BBIS

Andrew Painten

TV Producer/Director, Fluent Films: Andrew is an experienced television and video producer. He has been making television programmes since 1998. The vast majority of this time has been spent as a programme director at the BBC. He works with some of the most famous names in British television on some of the most successful and…

Ashleigh Porter-Exley

Ashleigh currently works as a motivational speaker for  Claire Young’s ‘School Speakers’, a nationwide organisation. She was also Sir Alan Sugar’s BBC’s Young Apprentice winner in 2012: “I grew up in and around Rotherham living with my mum, brother and step-dad (and my dog). I went to Wath Comprehensive School and have been in employment…

Barbara Poisson

“I own Pennine Lavender which is a business that grows, produces and sells handmade lavender gifts via a website and directly. “I would like to give talks to the textile classes as I am hands on when it comes to designing and making products. “I’d also be happy to talk to any horticultural classes on…

Ben Mansford

Chief Executive, Leeds United (formerly chief executive at Barnsley Football Club): Ben took over the role as chief executive of Barnsley FC in 2013. He had previously been a sports lawyer, and director of Los Angeles-based sports marketing and management firm Wasserman Media Group. He left the Oakwell Club for Elland Road in June 2016….

Bridget Pearson

Bridget is the Managing Director of Your Bridge To China: Your Bridge to China began trading in 2011 in Barnsley with the specific aim of exploring a cross-cultural relationship between the two vastly different countries. Bridget says: “We facilitate trade between the UK and China by supporting UK companies with their entry into the Chinese…

Chris Hodgson

Owner, calvaweb.com Chris is a web and software developer with over 15 years experience in the industry. During this time he has built websites and software for a variety of sectors and companies ranging from SME’s up to larger organisations including: English Heritage, Oxfam and eBuyer. Says Chris: “Over the years, I have helped many…

Clare Bottomley

Owner, Moo Designs: “After concentrating on bringing up my children, middle-aged madness took over and I decided to start my business in the middle of a recession! “With the help and influence of my daughter, Holly, we wanted to create something that we would both be happy to shop and work in. We opened Moo…

Darren Padgett

Director, Team Activ: Barnsley man Darren is on a mission to encourage more people to get fit – and was crowned Social Entrepreneur of the Year at the Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber awards night in October. The awards recognise the finest social businesses which combine the best of enterprise with a commitment to a…

David Exley

Managing Director, Ledgard Jepson: 2013 represented the 25th year in business for Barnsley creative agency Ledgard Jepson – and they kicked things off by expanding their team and giving themselves a new look. Ledgard Jepson specialises in branding, marketing and digital services and has worked with high-profile clients across the UK and abroad. David said:…

David Peckett and John Driskell

David Peckett and John Driskell are teachers and co-authors of ‘Everest The Old Way’ Barnsley-born David and colleague John were two of five young teachers who, in 1967, made a pact to travel to Everest Base Camp when they finished their initial teacher training in 1964. Their adventures were recorded in diaries, following inspiration from…