Enabling business growth for clients is at the centre of Pinnacle Growth Group.

Established in 2018 and headquartered in Lisburn, Co Antrim, Pinnacle Growth Group has a multi-sectoral client base, providing business growth support to organisations in Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and GB. The firm is led by Co-Founders Robert McConnell and Dr Scott King.

Our vision is to be one of the leading providers of business growth support in the UK and Ireland.

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Our values

GO ABOVE AND BEYOND TO ADD VALUE TO OUR CLIENTS BUSINESS

GO ABOVE AND BEYOND TO ADD VALUE TO OUR CLIENTS BUSINESS

CONTINUOUSLY EXPAND OUR KNOWLEDGE TO BETTER SERVE OUR CLIENTS

CONTINUOUSLY EXPAND OUR KNOWLEDGE TO BETTER SERVE OUR CLIENTS

PROVIDE STRAIGHTFORWARD & HONEST ADVICE

PROVIDE STRAIGHTFORWARD & HONEST ADVICE

Meet the team

Trying to find one person who has all the necessary skills needed to deliver a complex and diverse project can be like trying to find a unicorn.

Pinnacle don’t believe in a one person to solve all approach. We use our diverse selection of core team members and associates to ensure that the right skills are integrated into our client’s projects at the right time, to ensure our clients projects are delivered efficiently and effectively.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
– Victoria Odoi-Atsem

DR ALASTAIR HAMILTON CBE
CHAIRPERSON

Alastair Hamilton is a Chartered Director, with a successful senior executive career in both private and public sector. Alastair worked for BT for over 25 years, holding a number of executive positions, including MD for BT Major Business in Ireland before becoming Director of BT Health in London. In May 2007, Alastair was seconded for one year to work as Chief Economic & Business Adviser to the Northern Ireland First Minister. Having played an active role in the local business community in Northern Ireland for more than two decades and having served as Chair of Economic Affairs Committee of CBI NI and Vice President of NI Chamber of Commerce, it was no surprise to see his appointment as CEO of Invest NI in 2009. Delivering an agenda of change and resetting Invest NI’s ambition to attract Inward Investment and support local companies, Alastair delivered a 10 year period of growth and investment, despite the economic challenges of that time. Alastair is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors in Northern Ireland; he was the recipient of the Lunn’s Award of Excellence from the Institute of Directors in 2016 and was awarded UK Public Sector Director of the Year. In 2019, Alastair was delighted to receive an honorary DSc (Econ) degree from Queen’s University Belfast and was recognised with a CBE in the 2020 New Year Honours. Alastair was appointed to the Board of Danske Bank (UK) in May 2020 as an independent non-executive Director and in January 2021 was appointed as Chair of Pinnacle Growth Group.

SPECIALISMS: Customer Engagement and Satisfaction, Internationalisation, Business Governance

DR ALASTAIR HAMILTON

ROBERT MCCONNELL CENG CDIR FIOD
DIRECTOR

Robert is a Chartered Director, Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining. Twice IoD NI Director of the Year (2017 & 2019), Robert is an expert in international business, operational excellence and business growth. For over 15 years Robert has provided strategic direction and operational leadership to local, regional and international organisations. Graduating in both Engineering and Business, Robert combines technical ability with astute commercial awareness, providing clear and logical advice to support Pinnacle Growth Group’s many and varied clients.

SPECIALISMS: Financial analysis, projections and business planning

DR SCOTT KING CENG
DIRECTOR

Scott is an award-winning business growth advisor, entrepreneur, investor, published author, lean practitioner and Chartered Engineer. For over 15 years Scott has worked and travelled across the globe providing direction, assistance and leadership to an ever-expanding list of multi-sectoral organisations, ranging from new start’s to SME’s and globally recognised brands. Scott utilises his library of accumulated knowledge and experience to provide a pragmatic approach to supporting organisations to achieve their vision and potential.

SPECIALISMS: Business improvement, strategy and collaborative network facilitation

DAVID KNOX
LEAD BUSINESS AND TRADE SPECIALIST

David joined the Pinnacle network as an Associate in 2019, before joining the team on a full time basis as Lead Business and Trade Specialist in July 2020. In his current role, David provides bespoke solutions to business’ specific EU Exit related issues and trade concerns, and is currently undertaking a Level 4 Customs Practitioner Award through the Institute of Export and International Trade. David also brings to the team several years’ experience in conducting economic research and completing evaluations within a public sector context, and has secured over £1m of funding to support organisations’ growth and development ambitions.

SPECIALISMS: Brexit, customs and international trade

THALIA BEJAR MBA
PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION SPECIALIST

Thalia joined the Pinnacle team as the project manager of the company FastForm.Online. She has experience working in the real estate market and the corporate services sector, leading business development teams towards constant improvement. Also, her knowledge in stakeholder relationship, commercial management, market analysis, and business development contributes to her current role. In addition, Thalia is skilled in organizational and team performance analysis. Her capacity to adapt and respond to changing work situations and environments is a great asset to develop creative and innovative solutions.

SPECIALISMS: Commercial management and strategic analysis

HANNAH WILLIAMS MBA
FINANCE AND FUNDING SPECIALIST

Hannah is our Finance & Funding Specialist and works across many of our valued clients to support them in identifying and accessing grant funding and finance. She has over 10 years experience working with SME’s throughout the start-up stage and specialises in funding and start-up businesses. Hannah brings to the team experience of completing business and financial planning and has secured funding for clients through Invest NI and loan applications.

SPECIALISMS: Funding and start-up businesses

MARCUS LYNN
BUSINESS AND TRADE SPECIALIST

Marcus is a Business and Trade specialist who has extensive knowledge in relation to International Trade & Customs, Finance, and International Supply Chain Management. He has experience supporting a wide range of organisations from SME’S to large multinational corporations based across the UK and Ireland in a wide range of industries including hospitality, construction, manufacturing and retail to help them manage their trade requirements. Marcus has completed Level 3 Customs Practitioner training through the Institute of Export and International Trade.

SPECIALISMS: Brexit, customs and international trade

ERIN DAVISON
MARKETING ASSISTANT

Erin is a Communication, Management and Public Relations student at Ulster University. She has joined Pinnacle Growth Group for her placement year working as a Marketing Assistant. During her placement she is supporting both the Pinnacle team and clients with marketing, communications and social media projects.

SPECIALISMS: Marketing

MICHAEL GERNER CF.APMP
ASSOCIATE

Described as “the best bid manager I have ever worked with” by the Ireland General Manager of a €1 billion corporation, Michael is a trusted consultant helping clients win proposals and tenders. With 20 years’ international experience, working across multiple sectors on contracts of up to £250M, he has helped land millions of pounds worth of deals. Many of his clients have built 100% annual win rates and he has coached even bid novices up to a 100% score (practically unheard of in proposal and tendering circles).

SPECIALISMS: Tenders

BREIGE LEDDY
ASSOCIATE

Breige is an experienced HR Consultant, providing independent and expert advice and support to organisations This includes advising management on the administration of human resources policies and procedures and analysing a company’s current HR programmes and recommending solutions. In addition, Breige is skilled in developing, revising, and implementing HR policies and procedures, ensuring compliance with best practice, laws and regulations, developing and coordinating workflow and resource changes, and delivering Human Resources training.

SPECIALISMS: HR

LYDIA MCCLELLAND FCIM
ASSOCIATE

Lydia is Chartered Marketer and a qualified Executive Coach and her experience lies in business strategy, business development and strategic marketing. Having worked across a range of sectors, Lydia can provide expert advice and guidance on business strategy; business development and growth; strategic marketing; bid, grant and tender writing; and support clients with coaching and mentoring.

SPECIALISMS: Marketing

FINDHAN STRAIN
ASSOCIATE

Findhan provides expert advice and consultancy across a range of technical and manufacturing projects. This includes providing clients with technical consultancy - technical problem solving, process improvement and process design; design and prototyping - CAD design, 3D Printing, and low volume manufacturing; and composites manufacturing - Autoclave, RTI & RTM, infra-red curing, cold storing, machining and mould making.

SPECIALISMS: Technical projects

GARETH ANDERSON
ASSOCIATE

Gareth is a lean consultant with over 20 years of experience working in financial services, developing lean methodologies, and executing business growth strategies. He has worked across multiple sectors such as Financial Services, Manufacturing and Hospitality. Gareth engages with his client’s mission to support the achievement of objectives and goals by delivering business improvement initiatives in project analysis, implementation, and coaching and training programs to sustain business changes. His communication skills and determination are a great compound to provide guidance and expert advice on continuous business improvement, problem-solving, customer experience, and business analysis.

SPECIALISMS: Performance Management

ANNE TREMLETT
ASSOCIATE

Anne is an experienced member of the grants and funding team, developing grant and funding applications for a wide range of clients. Anne's attention to detail and ability to understand the application requirements enable her to translate client information into effective application responses.

SPECIALISMS: Funding applications

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