Deyton Bell are a specialist professional services firm which was conceived and founded by Managing Director, Chris Parkhouse, in November 2005. Still led by Chris, the business has grown rapidly since launch, and now operates across UK and international markets, working with clients of all sizes and from all sectors.
We help organisations achieve their objectives by doing what we are good at. Though we have wide ranging experience, a very broad range of contacts and specialist knowledge, even we recognise that we may not be experts in every organisation’s specific field of business. However we are absolutely confident in our ability to help management teams grow opportunities by using our knowledge and experience in business development thereby leaving them to focus on their areas of expertise.
Our team of experts take pride in becoming a truly hands-on professional partner for our clients. This enables us to be used as consultants, interim managers or as an outsourced resource, which offers clients a high degree of flexibility without the need for long term commitment or the overheads, responsibilities or fixed costs associated with the development of in-house solutions.
Chris Parkhouse – Managing Director
Chris is an expert in business development issues, who has spent over 25 years with various high profile organisations, operating both domestically and internationally. During this time he has worked for groups such as Provident Mutual, GRE, Aegon, Virgin and Abbey/Santander. As Corporate Sales Director at Abbey/Santander, the global financial services group, Chris (and his team) researched, identified, approached and met with hundreds of potential clients, successfully developing a business with over 3500 corporate clients operating out of 80+ countries.
As Director of Strategic Alliances for Virgin Money, a division of the Virgin Group, Chris personally built the strategic alliance team who established and developed commercial relationships with over 100 organisations across various sectors, in order to establish cooperative marketing agreements. With the team he built Chris modeled and negotiated various aspects of the partnerships created with many household name financial services groups.
Chris is also well versed in the theory of business and commercial issues, having attended various professional development programmes offered by organisations such as Henley, Cranfield, Miller Heiman and Tack.
He will speak at high profile business events and forums and participate at major conferences, if invited to do so, and has spoken at conferences in the UK, Europe, Far East and USA, as well as contributing to various publications, TV and radio programmes over the years.
Chris is well known and highly regarded through his involvement with several leading business groups and the various appointments he holds, which include Chairman of East of England IDB Ltd, Chairman of the Institute of Directors in the East of England and Deputy Chairman of the Greater Cambridge Partnership. He is a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Management Consultants, a member of The British American Business Council, a Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. Previous appointments include Chairman of the Institute of Directors in Cambridgeshire and Chairman of the Greater Cambridge International Relations Forum. Together these roles provide private, public and quasi government sector experience, insight and contacts.
Steve McAteer – Director
Steve is a Director with Deyton Bell. He is responsible for strategic project creation and delivery for public sector contracts in the UK and internationally. He has successfully implemented business and economic development programmes for local authorities, local, state and national Governments and corporate organisations. He focuses on projects involving business engagement, developing international trade and partnership linkages, and Inward Investment.
In his previous role Steve had 50 staff reporting, (dispersed around three regional offices) with budget responsibility of £4.5 million and eight direct reports. He was responsible for all marketing and partnership activities for contracts including UKTI Trade, Enterprise Europe, Foreign Direct Investment and Business Link.
Steve has also run a high growth business in the digital packaging sector and worked as a consultant to over 600 small businesses, supporting their growth through sales, marketing and strategic business planning.
A common focus
Our wider team and business partners have specialist skill, knowledge and experience resulting from many years activity across various sales, marketing and operational roles for well-known organisations. Together, we share a common focus and purpose designed to ensure Deyton Bell really adds substantial value to our clients. We are all totally committed to making a positive difference to the organisations we deal with, and take enormous pride in delivering quality professional services and solutions – on time and on budget – every time.
We are of course in business to make a profit, but in doing so aim to be a responsible and active member of our local community. For example, over the last couple of years, we’ve tried to achieve this by offering work experience to local teenagers, advised local school business-focused and young enterprise groups, supported local school careers events, and supported local charities such as the East Anglian Children’s Hospice and the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Deyton Bell are based just outside Cambridge, England with offices in a beautiful Queen Anne style mansion surrounded by mature gardens and stunning countryside. Whilst we all thrive on our professional challenges, we also keep very busy when not at work. Away from the office we like to be active, and amongst the other talents our colleagues declare we have an aerobics instructor, marathon runner, PTA Committee leaders, several keen horticulturalists, and a few dog lovers, all of which means we know a lot about being fit for purpose, growing and developing, training and how to function in a team. In addition, as Chris is a keen rower who trains and competes in all types of boat and crew, he is well qualified to drive the business forward on a straight course ahead in all conditions.