Nigel Tomlinson, MBA BA MCIM
Advisory Board, UK

Mr. Nigel Tomlinson is a Non-Executive Director/Advisor and innovation specialist with a career in international business, capacity building and the development of business-to-business services spanning almost 40 years across five continents and has served on the boards of nearly 20 different organisations.

Between 1981 and 1997 he worked for British and US blue chip multi-national corporations on international trade and corporate investment overseeing and developing operations and distribution channels around the world.  He also designed and implemented strategy, leadership and change management programmes for group subsidiary companies worldwide and led teams, which won two Queen’s Awards for Export Achievement.


After spells in the USA, Middle East and Japan, Nigel joined Sheffield Chamber of Commerce in 1997 as Chief Executive Officer (at the age of 37 he was the youngest Chamber CEO in the UK).  He oversaw a dramatic change in the organisation and its fortunes, which coincided with the economic regeneration of Sheffield which he helped to facilitate. The Chamber developed into a group of companies and became a lead Chamber in the UK for the provision of international trade, commercial training, enterprise support and business capacity building services with the EU and UN.  During this period, Nigel became a trade and economics advisor to Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

Under Nigel’s leadership Sheffield Chamber won awards for Excellence in International Trade (2006) and UK Chamber of the Year (2008) and in both 2007 and 2009 was a finalist in the World Chamber Awards.  As a result of these successes, Nigel was selected to serve as a director of the British Chambers of Commerce in 2008.


In 2011 he stepped down as CEO of Sheffield Chamber to build an extensive portfolio of Non-Executive positions and together with partners, to lead an international business capacity building company, Universal Projects.  He was a World Chamber Award Finalist for a record third time in 2013 in recognition of his work in designing and leading the Greentouch Cambodia project on behalf of the World Bank to promote and embed sound environmental management practices among the country’s business community.


In 2015 he was the recipient of the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe’s Special Award for Excellence.  Nigel is also a Board Member and Head of Practice of Leoron PDI one of the world’s fastest growing professional development companies and has lectured for the UN, World Bank, EU, Eurochambres and the World Chambers Federation in a number of subject areas including leadership, change management, corporate strategy, business internationalisation, organisational development and operations.


Nigel is also an Associate Lecturer for London School of Business & Finance, IBAT College Dublin and a Visiting Lecturer for the University of Hull Business School and in 2021 was nominated for the UK Leadership in Education Award.  He has an MBA from the University of Hull specialising in International Corporate Strategy and operates out of offices in London and Dubai.

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Rosemary Gallagher,  MSc MA
Advisory Board, UK

Rosemary has worked in marketing, public relations, communications and journalism for more than 20 years. She is currently a director (part time) with Muckle Media PR and a freelance journalist contributing to a range of titles, including The Scotsman, The Times and Sunday Times.


Previously, Rosemary was Head of Communications with the Scotch Whisky Association where she was responsible for media relations, digital media, publications, member communications and working on the organisation of events, such as the AGM and Westminster and Scottish Parliament receptions. She also curated an exhibition on the history of the Scotch Whisky industry to mark the SWA’s centenary. This was displayed at The Scottish Parliament, the Mitchell Library and the Spirit of Speyside Festival.


Rosemary has worked with PR agencies and in-house in Scotland and London. She was also a Senior Media Relations Officer with The Scottish Parliament. She was previously Business News Editor with Scotland on Sunday and Personal Finance Editor with The Scotsman.


Rosemary holds a postgraduate MSc in Marketing from the University of Strathclyde, an MA (Social Science) Honours from Glasgow University, a CIPR post-graduate diploma in PR and a certificate in digital marketing.

Jonathan Wood,  BA
Advisory Board, UK

Mr. Jonathan Wood previously worked in the British Consulate in Chicago, USA in the role of Vice Consul.  During his several years in Chicago he operated as a trade envoy for inward investment into Great Britain from the United States.  That role took him to various trade shows such as the Chicago Boat Show, Detroit Car Show and many more.  Prior to that, Jonathan worked for the Regional Development Agency in Leeds, Yorkshire Forward, attracting inward investment into Yorkshire.

Mr Wood's grandfather and father built many of the schools, pubs and hotels in Doncaster, England.  He is both a property developer and local Councilor for the Green Party.  As a businessman, he is very much ‘pro-business’ and keen on attracting inward investment.  Jonathan holds a senior role on the Planning Committee and was previously a member of the Mayor’s Cabinet for Doncaster DMBC. 

Jonathan’s political interests relate to Green Belt protection, preventing risky development in flood zones and ‘common sense’ tree policies to avoid unnecessary tree removal in Doncaster like that undertaken by the nearby Sheffield Council.

He lives both in South Yorkshire, England and in Orlando, Florida, USA.  Jonathan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hull University in England.  He attended Boarding School at Worksop College in Nottinghamshire, UK.