Our Team

Rob Oliver
Managing Director

Rob is the Managing Director of ASL – and has served as a director of several of our client associations. He has over 25 years’ experience of working in trade and professional organisations, “from the mail room to the Board room!”. He also has a background in accounting and politics. His understanding of both set him up well for a career in association management.

Tim Faithful
Client Manager

Tim is client lead for a number of UK and European trade groups – as well as co-ordinating technical services for our largest client. He has extensive contacts within the UK and European Union officialdom, so much so that Brussels now seems like a second home to him. He is certainly used to travel as a former executive with British Airways.

Robert Osborne
Client Manager

Robert is client lead for a number of associations. He has worked in membership organisations for over 30 years. He has instigated membership recruitment campaigns, organised conferences and awards presentations, as well as being secretary to a wide range of boards or committees (and at one point supported 25 different groups!)

Elaine Cole
Client Manager

Elaine combines the positions of company secretary, office manager and client lead. Her knowledge of company law and secretarial matters makes her a sound mentor on “not-for-profit” start-ups. She also had a close involvement with some of our market survey programmes – something appropriate for someone who once worked for the Bank of England.

Paul Lyons
Client Manager

Paul is a “new starter” at ASL in 2016. He has joined after taking early retirement from Tata Steel, completing 37 years of service in the UK steel industry. His initial role is to focus on improving and developing market information and statistical services for the CEA membership.

Gill Stirk
Project Manager

Gill is both an executive assistant and manager of global programmes. Her roles involve organisation of client events and administration of overseas trade exhibitions and missions. She has over 15 years of experience in a senior administrative role previously worked for a pensions administration company whose major client was a large multinational company.

Claire Kelly
Admin Support

Claire has over 20 years of experience involving trade associations and is qualified in event management. Her role includes being first point of contact for one of ASL’s clients and works on a number of other client projects including the organisation of conferences and meetings, attending exhibitions and co-ordinating audits as part of several registration schemes.

Charlotte Harmer
Admin Support

Charlotte has worked with a number of the ASL clients since joining ASL in 2001. She enjoys the variety of industries and has recently been more heavily involved in one of our newer clients. She has gained experience in many aspects of client needs and continues to take on board new challenges.

Molly Stirling
Admin Support

Molly works for a number of UK and European trade groups, including administrating technical services for our largest client. Her history is in publishing which comes in very useful for coordinating trade magazines.

Charlotte Hugill
Admin Support

Charlotte is involved in the administration and accounts of overseas trade exhibitions and trade missions.  She is also accounts assistant for a number of our client associations. Charlotte’s background is in the hospitality industry both overseas and here in the UK.

Suzanne Hugill

Suzanne is our client Accounts Manager, she spent a number of years gaining experience working for a firm of accountants and is AAT qualified. Having worked across many industries and associations she has the experience to complete all accounting processes to a high level. Suzanne also has an interest in IT and helps make sure systems are up to date.

Katie Bowe

Katie is Accounts Assistant for a number of client associations, she is fully qualified to Level 4 AAT standard and deals with a number of accounting processes. As she works with a number of associations she is more than able to adapt her approach to meet each individual client’s need.

Joanna Oliver MBE

Joanna is a specialist in organising official groups at overseas exhibitions, trade missions, seminars etc. She sits on official government bodies concerned with international trade. A regular visitor to Chile, South Africa the BRICs, Mongolia and other developing markets. Joanna has visited 80 different countries, and counting! She is a former political agent to a Speaker of the House of Commons. With 21 experience years in international trade, Joanna was recognised for her services to Industry and Export and awarded the MBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Angela Spink
Sales & Marketing

Angela combines several different roles to ensure that she can meet client sales and marketing requirements. Her extensive experience in sales, overseas travel and project management ensures that she runs the ever-growing Plantworx and other exhibitions successfully to a high standard.

Robert Bennison
Admin Support

Robert provides admin support across several different associations. He has previously worked in admin related roles for several different companies and has run his own small business before joining ASL. Robert has a qualification in IT and an interest in computers and technology.