Co-wrote a book to document the experience of YTKO, a business and economic development organization headquartered in Cambridge, UK, in implementing a proof-of-concept programme to take early stage science to potential commercizliation and to support researchers on their enterprise journey in commercializing their know-how. The programme started as a pilot and flourished into a three-year programme, funding by Yorkshire Forward, the Regional Development Agency for the Yorkshire and Humber region in the UK. The book is based on interviewing the course presenters and taking their presentations and hand-outs, and turning the material into chapters of a book.
Lesley has been providing both superb mentoring through the Essex Innovation Program, where she has helped me remain focused, using her calm approach and considerable achievements and experience. She has also through her LAR Consultancy business been creative and energised to support my business with its commercial strategy and development and network. She is a joy to work with and at all times has been passionate about wanting to help success be achieved.
I worked closely with Lesley for a period of 6 months when she was the Managing Director of Maayan Ventures – Israel’s first technological incubator. Lesley is a true professional and a win-win person. Although she held the position of venture capital seed investor in my start-up company – Applisonix, she had been great to work with, even when disputes surfaced and had to be resolved. Her knowledge in qualifying the value and risks in early-stage start-ups is unparalleled. Lesley is definitely a personal and professional delight to work with.
Amir BarzilayCEO, Vital Technologies Ltd.
It is my pleasure to recommend Lesley Anne to your organisation, her performance working as a Managing Director at Maayan Ventures proved that she will be a valuable addition to any engagement. I have known Lesley Anne for ten years in my capacity since 2001 where I had a role of high technology project manager and used my Information Technology project management skills to run more sophisticated high technology project, reporting to the Board of Directors and to Lesley Anne in particular.
Lesley Anne successfully managed Maayan Ventures, the parent corporation to the number of the high technology start-up companies with a high rate of the success and based on her work, I would rank her as one of the best Managing Directors I have ever had within my 15 years Information Technology and Project Management career.
Lesley Anne distinguished herself by consistently submitting exceptionally well-researched and well-written deliveries and reports to the relevant stake and stock holders, wisely scheduling and managing the projects budget, time and resources, executing risk assessments and mitigating those using extraordinary interpersonal abilities, precisely estimated work and project schedule by establishing a high quality methodology, which, in the end of the day, was a real cost saving to the program within the defined detailed project scope.
Lesley is highly intelligent and has excellent analytical and communication skills.
If her performance in Maayan Ventures was a good indication of how she would perform in yours, she would be an extremely positive asset to your program.
Adi V. Mogilevsky, M.B.A.Accenture Australia Ltd
Excellent and dynamic professional, I have no hesitation in recommending Lesley.
Lesley Anne is full of energy and can be relied upon to get things done. She is a good networker and is not afraid to establish new contacts in unfamiliar business areas – an invaluable asset if you are trying to establish or grow new businesses. She ran the Enterpise Hub well and gave our company great support during her time at Canterbury. She has great knowledge of how to overcome challenges faced by small and growing companies – everything from business support to fund raising.
I first met Lesley when I enquired at the Thames Innovation Centre; she was extremely motivated, with incredible organisational skills, as well she seems to be connected to everyone! Although I didn’t go with TIC in the end, I did maintain contact with Lesley.
She’s since become someone I enjoy contacting whenever I “need to know” something! Lesley seems to have the answers or solution to many problems, and if she doesn’t then she will definitely find the person who will!
I’m looking forward to her assistance my latest venture; ASG Engineering Ltd. a metal fabrication company, with her business skills I know I’m in good hands! Lesley is definitely the type of business associate you want working on your side!
Sophia KusderciManaging Director, ASG
We worked with Lesley in the early stages of our business at the Thames Innovation Centre. She helped us with introducing quality contacts to us and put us in touch with a local college to help with apprenticeship programmes.
I met Lesley around 4 years ago when I moved my pet sitting business into the Thames Innovation Centre; I ran the business from there for one year before selling it and during this time Lesley’s advice and guidance was invaluable to me.
Lesley is pro-active and a ‘doer’ her positive and friendly attitude is an inspiration – everything is jotted down and dealt with efficiently and effectively. It was a pleasure to work with Lesley and I would highly recommend her on to any company looking for her skills.
Marilyn LewisFounder, NarpsUK
Lesley is a competent and natural speaker with a wealth of knowledge in many areas. I would recommend her for any kind of presenting work.
Josu ShephardManaging Director at Jakabel Ltd & Dove & Tail Ltd
I am very pleased to write this recommendation on behalf of Lesley. I have had the pleasure of working with Lesley as a consultant for the last four years. During this timespan, she has helped MyCheck to establish our operations in the UK. Her assistance extended towards various aspects – from business development in securing accounts with new suppliers to scrutinising and managing governance issues. She has handled a full range of responsibilities and effectively multi-tasked different business areas with dedication and charisma. Lesley is a soul player who never fails to go the extra mile to ensure that all deliverables are met with the highest of calibre. Having worked with several consultants, it’s rare to find one that is truly dedicated to learning the complete dynamics of the business, and providing undivided support as a team member. From my experiences with Lesley, she would be an invaluable asset to any business and I recommend her for any endeavour she chooses to pursue. If you have any additional questions, I will be happy to provide further information.
Gil Hazan, SVP Business Development & Managing Director Europe, MyCheck (UK) Ltd
Lesley is a straight talking, highly experienced, intelligent, results focussed, time saving business consultant with huge levels of insight and knowledge. Gone are the days of having to waste time speaking to people whom do nothing but float around buzz words that mean nothing because Lesley will not waste your time or hers talking industry waffle. She is amazing to have around your business and in the annoyingly short time we have worked with her to date (if only she would have been around longer) we have generated an increase in revenue of 62%. I and everyone at Ginger Nut Media would have no hesitation in recommending Lesley to clients, colleagues and the whole of the professional galaxy alike. We would have no hesitation in using her services again and we would unreservedly recommend that anyone whom wants to grow their business does the same – don’t use her too much though as we want her all to ourselves!
Phil Warnock, Managing Director, Ginger Nut Media Ltd
Lesley is serving as the Head of our UK office and is also in charge of our International Business Development, finding new companies that can distribute our products locally. She rapidly learned all about our company and the market, understood our pros and cons, in order to be able to emphasize our advantages in her offering to potential partners/clients. All of the above is implemented with a lot of passion to succeed, finding new ways of approach, especially when the market was tough. Thanks Les.
Ofer Keshet, VP Marketing & Sales, d-led Illumination Technologies Ltd
I have worked with Lesley over many years. A true professional, she works very hard for her clients and to understand the dynamics of their businesses, and she has great energy and vision and is full of relevant and practical advice. I always enjoy meetings with her!
Nicky Androsov, Partner, GunnerCooke LLP
I have worked with Lesley for just over 6 months since joining MyCheck. In Lesley, I have discovered an enlightened consultant with considerable knowledge of the industrial field in which our company operates, including a detailed understanding of our competition. She demonstrates an in depth appreciation of our products and our company’s clients. She has the ability to work independently on both intra-company as well as external projects, executing them well in a pleasant, professional, conscientious and focussed manner. I am confident that any organisation that chooses to work with Lesley will be making the right choice.
Itay Nebenzahl, Group CFO, My Check (UK) Ltd
I am working with Lesley for almost 3 years now and I have to say that she is most pleasant person to work with, she is very well organized, always thinks 3 steps ahead and gives a new way of thinking, bringing her experience and her social networking connections along. She makes a perfect partner!!! I would recommend whoever is starting a new journey to use her services.
Eliran Elul, MyCheck Israel CEO, Global Director of Operations, Quick Check Ltd