About Us

TheBusinessDesk.com is the fastest growing business media in the UK. The website and email service are completely free to all users and more than 2.5m emails are sent each month. We also generate more than 1m page views every month. At TheBusinessDesk.com, we offer the news you want when you want it. Across our four regions - North West, Yorkshire, West Midlands and East Midlands - you will find exclusives, authoritative articles and interviews with key figures in the business community.



Managing Director - Lee-J Walker

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. He covered six countries and nine offices and helped to launch two new business lines in the region. His experience before this was also working as a regional director for SAON where he assisted in the creation of the group's Middle East business. Returning back home to the UK in early 2010, Lee-J has headed up business development for TheBusinessDesk.com in the North West and West Midlands and now manages all commercial operations for the company. Email: leej.walker@thebusinessdesk.com  

Managing Director - Alex Turner

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. Alex started his career running the media department of St Helens Rugby League Club before moving into journalism, where he specialised in business at the Liverpool Daily Post and Liverpool Echo newspapers. Email: alex.turner@thebusinessdesk.com



Yorkshire - Ben Ormsby

Ben joined TheBusinessDesk.com as editor in Yorkshire in November 2019. His first role in the media after graduating from the University of Liverpool was at an award-winning PR agency in Manchester and working at a national news agency. In 2015 he moved across the Pennines to work in at the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and his latest role was as the PR and content manager for UK home builder Keepmoat Homes. Tel : 0113 394 4321,  Email: ben.ormsby@thebusinessdesk.com Twitter: @beno13

Midlands - Sam Metcalf

Sam Metcalf joined The BusinessDesk.com in January 2016 as editor of our East Midlands service. Previously he was editor of East Midlands Business Link and before that editor at Midlands Business Insider. Sam has 20 years experience of covering the latest b2b news and has been writing about businesses in the Midlands for the last decade. Tel: 07889 707802, Email: sam.metcalf@thebusinessdesk.com

North West - Shelina Begum

Shelina Begum joined TheBusinessDesk.com in March 2021 as its North West editor. She was previously the business editor at the Manchester Evening News and its weekly magazine, Greater Manchester Business Week. Shelina has spent more than two decades in regional journalism, including five in the business editor role, before leaving the M.E.N in September 2020. Shelina has also worked at a number of other titles including The Asian News, Rochdale Observer and Oldham Advertiser. She was also featured in the Northern Power Women’s Power 50 list. She is a mum of two and enjoys running in her spare time. Email shelina.begum@thebusinessdesk.com



North West - Neil Hodgson

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. Following a brief spell as a freelance writer in 2016, he joined TheBusinessDesk.com in 2018. Tel:07834536403, Email:neil.hodgson@thebusinessdesk.com

Yorkshire - Miran Rahman

Miran Rahman joined TheBusinessDesk.com as its reporter for the Yorkshire and Humber region in June 2019. He is based in Keighley, West Yorkshire, but previously lived in Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, for 26 years. 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. After moving to England he switched to print media, completing an MA in newspaper journalism in 2004/05 then taking a job as a senior reporter at the Keighley News - an award-winning weekly paper - in November 2005. Before leaving to join TheBusinessDesk.com, Miran spent 13-and-a-half years at the newspaper covering a diverse range of stories, including serious criminal incidents, court proceedings and major events such as general elections and the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart. Tel: 07890 045876, Email miran.rahman@thebusinessdesk.com

Business Reporter West Midlands - Anna Cooper

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. Email anna.cooper@thebusinessdesk.com    

Commercial Team


Commercial Manager West Midlands - Brett Murray

Brett rejoined TheBusinessDesk in January 2020 having worked in the business 4 years previous to that. Brett has worked in a mix of sales and marketing roles for 20 years after starting off selling suits for Moss Bros after his A-Levels at college. Tenacious and always with a smile…. Brett is often found on the golf course at weekends, or indulging his passion for food and drink. Tel: 07875499667, Email sales@thebusinessdesk.com

Commercial Manager West Midlands - Abi Hanson

Abi joined The Business Desk team as Commercial manager for the West Midlands in October 2021. Abi has worked in marketing and advertising for many years with companies such as Trinity Mirror and Bauer Media.

A proud mother to a teenage daughter and a proud, born and bred brummie! Tel: 07796713719, Email: sales@thebusinessdesk.com

Head of Region Yorkshire - Mark Baterip

Mark joined TheBusinessDesk.com in September 2021, to lead commercial operations in Yorkshire. He is a well-known face within the professional services sector in the region and has developed a strong consultative approach to business development that enables him to work closely with clients in order to broaden their reach and the impact of their brands. Email sales@thebusinessdesk.com

Head of Region East Midlands - Jack Hickey

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’.

Email sales@thebusinessdesk.com

Events Team


Head of Events - Catherine Godsland

Catherine joined TheBusinessDesk.com in November 2020 and is the Head of Events. 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. Email catherine.godsland@thebusinessdesk.com

Event Coordinator - Ellie Rowlands

Ellie joined TheBusinessDesk.com in June 2021 as an Events Coordinator. A recent Events Management graduate from The University of Huddersfield, Ellie has experienced a variety of events. Working in London for 9 months, Ellie gained a host of skills in the events industry and found her passion for corporate events. In her spare time Ellie is a keen baker and likes to keep active by running and walking. Email ellie.rowlands@thebusinessdesk.com

Marketing and Design Coordinator - Angelina Teofilova

Angelina joined TheBusinessDesk.com in 2019, as a Marketing and Design Coordinator. Before graduating from the University of Huddersfield and joining TheBusinessdesk.com she did a marketing and design internship for DTT Search and worked at Chique Photography Studio as a photography editor. In her free time, Angelina enjoys the outdoors on hikes or bike rides, and painting. Email angelina.teofilova@thebusinessdesk.com

Marketing and Design Coordinator - Holly Hand

Holly Hand 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 of marketing so undertook an apprenticeship rather than studying a Master's. In her spare time, Holly enjoys yoga and loves to travel. Email holly.hand@thebusinessdesk.com