The Academy Experts

“An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.” – Niels Bohr


Learn from the mistakes of others – you can’t live long enough to make them all yourself. We have assembled a range of experts in their field who can help you grow your business while avoiding the mistakes that they have made in the past.

Neil Bradbrook

Neil Bradbrook is Managing Director of Ahead Business Consulting, helping Scotland’s businesses to flourish with practical solutions and advice for scale-up, growth and increased efficiency.

He is an expert in business strategy and growth, centred around a clear customer proposition, with over 20 years’ experience, and has enjoyed notable success both with his own businesses and guiding others with expert advice. He led his previous company from £11m to £23m, and has delivered over £500m growth for the businesses he has supported across his career.

Passionate about helping others to achieve their commercial aspirations through sharing his knowledge and expertise, he is an experienced trainer in sales, strategy and leadership.

Andrew Pollard

Andrew Pollard is a Director of Ahead Business Consulting. Andrew has practical small business experience in Fintech, BioTech and Financial Services and a consultancy background delivering corporate change.

In the last 25 years he has managed turn-arounds, acquisitions, scale-ups, international expansion, won funding and seen failures. He is an expert in financial crime, something which destroys many small businesses without warning.

Ahead Business Consulting exists to deliver clear, practical and effective advice to help local business flourish. Andrew is adept at asking the insightful questions and delivering solutions for growth.

David Reid

David Reid is the CEO of YewBiz and has spent the past 20 years helping clients grow their companies by performing integrated marketing campaigns for them. He previously worked for Europe’s No.1 marketing agency.

He has now channelled his marketing knowledge into an online membership platform (YewBiz Members) to help teach small business owners and marketers the art of successful marketing.

David helps companies of all sizes from 1-2 person start-ups to £100 million pa organisations. His marketing knowledge is also relied upon by the Courts – as he is frequently asked to act as an independent expert witness in marketing disputes.

Giles Etherington

Giles Etherington is owner of Brand Satellite, a brand consultancy and integrated design, advertising and marketing agency. 

Giles has over twenty years’ experience working with some of the world’s most recognised brands.

Today, Giles applies his knowledge on the principles and importance of creating a brand to help SMEs who have either never approached their business as a brand before, or are not making the most of the brand they have.

Giles has been running his own businesses since 2006. In 2016, Giles became the Industry Associate for Brand and Branding for the Cultural Enterprise Office.


Gill Gorman

Gill Gorman holds post graduate qualifications in HR management and has undertaken various HR leadership roles with leading UK household names.

As an HR Director with a UK manufacturing business, she has led business and HR transformation. Gill now runs her consultancy Enabling People, which specialises in the delivery of HR, change and development.

Gill is passionate about learning & development and is a proud Trustee of The Donaldson Trust, which seeks to enable young people.