Established over 30 years ago, Knowsley Chamber provides proactive business support, advice and guidance on a huge range of issues. The Chamber’s strength is its ability and capability to deliver services to help businesses to start, grow and succeed.
Meet the team…
Lesley Martin-Wright, Chief Executive
Born in the North East of England, following her studies Lesley went to work in Singapore before moving to London to work for Grand Metropolitan and Glaxo.
In 1989, the family moved to Merseyside, and Lesley worked for several local businesses before starting her own consultancy company. Headhunted by a Liverpool law firm, Lesley then spent 10 years as Head of Marketing & Business Development, before joining Knowsley Chamber of Commerce as the CEO in 2011.
Lesley is an advocate for Chambers of Commerce – they are the glue that help to forge strong and important business support networks, and are able to conduct advocacy on behalf of the business community so that the private sector voice is heard.
In 2015, Lesley was appointed Head of Business Growth & Inward Investment at Knowsley Council; this unique role within the Liverpool City Region brings together a public and private sector partnership and a single front door for all types of business support in Knowsley.
Lesley has served as a school governor for Merchant Taylors’ Schools, and was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Merseyside in April 2014. In 2017 Lesley was commissioned as Honorary Colonel of 156 Royal Logistic Corps, she is also a Trustee of the PH Holt Foundation, and the Knowsley Foundation.
Neil Roscoe, Business Development Manager
Neil has over 22 years of experience in communications, events and business networking and is well-known across the Liverpool City Region.
After more than eight years as Senior Communications Officer with Jaguar Land Rover in Halewood, Neil joined the Chamber to help grow and retain membership, develop the calendar of activities and support the wider Knowsley business network.
Neil’s expertise in communications, PR and event management gives the Chamber a stronger offering to members looking for advice in these areas.
Prior to his role at Jaguar Land Rover, Neil spent six years with the Northwest Regional Development Agency and worked on many of the European funded projects across the North West. Neil has also spent time in a major local law firm and several years at The Mersey Partnership (now the Liverpool City Region LEP).
Neil is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), is married, with two boys, two guinea pigs and 2 gerbils.
T: 0151 477 1361
Sheila Toft Business Relationship Manager
Sheila joined Knowsley Chamber in August 2002. Previously, Sheila worked within Liverpool City Centre, with two law firms, Morecrofts Solicitors and Berrymans Lace Mawer Liverpool. Sheila then moved on to work with Sysco Consultancy and Training Ltd, this gave her the communication and interpersonal skills for the position within Knowsley Chamber.
Sheila has 18 years’ experience of recruiting and engaging with Chamber members on every level in a professional manner. Sheila takes responsible for invoicing and accountant management and whatever makes the boat go faster.
T: 0151 477 1356
Lorna Marshall, Working Well Co-Ordinator and Business Relationship Manager
Lorna has been working with Knowsley Chamber of Commerce for the past 4 years. She promotes health and wellbeing to Knowsley businesses under the Working Well programme working closely with Knowsley Public Health.
She has had experience in a range of wellbeing voluntary roles since finishing University in 2014, including supporting Creative Alternatives with art classes for people with anxiety and depression. She became a Business Relationship Manager in 2018 and has found the networking, building rapport with local workplaces and being able to support businesses with their wellbeing strategies as the highlights of her role.
Lorna has a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Reading and still enjoys visiting heritage sites. She enjoys walking, the theatre, yoga and spending time with her new kitten, Juno.
T: 0151 477 8602