Meet The WBC Team

Get to know the members of the WBC Team, they are here to help you and your business so we thought it was important you could put some faces to those names.

Kevin Aisbitt

Growth Hub Manager
I am responsible for the day to day management of the Team working closely with the Director of Business Engagement at the LEP to ensure that all activity is in line with the priorities set out in the Local Industrial Strategy. This work is delivered in partnership with key external stakeholders including the County and District Councils, Business Representative Organisations including the Chamber of Commerce, FSB and others, as well as the higher educational institutions in the County.
Favourite Film: The Godfather Part 1

Perfect Weekend: A nice lunch, followed by watching football and then a relaxing evening at home with my wife/family

First Album: Grease Soundtrack

kevina@business-central.co.uk

Randesh Kalar

Business Engagement Manager

Ran advises businesses on support and grants that they can access to help them to start or grow their businesses.

This includes introductions to the support providers, grant funding organisations, universities and others that can help.

randeshk@business-central.co.uk

Gwen Davies

Business Engagement Manager

I support many different types of businesses within the county, in particular the larger and foreign owned companies. My role is very much to understand each company’s strategic objectives and their challenges. By doing so I identify the local and national support currently available for each company to utilise and ultimately support their growth. This may well lead to facilitating introduction meetings with the relevant support organisations or key partners. By doing so this helps the business gain a deeper understanding of what is available. As a result this can then be incorporated into the business plans. 
Random Fact About Me: Was a promotional girl on the starting grid of the British Grand Prix race 1994 Silverstone, the year Damon Hill won.
First CD: First record “Don’t you want me Baby” by The Human League.
Perfect Weekend: Riding my horse, summer party at home with friends with a cocktail or two, and spending time with my husband & hound.

gwend@business-central.co.uk

Kul Sanghera

Business Engagement Manager

I advise businesses on the business support and grants that they can access to help them to start or grow their businesses. This includes introductions to the support providers, grant funding organisations, universities and others that can help.
Perfect Weekend: Going to Elland Road, Watching Leeds win, followed by a night out to celebrate
Favourite Film: Pulp Fiction
First Album: The Eagles – Hotel California

kuls@business-central.co.uk

Sally Stevenson

Business Engagement Manager

I advise Worcestershire businesses on the local support available to them from partners within the county. This support can be grants, learning, networking amongst others, aimed to help people who are starting up, running or growing their businesses.
There is a wealth of support available in Worcestershire, and we help businesses identify and access what they need.
First Album: My Dad bought me Shakin’ Stevens ‘This Ole House. I even saw him live in Malvern a few years ago!
Random Fact About Me: I won a gold medal for Downhill Slalom Skiing
Mastermind Specialist Subject: Friends or Harry Potter

sallys@business-central.co.uk

Hayley Potter

Administration Assistant
Administering Business Engagement Visits for Worcestershire Business Central that are to be submitted for ERDF Claim. Helping to raise Purchase Orders for invoices within the team, arranging meetings for WBC. Organising wider meetings and minute taking. Any other administrative work that supports the team.
Mastermind Specialist Subject: Friends
Favourite Film: Harry Potter Series
Perfect Weekend: Spa Weekend

hayleyp@business-central.co.uk

Rhiannon Jones

Business Engagement Officer
As a Business Engagement Officer I am the first point of contact for all businesses who are contacting the Growth Hub. I can assist with Funding support, signposting to various funding schemes and can advise on the next steps to help a business gain the support to start up, grow and expand within Worcestershire.
Favourite Film: Dirty Dancing
Random Fact About Me: I have a degree in Contemporary Dance
Mastermind Specialist Subject: Friends

rhiannonj@business-central.co.uk

Steve Winstanley

Business Engagement Officer
Steve supports the growing number of businesses looking to access grants, loans and further support to encourage business development in Worcestershire. By providing up-to-date information and guidance for companies at any stage, from start-ups to multinational organisations, Steve plays an essential role in driving entrepreneurship and sustainability to ensure the county remains a prosperous place to do business.

Perfect Weekend: Spending time with my partner and young son, and in the winter months watching West Brom get a rare win. In the summer I am a keen cricketer and enjoy playing or watching

Random Fact About Me: According to Ancestry DNA I am 10% Norwegian
Mastermind Specialist Subject: West Bromwich Albion

stevew@business-central.co.uk

Kate Snell

Project Manager
I joined the WBC team in Jan 2021 as a project manager. I’m currently working on the Peer to Peer Network project in Worcestershire.

Perfect Weekend: Skiing in the morning, skiing in the afternoon, someone else cooking in the evening.

Random Fact About Me: I speak Norwegian
Mastermind Specialist Subject: Piano Music

kates@business-central.co.uk

Sian Jones

Project Manager
Specialist Business Advisors and UK Transition-EU Exit Project. As PM, Sian will be driving delivery of these two projects, engaging with key stakeholders, raising awareness of the projects, their benefits, value to businesses across Worcestershire and sharing the impact of the initiative. An experienced project manager, described as flexible, positive and adaptable. Able to work with people of all levels, building and maintaining solid relationships with clients, customers and colleagues.

Perfect Weekend: Family and Friends with drinks, rugby on TV and foo

First Album: Madonna – Like A Prayer
Mastermind Specialst Subject: Reality TV

sianj@business-central.co.uk

Finley Stanley

Digital and Data Apprentice

I am the Digital and Data Apprentice, managing the CRM system and ensuring data fields are completed and updated regularly. I compile weekly reports as well as being the point of contact for the team for questions or training on the CRM system. I also support the team in marketing to continue to develop/update the website and the social media.
Perfect Weekend: Going to the pub or club with the lads
Favourite Film: Shaun of the Dead
First Album: NOW 75

finleys@business-central.co.uk

Simon Thistle

Project Support Officer

I am a Project Support Officer currently Supporting project managers Kate Snell and Sian Jones with their respective projects. Before WBC, I mainly come from a background in finance. Specialising in managing the personal finances of extremely vulnerable people.
Perfect Weekend: NOT having to go food shopping with the Mrs!
Random Fact About Me: I have a blue belt in Kung-Fu and a Purple belt in Kickboxing.
Favourite Film: Terminator 2/ Predator (Can’t decide)

simont@business-central.co.uk

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