Last year we met one of Cornerstone’s mentors, John Harris, and we thought it would be good to introduce another member of the team.
David Lewis is a co-founder of Cornerstone and a volunteer business mentor. David’s business career was in the biotechnology industry, during which he was a senior manager and director of 2 successive start-up, venture capital businesses. During the last 15 years, before he retired, he was General Business Manager of a strategic business unit within the Health Protection Agency (now Public Health England). He is married with 3 children, all of whom live and work in the West Country.
David retired to Somerset in 2013 and became a volunteer business mentor. He explains:
“During my 30+ years in business I never had time to properly engage with my local community. Now that I am retired, volunteer business mentoring gives me the means to redress this by using my experience to help small, start-up businesses and the local economy. It is interesting, and rewarding, to be able to apply basic business principles to such a variety of different small businesses. I am filled with admiration for the sole trader who has to single-handedly take on all the necessary business management disciplines, in addition to delivering the Product.
The small business owner can feel very isolated, and an experienced business mentor can provide sustained, one-to-one support for a relatively long period of time. There is no other form of business support that does this.”
We are hoping other mentors, all of whom work voluntarily across Somerset to support small and start-up businesses, will let us profile them in the coming months. They all have interesting backgrounds and years of experience to offer. If you would like to join the team, do get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org.