The Enterprise Nation Team

Learn more about the Enterprise Nation team members.

Emma Jones CBE

Emma Jones CBE

Founder & CEO   Follow me @emmaljones

Emma is founder of Enterprise Nation. Emma joined international accounting firm Arthur Andersen, before starting her own business in 2000, which was successfully sold two years later.

Emma then launched Enterprise Nation and has since written a number of bestselling business books, including Spare Room Start-Up, Working 5 to 9, Go Global and the StartUp Kit.

Emma was a co-founder of StartUp Britain in 2011 was appointed one of the prime minister's Trade Ambassadors in 2015 and Small Business Representative for the Crown in June 2016.

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Billy Johal

Billy Johal

Chief Technology Officer

Billy is responsible for ensuring the technology at Enterprise Nation runs smoothly. This involves all elements from data security to platform development.

Billy is a Microsoft pro and keeps an open mind and active watch-out for emerging technologies that will benefit the Enterprise Nation community.

Kieran Bunting

Kieran Bunting

Chief Commercial Officer   Follow me @kieranbunting

Kieran oversees Enterprise Nation's relationships with major brands including Vodafone, Uber, Google and TSB. With a five-year history at the company, Kieran is the go-to person when it comes to planning new campaigns and ensuring our amazing partner and corporate brands benefit from engagement with small businesses.

His other loves in life are Dulwich Hamlet and Harlequins.

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Polly Dhaliwal

Polly Dhaliwal

Chief Operating Officer   Follow me @PSKD1

Polly Dhaliwal oversees the Enterprise Nation platform which is the beating heart of the company. She strives every day to ensure we are doing the job of connecting small businesses to the support they need and that client programmes are effectively deployed on the platform. She is passionate about helping start-ups and small businesses grow and providing them with the right resources at the right time.

Polly loves travelling and has her own podcast.

Lorna Bladen

Lorna Bladen

Chief Marketing Officer   Follow me @lornabladen

A passionate supporter of all things start-ups and marketing, Lorna is dedicated to helping small business owners turn their ideas into successful realities.

She does this via her role as chief marketing officer, where Lorna ensures that entrepreneurs are aware of the support they need to make their ventures flourish.

Prior to Enterprise Nation, Lorna worked for national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain, where she ran high-profile initiatives that aimed to accelerate start-up rates in the UK.

Jeremy Paratilla

Jeremy Paratilla

Head of People Operations

Jeremy is dedicated to the development of Enterprise Nation’s fantastic team, ensuring each individual feels inspired and supported to achieve their full potential and deliver the very best service for the community.

Passionate about entrepreneurship and growth-stage startups, Jeremy is committed to strengthening employee engagement to drive sustainable growth.

Diane Mensah

Diane Mensah

Head of Programmes

Diane curates and manages programmes that support our members – whatever the stage of their business.

Passionate about start-ups, Diane spent six years in Hong Kong before joining Enterprise Nation, where she helped to develop a flourishing start-up ecosystem.

A true world traveller, Diane’s career has taken her from London to Hong Kong and Beijing, via Abu Dhabi, and back again.

Holly Jones

Holly Jones

Head of Marketing

Holly is based in Manchester, and from the great city oversees the marketing for programmes that support small businesses to start and grow. Holly wants to reach as many aspiring entrepreneurs as possible to provide them with resources and tools to make their business dreams come true.

When not working, she enjoys finding independent restaurants and getting her steps in.

Liz Slee

Liz Slee

Head of Media

Liz is a PR specialist focusing on keeping small businesses and start-ups front and centre of the broader media agenda. That means telling the very real and brilliant stories about the UK's small business community and the work Enterprise Nation and its partners do to support them.

Daniel Woolf

Daniel Woolf

Head of Policy & Government Relations

With 10 years' experience working in politics, developing policy and leading strategic campaigns, Daniel Woolf leads on policy and government relations for Enterprise Nation.

Daniel began his career leading on health and policing and crime policy at the Greater London Authority while advising London's Deputy Mayor. He then moved to the CBI to lead its work on infrastructure finance. Most recently, Daniel played a leading role in AECOM's Advisory Unit, providing political and strategic policy advice to government bodies.

Marco Milicia

Marco Milicia

Senior Front End Engineer

Marco focuses on the continual development of the Enterprise Nation platform, enhancing the UX and UI with help from the Enterprise Nation community.

Marco has over 10 years’ experience as a front-end developer and digital designer within advertising and e-learning sectors. He has a passion for everything digital and emerging technologies.

Henrique Campaner

Henrique Campaner

Senior Frontend Engineer

Henrique is passionate about technology, especially JS and the React ecosystem.

Henrique has the ability to learn new procedures quickly and efficiently when it comes to problems or new challenges.

Within his free time, Henrique likes reading about new technology.

Alex Popa

Alex Popa

Senior Backend Engineer

Alex joined Enterprise Nation because he enjoys exciting challenges and working in an environment where mindfulness, receptivity and technical efficiency drive the success of the business' growth.

When younger, Alex used to play tennis professionally and participate in competitive programming events, such as game jams and hackathons.

Nowadays, Alex dedicates his free time to taking care of his Samoyed dog. She's a handful!

Luke Bolton

Luke Bolton

Junior Front End Developer

Luke studied computer science before joining Enterprise Nation as a technical apprentice. Luke supports the technical team with requests and front and back end edits, while building his knowledge of web development at the same time.

Carolyn Yeung

Carolyn Yeung

Data Analyst

Carolyn is an experienced data analyst with a passion for CRM. She is responsible for collecting and analysing business data to provide insights and intelligence to help Enterprise Nation operate effectively.

In her spare time, Carolyn enjoys playing badminton.

Matt Slade

Matt Slade

DevOps and Cloud Engineer

Matt is our DevOps & Cloud engineer, developing and supporting digital operations and engineering to enhance Enterprise Nation's ability to operate efficiently and securely.

With five-plus years' experience working in software engineering and DevOps engineering within the Microsoft engineering technology stack and Azure, Matt is delivering a wide variety of solutions to help us meet our scaling and operational goals.

Jordan Tandy

Jordan Tandy

UX Engineer

Jordan is an experienced creative technologist responsible for overseeing the UX function at Enterprise Nation. With over 12 years of expertise in software development and design, he focuses on creating user-centered designs that deliver engaging digital experiences for the Enterprise Nation community.

Outside of his working life, Jordan keeps himself busy with lots of things. He enjoys airsoft, video games, long walks with his dog Nala, and spending time with his family.

Matt Williams

Matt Williams

Senior Partnerships Manager

Matt joined Enterprise Nation, having spent 6 years working in the charity sector as part of the professional sports organisations, Dragons Rugby and Harlequins. Matt has extensive experience of building community-facing partnerships on a local and national scale, most recently supporting the Metropolitan Police Task Force to shape their sports engagement strategy throughout London.

Matt joins as Partnerships Manager and is responsible for building long-term partnerships with like-minded organisations and partners in order to best support small businesses throughout the Enterprise Nation community.

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Mark Sweeney

Mark Sweeney

Platform Partnership Manager

Prior to joining Enterprise Nation as Platform Partnership Manager, Mark spent 7 years working in Higher Education responsible for improving the student experience, before moving into EdTech selling and managing recruitment-based solutions software to a variety of customers in the education sector.

Mark's main focus at Enterprise Nation is developing partnerships for the platform, as well as the acquisition of advisers who are best placed to provide the support small businesses owners need to start and grow their own business.

In his spare time, Mark can be found playing rugby at London Welsh RFC or watching his beloved Liverpool Football Club.

Callum Bird

Callum Bird

Financial Controller

Callum is an ICAEW chartered accountant, and is responsible for managing the finances of Enterprise Nation. He provides insightful analysis and financial control to support the business in its growth.

Marc Gardner

Marc Gardner

Senior Content Manager

Before joining Enterprise Nation as content manager in October 2021, Marc held a similar role at the British Business Bank. There, he was in charge of content for several websites and spent much of his time writing articles for the benefit of the small business community. Prior to that, Marc worked in content roles for a digital marketing and SEO agency, a software company and an international law firm.

Iryna Gambal

Iryna Gambal

Senior Marketing Manager

Iryna has joined the Enterprise Nation team, moving from Ukraine to London. She has five years of experience in social media marketing and content creation.

Prior to Enterprise Nation, Iryna worked at an innovation park in Kyiv, helping to develop the start-up ecosystem in Ukraine and run her own small e-commerce business.

Iryna is a passionate traveller and has visited 45+ countries, mostly by hitchhiking.

Emily Booth

Emily Booth

Marketing Manager

Emily Booth recently graduated from the University of Edinburgh studying Business with Marketing. Prior to studying, Emily worked with us as a marketing assistant and we loved her so much that we simply had to invite her back!

Emily is a lover of all things social media, interior design, animals and travelling. A true perfectionist, which makes her a brilliant asset to the creative marketing department and she’s also really passionate about helping people.

Owen Harding

Owen Harding

Community Manager

As Enterprise Nations community manager Owen is on hand to assist you in finding the support you need. Guiding you through every step of your user journey, Owen can match you to the resources needed to help you develop your business through a seamless platform experience.

Having developed his career across customer care roles Owen aims to not only support and remedy any query's you may have, but ensure you make the most of the services we offer. Owen is passionate about supporting SME's and entrepreneurs to make their ideas and businesses a success.

Amanda Peters

Amanda Peters

Content Manager

An experienced content editor and multimedia journalist, Amanda has worked across various consumer and B2B print and digital media platforms across the globe.

She loves storytelling and is on a mission to represent the voice of the “lil guy”. Throughout her career, she has launched and nurtured podcasts, newsletters, websites, magazines, and other media initiatives.

Amanda has a degree in media and a master’s in magazine journalism from Cardiff University.

Dan Martin

Dan Martin

News Reporter   Follow me @Dan_Martin

With 20 years of experience, Dan is a freelance journalist who has interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from billionaires like Sir Richard Branson to brand new start-ups.

As Enterprise Nation’s news reporter, Dan tracks the latest rules, regulations and government policy decisions that affect small businesses. He shares regular updates and analysis on our blog.

Amy Potts

Amy Potts

Senior Programme Manager

Amy is a Programmes Manager with over 5 years’ experience in project management across a variety of projects and campaigns including for small businesses.

At Enterprise Nation, Amy splits her time between delivering a pilot programme supporting young people to start or grow their own business in London and delivering StartUp UK, a campaign which will encourage 1 million people to start their own business within three years.

Outside of work, Amy enjoys yoga and exploring new places.

Grace Nelson

Grace Nelson

Programmes Manager

Grace has a degree in Events Management from Manchester Met University, with experience of managing virtual events and campaigns. Grace is passionate about empowering the voices of graduates and industry newcomers. In her spare time, Grace loves to be creative through volunteering and contributing to her blog!

Grainne O'Neill

Grainne O'Neill

Programme Manager

Gráinne’s background is in events management and coaching. She enjoys the job satisfaction of seeing events come to life and is passionate about helping others.

Gráinne manages a variety of programmes for Enterprise Nation and is a champion for female entrepreneurs as she is keen to help empower them with their business endeavours.

In her spare time, she can be found weightlifting, hiking or sea swimming.

Monica Moldoveanu

Monica Moldoveanu

Programme Manager

Monica is a programme manager with over seven years of experience in digital project management. Passionate about helping entrepreneurs and small businesses succeed online, Monica is also a marketing coach and mentor.

Her hobbies include playing tennis, reading and exploring the world with her family.

Rianne Walters

Rianne Walters

Programmes Manager

Rianne Walters joins the Enterprise Nation team as Events Manager. With a background in digital marketing, Rianne has five years’ experience developing and leading on high profile corporate events in prestigious locations such as the House of Lords. Rianne has a passion for improving and enhancing the delegate experience and works hard to ensure Enterprise Nation is delivering an array of events members can use to grow, build, and develop their businesses.

In her spare time Rianne enjoys travelling, creating content and baking banana bread.

Karla Freyre

Karla Freyre

Programmes Manager

Karla is the Programmes Assistant at Enterprise Nation; she is responsible for providing support across various projects. She has a degree in Political Science and a MSc in Public Policy and Administration from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Her background is in project management in the public and private sector in Peru, and international organisations. Karla is passionate about helping the most vulnerable communities and having a positive impact in the lives of small business owners.

Alex Kondrashov

Alex Kondrashov

Engineering Manager

Alex provides leadership to ensure engineering excellence in designing, planning, and developing various projects and products across the Engineering team at Enterprise Nation.

Before joining Enterprise Nation in March 2024, Alex gained a diverse background in engineering and team leadership. He has contributed to product development, projects and growth plans for various firms and now doing so for Enterprise Nation.

Ruben Fernandez

Ruben Fernandez

CRM and Back End Engineer

Ruben is a CRM and PowerApps developer with over six years of experience specialising in designing, customising and implementing customer relationship management solutions. His expertise extends to crafting bespoke enterprise applications using PowerApps, seamlessly integrating them into our existing systems.

In his free time, Ruben enjoys hitting the slopes for snowboarding adventures and relishing quality time with friends and family.