John-Paul is a Board Member, Adviser, Chartered Marketer and globally experienced Corporate Communications and Marketing professional. He has over 30 years experience both agency and client-side and has led UK and international marketing functions for companies in the energy, consumer electronic and leisure sectors working with iconic brands like Ferrari along the way. John-Paul is a director and founder of Zircom, a B2B marketing agency focused on enhancing companies marketing strategies through digital, design, trade and learning practices. He has provided marketing consultancy and advice to automotive, industrial, energy, transport and financial services companies. In 2018 he transferred ownership of the agency to the employees and continues to support and guide the business as a non-executive director and is an active member of the Employee Ownership Association.
John-Paul has been a member of the CIM since graduating from Bristol University and has served on the Cheshire Branch and is currently Chair of the NW Region.
Vice Chair - Communications
I have over 20 years of international experience in marketing, sales, client acquisition, business development and project management.Currently I am the “Creator of Opportunities” Commercial Director at KODE. I look after the commercial direction of KODE. This includes bid writing, project management sales and marketing but also presenting any national and international commercial opportunities for KODE. In my role as Ambassador for Creative I attend shows such as Prolific North, I mentor business leaders and help out in any way that I can, including attracting new members to CIM.I am a veteran having spent eight years in the Scots Guards.My career has seen me work with some amazing companies like Inside Entertainment with clients such as the UFC, Visit Las Vegas and the Toronto International Film Festival and Hugo Boss.Here in Liverpool I was the Sales and Marketing Director at Voyage the travel and tourism magazine of Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
As Founder and MD of Marketing Projects, Jane has been based in Chester since 1995 with B2B clients in the North West and London, occasionally the US. She studied Mechanical Engineering at Leeds and began working at Pilkington plc at its HQ in 1982 when it was a FTSE 100 company.
Having been involved in a marketing role since 1986 and the CIM for the same amount of time, she is passionate about continuing professional development and the networking, mentoring and fast track learning opportunities CIM should offer members.
Her past roles include Chairman & President of the Merseyside & North Wales branch 1997-2000 and North West PR Officer for the Institute of Directors 1999-2005.
She sees her current role on the North West Board to:- Raise awareness of CIM and marketing best practice,- Demonstrate the link between great marketing and business growth,- Promote membership, - Instigate CIM networking and learning opportunities, and - Liaise with the NW LEPs and organisations in the energy sector.
Jane was a Runner up in the Merseyside Women in Business ‘Business Person of the Year 2000’ and 2013’s Cheshire ‘Inspirational Women in Business’ awards and is a lecturer and public speaker on marketing topics, latterly social media crisis management, B2B marketing for growth and GDPR.
Her current role at Marketing Projects allows a better balance of home and work life. She is married with three grown up children and enjoys travel with a video production unit and broadcast studio in her rucksack.
Peter Gaunt has over 30 years experience working with small businesses, as a marketing and business development director and, over the last 15 years in consultancy and business support. Peter led workshop development for Growth Accelerator nationally and workshop delivery in the North of England and led major SME support programmes in Wales and the North of England.Peter is currently Relationship Manager for the Manchester-based Business Growth Hub, working closely with membership organisations, local authorities, and commercial firms supporting small businesses.From 1995 to 2003 Peter was CPD Officer for Manchester CIM branch and has been a Chartered Marketer since the award was first established in 1998. Peter has an MSc in Marketing Management (MMU) and is also a Chartered Engineer (BSc metallurgy).Peter is particularly interested in scale-up, international trade, and innovation.
Isle of Man Ambassador
Richard is the founder and Managing Director of Isle of Man-based RS Marketing and PR Ltd, a boutique marketing and reputation management consultancy.
Before establishing the company in 2018 he worked for over 10 years in key marketing, brand and PR roles for the Isle of Man Government, which involved working with a number of diverse business sectors for which the Island is well-known including tourism, financial services, manufacturing and ICT/eGaming. Richard was responsible for initiating and driving the introduction of major initiatives to promote the Isle of Man including ‘Isle of Man – Where You Can’ and ‘Isle of Man – The Extraordinary Story’.
During his time in Isle of Man Government Richard was gained a secondment to the Island’s Cabinet Office as Senior Manager, External Relations, which enabled him to experience life at the cutting edge of political and public affairs during an intense period of activity including the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
Prior to his roles within Isle of Man Government he worked for 10 years within the telecoms sector in product marketing and communications roles for Manx Telecom.
Richard previously enjoyed two separate stints as Chair of CIM Isle of Man. In recognition of his contributions to CIM activities in the Isle of Man, he was named CIM North West Member of the Year in 2007 and CIM North West Ambassador of the Year in 2017.
Richard also performs the roles of Marketing Director for the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association and a Trustee of the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospice Care at Home Trust.
Vice Chair - Events