BBIS

The story behind BBIS

The Barnsley Businesses Inspiring Students project is the brainchild of Barnsley-based financial management company Lifetime – and after an initial trial at Horizon Community College is now on offer at other local schools, Penistone Grammar, Darton, Holy Trinity and Greenacre. It promises to be an exciting journey, one which hopefully will help inspire the future generation of successful…

Michelle Bailey

Michelle Bailey is the Managing Director of award-winning Active Response Security Services. She is well known for her safeguarding of children initiative #BeeSafe, which was originally intended for local schools to warn of the dangers of building sites. The interest grew to national level and was supported by the UK HSE Construction Safety Sector based in…

Sarah Valentine-Bull

Sarah is the Managing Director of Propolis Professional Services. She works with a variety of different size and nature of businesses helping them to grow through process and people development, often supporting in large projects. This can include development of management information for running a successful business. An experienced Operations Lead and Project Manager with extensive knowledge…

Louise O’Leary

Louise O’Leary is an international actress and Artistic Director of Sheffield’s first and only professional Method Acting Studio – StandBy Method Acting Studio. Louise is a master of her craft having initially trained at The Arden School of Theatre, Manchester and later at the world renowned Actor’s Studio in New York – a far cry from the council…

Steph Cronin

Steph is a graphic designer and illustrator, specialising in design for print, focusing on corporate identity, branding and marketing materials for businesses and organisations with soul. Steph Cronin runs Black Bee Creative (www.blackbeecreative.com), which specialises in marketing campaigns, branding, graphic design and illustration. When Steph graduated from Croydon College of Art and Design in 1999 she…

Katie Portman

Katie is a freelance journalist, PR and copywriter as well as an award winning lifestyle / family blogger at Pouting In Heels. She’s also a mum to one, her three-year-old daughter Elsie. Her first book is set to be published in the summer of 2016. She also writes for the Huffington Post. As a young…

Liam Gilroy and Liam Swann

The two Liams are the ‘creative sparks’ behind Arcadia Film. Liam Gilroy (top picture) is the director of Arcadia Film, while Liam Swann (second picture) is the Creative Skillset Trainee (Script Supervisor) They are equals in the business and would speak to students together. Liam S has completed his masters in film, is a published author, and is also…

Chloe Adams-Pickford

Chloe is an undergraduate student from Barnsley who is currently studying Engineering Science at The University of Oxford. Chloe studied A-Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry. She also completed an Extended Project Qualification on the merits of small-scale hydroelectric power systems in developing countries. Her interest in STEM subjects included involvement in a…

Rachel Veitch-Straw

National Liaison Officer, Brass Bands England: Rachel’s current role as Liaison Officer with Brass Bands England sees her assisting community music-making groups across England to survive and thrive as cultural enterprises. She is an accomplished, enthusiastic and confident speaker and presenter, and it is in using these skills to lead workshops or support others to develop…

Martin Farran

Executive Director of Adults & Communities, Business Support, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council Adults & Communities Directorate: “I was born in a small mining village in West Cumbria, not far from Whitehaven, in the early 1960’s, and have lived in the West Midlands, Chester, Liverpool, Cumbria, Hull and East Riding. “Originally I went to university to do…