Meet The Team

The core SEE Ahead team is made up of 3 experienced Business advisers. We also have a trusted bank of associates we use to fill the gaps when necessary!

Helen Hoyle

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Helen is a SFEDI accredited business adviser who specialises in providing business support to the social enterprise sector and working with small businesses.

With 22 years’ experience in business banking, Helen has also been a senior manager of a social enterprise and a business adviser for over 10 years.

Helen writes and presents training workshops as well as providing one to one support to new and existing businesses and social enterprises.

Clients value Helen’s straightforward approach to business improvement and her ‘can do’ attitude.

I have worked with Helen Hoyle for over four years, initially through Business Link then in the last three years in her capacity as a director at SEE Ahead. Helen has provided invaluable business advice on a range of matters. She has also acted as a mentor to me personally for the last 3 years during what has been a challenging time as I have tried to grow the business from a small NHS department to a fully-fledged Social Enterprise delivering on a variety of NHS and public sector contracts. I have no hesitation in recommending Helen to other businesses. She gives straight talking sound advice which is hard to ignore. Liz Weatherill, CEO, Enable 2 CIC

Louanne Roberts

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Louanne has been delivering business support since 2002 and is currently delivering the business support side of the Ideas That Change Lives contract in Leeds. Previously she supported a number of students to start their own business for The Sheffield College and supported the setup of a social enterprise within the college.  Previously she has worked for Business Link as a Business Adviser working with a variety of social enterprises.  She also delivered a successful workshop programme aimed at startup businesses and social enterprises.

Louanne has a degree in Business Studies and has previously worked in the private sector and for Kirklees Council as well as an environmental regeneration charity.

Clients value Louanne’s innovative approach to organisational improvement and her ability to engage and involve stakeholders using participative techniques.

Louanne has helped our CIC immensely over the last few years. Through our transition from a limited company into a Community Interest Company and a multi-award winning Social Enterprise, she has been there every step of the way, helping and supporting us. Louanne has offered advice and support in many ways, including introducing us to new banks, to help with our seasonal cash flow issues. It is fair to say that our relationship with Louanne has blossomed, she has always believed in us and we have always trusted and respected her advice. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the continued support from Louanne. Sharyn Morley – CEO Fresh Pastures CIC

Rupert Shires

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SFEDI accredited social enterprise business advisor and a Company Director in the private sector for over 15 years, with significant experience of providing business support to social enterprises. Rupert has an excellent understanding of the Civil Society sector and the challenges it faces. As well as supporting established social enterprises to become financially sustainable, Rupert has assisted many individuals and groups to set up new social enterprises.

He specialises in the facilitation of strategic planning with social enterprise senior management teams. Clients value Rupert’s unique insight into the challenges facing social enterprise and his solutions focused approach.