About Us

Coventry & Warwickshire First is the only forum exclusively for professional and financial services firms in the region, run by its members for its members.

The voice of professionals in Coventry and Warwickshire
Developing relationships that grow business
Providing valuable insights through events that help to grow business

Coventry & Warwickshire First’s members advise and support businesses from entrepreneurial start-ups to family firms and global organisations.  They include leading local accountancy, legal, banking, property, insolvency and recovery, and PR and communication firms as well as both the main local authorities and the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.

Providing a voice for professionals within the region, Coventry & Warwickshire First draws on the talent within its members to give expert opinion on a wide range of business and economic issues.

The organisation’s leadership represents members’ interests on relevant local boards and through its work with other organisations including Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership.

Members get the inside track on key developments and initiatives within Coventry and Warwickshire through a varied programme of events that includes:

First Friday lunchtime networking
Quarterly Keynote breakfast briefings
Social meetings including cross sector dinners
The FirstPro and YoungPro Awards

Fostering strong collaborative relationships between its member firms, Coventry & Warwickshire First promotes the collective capability of its members within and beyond the sub-region. It also campaigns for local organisations to procure from members based in the area and the members’ directory provides a quick and easy way for companies to find the right professional for them.

Coventry & Warwickshire First is governed by it’s board.  Click here to find out how the board is structured and selection criteria.

Led by the members themselves, the Young Professionals is a networking group that encourages the growth and development of the next generation of leaders in the professional and financial services sector.


Board Members



Mike Durkin

Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking Centre

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Vice Chair

Cathy Connan

Communication Strategy


Chair of Young Professionals

Chrissie Elliot-Duxson

University of Warwick

Andrew Smith

Immediate Past Chair

Andrew Smith

Shakespeare Martineau

Martin Gibbs

Board Member

Martin Gibbs

Dafferns Chartered Accountants


Board Member

James Oliver

Yorkshire Bank

Brett Barton

Board Member

Brett Barton

Cranfield Business Recovery

Paul Carvell

Board Member

Paul Carvell

The SFB Group


Board Member

Keith Boxley


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Board Member

Tracey Hudson

The HR Dept


Board Member

David Slade

Wright Hassall

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Board Member

Jamie Skelding

Prime Chartered Accountants