Steering Committee

 

CJ Lloyd Webley

I am a Writer and Theatre-maker from Birmingham. I majored in Theatre and Performance Studies at The University of Warwick, and completed a Master of Arts in Creative Writing (Screenwriting & Playwriting) at City University of London. My play, Shadows, received 4 & 5 star reviews and sold out its three-night run at Theatro Technis, Kings Cross in 2017. Since then, I have had new work performed at The Birmingham Rep, Soho Theatre and the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre.

As the Founder/CEO of The Black Pounds Project CIC, I have supported over 100 businesses to access business or financial support. Alongside this I have facilitated Creative Writing workshops as part of my organisation Sorrel Park Theatrical, and online sessions. 

It is my ambition to inspire the next generation of artists and entrepreneurs, particularly those from communities which are often deemed underrepresented.

Harriet Saunders

Harriet works as a Fund Executive at The FSE Group, working to deliver £42m of debt funding to SMES as part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund. Harriet is responsible for maintaining the smooth day to day operations of the fund at FSE, deal execution and general fund administration.

Harriet holds a BSc (Hons) Business Administration degree from The University of Bath and a CISI Investment Advice Diploma. Harriet has previously worked within financial services providing operational and administrative assistance, with a recent focus on equity VCs geared to assisting SMES. Harriet is passionate about helping growing businesses scale up by unlocking funding and she is always keen to meet businesses within the patch.

In her spare time, Harriet enjoys cooking, visiting National Trust properties and is working towards her ACCA Qualification.

Jennifer Griffith

I am a banking solicitor at Pinsent Masons, so I act for both borrowers and lenders on corporate finance transactions. I often work with the larger banks so hopefully I can recruit some mentors from both a legal and a banking perspective.

I am really keen to support the Black Pounds Project wherever I can.

 

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