Meet the top leaders who deliver business-changing advice and determine the final Pioneer 10.

Julie Reader-Sullivan

Business Manager – Economic Growth Newark and Sherwood District Council

Julie has a wealth of business experience and currently provides support in terms of Inward Investment opportunities, Business Support, Skills planning and strategic Tourism, with Newark and Sherwood District Council. Julie’s background includes owning her own business and holding a Board Director position with a large Midlands based Housing Association.

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Mark Mirfin

Managing Director, Love Your Skin

Love Your Skin began in 2012, since then it has built and developed a medical team specialising in medical aesthetics in a three private practices; Newark on Trent, Nottingham city centre and Chesterfield. Love Your Skin offers a wide range of aesthetic treatments including Botox, Anti-Wrinkle, Dermal Filler, PDO Thread lift and Skin Peels.
Love Your Skin prides itself on providing our clients complete continuity of care and peace of mind. Practitioners perform the initial free no obligation consultation performing the treatment itself and then providing the aftercare our clients require.

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Paul Stuart

Head of Enterprise, East Midlands Chamber

As Head of Enterprise at East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), Paul Stuart is responsible for the delivery of its enterprise and business support products and services across the East Midlands. This includes managing the Chamber’s 47,000 sq. ft. of business space at Brian Clough Business Centre in Derby, the Leicester Food Park, Leicester and the newly completed Friars Mill in City Centre Leicester.
Paul is also responsible for the Chamber’s publicly funded enterprise contracts, including DWP and D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership contracts.
In the past Paul has managed the ERDF Funded Derby Coaching for Success Project, which engaged with over 350 businesses over a period of 21 months, delivered over 700 days of coaching support to business clients as well events and Masterclasses.

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Steve Upcraft

University of Nottingham’s Lead on SME

Steve has enjoyed a varied career which started in the Royal Navy as a Chief Engineer and moved through engineering management positions in a large food factory and subsequently into a high volume packaging company. A spell as MD of a tool making SME was followed by an extensive period of travelling throughout Europe and North America as a technology development executive for a multi-national print and packaging organisation. This later role ultimately lead to a connection with the University of Nottingham where Steve held various ‘business facing’ positions over the last 20 years.

Femi Ogunshakin, Director at Loftus Stowe

Femi Ogunshakin

Director, Loftus Stowe

Femi started his tax career with HM Revenue & Customs specialising in tax investigation work before moving to KPMG, then Deloitte, Grant Thornton before moving into industry working within the in-house Group Tax functions of United Biscuits, Standard Bank and Barclays Bank. Fẹmi embarked on a solicitors training contract, which we qualified and was admitted to the Roll of solicitors in April 2011.
He now holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, an LL.M in Law & Employment Relations and is a member of the Law Society of England & Wales, the Sheffield & District Law Society, the Society of Will Writers and Estate Practitioners, the Employment Lawyers Association and an Affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.

Peter Richardson, Chairman of D2N, Local Enterprise Partnership

Peter Richardson

Chairman, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership

Peter Richardson, a prominent business figure in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, was appointed Chairman of D2N2 at the start of November 2012.
Peter brings a wealth of experience to the role after a lifetime working in the financial services sector, most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of Derbyshire Building Society, taking retirement in 2008. He is a past Chair of Derbyshire Business Link and Derby Cityscape URC, and also of the Derby Renaissance Board on which he still sits, and is a former member of the Governing Council of the University of Derby.
In January 2016 Peter was appointed Chairman of Tramlink Nottingham, the consortium behind Nottingham’s tram network.
Peter currently runs a Business Consultancy and is a co-director of a security company.