Wolverhampton | Sandwell | Dudley | Walsall 

5 - 15 October 2020

Sector Leads

The Black Country Business Festival covers a total of 8 sectors, each one carefully selected to showcase the region's broad but strong economy. Leading each sector is an industry-specific professional who is well-known within their sectorial field.

A Sector Lead is responsible for ensuring BCBF is as successful as possible. Using their extensive networks and industry links, Sector Leads encourage participants, businesses and investors to discover what the Black Country has to offer.

The 8 key sectors are:

Advanced Manufacturing

Johnathan Dudley

Regional Managing Partner and Head of Manufacturing Business

international import/export companies and he also specialises in advising owner managed and family businesses on business improvement, strategy, succession, growth and change management both inside the business and in the surrounding family environments.

His experience and portfolio covers group, subsidiary and private companies across a range of industry sectors operating both within the UK and internationally, most specifically in Europe, USA, Australia, New Zealand and China.

Johnathan is a member of the ICAEW and Black Country LEP Access to Finance Group. He is also an Accredited Mindshop Facilitator, an international network of business and personal improvement professionals.

Johnathan joined Crowe in 1988 and became partner in 1994. He has served on the Supervisory Board and its Corporate Governance and Strategy Teams. He led and managed the merger of our two Midlands offices in 2011 into the firm’s centre of excellence in Oldbury.


In 2014, Johnathan was promoted again to Regional Office Managing Partner and became a member of the Crowe Executive Team. He Head of Manufacturing Business and leads the firm’s Manufacturing Business group and Manufacturing Business Network which he established.


He serves on the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) Manufacturing Special Interest Group Steering Committee.

Johnathan’s clients range from manufacturing groups to


Trevor Leeks

Operations Director

Jaguar Land Rover

Over four years ago, Trevor took on the role of Operations Director for the £1 billion Engine Manufacturing Centre at Wolverhampton – a site which now has more than 1,400 employees.

Trevor first joined Jaguar Land Rover in July 2012, as Director of Powertrain Lean Manufacturing, with responsibility for leading the ‘Operational Excellent’ strategy for Jaguar Land Rover Powertrain. Prior to this he spent two and a half years as Head of Manufacturing Operations at BAE Systems in Lancashire.

Prior to this, Trevor worked for Ford Motor Company for 22 years, holding various senior manufacturing roles. He is an Alumni of the University of East London with a 2:1 (Hons) in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. 

Jaguar Land Rover is UK’s largest automotive manufacturer. Our £1bn, state-of-the-art Engine Manufacturing Centre near Wolverhampton is at the forefront of innovation in the industry and directly employs over 1,400 people.


Jaguar Land Rover is committed to playing an active part in the business community within our local area and look forward to being part of the Black Country Business Festival.

Trevor is committed to building strong business and community partnerships. He is a Patron of Compton Hospice in Wolverhampton and facilitated the EMC’s support of The Way – Youth Zone in city. In 2016, he picked up the Manufacturing Champion Award at the Express & Star Business Awards. He was also part of a team who were named as finalist in the RaENG MacRobert Award for Innovation. In 2016, Trevor was honoured by the University of Wolverhampton with a fellowship for his contribution to economic regeneration.

Creative Industries

Adrian Jackson

Chief Executive & Artistic Director

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Creative industries are very important to the Black Country as their operations generate high GVA per year for the local economy, support a significant number of jobs across the region and stimulate increased footfall into the area as a whole.”

After a range of rewarding and challenging roles during her time at Light House, Kelly became CEO 5 years ago.

Moving away from the realm of public funding and driving the organisation forward into its next critical phase, Kelly successfully continues to safeguard a crucial part of Wolverhampton’s cultural and civic life. 

With a formidable passion for cinema, Kelly delivers an exciting and diverse film programme as well as an eclectic range of cultural events, exhibitions and music plus quality live theatre, ballet and opera.

Education & skills

Clare Schofield

Director & Professor of Business Enterprise

University of Wolverhampton Business School

Professor Clare Schofield is Director of the University of Wolverhampton Business School and Professor of Business Enterprise. Based in the Faculty of Social Sciences she is the lead for Business Engagement and has nineteen years of experience in higher education. Clare joined the University of Wolverhampton in September 2018 and has held roles in Business Schools at the University of Chester and Manchester Metropolitan University. Her experience of supporting business was gained as Deputy Director of the Centre for Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School. The Centre was research led and enterprise focused on developing business leaders and supporting SME business growth as well as innovating in enterprise and entrepreneurship education within higher education. Clare was the North West Academic Director of the 10,000 Small Businesses Programme funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation. The programme supported the most ambitious businesses to grow creating jobs and opportunity. Clare was awarded her PhD in Management in 2006 and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has published papers on the subject of enterprise education and business growth. Clare is a member of the Telford Business Board.

Education and skills have been identified as one of the main priorities of the Black Country Strategic Economic Plan. The development of skills and access to a high quality education can have a transformative effect on the lives of individuals but collectively it enables us to meet the grand challenges that we all face in the future. The Industrial Strategy recognises that we need to develop the skills needed for jobs of the future and these will enable businesses to capitalise on opportunities for innovation and growth. We have access to outstanding school, further and higher education in the Black Country as well as excellent specialist training and development providers in the private sector so we have so much to celebrate

Ian Bond

Head of Trusts & Estates

Talbots Law

With its proud Black Country heritage and commitment to the exciting future of the region, I am pleased to be championing the thriving professional services sector in the inaugural Black Country Business Festival.

Ian specialises in private client work including: wills and wealth planning; the creation and administration of trusts and estates; and the preparation of lasting powers of attorney and other Court of Protection work.

Ian is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners “STEP” since 2006 and is currently the External Examiner for the “Administration of Trusts” paper on the STEP Diploma for England & Wales. He is also chair of the Law Society 'Wills and Equity Committee' from July 2017, and a member of the technical committee advising the Law Society’s Wills Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS).

Professional Services

Shaun Carvill

Managing Director


Shaun is an acknowledged expert in digital communication, technology in business and all things Internet and IT related.

As MD of Clickingmad - a respected digital agency formed in 2000 he helps businesses to make better use of technology both in terms of cost saving but also in boosting sales and profits.

Shaun works closely with various private providers and Government agencies in the Export, Funding and Business Support sectors. An accomplished speaker in his own right he has presented to many business groups through the country and also often consults for larger organisations in assessing their digital footprint and suggests ways to improve their digital ROI.

The Black Country is one of the most vibrant and exciting areas of the UK to do business. The Festival will help put the Black Country back where it belongs - at the top of the list for business investment, opportunities and job creation.

Business Support & Communications

Property, Construction

& Infrastructure

Stephen was born, raised and educated in the black country and for over 20 years he has been working on improving the housing, building fabric and infrastructure of the region.

Stephen has vast and varied experience in the Construction industry in both the public and private sectors. He is currently employed as Construction Manager for the Wates Group within the central planned maintenance business (Living Space), working with large social landlords to improve both high and low rise housing stock.

Construction Manager


Stephen Tracey

The Black Country Business Festival provides a fantastic opportunity for different sectors to forge new relationships and develop cross business improvement to resolving similar problems.

Retail, Tourism & Hospitality

Andrew Lovett


Black Country Living Museum

Andrew has 20 years’ senior-level experience; working in the museums, leisure, arts, heritage and protected landscape sectors.

After 11 years in visitor services for the Lake District National Park, in 1996, Andrew moved into museums as Head of Visitor Services for York Museums.  In 2000, he became the Founding General Manager of STEAM: Museum of the Great Western Railway, before moving into the arts in 2003, to become Deputy Director at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, including three spells as Acting Director & Chief Executive.  After 6 years at BALTIC, Andrew joined Black Country Living Museum, an independent charity, as only its second Director & Chief Executive.

“I’m delighted that the tourism and hospitality industries are recognised as an important part of the Black Country economy. They have a big role in drawing out the region’s outstanding and distinctive qualities.”

Andrew is a member of the National Museums Directors Council and the Association of Independent Museums Council.  He is also the co-founder of the Museums and Resilient Leadership Programme, led by Black Country Living Museum and designed to help those working in the cultural sector build resilient organisations for the 21st Century.

8 Sectors

100+ Free events

5,000 People


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