Our Members

Our Members

Simon Woolley

FOUNDER MEMBER

Simon WoolleyHoggett Creative

Simon has been a graphic designer since leaving school - design has always been his passion and it is as much today as when he first started.

In 2008 Hoggett Creative was formed, building a like-minded, highly skilled team at their studio in Annan. Simon is very much involved in the business, being the person who meets with clients and discusses the options available through his cross-media design and production company.

After substantial investment Simon is very proud of their in-house printing facilities, allowing them to be hands-on with a project from design through to completion – all under one roof. Hoggett Creative also offer full website design and development using a user-friendly and fully responsive CMS system.

Team Hoggett where responsible for the Connecting Dumfries & Galloway branding and website design & development. If you like what you see, speak to Simon – he likes nothing more than a chat over a brew.

Jo Seawright

FOUNDER MEMBER

Jo Seawright Private Business Investor and Business Coach

As a trained consultant in Systems Thinking and certified by the EMyth coaching company (of Michael Gerber fame) Jo specialises in systemising businesses. In other words creating structures and processes that are both sustainable and flexible, operated by an engaged and motivated workforce, gearing them up to either sell at a premium or to just enjoy working in again.

From working with many types of businesses as a coach, including the cash strapped and financially distressed, it lead her to start buying and investing. This allows for co-ownership and working with the existing staff to get a business back on it's feet again.

Kim Ayres

FOUNDER MEMBER

Kim AyresKim Ayres Photography Images with impact

Specialising in photography of people, Kim Ayres works with individuals, with businesses, and with marketing and PR professionals to create powerful images that tell a story and deliver strong results. 

From intimate portrait photography to dramatic set-piece narrative photos of large groups, Kim combines an innate understanding of people with a creative flair for storytelling.

Shaun Murphy

FOUNDER MEMBER

Shaun MurphySenior Financial Adviser

I have been a Financial Adviser for over eighteen years, and during my time have worked for insurance companies, banks and wealth management firms. I am experienced in giving a friendly, professional face to face advice to both business and personal clients, and take great pride in going the extra mile for my clients.

I help my clients in a number of different ways:

  • I help ensure that their families will be financially secure if they become ill or were to die.
  • I help ensure they do not pay unnecessary tax, and help them make the most of their savings.
  • I help them make sense of their existing pensions and investments, and make sure they are fit for purpose.
  • I can help my clients plan how to save for the future, and retire earlier, and on a better income.

Outside of work, I live in Dumfries, and I am married with two young children (who occupy most of my spare time!). I really enjoy going on holidays, exploring D&G with my family, listening to music, watching a good movie, and basically enjoying life to the full.

As a founder member of Connecting DG, my aim is not only to broaden my network of professional connections, but to help bring together people, initiatives and ideas.

Jamie Milligan

FOUNDER MEMBER

Jamie MilliganHoliday Inn Dumfries

I first started working in the hospitality industry at 15 years old, managing my first hotel at just 18 years old, and since then, I have established a successful career managing award winning hotels, stately homes, restaurants and nightclubs across Scotland for national, global and privately owned chains.

Developing and building businesses in both the corporate and leisure sectors with annual turnover in excess of £18m, I am a highly professional, commercially focused, sales driven General Manager who thrives on achieving financial budgets and delivering good service standards whilst working within internal company standards and external legal parameters.

Most recently I have been living in Edinburgh for 8 years, but having grown up in Dumfries & Galloway, my appointment at Holiday Inn, Dumfries was the perfect opportunity for me to come back home to the area