Meet the team: Rachel

What is your role at CCBS and how did you get here?
I was introduced to Peter by a mutual contact as he wanted to be more visible in the Tees Valley and, given my background in growing businesses, managing P&Ls, commercial and operational management, understanding the investment and funding landscape for SMEs, plus my network and connections in the area, it was the perfect match.

What is your specialism at CCBS?
I’m the Development Lead supporting CCBS in growing the business in Tees Valley and Durham – I work directly with businesses across advanced manufacturing, green energy and renewables to understand their requirements to see where the CCBS team can use their experience and relationships to support. I also engage with regional and trade professional networks and attend lots of events – so if you see me at one, come and say hi!

What do you like about working at CCBS?
I love working with the team – they are ‘proper sound’ (as we would say in Teesside). CCBS has a fabulous culture and are also very supportive. This culture flows into their work with clients, as often owners can feel quite vulnerable and confused when having to navigate through the funding/investment landscape. CCBS act with huge integrity and work immensely hard at finding the right solution so that everyone is happy with the final results. They also make a good cup of tea and provide pies now and then.

What do you do in your spare time?
I am a mum to two very energetic boys, going to football practice or matches five days a week, but when I am not doing that I love to paint.  We moved house last year, and I decided to take on the decorating, it’s very therapeutic. Maybe Matt and I could go into business together…..Chambers & Lister decorating?!

If you weren’t doing this job, what would you like to be doing?
In my mid 20s I ran a local football team – over a 7-year period I got them from 3rd division to 1st division and also got manager of the year (twice!).  I still have a huge amount of love for the game and would love to be the MD of a large football club (Karren Brady style).  I just love the sport and to run a business that gives so many people pleasure (most of the time!) would be amazing.