Fundraising and Marketing Committee

Mike Beesley

Mike Beesley is one of Bristol’s best-known entrepreneurs and businesspeople, having worked building recruitment and people-focused businesses for 40+ years. Mike stepped down from his role as CEO of national recruitment organisation Sanderson in 2020. He is now founder and MD of The HR World and TIMESTWO Consulting, both of which are focused on changing the world of work for the better. Mike is married with two grown-up children and is an active investor as a member of Bristol Private Equity Group. Through this he works with a number of like-minded entrepreneurs across a range of exciting, innovative startups and scaleups. As a life-long sports fan, he is also the Chair of Bristol Flyers, having a front-row seat in watching them go from strength-to-strength.


Dr. Mark Mason MBE

Mark is a serial entrepreneur. He has set up, grown and sold three businesses. With a degree in Electronic Engineering and a diploma in marketing Mark brings a wealth of commercial experience and a wide business network. In 2014 Mark awarded an honorary Doctorate in Technology and in 2017 he was awarded an MBE for his services to the Digital Industry. Mark is currently a founder member of the Bristol Private Equity Club which helps local business raise seed capital from local business people. Mark has one daughter Milly and he flies hot air balloons in his spare time.

Mark Mason, Gympanzees Trustee

Jonnie Galvin-Wright

Having worked in Creative Communications and Marketing for over thirty years Jonnie brings a wealth of experience across branding, design, advertising and integrated marketing. His work has included campaigns and brand design for UK Government, large corporates such as Mars, ambitious SMEs, and also charities and not for profit organisations such as Cheltenham & Gloucester Hospitals Charity, Prince’s Trust and Bristol and Weston Hospitals Charity (previously Above & Beyond) where he also served as a Business Ambassador.

He is owner and CEO of Stuff Advertising in Bristol and has also previously been Board Director of the Chartered Institute of Marketing South West and Board Director of trade body Bristol Creative Industries (previously Bristol Media).


Alastair Currie
Lindsay Telling
Roya Rosengren