BBIS

Donna Bedford

Donna is Barnsley born and bred – and currently is the marketing, PR and social media expert at Cream Consultancy. “I went to the Foulstone School where my passions were English and Music. “I was once told that I wouldn’t get onto the Uni course of my choice because I was from Barnsley. “I went on…

Elizabeth Hudson

Director, Cream Consultancy: If PR was poker, Elizabeth would have a full house! She’s worked on top B2B and B2C accounts both in-house and for London agencies. Elizabeth is a trained broadcast journalist who’s also worked in local radio and has production experience in a national TV newsroom. She’s an Oxford graduate with a passion…

Emma Phillips

Bid Manager at Bull Information Systems Ltd. She says: “My role as Bid Manager includes supporting the Head of Bid Management in the management of bids and pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs) in line with the proposal management process. “I liaise with bid authors to determine status, progress, outstanding actions/issues and likely delivery dates. Monitoring and reporting…

Geoff Britton

Accountant, http://www.gbac.co.uk “It all started in 1970. I’d managed to survive the sixties by swinging along with everybody else I knew! It was a time of unparalleled opportunity – when the younger generation threw off some of the shackles of convention – and did things a different way from their parents. “Different clothes, different food, different…

Helen Ball

Chief Executive, The Civic, Barnsley: “My background is in theatre, having trained as an actress and then going on to work with children and young people through youth theatre, drama education projects and also directly with looked after young people on performance projects. “I came to work in Barnsley in 2004 as a Community Arts…

Helen Clarke

Formerly Production Director for the British designer Margaret Howell, now at Toast. Originally from Birdwell, Helen went to Worsbrough High School, Barnsley Sixth Form College and Barnsley Art College before going on to study Fashion Design at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Helen says: “At school I was not 100% sure of what I wanted…

Helen Russell

Barnsley-born Helen Russell is currently the Global Head of HR at the Kantar Group, one of the world’s largest insight, information and consultancy businesses. It has 30,000 employees across 100 countries, covering the whole spectrum of research and consultancy disciplines. The group’s services are employed by over 50% of the top Fortune 500 companies. Helen,…

Ian Dickinson

“I have been the Managing Director of financial management company Lifetime for 15 years. “Lifetime has clearly been at the centre of my professional life for all of this time. “Our business has grown from just me to now employing and engaging 56 individuals. The turnover is now in excess of £3 million. “To get…

Ian Hobson

Managing Director, Cascade Water Systems: “Let me start by saying I was very impressed at Horizon’s hospitality at the BBIS launch. “I think it is a fantastic idea to use existing business resources to help local students. “I definitely agree that whilst our area (and indeed the country) are very often painted very bleakly, there…

Ian McMillan

Writer, poet and radio presenter: “I was born in 1956 in Darfield near Barnsley where I still live. “I wanted to be a writer all the way through my schooldays, but I wasn’t sure how to go about it. All the books I got out of the library were written by people who lived in…