Meet our Advisors

Martin Levermore

Professor Martin Levermore MBE DL is the founder and CEO of Medical Devices Technology International Ltd (MDTi).

Professor Martin Levermore MBE DL is the founder and CEO of Medical Devices Technology International Ltd (MDTi). He is also Chair of Medilink Midlands and Vice Chair for Nehemiah United Churches Housing Association (UCHA). Martin has over 18 years at senior board level in the Life Sciences sector and sits on the Executive Board of PIONEER as Commercial Adviser, whilst Chairing the advisory board to HDRUK.

Martin holds various positions: Interim Chair of New Roots Charity, Directorship with the Birmingham Commonwealth Association (BCA) and is an Executive Committee Member of the Greater Birmingham Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce.

Martin holds a Senior Associateship with the Royal Society of Medicine, Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment and Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.

Martin is a Visiting Professor for Health, Education and Life Science at Birmingham City University (BCU) and a Deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands appointed in 2018.

Recently Martin was appointed a NED to the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

Andrea Edwards

Andrea is an experienced business owner and sustainability expert with a demonstrated history of working in the Professional Training industry.

Andrea has coached business owners and their teams for 14 years. In that time, she has also built and run multiple hospitality businesses, employing 120 staff across 10 UK sites with a multimillion pound turnover.

She works with businesses of all disciplines and sizes, specialising in leadership, team development and business growth.

Andrea worked for over 20 years at senior management level within a global organisation and was responsible for a turnover in excess of £100 million and 5000+ employees.

She is an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner, a leadership expert and a business mastermind facilitator. Andrea uses those skills to ensure business owners and their teams come together through clear communication to achieve their goals.

Andrea’s philosophy is that to achieve sustainable profitability, you do it through people – the People to Profit chain.

David Wafer

David Wafer is the Founder and MD of McIver Scott Recruitment & Chair of the Institute of Directors (IOD) in the Liverpool City Region.

David Wafer is the Founder and MD of McIver Scott Recruitment & Chair of the Institute of Directors (IOD) in the Liverpool City Region.

David has over 20 years experience of working with senior leaders to help them shape their businesses and careers, using psychometric personality profiling with both clients and candidates to maximise the “fit” and subsequent success. During this time he has won numerous awards and is an expert in building teams, strategy, and growth of businesses across a range of sectors from legal to manufacturing.

Under David’s stewardship, IoD, Liverpool City Region, has become the fastest-growing networking organisation in the North West and attracts speakers from senior politicians to business leaders – connecting, developing, and influencing the business agenda locally and nationally.

A respected business leader, host and speaker. David was also asked to join the advisory boards of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and Liverpool Football Club (LFC) Foundation.

David is a passionate advocate of using his platform for good and helps a range of charities to add value in the North West and beyond.

Lisa Wortley

Lisa Wortley is the local Business Manager for Metro Bank, Liverpool

Lisa has worked in the financial services sector for over 30 years & brings with her a wealth of knowledge in terms of both business & personal banking.

Worked for Barclays bank spanning many different roles before joining Metro Bank in 2020.

Passionate about doing the right thing for her Business customers & acting as a trusted guide to provide positive solutions for a wide variety of business banking needs.

No two businesses are the same & as such Lisa will make time to get to really understand the person that sits behind the business.

Metro Bank is still the ‘newcomer’ in terms of a High Street banking presence but our USP is that we offer every SME business a relationship managed service – irrespective of turnover.

Mark Bryan

Mark Bryan is an Advisor and Business Champion within Merseyside for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Mark Bryan is an Advisor and Business Champion within Merseyside for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

He is self-employed and has 10 years experience as a Group Managing Director and Finance Director role for a medium-sized multi branded F&B business. Before this, he worked in a variety of roles in banking within HBOS & Lloyds Banking Group.

As well as providing practical advice and solutions, at the FSB, he is responsible for supporting thousands of business owners in Merseyside.

He knows what it takes to create, run and grow a successful small business because he understands the challenges.

Sarah-Louise McCartney

Sarah-Louise is the owner of SLMC-Consulting, a marketing agency based in Liverpool and the Isle of Man.

Sarah-Louise is the founding owner of  SLMC-Consulting, a marketing agency based in Liverpool and the Isle of Man that provides services from strategic consultancy, coaching and guidance to providing companies with a fully outsourced marketing team providing a full range of support across all elements of marketing.

She has previously worked in the construction and building products industry for over 22 years and has senior management experience and board level exposure across all aspects of strategic and operational management. She has significant cross functional experience in Marketing, Sales and Customer service.