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Luke Morris Committee - Chair

Luke is a partner with a leading professional services firm in the region and is an internationally experienced Chartered Accountant. He and his team have built a practice assisting entrepreneurs to buy, sell, refinance, reorganise and value their businesses.

Luke is also very proud to serve as the ICAEW’s (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) Ambassador for Suffolk, a role which sees him bringing together and representing members of the profession across the region. He is a passionate advocate for trade, enterprise, job and wealth creation in Suffolk.

 
Andrew Macmillan Vice Chairman

After 4 years at Agricultural College, Andrew had the bug to run his own business in Suffolk, so developed from a green field site, a pig breeding business with side businesses growing Turkeys, rearing calves and meat sales.  After 10 years of struggling against an EU  Common Agricultural Policy with a bias against pig meat, Andrew decided a change of direction was appropriate.

In keeping with his father, who was a Lloyds of London broker, Andrew started his own Financial Services Practice in 1988, becoming qualified and establishing clients all over East Anglia.  When this was up and running Andrew decided that managing advisers was a route he wished to follow, so spent some time employed in his working career, as a Sales Manager, working for the largest Financial Services company in the Country, ending up managing East Anglia from his offices in Colchester.  In 2004 it was time to go back to running his own business and go back to advising clients on their Wealth Management.  Andrew is currently a Senior Partner of St. James’s Place, the largest Wealth Manager in the Country.

In 2011 Andrew also created a business with his 3 children.  Andrew’s eldest son had been a Chef all of his working life, so encouraged Andrew to help him set up a family business in Hospitality.  The family business currently has 4 sites, a Deli, awarding winning boutique Hotel and award winning restaurants.  The Long Melford Swan, Hadleigh Ram, Lavenham Greyhound and Old Crown at Girton, Cambridge are their current locations.  Passionate about food and everything they do!

Councillor Liz Harsant Committee - Honorary Secretary

Liz has been a local Borough Councillor for Holywells Ward for 12 years and for 6½ years was the Leader of the Council.  Liz has lived and worked in Ipswich for most of her life. She is a widow with two grown up daughters and six grandchildren.

Passionate about Ipswich and Suffolk and when Leader of the Council, she made significant improvements to the town. She is also a Corporate Member at Suffolk New College and holds the position of Chair of Audit and Risk.

Liz is very involved in Charity work and education being the chair of the management committee of a local Pupil Referral Unit and also chair of the Ipswich Community Playbus.  In her spare time her hobbies are her dog and politics and an occasional holiday or two!

Penny Arbuthnot Steering Group

Penny is director of Ipswich based PR and digital marketing agency, Genesis, which she established and has grown with co-director and husband Charles to be a leading agency in the region, employing a team of 16 and working with national clients, many of which are based in our region.  She has built Genesis’ reputation through developing an experienced team who advise and work with clients at the highest level on outcome focused, award winning campaigns. Genesis is also known for its pro bono work, most recently with Suffolk charity Families in Need (FIND) in a £100,000 lifeline appeal.

She is passionate about investing in skills and improving the reputation of Ipswich and Suffolk as a place to live, invest and develop a career.

Gina Long MBE Patron / Steering Group

Gina Long MBE is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, journalist, global charity campaigner and activist, and proud farmers wife.

Gina has worked over 40 years in the media world, predominantly working with major corporations heading communications and sponsorship programmes along with media partnerships. Historically headed Hutchison Whampoa’s Communications and their Ports around the world, along with BT Exact, heading communications from Adastral Park. Eighteen years ago, Gina founded Marketing Force, having had the intuitive vision of placing ‘advertising signs’ on roundabouts throughout the UK. Today she works as a freelance journalist and full-time voluntary charity fundraiser, creating extraordinary fundraising events and projects.

A voluntary fundraiser for 40 years, she has raised over £4 million for national and regional charities.

Gina started her own charitable foundation, in November 2015 GeeWizz, to support East Anglian families living with cancer or a disability, her ethos is how transparency and accountability are absolutely paramount. 

She was with The Prince’s Trust for twelve years with three years as its Suffolk Chair and throughout the years helped raise many hundreds of thousands of pounds. She along with Sally Balch and four other friends founded Breakthrough Suffolk in 1999. In October 2004, Sally lost her battle with breast cancer, but Gina’s determination to fight for a future where breast cancer no longer threatens lives is reflected in all of her Breakthrough Breast Cancer fundraising projects, the group has raised over £1,000,000 so far… Gina founded Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction in 2011, to date her three global online auctions have raised £1,000,018.

She and her husband Andrew created The Classic Sports Cars by the Lake, which is held annually at their farm and raises money for St. Nicholas Hospice Care. Which to date has raised over £290,000.

Gina has two children, along with her five stepchildren.

Gina is very proud to be a patron of the club. She is also a Patron for the Women’s Aid Centre, and an Ambassador for West Suffolk Hospital, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and  West Suffolk College, where she has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship.

Clive Underdown Honorary Life President

Clive was a founder of Ipswich Suffolk Business Club and has become Life President after retiring as Chairman.

He is director of an international consulting business with commercial and financial skills in developing large highly profitable companies and turning around underperforming businesses. Hi experience includes operating multi-site businesses with a number of diverse manufacturing technologies and markets and by initiating change increasing their growth and earnings. His international experience includes restructuring and developing effective management teams.

Ben Gummer Club founder, former minister and Member of Parliament for Ipswich

After studying History at Cambridge University, Ben ran a small engineering firm before becoming managing director of a consultancy business. He is also the author of a book on the Black Death – The Scourging Angel.

Ben was first elected as Member of Parliament for Ipswich between 2010 and 2017 – the longest serving Conservative MP in the town since 1938. During his tenure, Ben brought together the major players in Ipswich behind one Vision, devised by Ipswich businesses, for the rejuvenation and revitalisation of Ipswich’s historic town centre. In other campaigns, Ben won £73.4 million from central government to fund the new Upper Orwell Crossings and £1.4 billion worth of investment for new trains and improvements in rail services. Ben also fought successful campaigns for new school builds for Chantry and Ipswich Academy, a new heart centre and improved stoke care services in the town.

In government, Ben served as a health minister and then, as the youngest member of the cabinet, as Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, responsible for the co-ordination of government policy and administration.

Ben lives in Suffolk and London with his wife and two sons.

Chris Marsh Steering Group

Since moving to East Anglia in his 20’s Chris has developed a love for Suffolk and is vocal about the great businesses that are within the county. After spending most of his working life working within the Insurance sector in 2018 Chris set up his own business (Venture Risks Insurance and Risk Management) bringing his personality and passion to his Insurance broking  business.

As the past Chair of the Ipswich and Suffolk Small Business Association Chris understands the value of bring business owners together . He sees the ISBC as a great opportunity for business leaders to be able to meet and share ideas. Collectively it gives Suffolk a lounder voice and allows us to show the rest of the country what world class businesses are in Suffolk.

William Kendall Patron

William read law at Cambridge University and collected an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. He is the High Sheriff of Suffolk and holds an honorary doctorate from the University College Suffolk. In his twenties he had short careers as an army officer, a barrister and an investment banker. Over nine years he built up The New Covent Garden Soup Company before selling it to a public company. He and several colleagues then bought the embryonic Green & Black’s from its founder and grew it to an international brand which they sold to Cadburys in 2005.

He and two partners formed Nemadi Advisors in 2000 to advise and finance early stage businesses. In so doing, William has become an expert in such diverse sectors as London restaurants, flower retailing, natural insulation and building hotel chains.

He is or has been advisor to or director of many organisations, both public and private including Suffolk brewer Adnams, family owned garden centre chain Notcutts, listed investment trust Keystone. He is a Trustee of The Grosvenor Estate and director of Wheatsheaf, the holding company of Grosvenor’s non-property businesses. He is a director of Samworth Brothers, a large producer of premium food for the UK supermarkets.

William farms organically and conventionally in East Anglia. He is an active environmentalist and a campaigner for better food and rural issues. William lives in coastal Suffolk, where he is a Deputy Lieutenant, with his wife and two daughters.

Edward Phillips Treasurer

Eddy has been the Treasurer of the Club since its formation in 2013, where has keeps a close eye on the all important finances. He has been a Conservative Councillor at Ipswich Borough Council since 2014 and is Deputy Chairman of the Ipswich Conservative Association, where he helps to manage campaigning both for the local elections and previously for Ben Gummer.

He works at AXA Insurance in Ipswich, as a Commercial Underwriter. He was formerly on the committee and treasurer of a Suffolk-based charity, and previously took a leading role in a local support group for young people.

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