Meet the 20Twenty Team

The 20Twenty Business Growth Programme is run by the Creative Leadership and Enterprise Centre (CLEC) at Cardiff Metropolitan University. The 20Twenty programme is delivered by highly experienced academics and business professionals all of which have considerable specialist expertise in business coaching, entrepreneurship, leadership and management skills.

Professor Brian Morgan | Director | Creative Leadership and Enterprise Centre

Brian Morgan is currently Professor of Entrepreneurship at Cardiff Metropolitan University and is Director of its Creative Leadership and Enterprise Centre (CLEC). Between 1997 and 2007 he was Director of Small Firms Research Centre at Cardiff University Business School.

Before returning to academia in 1997 he was Chief Economist at the WDA. He has also worked as a Senior Economic Adviser in Whitehall (the DTI) and worked extensively in Europe (for the OECD and EU). He currently advises the Welsh Government and recently produced the Business Rates Wales Review (2013).

He is Director of a number of businesses in Wales, including:

  • Board Member of the Cardiff Capital Region
  • Director, New Conventions Ltd.– developing a convention centre for Cardiff
  • Economic Adviser to Quantum Advisory – independent actuarial specialists.
  • Founder, and first Chairman, 1998-2008, Penderyn Whisky.
Jeff Davies | Lecturer

Jeff Davies was educated at Swansea University and then completed a two years Master’s by research on the “Economics of Advertising”. He joined Rolls Royce Aero Engines Ltd (Bristol) in 1969 as a Commercial Manager responsible for the financial administration of the Ministry of Defence contracts. Jeff has a long experience of working with SMEs acting as a consultant to companies like Allied Irish Bank and assisting clients to improve their financial control procedures. In 1980, he and two other partners set up Codas Business Systems Ltd and became Financial Director.

Annie Thompsett | Tutor

Annie is a Director of Compass Coaching and Consulting Ltd, an executive coaching, facilitation and high performance team development consultancy. She has over 25 years in leadership and management positions in both the public and private sector and her experience was independently recognised through the Welsh Women Management Achievement Award in 2003. Annie has been instrumental in a number of key roles leading large multidisciplinary teams in Hyder PLC and establishing and growing the Carbon Trust in Wales. Degree qualified, Annie is an accredited executive coach (ILM Level 7 in Leadership Mentoring and Executive and Corporate Coaching, Diploma in Executive and Corporate Coaching and an NLP Practitioner. Annie has worked with Cardiff Met as an executive coach, tutor and facilitator since 2006 and has coached over 300 individuals from Chief Executives to Middle Managers.

Mandy Johnson | Tutor

Mandy Johnson is a qualified executive coach, Master NLP practitioner and coaching supervisor. She works with a number of large and small organisations developing leadership and management capability.

Before starting her own company she enjoyed working in senior leadership roles in a number of organisations including Legal & General where she and her team won a Wales Training Award for their successful high impact leadership programme.

Whilst working in the Manufacturing sector she has enjoyed working internationally. Assisting Universities, Colleges and CMI Centres with a strong background in assessment and verification she has many years’ experience as a personal tutor supporting individuals to achieve their qualifications. Mandy is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Philippa Hain | Tutor

Philippa is the Director of Transformation Partners (Wales) Ltd, a consultancy which offers one-to-one and team coaching, facilitation, leadership, management and team development. Philippa has worked as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist for over 25 years, and is accredited to ILM Level 7 in Executive coaching and Mentoring. 

Having previously worked for Deloitte LLP as a consultant, Philippa’s passion in life is to work with people in business using the techniques, developed from organisational and positive psychology, to help people to change their situation and develop positive, fulfilled and sustaining ways of working and living.

Her focus for doing so is via leadership and management development, career development and using evidence based research, models and coaching tools to maintain resilience and  wellbeing and to achieve personal and professional goals.

Philippa has worked as an executive business coach with Cardiff Met for many years and been involved with numerous projects in leadership skills, developing coaching skills, communication methods and skills, team development, performance management, problem solving and risk taking.

Richard Andrews | Tutor

Richard Andrews is the Director of Corporate Instinct Ltd, a coaching and organisational development consultancy. He is a qualified Executive coach with many years experience and is currently contributing as an ‘occupational expert’ to the review of the National Occupational Standards in Coaching and Mentoring.

Richard has over twenty years experience in the Welsh Public Service and in supporting business and not-for-profit organisations, both large and small. Richard is also Chair of Trustees of a Welsh third sector organisation.

Lorraine Hopkins | Senior Programme Manager & Tutor | North Wales

Lorraine is the senior programme manager responsible for the delivery of 20Twenty in the North East of Wales. She also provides lectures at Bangor University Business School, is an Executive Coach and has expertise in research and evaluating impact.

Lorraine recently returned to academia after 14 years’ experience of business in the property and home improvements industry, at which time she enrolled as a delegate on a sister business growth programme in 2011. So she has first-hand experience of what it is like to integrate learning whilst running a business.

Lorraine also has over 10 years’ experience of teaching adults returning to learning and has a deep understanding of the challenges and personal achievements our delegates experience.

Andy Green | Tutor

Andy Green is a leading specialist in creativity and innovation, brand storytelling and purpose. He has worked with blue chip brands around the globe including Microsoft, British Airways and Ebay.

Andy wrote the first book on the subject of ‘Creativity in Public Relations’ and continues to be at the forefront of new thinking and doing as a founder supporter of the Dublin Conversations, co-creating bigger thinking for the future of the communications industry.

Andy is a working practitioner and academic teaching innovation, communications and public relations. He has written 7 books (translated into 8 languages) on creativity, social capital, purpose and organisational change.

Believing we can all gain inspiration from the unlikeliest of sources, pre-Covid Andy ran creativity classes actually on the London Tube. He is a visiting lecturer on innovation and public relations at five leading universities including Cardiff Met University.

Away from work, Andy lives with his Barry-born wife on Barry Island where he enjoys tennis and walking football.

Andy Mccann | Human Performance Coach

Andy is a human performance specialist, a Director of DNA Definitive and a Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University. His work has afforded him access to many different industries and countries around the world.

He works with political leaders; with high net worth individuals and corporate business leaders; with world leading athletes and coaches (Olympic, Commonwealth and World Championship Level); the emergency services; the British armed forces; and, with not for profit and third sector organisations. Previously, Andy sat on the Sport Wales Advisory Group (for 4 years) and on the Welsh Advisory Committee for the Stroke Association (for 6 years).

“He is one of the most gifted people in his profession of anyone I have met.” Baroness Tessa Jowell, Minister for the London 2012 Olympics

Andy McCann at the 20Twenty Business Growth Programme
Mike Summerfield | Business & Performance Coach

For the last 18 years, Mike has been working with business leaders and their teams to help them deliver against required performance, turning strategies into winning results. Mike has worked with many clients across the UK, central and Eastern Europe, the USA and the Far East. His clients cover many different sectors, and organisations within those sectors, including Retail, Financial Services, Pharma, Technology including Levi Strauss, Jo Malone, HSBC, Citi, Deloitte, J&J, HP, NHS and 3m.

Business Coach Mike Summerfield - 20Twenty Business Growth Programme
Gareth Loudon | Professor of Creativity at the Cardiff School of Art and Design

Gareth Loudon is Professor of Creativity at the Cardiff School of Art and Design and Director and co-founder of the Centre for Creativity that undertakes research, training and consultancy in key areas of creativity.

Gareth has over 30 years of experience in academic and industrial research and has taken several research ideas all the way through to commercial products for companies, including Apple. He has also helped many companies in Wales with their innovation strategies and in the development of new products and services.

Gareth Loudon - Professor of Creativity - 20Twenty Business Programme
Paul Thomas | Business Performance Coach

Paul is known by the BBC as ‘The Business Doctor‘ and is an experienced and respected thought leader, author and trail blazer on matters relating to change, organisational development and structures that allow people to thrive and flourish within 21st century organisations.

Paul has previously been a University Head of Leadership and a Leadership Fellow and is currently a University Research Fellow. His work has taken him to India, China, Malaysia, Pakistan, the USA and many European countries. Paul is considered by many to be a fascinating and impressive business speaker, and is much in demand throughout the world, from TEDx to global and international conferences.

Paul is also author of the book ‘Leadership from the Frontline’, about his impassioned mission to support forward-thinking, progressive and ‘human’ business organisations by helping them to get rid of the plague of unnecessary management that he believes is stifling our working lives and our economy.

Jed Hassid | Strategic Business Planning Coach

Jed graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA in Economics and Econometrics and subsequently obtained an MBA from Manchester Business School. He is a highly experienced business coach whose main areas of expertise include strategic and business planning, performance management and business decision making.

Jed is a high growth expert having coached over 70 high growth businesses with Winning Pitch and previously a strategic marketing consultant with Ci Research and Robson Rhodes. Jed has worked with a range of companies from SMEs through to Multi National Corporations, typically helping them to focus on delivering value to customers and hence to their stakeholders.

He is known to be an innovative thinker who is not afraid to challenge the perceived wisdom of business owners and to make them re-examine their own preconceptions.

 

Project Team

Chris Byrne | Deputy Director | Creative Leadership and Enterprise Centre

Chris joined the Creative Leadership and Enterprise Centre in January 2010. Prior to joining the Cardiff School of Management, he was Technical Director at The National Centre for Product Design and Development Research (PDR).

He is a Chartered Manager and Chartered Engineer. Throughout his successful career, he has been instrumental in assisting a variety of clients from lone entrepreneurs through to large multi-national companies in the realisation of innovative products and route to market activities within the medical, industrial, public, automotive, leisure, aerospace and defence markets.

Chris has recently managed several high-profile leadership and management programmes, designed to stimulate organisational and economic growth through innovative teaching interventions. These include the current £13M EU funded 20Twenty Leading Business Growth Programme and the £3M Construction Futures Wales Programme.

Chris also has extensive knowledge of setting up and managing Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and has published several papers focusing upon technology management and knowledge transfer in small and medium-sized enterprises.

Selyf Morgan | Academic Co-ordinator and Senior Researcher

Dr Selyf Morgan has worked as a researcher at both Cardiff Metropolitan and Cardiff Universities, on research for the Welsh Government, and on a range of economic development areas including food and agriculture, the construction industry, and urban development.

His work on the 20Twenty programme is two-fold: firstly to research the impact of the programme on participants’ career development as well as on the performance of their organisations; and secondly to oversee and monitor academic procedures including participants’ assessments and the facilitation of their assignments and strategic growth projects.

The research element of his work feeds back to the academic co-ordination and continuous development of the programme.

Chris Young | Digital Marketing and Web Optimisation Officer

Chris Joined Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2013. Working as Digital Media Officer for the central University web team in the marketing department, he won the 2014 outstanding newcomer staff award. In 2018 he began working for CLEC in the Cardiff School of Management where is he is now responsible for all digital recruitment activities for the 20Twenty Programme. This includes web development, content and social media and is involved in digital marketing strategy for the Creative Enterprise and Leadership Centre.

Chris graduated from the University of South Wales with a BSc (Hons) in Multimedia Technology and subsequently obtained an MSc in Advanced Music Production. He then worked as an IT consultant helping small businesses across Wales and has since worked as a digital marketing professional for over 12 years – specialising in digital marketing, SEO, web content, analytics, social media and communications. 

Chris has also worked in his local community for charities such as the Touch Trust and in 2017 won an award for inspiring solidary and cohesion as co-founder of the Grangetown Community Philosophy and Music Cafe. In his spare time he is a guitarist and has also been learning Welsh for the past 3 Years, so far reaching the Canolradd (Intermediate) level.   

Alison Hughes | Project Co-ordinator and Compliance Officer

Alison Hughes graduated from Portsmouth University with a BSC (Hons) in Mathematical Sciences. After graduating, Alison honed and applied her analytical skills in a variety of senior logistic roles for large organisations such as, J Sainsburys, N Brown Group and Dairy Crest Ltd.

Having previously worked at WJEC and Cardiff University, Alison joined Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2018. She has since been using her skills and expertise to support the successful 20Twenty Leading Business Growth Programme within the Cardiff School of Management.

Alison has a key role in the programme and is responsible for conducting, coordinating and reporting claim, audit and investigative activities for the purpose of ensuring compliance.

Elisabeth Adermaa | Administrative Assistant CLEC

Elisabeth Adermaa graduated from University of South Wales with a MSc in Global Governance.

After graduating, Elisabeth worked with Cardiff Council in various roles, including being part of Food Poverty project and as a Higher Clerical Assistant where she gained much experience.

Elisabeth joined Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2021 as Administrative Assistant. The role provides administrative support to the 20Twenty Programme within the Cardiff School of Management by contributing to the implementation and monitoring of administrative systems that conform to Cardiff Met and project funders’ requirements

Jackie Whittaker | Business Development Manager | Bangor University - North Wales

Jackie is the Business Development Manager for the Flagship 20Twenty Business Growth programme at Bangor University, with over 10 years of promoting and delivering University Leadership programmes. She develops relationships with businesses of all sizes and sectors in North East Wales.

Jackie helps by inspiring delegates to learn, connect and grow. She is also an experienced business coach and facilitator with an MBA focused on SME business growth. Also in her spare time she is an award winning Cheesemaker – www.castellgwyn.com

Mannon Briggs | Office Manager | Bangor University - North Wales

Mannon oversees all aspects of administration on the project in North Wales. With over 12 years’ experience in administration and event organisation at the University which includes 8 years working on Leadership and Management projects she has a wealth of knowledge to share. In her spare time Mannon also runs a beauty business. 

Elin Treble-Parry | Project Assistant | Bangor University - North Wales

Elin is the Project Assistant for the 20Twenty Business Growth programme at Bangor University, with the role consisting of organising events and assisting with any administrative tasks on the project.

Elin has experience in events and project management, after graduating from the University of Chester and recently completing a Master’s Degree in Business and Marketing at Bangor University. In her spare time, Elin enjoys a game of squash and walking the mountains of Snowdonia with her dog.