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Meet the team behind the Rural Business Centre

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Ian Rideout BEd, DipREd, FInstLM, FCMI
Head of Centre Learning

Ian is an inspirational leader with over 35 years’ experience of implementing innovative management strategies and building high performing multi-disciplinary teams to deliver successful business development and structural transformation programmes.

Formerly the Head of Faculty at Plumpton College, he possesses an enthusiasm for learning and the passing on of knowledge to others as a lifelong journey of discovery enabling the acquisition of new skills through learning.

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Graham Keeble MSc, MICWCI, AssocRICS
Centre Manager

Graham’s warmth and humility is refreshingly reassuring and equips him with the ability to engage those around him in a manner that is inclusive and respectful.

With more than twenty years’ experience in construction, and more recently as a heritage professional, Graham can ignite a passion for quality and innovation in others. He is gifted with an innate ability to translate concept into visual reality, enabling the listener to share his vision in the absence of all but words.

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Sarah Bartlett MCIM
Marketing and Program Co-Ordinator

Variously described as ‘one who gives a great deal’ and ‘a safe pair of hands’, Sarah is methodical, efficient and organised with all the creative qualities and natural ability of a great marketer, honed over twenty years at the forefront of business development.

Equipped with an endearing sense of humour and captivating command of the English language, Sarah is a first-rate communicator towards whom others naturally gravitate for advice and support.

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Barbara Haywood
Centre Co-ordinator

The sheer breadth and depth of Barbara’s experience at the sharp end of society has moulded her into a person of the very highest calibre.

With some twenty-two years’ experience as a risk manager with a local housing association, there is very little that will phase her or disrupt her quiet calmness. Barbara is a powerhouse of creativity and blessed with a warmth and charisma that draws others in and makes them feel welcome.

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