Fit for Purpose or a Box of Broken Tools: How to Build a Successful Team


Ashley. G. Cooper

Director, Catalyst Growth Partners

Ashley is Co-Founder and Director of Catalyst Growth Partners (CGP) a “Smart Capital” provider of expertise and funding, working with innovative businesses and positive people in a range of disruptive technology sectors including AI driven business intelligence, Crypto security, Insurance Fraud detection, Career development, Innovation collaboration, Digital Accountancy, Clean Energy, Cell Therapy, Asset Management and Social Gaming. His focus is around building High Performing Teams to deliver disruptive propositions in rapidly scaling markets.

Ashley is an approved Lead Investor for the Angels Invest Wales Angel platform and has lead two deals utilising the Angels Invest Wales co-fund to invest alongside an experienced Angel syndicate.

Ashley holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and is a Chartered Director CDir from the Institute of Directors. He is Chair of the Board of the Business Wales Accelerated Growth Program and is a co-Founder of the Inspire Wales investment consortium. In 1995 he Co-Founded TES Aviation Group an aircraft engine asset management, trading and leasing business which he grew to $200M at 10% EBITDA margin based on 3 continents employing 150 people. After selling his final shareholding in 2012 he led the business as CEO for a further 2 years before founding Catalyst Growth Partners in 2014.

Ian McDermott

Chief Executive Officer, Peabody Group

Jane Porter

Chief Operations Officer, Optivo

Jane is the Chief Operating Officer at Optivo. Throughout her career in housing, she has held senior executive roles in housing management, asset management, development and home ownership.

Jane is passionate about delivering excellent customer services. She has achieved sector leading performance through the use of real time data, segmentation and customer insight. She has driven continuous improvement and efficiencies through her vision and enthusiasm for technology solutions including predictive analytics, RPA, AI, IoT and bots.

Jane is a member of the MHCLG Stay Put Strategy Technical Steering Group; RSH Sounding Board on Tenant Satisfaction Measures; NHF South East Standing Board and was a Member of the MHCLG Social Sector (Building Safety) Resident Engagement Best Practice Group which is mentioned in the Housing White Paper.

Colin Mercer

Director – Leadership Consulting, Interim Partners at NSCG

Colin has been with NSCG (and formerly Wickland Westcott) since 1994, prior to which he was a member of BT’s Business Psychology Group. He holds a degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree (with Distinction) in Occupational Psychology. He is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and is fully qualified in psychometrics. His clients include market-leading organisations in telecommunications, financial services, manufacturing, professional services and private equity. He operates at a senior level in the areas of executive assessment, development, coaching and Board evaluation. He also works with top teams to optimise their effectiveness and create a high-performance culture. Alongside his coaching and consulting activities, Colin sits on the main Board at NSCG, giving him vital first-hand experience in the excitement and pressure of running a P&L.

Date: 17th November 2022

Time: 10:00 – 12:30

Venue: Central London

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