Meet the talented team who could help you to grow your business. Some of us have worked together for over eight years.

Francis Hooke MAPM
Francis Hooke MAPMFrancis founded and leads We Grow Businesses Ltd.

Francis Hooke MAPM – Business Growth Consultant & Director

Francis spent the first decade of his career working in financial services and technology. He was responsible for over £18m of project spend and managed project teams of up to 100 people.

Francis has successfully project managed in some of the highest profile change programmes in the banking industry, including the largest financial services merger in history.

Francis is:

Kirsty Murray
Kirsty MurrayRetail and customer service focused projects are delivered by Kirsty.

Kirsty Murray – Business Growth Consultant

Francis and Kirsty met in 2007 in the financial services industry and have worked together in various capacities since then.

In 2009 Kirsty made the life changing decision to leave a secure and well-paid job to fulfil a childhood ambition to launch her own wedding dress shop.

The Dress Room has successfully traded for five years. Kirsty has delegated much of the day-to-day running to her team. When Hooke & Co. Business Strategy was launched it was obvious for Kirsty to use the capacity she had created to deliver retail and customer service focused projects.

Kirsty has gained a great deal of experience on her journey to building a successful business. Therefore she is well placed to understand the challenges that smaller organisations face.

Peter Weir ACA
Peter Weir ACAPeter is the Hooke & Co. Rapid Business Growth financial expert.

Peter Weir ACA – Business Growth Consultant

Francis and Peter met in 2010 whilst delivering a financial technology project in London.

Peter ensures that Hooke & Co. Business Strategy projects that include P&L, balance sheet and cashflow models are exactly as bank managers, investors and accountants would expect.

Peter holds a degree in Mathematical Sciences from Christ Church College at the University of Oxford. He is also an ACA qualified accountant.

After graduating Peter began work as an auditor with Mazars. He then moved into banking where he undertook a number of financial accounting focused roles at RBS, HSBC and Barclays Capital.

Peter divides his time between work in the financial services sector, private business ventures and assisting Hooke & Co. Business Strategy clients.

Donna Hooke
Donna HookeDonna supports the Hooke & Co. Rapid Business Growth team.

Donna Hooke – Growth Support Manager

Donna obtained a degree in the arts in the North-East of England.

She quickly decided a life of paid travel was for her so embarked on a nine year career with Qantas working as an international flight attendant in First and Business Class. Regular destinations included Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Dubai and Australia.

Since becoming a Mum to Abi she has clipped her wings and now happily supports the day to day operations of Hooke & Co. She enjoys being a point of contact for both current and prospective clients.