Jim Cockburn

Jim Cockburn

Jim qualified as a social worker in the 1970s and went on to establish numerous, successful businesses over the past 25 years ranging from social care to restaurants and artificial intelligence.  Between them, these companies have employed thousands of individuals in the UK and across the world.

Ayyab Cockburn

Ayyab Cockburn

Ayyab is a champion of change and has dedicated her career to project management and change roles. She leads the Martin James Network change agenda and is passionate about creating a progressive working environment. Ayyab believes in the power of connection and strives for all the businesses within the Martin James Network to work together to disrupt markets and deliver leading edge innovation.

Jill Mead

Jill Mead

A business with one mission: to make it okay to say you’re not okay in the workplace. TalkOut works with businesses to remove the stigma around mental health, disrupt current thinking and educate business leaders on how to create a happy and healthy workplace.  Jill is a successful People / HR Director, with over 25 years of experience of driving a culture of high performance within businesses through the engagement of its people. Having an effective health and well-being strategy is a critical success factor for that. Jill is passionate about Mental Health in the Workplace and with the support of her team, works with leaders to understand the critical role they play when it comes to Health and WellBeing in the workplace.  Jill loves being part of the Martin James Group of Companies and working within a genuinely caring and supportive environment, where people are given a real sense of belief to be the best version of themselves and achieve anything they put their mind to. Jill is also a volunteer counsellor for ChildLine – a support service for children and young people.

Greg Hartigan

Greg Hartigan

PragmatiK comprises two companies (one specialising in the automation of employment law and the other specialising in personal resilience). Greg has 30 years’ experience in HR/employment law having worked across a range of industries and sectors. In that regard, he wants to simplify the law for the end user through IT solutions. He also has a personal history which lends itself to helping other people develop emotional and psychological resilience for their careers and relationships. Greg loves being part of the Martin James Group because “of the incredible talent and support, as well as the serious commitment to creative entrepreneurialism”.

Patricia Lewis

Patricia Lewis

Pat manages the Intellect Tax Team –the Team provide FosterTalk members with a free Tax, National Insurance and Benefits helpline whilst also preparing and filing over 3,000 self-assessment tax returns a year for Foster carers.

She worked as an accountancy practitioner in UK practice for 30 years before joining the Intellect team and enjoys applying her expertise to a rapidly developing business

They are passionate about providing Foster carers with prompt advice regarding their finances whilst also ensuring carers are getting the correct benefit entitlements. Many foster carers are terrified by the issues of tax and benefits –we provide a simple solution to their worries

In an age of increasing reliance on digitalisation, her team continues to demonstrate the importance of the personal touch for clients when dealing with tax and associated matters. Pat looks forward to guiding her team to increased growth over the coming years.