Our Board Members

Chair & Events Team

Jenny Matthews

OPIA-Goodthinking Limited

Jenny in her business Opia-Goodthinking Ltd provides a full and rounded portfolio of solutions for budding entrepreneurs wishing to start in business and for those who have already taken the plunge. Her portfolio includes focused and practical business advice – executive coaching for companies wanting to grow – damage limitation and change management strategies. Jenny also designs and delivers innovative training courses targeted towards particular challenges and needs.


Sue Weighell

Delta Solutions

Sue runs her own business, Delta Solutions based in Altrincham. She works with business owners and directors to give them greater understanding of their business finance by acting as finance coach and freelance finance director. As a Chartered Accountant Sue brings her financial expertise to support businesses in their growth ambitions.

Events Team

Olayinka Seriki

Uktogether-Lifestyle & Event Management

Olayinka Seriki founded UKTogether following her considerable experience and contacts in the world of corporate sponsorship and hospitality while at Manchester Airports Group.
Olayinka was responsible for the management of over 30 diverse organisations’ sponsorship portfolios and organised high-end events for both corporate and individual clients.
Olayinka now applies this extensive experience to UKTogether bringing people and business together to enjoy VIP experiences at exclusive venues and providing a platform to network with like- minded individuals in a fun and relaxed environment.

PR Team

Jan Lord

Guide Bridge MOT & Service Centre

With over 10 years in the motor industry Jan is proud to be at the helm of a very successful family owned business. Guide Bridge MOT & Service Centre, Tameside has grown from a one-man-band to 10 employees (6 of whom are family) since it was founded in 2003.

Offering first class, low cost car repairs that rival most main dealers on cost has meant that in recent years the garage has won the Pride of Tameside Awards – Business of the Year 2014 and featured on ‘The Fixer’ on BBC2 in 2012 and 2015.

In her spare time, Jan is regularly involved in local initiatives and an active member of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Jan generously shares her business experiences and knowledge speaking at a variety of events and writes a weekly business column for the Tameside Reporter.

PR Team

Val Dickinson

Defero Consultancy

Val Dickinson is an experienced Marketing and PR professional who has extensive knowledge and experience in Marketing Strategy and Communications, Customer Service, Event Management, Digital Marketing, Social Media Account Management and Training and Public Relations.
With over 20 years extensive experience of the Education sector, B2B & B2C markets, Val can add value with strategic thinking to really hit the Marketing and PR objectives of an organisation.
She is the Founder of Defero Marketing Consultancy Ltd. and the Director of Marketing and Sales for Savvy Guest Ltd.


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