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

C/O Richard Stevens stuart.elford@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

rich.adams@plymouth.ac.uk

Rich is Business Engagement Manager at University of Plymouth after joining in 2011 following a career in both public and private sectors. With a background in innovation and business support Rich leads on business engagement activities across the whole university as well as project and partnership development with industry stakeholders. 

With an interest in all things commercial Rich has responsibility for developing student start ups and support industry engagement with the university. Day-to-day work involves developing innovative business support solutions enable industry to access the universities skills, facilities and state-of-the-art equipment. Rich also works closely business to explore joint funding and research collaborations. 

Rich has worked in Plymouth for nearly 30 years and enjoys rugby, history and writing.

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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.

Pauline Hands

Pauline Hands

Director

phands@cityplym.ac.uk

Pauline is Executive of Commercial Operations at City College Plymouth, a large further and higher education provider of skills and training. Previously employed in the commercial arena across various sectors, Pauline has a clear understanding of the needs of and challenges of the business community. An advocate of skills to bring new talent into a company or the upskilling of existing staff, Pauline enjoys seeking opportunities that have impact, which was a contributory factor in becoming a Chamber Board Director (in addition to the Opportunities and Events/Marketing/Membership Chamber sub-committees) as well as joining the Plymouth Area Business Council board. When not working, and in recent years, running has become a passion (not just for fitness but for health and wellbeing), Pauline can be seen pounding the streets training for half marathons!

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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@internationaltradematters.com

Linda Middleton-Jones is the founder and Managing Director of International Trade Matters. She has worked with manufacturers and service providers throughout and beyond the South West for many years, encouraging them to recognise the opportunities in selling in, and/or buying from, overseas markets. Her company provides accredited international trade training for Chambers of Commerce and is recognised as one of the leading independent consultancies on all matters international. 

Linda is known as a champion of international trade. She continually represents the economic interests of the South West Companies globally – from Tasmania to Russia and everywhere in between. 

Linda lives on the edge of Exmoor with her husband John. She has an interest in antiques and collectables and can often be seen fielding a stand at some of the larger trade fairs where her eclectic and globally sourced goods are a topic of interests and delight. 

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.

Paul Philpott

Paul Philpott

Vice Chair

paul@freshairstudios.com

Paul is Managing Director of Fresh Air Studios. A former presenter for Plymouth Sound Radio (many years ago), he turned his love of audio into creating one of the UK’s most respected independent production companies. The firm is proud to have a portfolio of national clients like Three, Royal Mail, two major universities and two of the top five banks. 

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. 

Paul lives in Plymouth with Gary, his partner of 25+ years, and enjoys fitness (kickboxing in particular) wine and travel – with Budapest being a destination favourite. 

Paul James

Paul James

Treasurer

paul.james@cornwallcare.org

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

Vice Chair

james@jamessmithgroup.com

James is an ex serviceman and an experienced change consultant currently employed as Supply Chain Manager at Babcock International. He has brought many brands to market including Primal Europe, Perry eHopper and others. 

He has extensive public speaking, marketing and networking skills; and also writes for Bikebiz magazine (an industry magazine).

James is a Director of the Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and a regional Stakeholder at the Chartered Management Institute. In 2021, he won the Inspiration of the year at the EX Forces in Business Awards.

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.

Acronyms has been an active members of Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce throughout the years and had great success as an organisation from this. Tom can provide first-hand experience in how to ensure you are making the most out of your membership. 

Away from the office, Tom has recently learned to scuba dive and enjoys spending weekends diving with his fiancée, Sarah.

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