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Meet the Team

Andrew Steel
Hartlepool Business Forum Co-ordinator

Andrew is an MBA post graduate from Newcastle University. After working in industry for several years he took up a lecturing role at Hartlepool College in 1990. Andrew is an Assistant Principal at the College and has specific responsibility for employer/stakeholder liaison. This role has enabled him to work with hundreds of local and regional employers over the last ten years and in 2010 Ofsted rated the College’s work with employers as ‘Outstanding’. He recently worked with Barbour in South Shields to set up a Training Academy for the textile industry which was commended by Secretary of State Vince Cable in his visit to the centre in 2013. Andrew is a member of the Hartlepool Economic Regeneration committee as well as being a Governor at a local Primary School. He has been a member of the Business Forum Steering Group for four years and has taken on the role of coordinator from September 2013.

Pamela Hargreaves

Pamela is a Law and Politics graduate from Durham University whose professional experience includes responsibility for delivering multi-media communications campaigns across the North East and UK-wide for a number of regional and national organisations. As Director of Campaigns, Policy and Strategy at London-based Enterprise UK, she worked with many of the major business membership organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Confederation of British Industry (CBI), British Chambers of Commerce and Institute of Directors (IoD) as well as a number of large delivery organisations like the Prince’s Trust and Young Enterprise. Three years ago Pamela set up Xivvi Ltd, a creative design agency, which provides a range of services around media and communications from branding and graphic design to marketing and web development.

Pamela is Chair of the Hartlepool Branch of the Federation of Small Businesses has been a Councillor in Hartlepool since 2003, is the co-founder of a women’s business network and is the Chair of a local children’s charity.

Brian Beaumont

Brian Beaumont is a Business Development Specialist, and former Partner, with Waltons Clark Whitehill, a national Firm of Chartered Accountants. After a long career in industry and commerce he has spent the last twenty years or so working with businesses large and small, across a diverse range of market sectors. He is well established in the business infrastructure and support network and assisting in its development, particularly in the North East, and works with and alongside banks, venture capitalists, and many others. He is Past President of the Chamber of Commerce, sits on the NECC Tees Valley Committee, and was a founding Chairman of the Hartlepool Economic Forum, and he is involved in the Business Awards et al. He has a strong interest in Investors in People, and is a Trustee of Tees Valley Community Foundation. He specialises in feasibility studies, business and strategic planning, funding packages, grants, implementation, mentoring/coaching, and non-executive appointments.

Joy Yates

Joy is the Editor of two daily newspapers – the Hartlepool Mall and Shields Gazette – and the weekly Peterlee Star publication as well as their websites and table apps.  An award-winning journalist, she is also the Editorial Director of Johnston Press North East Publishing Unit. Joy is a member of the Accreditation Board of the National Council for the Training of Journalists, which has delivered quality journalism training since 1951. She is an English graduate, a trained Keep Fit Association teacher and a former chair of the North East branch of the Society of Editors.

Sarah Ainslie

Sarah has been a passionate supporter of small business and enterprise matters for over 15 years. Formerly the Federation of Small Businesses’ North East Policy Manager, she has a strong track record in representing the interests of small and medium sized enterprises at local, regional and national levels. Her professional experience includes managing lobbying campaigns on a broad range of policy issues and building key partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders, including MPs, MEPs, local government and the voluntary sector.

Sarah holds a Master of Arts in Regional Development and is Business Development Executive at Amacus Ltd, where she manages an innovative Employability and Business Start-Up programme across Tees Valley. She is also Director of Pical CIC, a NE  based Public Affairs community interest company which researches public policy and provides advice, guidance and training to organisations on how to communicate key issues to legislators.

Sarah is Vice Chair of the Hartlepool Branch of the Federation of Small Businesses and sits on the Hartlepool Economic & Regeneration Forum.  As co-founder of the women’s business network WomenWhatDo.biz she is a active supporter of women’s enterprise in Hartlepool. She is also a Trustee at Hartlepool based charity Epilepsy Outlook.

Israr Hussian

Israr has a background in business and has over 10 years experience working with businesses of all sizes from the micro enterprise through to large multinationals.  He is aware of the challenges and issues faced by businesses at various stages of their development be it a new start business or an existing business expanding into a new market.  He has worked with businesses of all sectors and backgrounds and assisted with a range of support from accessing funding to getting specialist help in specific business fields.

 He is well networked within the numerous business groups operating in the North East and has a developed understanding and knowledge of the business support network and support organisations both locally and nationally.

 He has further developed a particular expertise and interest in keeping abreast of national government policies both existing and emerging and translating what the potential impacts could be on businesses and the wider local economy.