Helping to guide other businesses
If you feel your business needs the support, contacts and guidance of a non-executive director, patron or trustee, then contact Carl – these businesses have…
Rt. Hon. Vince Cable’s Entrepreneurs’ Forum
In November 2010 Carl was hand-picked to join a new forum of 26 high profile entrepreneurs created by Business secretary Rt. Hon. Vince Cable whose purpose it is to advise the government on business and enterprise policies. The ntrepreneurs’ Forum meets four times a year and complements other groups, such as the prime minister’s Business Advisory Group, the business secretary’s Business Advisory Group and the Small Business Economic Forum.
Welcome to Yorkshire Patron
Carl is one of 300 Yorkshire Patrons, a group of influential business leaders and celebrities taking the Yorkshire message to a global audience conveying all that’s best about Yorkshire as a place to live, to be educated, work and play.
From October 2007 to November 2012 I acted as non-exec director within Forward Ladies, a not for profit organisation supporting over 4,000 women in business. The business aims to promote and celebrate the engagement and participation of women in economic success by enabling women to be more confident in life and business through knowledge, contacts, support and friendship. Forward Ladies membership embraces women from all sectors and stages of professional life, offering a community for women to learn, share and encourage one another in a supportive environment. www.forwardladies.com
“Carl Hopkins has been a valued member of the Forward Ladies Board since its inception as a limited company. Carl, along with the other Board members, has been instrumental in the growth and direction of the company taking it from a public sector project to a recognised brand in the U.K. His insight into marketing and strategy have been invaluable and I am privileged to have Carl as a Board member.” Etta Cohen
From January to November 2012 Carl joined award-winning creative and strategic brand consultancy Propaganda. as Non Exec Chairman. His role saw him working closely with the senior team at Propaganda to move into the agency’s next stage of development as its creative and strategic model adapts and evolves into the digital area.
Are you ready?
Carl became the first founding patron of this enterprise education programme which aims to prepare young people for the challenges and opportunities of life in the 21st Century by inspiring teachers to integrate enterprise skills and culture into the life and curriculum of schools and colleges.
Leeds United Communities Foundation Trustee
Carl is a trustee of the Leeds United Community Foundation which aims to deliver CSR initiatives in the local community.
For six months, from 2008 to 2009, I was the non-executive director of publishing and events company Carnyx Group, the people behind marketing trade magazine The Drum. I’ve been an agony uncle to The Drum since 2007, providing marketing ‘advice’ to the magazine’s readers so was delighted to join the company in a more formal capacity. My role saw me sharing my knowledge and experience with the company’s existing directors, helping to oversee the development of the Marketing Industry Network (MIN).
From autumn 2007 to Summer 2008 I was delighted to be non-executive chairman of Alvaston media PLC. My time as Interim Chairman saw the business establish itself in new office in central Manchester. We established a new Board and recruited a Management team for Alvastons creative agency, Creation. I ended my time with Alvaston upon the successful acquisition of a Lancashire-centric, aspirational lifestyle and fashion publication ‘The Magazine’. As Alvaston moved away from traditional advertising and marketing arenas I felt the time was right to leave.
Media Displays Limited
From Spring 2009 to Autumn 2009 I was non-exec director of Media Displays Ltd, a market leader in outdoor mobile digital advertising.
Media Displays Ltd provide digital advertising vehicles (digi-vans) with screens measuring 6 metres, capable of displaying large format digital advertising to a broad audience or in to highly defined market segments – you may have seen one of the vans in action in the hunt for missing Claudia Lawrence.
MD Ian Taylor invited me to come on board to help propel the company to new levels. I have known Ian for several years and always admired his passion and drive. As well as helping drive the company forward I supported Ian on issues such as finances, staffing, prospects, customers and marketing – all in a bid to fulfil his ambitious growth plans for Media Displays.