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Meet the team

Meet the team

The STANTA team

  • Steve Bedford

    Executive Director & Business Adviser

    Steve was appointed as Executive Director in September 2023 and is now responsible for the financial and strategic plans of the Agency and its subsidiary St Albans Property Services.

    Steve has held Operational and Marketing Director roles at two FTSE companies and set up the marketing consultancy specialist business, Conical for whom he continues to be a Director. Steve has very relevant experience that will be of considerable use to STANTA clients.

  • Ginny Cooper

    Director of Operations

    Ginny joined STANTA in July 2000 initially as the Administrator. Over the years she has taken on more and more of the running of the Enterprise Agency and the premises. In February 2021, Ginny became Director of Operations in recognition of her responsibility for managing STANTA Business Centre, marketing, networking and overseeing the administration of the Business Advice service. Ginny's passion is networking and connecting businesses!

  • Mark Fordham

    Business Advisor

    Mark spent his early career in small business banking with NatWest, then accountancy and audit. In 2003 Mark set up TaxAssist Accountants providing tax and accountancy services to small businesses. Mark grew this business quickly to 900 clients and 13 staff and successfully sold the business in 2012. Mark also holds a couple of non-executive director roles.

    Mark joined STANTA in 2016 as a business advisor and now uses his experience advising small businesses how to be successful and to keep and eye on costs and profit margins.

  • Eva Lambe

    Senior Administrator

    Eva is the part-time Administrator and stands in for Ginny, in her absence. Eva's responsibilities are carrying out all the admin for STANTA's training courses and ensuring they are marketed on our website and our intermediary's websites. Eva is always calm and very helpful to tenants and clients.

  • Mel Hilbrown

    Non-Executive Director

    Mel joined STANTA in 2004 and he was Executive Director & Business Adviser until December 2023. During this time, Mel advised over 1,000 local businesses.

    Mel now supports the Agency one day per week.


  • Steve Bedford (Executive Director)
  • Beric Read (Chairman)
  • Mel Hilbrown
  • Ian Dunn
  • Mike Ketley
  • Austin Trueman
  • Peter Goodman
  • Cathy Phillips
  • Aarti Pandya-Parmar
  • Chris Wallace
  • Laura Moxham

Ross Lane, Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants


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The STANTA Board celebrate 30 years helping St Albans District businesses

The STANTA Board celebrate 30 years helping St Albans District businesses