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 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.
The Torquay Chamber of Commerce is affiliated to the Devon Chamber, which is very supportive of 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 worked on projects for companies as diverse as ASOS and the BBC, and as well as the UK, he has worked in 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.
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.
After leaving the MOD, Victoria moved to Torquay in 2013, and trained to 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. He has worked for McDonalds for twelve years and manages 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 understands the importance of a thriving high street being best for the local economy. His main focus is improving footfall for the town, through improvements to the shopping experience, ensuring visitors who firstly arrive, and then want to return.
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, where 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.