Ilkley Business Forum was established in 2009 and is affiliated to BADCOT (the Burley and District Chamber of Trade) and all its members and the members of The Ilkley Business Network (Ilkley’s BNI Group). The Forum has over 80 members and we have ambitious plans to grow our membership over the next year. Our Forum is run by members for members and our success is dependent on working collaboratively with each other.

Forum Committee

Helen Rhodes

I have been in business since 1996, initially running an engineering business in Bradford with my husband which we sold in 2015 and for 7 years also had a retail shop in Ilkley. Since March 2018 I have been working part time on the development of the Ilkley Business Improvement District and I also work on a consultancy basis delivering project work for other business owners. Having been a member of the forum for many years, I first got involved on the committee as the secretary in 2015 then took over as Chairman in 2017.

Outside work, I have been married to Steve for many years and have two lovely daughters. I enjoy eating out and drinking wine (any colour) and gin.

Helen’s photo by Alan Carmichael at Capricorn Photography

Julia Forrester, Chartered Certified Accountant TaxAssist Accountants in Ilkley, specialising in the small business marketing.

I am the treasurer and if you have any questions about your membership payment or need a copy invoice or receipt I am the person to contact. My husband Dave runs TaxAssist Keighley and most of my spare time is taken up with my 2 boys and our dog Molly. We enjoy camping in our spare time to get away from it all!

Diane Broadhead, As a Financial Adviser at Bright Wealth Management in Ilkley, I provide financial planning advice and assistance to both individuals and businesses throughout Yorkshire.

I am the IBF secretary and my role is to undertake the administration regarding the committee, create and maintain records and ensure meetings are organised and minuted.

In my spare time I love having fun with my two young children, Ellie and Sam and hitting the fells with my running club.

Liz ScottLiz Scott I am the Managing Director of Life & Legal an Ilkley based established brand in the employee benefit market. We provide flexible, high value, employee assistance solutions to companies of all sizes. We’ve made it our mission to deliver innovative legal, financial and lifestyle employee benefits, which are valued by both organisations and their employees.

I am the Membership coordinator helping to promote the Forum to new members and to grow the membership.

Ian WhiteIan White is a director of Bluehoop Digital Ltd, a digital marketing and website design agency based in Ilkley. Bluehoop Digital help businesses find new markets online through web development and organic search marketing.Ian is Communications Officer for the Ilkley Business Forum, so if you have any issues which you think are important to the group, don’t hesitate to get in touch at

David LoweDavid Lowe provides utility products for homes and small to medium businesses as a distributor for Utility Warehouse. His career has encompassed textile manufacturing, commercial TV sales, marketing for the International Wool Marketing Board and Banking.



BADCOT (Burley and District Chamber of Trade) is a thriving organisation of businesses, charities and community groups working in the Burley, Menston and surrounding areas of Wharfedale that network, lobby, share and learn – and organise the popular Christmas Market.