South West Business Council appoints new board members

The South West Business Council (SWBC) has added further quality and diversity to its board with the appointment of new members, Jabo Butera, Justin Olosunde and Martin Williams.

Jabo Butera is the co-founder and Managing Director of Diversity Business Incubator, a community interest company that provides comprehensive and sustainable business support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicity (BAME) people living in the South West. Jabo brings with him extensive experience in community networking and entrepreneurship.

Justin Olosunde has an extensive background of education and curriculum development in science, construction, technology and engineering in further education colleges within the South West. Justin also specialises in building service engineering skills delivery, corporate management systems, and renewable skills design and delivery. It is this specialism that led Justin to join the University of Exeter as Impact and Partnership Development Manager for the Cornwall Floating Offshore Wind Accelerator Project.

Martin Williams joins the SWBC board with a wealth of knowledge in finance and commerce. Martin has a keen interest in the economic development of the south west, and promoting its benefits as a desirable place to live and work. Martin currently works for Rittal as Chief Financial Officer, UK and Ireland. In addition, he sits on the governing council for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, following his presidency of the organisation’s south west division.

Tim Jones, chair of SWBC, said: “It is with great delight that I welcome our new board members. The quality and diversity of our extended network means that we are able to assist and support an extensive network throughout the south west.

“We have been overwhelmed with the interest in our activities and initiatives, which is reflected by the very high quality of requests we have to be engaged in our work.  I have no doubts about the impact our new colleagues will have on building economic and community improvements across the whole of our operational area. It is a huge privilege to be working with such talented people.”

The new board members will be joining the next SWBC conference on 11 June. The event, being held virtually, will focus on the topic: “What do our future leaders want from the G7?”.

The conference, being held in partnership with the British Youth Council, will reflect on the campaigns and issues that matter to the leaders of the future. For more information and to book a place please visit