Stuart Baldwin

Stuart Baldwin

President /Treasurer

Company: Abacus 155 Limited t/a Abacus smarter accountants
About me:
I am a director of Abacus 155 Limited trading as Abacus smarter accountants, based in Ripon and operating since 2007. We deliver the full range of accountancy services in a friendly but professional manner to clients mainly in Ripon and North Yorkshire ranging from individuals wanting tax returns done, through sole traders to Limited Companies with a turnover upto £5 million.
Prior to that I was a Finance Director in the food industry.
I got involved in the Chamber to help Ripon have an even better business community and I believe the Chamber has an important role in developing and implementing a plan to improve businesses and to represent businesses to other organisations.
On a personal level I moved to Ripon in 2000, I am married with 2 grown up children and I enjoy all sports, especially football, where I am a referee now that I am too old to play.
John Lockwood

John Lockwood

Team Member

Company: jlprojects
Phone: 07432 033250
About me:

30+ years of board-level experience as managing director, finance director and company secretary. Involved with public and private companies; the work ranging from start-ups through on-going development and organic growth to business acquisitions & disposals, mergers and flotations.

Responsibilities have included:

  • day-to-day financial management & reporting
  • strategic planning and implementation
  • business reorganization
  • premises & insurances management
  • HR, payroll & pensions administration
  • compliance with external and legal requirements
  • representing major shareholders interests

Sectors worked in include:

  • commercial broadcasting & media
  • managed office facilities, exhibition & conference facilities
  • computer software design and implementation
  • healthcare:
    • Primary Care management & business development
    • Secondary Care financial & business planning
    • specialist advisor to the Care Quality Commission
    • associate of Primary Care Commissioning
  • textile brokerage;
  • import and distribution of wine!

Other skills:

  • facilitation & dispute resolution
  • conference speaker & presenter
  • qualified copywriter, copy editor and proofreader

Many of my roles have necessitated the interaction with a range of organisations as well as the general public. A pro-active and engaged approach has always been required and is one that I very much enjoy.

The opportunity to engage with local business through the Chamber and to help develop the city’s potential is something I am very much looking forward to.

Although only recent arrivals in Ripon, Deb & I had been visitors to the city on a number of occasions previously.

With family now living in Edinburgh, Nottingham and London, its accessibility and glorious location make it the ideal base for personal and business reasons.

John Alder

John Alder

Team Member

Company: Office Ally
Phone: 07885 990585
About me:
For the last twelve years John has been self employed, and currently runs an Office Supplies business based in Ripon.
Prior to self employment, John spent 22 years in the Banking & Finance industry, rising up to Corporate Manager before voluntarily leaving to run his own business. He has a strong background in Finance, Sales & Marketing and Customer Service.
  • three degrees from various universities
  • 22 year career in banking and corporate account management, moving around various offices in the midlands
  • left corporate life in 2006 voluntarily to buy my own franchise business in the Lake District. Ran this successfully for six years.
  • moved to Ripon in 2012 to set up my own independent business, Office Ally, which has been running ever since, dealing in Office Supplies
  • I am President of a local Lions Club
  • I established and jointly run the Network15 business networking club in Ripon
  • interests include golf, keep fit, running, voluntary work, and enjoying the Dales
  • skills include finance, sales & marketing, business strategy and customer service
Rachel Hartridge

Rachel Hartridge

Team Member

Company: Ripon Revivals
Phone: 07770 447668
About me: I was brought up in Harrogate and now live & own a business in Ripon, having returned to Yorkshire in 2010. I feel passionately about Ripon and its future, both culturally and commercially. It has a great deal to offer and therefore the potential for attracting both visitors and residents well into the future. I am excited to be part of the Ripon Chamber and to have the opportunity to work with other  local business owners to help further develop that potential.
I started my first business at 22 years old and from there worked with entrepreneurs in firstly the telecoms industry and subsequently in computer software. From being Sales Director for a Leeds based Cellular Airtime company in my mid 20s, I moved to London with Carphone Warehouse as part of their initial management team and was responsible for setting up their Corporate Accounts and Customer Services divisions. I  took a career break from the City to start a family, studied Physics with the Open University and then jointly set up an AI computer software company based in Surrey, developing both national and international corporate clients and securing Venture Capital for further expansion. 
Having moved back ‘up North’ in 2010 I do some independant consultancy work assisting various SMEs with their sales and marketing strategies and also invested in Ripon Revivals in 2015. In my spare time I enjoy dining with friends, cinema, walking in our wonderful local countryside, live music, yoga and skiing when I get the chance!