Michael Michaelson – Family Business Partner

Michael has over thirty years of business experience, building his family financial services business from a £2 million turnover business with 40 employees to a £23 million turnover business with 170 employees.

Michael is the Family business partner at Commerce Intelligence Group with a focus on helping families manage the unique challenges they face when running and growing a business. Key areas of expertise include business planning, conflict resolution, mediation and succession planning.

Contact Michael at CIG Family Business Consulting on 0845 201 3960.



Gary Lumby MBE – Chairman (non-executive)

Gary brings a wealth of experience to the Commerce Intelligence Group both in terms of his industry experience and wealth of contacts. Gary is currently director of small business banking at Clydesdale and Yorkshire Bank. His role includes responsibility for all small business banking covering 150,000 small business customers across the UK. He is responsible for all aspects of strategy, performance, distribution and people.

For CIG Gary specialises in:
• Financial performance reviews including cost efficiencies, margin improvements and financial restructuring
• Finance sourcing including debt, equity, grant funding and business Support
• Change management and process improvement strategies
• Performance management frameworks and people development strategies

He is also involved in a wide variety of industry forums including Board Member of Yorkshire, Humber and East Midlands Industrial Development Board and President of Leeds Chamber of Commerce . He is also a Non Executive Director of Education Leeds, Non Executive Director of Marketing Leeds, Non Executive Director of Business Link Yorkshire and Deputy Chair of Leeds Skills Board. Gary received an MBE for Services to the Financial Services Sector in 2008


Karl Wilson – Managing Partner (commercialisation and due diligence)

Karl started his career in Leeds University transfer technology spending two years commercialising innovative technology. He then spent twelve successful years managing marketing and business development for high tech consultancy companies culminating in running the executive search business for the world’s largest recruitment company. Karl specialises in:
• Preparing companies for high growth
• Start-up commercial and technical due diligence
• Invigorating propositions and distribution routes for low growth companies
• Value driven strategy (identifying areas of improvement with the highest impact on the bottom line)


Richard Norman – Managing Partner (coaching, consultancy and business turnaround)

Richard has over twenty five years experience in running, developing and building high value businesses in many different sectors. He specialises in identifying business opportunities, making projects happen and building strong and effective teams.

Richard coaches business leaders and their teams by helping them to develop general business, marketing, leadership and emotional intelligence skills. He uses his vast experience and knowledge to guarantee to help the businesses he works with to retain their best people, whilst also making the business more effective, productive and ultimately more profitable.

Sonia Saxton – Senior Associate (business coaching)

Sonia specialises in delivering career management programmes that achieve results. With over twenty years experience working on group and individual performance issues, she is known for her talent in getting specific results you can measure, achieved by respecting the unique needs of each individual.

Qualifying as a trainer with the Institute of Personnel and Development, she went on to study neuro linguistics. Sonia qualified as an international practitioner, then studied at the NLP University in Santa Cruz, California where she qualified as a leadership and business consultant and master practitioner in neuro linguistics.

Sonia then studied in Copenhagen to qualify and register as an international trainer, and every year, successfully runs a certification programme in 'facilitating change' for a select group of career professionals. Clients say that time with Sonia is stretching, enlightening, and above all practical.