Our team

Your Business Your Future was set up by Gerard Burke and a small team of people passionate about working with ambitious owner managers. In fact, nearly all of us either run our own businesses or have run our own businesses in the past.  So, we know how it feels!

Gerard Burke is the owner and managing director of Your Business Your Future.   He is passionate about helping owner managers create the future they want for their businesses and for themselves and set up Your Business Your Future with that specific purpose.

Since 2004, Gerard has designed and delivered the UK’s leading programmes for ambitious owner managers, helping well over 600 owner managers to create the future they want for their businesses and for themselves and achieve fantastic returns on their investment.   Through Your Business Your Future, Gerard and his team will make the approaches that he has developed and refined available to even more owner managers.

Gerard is a high profile speaker and writer on owner managers and their businesses.  He is regularly interviewed on TV and radio and quoted in the written press.  Gerard is a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School.  Previously, Gerard was on the faculty at Cranfield School of Management for 12 years and prior to that spent 10 years as a management consultant with Price Waterhouse.


Liz Beauchamp has been working as a management consultant and business coach since 2004 and has worked with a variety of business clients from diverse sectors.  Having run and sold her own business, Liz is able to bring extensive commercial and personal experience, understanding, analytical planning skills and, most importantly, an appreciation that it’s the client’s business.  She is a focussed and pragmatic manager, who uses common sense and a simple approach to assist her clients in achieving their goals.  Liz is one of our team of coaches and is also the lead tutor for our Management theme – that’s the bit about the other people in the business!


Caroline Billington is a fully qualified chartered accountant with many years experience of working in a variety of commercial and charitable entities.  Caroline is our specialist tutor on the Money theme and her mantra is “Finance is Fun!”  In addition to working with Your Business Your Future, she runs her own consultancy business whose focus is to provide interim financial management and other support to owner managers.



James Butler has a background in the environmental sector, working first in consultancy and then building a very profitable business on behalf of a leading waste company.  Through this work, he developed skills in operational processes and structures and in managing teams. James started coaching in 2002 and, in February 2004, James graduated with leading coach training provider Coach U.   To his clients, James brings business experience, particularly in structures and people-friendly systems, and an in-built desire to see them realise their potential.  With Your Business Your Future, James works both as one of our coaches and as the specialists tutor on the Markets theme.


Adam Campbell is our leadership and change management tutor and leads The Manager’s Toolkit programme.  He is an entrepreneur with a background in the health and leisure industry. After running his own personal training and sports therapy business, he and a partner set up and grew a business providing training to the leisure industry nationwide.  They then established a chain of health clubs which at its peak was valued at £12m. Adam is passionate about owner managers and their businesses and takes great pleasure from helping other people achieve their ambitions.  Adam is a creative and pragmatic programme designer and a dynamic facilitator.


Sue Higgins has spent over 20 years in the field of strategic human resources, people management and strategic financial management including owning and running two separate businesses.  In recent times, her work has focused on working  with ambitious owner managers to help them improve the financial performance of their business and strengthen the capabilities of the management team.


Alexander MacKenzie is a regular contributor to our programmes.  He is a storyteller and consultant who has pioneered the use of storytelling techniques in management and leadership.  Alexander specialises in developing participants’ ability to communicate in ways which inform, engage and inspire. In 1998, he became a Winston Churchill Fellow for his research into the role of story in organisational leadership and communication.  In addition to his work with owner managers, Alexander also works with managers in larger organisations and as a story-teller and story-therapist.

Phil Miller works as a management consultant and business coach. Phil spent the first 5 years of his career in manufacturing management with Monsanto Chemicals in North Wales and with Mars Confectionery in Slough. He then spent 10 years as a management consultant, working throughout the UK, Europe, North and South America. In 1985, Phil started his own presentation graphics and digital printing business. At its peak, sales were in excess of £5 million with a staff of 40. Lazard Ventures was a VC investor from 1988 to 1997. Phil participated in a programme we ran in 1995 and sold his business in January 2000. He now has a number of interests including working as a business coach. He is a NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner and Trainer.


Paddy Radcliffe spent 10 years in the marketing communications industry before completing an MBA. After two years trying to get a new venture off the ground (including a successful appearance on Dragons Den!), he became an independent consultant with a focus on sustainable development. He finds himself energised by the challenges and, more importantly, the opportunities that organisations must address and grasp, strategically and culturally, in order to be successful in the 21st Century. He also enjoys developing Street Professionals, a social enterprise aiming to provide a stepping-stone to a better life for disadvantaged 16-25 years olds through real and practical engagement in business and enterprise.


Sue Scott has been a management consultant and executive coach since 2001 when she started her own business, Raceaway Project Management.  Her early career was in agricultural consultancy, specialising in the dairy farming.  Following her MBA, she became a strategic planner for a large consultancy practice and subsequently a generalist adviser addressing small and medium sized business issues. Sue works across a broad range of business sectors coaching owner managers, carrying out strategic reviews, guiding business planning, and undertaking market research assignments.


Jill Stephens had a 25 year career in investment banking before starting her own consulting and coaching business. During this time, she successfully set up the bond option trading business and raised capital for one of the first bank owned hedge funds. She worked most recently as a business manager for the global foreign exchange division at Lehman Brothers. Previously, she provided foreign exchange and interest rate derivative advisory services to clients of what is now the J.P. Morgan Chase group in both Chicago and London. In addition to consulting, she is a magistrate with the central Kent Bench.


Julie Verity is an independent consultant specialising in strategy. She consults with leading UK and European companies, including most notably, Shell with whom she has worked consistently for many years.  Julie also has considerable experience in the smaller business sector in the UK.  Julie is a visiting lecturer at Cass Business School and research associate at Ashridge Management College.  Her current interest is in the field of evolutionary psychology and behavioural economics and how these theories contribute to the understanding of strategy formulation and global branding campaigns. Previously, Julie worked for ICI (now Syngenta) and Schering and completed post-doctoral studies in New Zealand.


Jeremy Walford started his career working in the motor industry before doing an MBA.  After working as a business consultant, with particular interest in customer service and business planning, for clients ranging from an international airline to a scrap metal merchant, his career took an unexpected turn.  In 1996, Jeremy was asked to rescue a struggling nursing home.  A two day visit became a mission and after a lot of blood, sweat and a few tears he took over the business and redeveloped it into a very successful and award winning retirement village employing over 100 staff.  Now working part time at Middleton Hall, Jeremy has now made the crucial transition to working ON his business rather than IN it!


Laura Giles is a co-founder of Your Business Your Future.  Laura helped Gerard to get the business off the ground, heading up our communications and marketing activities, and using her exceptional planning, organisational and communications skills to great effect.  While Laura will always be very much a part of the Your Business Your Future story, she has moved on to a senior marketing role at the British Film Institute in order to fulfil her first love and abiding ambition in the film industry.