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Highly experienced team

Our passion is to ensure businesses whether SME, mid-market, third sector or Blue Chip meet their objectives along the journey to grow, turnaround or exit.

We make an impact by delivering clarity, establishing strategic intent and tailored operational business plans. Our clients are then equipped with the insight, focus, direction, governance and support to go further...

Our team brings energy, enjoyment and academic rigour that gets results.

Meet the team

Martin Brown
Martin Brown CEO
+44 (0)7771 874618 m.brown@elephants-child.co.uk

Founder of Elephants Child, Martin has 20 years experience in business development across a wide range of industry sectors. His business acumen allied with a strong academic background provides for a consultative, analytical approach to leading, developing and implementing successful business strategy for growth, turnaround, exit and business development.

Natalie Brewer
Natalie Brewer COO
+44 (0)7817 524670 n.brewer@elephants-child.co.uk

A highly motivated, creative, goal oriented  professional with over 15 years experience. Natalie has worked with a number of SME’s and global corporations from telecommunications and electronics manufacturing to government agencies and children’s food companies. She has also headed up sector skills groups and contract managed programmes such as Investors in people and the Apprenticeship Scheme.

Her key strengths are business acumen married with strong communication skills and an academic background. These have developed her strategic thinking, targeted communication skills and the experience and ability to mentor others for them to develop and grow.

 

Richard Murray
Richard Murray CCO (North)
+44 (0)7825 893386 r.murray@elephants-child.co.uk

Richard qualified as a Solicitor 19 years ago and has also been a NED for a firm of solicitors .  His coaching methods are based on a strong academic background coupled with years of hands on experience.

Richard was the managing partner in a high street legal practice for 13 years, during which time he experienced the benefits and pitfalls of high growth mergers and acquisitions. He then became a Director in a large, national legal practice which has given him the benefit of being involved in the management of a large corporation.

His style of coaching is very much based on his strong analytical skills coupled with excellent problem solving and communication skills.

He is Chair of the Board of Trustees for a Multi Academy Trust based in the West Midlands.

Anthony Thomson
Anthony Thomson CBO (South)
+44 (0) 7884226285 a.thomson@elephants-child.co.uk

Dr Anthony Thomson is a passionate business development executive, with over 20 years’ experience in strategy, business development and marketing. He has held senior roles in technology, health, finance and within the University sector. Anthony has led the formation, management and exit of several start-ups; including University spin-outs and corporate ventures. Anthony’s academic pursuits extend from science into business and leadership.
Offering a rare blend of commercial awareness, academic background and real-world pragmatism, he has achieved exciting approaches to business strategy and market development. Anthony is recognized for his success in producing well-researched strategic directions in areas of commercial and business development, sales and marketing, brand development, technology and ecosystem development. His collaborative approach to leading, developing and implementing business strategies is reflected in the success of his work.

Pat Freshwater
Pat Freshwater Business Growth Advisor
+44 (0)7802 531007 p.freshwater@elephants-child.co.uk

With an extensive multi-sector career as an international business professional working in the corporate and SME sectors, Patricia’s success as an effective business coach and facilitator, is born out of her joy in witnessing the transformational change in the mindset of people, in organisations that start to behave with strategic intent.

A strong business focus, coupled with an aptitude for rapidly getting companies to realise their potential, Patricia is able to quickly build relationships based on trust and respect. She understands the need to communicate simply and effectively at all levels, adding value to every task, improving productivity and leading teams to maximise profit and market impact.

Crawfurd Walker
Crawfurd Walker Business Growth Advisor
+44 (0) 7900 581 580 c.walker@elephants-child.co.uk
Crawfurd began his career in property and leisure development,  following an MBA at Cranfield he then worked as an independent consultant advising a number of SME’s and FTSE 100 companies on strategic development and brand growth.
He was co-founder of a Mayfair based corporate finance company which enabled him to become involved in a wide range of projects in a variety of industries. These ranged from having originated the idea for, and then set up, the Kazakhstan Open on the European Challenge Tour to a feasibility study for a Regional Biotechnology incubator facility.
Although his experience includes FTSE 100 companies, Governments and Professional Bodies, Crawfurd prefers to work closely with business owners and high level decision makers in SME companies. This can either be working with them to refine and deliver on an existing strategy or helping them identify their aims and creating a strategy and structure to achieve these goals – always with a view to optimising and realising the value they have created.
In addition to working with business owners Crawfurd has also established companies in research, business support and funding with roles including Chairman, NED and CEO. He has also been fortunate enough to act as a judge on a number of industry awards.
Matt Kelly
Matt Kelly FC
M.Kelly@elephants-child.co.uk

Matt is an ACA qualified Chartered Accountant having spent 7 years in a Top 20 accountancy practice. In that role he worked with SME businesses across a wide spectrum of industries as a general practitioner. This role provided exposure to a wide range of businesses and entrepreneurs as well as their specific financial and operating issues.
Matt’s decision to leave the accountancy practice was driven by a desire to apply his skills in a new way, moving away from a predominantly regulatory and historic reporting role into a dynamic and forward facing one. As part of the team Matt will be maintaining our internal finance function as well as providing direct financial support to our clients.

Kathryn Morse
Kathryn Morse HR
k.morse@elephants-child.co.uk

Kathryn is a CIPD qualified HR Partner with multi-sector experience including L&D, Facilities, FMCG, Merchandise and Licensing. Initially specialising in recruitment, Kathryn developed a passion for talent management, helping companies to develop and retain their employees.  After many years working with blue chip organisations, Kathryn moved in to the SME sector providing support across the entire HR function to enable companies to develop the teams required to take their business to the next level.  She is driven by delivering first class HR services that support both individual and business growth.

Jo Cosgrave
Jo Cosgrave Marketing Executive
j.cosgrave@elephants-child.co.uk

Ever since studying public relations at Bournemouth university, Jo has had a passion for marketing and communications. Directly after university, Jo started working for a global marine engineering organisation and quickly established herself as an all-around marketing professional. With a particular interest in content creation, Jo was able to use her position to fine tune her skills by writing a variety of marketing collateral from brochures, press releases and case studies.

After six years in her job and progressing into a management position, Jo started thinking about starting her own company in order to utilise all of her skills in a broader spectrum. Once setting up her own business, she has worked on a variety of campaigns ranging from personal profiles, case studies and website content in a variety of industries. Now, Jo works closely with the Elephants Child team to ensure that their success stories are shared with their customers and potential customers.

Jo is originally from Finland but has lived abroad for most of her life and speaks three languages fluently.

Andy Hollands
Andy Hollands Business Growth Advisor
+44 (0) 7484 334968 a.hollands@elephants-child.co.uk

Andy has been working with owner managed businesses for over 10 years now, specializing in helping them grow their businesses utilizing his skills in Strategy & Business Planning, Leadership and Management & Financial Management as well as Customer Service Excellence; Business Development and Team Performance.

Andy is straight talking and will certainly help you look at your business differently. He has run three of his own companies during his 30-year career, one of which he took to a successful ‘exit’ which demonstrates his credentials to help others.

Geoff Gwynn
Geoff Gwynn Business Growth Advisor
+44 (0) 7764 195499 g.gwynn@elephants-child.co.uk

After leaving the Royal Air Force, Geoff has spent over 35 years in sales, marketing and business development roles, in organisations ranging in size from complete start-ups to Fortune 500 organisations in the UK, Europe and the USA.

With extensive experience in developing business strategy, and organisational development, and the development of leadership teams, he uses a direct and no-nonsense approach to get things done.

Geoff enjoys working with open minded and ambitious business leaders who are eager to learn how to grow with the support of a Non-Exec Director, Board Advisor, Coach and Mentor.

Mark Child
Mark Child Business Growth Advisor
+44 (0) 7775 670 900 m.child@elephants-child.co.uk

Mark has extensive experience working in a wide range of businesses including Health and Fitness, IT, and software providers. Whatever the needs of the business, Mark can support them with his variety of skills and knowledge in marketing, sales, customer service, health and safety, personnel development and financial control.
Working with an emerging software company in a role on their Executive Management Team he helped them to grow from 200 people to 2500 staff. He enjoys mentoring and supporting companies on strategic projects as well as ongoing operational management.

Outside of work he’s another energetic elephant enjoying the occasional triathlon and regular swims, cycle rides and runs.

Simon Jones
Simon Jones Business Growth Advisor
+ 44 (0) 7739 005 037 s.jones@elephants-child.co.uk

Simon is a bold, energetic and straight-talking advisor, he has held senior positions in both corporate and consulting businesses. His specialisms are in strategy, sales, marketing, digital and operational business disciplines.

This experience has been gained across a diverse range of industries including Building Materials, Lighting, Consumer Electronics, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Finance and Travel & Tourism.

Simon’s passion is supporting clients to find and take advantage of new ways to grow their businesses. This includes helping to turn around areas of underperformance, where necessary. He is hands-on and practical.

  • Communication with our clients begins with these 6 key questions

    I Keep six honest serving-men: (They taught me all I knew)

    Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who.

    I send them over land and sea, I send them east and west;

    But after they have worked for me, I give them all a rest…

    Rudyard Kipling’s Elephants Child, from the Just So Stories.