Our tutors and mentors

Georgina Wilson

Georgina is a serial entrepreneur and has always had a passion for nurturing businesses; she has been in the market place for over 15 years. She is a public and motivational speaker, teacher, trainer, mentor, author, and owner of a community café in South London. Her main aim is to see others thrive in their businesses, turning their passions into profits.

Georgina’s ethos is to empower others to achieve their goals.

Her experience enables her to assist with all areas of business development; however, her specialties are business growth, marketing, branding and sales. Based in Tulse Hill, South East London, where she owns a business, Georgina has coached and mentored small businesses in the local surrounding. Therefore, she has a good understanding of the area and general vibe which will help in creating the right strategy for your business.

Adrian King

Adrian King

Adrian King is a strategy and business development consultant with 30 years' international experience. He has worked across a wide range of sectors, including communication and e-commerce technologies and healthcare. He has long term relationships with key clients and has worked directly for another 70 companies and has extensive international experience.

He supports businesses on strategic positioning, commercialisation, new business development, and organisational change. Adrian’s consulting career has largely been based in two organisations: Omega Partners and the Strategia Group. He was a founder employee and then partner in Omega, and then founded the Strategia Group. He has frequently partnered with the leading international consulting firms (Accenture, Deloitte, and PwC).

Paul Mervin

Paul Mervin is an experienced business consultant with a strong focus on using new technologies to drive business success.

Paul has a background in starting up new companies and setting up new divisions within existing organisations. He works regularly with Tree Shepherd as a mentor to a wide range of start-ups, micro-businesses and small businesses.

His expertise is in business development strategies, using technology as a business enabler, understanding your market, and developing “go to market” strategies.

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Anita Thorpe

Anita Thorpe is a freelance trainer and retailer who tutors on The Tree Shepherd “Start Your Own Enterprise” course.

Anita has worked as a trainer for 20 years, developing managers and staff in the not-for-profit sector. In 1999, she set up Diverse, a popular design-led gift shop in Brixton, south London.

She now combines her training and retailing experience to help new and established business owners develop their own successful enterprises.

As a practising business owner Anita has a real understanding of the day-to-day challenges of running a business and is uniquely placed to advise on resources and strategies for business sustainability.

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Lisa Newton

Lisa Newton has a Masters Degree in Investment Management and a first class Honours Degree in Accounting with Marketing and is AAT qualified. She formed her first company in 2004 with £150 in the same month of graduating from City University, London, UK.

Lisa holds directorships in various industries including telecoms, property management, publishing, hair & beauty as well as finance. She has won awards in business including: Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2007, Enterprising Business in 2008, BE Mogul in 2016.

Lisa works mainly with small businesses on their money management and bookkeeping. Lisa can often be found writing books on business and in the non-fiction genre. Her books include: How to Write a Book in Two Weeks, Constant Cashflow, Make the Most of Your Money, How to Start Your Own Bookkeeping Business and How to Franchise Your Business.

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Jason Mollring

As a trusted and effective management consultant, Jason has helped innovators build businesses, design solutions, develop capabilities and grow.Jason’s career started in Silicon Valley, California with technology and dot com start-ups. He moved to London 13 years ago and has worked for community-based foundations where he managed support programmes for entrepreneurs as a funder, consultant and coach.

Jason has managed a £10m innovation fund, developed international and local social impact networks, defined strategic initiatives for foundations, designed innovation, enterprise and volunteer programs and cultivated corporate partnerships with Google, Ernst & Young, Bank of America and more.

As a Business Advisor, the type of support that he can offer to help start up and small businesses is: marketing and communications, business planning and strategy, partnerships, governance and team management.

Wayne James

Graham Laylee, Mentor

Graham is a Chartered Accountant who has been an shareholder director of two successful businesses in the Regeneration and Business Services Sectors.

Since selling his last business 5 years ago, he has held a number of Non Executive positions including that of Audit Chair at NHS Lambeth CCG. He has been a volunteer Mentor/Business Advisor at Tree Shepherd for 4 years.

Richard Wheater, Mentor

Simon Hall

Sandra Ferguson

Richard Brocklebank

George Broom