About Us

A forward thinking company with old style values.

The company was formed in 2009 and we describe ourselves as a “forward thinking company with old style values”. We do not ask clients to enter into long term agreements or contracts, we like to do business on the shake of a hand and quite simply if you like what we do you will continue to engage us. We also have a ‘Satisfaction Pledge’ which means if you are ever not satisfied with the work we do with you then you do not have to pay. We are proud to say that we have never had a client call on that pledge.

We build long term relationships with our clients and become their ‘unreasonable friend’ which means we will ask the question or maybe say the thing that business owners may not want to hear but know that it’s done for their benefit.


Our Vision

A company serving the whole of the UK recognised in providing professional, highly effective support to businesses.

Our Values

Our mentors will always work with and for the client to the benefit of the business and will at all times be honest and professional, act with integrity, respect confidentiality.

Our Pledge

If a client is not satisfied and feels the mentor has not added value then the client will not be
expected to pay.

Joe Hinton

Joe Hinton


After a successful and varied thirty five year banking career which brought a broad range of experience in Leadership/People Management/Strategy/Sales and Marketing Joe left to form UK Business Mentoring. Based on the knowledge he had gained dealing with small to large businesses and his love of helping people to develop, Joe found his ‘Ikigai’ in business mentoring.

Favourite Film: ‘Zulu’

Favourite book: ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ “Death ends a life, not a relationship. All the love you created is still there. All the memories are still there. You live on- in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured while you were here.”

Favourite Quote: “Its desire not ability that determines our success” The late Richard Denny

Guilty Pleasure: Power Ballads

Chris May

Chris May


Chris is an experienced banking and financial services professional who has supported businesses and individuals for more than 30 years. Previously Chris held senior roles with NatWest Bank, the Financial Conduct Authority, Consumer Financial Education Body and the Money Advice Service before joining UK Business Mentoring in November 2015.

Favourite film: 12 Angry Men – it’s easy to follow the crowd. Be the voice of reason and back yourself.

Favourite book: Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed – it’s made me look at life in a different way by understanding that one of the most important factors is to learn when things go wrong and therefore to have no fear of failure.

Guilty pleasure: I find it very difficult when I pay for fuel to walk away without a bar of Yorkie or Galaxy

Paul Clarke

Paul Clarke


Experienced Business Mentor, with strategic and operational experience at a senior level within the banking industry. Strong personal impact with proven ability to mentor and coach SME businesses, utilising a highly developed business and professional network in the UK, especially North West England.

Favourite film: ‘Top Gun’
Favourite Quote: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.” Henry Ford
Guilty Pleasure: Vimto

Graham Ballantyne

After a varied and successful 30 years in banking and financial services supporting business owners, Graham decided the time was right to become one himself.
Graham has led large people and customer centric business gaining extensive “hands on” knowledge and experience of People Management/Leadership /Strategy/Sales/Marketing/ Financial Management and Customer Experience. Graham is a qualified Chartered Banker and gets a real buzz from supporting others to grow themselves and their business – becoming a mentor was an obvious choice.

Favourite Film: Love Actually – you can’t beat a feel good movie

Favourite Book: The Speed of Trust by Stephen M. R. Covey. Trust is the one thing which changes everything!

Favourite Quote: “ Know yourself and you will win all battles” Sun Tzu

Guilty Pleasure: Craft Beer

Jim Gorrie

Jim Gorrie


After a successful and varied career in financial services, Jim was looking for a role which allowed him to fulfil his passion for helping people to develop, grow and achieve their potential. He therefore decided the time was right to join UK Business Mentoring and support business owners with their challenges and to help them be successful.

Jim has over 30 years’ experience of leading teams and developing leaders. He is qualified in Leadership Coaching and Executive Mentoring and has a broad range of experiences in Leadership/People Management/Sales and Marketing/Customer Experience/Continuous Improvement/Company Culture and Strategy.

Favourite film: Moneyball (a great film about leadership wrapped up in a baseball movie!)

Favourite book: What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School’ by Mark McCormack (my first book about people – first read it in 1984 and it’s still relevant today)

Guilty pleasure: Made in Chelsea and Yacht Rock

Favourite Quote: ‘It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse’ – Adlai Stevenson

Anne Williams

Anne spent 20 years in the corporate world primarily supporting businesses with various types of finance. Through this came a passion for the two things that dominated her career, helping people and enabling business growth. Anne is a strong leader and people manager with excellent sales and operations knowledge and she chose the route of business mentoring to make good use of her extensive experience and to satisfy the desire to help others succeed.

Favourite Film: The Usual Suspects. Love a film with a clever twist.

Favourite Book:
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Love a book you can read again and again and every time it is like reading it for the first time.

Favourite Quote: “That is the most difficult thing of all. It is far more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself correctly, then you are truly a man of wisdom.”

Guilty Pleasure: Salty liquorice (must be the Scandinavian genes)

Carol Clarke

Carol Clarke


Carol has held key positions in the banking and education sector whilst utilising her Psychology degree and counselling training to support children and teenagers.
Carol joined the UKBM North of England team in 2017 and recently completed the London Marathon in aid of Leukaemia Care UK.

Favourite Film: ‘Patch Adams’

Favourite Book: Anything written by Shane Dunphy

Favourite Quote: ‘Never look down at someone unless you are helping them up’-Jesse Jackson

Guilty Pleasure: ‘Skiing’

Deborah Teilelbouim

Deborah Teilelbouim


Deborah has had a varied career working for Investment Banks in both the UK and abroad. She is experienced in Graphic Design and builds all the presentations and ensures the branding is consistent across the company including policing the teams use of weird fonts quite regularly
She joined the business when it was formed in 2009 and was responsible for creating the company’s first ‘How to grow your business’ presentation. Deborah took several years off to care for her daughter who was born in 2015 and is now back providing support to the business across many areas.

Favourite Film: ‘The Bridges of Madison County’

Favourite Book: ‘I know why the caged bird sings’

Favourite Quote: ‘We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars’ Oscar Wilde

Guilty Pleasure: Dancing and singing all the time!

Nigel Browne

Nigel is an entrepreneurial, motivational and vision-driven business professional with 30 years of repeated achievements throughout UK & Europe. He has an extremely broad commercial experience, with proven expertise in all business functions, including strategic planning, sales, marketing, finance, structure & process. Often referred to as a “catalyst for growth and change,” he has helped clients and employers ranging from FMCG brands to medical practices to small retailers.

His passion for understanding and helping businesses led him to UKBM, where their values are perfectly matched to his own.

Favourite Film: I’ve just seen it – “The Gentlemen”, loved it!

Favourite Book: Anything by Italian author Andrea Camilleri – his intelligence, humour and observations on Italian life help me switch off from the working day.

Favourite Quote: “The important thing is this: be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.” Charles Dubois

Guilty Pleasure: Golf and red wine (not necessarily at the same time!)

Mark Roblett

Mark has been instrumental in setting up and owning several successful businesses over the past 30 plus years. In this time he has accumulated a wealth of business knowledge, which compliments his natural entrepreneurial flare.

First hand experience with international corporates to local S.M.E.’s gives him a vast range of trusted experience to share. His journey has given him great insight into the dynamics of how a high performing business should operate to succeed. Family businesses are a particular area of interest to him as well as helping others to realise their dreams.

Favourite Film: The Shawshank Redemption.

Favourite Book:
Bird Song by Sebastian Faulks. A fine piece of literature with a powerful story.

Favourite Quote: “A comfort Zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”

Guilty Pleasure: Red wine from the Rhone accompanied by a bar of Cadburys dairy milk!

Brian Woolrich

Brian has over thirty years experience across all sectors of UK banking and has held various senior leadership roles through to Regional Director level. Brian prides himself on building long standing and mutually beneficial relationships with business owners/their teams, sharing his extensive knowledge and wide ranging experience.

Favourite Film: Gladiator

Favourite Book: Any book written by Mark Edwards

Favourite Quote: A glass of red wine

Guilty Pleasure: “Carpe Diem” seize the day