Meet the Team


John Mitchell

Group CEO

John has been Chief Executive of Enterprise First since 1997.  Following the addition of Business South into the Enterprise First Group in July 2016, John took over the role of Group Chief Executive in April 2017.

Leigh-Sara Timberlake

Champion Director

Leigh-Sara Timberlake is the Champion Director for Business South, responsible for promoting Business South to companies throughout the Solent region. Leigh-Sara ensures Champions maximise the outcome from partnering with Business South.

Andy Swift

Champion Director - Surrey

Andy has a passion for business development and is delighted to be currently working with Business South in the exciting expansion of their enterprise into Surrey.

Andy has worked in the banking industry for 35 years and was involved in the SME market for the majority of his corporate career as a traditional business bank manager and regional commercial and corporate director. He really enjoys working to support the wider business community and has a passion for helping growing businesses. Over many years he has demonstrated his committed to supporting the business community shape the future of their area and the local economy. 

Natalie Maxim

Group Marketing Manager

Natalie joined Enterprise First 5 years ago as the Marketing Manager. Since July 2017 she has been working with the Business South team to support the Champion Programme. Her background is in Marketing, events and external relations. Previously she has held positions with Guildford Borough Council and the Guardian Media Group.

Lisa Eastwood

Group Finance Manager

Lisa has been the Finance Manager of Enterprise First since 2012. Following the addition of Business South into the Enterprise First Group in July 2016, Lisa took over the role of Group Finance Manager in October 2016.


Carolyn England

Finance Assistant

Carolyn supports the Finance Manager

Natalie Hunt

Events Administrator

Natalie looks after the smaller events at Business South, she sees them through from start to finish. This includes, managing the event bookings, liaising with venues, speakers and sponsors. She joined the Business South team in June 2015.

Natalie previously worked for 10 years in the hospitality industry, as the Deputy Manager for a Holiday Inn Express in Southampton.

Shirley Pinn

Event Logistics Lead

Shirley manages the logistics for the larger events for Business South, including the Local Produce Show, Opportunity Meets Talent, Regenerate South and our Annual Conference. Shirley and her team ensure that these events hosted by Business South are delivered to a high standard, overseeing all delegate registrations, venue, supplier liaison and on-site production.

Shirley is also the Event Director for ‘The Official Conference Bureau’ and Destination Southampton Ltd.

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