Martin is the Policy Director for the Federation of Small Businesses. He currently owns and manages three businesses offering public policy, engineering and IT consultancy services. Martin leads the policy team to make sure small business issues are understood and represented in Westminster, Whitehall and Brussels.
Welsh Policy Chair
Janet Jones is Chair of the FSB Wales Policy Unit (WPU), the body that dictates the FSB’s policy responses at a Wales level. She has chaired the WPU since 2007 and is also Chair of the FSB’s South Wales Region. Her own business is a family-run arable farm in Talgarth, Powys. In addition to her work with the FSB, she is also a member of the Prince’s Trust’s council for Wales and was a founder member of Brecon-based organisation Women in Agriculture.
Andy Willox OBE
Scottish Policy Convenor
Andy Willox is Aberdeenshire born and bred. After a civilian post with the Ministry of Defence, Andy established a cleaning and maintenance business in Aberdeen which now employs around 100 staff. Andy has specialist knowledge of procurement and employment issues. Andy is the FSB’s Scottish Policy Convenor and works closely with the Scottish Government. Andy has received an OBE for Services to small businesses.
Wilfred Mitchell OBE
Northern Ireland Chairman
Wilfred Mitchell’s past appointments include Planning Appeals’ Commissioner; Governor of the N.I. BBC Council, and Chair of both Cookstown High School and the NI Agricultural Producers Association. He has been Policy Chair of FSB NI and Chief Executive of Parkanaur Specialist Residential College for over fifteen years. He was appointed OBE for services to agriculture.
Employment Law Chairman
Michael has been at the forefront of the FSB's efforts to maximise the benefits of employment reforms for small business employers. Michael works as a Non-Executive Director, is Chairman of a charity and has more than 20 years experience as a member of employment tribunals. In his role as Employment Law Portfolio Chairman, Michael aims to reduce the burden for employers.
Environment, Water and Energy Chairman
Allen brings more than 30 years of experience in the political, environmental, planning, financial and energy sectors to this post. Allen works with his Committee to ensure small firms get a fair deal in the regulated markets and at the hands of environmental policymakers and regulators. He aims to help protect small businesses from energy price increases while ensuring members benefit from the move to a low carbon economy.
Ken Moon has extensive management experience gained both in the UK and overseas within manufacturing and construction, dealing with international supply chains, technology transfer and implementing structural and cultural change in large business organisations.
Ken now manages his own company, which he founded in 2001. The company began in the Health and Safety sector and then expanded into LGV driver and forklift truck training. Currently it provides training services to logistics businesses and industrial Health and Safety consultancy across a range of sectors including: manufacturing, retail, food premises, offices and the construction industry.
Home Affairs Chairman
Richard runs Financial Markets Law International, a niche law firm which has a heavy financial crime focus as well as financial market regulation. Richard has worked in Brussels and on a number of government committees on money laundering and corruption. The Home Affairs remit covers cyber crime, business crime, business continuity and reservists.
Enterprise and Innovation Chairman
Clive, with a background in technology manufacturing, works with his Committee to frame FSB's engagement with decision making on key issues in the trade and industry portfolio. This includes regulatory reform, intellectual property, collecting societies as well as pubs and post offices.
Education, Skills and Business Support Chairman
David, the Chairman for Education, Skills and Business Support, wants to see vocational and academic routes equally supported, ensuring that young people can access education that best suits them. At grass roots level, David works with young people through Young Enterprise, as a Business Ambassador and the Professional Skills programme at Portsmouth Universities School.
Rural Affairs Chairman
David brings a varied business experience to the role of Rural Affairs and Tourism chair. With his Committee and Policy Adviser David intends to influence policy at a government level such that operating a rural or tourism business is as regulation free as possible, whilst maintaining quality of service. David also intends to ensure that rural businesses are not forgotten as technology and infrastructure develops.
Throughout his career David has been involved in the planning and delivery of Infrastructure project in both the public and private sector. Whilst his work has been concentrated in the transport field, by the very nature of many of the projects and David's role, he has been involved in all forms of infrastructure delivery. David has frequently acted as the 'go between' between the private sector and the public authorities. This work has involved interface with both senior officials and politicians. As well as his consultancy work David has been the private sector lead on the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP Transport Group since its formation.
EU and International Affairs Chairman
Alongside David's Portfolio Committee role, he is also the
President of the European Small Business Alliance, which represents over one million small and micro-businesses across Europe. David's dual role of entrepreneur and policy executive enables him to identify potential regulatory obstructions to small businesses at an early stage.
Tax and Economic Affairs Chairman
Tony Baron BSc(Econ), MSc is an economist, who started his career as an economics writer for HMG. He then moved into the City, first as a UK economist and then Chief Economist for major stock broking firms. He became a Partner of Laurie Milbank & Co and subsequently held senior positions in other financial institutions. For the past 15 years he has operated as an independent consultant and owns and manages leisure and property interests in Wales.