Advisors


Jonathan Lancaster

Business Advisor | Founder | CEO

 

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Jonathan Lancaster

Jonathan is committed to helping early-stage companies, social entrepreneurs and established business leaders with creating a sustainable competitive advantage through strategic sales, business development services, and support.

 

Jonathan comes from a background of 13 years' professional business-to-business (B2B) sales within the information and communication technologies (ICT) industry. He brings practical experience from successful sales of solutions and services to organisations from across health, local and central government, blue-light emergency services, housing, the voluntary and community sectors.

 

A graduate from the University of Ulster Business School, with an MSc (distinction) in Business Development and Innovation. Jonathan's final management research report focused on developing competence within the B2B Sales Process as an enabler to competitive advantage for SMEs.

Jim Irving

Business Advisor | Sales Leadership and Strategy

 

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Jim Irving brings substantial experience in many areas of technology and biomedical sales - including Direct and indirect sales, hardware and software, consulting and services. He has spent 42 years in the industry rising from trainee to managing large corporate IT Sales teams internationally.

 

In the last decade, Jim has focused on his own consultancy, delivering support, advice and mentoring to start-up and small/ medium IT and biomedical companies - mainly around sales strategy, pipeline management, marketing, deal qualification and routes-to-market/ channel partner work. Jim is also an acting 'Entrepreneur in Residence' for Catalyst at the Northern Ireland Science Park.

Professor Gwyn Thomas

Business Advisor | Informatics Leadership and Strategy

 

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Professor Gwyn Thomas

A national leader and strategic thinker responsible for developing government and corporate technology policy in the NHS in England and Wales. Over 15 years' experience as CEO and CIO in public sector ICT, creating national digital strategies and implementation programmes that have successfully delivered real value and benefits to organisations and users.

 

Currently, Managing Director of Cogan Hall Consultancy providing advice on digital healthcare technology strategies and implementation planning to both public and private sectors. Clients include SMEs (Strategic Advisor and Non-Executive roles), International Technology Suppliers & Strategy Consultants, Government Healthcare Departments in Northern Ireland, Wales, and England, NHS England Clinical Commissioning Groups and Trusts.

Pip Brangam

Business Advisor | Creative Marketing

 

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Pip Brangam

Pip Brangam is a creative marketing professional with over five years' international experience. She recently returned from San Francisco where she worked as head of content for SaaS start-up management platform, Foundersuite. Crazy about start-ups, technology, and entrepreneurship she has worked with early-stage companies to creating effective content and inbound strategies to drive growth and sales.

Steve McGookin

Business Advisor | Media and Communications

 

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After 20 years as a journalist and editor at the Financial Times in London and New York, Steve worked with a tech start-up called Sawhorse Media and spent time as a lead writer with the US internal communications team at McKinsey. For the past few years he has worked on corporate communications projects with a range of clients in Europe and the US.