MEET THE TEAM

FRAZER DURRIS

FRAZER DURRIS

MANAGING DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER


Frazer is responsible for providing strategy, direction and vision to the various divisions within the business. With a strong reputation in delivering smarter energy procurement and management, his focus is on the business providing clients with solutions that offer the highest levels of service & added value in order to drive continuous improvement in buying performance for the company’s clients.

He is also a respected energy commentator, regularly speaking in front of audiences of business leaders and key decision makers across the North West.


Advice
If you are going to do something, do it right!


Best thing about working at Businesswise
Witnessing the rapid progress in the development of the business and the quality of the team we are building to help us achieve that

DEAN COCKETT

DEAN COCKETT

DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER


Dean heads up our strategic partner offering, developing relationships with resellers and managing client referrals. By developing strong relationships with partner I ensure better energy management buying strategies for businesses across the UK, through joined up procurement and management activity.

Dream career when you were 12
I always wanted to be an ‘Extra’ in Baywatch!

Fun fact
Believe it or not, I used to have hair like Michael Bolton…

Name one short term goal at Businesswise Solutions
To continue to enjoy the day to day challenges that owning a company throws at you

PETER CATLOW

PETER CATLOW

DIRECTOR OF COST REDUCTIONS


Peter uses decades of experience in senior director roles to audit business energy and identify other key cost drivers within businesses. Drawing on experiences in preparing companies for sale, MBOs, quality improvements and delivery performance, Peter can quickly identify areas where costs might be reduced, and provide a working strategy as how to act upon them.


Peter is a highly competent and successful negotiator, who builds quick rapport with customers, suppliers and colleagues alike.


Dream career when you were 12

I was a huge fan of the Biggles books when I was a child, so at 12 I had my heart set on being a fighter pilot. However, proving to be mildly colour blind I went into accountancy instead!


Describe yourself in three words…

Persistent, inquisitive, restless


What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you

The moving finger writes; and having written, moves on: nor all thy piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy tears wash out a word of it.

CATHERINE DURRIS

CATHERINE DURRIS

HEAD OF FINANCE


Catherine is responsible for the company’s finance team, and brings a wealth of experience working in blue chip organisations to her role. Catherine monitors the financial performance of the business and helps drives future profitability. She is responsible for developing excellent management information within the business and linking all the key areas of the business together.

Dream career when you were 12
I always wanted to be a lollipop lady when I was younger, as I thought the lollies were real


Name one short term goal at Businesswise Solutions
“To survive working with my husband and not heading for divorce!”

BILLY INGHAM

BILLY INGHAM

SENIOR COST REDUCTION SPECIALIST


Billy is Businesswise Solutions’ longest serving employee, and one of its biggest characters! He is responsible for generating new business energy opportunities; working closely with clients to identity areas where costs can be reduced and efficiencies improved. Billy provides a full, account managed service and is often praised for his trustworthy nature, coupled with a sharp deal for detail.

Ever the professional, Billy only has the best interests of his client as his priority at all times.

Secret talent
I’ve been known to recite the full rendition of the 1979 classic Sugar Hill Gang song –“Rappers Delight” at several Christmas parties!

Who is the coolest person you’ve ever met
My daughter Darcey


Describe yourself in three words…
Big Bad Bill

GILL STANYER

GILL STANYER

ENERGY OPERATIONS MANAGER


Gill manages our team of energy analysts, ensuring that they are performing to the highest standards, as well as building relationships with suppliers and customers. She continuously monitors processes, as well as keeping track of developments in the energy markets and relaying this information on to the team.


Dream career when you were 12
I like animals, so of course I wanted to be a vet


What do you love about working at Businesswise Solutions
We have a great team at Businesswise Solutions, I really enjoy working with the people every day


What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you
Don’t eat yellow snow!

PAULA WALSH

PAULA WALSH

ENERGY ANALYST


Paula looks after a wide variety of accounts across the customer database. She is responsible for providing energy support services to clients, including bill validations, data monitoring and query resolutions. Paula controls the housekeeping on the energy management system and she also processes contract terminations.


Dream career when you were 12
At the age of 5 I wanted to be a nun, but by 12 I wanted to be in the RAF; imagine jumping out of a plane as part of your job!


Secret talent
I can touch my nose with my tongue


What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you
Good things come to those who wait…

CHARLOTTE WILLIAMSON

CHARLOTTE WILLIAMSON

ENERGY ANALYST


Charlotte is a member of the energy team and is responsible for procuring fixed contracts for a variety of customers. She provides regular market monitoring reports and account management for our larger energy users.


Dream career when you were 12
I wanted to work in music, I was inspired by the Backstreet Boys; I’m a big fan!


The coolest person you’ve ever met
I once met Bruno Mars, but other than that my Mum is pretty cool


What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you
I’m a big believer in trying not to worry about things that can’t be changed

LAURA MIDDLETON

LAURA MIDDLETON

ENERGY PROJECTS AND BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT MANAGER


Laura is responsible for developing the new online utilities portal, which allows customers to monitor and manage their accounts through our bespoke platform. Alongside this, she plays a key role in helping to create processes which improve efficiencies within the business.

Dream career when you were 12

I dreamed of being a vet as a child, so I now get my animal fix by volunteering with my local RSPCA branch every week, and completing home visits.


Describe yourself in three words…
Proactive, analytical and competitive


What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you
An old favourite provided by my A Level English Teacher – ‘Carpe Diem’

JACKIE WHITAKER

JACKIE WHITAKER

BUSINESS SUPPORT MANAGER


Jackie’s role includes the provisioning of orders, customer service management, order processing and maintaining service delivery. She is also involved in a number of project management tasks which are related to PBX, data, VoIP and hosted solutions. With a great knowledge of the telecoms industry, Jackie is able to build good relationships with customers, managing and solving any problems which may arise.

Dream career when you were 12
I enjoyed cutting my dolls hair as a child, so I wanted to be a hairdresser for a while


What do you love about working at Businesswise Solutions
Every day I’m faced with a new, but exciting challenge


Describe yourself in three words…
Strong, cheeky, extrovert

PHIL HOWARTH

PHIL HOWARTH

CHAMBERWISE AFFINITY CONSULTANT


Phil supports the Chamberwise Affinity/energy team and is often the primary point of contact for potential new customers. His key role is to generate new business opportunities for the external Chamberwise Affinity and energy consultants, and provide an internal contact point for any queries.

Dream career when you were 12

I always wanted to be a professional footballer. I was invited for trials by AFC Bournemouth but broke my leg the week before the event!


Fun fact
I used to be a ball boy at Burnley Football Club; I was lucky enough to meet the likes of Kevin Keegan, Kenny Dalglish, Bob Paisley and Emlyn Hughes


The coolest person you’ve ever met
Mick Fleetwood! I’m a big fan of Fleetwood Mac, so this was pretty special.

FIONA RITCHIE

FIONA RITCHIE

PUBLIC RELATIONS


Fiona is responsible for leading the company’s overall PR strategy. Positioning the business as an expert in energy, telecoms and cost reduction, she is on the constant look out for PR opportunities in the B2B marketplaces, as well as supporting the functions of the creative/marketing team. Day-to-day, Fiona can be found writing positive press releases about the business and its achievements, industry-related blogs, client case studies and testimonials, as well as providing up-to-date content for the website, monthly newsletters and social media.

Dream career when you were 12
To write my own children’s books; it’s still my dream but I’m yet to actually do anything about it!


Secret talent
I can sing like American jazz singer Louis Armstrong


What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you
KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid

LEVI KERR

LEVI KERR

ENERGY ANALYST


Levi is the newest member of the energy team, and is responsible for procuring contracts for the smaller SME customers, bringing her expertise within this sector from her previous job role. She is responsible for logging LOAs and collating contractual information so that forward contracts can be costed and offered to our customers on a competitive basis.

Dream career when you were 12
I loved animals as a child, so I wanted to be a vet; in fact, I wanted to be the next David Attenborough!


What do you love about working at Businesswise Solutions
I really like working with my colleagues, everyone is so friendly and welcoming


What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you
If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again

CAIN HOPKINS

CAIN HOPKINS

TELECOMS ACCOUNT COORDINATOR


Cain is responsible for the overall sales and operational support for the business, bringing his four years’ experience in the telecoms industry to support the newly formed Businesswise Connect team. His role consists of analysing customer bills, providing project management services and also sales account management with existing customers.

Dream career when you were 12

I always wanted to play for Liverpool FC, but realistically this was never going to happen with my fitness levels!


What do you love about working at Businesswise Solutions
Joining the Businesswise Connect team from the outset means I can grow and develop my role alongside the business.


Fun fact
I’ve never broken a bone, touch wood!

WILL GOLDING

WILL GOLDING

ENERGY SALES MANAGER – YORKSHIRE


Will brings 12 years’ experience in sales related roles to the team, focusing entirely on energy sales and generating new business opportunities. He is responsible for approaching potential new clients, particularly in the manufacturing, leisure, property management and food industry to discuss their current needs, and identify areas which the business can help with. Will provides full account management and energy cost reduction services to clients.

Who is the coolest person you’ve ever met

The two coolest people I’ve ever met, has to be my twin boys!


Dream career when you were 12
I dreamed of playing football for Liverpool FC, until I realised I had two left feet and discovered rugby


What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you
Try your best and never give up; simple but effective advice