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Greg Saunders

Chair

Greg is a Commercial Litigation Partner at Clarke Willmott LLP in Taunton and advise companies both big and small. He is also a Notary Public and prepares documents for use all over the world. As such, he has a keen interest in Somerset businesses which export.

Greg relocated to Somerset in July 2011 from the West Midlands and has previously sat on the Board of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce. He has been a Somerset Chamber board member for 3 years before becoming Chairman.

Greg is married with two young children and is passionate about helping secure future prosperity for a County that is his adopted home and where his children grow up and are educated.

Outside of work, Greg enjoys playing tennis and golf and keeping relatively fit. Prior to moving to Somerset, he was involved in the top level of brass banding and played all over the world.

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Helen Lacey

Vice Chair

With a honours degree in Psychology and Business, Helen moved from North Devon to Somerset in 2003. With 7 years at that time in recruitment for a national and a large independent recruitment agency, she decided to open Red Berry Recruitment in 2007, offering businesses a more personal, genuine and friendly approach to recruitment whilst providing an excellent service and the right candidate.

At present Helen currently has three offices located in Bridgwater, Yeovil, and Shepton Mallet supplying temporary and permanent staff to the commercial and industrial sectors.

Helen is a firm believer in developing people at all ages and is a mentor for a student at Robert Blake, though she has mentored many students over the years. Helen also talks at a numerous schools and colleges on CV writing, presentation skills and interview techniques as she feels it’s important to help youngsters develop the right skills for the employment market.

She also takes great interest in the local communities that her offices are based in, being involved with charity events, fund raising and club sponsorships for many different organisations.

As well as being MD of a busy, growing recruitment agency, Helen like to stay fit by attending the gym and running. She also has rather an extensive shoe collection, so when not working, at the gym or seeing friends or family, you can find her out shopping!

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Nick Farrant

Finance Director

Nick was appointed to the Board as Finance Director in November 2016 and brings with him well over a decade of experience as a chartered accountant having worked in London and the South East with national and international accountancy firms prior to his current role as a corporate services partner at PKF Francis Clark’s Taunton office.

As a fully qualified Senior Statutory Auditor Nick has experience of working with an incredibly broad range of businesses and not for profit organisations right across Somerset and beyond and including sectors as diverse as food & drink, financial services, healthcare, professional sport, manufacturing, hospitality and education to name a few.

Before joining the Board Nick had already developed a working relationship with Somerset Chamber and has been Honorary Treasurer of Taunton Chamber of Commerce since 2011.

Nick grew up over the border in Wiltshire, graduated from Exeter University with degrees in History and International Business Management and, via London, made his family home here in Somerset just outside Taunton in 2010.

Outside work Nick can mainly be found on the side-lines, as either coach or spectator, of his four children’s various rugby, football and other sporting endeavours. Whilst his own rugby (to a decent standard) and cricket (to an indecent standard) days are sadly behind him that doesn’t seem to stop him offering his thoughts from the stands at the Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton or the various Premiership Rugby grounds in the region.

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Brian Ritchie

Member Director

After spending five years in the Royal Navy, Brian has spent the last 35 years in various commercial roles, particularly in sales, marketing and procurement.
He has held several senior positions throughout his career, working with a range of SMEs and Pan European companies. In these roles, he was responsible for driving strategy, sales, marketing, profit and efficiency whilst developing customers and people.

Brian has a passion for golf and football, and he endeavours to both play and watch whenever he has the opportunity.

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Kirsty Mode

Member Director

Kirsty has over 15 years’ experience working in PR and communications, including 10 years spent in London-based marketing communications agencies. She moved to Somerset in November 2009 and has worked closely with the Somerset Chamber since then, becoming a board member in early 2013.

Kirsty and her husband run a marketing and public relations company, Dome Marketing Ltd, which is based in South Somerset. She is on the committee of the Crewkerne Area Business Chamber and is an Accredited Practitioner with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Outside of work, Kirsty enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as supporting her childhood local football team.

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Neil England

MEMBER DIRECTOR

Neil England has many years’ experience in senior leadership positions in private, public and not-for-profit organisations. He recently moved to Somerset as Director of the Bridgwater-based Hinkley Point Training Agency, which has been set up by EDF Energy as a local company to work with the region’s Further Education colleges and independent training providers to support the needs of the Hinkley Point C project.

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Debbie Morris

Member Director

Debbie has been a HR Professional since 2000 working at both an operational and strategic level within the public, not for profit, and private sectors.  In 2014 Debbie left the world of employment and established her own consultancy company, Concilium HR Ltd, and hasn’t looked back!  She now thoroughly enjoys providing a flexible, responsive and affordable HR consultancy service to Somerset based SME’s, as and when they need it.

 

For Debbie, HR goes a long way beyond hiring and firing and firmly believes its major strength is to enable people to work together in a productive and fruitful relationship.  Over the years Debbie has learnt that working relationships can be complicated, but they really don't need to be! People are central to the running of any business and Debbie gains great satisfaction helping Somerset based companies be successful by ensuring they have great people management in place.

 

Debbie lives in Burnham on Sea with her husband, young son and two mad cats. When time allows, Debbie fundraises for the Cots for Tots Appeal, the special care baby charity for sick and premature babies at Bristol’s Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol, which provides support for families across the South West.

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Matt Tudor

Sedgemoor Affiliates - Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce

Matt started his career as a 16-year old apprentice in the challenging environment of the Welsh construction industry. He went on to gain a degree in Civil Engineering and Construction Management at Loughborough University, which ultimately led to a successful teaching career.

Matt’s enduring passion for the FE sector brought him to Bridgwater and Taunton College, where he is Director of Business Development and Marketing. During his four years at the College he has overseen a 15% year-on-year growth in apprenticeships, particularly in engineering, which has seen a 500% increase in the same period. Non-funded, commercial activity has become a strategic focus for the College, underpinned by an exemplary employer engagement model that has at its core a College-wide ‘can do’ approach and a commitment to exceptional customer service. This work earned the College a highly prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2016. Matt has been involved with the Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce as well as Somerset Chamber through his excellent links with businesses in his role at the College.

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Simon Williams

FROME AFFILIATES - FROME CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Simon Williams moved to Somerset in 1998, following a career in London training with Shell UK and Harrods. He now runs Williams Harris Ltd, a practice of Chartered Tax Advisors and Accountants, which combines its offer with part-time Finance Director services for SMEs, based from offices in Frome and Bishop Sutton. Simon is President of the Frome Chamber of Commerce and is joining the Somerset Chamber board as an Mendips Affiliate Director to help develop the town chamber network and increase support for local businesses.

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Nigel Pearce

Taunton Deane Affiliates - Taunton Chamber of Commerce

In addition to being a director of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce, Nigel is an Executive Committee member of the Taunton Chamber and also represents them as a board member on the Taunton Deane Partnership and the Taunton Cultural Consortium.

Nigel is a Chartered Architect and has run his own practice in Taunton for 25 years, the last 18 from his office in the Taunton High Street. His client base includes private, commercial and institutional organisations, and includes new build, conversions and works to historic buildings.

Nigel takes an active interest in local issues and was part of a consultation group working with Taunton Deane Council looking at the allocation of employment land. As part of the town business community, Nigel understands the concerns of local traders, but his work also takes him throughout Somerset and the South West generally, where links to regional businesses become equally important.

In his spare time Nigel enjoys visits to art galleries and museums, particularly if they have an architectural theme. He also enjoys history and attend visits and talks organised by local history groups.

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