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 assists in steering the direction of the Future Business Centre. A full list of members and funders are shown here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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Neil is a competitive weightlifter and is training to compete at the 2016 British Powerlifting Championships.
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
• business planning
• strategy development
• technology development
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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.
Rachel joined Allia in July 2015 and is responsible for the entire HR function across the business.
Rachel has 15 years’ experience in HR across the manufacturing, automotive, construction & integrated services industries.
More recently Rachel was self-employed as a HR Consultant working with various organisations providing HR services based on client’s needs.
Rachel has a degree in HR Management, is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, member of the British Psychological Society and is a practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
Did you know? Rachel loves travelling the world and in the past 6 years has become fond of cruising which enables her to see more of the world, quicker!
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 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
Monika is here to help with:
- Tenant services
- Setting up meeting rooms and conferences events
Did you know?
Monika was living in Paris for 7 years where she got her degree in Philosophy.
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!
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.
Sally is a marketing graduate with extensive experience in marketing both offline and online, across varying industries. Sally also manages her own business within the retail security industry importing security products for UK retailers.
Sally 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? The highlight of Sally’s career is taking a Cairngorm reindeer for a walk…on a lead!
Emily has recently joined Allia, having previously worked in the Marketing & Events team at Tŷ Hafan, the hospice for children in Wales. Emily has a BA Law (Jurisprudence) from St John’s College, Oxford.
Emily is here to help with all aspects of digital marketing including:
• Online marketing & PR
• Website Management
• Social Media
Did you know? Emily is listed on the NAKMAS blackbelt register as she has a 2nd Dan Blackbelt in Taekwondo.
Helen has a background in marketing and organising events, exhibitions and conferences for an International Education provider in the commercial sector; a Cambridge-based visual arts charity and incubator for art practitioners as well as running her own gallery business for nearly a decade in the North of England. Alongside this she has organised and hosted events in both New York and Paris. Prior to that she was Art Curator in Huddersfield, Collections Manager at UCL Art Collections and has worked as a freelancer for both Leeds University, Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax as well as Bradford Council for their Year of Sport and Culture bid. She has been a member of the IOD, and held various Committee posts for Leeds Junior Chamber of Commerce, and her Gallery business received Shell Flagship Scheme status from Business Link in its day!
Helen is here to help with:
Events at the Future Business Centre, Cambridge
All aspects of setting up, styling and managing your event
Reaching your audience through creating and marketing events
Maximising results from your event – whether it be getting your message across or bringing people together to share your success
Did you know?
Helen has a Blue Peter badge, she has been on the Top of the Pops stage, used to be a Brown Owl and has run the Bonfire Burn 10K around the site of the Future Business Centre and Cambridge Regional College.
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.