Master of Ceremonies
Upbeat Design Ltd
Born and bred in Worksop, and having lived in Retford since 1999, Neil naturally has a strong connection with the North Notts region. He currently runs his business from their offices in Edwinstowe House and home based office in Retford, providing their many satisfied clients with creative online and offline marketing solutions.
Always fascinated with design and creativity, Neil started out as an apprentice in graphic design after Art College and eventually worked his way up to hold positions of Studio Manager, Senior Creative and IT Manager. He established Upbeat Design in early 2004 and the company has since gathered appreciative clients both locally and further afield, including some that operate globally.
Neil is well known within local business networking and was a founder of the Retford-b4b business networking club. Upbeat supports both the The Well Community Projects in Retford and Bassetlaw Food Bank.
Upbeat have themselves been a finalist four times for the North Notts Business Awards, Excellence in Customer Service Award and were winners in 2011.
Owner, MLC Couture
Retford born Sarah Hennessy owns the award winning company MLC Couture, a bespoke dressmaking & design brand, which she runs from her central Retford atelier.
After leaving home at 16 wanting desperately to be a bond girl. Sarah moved around the country working as an actress, presenter, model & singer until 2005. During this time she appeared with U2 during the Zoo tour at Wembley stadium, she worked for the BBC & ITV and Co presented at Manchester sunset radio, to name a few.
After retiring from 'Theatrics' Sarah moved back to her birth town of Retford in 2007 and lives with her long-suffering husband & 4 boys.
When not working Sarah is involved with support groups and children's disability awareness.
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Dan Terry Associates - Director of Leadership Development and Training
Dan has lived and worked locally for 36 years, and for the last 20 years has managed his own company in developing leaders, leadership health and safety training and consultancy programmes.
Dan spent the first 10 years of his working life locally at Ollerton Colliery within the safety and health department, and then re-educated to join the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). Three years later Dan obtained a freelance leadership consultant position with Alexander Proudfoot and international management consultancy. Dan is now widely recognised as an engaging, stimulating and passionate professional behavioural change specialist with over 20 years’ experience in leadership.
With a passion for making a difference, Dan has dedicated the past twenty years of his working career to training, consulting and demonstrating how business owners, managers and leaders can have a profound impact on business culture leading to increased success. Dan’s animated and intuitive style is unique and he brings wealth of experience in coaching and mentoring individuals from an extensive range of business sectors and covering numerous topics to achieve skilled multidisciplinary employees and management.
Dan has designed, and is now delivering, a powerful series of top quality programmes throughout the UK, Europe and North America.
Author of 'How To Engage, Inspire and Stimulate your Audience in 10 Invigorating Steps' which has received many five star reviews.
Awards Team Manager
Simon is from Retford and studied Mechanical Engineering at Brunel University. He is now the Managing Director of Edgewise Edgestrip Ltd, suppliers of edge strips for copper refineries worldwide. He has been a company director of 7 companies, all based in North Nottinghamshire, in a wide range of industries including, electrolytic refining, petrochemicals, chemical filtration, commercial vehicle haulage, vehicle refinishing and waste recycling. He also has gained experience in employment law, financing, investments, industrial property design, commercial video production and shop retailing. The company has won the NNBA International Trade Award for the last 3 years. Awards to the other companies include; East Midlands exporter of the year, SMART Award and the Queens Award for Export.
Simon has been involved in Motor Racing for 20 years winning a UK championship in 2002. More recently he has been racing in the Citroën 2CV UK Championship and driven in seven 24 hour races, winning two of them.
Multi award winning and multi talented professional photographer Wendy Olivant brings her creative skills to the North Notts Business Awards Team to add elegance and style to the ambiance of the Awards Ceremony.
Director of Worksop based photographers Chandowe Images Ltd, Wendy has received many awards for her photography skills and also won the Successful New Business Award 2014.
Wendy has been a school Governor for 16 years (Chair for 14), is a warranted Scout Leader and competes as a Figure Skater in the British Adult Championships and internationally in France at the Coupe des Druids.
North Notts BC Official Photographer
The Photo Den CIC
Di FisherBorn in Ragnall, Di was riding a motorbike at 6 years old which was just one of the many slightly 'left field' things that Di's dad taught her to do. He also taught her to be independent and to do her own thing. This early influence has had a marked effect on Di's career, which started off as an apprenticed upholsterer, then on to being an administrator and leading to 2 years living and working in Germany. On her return to the UK, Di ended up in Swindon and with a job in IT. From there she moved to Milton Keynes working for another major blue-chip company in IT, then later on, moving in to Facilities Management.
In 2001 Di finally called it a day on being an employee and followed her dream of being a photographer, earning an excellent reputation for PR and commercial photography.
2007 saw Di relocate back to North Notts to live with her childhood sweetheart. New location, new opportunity, so Di followed another dream, to enter the world of wildlife conservation. During this time, Di came across Totally Locally Retford and Retford Business Forum and became active with various campaigns.
The networking bug had bitten, and when Di had finally defined a suitable niche for her experience and expertise, The Photo Den CIC was formally created in 2015 and has been her life ever since, this successful enterprise won the Social Enterprise of the Year Award for the North Notts Business Awards 2016.
Apart from her Photo Den mission and business, Di loves spending time with her Springer Spaniel Colin, supporting her partner Jeff with his unique motorbike design and build projects, and the occasional classic bike track day.