Chris Tomkins

Chris Tomkins

Chris Tomkins

Head of Wellbeing,
AXA

Wellbeing Leadership Team

Chris Tomkins has had a diverse career in cancer research at Oxford University, a global brand leader in Unilever and for the past 20 years has focused on innovation to create new digital business models in behaviour change and wellbeing. His ambition is to help people to be the best they can be and turn the tide against preventable health problems such as diabetes, depression, cardiovascular disease and many cancers.

AXA has given a home to his ambitions. He created Proactive Health as an internal start-up and was asked to take over all the health and wellbeing services for AXA PPP last October in order to facilitate its move to AXA Health.

About Business in the Community’s Wellbeing Leadership Team

Each area of work Business in the Community (BITC) undertakes is led by a group of senior executives who provide strategic guidance and support us in achieving our objectives.

The purpose of BITC’s Wellbeing Leadership Team is to build a movement that is committed to positioning health and wellbeing as strategic boardroom issues with a particular focus on mental health; driving collective action through evidence-based, practical solutions.

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Rhys Moore

Rhys Moore

Claims Risk, Fraud and Complaints Director,
AXA Insurance UK PLC

East of England Leadership Board

Rhys Moore is the Claims Risk, Fraud and Complaints Director for AXA Insurance UK PLC. Rhys has worked for AXA for ten years and in this role he is responsible for more than 250 colleagues across various locations within the UK.

Under his leadership major transformations have been introduced. These include to AXA’s approach to the identification and management of fraud, moving the organisation to become more data-led, ensuring genuine customers are not negatively impacted by the small minority of people who wish to perpetrate fraud.

Focusing on customer outcomes is central to his approach and recognising that things sometimes go wrong, Rhys has transformed the approach to complaints identification and handling to ensure positive customer outcomes are central to AXA’s culture and the root cause of issues are addressed to improve the customer experience of all customers.

Growing up in Suffolk and now living in Norwich, Rhys has a deep understanding of East Anglian region and its culture and demographics. He wants to contribute more to the sustainable business development and growth within the region, and help showcase the best things the region and its businesses have to offer.

Samantha Hart

Samantha Hart

Group Human Resources Director,
Addo Food Group

East Midlands Leadership Board

Samantha Hart has over 25 years of practical human resource management experience gained predominantly within the food manufacturing industry. Prior to this she worked within the engineering, information systems and aerospace arenas.

Samantha became the Group HR Director for the Addo Food Group in February 2019 and takes responsibility for all aspects of Human Resources for the group.  Samantha is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD (FCIPD) and holds an MA in Human Resource Management.

With its head office based in the East Midland; the Addo Food Group has been members of Business in the Community (BITC) since 2017 and BITC has helped to guide the group on its journey to becoming a responsible business.

Samantha sees membership of the leadership board as an opportunity to contribute to finding solutions along with the others members of the board for the challenges that the communities in which the business operates face every day.

David Lusher

David Lusher

David Lusher

Chief Executive Officer,
Future Industrial Services Ltd

North West Leadership Board

David Lusher is the Chief Executive Officer of Future Industrial Services, a UK-wide environmental services group supporting public and private sector customers across a range of industries including oil and gas, chemical and pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and marine services.

The business employs about 350 colleagues with locations from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Plymouth and is headquartered in Merseyside. The main shareholder is North Edge Capital LLP, a Manchester-based private equity fund specialising in supporting small- and medium-sized enterprises in northern England. In 2018 North Edge Capital LLP and Future Industrial Services were jointly awarded the Responsible Portfolio Company Award by the British Venture Capital Association as recognition for ESG (environmental/social/governance) sector leadership.

With a 30-year career in waste management and environmental leadership, David has a postgraduate degree in environmental management, and an MBA from Leeds University Business School. Prior to joining Future Industrial Services in 2005, David was Executive Director at Veolia Environmental Services with board responsibility for industrial markets.

David is married with three children and lives in Lytham.

Brad Blundell

Brad Blundell

Brad Blundell

Managing Director, Operations,
Anthesis Consulting Group PLC

North West Leadership Board

Brad Blundell is one of the founding members of Anthesis and lives and works in Manchester. He has spent the past 30 years working in sustainability and environmental consulting and advisory services, and is passionate about supporting businesses and governments alike to transition to a just, sustainable and resilient future. Brad is the Managing Director for Anthesis’ UK operations.

After studying geography and geology at University of Manchester, Brad gained an MSc in environmental technology at Imperial College, before embarking on a career in consulting. He has worked with companies such as Cremer and Warner (now part of Amec), Atkins and WSP in client delivery and directorial roles.

In his spare time, and when not with the family, Brad is likely to be found out and about in The Peak and beyond, fellrunning, cycling or climbing. He may also be found wandering along the banks of the Mersey in South Manchester with the family pet lurcher, Ziggy.

Sian Doyle

Sian Doyle

Sian Doyle

Managing Director – Consumer Division,
TalkTalk Group PLC

North West Leadership Board

Sian Doyle has worked in the communications sector for 10 years before joining TalkTalk as Managing Director of Consumer.

She worked for BT/EE, the UK’s largest mobile provider where she was the Retail Director responsible for leading and developing a team of more than 3,500 employees across 580 stores in the UK. 

She has worked internationally spending seven years in the US and Canada as Senior Vice President for telecommunications firms Comcast and Rogers managing the retailing strategy for their brands. Prior to moving overseas, Sian was Retail Director for Orange and also spent ten years at Asda/Walmart. Sian worked for CBRE, the world’s largest commercial property company heading up the European Retail sector leading and developing their retail offering for global and national retailers. 

Sian has extensive communications and retail experience with a track record in leading transformative retail strategies for major corporates latterly developing new retail offerings through digital and innovative store design. She is a passionate leader who has always led retail from the shop floor engaging the teams to deliver great customer experiences.

Sian is a trustee of the National Theatre of Wales Board which is an integral part of the culture and community in Wales where Sian was born. She is looking forward to joining Business in the Community, to sharing her passion for customer delivery and to strengthen her commitment to the North West after her relocation to Manchester.

Sian is married to Rob and has two daughters, Siwan and Betsan.

Jon Walters

Jon Walters

Partner,
Eversheds Sutherland

North West Leadership Board

Jon is a partner in the Human Resources Practice Group at global law firm Eversheds Sutherland. He specialises in pensions law and regulation, advising a range of pension scheme trustees, sponsoring employers and pension providers. 

Jon joined Eversheds Sutherland as a trainee solicitor in 2002 and has been with the firm since, becoming a partner in 2014.  Alongside his day job as a solicitor, Jon is also closely involved in the firm’s graduate recruitment programme and is alumni partner for the University of Manchester, where he previously studied as an undergraduate.   

Jon is a former chair of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (formerly NAPF) Manchester Group and provides pensions related training to clients and other professionals on a regular basis. Jon is recommended in Legal 500 and Chambers and is described as “thorough and pragmatic” and a “very safe pair of hands”.

Jon has been CR partner for Eversheds Sutherland’s Manchester office since 2015, overseeing volunteering and fundraising activities within the region and coordinating the office’s community investment group.

Sarah Lucas

Sarah Lucas

Regional Director for Small Business, South West and Wales,
HSBC

South West Leadership Board

Sarah Lucas is the Regional Director for Small Business Banking in the South West and Wales for HSBC UK. She is responsible for the company’s face-to-face business specialists who in turn support more than 150,000 customers across the region.

Sarah has been with the HSBC Group for over 30 years with experience across its Retail Branch network, as a Commercial Manager and as an Area Director for Business Banking in and around Bristol. With a range of experience, Sarah leads her team through the ever-evolving world of banking to support clients in developing their businesses.

Sarah is committed to people development and helping her direct team, together with those that she mentors, to progress their careers and their success is a constant source of motivation. As an ambassador for change, Sarah is always at the forefront of new initiatives, challenging processes to seek out a more efficient and satisfying experience for customers and employees.

Sarah lives in Somerset with her husband and daughter. She has recently started running and tries to join local Parkruns as often as possible and is considering her next running challenge.

Stephen Hogg

Stephen Hogg

Stephen Hogg

Lead Director,
JLL

North West Leadership Board

Stephen Hogg was born in the north east of England but has lived in Manchester for the past 25 years and is a proud Northerner.

Married with three children under the age of 15, he enjoys skiing and snowboarding in the winter, occasional golf and triathlons in the summer but now mainly watches his children’s sporting activities rather than undertaking his own.

Stephen is head of JLL’s North West Commercial office alongside being the Head of JLL’s Residential business outside of London. The 150-strong office is JLL’s second largest in the UK and one of the region’s largest property consultancy’s covering all aspects of property.

Primarily, Stephen is a Chartered Surveyor with over 20 years of experience in the property industry, with a key focus on Manchester and the North West. Over the past five years Stephen has invested a significant amount of time travelling to China, Hong Kong and South East Asia promoting Manchester residential investment opportunities. 

Stephen has extensive experience of providing development and strategic residential advice and services to a number of large housebuilders and residential developers including Taylor Wimpey, Muse Developments, Bellway Homes, Lend Lease, Peel Holdings, Grosvenor and MSREF.

Stephen has been involved in the majority of Manchester and Liverpool city centre residential developments in some form or another. Large developments include Century Buildings, The Edge, Great Northern Tower, One Park West, Mann Island and more recently MediaCityUK, St John’s and Deansgate Square.

Simon Peacock

Simon Peacock

Lead Director – Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter,
JLL

South West Leadership Board

Simon Peacock is Lead Director for the South and Wales region at JLL, responsible for 12 specialist teams with 160 staff across Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter offices. 

He sits on the JLL UK Operations Board and also leads the UK Project Management group in the regions.

He qualified as a building surveyor in London before specialising in construction project management and now leads the wider regional business including commercial agency, investment, valuation, planning, development and residential consultancy. 

He has considerable experience in new build capital projects, workplace design and consulting, covering feasibility, appraisal, strategy, planning, procurement, design and construction. He has been the Chairman of the British Council for Offices (BCO) South and Wales Chapter and an active member with BusinessWest and Bristol & West of England Initiative, and is well connected within the region’s property and development market.

JLL and Simon are active in the community and sustainability sector with a particular focus on improving energy performance and sustainability in buildings, encouraging green commuting, supporting greater diversity in business and using his industry to deliver projects and campaigning to eliminate homelessness. Simon sees Business in the Community as an excellent way to foster this responsible business approach for the benefit of all those in communities. 

Simon enjoys keeping fit, cycling, skiing, trying to surf, as well as spending time with his family on the windswept beaches of the Gower.