AWARDS CEREMONY HOST
Simon is from Retford and studied Mechanical Engineering at Brunel University. He is now the Managing Director of Edgewise Edgestrip Ltd, suppliers of edge strips for copper refineries worldwide. He has been a company director of 7 companies, all based in North Nottinghamshire, in a wide range of industries including, electrolytic refining, petrochemicals, chemical filtration, commercial vehicle haulage, vehicle refinishing and waste recycling. He also has gained experience in employment law, financing, investments, industrial property design, commercial video production and shop retailing. The company has won the NNBA International Trade Award for the last 3 years. Awards to the other companies include; East Midlands exporter of the year, SMART Award and the Queens Award for Export.
Simon has been involved in Motor Racing for 20 years winning a UK championship in 2002. More recently he has been racing in the Citroën 2CV UK Championship and driven in seven 24 hour races, winning two of them.
AWARDS TEAM MANAGER
Jacky is a Yorkshire lass born in Mexborough. Knowing from an early age that she wanted to be a nurse, Jacky achieved her goal before moving to the United Arab Emirates. Moving back to the UK 9 years late, Jacky and her family and settled in Retford.
Jacky was introduced to the Amway Business in 1992 and has been an Amway Business owner ever since, running it alongside her long term career in nursing.
Following another calling in her life, Jacky is also a spiritual medium and is developing lots of local events to share her insights into this fascinating skill.
Jacky now lives in Carton-in-Lindrick with her husband and their rescue cat called Kiwi.
North Notts BC Official Artistic Director and Digital Tech Partner
Born in Ragnall, Di was riding a motorbike at 6 years old which was just one of the many slightly 'left field' things that Di's dad taught her to do. He also taught her to be independent and to do her own thing. This early influence has had a marked effect on Di's career, which started off as an apprenticed upholsterer, then on to being an administrator and leading to 2 years living and working in Germany. On her return to the UK, Di ended up in Swindon and with a job in IT. From there she moved to Milton Keynes working for another major blue-chip company in IT, then later on, moving in to Facilities Management.
In 2001 Di finally called it a day on being an employee and followed her dream of being a photographer, earning an excellent reputation for PR and commercial photography.
2007 saw Di relocate back to North Notts to live with her childhood sweetheart. New location, new opportunity, so Di followed another dream, to enter the world of wildlife conservation. During this time, Di came across Totally Locally Retford and Retford Business Forum and became active with various campaigns.
The networking bug had bitten, and when Di had finally defined a suitable niche for her experience and expertise, The Photo Den CIC was formally created in 2015 and has been her life ever since.
Apart from her Photo Den mission and business, Di loves spending time with her Springer Spaniel Colin, supporting her partner Jeff with his unique motorbike design and build projects, and the occasional classic bike track day.
FASHION SHOW DIRECTOR
Hayley is from Retford, and for over 10 years worked as the manager of a children’s day nursery until leaving to start her own family with her husband Simon Turner our awards Technical Director. They have two children who keep them busy, and together they love supporting Simon on race days with his Citroen 2CV.
Hayley is now the director of our awards sponsors Your Holiday Getaway Ltd, providing holiday rentals in Europe. She is also Company Secretary for the family business Edgewise Edgestrip Ltd.
Alongside this, Hayley is a busy member of the local community, serving as Chair of Governors for a local primary school, and as club secretary for local football club- Retford FC, and a Lifesaving Instructor at Retford & District Lifesavers. As well as doing this, Hayley is also a semi-professional photographer, and enjoys trying to find the time to get out with her camera for some well earned “me time”.
Hayley has a new found love for dancing and has been a member of a local dance school for two years, and enjoys the friendships made and the laughs along the way.
Janie has always had a love for photography! Fascinated by photos from being a child, whether it be historical images from the dawn of the era onwards, or other people's snaps of holidays and family! It was perhaps a natural progression then, when in 2010 she started making pictures herself and began a whole new journey! Adult learning courses at Idle Valley through North Notts and Rotherham College enabled Janie to move forward in her chosen creative field and then, after several years being a returning learner, she started her own business!
These days most of Janie's time and energy goes into running a photography group for adult learners which is very rewarding! She says she feels like the luckiest woman alive to be able to do this. She loves taking people's portraits in the street or in the studio and product photography is an ongoing passion but for the most part, she just loves photographing anything and everything...if it stands still long enough, she will snap it and sometimes even when it won't stand still...her motto is 'finding beauty in everything'! She says "Beauty is everywhere, all around us, we just need the ability to truly 'see'!"
Born and bred in Retford she has a genuine love for her town, it's people and the surrounding area.
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