Inspire Suffolk is very humbled to be supported by a number of highly committed local businesses and individuals. Our Patrons provide invaluable links to the Suffolk Business community helping to increase work experience opportunities, taster sessions with many of the county’s business sectors and mentoring advice for our young people.
We are proud to have a number of Patrons who act as advocates for our charity, supporting our work motivating young people through personal development programmes and onto positive next steps in their lives.
Georgie is a journalist and broadcaster based in London and her home County of Suffolk. She hosts the popular Weekend Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT with former striker Micky Quinn and is a regular television sports contributor.
Georgie started her career with the BBC in Suffolk and has since worked in local commercial radio for ITV Anglia, SkySports News, SkyNews and is a host for Premier League Productions based in London.
Peter Dawes is an Independent Financial Adviser with Carter Dawes, a firm based in Ipswich. After working as an engineer in the RAF, Pete has been in financial advice for 23 years and was Chairman of the Felixstowe Chamber of Commerce and Vice chairman of the Ipswich Chamber of Commerce.
Outside of work, Pete coached youth football for many years, and also enjoys improving his own fitness, most recently running the London Marathon to raise money for Inspire Suffolk.
“I’m honoured to be a patron for Inspire Suffolk. It’s clear to me that giving all young people the same chances, no matter what their background, is one of the most positive things we can do as a society. The thought of raising money for Suffolk’s next generation kept me going in the marathon, and will continue to motivate me as I work with this fantastic charity.”
Steve Flory is a local businessman born in Suffolk, a county close to his heart. His career has taken many twists and turns to when he finds himself today. Starting his working life at the major UK Insurance company, Willis Faber and Dumas (now Willis Towers Watson), for the last 20 years he has developed his own business ventures. Steve was a founder of ‘Ansaback’, a leading UK call centre and is currently Managing Director of the Hudson Group.
Working to help support aspiration and opportunity for all, Steve is a ‘Fellow’ of Suffolk New College, an active member of the Ipswich East Rotary Club and an Eastern Enterprise Hub ‘Superstar’ helping people fulfil their dreams of owning their own business. Until September 2017 he was Chair of the Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity.
Alicia is a stalwart of the Suffolk Business Community and currently works for Archant as a Senior Sales Manager, interacting with Businesses all over Suffolk and is a major part of Anglia Business Awards. As a board member of Suffolk Business Women and one of The Suffolk Ambassadors, Alicia is in the centre of the business community.
Alicia is proud to be an ambassador for Inspire, providing a vital link between business and the charity.
“These young people are inspirational, and if I can help them improve the prospects for their future life, it gives me inspiration in my own life.”
Matt Holland, the former captain for ITFC, has been a patron of the charity since 2011. He helped ITFC to the Premier League in 2000 and the following season skippered the team to a fifth-place finish and UEFA Cup qualification in their return to the top-flight.
Today Matt has a thriving media career, presenting ‘The Player’s Lounge’ on national radio broadcaster talkSPORT and working with BT Sport and Setanta Sport in Ireland.
A MESSAGE FROM MATT HOLLAND
Inspire Suffolk is all about working with any young person in the county who is in need and giving them the tools to make the very best of their opportunities. Improving education standards, working with young people to enhance their work readiness and confidence to complete their core learning along with sports apprenticeships are just some of the areas in which this charity operates – day-in-day-out – committed to making a difference.
That is why I am happy to give it my support, I hope that you will consider supporting us as well.
John Howard is a property business leader with over nearly 4-decades of experience in the industry. At the age of 25, John also became one of the youngest Directors of a football league club when joining Cambridge United FC where he stayed for 18 years. It was at Cambridge United where John first became passionate about helping young people to get the right start in life when he set up the Football in the Community initiative.
“When I was invited to become a patron of Inspire Suffolk I didn’t hesitate to accept. I have seen first hand that such initiatives really can make a difference. This opportunity will allow me to continue to support a charity that I have always been so proud to be part of, by helping to make a positive impact on those young people who need it the most.”
Simon Jay is a PGA Professional and Director of Golf at Seckford Golf Club in Woodbridge. He has been at the club since it opened in 1991. Throughout this time he has encouraged golf at all ages and levels including county coaching under the England golf umbrella.
He played his golf as a junior and amateur at Felixstowe Ferry before turning professional in 1998. His roles today include various charity work at the golf club including event organising, promoting and hosting alongside quiz nights which have been running for 18 years and have raised approximately £250,000 since their start.
“I was delighted and honoured to be asked to be a patron for Inspire Suffolk! Being involved with raising visibility and seeing how the charity supports and helps young people is fantastic. I have been involved in many of their events including quiz and theme nights golf days and in particular taking part and learning to dance in their 2018 Strictly Charity event have also been fantastic”
PAT LEWIS OF SOURCE ONE CONSULTING
Inspire Suffolk is delighted to have the support of both Source One Consulting as a Charity Sponsor and individually Pat Lewis as one of our ‘Business’ Patrons.
As someone who has faced personal and professional challenges and overcame them to build a hugely successful business, Pat is extremely well placed to share his experiences and contacts to help build confidence, resilience, and aspiration among those we work with.
The Charity is extremely grateful to Pat and Source One for the donation of office furniture and furnishings to refurbish the organisation’s facilities.
Peter Osborne is Group Commercial Director for Stoke-by-Nayland Hotel, Golf and Spa . Peter Osborne brings a wealth of experience to the charity including his hospitality and catering expertise, as well as his interest in supporting local young people with their career progression.
“I am delighted with the opportunity to join Inspire Suffolk’s hard-working team and help make a difference in our local community. We already have plans to expand our level of commitment to this very important charity over the coming months”.
Andy Perrin is the Owner and Managing Director of Hemisphere Freight Services Ltd, a well-respected international logistics company headquartered locally in Ipswich.
In his 30 years of business, Andy has supported various charities both directly and indirectly with either financial donations or actions, including running two London Marathons. In May 2018 he decided to find a local charity that he could connect to offer more than just financial support and Inspire Suffolk touched a nerve, taking him back to his own beginning and the difficulties of not only choosing the right path but also in having the confidence to take certain steps. Through years of experience in decision making, Andy has a good understanding that no matter how many twists and turns you take with enough belief and effort you can find your way and while he isn’t at the end of his journey he believes he has his bearing which gives Andy the opportunity along with Inspire Suffolk to give others a guided hand.
“I do everything with amazing support from my family, I love to experience new challenges, I am ultra-competitive and while I don’t always win, I strive to do better the next time around!”
Katy Sealy was selected to represent Belize in the Heptathlon whilst study a degree in Sport and Exercise Science in 2010. Since then Katy now holds the Belize National Record in Heptathlon and Javelin, as well as being the four-time Central American Heptathlon Champion. Katy has also competed at two Commonwealth Games and two Central American and Caribbean Games as well as an appearance in the 100m hurdles as a wildcard at the Rio 2016 Olympics
Alongside her training, Katy will be coaching a number of different sports session at Inspire Suffolk.
“I think the free Turn Up & Play sport sessions run by Inspire Suffolk are fantastic and something I would have loved at that age! These sessions are a great opportunity for children to experience a wide range of sports and of course, they will have lots of fun, be active and make new friends. I am honoured to be involved with this amazing charity.”
BILL TANCRED, MBE
Suffolk born Double Olympian Bill has enjoyed a long and distinguished career both as an athlete, representing Great Britain on over 50 occasions, including the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games for the discus event, and in sports administration and management, where he has held the role of Chairman of Suffolk Sport from 2006 to 2014 and Professor of Sports & Exercise Science at the University of Suffolk.
Bill was a regional council member for England Athletics (East) and many other board and management roles. In the 1992 New Year’s Honours List, this Felixstowe ‘boy’ was awarded an MBE for services to athletics.
DAVE WARD, OBE
Dave forged his career within the UK Rail industry, starting as a carriage cleaner for the then nationalised, British Rail and ending his 37-year career in 2015 as Managing Director of Network Rail South East. He was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list in 2015 for services to the rail industry.
Dave has a passion for supporting charitable causes, particularly those in place to support vulnerable young people, those overcoming addiction issues and individuals who are in need of ‘mentoring’ support.
Shaun Whiter became an Inspire Suffolk patron in 2018. He has gone through his own difficulties after being in a hit and run accident which led to him having both legs amputated just under two years ago. Shaun is a determined and positive person who has now set his sights on training for the 2024 Olympics. As Shaun has gone through his own difficulties he now wants to help others in difficult situations. With Shaun’s inspiring story it will no doubt inspire other young people!
“For me it was a easy choice to get onboard with Inspire Suffolk, as I could see the clear goals and ideas that they want to achieve within the local community. I have learnt so much and been given lots of advice on how to deal with certain situations, that I thought it was now time for me to do my bit and help others in similar situations.”
On leaving school at 16 Dennis entered into a local YTS Retail scheme and over the next 7 years moved between various customer services focused roles with National brands such as Olympus Sports, Yum!, Brands Inc, Volkswagen and some of East Anglia’s biggest brand names like QD. When Dennis moved into the recruitment world he found the fast pace addictive and after successful positions with independent recruitment agencies he moved up the ranks and proved himself to be the best at what he did, he settled into a long-term role with a local Ipswich recruitment agency in 2001. He started with a blank canvas and took the operation from 1 client and 5 temporary staff to servicing over 20 clients and placing 400 workers daily, a pace that in 2013 positioned them on the Fast Track 50 list of companies in the UK.
Neil is co-founder and CEO of Inawisdom, a market leading Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning provider, with offices in Ipswich, London and Rotterdam. Neil has an extensive background, founding and growing a number of highly successful businesses and as a leader and innovator in the Technology sector, he is passionate about investing in people and working closely with customers, to enable them to get the maximum value from their data.
Neil is also Chairman of TechEast, the not for profit organisation and plays a fundamental role in promoting and supporting the digital technology sector across the East of England.