Dr Andy Middlebrooke founded Exercise Science Consulting Ltd in January 2008 with the aim of providing clients with access to expertise in exercise and sport science irrespective of ability or performance level. Andy has over 20 year’s experience in the exercise and sport science sector. He graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1997 and in 2002 was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Exeter. Andy has worked at the Peninsula Medical School, the School of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Exeter and within the University’s Children’s Health and Exercise Research Centre. He has presented his research work at many prestigious national and international conferences and has published work in scientific peer-reviewed journals. Andy has provided sport science support to a range of clients from University sport scholars to Polar explorers and international athletes and has worked as a consultant for UK Athletics supporting British, European and World record holders and Paralympic medallists.
In October 2015, Open Hearts Open Borders (OHOB) Refugee Aid was born because Faraday wanted to create positive change in the world. What started out initially as a small refugee aid project has now grown into a registered Not for Profit voluntary humanitarian aid organisation. OHOB now ship aid to Greece and France on a regular basis and support resettlement in the South West with household and essential items. The last 3 years have been a real journey of growth not only for OHOBwho told us: "It has opened my eyes to the kindness of others. OHOB is my promise that we all can contribute in some small way to make the world a better place".
Julie is Joint Chief Executive at Cosmic and plays a key role in leading business development and strategic planning in a successful social enterprise. With a strong focus on growth, increased impact and collaboration, Julie has successfully secured a growing number of national and regional strategic partnerships and projects to support in recent years, whilst ensuring that all of Cosmic’s services are of the highest quality and that social objectives remain high on the agenda for businesses, community organisations and individuals alike, and especially for young people.
Julie is a keen follower of the digital agenda in all its shapes and sizes, and its effect on society, and she has been involved in many projects aiming to improve digital inclusion across the SW and the wider UK. Julie is a Board member with Devon & Cornwall Business Council, the Exeter & Heart of Devon Skills Partnership and the Exeter Chamber of Commerce, as well as sitting on the Bank of England Panel in Exeter. She is also on the UK Digital Skills Taskforce which brings together a range of national and regional organisations, businesses and government to develop and deliver on plans for improving the digital economy.
Katharine’s career has been primarily in business development and performance improvement roles in the UK and overseas. She brings a practical wealth of experience in ways to build and develop teams to succeed in business, with a good understanding of both online and offline marketing and sales combined with expertise in talent management, recruitment, people development and technology.
Her career has seen her work mostly in the private sector, with short periods in the public and not for profit sectors. Her sectoral experience is broad, from recruitment and management consultancy to health and engineering, from economic regulation to food manufacturing including 6 years creating and running an IT business (which comprised business to business as well as retail).
As an executive coach, her passion is in supporting people to achieve their potential and have fun! This has seen her continue to invest in her own professional skills development, from studying Zen Leadership to learning about multiple brain integration techniques and neuro linguistic programming.
Trevor established Portcullis Legals at the age of 23. With 30 year’s experience in the legal services profession, Trevor specialises in estate planning and bringing the expertise needed to protect clients and their families. He recently completed his Masters (MBA) at the University of Exeter and continues to guest lecture at the University and other educational institutions. Trevor sits on the Advisory Panel of the Legal Services Board in London and provides consultancy services to a number of law and financial services firms. Trevor is qualified to the worldwide gold standard for Trust and Estate Practitioners with full STEP qualifications and is seen as a legal innovator. Trevor actively supports local universities and charities, in addition to investing in and mentoring young entrepreneurs.