Jim Tunstall
Innovate UK Scaleup Programme Lead

Jim is an experienced business executive, entrepreneur, and business advisor. He has over 35 years of main board experience in large corporate and SME environments, holding CEO, Managing Director, Commercial Director, Divisional Director and Sales & Marketing Director roles with organisations including Paperlinx, Reed Elsevier, Bunzl plc and Sora Enso Oy. Additionally, Jim has served on the Supervisory Board of the £2 billion turnover distribution division of a major global paper manufacturing and distribution group, defining best practice, advising on education, and monitoring performance.

Subsequently, Jim built his own group of SME companies from a zero base to over £10 million turnover and has experienced the high and lows of developing a business in often unforgiving economic and political environments. Accordingly, he has great empathy with entrepreneurs and business owners for the challenges they face, particularly in navigating the often confusing and complex business support landscape.

A multi-disciplined executive and sector agnostic, Jim adopts a holistic approach to business growth and development, operating as a generalist practitioner and catalyst bringing constructive objectivity and adding real value.

Jim holds a first degree in education (BEd Hons) from Lancaster University (1972), a HND in Paper and Printing Technologies (1975), and an MBA from the University of Salford (2010). A Fellow of the Institute of Paper, Printing and Publishing, Jim is a certified and accredited behavioural practitioner (TTI Success Insights DISC), with a commitment to both life-long learning and promoting authentic leadership. 

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