I started running TAB boards in Sunderland in 2011. My original motivation for starting the TAB business was that I had worked with many private business owners throughout my career and I have tremendous respect for what they do. I also observed that most business owners could benefit from some really good support and advice. I had seen the value that Boards of Directors provide to larger businesses and believed that smaller businesses would also benefit substantially from objective advice. While consultants, family members and employees can provide a useful sounding board, I believe that only business owners can truly appreciate what other business owners are going through.
When I learned about TAB Boards and the model of establishing Business Owner Advisory Boards, I thought this would be a great service for private business owners in and around the Sunderland area. I also believe that TAB provides a model where I could leverage the experience that I have accumulated over my career and the passion that I have for small businesses, to make a real difference in the companies and the lives of business owners. It felt like the perfect fit. Now that I have been operating TAB Boards for a number of years, I can’t imagine doing anything else.
I am now running a number of local boards in and around the Sunderland area and my members include the full spectrum of business areas, including manufacturing, IT, service, retail and professional services. My board members have numerous years’ experience in running their businesses and they feel that being part of a TAB Board has really helped them both professionally and personally.