Trainers & Mentors

Our trainers and mentors offer a wealth of experience across all aspects of entrepreneurship and are keen to help you grow your business. We offer free training, workshops, courses and confidential 1-1 online business clinics. Whether you are just starting out, have a vague idea, or a firmer business plan, please get in touch with a member of our friendly team.

Our Trainers

Anita Thorpe

Anita Thorpe is a freelance trainer and retailer who tutors on The Tree Shepherd “Start Your Own Enterprise” course.

Anita has worked as a trainer for 20 years, developing managers and staff in the not-for-profit sector. In 1999, she set up Diverse, a popular design-led gift shop in Brixton, south London.

She now combines her training and retailing experience to help new and established business owners develop their own successful enterprises.

As a practising business owner Anita has a real understanding of the day-to-day challenges of running a business and is uniquely placed to advise on resources and strategies for business sustainability.

Georgina Wilson

Georgina is a serial entrepreneur and has always had a passion for nurturing businesses; she has been in the market place for over 15 years. She is a public and motivational speaker, teacher, trainer, mentor, author, and owner of a community café in South London. Her main aim is to see others thrive in their businesses, turning their passions into profits.

Georgina’s ethos is to empower others to achieve their goals.

Her experience enables her to assist with all areas of business development; however, her specialties are business growth, marketing, branding and sales. Based in Tulse Hill, South East London, where she owns a business, Georgina has coached and mentored small businesses in the local surrounding. Therefore, she has a good understanding of the area and general vibe which will help in creating the right strategy for your business.

Lisa Newton

Lisa Newton has a Masters Degree in Investment Management and a first class Honours Degree in Accounting with Marketing and is AAT qualified. She formed her first company in 2004 with £150 in the same month of graduating from City University, London, UK.

Lisa holds directorships in various industries including telecoms, property management, publishing, hair & beauty as well as finance. She has won awards in business including: Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007, Enterprising Business in 2008, BE Mogul in 2016.

Lisa works mainly with small businesses on their money management and bookkeeping. Lisa can often be found writing books on business and in the non-fiction genre. Her books include: How to Write a Book in Two Weeks, Constant Cashflow, Make the Most of Your Money, How to Start Your Own Bookkeeping Business and How to Franchise Your Business.

Wayne James

Wayne is a results-oriented, business and training professional with a recognised ability to deliver outstanding learning experiences to a diverse range of end-users/learners. Wayne is passionate about training delivery. With prior experience in Enterprise Software Sales, Business Development, Project Management, and Senior Management roles, he has a keen understanding of key business success factors and am able to assist learners with understanding the logistics of the working world. Wayne is always looking to leverage these experiences in a training oriented environments that is learner success focused.

Marilena Dyranis-Maounis

Marilena Dyranis-Maounis

Production/Event manager and facilitator, her past experience includes being a Global Action Plan ambassador and a Lead Positive Change trainer.
Trained in pitching, strategics, NLP, managing volunteers, funding, leadership, negotiations and marketing, her skills include harvesting, preparing assignments, graphic materials for event input and output and event hosting.

Lere Fisher

Lere Fisher

Lere is a unique and experienced trainer who is able to work with a diverse group of people using a range of learning styles which promote Learning and Development to the people he is working with. His expertise in subject matters Emotional Intelligence, Customer Service, Performance Management and Leadership Skills promises an personable and engaging experience. He is ILM qualified and has 3 years experience in being the Regional Training Manager for Specsavers, including facilitating training to ensure the technical learning of the group is challenging, accurate and business relevant.

Our Mentors

Adrian King

Adrian King is a strategy and business development consultant with 30 years’ international experience. He has worked across a wide range of sectors, including communication and e-commerce technologies and healthcare. He has long term relationships with key clients and has worked directly for another 70 companies and has extensive international experience.

He supports businesses on strategic positioning, commercialisation, new business development, and organisational change. Adrian’s consulting career has largely been based in two organisations: Omega Partners and the Strategia Group. He was a founder employee and then partner in Omega, and then founded the Strategia Group. He has frequently partnered with the leading international consulting firms (Accenture, Deloitte, and PwC).

George Broom

With no idea what to do in life at 18 years old, George found his first job selling commercial window cleaning contracts in Central London in 1988, where he quickly learnt how to sell, roll out and manage large projects. This led to him being headhunted in 1994 into a much larger company, where he was involved with the bidding and project management of support service contracts for the likes of Gatwick Airport and the European Parliament building in Strasbourg.

In 1997 he started his own company providing cleaning, waste management and soft services to a wide variety of commercial customers from FTSE100 companies to SMEs. Running a number of successful businesses over the years, George has developed an in-depth knowledge of detailed business planning, recruitment, training and staff development. He has experience in financing and developing commercial business premises, as well as creating and enacting successful marketing strategies. George has guided his various organisations through some very major changes over the years, helping not only the businesses, but also his staff to cope and thrive through times of change.

Graham Laylee

Graham is a Chartered Accountant who has been an shareholder director of two successful businesses in the Regeneration and Business Services Sectors.

Since selling his last business, he has held a number of Non Executive positions including that of Audit Chair at NHS Lambeth CCG. He has been a volunteer Mentor/Business Advisor at Tree Shepherd for several years.

Grahams specific skills are in the areas of finance, financial planning, property and key account sales management.

James Gill

James is a registered osteopath and director of bodytonic clinic. James started his career in 2006 as a locum therapist slowly creating his practice over the years, renting small occasional spaces to work from. Having built up a patient list in 3 London locations James had the opportunity to take on a clinic premises and from here he started to employ other therapists and now James runs a successful clinic with other 25 team members offering a wide range of treatments. In October 2018 bodytonic clinic was named Practice of the Year at the UK osteopathy awards.  In 2019 James was also personally named Entrepreneur of the year at the Southwark Business Awards.

Paul Mervin

Paul Mervin is an experienced business consultant with a strong focus on using new technologies to drive business success.

Paul has a background in starting up new companies and setting up new divisions within existing organisations. He works regularly with Tree Shepherd as a mentor to a wide range of start-ups, micro-businesses and small businesses.

His expertise is in business development strategies, using technology as a business enabler, understanding your market, and developing “go to market” strategies.

Tiffany McLean

Tiffany McLean is a Business & Leadership Coach and Marketing Strategist and has worked with Senior Managers and Executives in the U.S., U.K. and Europe helping them to gain clarity and consciousness in their working practices and overcome challenges.

Tiffany currently holds a BA and PG Dip in Business Management, and a Diploma in Transformational Coaching. Tiffany has worked as an Operations Manager for a major global manufacturing company and currently contracts as a Project Manager to one of the UK’s leading local authorities.

In 2018, Tiffany started Perfect Profits Coaching an online Marketing e-learning academy which helps small business owners to generate more leads, conversions and transactions for their business.

Originally from America, Tiffany has been living in South East London for over 16 years and is passionate about the area and wishes to help more local small business owners thrive.

Ross Nottingham

Ross has worked for 20 years in the reinsurance industry, a specialist financial market. During that time, both in London and in Bermuda he has gathered sales, business planning, legal and management experience. Having worked on a project externally providing strategic frameworks to charities he is keen to continue mentoring small businesses. Ross believes that the majority of issues and hurdles are the same just often on a different scale. Ross enjoys the journey with mentees, challenging their businesses and ideas to flow.

Lorenzo Todorow

Lorenzo works as Senior Teaching Fellow at the UCL School of Management on the MBA programme, as a sustainability consultant and business coach. As a consultant, he has worked with a number of clients, including Carlsberg, University of the Arts of London (UAL), Heathrow, Unicef, the Commonwealth and London Borough Barking and Dagenham. He is also co-founder and director of InsideOut, a leadership development consultancy which combines the benefits of walking outdoors with the potentials of group facilitation, pioneering a new way people can experience the advantage of walking while engaging in constructive and creative group discussions.

Phil Briscoe

Phil has been involved in a number of businesses but his current focus is Newington Communications, which he co-founded in 2006. Since then has spearheaded its growth in the planning and development sector, and on local and devolved public affairs and public relations. Newington won the SME Excellence award at the 2018 Southwark Business Awards and now has a team of around 50 full-time consultants, operating from five UK offices. In recent years, Phil and his team have worked on housing, energy and infrastructure projects across the UK, and advised companies such as Canary Wharf Group, Barratt Homes, Legal and General and Far East Consortium.

Newington has joined a larger international group in the last three years and now operates within the SEC-Newgate Group, am AIM-listed communications group with 30 offices in 16 countries. Phil sits on the Management Committee of SEC-Newgate and leads on international real estate growth. Phil started out working in politics, advising on campaigning in various parts of the UK and local authority policy, and also served as a London borough councillor. Phil was previously a member of Catalyst UK, sitting on the UKTI Professional and Business Services Trade and Investment Advisory Group.

Gerry Walsh

Gerry Walsh left school and started work on building sites in north London. At 18 he realised that he needed to continue his education and completed an engineering degree at 23 and entered the aerospace industry as a software engineer. He is a chartered engineer.

At 27 he moved to Spain and was responsible for software development on a major European aircraft programme. In Madrid he married a Spaniard and now has four boys and speaks fluent Spanish.  At the age of 33, he embarked on an MBA programme after which he became a management consultant eventually rising to partner in a major global firm.

Gerry’s clients have always been industrial, manufacturing and technology companies such as Rolls Royce, Eli Lilly and Airbus. He has also judged business plans competitions at a major UK business school. Gerry began his own successful consulting business in 2015 and came back to the UK in 2018.

He is currently helping a global energy company grow across the African continent and is the chairman of a social media music business. As well as hard capabilities such as strategy and marketing Gerry employs his coaching skills with the top executives in these businesses. In his spare time Gerry supports Tottenham Hotspurs and Barcelona and has a daily yoga practice.