Sandycroft Area Forum for Enterprise (SAFE Forum)

Your local Business Forum and Network

The Sandycroft Area Forum for Enterprise, otherwise known as SAFE, is a means of promoting growth and industry in the area, by building lasting and meaningful business relationships.  

Originally inspired by the Deeside Industrial Park Forum initiated by Askar Sheibani (MD at Comtek Network Systems), the forum offers significant benefits to its members by way of networking opportunities, sharing of best practice, public information, and much more. 

Lord Barry Jones who has agreed to be President of SAFE gave a rousing speech at the event about the specific history of the area and was extremely complimentary of what the forum had already achieved. “In all my years of public service this is one of the best organised and most successful community business launches I have had the pleasure of being involved with,” he said. 

Chair, Mark Whitfield, is committed to growing the forum to ensure local businesses benefit from information and initiatives from fellow businesses, the council, and government. Each forum gives businesses an opportunity to have a voice and to share their expertise and insights. 

We remain committed to developing SAFE and encouraging all our business neighbours to join the forum to build a better sense of business community and benefit from a collective voice. 

Meet the Forum’s Steering Group

The steering group for the SAFE Forum is comprised of leaders of local businesses who are committed to joining together and developing the region’s business community. Find out a little more about who they are and what they do here: 

Name: Mark Whitfield: 

Title: Chair of Steering Group


Director who controls and oversees all business operations, people, and ventures for Wurkplace Limited. Between raising a family and playing rugby, Mark takes responsibility for the success of Wurkplace, and with connecting businesses to experts in the field of HR and Employment Law. In line with SAFE, his goal is to ensure that companies are constantly moving towards fulfilling their short-term and long-term objectives through their Purpose, Mission, and Vision, all while staying compliant to current legislation and law: Protecting the business, the business owners, and the employees.  

Name: Patricia Carlin 

Title: Steering Group Member 


A true morning person, Patricia divides her time between business development for the Flintshire County Council, and volunteering to further develop business relationships throughout the area. Through the Sandycroft Area Forum for Enterprise, Patricia has helped build a solid network of collaborators who, while all leaders of their own organisations, join together without ego. Patricia’s goals are to help get the Sandycroft Forum for Enterprise to a sustainable and autonomous place, where it will surely continue to grow. 

Name: Terry Axon 

Title: Steering Group Member 


Terry started at Allan Morris Transport over 30 years ago as a driver, eventually becoming a Managing Director and now part owner. When he’s not managing company business, Terry spends most of his time training for various sporting events. Both running and raising money for charity, Terry wasn’t satisfied with finishing just one marathon, so he ran in over 20. Spotting another challenge and the potential for growth, Terry joined the Sandycroft Area Forum for Enterprise because he knows that strengthening community spirit with local businesses provides solutions and solidarity. 

Name: Lynne Wood 

Title: Steering Group Member 



Lynn is the Director for Direct Line Communications (DLC), which itself started its life in the Deeside Business Forum. The first female director of a commercial radio station in the UK and dubbed the Caribbean Queen for her love of Barbados, Lynn thrives on strong personality. She loves taking businesses – not just her own – from strength to strength and working with people who have shared values. Not interested in selling a product for selling’s sake, Lynn joined SAFE because she believes in providing the right solution for the right person and connecting with the community. 

Name: Darren Biggs 

Title: Member of the Steering Group 


Family man, endurance athlete, and Commercial Manager at Farrall’s Group, Darren is the newest member of the SAFE Steering Group. He is motivated by adversity and challenge, taking pride in his work managing all the sales, marketing, customer services, and day-to-day operation of all of Farrall’s sites. As part of a family-owned firm with deep roots in the area, Darren joined SAFE to contribute to the region and ensure that the business community looks after one another and continues to grow and thrive. 

Name: Stuart Dean 

Title: Member of the Steering Group 





Stuart has worked in the poultry business for over 20 years.  Now director of the 2Sisters site in Sandycroft, he enjoys working with his fantastic staff in a beautiful part of the country.  Originally joining the SAFE forum due to pestering from the original group, Stuart is excited to be part of a platform that helps other business to grow and prosper in the local area.  Seeing the benefits for the community, Stuart’s goal is to keep the forum alive and thriving so that other businesses in the area can benefit. 

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