Erika Watson MBE
As a consultant, trainer and accredited business adviser, Erika supports people and organisations to be more entrepreneurial. A successful social entrepreneur, she brings a diversity perspective to enterprise development. Erika has an MBA and an MBE for services to women’s enterprise.
Erika is founder and director of Prowess, the UK’s leading online hub for women-friendly business support, inspiration and information. She is also founder of the Charter for Women in Business, a membership programme aiming to close the gender gap in enterprise acceleration. She previously developed Full Circle Fund the UK’s first Microcredit programme.
Erika is also a business writer and commentator on women’s enterprise and self-employment issues. She has contributed to the Financial Times and the Guardian and appeared on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and BBC Newsnight.
For more about Erika’s experience : www.linkedin.com/in/elwatson
Aedan is a business communications specialist with interests in the development of new technologies and in environmental issues. He is a former managing editor of Supply Network magazine and former editor of Industry Europe. He has edited or written Annual Reports for public limited companies in the UK and the Netherlands. Aedan has also written extensively for Higher Education institutions, mainly on research and internal management issues.
Whether reporting on the likely environmental, social or economic impacts of new technologies, or producing a guide through the minefield of business start-up, Aedan can explain complexity without dumbing down.
Currently completing an MSc in Environmental Management for Business at the University of Cranfield, Aedan has Degrees in economic history and law, as well as a Postgraduate qualification in the Principles of Senior Management.
For more about Aedan’s experience see his LinkedIn page.
Dr Anne Hillyer
Anne works with businesses and communities to empower or regenerate them in sustainable ways. An excellent communicator and coordinator with international experience, Anne has researched and written on a wide range of sustainable development issues from ‘Local knowledge and land use in Northern Namibia’, to sustainable livelihoods in the UK.
In 2010 Anne was appointed ‘Village Champion” for the Talgarth Mill Green Energy Project in Powys, mid-Wales, to create a sustainable education and renewable technologies centre at an old flourmill in the village of Talgarth near Brecon – powered by a refurbished watermill. The story of the flourmill’s transformation was televised by the BBC in 2011.
Rupert is a communications professional who has worked in politics, the media, academia and professional football and has interests in environmental issues and renewable energy in particular.
Rupert was employed for three years as a Parliamentary researcher by Tony Wright, former MP for Great Yarmouth, researching and writing Parliamentary speeches and press releases. He handled liaison with constituents, businesses, local authorities, charities and voluntary organisations on matters of political policy.
Rupert has also worked as the communications officer for the Centre for Competition Policy based at the University of East Anglia and as a sports reporter and contributor for Radio Norfolk. He also worked at Norwich City Football Club as a press officer and award-winning match programme editor .
Rupert has a degree in Electronic Engineering and a postgraduate qualification in Education.
He is the author of the Greenland blog which appears on this site.
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