The Future Business Centre Cambridge an Allia innovation.

Allia is a charity that supports social ventures – organisations that are dedicated to making a positive social impact. We provide business support, work space and finance solutions to help social ventures start up, grow and create social benefit.

The Centre is run by Caroline Hyde, Director for Workspace and Enterprise Support (see below).

An Advisory Board assist in steering the direction of the Future Business Centre. A full list of members and funders are shown here.

Caroline Hyde, Director of Workspace and Enterprise Support
E: caroline.hyde@allia.org.uk
T: 01223 781201
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Caroline has created an innovative and vibrant community at Future Business Centre Cambridge for social and environmental ventures to flourish. Caroline also leads the strategy for developing more Future Business Centres and our support provision for social ventures.

Caroline’s experience in cluster and community development and start-up incubation was gained from working as Business Development Manager at Anglia Ruskin University. Whilst there she established Creative Front; a membership network for the Creative Industries in Cambridgeshire. Caroline is an experienced fundraiser, winning and managing a number of large European funding projects. Prior to this she worked for publishing groups including Archant as Head of Special Projects. Outside of work, Caroline donates time to working with local charities and community groups for young people.

Did you know?
Caroline spent most of her childhood in Fiji.

Tim Jones, CEO
E: tim.jones@allia.org.uk
T: 01223 781200
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Tim is Chief Executive of the Allia Group and Chairman of the quoted global flavour and fragrance supplier Treatt Plc (LSE:TET) with operations in the UK, USA and East Africa, Tim also serves on the boards of Retail Charity Bonds Plc, Good Business Alliance Ltd, SkillsBridge Ltd and the Business School at Anglia Ruskin University.

His career has spanned financial services, SME start-up and social entrepreneurship from North America to the Gulf and Europe including posts as Head of Marketing at a FTSE Top 30 financial services business, and Managing Director, Europe at Direct Marketing Corporation of America.

Prior to joining Allia in 2002 Tim had spent the years from 1990 setting up, building, and successfully exiting, two start-ups – Fraser-Milne in the UK and Strategic Trade & Distribution in Central Europe.

Tim is a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts Manufactures and Commerce, an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning and a Mentor at Cambridge Judge Business School, whose Certificate in Enterprise he holds, and serves on the Lord Ashcroft International Business School Advisory Board.

Martin Clark, Deputy CEO and Development Director
E: martin.clark@allia.org.uk
T: 01223 781302
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Martin joined the Relationships Foundation in 1996 and, as project manager oversaw the development and launch of the first charitable Bond in Sheffield in 1999. He has been closely involved in Allia’s diversification into social enterprise property and business support services, culminating in the £8M Future Business Centre development, and is developing an initiative on affordable housing.

He is a Fellow of the Centre for Social Innovation at the Cambridge Judge Business School, speaks on social enterprise there and at Anglia Ruskin University, and has been a judge for the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs (CUE) business plan competitions since 2011. He has represented social enterprise on a variety of bodies including the Greater Cambridge Partnership and Cambridge Council for Voluntary Service, as well as the advisory boards of Cambridge Cleantech, e-Luminate CIC and the Cambridge Hub.

Martin is passionate about using social enterprise to tackle social problems, and is the author of The Social Entrepreneur Revolution (Marshall Cavendish 2009) which aims to popularise social entrepreneurship.

He has a PhD in social geography from the University of Sheffield and worked in regeneration consultancy at a university spin-out centre.

Phil Caroe, Director of Social Finance
E: phil.caroe@allia.org.uk
T: 01223 781302
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Phil leads Allia’s social finance programme, creating retail products to raise finance for social ventures. Since joining in 2009 he has managed the issue of over £20 million of bonds by Allia to individual, corporate and public sector investors.

Between 2011 and 2014, Phil led the development of Retail Charity Bonds, a ground-breaking new platform established in association with Canaccord Genuity to raise unsecured loan finance for charities through bonds listed on London Stock Exchange.

Prior to joining Allia Phil supported the delivery of economic participation programmes at the East of England Development Agency, and before that worked in policy and communications for a Cambridge-based think tank.

He has a First in Social Psychology from Cambridge University and an MPhil in Psychology and Theology.

Paul Beeson, Head of Finance
E: paul.beeson@allia.org.uk
T: 01223 781306
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Paul spent over 20 years with the accountants KPMG, including seven years as a partner. From there he moved to the charity Young Enterprise East of England, where he was Chief Executive for seven years. Paul acted as head of finance of Isabel Hospice for three years as part of a portfolio of finance roles in the charity sector and, as well as working for Allia, he is still involved in various projects for charities in the UK.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting. Paul is a member of the ICAEW Regional Strategy Board and has been since 2004.

Susie Halksworth, Head of Operations
E: susie.halksworth@allia.org.uk
T: 01223 781202

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Susie is Head of Operations at Allia, and manages the central Operations function and HR.
Experience
Before coming to Allia, Susie worked in voluntary sector management for ten years on the management team of Advice for Life, which ran Law Centres and a number of advice projects in the region. She has also worked providing benefits advice, as a self-employed writer and designer, and in an art shop. She is also currently on the Board of Cambridge CVS.

Susie is here to help with
• General operational/ facilities queries
• Queries about Allia
• Queries on invoices

Did you know?
Susie is an accomplished knitter with a particular interest in stranded colourwork on tiny needles - unfortunately she, her family and friends, now have all the mittens they will ever need, and she has had to branch out into lace.

Christine Nottage, Operations Manager
E: christine.nottage@allia.org.uk
T: 01223 781203

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Christine is Operations Manager at Allia Future Business Centre, providing facilities management and maintenance for our wide variety of tenants.

Christine has a background as Facilities Manager for a large IT company; she then went on to manage a housing project for the elderly and worked as a volunteer support worker for a charity helpline supporting families in crisis.

Christine is here to help with
• Maintenance issues
• Health & safety
• Security
• Car parking, gardening
• Emergencies!

Did you know?
Christine is a trained Samaritan.

Neil Prem, Social Enterprise Business Advisor
E: neil@futurebusinesscentre.co.uk
T: 01223 781208

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Neil provides specialist advice to new and existing social entrepreneurs. He specialises in showing entrepreneurs how to define and communicate their mission so that people want to do business with them. His passion is to see people achieve the work they’re meant to do.

Neil qualified as a coach in 2001 with the Coaching Academy before being appointed to the National Executive of the UK College of Life Coaching overseeing the training and development of new coaches. He has developed several models of coaching and has helped train over 600 coaches in 4 nations.
Neil has worked with hundreds of business leaders looking to enhance their performance and grow their enterprises.

Neil is here to help with
• social enterprise models
• business development
• vision and strategy
• marketing and communications

Did you know?
Neil is a competitive weightlifter and is training to compete at the 2016 British Powerlifting Championships.

Paul Hughes, Business Advisor Cleantech & Environmental Business
E: paul@futurebusinesscentre.co.uk
T: 01223 781209

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Paul is a highly-experienced professional advisor & mentor working with cleantech and environmental technology clients of all sizes from start-ups through to multinationals.

Paul has worked with numerous technology ventures in cleantech, ICT, biosciences, pharmaceuticals and agritech around the world. He is an entrepreneur himself, having co-founded two technology businesses, one in biofuels and the other in online services.
Paul is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation. He sits on the Advisory Board of KisanHub, is a Mentor to Cambridge University Eco Racing and is also a Business Advisor at Social Incubator East.

Paul is here to help with
• advising businesses in the cleantech & environmental technology sector
• commercialization and business development
• corporate partnering
• fundraisings
• business planning
• strategy development
• technology development

Did you know?
Paul is a highly-experienced rugby union coach, having previously worked for both Northampton Saints and Cambridge RUFC. He has coached international players at many levels including current England full-back, Alex Goode.

Joanna Gabryel, Reception Team
E: joanna.gabryel@allia.org.uk
T: 01223 781205

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Joanna is responsible for the centre’s front-of-house operations.

Joanna acquired her administrative experience in Poland where she worked for the City Council in a Council Committee Office. She also worked for a Recruitment Agency, where she managed the office. Joanna has a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering.

Joanna is here to help with
• Conferencing and meeting room bookings
• Tenant issues & enquiries
• Tenant services

Did you know?
Joanna recently ran the Cambridge Half Marathon.

Rukshana Jaman, Reception Team
E: rukshana.jaman@allia.org.uk
T: 01223 781206

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Rukshana is part of the reception team keeping the centre running smoothly; welcoming visitors to the centre, managing reception, supporting tenants and dealing with meeting room bookings. Rukshana has worked at the since it opened and has been part of developing the centre and putting procedures in to place.

Rukshana worked in a busy Election Office at Bedford Borough Council and at Verifile Limited, a provider of CV verification and background screening services. She has gained a variety of administrative experience, learnt to deal with all kinds of situations and working under pressure.

Rukshana is here to help with
• Tenant and visitor queries
• Set up of meeting rooms and conferences and events
• Keeping reception procedures up to date
• Producing the tenant invoices on a monthly basis
• Any queries, applications and the setup of hot-desking, Virtual Tenancy

Susan Leo, Admin Support
E: susan.leo@allia.org.uk
T: 01223 781308

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Susan is Operations Executive working with property and HR administration for the Cambridge and Norfolk Street centres.

Susan’s administrative experience started back in 1993 as a Trainee Production Manager for a small independent futon company. Previous employers include; Phillips Business Communications, Ridgeons, R G Carter and Advice for Life. Susan has experience in many business areas including; finance, payroll, HR, facilities management and general administration.

Susan is here to help with
• Norfolk Street tenant enquiries
• New tenant licenses & invoices
• General tenant enquiries

Did you know?
Susan’s claim to fame is that she met Roger Daltrey and Eddie the Kid!

Agata Fehrmann, Receptionist & Admin Assistant
E: agata.fehrmann@allia.org.uk

 

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Agata is responsible for the centre’s front-of-house operations.

Agata acquired her administrative experience whilst working as a receptionist in a hotel in Cambridge and also during her work experience with Regus. She previously worked in a restaurant as an assistant manager and a front-of-house staff. Agata is currently studying Business and Management (Accounting) at Brunel.

Agata is here to help with
• Conferencing and meeting room bookings
• Tenant issues & enquiries
• Tenant services

Jane Thompson, Communications Manager
E: jane.thompson@allia.org.uk
T: 01223 781304

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Jane is Communications Manager at Allia Future Business Centre and supports the whole team with a wide variety of marketing and communications activities to promote the organisation and Centre.

Jane has worked for Allia since 2007 and has extensive expertise of charity and social enterprise marketing, having previously worked for the Royal Society of Chemistry and completed an HE Certificate in Charity and Social Enterprise Management. Jane has a BA in Business but focused most of her studies on Marketing Communications.
Jane is here to help with

• How to promote your business to other tenants and wider networks
• All aspects of marketing
• How to get your news and events marketed

Did you know? Jane is an experienced florist and used to own and manage two retail florists in Cambridge.

Claire Thwaites, Head of Marketing Communications
E: claire.thwaites@allia.org.uk
T: 01223 781304

 

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Claire is Head of Marketing and Communications and her job is to help Allia achieve its ambitious plans to grow and deliver even greater social impact.

Claire has worked in the third sector, public sector and the private sector in similar positions over the last 25 years or so, but is passionate about how marketing can help charities realise their ambitions.

Did you know?
Although probably too old, Claire is a keen festival goer.

Basia Shadbolt, Accountant
E: basia.shadbolt@allia.org.uk
T: 01223 781307

 

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Basia has been responsible for the setting up, configuration and day to day running of accounts administration for Allia. She manages a growing team.

Basia has eight years’ experience working in different accounting roles within corporate and more recently non-for-profit sector. She is studying to become fully qualified and is passionate about delivering high-standard accounting functions within the organisation.

Did you know?
Basia is a keen hiker and has climbed all the munros on the Isle of Skye (except for The Inaccessible Pinnacle). As soon as her children are old enough, she is planning on climbing all the remaining ones – only 272 to go…

Marie Moreno, Purchase Ledger Clerk
E: marie.moreno@allia.org.uk
T: 01223 781314

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Marie is the first point of contact for suppliers invoices and payments.

Marie has worked in accounts payable for several businesses in Cambridge: Windhorse Trading Ltd from 2003 to 2006, Booking.com from 2006 to 2011, Domino Printing Science UK from 2011 to 2013 and Toshiba Research Centre from 2013 to 2015.

She joined Allia in February 2015. She studied the Certificate in Accounting at CIMA in the UK and a Diploma in Finance in Mexico, her country of origin.
Before coming to the UK she worked analysing data for the Agricultural and Water Resources Ministry. She later worked for several institutions in social research, education and socio-economic development projects for women in rural areas in Mexico. Some projects were sponsored by the Ford Foundation, United Nations, The World Bank and the Netherlands Embassy and others were part of the Government budget to support low income families. She studied Political Science and Public Administration, the MSc in Rural Development and Diplomas and courses in Social Research, Gender and Finance.

Marie is here to help with
• Supplier invoices, payments and enquiries

Louise Hawes, Administrator
E: louise.hawes@allia.org.uk
T: 01223 781311

 

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Louise is an Administrator in accounts team, she also provides reception support.

Louise worked as a Volunteer Support Co-ordinator for a local community radio station, 209radio, helping to train volunteers in radio production and presentation. Louise volunteered at Future Business Centre before officially joining the team in November 2014.

Louise is here to help with
• Raising invoices for tenants and incubator programme participants
• Tenants’ financial queries, tracking payments and receipts

Did you know?
Louise has lived and worked in Israel.

Belinda Bell, Director of Social Incubator East
E: belinda@socialincubatoreast.org.uk
T: 01223 781309

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Belinda leads Social Incubator East, shaping the overall support offer as well as working directly with ventures.

Belinda is a social entrepreneur herself having established a range of social ventures over the last decade including those focusing on finance, ageing and young people. She has acted as a mentor, advisor and supporter to many more social entrepreneurs and as such has developed a broad knowledge of business models for social innovation.
Her specific interests include the social finance market and leveraging capital for social impact. Belinda was Founder and first Chief Executive of Foundation East, a groundbreaking community finance organisation where she remains a Director. She has also undertaken research at the University of Cambridge focusing on the social finance sector and continues to write on this topic.

Belinda is here to help with
• Starting and growing a social venture
• Raising finance
• Legal structures for social impact

Did you know?
Belinda plays poker. And bridge.

Mark Goodson
E: mark@socialincubatoreast.org.uk
T: 01223 781200

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Mark works closely with ventures advising and mentoring them.

Mark has many years’ experience working in the technology sector ranging from founding start-ups to senior positions in public companies. Mark is a post-graduate qualified coach and mentor and has particular expertise in sales and business development.

Mark is here to help with
• Sales
• Marketing
• Technology
• Management
• Forecasting

Did you know?
Mark cycled from Lands End to John O'Groats a few years ago, largely on canal towpaths, raising over £1,000 for Re-Cycle, a charity shipping second-hand bicycles to Africa for use by health workers.

Irina Popova, Administrator, Social Incubator East
E: irina@socialincubatoreast.org.uk
T: 01223 781310

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Irina is the Social Incubator East administrator and assists with organising events, marketing and the daily running of the programme. She is interested in business incubators as a researcher.

Irina has experience in academia and is undertaking research into the process of incubating social ventures.

Irina is here to help with
• Answering questions about the social incubation programme
• Assisting with any queries related to SIE
• SIE events
• SIE marketing

Did you know?
Yoga is a passion of Irina’s and she has been teaching yoga since Jan 2013, when she completed her Yoga Teacher Training in Varkala, Kerala, India. Irina teaches a free yoga class at FBC on Tuesday lunchtimes.