Cathy Savage, Sales and Marketing Manager of Market Place Bolton

Cathy is Sales and Marketing Director of Market Place Bolton, the award-winning shopping centre in the town centre that has recently had millions of pounds of investment to transform it.

Cathy is at the forefront of promoting the centre, which now boasts unique subterranean Vaults with bars, restaurants and an amazing children’s play area. A nine screen cinema also opened just over a year ago in the centre, which has won a string of industry awards in the past 18 months.

Cathy was advertising manager of The Bolton News for 20 years before becoming Bolton Town Centre Manager. After that she worked as a business development manager at several North West hotels before joining the Market Place in August 2016.

She was born, bred and lives in Bolton, is proud to call the town her home and is passionate about making the town centre a vibrant and welcoming place for people to visit for shopping, work and leisure.

Belinda Beaver, Vice President for Bolton at Greater Manchester’s Chamber of Commerce

Belinda is one of the biggest diving forces behind our town’s business success. In addition to representing Greater Manchester’s Chamber of Commerce in Bolton she is the director of Ag!tare, an independent management consultancy based in Horwich, and a volunteer for Business Growth Hub.

She combines 30 plus years of management experience with a passion for supporting new enterprise and uses all three roles to champion and mentor businesses across Bolton and the North West. Her drive to see local industry thrive and her hands-on approach to supporting companies has also seen her win a National Government Training Award.

More recently, as Learning & Organisational Development Director for Ag!tare, Belinda has joined with her company co-directors to launch a new digital platform to connect Greater Manchester businesses called

Andrew is a Director of the £125M turnover, 400 people strong Nycomm group of companies headquartered in Manchester where he is responsible for solution sales and technical resources. The group includes Pennine a Unified and Radio Communications reseller, Rocom a communications solutions supplier to corporate customers, Videonations a specialist videoconferencing and AV supplier and Nimans, the largest independently owned technology distributor in the UK.

Educated in electronics and radio communications in the late 1970’s Andy joined Pennine Telecom straight from college and worked his way up through the company. In 2003 he led a management buyout of the company and built the group to become one of the most established, well respected and diverse telecoms companies in the UK. In 2016 the company was merged into the Nycomm Group. As a past City & Guilds student in 2011, at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, he was awarded a highly-commended certificate for his contribution to the telecommunications industry by City and Guilds of London Institute President, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip. He is a fellow of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Andrew is the President for Bury at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he is the dynamic force as the Chair of Governors at Bolton College and also an Independent Governor of The University of Bolton.

He is also a Trustee of a Young Peoples Charity based close to his home in Rossendale which in 2014 won funding from Children in Need to provide a fulltime mentoring and young volunteer leader.

Dr Claire Handby is company director for Deloitte, for one of the world’s ‘big four’ professional services firms and drives performance, innovation and growth on large real estate and infrastructure projects.

As a chartered construction manager, she has worked on the Millennium Dome/02 Arena, the London Stadium and 2012 Olympic Park, Manchester’s Metro Link, the ‘Duke of York Army Barracks’ re-development in Chelsea (which gave London its first public square in 100 years) and more recently a regional growth strategy for the north’s HS2 rail project – among countless other metropolitan development projects around the world.

As an award-winning businesswoman, and a mother of three young daughters, with two decades of experience in an industry still regarded as a man’s domain she knows exactly what qualities women need to succeed in the world.

Bill Webster, Assistant Vice Chancellor, University of Bolton

Bill is Assistant Vice Chancellor and Deputy to the Vice Chancellor at the University of Bolton and charged with overseeing its institutional advancement, business development, and student recruitment and student employability programs. He was also recently appointed as the Interim Principal of Bolton College in a role to run from 1st December 2017 to 31st August 2018.
A qualified marketer with more than 25 years’ experience in senior management within education and business, he has previously held roles as company director in an education and training consultancy and is an expert in implementing corporate social responsibility strategies.
Seconded to Bury College in July 2016 to support its Principal, he was instrumental in its successful merger with the University of Bolton.


Julie Hilling, Member of Parliament for Bolton West in May 2010.

She was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Yvette Cooper in her role as Shadow Women’s and Equalities Minister in October 2010. The same month that she became a member of the Transport Select Committee. Ms. Hilling was appointed Chair of the all-party Rail in the North group of MPs. Julie also served on the Standards and Privileges Select Committee and is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Rail, Youth Affairs, Children, Community & Voluntary Sector and Save The Pub. Hilling was promoted to join the Whips office in June 2012.

Hilling launched a campaign to promote Emergency Life Skills (ELS). She linked up with Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, North West Ambulance Service as well as the British Heat Foundation to push for every school leaver in Bolton West to become trained in CPR and ELS. Throughout 2013, Hilling actively campaigned on dangerous dogs, following the death of 14-year-old constituent Jade Lomas-Anderson, in Atherton. She also sought to make amendments to the recent Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill to include preventative measures such as Dog Control Notices and to control the number of dogs in a household.
In her Bolton West Constituency, Hilling leads campaign for lower Energy Bills.


John Lord OBE, CEO of Bolton At Home

During a long and successful career dedicated to the housing sector, Jon has contributed to Bolton in numerous valuable roles during the past three decades.

He has been a Chief Officer at Bolton Council, Chair of the Greater Manchester Consortium for refugees and asylum seekers and performed a joint role linking the Local Authority, the Strategic Housing Partnership and their ALMO (Arm’s Length Management Organisation), Bolton At Home.

Awarded his OBE for services to housing in 2007, today he is the Chief Executive of Bolton At Home, having overseen its transition from ALMO to a registered housing provider and charity that offers a wide range of housing and community based services across neighbourhoods in Bolton and champions the development of affordable housing.