Our Board

Meet the Board

Edward Pysden, Chairman


Edward has a long and distinguished career in the legal world.

He has a strong track record as a deal maker and advisor dealing with a diverse range of businesses, transactions and projects nationally and internationally.

Edward was voted top North West Corporate Lawyer by readers of Insider Magazine several times and is recognised in Chambers as the North West’s leading corporate finance lawyer. Edward has been Chair of Marketing Cheshire since 2009, and the Alternative Futures Group since 2011, a charity which provides supported living in the North West to people with complex mental and physical needs.

He is also a Non-Executive director of European Metal Recycling since 2010, a global business with their head office in Warrington; and Transport for Greater Manchester.

Edward was Chairman of the Hallé Concert Society (1999-2008) now remaining vice president and a trustee of its Endowment Trust.

He was closely involved in the transition of the orchestra from a precarious position to a stable leading orchestra in the UK. He has also been Chair of Manchester Airport Group.

Edward has overseen Marketing Cheshire’s development from a tourist board to its leading role promoting Cheshire and Warrington as a great place to invest, live, visit and study.

Katrina Michel, Chief Executive


Katrina has a strong marketing and business development background. She started her working life in the public sector at the Foreign Office before moving into marketing roles at Ogilvy and Cheetham Bell before taking Cheetham Bell into the WPP group to revive the J Walter Thompson Manchester office. Latterly in her own consultancy roles she has worked on projects for American Express and Unilever.

Jonathan Slater


Jonathan has been Managing Director of The Chester Grosvenor for nearly 25 years, and a member of our Board since 2004.

He also chairs Marketing Cheshire’s Audit and Remuneration Committee.

He is Vice President of Chester Business Club.

Jonathan is now in his third term as Chairman of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, a marketing consortium representing in excess of 500 luxury hotels in over 70 countries.

A founder director of the consortium, he is passionate about active participation in its worldwide development, focusing on brand distribution and global reservations.

An inexhaustible supporter of tourism to the UK and committed to introducing Cheshire to every corner of the globe, Jonathan undertakes a number of overseas sales trips around the world each year.

Angie Robinson

Angie Robinson

Angie is Chief Executive of Manchester Central Convention Complex.

Formerly she was Chief Executive of MIDAS (Manchester Inward Investment Development and Advisory Service) and before that Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce & Industry. She joined the Board of Marketing Cheshire in September 2011.

Angie has extensive experience as a non-executive Director in both the Public and Private Sectors.

Angie has lived in Cheshire for the last 28 years.

Roger Gorham


Roger is a Director of Bride Hall Holdings, where he is responsible for the asset management of the investment portfolio.

His current workload is primarily focused on three shopping centres in Chester, Edgware and Epsom, which total over 900,000sq.ft.

During his career Roger has worked for Hammerson plc, initially being responsible for the asset management of Hammerson’s UK Shopping Centres including Brent Cross, and Merseyway Stockport and latterly working on the large retail-led city centre redevelopments at The Oracle Reading and Bullring Birmingham.

Roger has also worked on the Warner Estate Holdings Agora Fund’s development portfolio which included the redevelopment of Market Hall Bolton (100,000 sq.ft), the master-planning of Birkenhead Town Centre (750,000 sq.ft) and the development options for The Pallasades, Birmingham.

Councillor Stuart Parker


Stuart is the political member representing Cheshire West & Chester Council, where he is the Portfolio Holder and Executive Member for Culture and Recreation, in addition to being a member of the Cheshire West & Chester Executive Committee.

He also sits on the board of Chester Race Company Ltd and Chester Renaissance.

Stuart is also a local businessman and has owned and operated a number of businesses in the recycling and environmental sectors over the past 25 years.

He lives in Mickle Trafford, near Chester and represents the Chester Villages ward.

Andy Farrall


Andy is Executive Director, Environment and Regeneration at Warrington Borough Council where he is a member of the Council’s Senior Management Team.

He leads the regeneration and economic growth programme for the Borough.

Andy took a central role in establishing Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership and the Atlantic Gateway Partnership.

Andy was previously Strategic Director (Development) at Chester City Council where he led the development and delivery of the Chester Renaissance programme.

Prior to Chester, Andy was Associate Director at London based architectural and planning consultants, Tibbalds Monro, leading on regeneration, tourism, urban design and development projects throughout the UK and Ireland.

Andy worked for Hull City Council leading on the regeneration of Hull’s City Centre, Old Town and Docklands and before that was employed Monmouth District Council and Rhymney Valley District Council in South Wales.

Andy is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Andy was Chair of the English Historic Town’s Forum, Hon Sec of the Urban Design Group, Chair of the Royal Town Planning Institute (North West Branch) and was a Board member of Culture North West.

He is currently a Board member of Warrington and Co (Warrington’s Regeneration Partnership), the Cheshire and Warrington Economic Commission and the Evergreen General Partner Board.

Originally from North Wales, Andy lives in Chester.

Peter Groves 

Peter Groves

Peter, a law graduate, was born and brought up in Liverpool, attending both School and University there.  He has been married to Carol for 31 years and has lived in Liverpool and Cheshire.  For 20 years he worked for the Crown Prosecution Service, being based in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.  In 1997 he undertook a career change and entered the world of financial services in which he still works as a Business Development Consultant.

Peter’s involvement in local government began in 1997 when he became a Councillor for Bulkeley and Ridley Parish Council, going on to be elected to Cheshire East Council in 2011, representing Nantwich South and Stapeley.  In addition he also now sits on Stapeley Parish Council.

Soon after his election to the Borough Council he took on the role of Cabinet Support Member for the Resources Portfolio and more recently for Regeneration and Development.  In addition he is a member of a variety of Council Committees, is the Council’s representative on a wide range of outside organisations, and sits on the Board of two of the Local Chambers of Commerce, Macclesfield and South Cheshire.

Apart from his work commitments Peter is passionate about his hobbies which are cars, motorsport in general, propeller driven aircraft and the world of politics.

Elyn Corfield


Elyn Corfield is the CFO of MBNA where she is responsible for all financial aspects of the MBNA Card Services business in Chester, including reporting to Regulators, Board of Directors, Auditors and Internal Management.

Prior to being appointed CFO Elyn led the Finance Reporting, MI and Balance Sheet analytics team. She was responsible for all Finance business reporting and MI, including story board Corporate reporting and interaction, together with Board of Director reporting. This includes responsibility for the consolidation of forecasts and plans, target setting, financial sensitivity analysis and monitoring of financial performance with the appropriate communication.

In addition she had responsibility for Balance Sheet analytics including Interest Rate risk, Funding, Liquidity and Capital reporting, forecasting and stress testing. This includes ICAAP management, capital assessment and risk management scorecards for Basel reporting and monitoring.

Elyn joined MBNA in 2001 as Business Development Finance Manager for UK Credit Card before moving to the Europe Central BFO role in 2002 being the main inter face with the U.S. for nearly 6 years including the period through the BAC/MBNA purchase and subsequent transition. In addition Elyn held roles focusing on process improvement and resource alignment before moving into a role to head up the Finance Capital and Strategy function for 3 years embedding the Basel requirements, routines and reporting required for both capital and liquidity management.

Before joining the bank, Elyn held various Finance positions at Lookers Plc, a large motor group based in the UK and Northern Ireland, having joined in 1990 Elyn held the position of Management Accountant and Information Development Manager.

Elyn graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1990, after studying Business and Finance, qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1996 and is currently an associate member of CIMA.

Elyn lives with her family in Chester, UK.

Adrian Bull


Adrian Bull is Director of External Relations for the UK National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL). He has responsibility for co-ordinating NNL’s external links, communications, profile and reputation across the UK and – increasingly – internationally. As such, Adrian is closely involved with a wide range of stakeholders including politicians, Government officials, media, customers, industry organisations and universities amongst many others. Prior to taking up this role in 2012, Adrian was Head of Media and Stakeholder Relations for Westinghouse, covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

He has worked on many submissions to UK Government consultations on nuclear and energy policy matters, and has given evidence to several UK Government Committees on energy issues.

Adrian chairs the Marketforce Nuclear Issues Group – a small group of senior executives from across the nuclear industry, which meets quarterly to discuss key policy, economic and regulatory developments and their implications across the sector. He has previously chaired both the NIA’s Communications Working Group and the North of England Steering Group for the National Skills Academy for Nuclear. He sits on a number of other regional, national and international committees for bodies such as FORATOM, the Confederation of British Industry and the Nuclear Institute. Adrian is a Fellow of the UK Energy Institute and in December 2011 was honoured to be named as the recipient of the Young Generation Network’s Award for Outstanding Contribution.

Outside work, Adrian is married with 3 children and lives in Manchester, and in his spare time is an occasional fire-eater and fire-breather.

Rebecca Burton

National Trust

Jamie Christon BA (Hons)

Managing Director, North of England Zoological Society/Chester Zoo

After graduating from Leicester University with a degree in politics, Jamie spent his first 10 years working in core high street food and department store management in the North West and then across the rest of the UK.  In 2003, Jamie joined Manchester Airport Group, heading up commercial operations at East Midlands, Humberside and Bournemouth Airports.  In 2007 he was appointed Commercial Director at Exeter Airport and went on to take over the role of Managing Director of Exeter Airport.  More recently Jamie has been responsible for group on-board operations for Stena Line.  Jamie joined the Society in July 2013 in the role of Managing Director.


Howard R Hopwood

Chairman, HARMAN Technology Limited

Howard Hopwood

Howard has worked in the Photographic Business for 40 years and is Chairman of HARMAN technology, which is the company that bought the ILFORD Black and White business in 2004 out of receivership.

He began as a Research Chemist, developing Silver Halide emulsions then moved into Technical Service to support the launch of the world’s first Chromogenic Black and White Film (the negative contained no silver).

Subsequently, Howard moved into marketing where he established ILFORD as ‘Best in Black and White’ through the establishment of International Sales and Marketing Teams and the launching of leading edge Black and White Films and Papers.

When ILFORD moved into Digital Photography, in the 1990’s, Howard became Head of Worldwide Marketing and launched the first ILFORD Inkjet printing materials for home and professional use, as well as Inkjet products for Wide Format Graphics.

As Marketing Director Howard introduced new traditional Black and White Papers that could be printed from Digital files and established the HARMAN Brand as a high quality Inkjet Brand that is now used on Fine Art products by Hahnemuehle.

Howard is Chairman of HARMAN technology based in Mobberley and has responsibility for new business development.