Alan Lyons - SME Business Network Manager, AMRC with Boeing
Born & bred in the ‘steel city’ of Sheffield, Anne is an award winning Managing Director operating in the precision engineering sector receiving an MBE for Services to Engineering in the Queens New Year’s Honours list 2016.
With a background in finance & banking she joined Numill, a precision engineering company, in year 2000 as its bookkeeper.
Returning to education aged 40 she qualified with ACCA, Accounting Technician, followed by a management degree & a post-graduate qualification in Strategic Management. The MBO of Numill Ltd was the subject of Anne’s dissertation. Bringing the MBO to fruition she purchased the Company in October 2006 from the founding owner who began in 1969.
A Chartered Manager, having steered the Company through the deepest part of the recession, Anne’s priorities now are to drive the Company forward in the UK & through export but also to ensure that vital skills are passed on for the future.
With this in mind & believing in ‘Life Long Learning’ Anne is now a Governor at Sheffield College and also at a primary school, Greengate Academy in Sheffield. She is Cutlers Champion at Outwood Academy City in the Sheffield and taking up a role as Enterprise Advisor for this secondary school.
As part of her continuous development in her career Anne is now undertaking NED positions with Engineering Industries Association (EIA) & Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.
Anne Wilson - Managing Director, Numill Tooling Solutions
Ian Proctor - Head of External Relations, The University of Sheffield Management School
Jillian Thomas is the founder and managing director of Future Life Wealth Management, one of the UK’s leading financial services firms and the 2nd female president of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce in 155yrs.
In her first year in business, she won New Business of the year, at the Sheffield Chamber awards, and the following year, the best newcomer in Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Awards for the BCCI
Jillian is an advocate of female entrepreneurship, highly respected in her field and a non-political commentator on public affairs. She is a regular contributor on the radio and television discussing all aspects of financial planning and promoting Sheffield and the City Region. A valued mentor to her team, clients and other young professionals, Jill is committed to change the face of the financial industry, one where less than 4% of advisors are female, and the average age of the sector is 57.
Jillian Thomas - Managing Director, Future Life Wealth Management
Lloyd Snellgrove - Director at the Research and Innovation Office, Sheffield Hallam University