The Team

Who Are We?

Transmit Start-Ups Ltd is based in Gateshead in the North East of England. It launched in 2013 as an off-shoot of Transmit Consulting, founded in 2006.

Transmit Start-Ups Ltd was set up with sole purpose of delivering the Government’s Start Up Loans programme. It provides finance, support and mentoring to new and existing entrepreneurs aged 18 and over and is one of only a few National Delivery Partners covering England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

We work with hundreds of fantastic entrepreneurs every year and receive around 500 applications every month for this popular startup programme. The three directors have run their own companies over the last 25 years – some successes and some failures – and understand the challenges of starting and growing a business!

The whole team at Transmit Start-Ups pride themselves on delivering a friendly, efficient, customer-focussed service. We are here to help and advise you so please do not hesitate to pick up the phone if you need some assistance.

Business Support Team

Damian Baetens
Business Support Director

Robert Webb
Business Advisor

Tony Cawson
Business Advisor

Brenda Wilson
Business Advisor

Michelle Doherty
Business Advisor (Glasgow)

Hina Joshi
Associate Business Advisor

Carole Aitken
Associate Business Advisor

Sharon Richardson
Associate Business Advisor

Ralph Savage
Associate Business Advisor

Morag Kelly
Business Advisor (Glasgow)

Julie Colling
Associate Business Advisor

Andrew Wattsford
Associate Business Advisor

Victoria Milne
Associate Business Advisor

Jill Stewart
Advisor & Mentoring Co-Ordinator

Ian Thompson
Associate Business Advisor

Allison Lister
Advisor & Assessment Co-Ordinator


Operations Team

Ian Straker
Operations Director

Rachael Humphrey
Operations Manager

Rosa Barnett
Partnerships Co-ordinator

Joy Stafford
Business Support Co-ordinator

Zoe Parkin
Administrative Assistant

Daniel Richardson
Applications Assistant

Chelsey Etherington
Applications Assistant

Jill Webb
Administrative Assistant


Commercial Team

Richard Myers
Commercial Director

Mark Gardner
Events & Network Manager

Chloe Dale
Projects Assistant

Julie Skevington
Network Manager


Money Lent: £30,278,949
Entrepreneurs Backed: 2882