About Us


The Growth Hub is part of Cheshire and Warrington LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) and The Growth Hub team provide bespoke support to businesses at every stage of their growth journey from start-ups to large business. As part of the LEP, we work closely with other team members providing insights and intelligence from the businesses in the area, helping to drive the economic growth of our sub-region.

The Growth Hub helps businesses and individuals across Cheshire and Warrington, any size, any sector.

Meet the team

Andy Devaney

Director of Business Innovation

Andy has a background in Economic Development and Policy across the North West as for the past few years has been leading the business growth agenda for the Liverpool City Region. Ensuring all businesses have the support and advice they need to grow and thrive is key to Andy’s role.

E-mail: Andy.Devaney@candwgrowthhub.co.uk

Kerry Hall

Enquiry and Engagement Manager

Kerry, a qualified SFEDI adviser and Prince2 project manager joined the team in October 2018 as Enquiry and Engagement Manager working to deliver the Cheshire and Warrington Growth Hub. The Growth Hub team provides impartial support and advice to people starting, running and growing businesses.

E-mail: kerry.hall@candwgrowthhub.co.uk

Paul Chapman

Growth Support Broker

Paul’s business journey began in the 1980’s founding a company building computers and progressing to network design and information security consultancy. He also found time along the way to start, grow and sell a successful scuba-diving business and be a shareholder in a manufacturing company.

For the past 15 years, Paul has been involved in helping other businesses, working extensively on the regeneration of the Speke & Garston areas of South Liverpool and on several business- support projects across the Cheshire and Warrington area.
In their spare time, Paul and his partner enjoy spending time walking in the countryside with their dog.

E-mail: paul.chapman@candwgrowthhub.co.uk


Ana Carbonell-Galiana

Growth Support Broker

Ana’s educational background includes a BSc Honors in Psychology and an MBA at the University of Liverpool. She is multilingual – speaking four European languages. Ana has over 20 years of experience in international business in the manufacturing/industry sector; including ten years of field experience working at senior level for a multinational in China.

In her previous roles Ana has had a wide range of different positions in different companies working all over the world; particularly in emerging countries such as China, north and south Asia, India, North Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Ana has wide experience working and travelling in a complex, global environment and she is a highly skilled professional in recognizing market trends and business gaps, implementing marketing and supply chain strategies, understanding and analysing the competitive landscape, as well as implementing new strategies, trade procedures from ideation through to global commercialization.

For the past few years, Ana has been involved delivering projects for the British Government providing support to local SMEs and Start-Ups.

E-mail: Ana.Carbonell-Galiana@candwgrowthhub.co.uk

Rachael Zaidel Lamb

Communications & Engagement Officer

Rachael has a strong background in public sector marketing communications and inward investment. Rachael is responsible for the marketing and communications strategy of the Business Growth Hub.

E-mail: Rachael.Zaidel-Lamb@candwgrowthhub.co.uk

Trevor Langston

Pledge Leader

Trevor Leads the Cheshire and Warrington Pledge which puts employers at the heart of inspiring the next generation. The Pledge will support hundreds of employers to work more closely with schools, colleges, charities, youth and community groups and reach up to 12,000 learners.

E-mail: trevor.langston@candwgrowthhub.co.uk

Mark Shepherd

Business Growth Support Broker

Mark works with a range of organisations throughout the region to help specify their skills needs, find solutions and link employers to quality training provision through our exciting up-skill project ‘Accelerate’. He has over 10 years experience in the training industry, vocational education and apprenticeships sector on a local and national basis. Outside of work Mark drums for a band, competes in triathlons and is a qualified yacht skipper.

E-mail: mark.shepherd@871candwep.co.uk

Dave Saddington

Business Growth Support Broker

Dave has over 35 years experience in banking roles to Regional Manager level covering a wide range of business and commercial sectors in the North West from Start Up businesses to 25M Turnover SMEs. In recent years he has worked in the alternative finance sector and continued to work with businesses raising finance and meeting other needs.

He has extensive links with professional advisers and supporting services.

E-mail: dave.saddington@candwgrowthhub.co.uk

Cherie Semper

Business Growth Support Broker

Cherie is responsible for providing impartial support and advice to people starting, running and growing businesses.

Cherie is a highly effective, commercially focussed Business Growth professional with extensive organizational growth experience in Multi-National companies, SME’s and the Third Sector.

E-mail: cherie.semper@candwgrowthhub.co.uk

Ashley Shacklady

Business Growth Support Broker

Ashley is responsible for providing impartial support and advice to people starting, running and growing businesses.

E-mail: ashley.shacklady@candwgrowthhub.co.uk

Fiona Bebbington

Business Growth Support Broker

Fiona is responsible for providing impartial support and advice to people starting, running and growing businesses.

E-mail: fiona.bebbington@candwgrowthhub.co.uk

Tricia Francis

Export Manager-Cheshire and Warrington LEP 

Tricia is on secondment to work with our team as part of the levelling-up agenda. Tricia is working with the team, the LEP and our partners and businesses to develop a localised export plan aimed at inspiring new exporters and enhancing the potential for current exporters to do more.

E-mail: tricia.d.francis@tradenw.org

Richard Corley

Skills Broker – Accelerate

Richard works with a range of organisations through our exciting up-skill project ‘Accelerate’. He has a decade of experience within the sector working on a combination of ESF, AEB and DWP provision.

E-mail: richard.corley@871candwep.co.uk