Bev is CEO of the YTKO Group, and brings 30 years of first hand business expertise to the IED board. Prior to leading YTKO to a 100+ employee business, she built three successful small companies. Alongside its commercial work, the Group delivers a significant amount of public sector start-up, growth and access to finance projects for local authorities and LEPs across the UK. These have enabled the creation or supported the growth of nearly 6000 businesses in the last five years.
In addition to her direct experience, this wealth of successful practitioner delivery, coupled with a deep understanding of local, regional and national economic development challenges, enables Bev to provide a range of perspectives to the board and its membership.
She has also grown two very successful membership networks, Norfolk Network and Enterprising Women, and is one of the UK experts on gender entrepreneurship. A UK Female Enterprise Ambassador, speaker, and angel investor, Bev has a number of private and public sector non-executive directorships, joining the IED Board in 2011. She holds the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion, and was awarded a CBE in 2014.
After serving two years as Vice Chair of the IED, Bev became Chair of the IED in November 2016.