Mark is a Founder Director of Y2V and has managed it since its inception. A former teacher,social worker, community worker and civil servant, Mark is well known nationally as a veteran in social enterprise development with a string of enterprises to his name – Reclaim, Viewpoint, Buster’s are the best known.
He came to Sheffield in 1989 to set up the UK’s first post consumer plastics reclamation enterprise. From the outset he employed a workforce of adults with learning disabilities and mental health issues, and between 1989 and 2002 Reclaim grew into one of the leading Social Firms in the country, with a turnover of more than £1m.
Mark has an Honours BA in Drama and Spanish, and is a Director of Dead Earnest Theatre. He has an MA in services for people with learning disabilities, a Cropwood Fellowship in Criminology from Cambridge University and a Level 5 qualification from the Institute of Leadership and Management in Social Enterprise Support.
He was a founder Director of Social Enterprise Yorkshire & Humber (SEYH) and until recently a Director of The Social Enterprise Coalition and Social Firms UK. He is a co-author of ‘The Extra Elements – A Social Firm Trainer’.
Peter Davison – Director
Peter is a recently retired primary school head teacher presently working part-time as a teacher, exam invigilator, exam marker and subject inspector. He also works for a children’s charity and the St Vincent De Paul Society – a Christian organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage. Peter is the brother of ‘Buster’ (Anthony Davison) in whose memory a Y2V enterprise was named. He is a Founder Director of The Anthony Davison Trust, which was renamed as Yes2Ventures in 2002.
David Ware – Company Secretary
He has also been a director of Asra Housing and has been involved in social enterprise businesses and charities for 25 years. David helped to set up Yes2Ventures and plays a constructive role in its development.
Chris Brydone – Adviser
Chris is a qualified chartered accountant and tax adviser with 30 years experience of providing tax services to owner managed businesses. He set up his own tax consultancy practice in 2004 lectures widely on tax matters pertinent to SMEs. Chris keeps a close eye on Y2V’s finances.
Stewart Holdsworth- Adviser
Stewart currently works for Serco where he manages the delivery of a national employability contract across South Yorkshire, which helps long-term unemployed people find sustainable work. Alongside this Stewart also performs a national role managing Business Development activity for the wider Serco division covering Employment, Skills and Enterprise.
Stewart has lived in Sheffield for 7 years and is particularly interested in the creation of meaningful employment opportunities for people who are disadvantaged in the labour market as a result of having learning disabilities or health issues.
Sarah Gregory – Adviser
Sarah is an experienced logistics manager and HR Professional with a good track record in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Andy Barlow – Adviser
Andy is head of a flourishing care home organisation promoting independent living in Barnsley and he is a successful business entrepreneur.
John Beazer – Adviser
John is an Occupational Psychologist by profession. Prior to running his own consultancy business for a number of years, he held a variety of senior positions in the Civil Service. John has hands-on experience of developing and managing Social Firms. He spent a year as Chief Executive of one the former enterprises in the Yes2Ventures family and is currently a very active director of a growing horticulture based Social Firm, Rhubarb Farm.
John Clark – Adviser
John is an internationally known project evaluator and has worked with projects from Greenland to Mongolia asking the right questions! He has also evaluated various projects concerning social enterprises in South Yorkshire including the customer satisfaction survey for Y2V’s travel support enterprise; and has provided support for the development of Sheffield Wood Recycling’.
Jean Simpson – Adviser
Jean is a professional administrator and advises Yes2Ventures on administration and tax issues, including feasibility studies for our social firm developments.