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Our Team

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Venture Wales has a team with a wealth of functional specialisms across a wide range of corporate sectors and discipline. Details of our team are given below. 

pcooper
Managing Director

Philip Cooper has a track record of managing the growth and profitability of regional subsidiaries of major organisations in different parts of the world. He has substantial board-level experience and has been a Director of several leading UK and US companies.

A graduate of Cardiff Business School and the University of Wales (MBA & DBA), his areas of expertise include strategic business planning, marketing research, development & strategy and the internationalisation of SMEs. He has held senior executive positions with multinational companies in the UK &; USA, and has extensive management and strategic marketing consultancy experience in a wide variety of industries in different countries through assignments with World Bank, EU, DTi and WDA.

He has been involved with a number of high growth start-ups and early stage firms and fully understands the criteria for success needed to turn an idea into a successful profitable venture and ultimately a major market force.
He is a committed internationalist, fluent in four European languages.

paul k evans
Director

Paul gained his business counselling experience in his role as Regional Business Support Manager for British Coal Enterprise where he was responsible for over 300 clients. He was also responsible for developing 100,000 sq ft of office and light industrial accommodation for BCE in the region which was ultimately sold in 1996 for several £m.

Paul joined Venture Wales in 1996 and was appointed Senior Business Adviser in Blaenau Gwent. During this time ,Paul gained his MBA and also achieved his NVQ 4 in Business Counselling along with the RSA’s D32, D33 and D36 assessor’s award.  Paul has also been pivotal in gaining approximately £1..25m ERDF grant aid for the Company’s business support activities.

barryquilter
Director

Barry is a Chartered Management Accountant, and a highly qualified and experienced financial director with excellent financial, planning and management accounting skills.

Barry has an NVQ Level 4 in Business Counselling and is able to offer his broad business experience and mentoring skills to a wide range of Venture Wales clients, ranging from growth and complex high growth companies.  He is a main Board Member of Venture Wales and a Council Member of the Institute of Business Advisers.

brian
Head of North Wales Division

Brian is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM) and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Aston Business School. He is an experienced management accountant and has held a number of senior Finance Positions within the manufacturing and distribution industries. Prior to joining Venture Wales he was the Managing Director of a USA manufacturing subsidiary based in the UK and was also responsible for their European distribution companies.

Brian has held a number of non-executive directorships of growth companies and is currently finance and operations director of a successful social enterprise funded by the Big Lottery and Welsh Assembly Government under their Capital Asset Transfer programme.  Brian has specific and successful experience in funding and managing product innovation he also has a broad range of finance and general management experience with specific skills in technology transfer, acquisitions and corporate strategy.

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Maintenance Manager

Ashley joined Venture Wales having gained 10 years’ experience in a supervisory role in the manufacturing sector which included responsibility for planned maintenance activities. As the Company’s Health & Safety Officer Ashley is a qualified Health & Safety Risk Assessor. Ashley is also a time served Painter and Decorator.

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Maintenance Assistant

Paul joined the Company from college and has gained 15 years property maintenance experience in the field with Venture Wales. During this time Paul has also achieved NVQ qualifications in both ‘Plumbing’ and ‘Electrical Installations’ and attended vocational courses in Carpentry and Bricklaying. Paul is also a qualified PAT Tester.  Paul was a former Cardiff City youth player and won a Welsh cap at schools level.

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