nearly twenty years Jeremy worked with numerous national and international organisations on management and organisation development projects in many parts of the world with PN Associates, a business consultancy in which he was one of the founding in partners.
Mike is a qualified accountant and runs a Management Consultancy providing services to the public sector. Prior to operating his own company Mike had an extensive career in the NHS including posts in Shropshire, Gloucestershire, Devon and Cornwall. He is a former chair of the South West branch of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Mike has a special interest in financial training and education and has recent obtained a qualification in mentoring from Lancaster University.
Katharine professional expertise lies in business strategy, business development and special projects in a range of sectors from IT to hospitality. Known as a 'can do' person she is skilled in building relationships, developing and leading groups, motivating, coaching and mentoring people, partnership working, and all round business consultancy. Her experience includes over 25 years in the private sector as well as in the public and not for profit sectors, working mainly in the UK (London, Oxford, Devon) as well as in Cambodia (Phnom Penh) and in Turkey (Istanbul).
Steph is a Community Engagement Officer for the National Trust in the Plym Valley. She has a wealth of experience in youth and community work and has worked with many groups and organisations across the city during the last 15 years. She also has a background in marketing and public relations.
Elaine joined Improving Lives, Plymouth as a Trustee in 2018. Elaine has lived in Plymouth, with her family, since 1983 and has worked extensively with the NHS both as a Registered Nurse and as a senior NHS leader/manager locally, across the south west region and nationally. Most recently Elaine has run her own business, working within the care sector, helping individuals and organisations to develop. Elaine is also a Trustee working with C2NN (Connecting Communities National Network).
Tom is a trainee solicitor with a large transatlantic law firm, based out of their Plymouth office. He graduated from Exeter University with a LLB (Hons) degree in law in 2012 and with a MSc Masters in Law and Business in 2018. He has 6 years of commercial law experience, having worked with many famous household and international brands in both contentious and transactional matters. He has experience in mentoring legal apprentices, as well has fundraising for many of the firms nominated national charities.