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Meet the board

York Professionals Board Members

Our board comprises volunteers from businesses and organisations across York's professional services sector, bringing together a wealth of knowledge and experience.

You can find out more about each of our board members below and if you're interested in future board vacancies, please get in touch with York Professionals administrator, Jo Pickering by email.

Michelle Mook

Michelle Mook

Chair

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Elliot Rich

Elliot Rich

Vice Chair

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Holly Arden

Director

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Dale Bartleson

Director

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Dawn Clements

Dawn Clements

Director

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Jonathon Doyle

Jonathan Doyle

Director

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Sophie Metcalfe

Director

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Simon Middleton

Director

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Susie Mortonson

Director

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Jackie Senir

Jackie Senior

Director

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Karen Tinkler

Karen Tinkler

Director

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Emma Varley

Emma Varley

Director

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Emma Whiting

Director

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Jo Pickering

Jo Pickering

Administrator

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The Role of York Professionals Board Director

The role of Board Director is fast-moving, challenging and varied. Interested applicants need to have been employed in a senior position by a company which is an established member of York Professionals.

By becoming a Board Director you will:



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Here’s what some of our current Board Directors have to say:

 

“I joined York Professionals many years ago and had the opportunity to step up onto the Board of Directors a few years later.  Having never done anything like this before it was an incredible opportunity to see what working with a Board of Directors looks like, feels like and the role I could play.  Working with such an incredibly talented group of people at this level is hugely rewarding and I felt I was able to make a difference very quickly just by sharing my experience and knowledge.  But I have also learnt so much too.  I subsequently went on to become Chair in 2018 which was such a great opportunity for me to lead a team of volunteers but at a very different level to what I had experienced previously.  I have learnt so much about myself, about leading others and leading through a pandemic!  That wasn’t an expected outcome, but I am very proud of what we, as a Board of Directors, have achieved together to support our members and each other through such a challenging time.  I would highly recommend considering joining the board if you are looking for a new opportunity to make a difference to your local business community”.

Michelle Mook, Managing Director, Pro-Development (UK) Ltd

“York is a unique City in so many ways and being part of the York business community means a lot to me personally. Therefore, being invited to join the Board of York Professionals was not only an honour but also an opportunity to directly contribute to bringing businesses closer together. The YP Board works as a close and effective team to attract new businesses to join and throughout the year organises networking and educational events to benefits its wider member audience. We all work together, bringing our own skills set, experiences and business contacts to ensure York remains a strong, vibrant business community and through our membership actively engage with them to make it flourish.”

Elliot Rich, Managing Director, The Alternative Board

 

“G+E have been a YP member since the start and on the Board for as long as I can remember too.  When my predecessor stepped down due to relocation, I seized the opportunity to join and become Treasurer. Prior to joining I did chat to a couple of contacts who had been involved previously and everyone’s experience had been really positive. For me it was a great way to develop my network with like-minded business people and also my skill set, getting involved in things I would not ordinarily do in my role with G+E.  I am enjoying the role and feel that I have grown in confidence and really got to know a great group of people with different specialisms.”

Jackie Senior, Director, Garbutt + Elliott

 

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/ Over 20% of York businesses operate in the professional services sector

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“York Professionals gives me a lifeline to the pulse of business and economy in York.”

“Sharing, listening and being part of something more. York Professionals is an extension of my business and contribution to the city.”

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