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Meet the top business leaders who deliver business-changing advice and determine the final Pioneer 10.

Rick Watson, Managing Director of Novomodo Ltd

Rick Watson, BSc MSc PhD MBA

Managing Director, Novomodo

Born and raised in Offerton, Stockport Rick is Managing Director of Novomodo Ltd a consultancy which specialises in innovation support and technology transfer for businesses and Universities. Rick has eighteen years post doctoral experience in developing and support technology transfer both from a university and commercial perspective. He has practical experience of leadership, sales and marketing, business development, quality management and new product & service innovations in academia, spinout companies and SMEs.
Through Novomodo Ltd Rick has worked to deliver innovation projects across the UK. He is therefore very experienced in dealing with early to late stage innovations, including assisting clients with strategic advice, collaboration with HE partners, IPR related issues, sales and marketing, and mentoring support.

Sharon Mayo, Economic and Employment Development Manager at Stockport Council

Sharon Mayo

Economic and Employment Development Manager at Stockport Council

Sharon Mayo is the Economic and Employment Development Manager at Stockport Council. Sharon is responsible for overseeing a range of business development and employment support initiatives, including; Meet the Buyer, Stockport Jobs Fair, Houldsworth Mill Business & Arts Centre, Stockport Business & Innovation Centre and Stockport’s Economic Development Strategy.
Sharon has a degree in Business Studies and Master’s Degree in Policy Studies. Her career started in the purchasing department at British Stainless Steel, before moving in to Economic Development at Leeds City Council in 1992. Sharon later became Stockport Council’s Economic Development Manager in 1998.

Sue Souter, Director at Souter PR. 30.09.13 Photo credit : Phil Tragen

Sue Souter

Director at Souter PR

Sue Souter has been working on PR campaigns for over 25 years, delivering story-based programmes for some of the UK’s biggest brands and organisations. In the last 12 years she has run her own award-winning agency. Former Stockport President of GM Chamber of Commerce, Sue is passionate about up-skilling people to take full advantage of the value of stories in a digital age to differentiate their businesses, increase engagement and drive lead generation. She works with a range of Stockport companies including Orbit Developments, international flooring business Resin Surfaces Ltd, as well as many of its SMEs and start-ups.

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James Barr

General Manager, local sales at Zoom Media

James has a wealth of business experience in Marketing, Sales and Business Development with businesses large and small including automotive brands Honda and Mitsubishi as well as the global data provider, Experian Ltd, where he held the position of Sales Director for the Automotive Division and was responsible for the launch of its online consumer car data checking service.
Prior to joining Zoom in April 2012, James was an integral part of the team responsible for the successful setup and launch a Carmony.co.uk into the UK franchised automotive market. James is now responsible for running the Local Sales Business in Stockport for Zoom Media including Sales, Customer Service and Production.

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Paul Mellor

Partner at Clarke Nicklin

Paul is relationship partner at Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants, specialising in owner managed businesses from start ups to family businesses. He ensures clients receive the best advice on business structure, tax savings, and evolving the business as it grows.

He is also training partner, he leads the company’s ACA training program , overseeing the training and development of accountancy students training within the business.

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James Myatt

Patent Attorney, Appleyard Lees

James is a Patent Attorney working in our Chemistry & Pharmaceutical teams and is based in our Manchester and Halifax Offices. His particular areas of expertise are organic chemistry and pharmaceutical science having spent several years in academic and industrial research. James also works with clients in the food science, specialist materials and fuel chemistry sectors. James also specialises in analysing the patentability prospects of new ideas and working with start-up companies and entrepreneurs to help get their new ideas off the ground.

Christian Mancier, Partner at Gorvins Corporate

Christian Mancier

Partner at Gorvins Corporate

Christian is Partner in the Corporate-Commercial department and is also immediate past President for Stockport Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. He has extensive experience of leading and assisting start-up and growth businesses as well as dealing with acquisitions and disposals of larger companies and businesses. Christian’s particular specialisms include: company law, commercial law and contracts, intellectual property and dealing with software licences and development agreements and data protection and compliance

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Paul Baxter

Director at RBS Business & Commercial Banking

Paul Baxter is Relationship Director RBS Business & Commercial Banking. Having worked for the RBS Group for over 30 years & currently based in Stockport, Paul manages a broad portfolio of corporate clients within the Stockport Area.

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Pete Tunstall

Director at Tangent Design

A co-founder and Director, primarily involved in Web Account Management and steering the ship that is Tangent. Pete’s extensive experience means your project is in safe hands, and with a fantastic team Tangent Design aim to please.