Meet the Team

Leigh-Sara Timberlake

Group CEO

Joined Business South in 2008

Best bit about my job: Very excited about the Central South UK Global Gateway agenda, after many years we have a chance to push aside personal agendas and really promote all that is great about the Central South collaboratively.

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Everyone stands to benefit from us having a joined up message for central gov, the rest of the UK and indeed the world.

What you don’t know: I have twin daughters and we are a horse mad family competing most weekends all over the South of England.

Tim Hancock


Chair of Business South since 2023

Tim is a chartered town planner and Chairman of leading planning and design practice tor&co since April 2020 before which he was the practice’s Managing Director since 2003. Tim provides advice to major clients on planning and political strategies to secure success for high profile projects.

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Tim has nearly 40 years of experience securing planning permissions for a diverse range of projects. These include the award-winning McLaren Campus in Woking, Warner Bros. Leavesden Studios and Harry Potter Studio Tour, new campuses for the Universities of Surrey, Exeter and York, new energy recovery facilities, a geothermal power station for the Eden Project and several solar farms around the UK. He has also played a central role in the planning for new communities in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hampshire and Kent.

Kevin Muldoon

Kevin Muldoon

Enterprise Manager

Joined Business South in 2021.

Best bit about my job: When looking after the Solent Business Centre and Fareham Enterprise Centre I get to work with such a variety of different businesses and people.


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What you don’t know: I am an avid vinyl collector and part time DJ.

Natalie Hunt

Business Support Executive

Joined Business South in June 2015.

Best bit about my job: My favourite agenda is Workforce South, as within the HR header we are able to tackle so many different topics that can resonate to all levels of employees in the workplace.

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What you don’t know: I have an A-Level in Photography and before Business South I spent 10 years in the hospitality industry, and within that time, 8 years as a Deputy Manager of a Hotel.

Shirley Wynne Jones

Shirley Wynne Jones

Event Director

Joined Business South in 2010.

Best bit about my job: Delivering such brilliant events with great speakers, sponsors and brilliant delegate engagement. Each and every event is delivered with team work. Every team member at Business South has a role to play and working together to make events a success is very rewarding.

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What you don’t know: I grew up overseas in Germany with my family and moved to the UK in 1989. I am a Southampton Football Club supporter and enjoy getting to the matches at St Marys.  My favourite music is R&B.

Shirley Wynne Jones

Nathan Bailey

Marketing Manager

Joined Business South in 2021.

Best bit about my job: Promoting all of the exciting projects and events that Business South is leading on – as well as getting to work with so many amazing businesses across the Central South.

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What you don’t know: Enjoy running, especially along the fantastic coastline we’re lucky to have on our doorstep in this region. I am also a huge football fan – Southampton Football Club season ticket holder.

Shirley Wynne Jones

Kate Pearce

Community Manager

Joined Business South in 2021.

Best bit about my job: There truly is never a dull moment at Business South. Coming from a journalism background, I’m used to the cut and thrust of daily news and deadlines so my role at Business South – looking after the Action Groups, creating content and managing media activity – is all grist to the mill.

In any given week we can be presenting to MPs at Westminster, drawing together the best business brains in the region to develop a Housing Manifesto or hosting the Directors of Tomorrow at a hugely enjoyable dinner in partnership with the Business School at the University of Southampton.

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What you don’t know about me: As a reporter I got to interview Prime Ministers of every hue and loved covering the annual political conferences for the Daily Echo. During the People Mover debate back in 1991, when Southampton was looking at having a rapid transit system in the city centre, I even managed to get named in the Hansard Report – what a claim to fame …

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Susan George

Business Advisor

Joined Business South in 2022.

Best bit about my job: I enjoy meeting the wide range of people who are starting their dream business. I love their enthusiasm and diverse ideas and helping them to move forward.

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What you don’t know about me: My claim to fame was a short TV interview for a project I was working on in the Czech Republic.  I was on their equivalent to South Today, which was fun!

Shirley Wynne Jones

Alex Gravestock

Relationship Manager

Joined Business South in July 2023

Best bit about my job: Networking and connecting with so many incredible people and business from all around the region. Every day is a learning curve and through collaboration and hard work the Central South will be able to achieve great things.

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What you don’t know about me: I am 6 foot 3 and have 4 younger sisters!

Business South

Solent Business Centre
343 Millbrook Road West
SO15 0HW

Telephone / email

Tel: 02380 518223
Tel: 0844 332 0131