Meet the board
Tony Davison, chair of Crewe Town Board
We are strategically well placed to attract more jobs and investment, which will boost the local economy.
I volunteered to take on the role of the Town Board chair because I believe it is vitally important to ensure the town sees continued investment in all aspects of its future, whether it be cultural, skills or in the physical infrastructure of the town.
John Adlen, Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership
I am the Growth Director at Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership responsible for driving economic growth, investment and innovation across the sub-region, including leading on the strategic development of the Cheshire Science Corridor and £200m Enterprise Zone. I have 25 years’ experience in urban planning, strategic land and property, regeneration and economic development and joined the LEP in 2017 from Staffordshire University where I was commercial director responsible for leading the University’s engagement with business and industry and economic development programmes and projects. I was previously a Director of two of the top global property advisory firms DTZ (now Cushman & Wakefield) and Savills.
Andy Butler, Legat Owen
I am a Chartered Surveyor and Director at Legat Owen commercial property consultants. I have been based in Nantwich for the past 30 years and have particular experience in the south and mid Cheshire commercial property sector. I live in south Cheshire and am father to three wonderful daughters.
Paul Colman, South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce
I am the Chief Executive of South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry. I have 20 plus years of experience representing the local business community, providing businesses with up to date information and helping to facilitate local networking and knowledge sharing activity. I represent the South Cheshire Business Community on many boards and committees including Crewe Town Council, Cheshire East Council and Cheshire & Warrington LEP plus engaging in the national British Chambers of Commerce accredited network. I am proud to be a member of the Town board and believe that Crewe has a tremendous opportunity to transform itself by building upon a strong and diverse economy plus the arrival of High speed rail.
Jasbir Dhesi OBE, Cheshire College South & West
Known as Dhesi, I am the Principal and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cheshire College – South & West and have over 24 years’ experience in senior leadership roles across 3 colleges. I am a qualified teacher and have previously been the Principal/CEO of South Cheshire College and Yale College.
Guy Kilminster, Cheshire East Council
I am the corporate manager of health improvement in Cheshire East Council’s public health team and have worked at the council since 2009
Councillor Nick Mannion, Cheshire East Council
I spent 30 years working in housing and regeneration, at a regional and national level, before moving to teach in the further education sector. I was elected as a Labour councillor for Macclesfield West and Ivy ward in 2015.
In May 2019, I became a member of the cabinet of Cheshire East Council and held the portfolio for environment and regeneration. I am currently the chair of the council’s finance sub-committee and vice chair of its economy and growth committee.
I also sit on various boards in my councillor role including Cheshire East Council’s Northern Planning Committee, as well as the Crewe Town Board, and am Cheshire East Council’s representative on outside bodies including the Cheshire Fire Authority, Macclesfield College of Further Education and the Manchester Airport Consultative Committee.
Outside politics, I have three grown-up children, played more than 500 times for Macclesfield Rugby Club and am a lifelong supporter of Macclesfield Town FC, now Macclesfield FC.
Councillor Jill Rhodes, Leader of Crewe Town Council
I am the Leader of Crewe Town Council and member of Crewe Town Board and would like to share my perspective on what the Towns Fund could bring Crewe.
Simon Yates, Community Representative
For the last 30 years I have either worked or lived in Crewe and had become increasingly concerned at the lack of a voice for the people of Crewe and the interests of Crewe as a Town which has strong points but also significant problems.
I am married to Diane, a former Mayor of Crewe and have 3 adult daughters, one of whom works in Crewe, one in the West Midlands and one in Australia.
I am currently the President of my Rotary Club and am also the Assistant Governor for 10 Rotary Clubs in Cheshire.
Sally Hepton, Bentley Motors
I have been the Director of Government Relations and CSR for Bentley since 2013. I am a member of the Board of the Northern Automotive Alliance and Regional Board and Chair of members for the University Technical College in Crewe, which I took a leading role in establishing. Before i moved to Bentley, I held a number of UK & international roles for Shell and prior to that worked in corporate and government affairs for Toyota. I have been recognised 3 times as one of the top 100 Women in the British Automotive industry, by Auto Car, most recently in 2020.
Kieran Mullan MP, Member of Parliament
I live and work in Crewe and you can find my office on Edleston Road at the heart of Crewe. I think everyone knows Crewe isn’t reaching its potential and I am determined to do what I can to help. I campaigned hard for us to get a Town Deal. I brought the Government Minister in charge of the Town’s Fund to Crewe and we walked around the town centre so he could see for himself the challenges we face. So I was very happy to see us make it into the fund.
But now we have to make sure we make the most of this opportunity. I know people have heard it all before and will believe it when they see it. I will do my best to work with the rest of the Board so that you see and feel this difference and we can all see Crewe reach its potential.
I have spent most of my working life in the area and passionately believe in the vibrant community that Crewe aspires to be.