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Nikki Gatenby

Nikki Gatenby

Nikki is an engaging, energised, strategic leader, having spent the last 25 years experimenting with entrepreneurial ways of working across international teams in London, Paris and now Brighton. She has worked with brands from Marks and Spencer to British Airways, Waitrose, TUI and Unilever.

Early on in her career, Nikki took marketing agency TMW international, by winning the Nissan Europe digital and data business across 26 markets. In doing so, she moved to France and set up a dedicated arm of the UK agency to service all markets from the Nordics to Russia.

In the last decade, Nikki transformed Brighton SEO agency Propellernet into a global marketing organisation and SAAS provider, serving the PR, content and search world – hand in hand with being one of the top 15 Best Places to work in the UK for 8 years running. The story is captured in Nikki’s best seller, Superengaged.

Nikki is now a non-exec director, charity trustee and advisory board member to a range of businesses from start-ups to established brands. As a trained coach and experienced mentor, she has a particular skill in helping people to be the best version of themselves and is adept at working with leadership teams, c-suite, company-wide or one to one. With Skilful Leader certification from the Chartered Institute of Management, she is an experienced operator and hands-on practitioner, who enables others to turn their business dreams into reality.

Bill Taylor

Bill has recently taken up the position as Managing Director of Design Specific based in Laughton. The company which started in 1999, design and produce a wide range of specialist medical devices and dental equipment for handling patients with special needs used by dentists, orthodontist, ENT and maxillofacial surgeons and eye specialists across the world. The current range of recliners can accommodate both manual and electric wheelchairs and are also suitable for bariatric patients.

Prior to joining Design Specific Bill was MD at Brighton Sheet Metal for 16 years and has been a member of the Hub serving on the board or advisory board since its inception.

Rob Day

As a member of the mdhub advisory board, as well as a participant in the regular peer-to-peer groups, I have a deep understanding of the benefits and value that mdhub can offer. I doubt I’d have had the courage to make such a big step out of my comfort zone and into such unchartered territory without the ongoing support of Phil, Fiona and my mdhub Peer to Peer group. It’s rare to find a group of people with such integrity and compassion – but these guys are the real deal –not only do they have the skills, people and experience to help you succeed, but they do it with the utmost professionalism, care and consideration

Helen Bailey

A serial entrepreneur, Helen Bailey has over 27 years’ experience of working in retail, drinks, hospitality and leisure and was the owner and operator of five restaurants with a turnover in excess of £5 million.

John Thaker

John acts for a wide range of businesses and organisations, in particular for charities, owner-managed businesses and professional practices. John qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983 and later obtained his Diploma in Charity Accounting. He was a partner in Clark Brownscombe for over 20 years and has also worked for KPMG.

John has produced a number of articles on charity matters. He also regularly presents at charity seminars. He is an active member of mdhub and reads widely on business and personal development matters.

Terry Nitman

I have been in the construction industry since leaving school in 1980 and am joint MD of Cheesmur Building Contractors, proud members of mdhub for a number of years. Having started my career as an indentured apprentice, providing workplace experience and apprenticeship opportunities for young people, together with the training and development of my fantastic team, is integral to my business ethos and is what I believe to be a key part of the continuing success of Cheesmur.