Ambassadors – Associates

Learn more about our Associate Members below.

You can also read about our Steering Group Members here.

Peter Blanc, Group CEO, Aston Scott

Peter Blanc“Aston Lark was formed in 2017 as a result of the merger of Aston Scott and Lark Group Ltd and we are now the 5th largest Chartered Insurance Broker in the UK. We are in the process of building new headquarters in Middleborough, Colchester, where we will house up to 100 staff out of our full complement of over 600 staff operating from 18 offices across the UK.  We are specialists in business insurance and Employee Benefits but also have a thriving Private Client division so we can look after all aspects of insurances on behalf of companies and their directors personal requirements, in and around Colchester. We are growing both organically but also through strategic acquisitions of high quality brokers throughout the UK and our stated aim is to become the UK’s most trusted Chartered Insurance Broker delivering for our clients with care, passion, integrity and expertise.”

Andy Green, Director, Comfort Services Group

Andy Green“Comfort Services Group offers wide range of bespoke services including HVAC commissioning, water hygiene and water treatment. We pride ourselves on cost-efficient, practical thinking, and safety centric approach. Our customers benefit from our 14 years of experience in delivering integrated environmental services for companies across London and the South East. We believe in offering advice as well as providing a service to our customers and we make sure our clients enjoy tailor-made solutions that meet their individual requirements. Not only are we passionate about providing services that help reduce harmful impacts on the environment, but we are passionate about giving back to our community as a business. We proudly sponsor a range of local teams and charities and believe giving back to the community helps to shape it for the better, providing a safe, welcoming environment for generations to come.”

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Chris Newenham, Joint Managing Director, Wilkin & Sons

Chris WilkenhamThe Wilkin family have farmed at Tiptree, Essex, since 1757, making quality preserves since 1885. We grow a wide range of traditional English fruits and use them to make conserves, condiments, and other treats in our factory by the farm. Fruit is inspected and prepared by hand then cooked in small batches using traditional recipes. We supply an extensive range of conserves, marmalades, honeys, sauces, condiments, fresh fruit, teas, cakes, biscuits, gift packs, fruit gin liqueurs, and even Christmas puddings to markets both at home and in more than 60 countries around the world. Tiptree products can be found in the finest hotels, cruise liners, airlines and stores. We have been proud Royal Warrant holders for the last 107 years. As the business heads into the 21st Century every full-time member of staff is part of our Employee Benefit Trust, giving each a keen interest in the future of the business.

Tony Willson, Managing Director, Helmsman Services Ltd

Tony WillsonEstablished 20 years ago, the company has three main services.  First is an outsourced service to manage the training and development for companies that don’t want their own in-house department and who want to maximise their training budgets.  Second is health and safety advice, documentation and training, offered with annual contracts to watch over a company’s obligations.  Thirdly, the provision of a comprehensive range of health and safety e-learning titles. The company has been based in Colchester throughout this time as we feel that the town has the right skills that we need.

Katie Skingle, Director, KAT Marketing

Katie SkingleKAT Marketing is a creative marketing and communications agency delivering digital and traditional marketing campaigns including public relations, web development, social media and event management services throughout Essex, London and across the East of England. Our innovative, meticulous and highly-practical approach to all strands of marketing ensures that we channel our clients’ strengths and achieve the desired results such as boosting profiles, profits and, in some cases, turning a business around.

Paul Milsom, Managing Director, Milsom Hotels and Restaurants

Paul MilsomMilsoms is the leading privately owned hospitality business in East Anglia, serving great food and great hospitality. Our values centre around excellence, transparency and being part of the community by both employing a large number of local people and being a hub for the community to visit and enjoy. My father opened Le Talbooth, a tearoom financed by his parents, in 1952. The business now consists of the four Dedham-based businesses; Le Talbooth (restaurant), The Maison Talbooth (hotel), Milsoms and Milsoms Catering plus The Pier at Harwich and Kesgrave Hall near Ipswich. We employ around 300 people all year round but this increases to around 400 in the summer.

Bryan Johnston, Senior Partner, Goody Burrett

Bryan JohnstonIn the best of times, in the worst of times, in the age of wisdom, in the age of foolishness, in the season of Light, in the season of Darkness, Colchester has thrived. GoodyBurrett have provided legal services to the people of Colchester for over three centuries. GoodyBurrett and Colchester are interwoven from the stone carvings in the old library and oil paintings in the Town Hall to the property deeds and wills of countless citizens. Colchester is a town with an exciting future and whether it is the prospect of hard times, or great expectations Goody Burrett want to be part of it.

Pete ChapmanStation Manager & Breakfast Show Presenter, Actual Radio

Pete ChapmanActual Radio is the Local Radio station for Colchester. From concept in 2014 to forming the company in 2016, today we take great pride in being located in the centre of Colchester at our Queen Street studio. Our central location enables us to connect closely with local businesses, charities and associations to support and promote what they do. We are a forward-thinking media outlet run by a growing team of industry professionals, who are dedicated to producing outstanding local radio.

Radio is no longer just “on-air” we are an audio and multimedia platform promoting all that’s great in Colchester.

Ashleigh Seymour-Rutherford, Chief Executive, Colbea

Ashleigh Seymour-RutherfordThe Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea) delivers dedicated business support, and our mission is to Inspire and Nurture Businesses for Success; Positively Impacting People and Communities around us using our network to work with young people; start-ups and growing businesses.

Colbea’s role is to drive entrepreneurship in Colchester, lead the discussion of what entrepreneurship is, and play our part in delivering the next generation of businesses who will be able to take advantage of the opportunities created by the town’s ambition.

Colbea aims to encourage and support Entrepreneurship and Employment through Advice, Training, Networking, Development, Innovation and, of course, Incubation – the Colbea Colchester Business Centres are currently home to a fantastic mix of businesses, creating a supportive ‘community’ environment ideal for taking your first business space.

Tim O’Connor, Corporate Partner, Scrutton Bland

Tim O'Connor

Scrutton Bland is a leading provider of financial services to both business and private clients. From our offices located throughout the Eastern region we provide specialist tax, accountancy, insurance, employee benefits and independent financial planning advice to clients throughout the UK. Our philosophy is simple: we believe in delivering clear, jargon free advice for our clients and in finding effective solutions for them.

Nominated for a British Accountancy Award, our cloud based service SBLive combines the latest in digital accountancy software with professional business advice to give clients with the support they need to reach their business potential.