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The Alternative Board Leeds South

Get the results you deserve and thrive with other business owners in Leeds & Wakefield.

Grow your business, increase profitability and improve your personal life.

The Alternative Board (TAB) South Leeds brings business leaders together through peer boards and coaching. These provide challenge, advice, and accountability.

Our team includes three facilitators working with a broad range of businesses and sectors.

If this sounds interesting, why not give Simon Banks, Tim Calverley, or Dougie Brown a call?


Discover the benefits of advice from others like you

Start with you

Focus on what you want in life and how your business can help get you there.

Increase profitability

Be held accountable to meet your business targets.

Improve decisions

Take control of your decisions through peer support and proven planning tools

Make better time choices

Spend your time well by utilising the experience of others.

Become a better leader

Motivate your people with the guidance of peers and an expert coach.

Plan a successful exit

Get the best result for you with tailored, hands-on support.

Our members are thriving together

We work with business leaders spread across multiple ‘alternative’ boards in the Leeds South and Wakefield area. All our members come from a range of industries and backgrounds.

Our members are stronger together

To share my years of experience and help others with their business challenges is very cathartic and rewarding.

Bob Howden, Grass Concrete Ltd

My TAB Board helped me through a very difficult period with another business I was running. They gave me sound advice on dealing with the other shareholders, meaning the outcome was much better than it might otherwise have been.

David Abbott, Insight Best Practice

The accountability I get from my TAB Board and facilitator makes me do the things I say I’m going to do – integrity is a key value for me “I am less likely to let things drift if I share my plans and intentions with someone.

Ian Kirk, Opportunity Marketing

My confidence has grown enormously as a result of the support from Dougie and TAB. Every time I take what feels like a big issue to my Board, I come away feeling that it is much easier to deal with because of the advice I’ve been given by people from very different businesses and backgrounds.

Jolanta Jankowski, Sampson Products Ltd

It’s given me coaching sessions, focusing on the positive elements of my business and helping to grow and develop during what is probably the most difficult trading period we have encountered. TAB has also invited me to a monthly board meeting where I joined 6 existing members, all of whom have extensive business experience and have provided me with some invaluable advice, guidance and accountability.

Kelly Smith, Juice Personnel

I have worked for AES for 20 years and I assumed full ownership and control of the business, following a 5 year management buy-out. I joined TAB with the expectation that it would provide me with an opportunity to discuss, implement and manage changes that would allow the business to grow, with the support and experience of other business owners. During the last 12 months that I have been a member, TAB has been a vital resource to challenge my ideas and enable me to make better decisions. Working on a Business Advisory Board with other like-minded business owners from various sectors has enabled me to access support, experience and knowledge to help me to run my company.

Lee Johnson, Advanced Electrical Services

As a new member of TAB I've sat on 4 peer board meetings and have had 7 coaching sessions with Simon. 22 hours that has helped me grow my business by 140% over the worst, strangest and most challenging months that any company could face.

Being a TAB member has been insightful, engaging, and time well spent working on my business.

Samantha Stones, WF Web Design
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South Leeds and Wakefield coaching team

Simon Banks is a facilitator and business coach for The Alternative Board Leeds South & Wakefield region. Simon’s background is in management for a larger organisation and in SME ownership and he continues to run his own successful manufacturing business in West Yorkshire.

He has over thirty years of sales and business management experience and very strong leadership, organisational and planning skills developed during time spent working in the manufacturing sector both in a larger organisation as senior manager and shareholder and more recently as the owner of an SME business. Simon has continued to develop his skill set through the steep challenges faced when starting and growing a manufacturing business. He sees the support, advice and guidance from his coach and peers as a longstanding member of The Alternative Board, as critical to the progress of his business.

Having achieved his vision for his own manufacturing business with the support of TAB, Simon made the decision to apply the experience he has derived from 6 years of TAB membership to offer that same support to other business owners in his community, enabling them to develop and achieve their vision for themselves and their business.

Tim Calverley MABRP is a facilitator for The Alternative Board Leeds South & Wakefield region. Tim’s background is as a professional business turnaround and restructuring consultant.

He has over 30 years’ experience in dealing with businesses of all shapes and sizes going through major trauma and facing the possibility of going out of business. He has held partner and senior roles at national firms of accountants and is a qualified Insolvency practitioner. He can therefore spot quickly when things are going wrong and put clear plans in place to make sure this does not happen.

Having this length of time dealing with distressed business, Tim turned his attention to consultancy and helping businesses in a more positive light through growth plans to sustainability. Tim joined TAB as a member and has gained lots of support and help from his peers, becoming part of the team and adding even more tools to his toolkit by facilitating peer boards seemed the natural progression on his journey.

There is not much in business that Tim hasn’t seen during his time and if he doesn’t have the answer, he will know someone who does, hopefully this will happen more now through the peer board groups he facilitates.

Douglas Brown is The Alternative Board’s facilitator and business coach for the Leeds South & Wakefield region. He has a wide range of commercial experience, much of it gained in the Financial Services sector in both small business and large corporate environments in a variety of consulting and sales management roles. Douglas also ran his own successful personal wealth consultancy for over 10 years.

He has extensive sales and business management experience and very strong organisational and communication skills developed during time spent, most notably, with the British Medical Association and Wealth Management provider St. James’s Place. He has a particular interest in sales development and enabling top performance.

Having originally graduated with a degree in Economics, Douglas Brown has underpinned his practical business experience with professional qualifications, including certificates in business coaching. He is a qualified trainer of Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) and has an interest in the applications that this field of knowledge can offer in the areas of business, leadership, behavioural change and performance improvement.

Douglas’s real passion is in performance improvement, getting results and helping businesses and individuals to focus on what matters most and the key goals that will enable the achievement of full potential. His role with the Alternative Board allows him to do exactly that.

Start your TAB journey

Get in touch with one of our team.

They will contact you to arrange an introductory meeting.

During which, you’ll chat about whether TAB is right for you and your business.

Attend your first TAB board meeting and experience the power of peer support.

There’s no obligation, only an opportunity to find out more.

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