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Wolverhampton | Sandwell | Dudley | Walsall 

4 - 15 October 2021

The Steering Group

The Steering Group is made up of public and private sector industry professionals with a wide-ranging perspective on the business community within the Black Country. 

They have a key role in ensuring that BCBF represents our region’s diversity and scope by setting an appropriate framework for the festival.  They set the tone and the event criteria to enable our programme of events to accurately reflect the Black Country’s business profile.

The Steering group members are:

  • CHAIR: Corin Crane, Chief Executive, Black Country Chamber of Commerce

  • Neil Anderson, Director of External Affairs, Black Country Chamber of Commerce

  • Kristian Jones, Training & Events Coordinator, Black Country Chamber of Commerce

  • Terry Monkton, CEO, Simworx

  • Julian Turner, CEO, Westfield Sportscars

  • Fiona Latter, Creative Enterprise Scale Up Programme Lead, West Midlands Combined Authority

  • Richard Nicklin, Deputy Director - Business Engagement, University of Wolverhampton

  • Nicola Reeve, Director & Head of Commercial Property & Corporate Services, Talbots Law

  • Karen Woolley, Development Manager, FSB

  • Corin Godsmark, Account Director, Balfour Beatty Construction Services

  • Becky Frall, Head of Visitor Attraction, West Midlands Growth Company

  • Katherine Birch, Head of Marketing, Black Country Consortium

  • Jaspal Sohal, Black Country Growth Hub Director, Black Country Consortium

  • Nicy Morgan, Business Development Coordinator, Think Sandwell - Sandwell Council

  • Gareth Owens, Business Growth Team Leader, Sandwell Council

  • Daniel Turner, Employment Growth Manager, Walsall Council

  • Paul Mountford, Head of Planning & Regeneration, Dudley Business First, Dudley Council

  • Zoe Gmaj, Visitor Economy Development Officer, Dudley Business First, Dudley Council

  • Matt Wistow, Client Relationship & Business Development Director, Talbots Law

  • Calum Nisbet, Regional Director, IoD West Midlands

  • Richard Butler, Director, West Midlands CBI

  • Charlotte Horobin, Membership Director, Make UK

  • John Corser, Business Editor, Express & Star

  • Alister de Ternant, Managing Director, Associate Events

  • Gemma West, BCBF Project Manager, Associate Events

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100+ Events

Physical/Digital/Hybrid