Extensor's Associates all recognised experts in their particular disciplines and bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience. Furthermore, we deliberately choose Associates from a diversity of backgrounds so that they can offer our Members multiple perspectives on any given subject. .

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Dr Michael Edley is an acknowledged expert in the field of sustainable development and environmental impact and is Head of Community Planning at Surrey County Council.     Professor Bob Garratt is Visiting Professor of Corporate Governance at Imperial College and the Chairman of Board Performance Limited, a company that specialises in coaching the boards of companies.

Nick Hewson is the founder of the Hewson Group, which is widely regarded as the foremost customer relationship focused analyst and research companies in Europe     Peter Jones is a retail expert who began life working in his father's bakery and ended up as Operations Director for Argos with 20,000 staff and £3bn turnover. He has also been MD of several other retails businesses and worked as a consultant to the industry.

Gill McKay is best known for the severe cost cutting programs she was recruited to implement as HR Director at both Baltimore Technologies and     Clifton Melvin has worked for and run several insurance companies both in the UK and abroad. He has led GE Capital's insurance activities in Europe and was most recently Chief Executive of Winterthur Life.

Dave Mutton has a background as an accomplished IT Director within the electricity supply industry. He has also set up an independent telephone company and is now Chief Executive of a specialist IT company serving the electricity supply industry.     Brian Plowman is an expert in the fields of Business Process Re-design and Activity Based Management. He is widely published and is a course presenter for a number of professional bodies.

Nick Preston had a background in banking and finance before setting up the Local Government rating service for Standard and Poor. He is now a Director of a specialist financial service company working in the railway industry.     Alistair Schofield is the founder of Extensor and an expert in sales strategy and market selling. In different industry sectors he has successfully defined and implemented strategies that have resulted in those companies becoming market leaders.

Hamish Taylor is now CEO of VISION UK but is better known as the former CEO of Eurostar and CEO of Sainsbury's Bank. Prior to holding these positions, he had a fast track progression through Procter and Gamble, Price Waterhouse and British Airways.     Mark Walton was Head of Business Development for Corus Construction. He is a corporate "intrapreneur" who has spent much of his career developing innovative partnership arrangements with Corus customers and predicting future changes in technology. He now runs Hands On Science (, an organisation that helps young people discover the excitement of science and engineering.


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