Susie Colley – Chair
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..
Victoria Box – Secretary
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.
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.
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.
Chris hopes to bring his eclectic mix of skills to the table with Torquay’s Chamber of commerce, to tap in to the undoubted community spirit, which all too often lurks beneath the surface of Torquay, and needs to be outed to make the Bay Great once again.
He spent his childhood in the South West, attending Torquay Technical College studying business and accounts. He remained in the South West, working in the Hotel industry, before spending 12 years as a police officer in central London. Following a serious assault whilst on duty, Chris was forced to leave the police, and went on to forge a successful career as a financial advisor working around the London area, and latterly, back in Torbay.
Never one to let the grass grow under his feet, throughout these various careers, Chris has also spent 25 years renovating properties, and building a small portfolio of private rental and holiday lets.
He is also an avid campaigner for organ donation awareness, after watching his daughter come so close to dying in 2011 for want of an organ transplant. He says that whilst that period was the most frightening and abhorrent of his life, he also got to witness Torbay’s community spirit at its very best, supporting his family’s campaigns. Harness that community Spirit where we are all working together for the same cause – and we win. Simple.