• Chair
    Alistair Ponder
    As a Commercial Partner at Gross & Co solicitors in Bury St Edmunds, I advise a wide range of local businesses and I am passionate about understanding and encouraging business growth and development. Although now back in private practice, I have previously worked (as a lawyer) for two very entrepreneurial businesses, with one of those jobs being for arguably Britain’s most successful entrepreneur of all, Sir Richard Branson! As Chair of the Menta board, I’m keen to bring some of that spirit to the table, supporting the Menta Team with the many and varied enterprise and training initiatives, they provide to Suffolk businesses.
  • Vice Chair
    Dayle Bayliss
    To be involved in Menta is a fantastic opportunity, the support and inspiration that Menta offer to the business community of Suffolk is amazing, and to play a part in that direction is a privileged position.
  • Board Member
    Jane Cattermole
    When I set up Bay Tree VA over 5 years ago I found Menta’s support and advice both helpful and reassuring. As such I am pleased to be involved on its Board, representing not only professional small businesses but those particularly in their growth stage.
  • Board Member
    Mike Faers
    With over 25 years of experience in the food industry and having identified a need for innovation amongst many food and beverage business, I set up Food Innovation Solutions in 2011. My strengths lay in business and innovation strategy, and facilitating successful product launches. My vision for Menta is helping to create the success stories that Suffolk businesses have the potential to deliver.
  • Board Member
    Emma Finn
    Director of Pathfinder East. I have over 25 years experience in the private, not-for-profit & public sectors with a focus on marketing, funding & strategic business support for companies. There is tremendous drive & opportunities for start-ups & business growth & I’m delighted to be part of the team to help shape the work of Menta.
  • Board Member
    Robert Holton Hart
    I’m a retired company director who qualified as a chartered surveyor in 1974 and I’ve been involved in the commercial property scene since 1977. I’m the former chairman. of Bury St Edmunds Chamber of Commerce and one of the longest serving board members of Menta. I continue to enjoy ensuring the growth of the organisation and its services to the Suffolk business community.
  • Board Member
    Andy Hunter
    I’m a partner in BuryPhysio & the HunterClub Bar & Venue, a Director of several other business ventures in property, music & fashion & Chair of the Millennium Farm Trust. My early career was in engineering in Africa & the Far East & subsequently I worked in business development in UK construction & further education. Currently I’m building an eco house.
  • Board Member
    Rob Masson
    I’m managing director of web development and integration specialists, Marketing Interactive UK Ltd. With over 25 years of commercial experience my skills centre on strategic e-business consultancy and an ability to identify commercial objectives and requirements, and translating these into an actionable technical strategy. I enjoy my work with Menta and bring a host of web and technical skills to the board.
  • Board Member
    Andrea Mayley
    I am responsible for the team leading on economic development and growth at Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council. I have a strong interest in helping businesses prosper. I’ve been a long standing admirer of Menta’s work with small businesses and I use my knowledge, experience and connections to help the Menta Team where I can.
  • Board Member
    Clare Harrall
    As a partner with RSM, and its predecessor firms, I specialise in advising businesses in a wide variety of sectors and enjoy building close working relationships with my clients, from start-up operations to established owner managed businesses. I am passionate about helping businesses grow to reach their full potential and am proud to work alongside the Menta team to support the excellent services that Menta provide to the business community in Suffolk.
  • Board Member
    Andrew Dahl
    As former Managing Director of a successful VC backed business and having worked with several start-ups and SME’s, I know Menta and Genix provide great support to companies in the region. I’m delighted to help with the work they do. Businesses in Suffolk and the rest of East Anglia have much potential; being able to assist in their development is an exciting challenge”