Ambassador scheme

The Discover Ambassadors Scheme is open to all organisations and individuals who have a passion for this area, we are keen to include as many people as possible to help promote Ashfield as a great place to visit.

You can find more about Ambassadors, including how to become one in the link below.

Become an Ambassador for Discover Ashfield

Councillor Jason Zadrozny


Business: Ashfield District Council

Role in Business: Leader of the Council

Positive Experience about Ashfield: As Leader of the Council, I am really positive about the hard work that we are doing in the Communities to make Ashfield a better place for residents, businesses and visitors. We are making Ashfield a safer, cleaner and greener place for everyone to enjoy.

Interesting Fact: In 2007, I became the youngest Council Leader in the Country, aged just 26. It is remarkable that I still look exactly the same today...

Chloe O’Donnell


Business: Idlewells Shopping Centre

Role in Business: Shopping Centre Manager

Positive Experience about Ashfield: Having grown up and still live in Ashfield, I am still amazed at how community-minded and generous Ashfield people are.

Interesting Fact: The shopping centre industry was not where I had intended to undertake a career… at 15, I wanted to be a pathologist!

Edward Johnstone


Business: Portland College

Role in Business: Assistant Principal – Development

Positive Experience about Ashfield: Moving here from London I could not believe how friendly and helpful people are in the local shops and organisations.

Fardad Amirsaeedi


Business: Ashfield District Council

Role in Business: Senior Regeneration Officer

Positive Experience about Ashfield: Lead Enterprise and Investments for Ashfield District Council in support of business start-up and growth within the district

Interesting Fact: A creative artist in my spare time.

Jon Ball


Business: Ashfield Chad

Role in Business: Head of content (editor in old money)

Positive Experience about Ashfield: The people! Almost everyone I've met in Ashfield has been lovely, from people on the streets to boardrooms.

Interesting Fact: I appeared in a music video for Embrace

Liz Barrett


Business: Education

Role in Business: Principal

Positive Experience about Ashfield: - Friendly people

I am a local person who is committed on every level to supporting regeneration in and around Ashfield through life long learning.

I believe that it is important that as a community we support our local businesses and community events to ensure the area in which we live is as vibrant as possible.

Louise Knott


Business: West Nottinghamshire College

Role in Business: Vice Principal all things student experience

Positive Experience about Ashfield: Great hidden gems in terms of businesses. We have some world beating business in the area that need shouting about much more. The real sense of community and so close to beautiful open countryside.

Interesting Fact: Despite working in the world of further education for over 20 years, I am not a trained teacher, my start, career wise, was as a journalist.

Martin Rigley MBE


Job Title: Managing Director

Lindhurst was founded in 1985 to provide engineering services to the UK coal mining industry. They now actively look for challenges where they can utilise their expertise in providing innovative solutions using their core skills & knowledge of fabrication, mechanical & electrical engineering.

They work across a broad range of sectors; utilities, energy, transport, construction, original equipment manufacturers, food & drink and bio science.

As both a resident and owner of a business in Ashfield, Martin is passionate about promoting Ashfield as a great place to run a business, live, visit, raise a family and be educated.

Martin is a Chartered Engineer, holds Eur. Ing. status (FEANI European Engineer), is a Member of the Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Materials and is a Member of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council. He is the currently a board member of both East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and Vision West Nottinghamshire College.

He was awarded an MBE in the 2016 New Years Honours list for services to Business & Innovation.

Rob Mitchell


Business: Ashfield District Council

Role in Business: Chief Executive

Positive Experience about Ashfield: Since joining Ashfield District Council in 2015 I have met lots of fantastic people who are keen to see Ashfield reach its potential. In order that we can improve our local economy and the quality of life for our residents. There are lots of challenges but a focus on the many positives Ashfield has is really important. It great to be working with likeminded businesses and community representatives.

Robert Orgill


Business: Rolls-Royce plc

Role in Business: Property Manager EMEA (so responsible for acquisition, management and disposal of property within Europe, Middle East and Africa)

Positive Experience about Ashfield: a welcoming authority

Interesting Fact: In 2018 I was presented with a County Badge by Nottinghamshire Amateur Athletics Association for services to Athletics in the County.

Theresa Hodgkinson


Business: Ashfield District Council

Role in Business: Assistant Director Place and Wellbeing

Positive Experience about Ashfield: I love being part of a wider team that makes a difference for the communities in Ashfield. Our stakeholders and partners work together and unify efforts to maximise the impact and I feel privileged to be part of this interesting and insightful journey.

Interesting Fact: I’m a keen runner/ fitness fanatic and I take advantage of the beautiful parks and green space that Ashfield has to offer!