Our Board

Our Board

Our Board

The Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce board are voted for by its members in regular elections. They are experienced, knowledgable and leaders in their fields, providing the Chamber and its members with strategic and practical direction and advice.

Board members help make key decisions on Chamber strategy and each brings a certain specialism that provides expertise to the different functions of the Chamber.

Team

Richard Stevens

Chair

chair@devonchamber.co.uk

Richard Stevens was born in North Devon and is proud of being a West County boy, having lived and worked all over Devon and Cornwall; Richard is committed to ensuring that our cities, towns, rural and coastal areas receive the focus and investment they need to enable everyone who lives here to be successful and valued.  Richard Stevens career is in public transport, Richard was appointed as Managing Director of Plymouth Citybus in May 2012. With an annual turnover of more than 27 million pounds, Citybus serves over 17 million passengers a year and is the biggest public transport provider in Plymouth, employing 520 people and running a fleet of 185 buses. Richard has twenty years of senior management experience of working in the bus industry in the South West. Previously Richard served as an Operations & Commercial Director for Stagecoach South West and prior to that was Operations Director for First Devon and Cornwall; Richard has held many managerial roles, having begun his transport career in 1990 as a bus driver in Penzance.

Richard Stevens is the current chair of Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce; a role Richard is delighted and honoured to perform. Richard has embraced the role and enthusiastically committed his time and energy to, promote the Chamber. Richard is also the current joint chair of the Plymouth Area Business Council, chair of the Plymouth Growth Board. Richard sits on the Devonport Task Force, One Plymouth, the Mayflower 400 Leadership group and the Peninsular Rail Task Force. Richard is also a director of Destination Plymouth; the destination management company; he is committed to working with all strategic partners, to ensure that the voice of business in Plymouth, Devon, and the region is strong, unified and playing to its collective strengths.

Richard also works within the school environment as an Enterprise adviser and Governor. As a Heart of the South West LEP board member Richard Chairs the business leadership group, is deputy chair of the Strategic Investment Group and a voting member of the Local Transport Board, Richard energetically and passionately works in the interests of businesses across the whole of Devon. 
 
In his spare time if he has any; Richard enjoys Sailing. 

Rich Adams

Richard Adams

Director

Richard.adams@plymouth.ac.uk

Clare Baker

Clare Baker

Director

Clare.Baker@barclays.com

Clare has been involved with the Chamber and Plymouth Area Business Council since 2015. She is co-founder and director of Plymouth Women in Business networking CIC and Exeter Women in Business CIC, vice chair of governors at All Saint’s Academy and vice chair on the board at St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth. She was named Networker of the Year 2015 in the Plymouth and Devon Chamber Awards and is a Venus Awards national winner in 2016.

Clare works extensively across the county with many business owners as part of her role at Barclays and understands the vital contribution they bring to the region’s economy and our wider community.

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David Williams

Director

david@redrok.co.uk

Over the course of David’s time as a Chamber Director he has had the responsibility of the Membership and Events Portfolio, helping shape the Membership Benefits offer and the diverse and topical Chamber events programme.

He is the founder and Director of Redrok UK Ltd, a print and merchandise business established in 2005.  Recently he led on the opening of the Redrok Workwear Centre in Plymouth, a fully stocked workwear, safety wear and uniform shop with an in-house printing and embroidery facility.

He is also the Director of Redrok Events Ltd, who deliver the Britain’s Ocean City Running Series, the largest mass participation running event in the region. 

David is a graduate of Marjon University where he was awarded an MBA in Business Administration in 2017 – his dissertation was an investigative study on benefits of Chamber membership.

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Craig Moore

Director

craig.moore@wbd-uk.com

Craig is a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in commercial property and finance. He is the Plymouth office head for Womble Bond Dickinson. His experience includes acting for a wide variety of businesses, public bodies, charities and education institutions and he is client partner for a number of businesses in our region and nationally.

Craig grew up in Plympton, and following time at University and Law College returned to the city as a trainee with Bond Pearce. Over the last 25 years he has developed an excellent network as well as experience which he believes can make a really positive difference to the Chamber and its members, as well as the wider region.

Plymouth and the wider region have great potential to grow and should be confidently seen on the worldstage. It is Craig’s enthusiasm and passion for the city and wider region, combined with his experience that made Craig want to become a director of the Chamber and help to drive it forward so that the city and wider region thrive.

As a business owner himself he has considerable experience of dealing with matters which businesses face whether around finance, HR, sales and marketing, legal, etc and Craig knows that training and support from professional memberships can make an enormous difference. Craig also believes that the more we collaborate, the more we understand what great businesses we have in the city and wider region, the more opportunities we identify, and can leverage that to produce growth.

Craig is currently one of the co-chairs of the Plymouth Area Business Council, an advisory board member for Mayflower 400, co-founder of the Plymouth Robotic Sailing Championships and has just joined the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership as a director. In addition he is a governor of Sherford School. Craig has an excellent track record of providing strategic leadership and driving growth, and believes that he can be an effective director with the Chamber helping to drive it forward and deliver successful growth for the city and wider region.

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Linda Middleton-Jones

Director

linda@middleton-jones.com

Linda Middleton-Jones has over 25 years’ experience in international commerce across manufacturing, nuclear and aviation sectors from her base in South West England.

She is an accomplished professional with extensive overseas know-how. A graduate of the University of Plymouth and Universidad de Barcelona (LLB{Hons}) and a Member of the Institute of Export (MIEx(Grad), she is currently studying for a professional qualification with the Project Management Institute (PMI).

She represents the economic interests of South West Companies globally and promoted specific sector developments in Europe, Russia, the Mediterranean and Central America. For many years she was the first point of contact for 1000+ local South West companies providing international business support, export awareness and regulatory advice. She has organised, led and participated in successful missions and welcomed delegations to the South West by facilitating introductions and networking opportunities.

Emily Beaumont

Dr Emily Beaumont

Director

ebeaumont@glos.ac.uk

Dr Emily Beaumont is the Academic Subject Lead for Business and Enterprise at Gloucestershire Business School at the University of Gloucestershire, UK. A thriving and dynamic place to study, Gloucestershire Business school aims to produce graduates who are ready and prepared for their careers, which drives excellence in everything the school does.

Emily combines excellence in teaching with a strong research ethos, dedicating her teaching and research to the disciplines of enterprise and employability.  The quality of her work in this area saw her voted in as President Elect for Enterprise Educators UK and awarded with Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.  Emily recognises that enterprise and entrepreneurship education should be available to all and so has established her own practice and consultancy that provides high quality practical learning opportunities underpinned by academic knowledge, skills and experience.

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Ian McFadzen

Director

IMcFadzen@sciencepark.org.uk

Ian has 30 years’ experience in the public and private sectors and his expertise includes translating research outputs into commercially viable business opportunities, particularly in the fields of biomedicine and life sciences. Ian was previously at the University of Plymouth, where he was Commercial Director of the Marine Innovation Centre.

Pauline Hands

Pauline Hands

Director

phands@cityplym.ac.uk

Employed for some 35+ years, my current role at City College Plymouth (Director of Marketing & Business Engagement) is one that combines working in the education and commercial sectors.

As a senior portfolio holder, my remit is responsibility for the recruitment of all target markets (to achieve funding streams), engagement of strategic stakeholders and leading on the College’s commercial revenue – while identifying possible new developments for the College, whether these be for commercial or strategic gain.

 I am also part of the board of the PABC on the basis that being part of an organisation’s governance requires an understanding of objectives, being a “critical friend”, whilst questioning/decision making.

My Chamber Director role has afforded me insight into the strategic needs whilst also being an advocate for its essential work.  With a renewed strategic direction, I believe I can add value and impact through my experience, business community knowledge and being a key City decision maker. Notwithstanding my role is Plymouth based, I work regionally across employers and training providers; this reach will allow me to provide regional Chamber advocacy and lobbying and a focus on retaining and increasing membership.

Tim Jones

Tim Jones

Vice Chair

tim@startpointfinance.co.uk

Tim is a Director of Start Point Finance based in Kingsbridge and has been a Devon Chamber Board Director since 2015. Tim is passionate about supporting smaller businesses based in and around Plymouth and the whole County believing that we are stronger together and can help each other practically. Tim worked for a number of Banks before setting up the commercial finance business in 2007 in Manchester. He then relocated the company to the South West in 2011. He has experienced the challenges of growing a company and understands the need for an ongoing evolution of the Chamber for the benefit of Members. Tim also is Treasurer of Kingsbridge Rugby Club, a Vet Gig rower for Salcombe Estuary Rowing Club and three days a month drives the Coleridge Community Bus.

Paul James

Paul James

Treasurer

paul.james@cornwallcare.org

Paul is currently the CFO and Deputy CEO for Delt Shared Services Ltd. Delt is a private company owned by Plymouth City Council and the NEW Devon CCG delivering IT/technical and payroll services to 17,000 users across Devon in the public, third and education sectors. They employ 162 people in a range of skilled roles and deliver £8M of socio-economic value annually to the County from the jobs, services and suppliers they support locally. Paul has significant Board experience as a director, company secretary and trustee of various organisations. His initial experience was in the commercial sector and then shaped and developed through the charity and social enterprise sectors. He has a breadth of expertise in finance, HR, employee development, commercial and manufacturing operations. Whatever he’s focused on he enjoys collaborating with people as working together on common aims, you can achieve amazing things. The ability to do that with so many Chamber members is a huge draw for Paul. Businesses in Devon are better together, connecting their skills and capabilities to create conditions for social and economic growth. From the rural and city economies, Devon provides significant opportunities for members that, working with colleagues, he’d want to help them take advantage of. There are challenges, the impact of Brexit and the need for better infrastructure in the South West will require the Chamber to advise and advocate for members on key issues. He’s been deeply involved in work and projects which prove that businesses working closely together, on connected aims, can deliver growth and increase skills and investment in the region. The ability to be a part of that in advocating for the Chamber whilst working with members to help them grow their businesses is something he’s really looking forward to. 

Geoffrey Rogers

Geoffrey Rogers

Director

geoff@tspartners.co.uk

Geoffrey is a Bideford boy, Devon through and through. Born, schooled and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in North Devon before moving to Bristol to work all over the UK for KPMG on international audits. He then joined Allied Breweries as the group financial accountant before moving to Plymouth in the mid 1970s and becoming a partner in a local accountancy practice. There are two highlights to pick out from Geoffrey’s story so far – being Vice Chair of Plymouth Health Authority in the early 1990s – a truly unbelievable experience. And secondly, running the Plymouth Albion Disabled Supporters Group – what lovely warming people to hug and help. He is also a member of PADAN and a Dementia Friend.

James Greenacre

James Greenacre

Director

james.greenacre@pafc.co.uk

As Head of Commercial Operations at Plymouth Argyle, James’s current role requires working with a broad, and ever-increasing, portfolio of both internal and external stakeholders across the region – primarily focusing on the commercial side of the business but also collaborating heavily with the Community Trust in the delivery of social outreach schemes, the development of the Academy and an ongoing club-wide ambition of becoming a community focused, sustainable Championship football club. James is passionate about the South West, and as a keen cyclist and sailor (and a dreadful golfer!) the region offers everything he could ask for whilst raising his young family – although there are days where he wishes the hills weren’t quite so punchy!

James Smith

James Smith

Director

james@jamessmithgroup.com

James spent 22 years in the Royal Navy before launching Primal Europe Ltd in 2012. Since then he has been growing that organisation through Brexit and more recently the pandemic. In 2018, James completed his MSc in Strategic Business Management and became a Fellow in the Chartered Management Institute. In 2020, he launched his own consultancy business, which has been integral in supporting entrepreneurs who want to import and introduce new brands into the UK market. This has included the new Perry eHopper eBike now ranged in GOOutdoors and Wiggle along with the new Perry P4 escooter. James also recently completed his PRINCE2 Practitioner course along with his Managing Successful Programmes Course.

Nicola Bidgood

Nicola Bidgood

Director

hello@westcountryhr.com

Nicola is Managing Director of Westcountry HR, an independent HR consultancy, and Westcountry Jobs, a recruitment agency, both based at Minerva House in Newton Abbot. She has previously worked in HR in Exeter, Newton Abbot and Plymouth, and has over 15 years’ experience. Nicola decided to take the leap from employment to start up her own business in August 2016 to follow her dream to be an Independent HR Consultant – and she has not looked back.

Paul Philpott

Paul Philpott

Director

paul@freshairstudios.com

Paul is Managing Director of Fresh Air Studios, a corporate production company, with national clients like Three, Royal Mail, and two of the top five banks. A former presenter on Plymouth Sound Radio, years ago, he is now mostly known for his love of wine, travel and fitness – in equal double-measures. A driven, creative and passionate business owner, an avid supporter of all things SME and dedicated to delivering the absolute best level of customer service, innovation and support, to clients and collaborators.

Tom Moore

Tom Moore

Director

Tom@acronyms.co.uk

Tom is the Business Development Director at Acronyms, an IT support company based at Plymouth Science Park. He joined Acronyms in 2014 and in the last seven years has helped build a Sales & Marketing department at the growing Plymouth business. With Tom’s contribution and journey to becoming company director, Acronyms has grown year on year, and celebrated continued growth in 2020 by opening an office in Bristol and acquiring Cornish IT firm IT-OK. Away from the office, Tom has recently learned to scuba dive and enjoys spending weekends diving with his fiancée, Sarah.

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