For more information about Tom and Andrew, see below.
Tom is The Alternative Board’s local Facilitator and Coach for the Harrogate region.
The businesses run by his Board members range from £140million turnover to just a few thousand, and from several hundred employees to business owners with no staff at all.
Tom has a significant breadth of commercial experience having worked as a partner in PKF, a leading national and international firm of accountants, for 27 years.
Tom’s client base included a wide variety of sectors and size of business, from a top ten building society to SMEs, and including Government departments and agencies, and AIM companies.
In addition to client work, Tom ran the Leeds office of PKF for over 15 years, involving eight partners and over 80 staff. This involved an in depth understanding of the motivating factors which drive strong-minded people, in order to harness them together as a team.
Tom subsequently served for four years as an elected member of the firm’s National Management Board, a group of seven people with responsibility for strategic planning and direction for a £100m business with 1,700 people.
His other roles have included being President of Leeds Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 2003 – 2005, and being a member of the Council of the University of Leeds for a number of years, latterly as Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.
Tom graduated in Mathematics at New College, Oxford, in 1972, and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1975.
Tom has many years’ experience in helping clients and colleagues focus on what motivates them and how to achieve it, and this exactly suits his role with The Alternative Board.
Andrew is a partner at The Alternative Board in the Harrogate and Yorkshire region. He has gained a significant breadth of business experience over a career spanning 30-years.
Andrew was involved in a management buyout of a corporate business unit to form a privately held SME. He led much of the growth of this new venture until it was sold to a Middle Eastern corporation where he was ultimately appointed CEO.
Andrew is a seasoned business professional who has set up and run businesses in Europe, Asia, Middle East and the USA. His career has seen him spend time living in The Netherlands and latterly Singapore where he was a driving business growth across Asian emerging markets.
Whilst Andrew has had a global career he is a Yorkshireman at heart and lives once again in Harrogate. Here he is using his business experience to help local SME’s achieve success.
Andrew believes that Yorkshire is a great place to do business and is determined to help local businesses seize opportunities, grow and overcome the challenges they face. He has found that The Alternative Board is a perfect way to deliver that goal.
Andrew lives in Harrogate with his wife, Julie, and both his son and daughter (and now a granddaughter) have made their homes in Harrogate.
Andrew is a semi professional photographer, enjoys cycling and loves sampling the best of Harrogate and Yorkshires independent restaurants.