The Forum is a collaboration between Cardiff School of Management, Kilsby Williams, Berry Smith, Santander Corporate & Commercial and Effective Communication and provides an annual, public lecture and an invite-only Business Breakfast Club with guest speakers which meets three times per year.
Alastair Milburn - Effective Communication
Alastair Milburn founded Effective Communication in 2004, and has grown it into CIPR Cymru's current 'Outstanding Consultancy of the Year' and one of the nation's most dynamic and forward-thinking full-service agencies. Before launching Effective, Alastair was a thoroughbred journalist for 16 years, and award winning editor of the Cardiff-based newspaper the South Wales Echo. Prior to this role, he was deputy editor of the Western Mail. He championed the regeneration of Cardiff, supporting projects such as St David's 2 and the Wales Millennium Centre. Alastair is an active member of the Institue of Directors in Wales, Vice President of Cardiff Business Club and regular media commentator. Effective supports almost 50 clients, including Cardiff Metropolitan University, the National Library of Wales, Glamorgan Cricket, the Royal Horticultural Society and IMG.
Emma Borrington - Berry Smith
Emma Borrington is a partner in the Transaction and Business Services team in Berry Smith, specialising in Corporate Finance. Emma predominantly acts for SME's, but also advises large public listed clients on their activities on the London Stock Exchange. Emma is recognised as one of the "35 women under 35" by the Western Mail in their report on the generation of women playing a part in the bigger role of Wales' economy. She plays an integral role within Berry Smith and is responisble for the appointment of new members joining the TBS team and is also part of both the business development and corporate responsibility committees.
Ashley Charlton - Santander Corporate and Commercial
Ashley Charlton graduated from Swansea University in 2002 before joining the family engineering business in a strategic and business development role. In 2008 he commenced a banking career with Clydesdale (NAB) as they sought to grow their commercial operation in Wales. In 2012, he was promoted to a role with Santander's Corporate & Commercial team with a view to broadening his skill set within the Banking sector.
Currently, as a Relationship Director based from Santander's Cardiff office he is responsible for nurturing businesses to fulfil their potential in the £2.5m turnover plus bracket.
Simon Tee - Kilsby Williams
Simon Tee, started his career with Deloitte and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991. He left Deloitte to join Kilsby Williams on its inception, becoming a partner in 1998. He has helped many businesses in achieving a financial advantage over their competitors and assisted businesses in their growth stage. He heads the delivery of audit services, is the lead partner for due diligence work and has extensive experience in the raising of capitol for business growth including grant funding. He also provides commercial advice and business planning consultancy for a portfolio of SME clients and pre sales planning for exit strategies. Simon is also the Finance Director for Welsh Cycling.
Sian Rees – Cardiff Metropolitan University
Siân Rees is Associate Dean and Director of Enterprise at Cardiff School of Management. Siân has gained wide-ranging experience with more than 25 years in industry with education and training, and senior management roles for a number of international companies in the IT and Financial Services sectors. She is the founder of Women in Management in South East Wales (now GRŴP), a trustee of GirlGuiding Cymru, the HE Ambassador for the Institute of Directors in Wales and a former international board director of United World Colleges. Currently undertaking a professional doctorate looking at the 'Entrepreneurial University', Sian is passionate about HE being relevant and accessible to employers. As Head of Newport Business School, Siân created The Forum in 2011 in partnership with Kilsby Williams and Effective Communication and is delighted to have been able to bring it to Cardiff School of Management with additional partners Berry Smith and Santander Bank.