​bringing professionals together to support and develop the medway towns community

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Exclusive opportunities to promote your business and become part of the Medway Business & Education Community

A Networking Club that is managed and owned by its members

Vacancy - Membership Secretary

Lynsey Atkins  ACCA - Treasurer

Lynsey is a  Chartered Certified Accountant, and very proud to be working with Kreston Reeves, a firm of accountants, business and financial advisers who advise dynamic organisations, private individuals and families on their business, tax and wealth needs. Lynsey joined Kreston Reeves in 2011 and during this time has gained a wide range of experience working with owner managed businesses of various sizes and sectors.

Kreston Reeves is a top 25 accountancy firm in the UK with offices in Canterbury, Chatham Maritime and Sandwich in Kent. They also have offices in London and Sussex. To read more about Kreston Reeves please visit their website; www.krestonreeves.com  

Mrs Margaret Wilson - Founding President

Margaret has worked in the Higher Education sector for over 20 years before opening her first Coffee Shop in Medway kent www.tolgatecoffee.co.uk  She has also set-up and managed several small buisnesses, including catering, web-building and distribution of psychology-related goods and services.  Her latest project is opeing an Artisan Coffe Shop in June in one of the Medway Towns.

Margaret set up the Medway Business Club to bring successful business people in the area together, not only for business networking but also for the benefit of the Medway economy but also to contribute to the community with her focus on making opportunities available to young people in the form of start-up funding, entrepreneurship opportunities and funding and/or mentoring, and also opportunities for the Arts and Sports in Medway.

Neil Shorthouse - Committee Member

A Fellow of Institute of Hospitality, with an international career spanning over 20 years within both the Hospitality & Cruise Industries, with a strong focus on Human Resources, Talent Development, Front of House Operations & Internal Audit processes.  Neil has played a key part in a number of resort openings within the Indian Ocean and The United Arab Emirates, along with working on the development and set-up of a Cruise Line to be based in SE Asia. Neil has also formed part a SQM/SMS project team, along with conducting companywide audits that included offices within Europe as well as on a fleet of ships.

Having recently returned back to the Medway Towns, and by bringing together his knowledge, experience and networks, he set up a company that focuses on bespoke projects, recruitment, training, and internal audits processes.  Neil is looking forward to working with local businesses, as well as inspiring students, in relation to working within a ‘Hospitality’ focused career.

"Our biggest asset within any organisation are our teams that deliver and live the brand of a company each and day" 

Simon O'Connell  - Committee Secretary

Simon started in financial services in 1987 working in pension administration, later rising to Head of Pensions. He then worked for 4 years in a pension actuarial department before joining an IFA as an adviser in 2002. He joined LEBC and helped set up the Maidstone branch in 2015. Simon is the pensions on divorce specialist for the Maidstone branch.

Simon is responsible for setting the branch objectives and strategy, recruitment, appraisals and pay reviews.

Simon’s main focus is advising private clients and business owners on retirement planning, Inheritance Tax mitigation and investments.

Dr Philip Corr - Vice President

Professor Corr has held several Professorial positions at top universities across the UK. His professional affiliations include: Chartered Psychologist of the British Psychological Society (BPS); Chartered Scientist of the Science Council; and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He is currently Professor of Psychology (Behavioural Economics) at City, University of London, where he is the Director a successful MSc in Behavioural Economics.

Philip is one of the Co-Founding Presidents of the British Society for the Psychology of Individual Differences (BSPID), and currently is the elected President of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences (ISSID). Philip holds editorial positions with several scientific journals and he has written over 150 scientific articles and authored five books in the area of psychology - he is currently writing a book on behavioural economics for beginners.