Business specialists Oxford Innovation has taken on four new coaches to meet demand from a rising number of entrepreneurs across Northumberland.
The new associate business coaches are John Logan, Jon Storr, Nick Devitt and Fiona Setch. The four join a six-strong team based in the company’s regional headquarters in Ashington where Oxford Innovation is responsible for the delivery of a £1.35m investment devised to stimulate economic prosperity and growth in the county.
New associate coach John Logan from Corbridge in the Tyne Valley worked as a trainer with multi-million pound blue-chip companies. Former clients include Associated British Foods, Wilkinson Sword and grocery giants ASDA, Morrisons and Tesco. He also launched his own business and runs his own training consultancy business.
Finance expert Jon Storr joins the team from Rio Tinto’s Lynemouth Smelter. Storr is a chartered accountant with an impressive track record both in the UK and overseas in senior financial positions with companies including Blue Circle, Boots the Chemist and latterly Rio Tinto Alcan as financial director of UK operations.
He has also led a number of management buyout teams in several business sectors.
Associate coach Nick Devitt’s expertise lies in product and service design and development.
He was part of the team that established the Centre for Industrial Design at Northumbria University and is the founder of a successful digital media company and a long-time adviser to SMEs.
Newcastle-born Fiona Setch, meanwhile, has worked in Italy, Saudi Arabia and London before returning to her roots and making a contribution to business growth across the region.