Meet our tutors

Colin Crooks

Colin, our founder and Chief Executive, designed Tree Shepherd’s ‘Start Your Own Enterprise’ training programme. He oversees the management of the training programme as a whole, and still enjoys working as a tutor on the course.

Colin is an accomplished and highly respected social entrepreneur and business trainer and actively promotes business creation and support as the most effective approach to jobs creation. He is also the author of “How to make a million jobs – A charter for social enterprise”, which details his enterprise approach.

Tobi Lawal

Tobi is an experienced sales and marketing professional with management experience in various organisations.  He is also founder of Tribethink, a sales and marketing consultancy for small/medium businesses.  Originally from Camberwell, Tobi understands many of the changes and challenges faced by local businesses and is passionate about enabling them to innovate and succeed.

Georgina Wilson

Georgina has been a business adviser and entrepreneur for the past 15 years.  She is a well-established Tree Shepherd tutor, motivational speaker, mentor, author and owner of a South London community café.  Georgina has coached and mentored numerous small businesses within the South London area and has expertise in all areas of business but with specialisms in business development, marketing, branding and sales.

Jason Mollring

Jason is an experienced ‘Start Your Own Enterprise’ tutor as well as an entrepreneurial advisor, helping individuals to build businesses, design solutions, develop capabilities and grow. Jason’s specialist areas of expertise are marketing and communications, business planning and strategy, partnerships, governance and team management.

Anita Thorpe

Anita is a very experienced business woman and Tree Shepherd Tutor.  She has a Certificate in Training and Development and is a qualified NVQ Assessor. Anita set up and managed Diverse, a popular design-led gift shop on Coldharbour Lane, Brixton which has been operational for the past 17 years.  Anita now combines her training and retailing experience to help new and established business owners to develop their successful enterprises.

Mark Yabsley

As well as tutoring for Tree Shepherd, Mark has a garden design business, which he has been running successfully for the past 12 years.  In addition, Mark is also a lecturer in Business Start-ups and Business Mentor.  Mark has also worked as a Small Business Manager for a high street bank, helping people to set up and develop their own enterprises.