Meet The Team


The staff team at the Newark Beacon are an important part of our service. To help you get to know them better we have asked each team member to write a little profile of themselves – click the links to find out more. Say ‘hi’ to them when you see them around the centre and remember – they are here to help you so please feel free to raise any questions or concerns.

We also love your feedback – any comments you have – please do let us know.

  • Becky ForrowHi!  I am the Centre Manager for the Newark Beacon Innovation Centre. I look after the sales side of the business, being the first port of call for new customers. Let me know if you want a tour of our centre! The fact that we have a Business Coach is such an exciting prospect. I love spending time with our current customers, understanding and learning about their needs and requirements so that we can help them in the best possible way. I am passionate about providing our customers with the best possible service. Having worked for over a decade in the retail industry including managing a store for 6 years, I have a wealth of customer service experience.

    I make sure everything in the centre runs smoothly so that our customers can concentrate on growing their businesses and expanding successfully. We worry about the small stuff so they don’t have too and we pride ourselves on maintaining our high standards!

    Every day is different here at the Newark Beacon, I look forward to each new daily challenge which makes the job so enjoyable. We have fab products and services to offer, including hot-desking facilities, meeting room and as well as modern and versatile office space. We also offer multiple Virtual Office options to add that extra professionalism if you are working from home.

    I love spending time with friends and family, I rarely have a free weekend! I enjoy trying new restaurants of which Newark has plenty! I also enjoying baking and trying new recipes.

  • AmandaI have worked in customer service all of my working life, whether it be as a Waitress or Office Manager, I am passionate about providing the best possible support I can to all clients. I have 6+ years of experience in administration, operations and facilities and really enjoy keeping things running smoothly and efficiently.

    In my free time I love to socialise or curl up with a good book.   

    I am excited to be joining the team here at Newark Beacon and look forward to getting my teeth into the role.

  • DS PortraitFrom leaving school, I embarked upon a career in banking, in the days when you covered all jobs from office junior working up to Business Manager.  In 2002 I decided I needed a new challenge and have been helping businesses to start, grow and prosper ever since.  My role within Oxford Innovation is to help the businesses within our Nottinghamshire Centres to maximize their opportunities and achieve their aims and goals.

    Running a business, large or small can be a lonely place and I firmly believe that an impartial and independent “sounding board” is critical in providing a business with a strategic direction and helps to set realistic, achieveable objectives.  Previous projects I have managed and delivered have included mentoring and coaching support as well as helping businesses with practical issues including identifying and finding new customers, and accessing grant funding.

    What I love about this job is that no two days are the same; every business is very individual with it’s own challenges, and there is a tremendous “buzz” from seeing a business reach that next level of success.  I’ve been very fortunate in my career to have met some wonderful people with exciting business ideas, many of whom remain friends long after the support meetings.

    Outside of work, earlier hobbies such as marathon running and playing football have now given way to walking, cycling and watching football.  I’ve held a season ticket with Sheffield Wednesday for 35 years now, through bad times and worse, but we live in hope!  I also enjoy cooking and baking and whilst friends have suggested I apply for the Great British Bake – Off, believe me when I say that the café have nothing to fear!

    I’m looking forward to meeting all the businesses in the Centres, but if you see me around, or in the café, come and say hello – I would love to have an informal chat and see how I can help your business!   Alternatively you can contact me on the details below:

    Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Telephone 07436 108404

  • LamaraAs a qualified Dental Technician my previous working environment meant that contact with the public or colleagues was often limited to creating a denture or struggling to decipher meaning to the mumbling emanating from behind a surgical mask!

    Fortunately the opportunity to adopt a front of house coordination role at Newark Beacon has allowed me to return to what excites me most about the job; the interaction and engagement with a great diversity of people and businesses on a daily basis. In short, I love it.

    The Centre Management support staff are a fun and friendly group, who ensure the smooth and efficient coordination of a number of varied business and commercial interests. A group that I'm incredibly proud to call myself an integrated member of.

    Each day and every phone call is a new challenge for me, and I look forwards to expanding my understanding of how the Centre continues to support and develop business at both a local and national scale.

    When not busy juggling the set up of our conferencing facilities, fielding calls and dealing with interested parties as to how Oxford Innovations can support your business, I enjoy spending time in my new house, with my partner and our two latest additions; a Segugio Italiano and Pointer puppy.

    Local long walks with these three are helping my acclimatisation to the local geography although frequent long distance cycling tours allow me to enjoy areas of the UK that are a little more further afield.

  • Sharen LambertHello – I’m the one behind the counter serving up the goodies.

    I’m responsible for cooking, cleaning, ordering stock, cash handling, and supervising other members of staff. I worked in other cafes and a few bars before I came here, and have my NVQ Kitchen Services qualification.

    This is a lovely and friendly company to work for, and I really enjoy meeting new people every day.

    At home, baking and gardening are how I spend much of my spare time.

    Favourite website - Facebook

    All time favourite film - I just love kids films because I'm a kid at heart!
  • Kim Hallam My roles are varied but centre on our catering, from food preparation to ordering stock and conference catering.

    I was a sales assistant before I came here, but I love the atmosphere and all the great people I’m now working with. I’ve also qualified in Basic Food Hygiene since joining the team.

    When I knock-off it’s time for my daughter and to exercise. I also manage the odd trip to the cinema. If I didn’t work here I would love to be a fitness instructor.

    Favourite website – Forever 21

    Favourite song – Mr Brightside by The Killers – it’s always a good excuse to dance like no-one’s watching!