Transpire – The Director Network

Welcome to Transpire:
The Director Network

Meet Us

Transpire exists to bridge the gap between a successful executive career and serving on the Board. The people who run the organisation, who provide the coaching and training and who speak at Transpire sessions are all experts in their field. Here you’ll find introductions to them and some selected Members. There’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ Transpire member, as you’ll see.

Tony Stubbs
Transpire’s Founder and CEO

Tony is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants who has served as FD/CFO for businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, staffing and software both in the UK and in Europe

Sarah Frost

A Non-Executive Director of Alliance Homes Group , Sarah also sits on their Audit & Risk Committee. She is a Treasurer and Trustee for the Abbey field Gerrards Cross charity is a Trustee for Calibre Audio 

Neil Baines-Thomas

Neil is an independent consultant specialising in regulatory change and performance development mainly within the financial services industry.

Meet Transpire Members

Peter Stevens
Founder and CEO

Head of Credit for SME Capital, a fintech lender to SME businesses unable to access high street lenders, since 2016 where Peter helped build business

Tom Wood
Managing Director 

As MD I have delivered significant growth to an SME business in highly competitive sector (1005 increase to £17 million). My skills and leadership style

Azir Razzak
Founder and CEO

Azir founded A2Z 14 years ago. The company has experienced steady growth, as during this time Azir worked both as a company director and in the Civil Service.

Foundation Members

Francesca Ecsery
Non-Executive Director

Francesca is a Portfolio Non-Executive Director with expertise in Marketing and 23+ years’ experience in directing in both blue-chip companies and start-ups in the Digital / Retail / FMCG / Leisure

Alice Chapman
Founder and CEO

Alice is the founder of Practice providing non-executive director, consultancy and training services to privately run, entrepreneurial businesses. Her background is in private equity and venture capital.

Vivienne Aiyela
Sr. Diversity Professional

Vivienne is a Senior Diversity and Inclusion Professional with over 15 years experience across different sectors. She takes a creative and innovative approach.


  • Tony, it was a good group so they were a joy to help.

    Bryan Foss - Non-Exec Director

  • Dear Tony,  many thanks for a great evening – enjoyed the atmosphere, discussion and the advice.

    Jane Williams - Non-Exec Director

  • Good session yesterday and interesting speaker as always.

    Paul Williams - Transpire Member

  • Chair as Mentor was the best session I have attended so far. Very insightful.

    Sarah Frost - Coach/Mentor

  • The Board Assurance session I found the most useful as, really for the first time, it introduced me to the Corporate Governance Code and the FPC. I felt David Styles really brought the subject to life.

    Neil Baines Thomas - Coach/Mentor

  • Great topics of interests (plus I was on the panel) – diversity and inclusion are current topics which many organisations are failing to address properly. Some are still uncomfortable talking about the subject with faces like they are sucking lemons.

    Vivienne Aiyela - NED/Transpire Member

  • Thanks, I enjoyed last night and found it very interesting and thought-provoking. You really have got your offering just right to meet my needs, and it will be a pleasure to continue working with you.

    Cheryl Watts - Transpire Member

  • Hi Tony, It was a real pleasure to meet you on Tuesday… led a great session, which was thoroughly informative! Thanks so much for the introductions. Keep in touch 🙂

    Rav (Bumbra) - Transpire Member

  • Hi Tony Great to meet you today. Really informative and useful session. Looking forward to learning more in the future about NED roles and maybe taking one up!

    James Mcnamara - Natwest

  • Thank you very much for inviting us and hosting a great session. The audience were very engaging and their feedback was very valuable.

    Vipul Mishra - CEO/Founder - Neotas

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