Joint Managing Director
Lee-J Walker is an experienced manager who has worked across the UK and the Middle East within the world of on-line advertising and recruitment. Prior to joining TheBusinessDesk.com, Lee-J was based in Dubai working for the $22bn turnover global recruitment company Manpower Inc as the regional group sales manager for the Gulf.
Catherine joined TheBusinessDesk.com in November 2020. With nearly two decades experience working on b2b events, Catherine brings a wealth of knowledge to the team having worked with clients including Twitter, Puma, Autotrader & ITV. Catherine enjoys spending time with her family in her spare time.
Joint Managing Director
Alex Turner is the joint managing director of regional business news and events company, TheBusinessDesk.com.
He joined TheBusinessDesk.com in 2014, originally as Yorkshire editor then moved to Birmingham as group editor before being part of a management buyout in December 2017.
Associate Director of Sales, Head of the North West region
Ben is an experienced Sales Director, with in excess of fifteen years experience working within the Business Publishing Industry. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team, Ben works on a pan-regional basis, driving activity, developing new areas of focus and ensuring that we deliver for our clients.
When not nose to the grindstone at work, Ben enjoys operating a taxi service for his older children and being a punch bag for his 8yr old; playing football, cricket and table tennis (badly); and falling off his mountain-bike in a variety of picturesque locations across the North of England.
Editor - Yorkshire
Andrew Staples joined TheBusinessDesk.com as Yorkshire Editor in September 2022. He's a Leeds lad, who started his journalism career as a cub reporter on the now-defunct Leeds Skyrack Express about 30 years ago. From 2005 to 2020 he lived with his family in Dubai. He was chief business reporter and head of copy desk for the English-language daily newspaper Gulf News before becoming an associate director with international consultancy APCO Worldwide, working in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Outside work you can find him rambling along Dales footpaths, trying to get the perfect picture of a curlew, or exploring ruined abbeys and castles.
Editor - North West
Michael Taylor is the Editor TheBusinessDesk.com in the North West. He is an experienced journalist and broadcaster having been editorial director of Insider Media after a decade covering the television business. Most recently he held a senior role at Manchester Metropolitan University and completed an academic thesis on regional devolution, later working for a member of Andy Burnham's cabinet in a communications and strategy role. He also plays music on the radio and has written a novel set in Cheshire against the backdrop of the financial crisis of 2008.
Assistant Editor - West Midlands
Anna joined The Business Desk in November 2021 following her English degree at Loughborough University and Broadcast Journalism masters at The University of Salford.
She is our West Midlands reporter based in Birmingham and has experienced a variety of broadcast and print news, working at The Observer and Global Radio.
Editor - South West
Mike has returned to TheBusinessDesk.com to launch our website in the South West. He has been a journalist and communications professional for more than three decades and has spent the largest part of his career covering business, property and the financial markets. Originally from the North West Mike has spent most of his career covering business and news in the South West. He also spent some time working in Manchester and Liverpool for TheBusinessDesk.com. He has worked as business editor on the Western Daily Press, the Bristol Post and more recently South West Insider. His experience and track-record means Mike has a deep knowledge and understanding of the business in the region and a large network of contacts. Mike has interviewed many of the region’s leading businessmen and women and written countless articles on companies from all sectors from tourism to advanced engineering.
Journalist - Yorkshire
Miran Rahman joined
TheBusinessDesk.com as its reporter for the Yorkshire and Humber region in June 2019. He began his career in media as a broadcast journalist at BBC Radio Guernsey in September 2001, remaining there for nearly three years to read the early morning bulletins and produce news programmes.
Journalist - North West
Neil Hodgson has 35 years’ experience as a journalist.
He has worked for the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo and the Manchester Evening News. Having started his career as a news reporter and sub-editor, he also worked in the sport and features departments, before becoming a business reporter 30 years ago.
Head of Region - East Midlands
Jack joined TheBusinessDesk.com from brand agency Champions UK, where he was head of corporate development, and is a specialist in long-term strategic planning, business development and marketing strategies.
Upon graduating from University with a first class degree, Jack was selected as one of De Montfort University’s ‘Inspirational People 2015’.
Commercial Manager West Midlands
Abi rejoined TheBusinessDesk.com in May 2023 after a few months out. Abi is a proud born & bred Brummie with a keen interest in supporting businesses around the West Midlands in achieving their goals and growth objectives. Abi is well experienced in working with a wide range of businesses, creating cross platform solutions for professional & non professional services clients as part of their regional and national marketing plans.
Commercial Manager Yorkshire
Commercial Manager Yorkshire
James joined TheBusinessDesk.com on the 1st November 2022. Having started work in his home country of South Africa, he then worked and lived in the UK for 12 years before moving to the Middle East for 15 years. James believes that the key to success is building strong mutually beneficial relationships.
Commercial Manager North West
Sarah joined the business desk in September 2023. Sarah is originally from Birmingham but now lives in Liverpool and will be working across the North West region. Sarah's background is in financial services after working at Lloyds Banking group for 20 years. Since leaving Lloyds she moved into sponsorship and media sales and has been doing this for the past 4 years. Sarah has a keen interest in supporting businesses and has a lot of experience in supporting businesses in achieving their goals and growth objectives. In her spare time, Sarah likes to spend time with her family, walks down the beach or countryside with her dog Buddy! Sarah loves to read and her favourite genres are crime (fiction and non-fiction) and thrillers.
Client Relations Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
Holly joined TheBusinessDesk.com in December 2021, as a Marketing and Design Coordinator. After graduating from The University of Hull with a degree in Digital Design, Holly wanted to pursue her interest in marketing so undertook a Digital Marketing apprenticeship. Holly loves to travel, and enjoys spending time with friends in her spare time.
As an experienced events professional, Rebecca has planned and executed a wide range of corporate events to meet the needs of various occasions. With years of experience in the event industry Rebecca has managed events of all sizes, from intimate gatherings to large-scale conferences and exhibitions. In her spare time she enjoys seeing live music and spending time with her friends.
Beth joined TheBusinessDesk.com in September 2022 as Events Coordinator. After she finished studying Events Management at Leeds Beckett University she wanted to join the world of events. In her spare time Beth enjoys reading and spending time with her family.