Meet the team

Stroud Business Voice is made of up volunteer members who all have a connection to Stroud district.

Steve Dechan

Chairperson/Policy Director

Steve Is managing director of medical device supplier Platform 14, with various industry roles, Stroud Town councillor with responsibility for business and chair of Stroud’s neighbourhood development plan.

Alex Ellis

Deputy chair, Membership Director 

Alex Ellis is a Director of PR and Marketing Agency, Macbeth Lankester and has delivered award winning campaigns for clients within construction, engineering, regeneration, law, public sector and charitable organisations.

Jon Close

Strategic Development Director

Jon is a Stroud based specialist solicitor in Construction & Engineering matters with a particular specialism in procuring infrastructure projects and resolving complex building defects disputes.

Adam Vines

Business Director

A marketing professional with 30 years experience and a Director of Lounge Design, who are passionate about making Gloucestershire the place for business to grow and thrive. Adam is Vice President of Cirencester Chamber of Commerce.

Allan Burns

Skills Director

Allan is a former teacher/lecturer and is a pioneer in electrical smart homes engineering and is now authoring the Guide to Smart Homes.

David Gee

Economic Director

A full qualified independent financial advisor with St James's Place. David clients include many senior business leaders in the five valleys understanding the personal/business financial challenges of business.

Matthew Howells

Business Growth Director

Matt is a specialist health insurance adviser working for Baker Hudson Health. A Stroud based broker, whose main focus is understanding the specific needs of each of their individual and SME clients, and considering cover for pre-existing conditions.