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.
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.
Sam Sargent is The Alternative Board’s facilitator and business coach for the Leeds South & Wakefield region. She has over twenty years of commercial experience in Yorkshire businesses, much of it gained in the Marine sector in an owner-managed company that experienced rapid growth before being acquired in 2019.
Having originally graduated with a degree in International Financial and Legal Studies with French, Sam realised her passion was people, and returned to university to undertake postgraduate study in Human Resources Management. Sam’s specialist areas include talent attraction and onboarding, people development and culture as they’re the foundations for any business.
As a result of this broad exposure, Sam can share a wealth of experience and diverse perspectives on a range of business challenges enabling business owners to move towards both their business and personal vision.
The South Leeds & Wakefield area has amazing businesses and we want to give more leaders the opportunity to tap into our amazing business support network.
If this sounds interesting, why not contact Sam, Dougie Brown or Simon Banks to book in a virtual cuppa as we’d love to find out more about you and your 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.
“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
“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
“When I was asked to join a TAB board, I’d heard a lot of good things about it from my sister, but I wasn’t 100% sure how it would work for me.
But now… I look forward to the meeting each month. Its a chance to share my business issues with other like minded business owners I listen to their impartial views, and ideas and use their advice to move forward in the right way for me.
Its a business meeting that enables you to problem solve with many different options. It’s also great to air your issues to a board outside of your business, fresh ears let’s say, not your usual sounding board at home!”