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Luke Morris Committee - Chair

Luke is a partner with a leading professional services firm in the region and is an internationally experienced Chartered Accountant. He and his team have built a practice assisting entrepreneurs to buy, sell, refinance, reorganise and value their businesses.

Luke is also very proud to serve as the ICAEW’s (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) Ambassador for Suffolk, a role which sees him bringing together and representing members of the profession across the region. He is a passionate advocate for trade, enterprise, job and wealth creation in Suffolk.

 
Councillor Liz Harsant Committee - Honorary Secretary

Liz has been a local Ipswich Borough Councillor for Holywells Ward for 17 years and for 6 1/2 years was the Leader of the Council. During this time she was instrumental in the Waterfront Regeneration project, the Suffolk University build and the renovation of Holywells Park. She has served as a Corporate Member of Suffolk New College for many years and also chairs the Local Governing Body of the Raedwald Trust which incorporates the 5 Pupil Referral Units here in Ipswich. 

Liz chairs the Overview & Scrutiny Committee at the Council and is a member of the Planning & Development Committee.  She is also very involved in local charities and this year will be President of the Rotary Club of Ipswich East.

Liz is a compassionate, dedicated Councillor and has worked tirelessly improving services and facilities in the Ward she represents.  She is passionate about Ipswich and very proud of the improvements to the town that she has been involved in.

 
Penny Arbuthnot Steering Group

Penny is director of Ipswich based PR and digital marketing agency, Genesis, which she established and has grown with co-director and husband Charles to be a leading agency in the region, employing a team of 16 and working with national clients, many of which are based in our region.  She has built Genesis’ reputation through developing an experienced team who advise and work with clients at the highest level on outcome focused, award winning campaigns. Genesis is also known for its pro bono work, most recently with Suffolk charity Families in Need (FIND) in a £100,000 lifeline appeal.

She is passionate about investing in skills and improving the reputation of Ipswich and Suffolk as a place to live, invest and develop a career.

 
Edward Phillips Steering Group - Treasurer

Eddy has been the Treasurer of the Club since its formation in 2013, where has keeps a close eye on the all important finances. He has been a Conservative Councillor at Ipswich Borough Council since 2014 and is Deputy Chairman of the Ipswich Conservative Association, where he helps to manage campaigning both for the local elections and previously for Ben Gummer.

He works at AXA Insurance in Ipswich, as a Commercial Underwriter. He was formerly on the committee and treasurer of a Suffolk-based charity, and previously took a leading role in a local support group for young people.

Sally Goodsell Steering Group

Sally Goodsell has spent the last thirty-five years supporting and funding ambitious businesses.

She is currently a director of Anglia Capital Group, a local business angel group, but was formerly CEO of the FSE Group, from 2002 to 2012 where she oversaw £100 million of investment into early-stage businesses. She then spent 4 years as a director of a leading international Business Angel crowdfunding platform. In 2008, she founded the UK's first business angel network that specialised in investments in female-led businesses. She received the national Prowess award in 2008 for her outstanding contribution to female entrepreneurship.

Sally is a business angel with Anglia Capital Group and continues to mentor and coach businesses.

Jane Cattermole Steering Group

Jane Cattermole worked as a PA to senior management for 20 years.  In 2008 Jane set up the remote working executive assistant and bookkeeping company Bay Tree VA and was the winner of the UK VA [virtual assistant] award ‘VA of the Year – England’.   

Bay Tree VA matches skilled remote working VAs from its team to business owners, senior management and project teams providing them with flexible, time-saving assistance. 

Jane is keen to help growing businesses succeed, not only through the service Bay Tree VA provides but also as Vice Chairman of Menta - the Suffolk Enterprise Agency.

Gina Long MBE Patron

Gina Long MBE has worked for over 40 years in the media world, predominantly working with major corporations heading communications and sponsorship programmes along with media partnerships.

She works as a freelance journalist and full-time voluntary charity fundraiser. She has raised over £4 million for national and regional charities. Gina started her own charitable foundation, in November 2015 GeeWizz, to support East Anglian families living with cancer or a disability, her ethos is how transparency and accountability are paramount.

Gina is very proud to be a patron of the club. She is also a Patron for the Women’s Aid Centre, and an Ambassador for West Suffolk Hospital, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and West Suffolk College, where she has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship.

 
Mark Pendlington Patron

William Kendall Patron

William read law at Cambridge University and collected an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Suffolk. He has had short careers as an army officer, a barrister and an investment banker. He built up The New Covent Garden Soup Company before selling it to a public company. He and several colleagues bought Green & Black’s from its founder and grew it to an international brand which they sold to Cadburys in 2005.

He and two partners formed Nemadi Advisors in 2000 to advise and finance early stage businesses. He is or has been advisor to or director of many organisations, both public and private including Adnams, Notcutts, and Keystone. William farms organically and conventionally in East Anglia. He is an active environmentalist and a campaigner for better food and rural issues.

Clive Underdown Honorary Life President

Clive was a founder of Ipswich Suffolk Business Club and has become Life President after retiring as Chairman.

He is director of an international consulting business with commercial and financial skills in developing large highly profitable companies and turning around underperforming businesses. Hi experience includes operating multi-site businesses with a number of diverse manufacturing technologies and markets and by initiating change increasing their growth and earnings. His international experience includes restructuring and developing effective management teams.

Ben Gummer Club founder, former minister and Member of Parliament for Ipswich

Ben was first elected as Member of Parliament for Ipswich between 2010 and 2017 – the longest serving Conservative MP in the town since 1938. During his tenure, Ben brought together the major players in Ipswich behind one Vision, devised by Ipswich businesses, for the rejuvenation and revitalisation of Ipswich’s historic town centre. In other campaigns, Ben won £73.4 million from central government to fund the new Upper Orwell Crossings and £1.4 billion worth of investment for new trains and improvements in rail services. Ben also fought successful campaigns for new school builds for Chantry and Ipswich Academy, a new heart centre and improved stoke care services in the town.

In government, Ben served as a health minister and then, as the youngest member of the cabinet, as Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, responsible for the co-ordination of government policy and administration. Ben lives in Suffolk and London with his wife and two sons.

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