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Invest In Nottingham's New Recruits Raring To Go

The Invest in Nottingham Club BoardAfter an exciting, eventful year, the Invest in Nottingham Club has appointed five, new board members to push the city to the forefront of inward investment.

Ready to take the lead for this year’s demanding and ambitious plans, and providing their own skill set to the mix, the new board members are Stephanie Hale from Experian, Karl Hilton from Crytek, Jonathan English from Skeleton Productions, Dave Mead from Novozymes and Mike Taylor from Nottingham Regeneration.

The five new recruits, announced at the Invest in Nottingham Club AGM on the 16th May, each come from companies and organisations which are all active members of the Invest in Nottingham Club and were appointed for their sector experience, skill sets as well as a shared ambition to drive inward investment to the city.

Stephanie Hale is the Marketing Manager for Experian and is responsible for all campaigns supporting sales teams in Data and Analytics. She has a wealth of experience which started in customer service and sales, and she has now worked in marketing for six years. Stephanie has worked for a very diverse range of companies including Mars, Diageo and UPS and has now worked at Experian for three years where she was a campaign manager before taking on the marketing manager role to launch a new product to the ‘business information’ market.

Karl Hilton has enjoyed a very successful career since graduating from University with an MA in Computer Visualisation and Animation. He has worked for Rare Ltd, a close partner of Nintendo, where he was Lead Artist on GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark on the Nintendo 64. Since 2009, Karl has been MD for Crytek UK, which is part of the internationally successful Crytek group. The company has a grown a staff of 140 and has delivered several successful videogames for the Sony PlayStation3 and Microsoft Xbox 360 consoles. Karl makes a fantastic addition to the Invest in Nottingham Club board because of his experiences in growing, developing companies and recognition of the importance of inward investment to the city.

Jonathan English is the co-founder of Skeleton Productions, one of the leading UK video agencies serving clients from across the UK and Europe, famous for its creativity, technological expertise and campaign results. In addition to his work at Skeleton Productions, Jonathan sits on the University of Nottingham’s Employability forum, is a council member of Nottingham City Business Club and recently retired from the Audience Council of the BBC Trust. Jonathan has been an active member of the Invest in Nottingham Club and recently did the short promotional films for the Invest in Nottingham London event on the 18th April this year. Jonathan was also one of the original Creative Class candidates of 2011 – a group of entrepreneurs and companies creating new technologies, products, services and markets which are essential for the growth of the city’s economy.

Dave Mead is the Business Development Director at Novozymes Biopharma and has more than 20 years experience in the development of biopharmaceutical processes and products, holding a range of management positions in R&D, manufacturing and IP. Dave is now responsible for both in-and out-licensing of technologies, products and services and has been the driver behind numerous licenses and collaboration deals. He will be a valuable asset to the Invest in Nottingham Club board with his expertise in the growing biopharma and life sciences sector in Nottingham.

Mike Taylor is the Director of Regeneration at Nottingham Regeneration Ltd, a pioneering public/private sector partnership to promote physical and economic regeneration in Nottingham. Mike is a Chartered Town Planner and development advisor with over 25 years experience in both the public and private sectors and has worked for NRL since 2009. He specialises in planning and delivery of major town centre mixed use regeneration schemes and large scale transportation projects. Mike has actively facilitated some of the most important schemes in the Midlands and has lead several major CPSs to help facilitate land assembly and the realisation of development.

Paul Southby, the Chair for the Invest In Nottingham Club said “Stephanie, Jonathan, Karl, Mike and Dave will be a fantastic addition to the Invest in Nottingham Club. Each of them shares the boards’ common goals and ambition to drive economic growth and inward investment to the city and to keep the reputation of Nottingham growing. The board is looking forward to working with them and to get plans moving for 2013 and beyond.”

The keynote speaker at the AGM was Dr. Glenn Crocker, Chief Executive of BioCity Nottingham, who updated the Invest in Nottingham Club members of the life sciences in the city. Dr Crocker gave an in-depth impression on the BioCity business model and it’s successes as a top incubation unit for small businesses. See a slideshow of images from the event below: