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Meet the team

The STANTA team

  • Mel Hilbrown

    Executive Director and Business Advisor

    Mel has BA and MBA qualifications with over 20 years sales and marketing experience.

    For 12 years he was Managing Director of a niche catalogue sales and contract furnishing business based in Hertfordshire.

    Mel is responsible for the direction of the Enterprise Agency and its subsidiary St Albans Property Services, which runs Stanta Business Centre. Mel is also a business advisor for STANTA.

  • Ginny Cooper

    Administration Manager

    Ginny worked as a PA to various directors at a major London retailer for 14 years.

    Since 2000, Ginny has managed the administration of STANTA, including its premises. Ginny is also the project co-ordinator of the ERDF funded Herts Start-Up Programme.

  • Michael Weaver

    Business Advisor

    Michael qualified as a chartered accountant and ran his own large retail business in Harpenden for 35 years, until selling out in 2002.

    Michael is STANTA's bookkeeper and assists with advice on retail outlets, coffee shops and planning applications.

  • 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.


  • Mel Hilbrown (Executive Director)
  • Ian Dunn (Chairman)
  • Andrew Rose (Vice Chairman)
  • Mike Ketley
  • Austin Trueman
  • Peter Goodman
  • Cathy Phillips
  • Aarti Pandya-Parmar


Ross Lane, Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants


Quality Assured Member

The STANTA Board celebrate 30 years helping St Albans District businesses

The STANTA Board celebrate 30 years helping St Albans District businesses