Pro-active, energetic, and resourceful, as Chair Susie has worked with the Directors of the Company to create a structure that will support and encourage new business into Torquay. With the success of the Christmas lights last year Susie has a proven track record in delivering complex projects and I will be helping the Chamber replicate this in future years.
The Chamber has now formed successful partnerships with businesses within the retail community to help fund not only the Christmas lights, but other events encouraging commerce in the Town. Partnerships are not only key to a prosperous future for the Bay, but also represent important links between the Chamber and the retail business community which fulfills the very ethos of our organisation.
Torquay Chamber of Commerce Ltd is affiliated to Devon Chamber who are supportive in our endeavors to improve and sustain successful business within Torbay.
Andrew has worked as a designer specializing in workplace interiors for 30 years. During that time he has work on projects for companies as diverse as ASOS and the BBC, also working in the UK, Holland, Croatia and Italy. Having recently moved to the bay, Andrew started Revisionr 6 years ago providing a full package of services; company and building spatial analysis, office layout planning, design (interior and bespoke furniture) and product procurement. He is excited by the new opportunities and challenges that businesses are facing in the area, and hopes to bring a creative yet practical approach to the Chambers future.
Jane has over 20 years of experience as a practitioner, project leader and manager. Her experience spans the health & social care sector having worked in criminal justice, education and national bodies such as the NHS Leadership Academy. Jane works collaboratively with individuals and organizations to make things happen, and personally specializes in organization development that delivers sustainable, meaningful outcomes. Adding significant value for clients whilst maximizing the collective benefit to the community and wider system.
Richard is the Centre Manager at Union Square Shopping Centre, having moved with his family to the area in 2012. Richard’s background is in Local Government, Operations Management, Town Centre Management, Engineering, Military Vehicles and Snowboarding!
With a degree in Politics and Economics, A diploma and a Post Grad, Richard is keen to use his experience and knowledge to help guide Torquay to a prosperous future and assist in any way he can.
Victoria spent a large part of her career in Government, namely the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall. She held a number of different posts, working closely with No 10 and other government departments, and organisations such as GCHQ, The Pentagon and Embassies. Whilst in the MOD Press Office, she had regular contact with Defence Correspondents and journalists in both national and regional newspapers, as well as TV and film.
Working with key senior figures in both Government and the Armed Forces has given Victoria unparalleled experience in a number of many diverse and wide-ranging issues, and the ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels.
Victoria now owns a Bed and Breakfast establishment in Torquay after moving here in 2013, and has recently become an independent Celebrant, creating and conducting ceremonies for weddings, renewal of vows, baby naming and funerals. Victoria has a keen interest in promoting Torbay and its businesses, and is delighted to join the Chamber of Commerce to help that aim in any way she can.
Matt is the Business Manager of McDonald’s in Union street Torquay. Having worked for McDonalds for twelve years running all three restaurants in the Torbay area. Matt lives locally with his partner and his two year old son and is extremely passionate about the local area being a vibrant, forward thinking area to live and work.
Matt has a keen interest in improving Torquay as a whole both in a professional capacity but additionally from the perspective of a father with a young family. He is passionate about customer service and understand the importance that a thriving high street is what is best for the local economy. His main focus is improving footfall for the town through improvements to the shopping experience ensuring visitors who arrive, want to return.
Sue worked as an employment consultant with the social enterprise company Pluss, supporting people with a myriad of health problems from mental health to major physical disabilities to find and sustain work or seek a new career. Sue has also worked for the government in both The DWP and Inland Revenue. And is a qualified teacher with a post graduate and BSc Hons degree in Tourism and Business, additionally she is a CIEH trainer of Health and Safety and Food Hygiene. She has taught in different environments, including offices, colleges and HM prisons. She has managed and run a successful English Holiday Language School in Torbay for twenty years.
Rosie moved to the South West from Yorkshire with her family in 2008 and has recently moved to Torquay. Rosie is a Trainee Account Executive at GMM Commercial Insurance in Newton Abbot when she has worked since April 2015. She specialises in Food, Care and Agricultural Insurance, amongst others, and has spent her time at GMM developing her knowledge throughout the industry.
Rosie is passionate about young people in business bringing vibrancy and energy back into the Bay. She hopes to do this by starting a Junior Chamber of Commerce to help encourage business relationships between young entrepreneurs and business people in Torquay.
Having participated in an apprenticeship and recently completing her Certificate in Insurance, Rosie wants to encourage and support others in their professional advancement whilst offering social opportunities for young professionals.