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I have spent my career working in business to business sales roles across a variety of sectors including Insurance, Shipping and Physical Trading. Having moved to Somerset from Hampshire in 2015, I joined the Somerset Chamber of Commerce team as the Membership Sales Manager.
Working with the Chamber in Somerset is a great opportunity to do what I love; namely working with businesses to provide opportunities for them to develop both their organisation and their customer base. Getting to know a company's offering and people develops strong business relationships as well as ensuring they are getting the most from their membership of the Chamber.
Outside work much of my time is taken up with my young family but when I have time I enjoy motorcycling including squeezing in a European track day every year or so. I love to cook and a glass of wine or two often features with friends although their presence is not a necessity!
I joined the Chamber full time in February 2011 looking after and expanding the Chamber events programme. At the start of 2012 I was offered a permanent role within the Chamber to look after the marketing and communication, a new challenge but one I’ve enjoyed. This is a full time position at the Chamber.
My working background is varied to say the least starting my career with a short teaching job in India and then back to a role in technical customer support for a security software company. During my time there I took a 6 month sabbatical to explore the world and came back a little wiser and more adventurous. I then moved onto work for a challenge events company working with charities, corporates and individuals.
For the past 14 years I have worked in bars and restaurants (running alongside other jobs) which, for those of you that know me will know, fulfils my need to chat and socialise.
I enjoy keeping active with rock climbing, salsa dancing and running (time allowing) taking key roles in my life. Rock climbing in particular has had a significant impact over the years taking me to a variety of gorgeous locations and allowing me to meet my husband.
I joined the Chamber in March 2019 after a brief spell with a local marketing agency. Prior to that I was the external communications manager at both Hinkley Point B and Hinkley Point C but my background is in local media. I’ve worked for more years than I care to remember in local newspapers and for broadcast media – from Shetland in the far north, down to Devon. But I’m Taunton born and bred, so I’ve spent most of my newspaper career in Somerset.
I help to promote the good work of the Chamber, its members and patrons and the Hinkley Supply Chain Team, issuing press releases, liaising with media and stakeholders and writing articles for the Chamber website, newsletter and magazine.
I was once on Blockbusters – the original version, not the latter-day imposter! I failed miserably (not a surprise) but I do treasure my Blockbusters dictionary signed by the lovely Bob Holness.
I joined the Chamber in September 2021 after working as a Retail Marketing Assistant for three years.
My role is to assist with the organisation & administration of events for Somerset Chamber of Commerce whilst also achieve desired client satisfaction and organisational expectations. My role also involves marketing and actively promoting upcoming events to our members on all social media platforms.
I really enjoy the opportunity to meet new people and enjoy being able to make new connections with different business as well as also being able to organise and attend various events at lovely local venues within Somerset.
I think that my team would describe me as being a bubbly, funny, friendly and happy person to work with. I always work well within a team and I am always on hand and keen to offer support and encourage to my colleagues when needed.
I own two Dalmatians, Dolly aged five years and Pongo aged 11 years. I have had Dolly since she was a tiny Puppy and I recused Pongo from Spain four years ago and would be lost without them. I enjoy taking them on holidays to Devon & Cornwall, long beach and field walks and we enjoy meeting up with fellow spotty obsessed Dalmatian owners for a “Dally Rally” on the Brean Sands. I also own far too many Dalmatian print inspired items!!
I joined the Chamber team as part of the Kickstart scheme at the beginning of July 2021. This was following 18 months travelling and working in Australia after completing my Bachelor of Laws at University.
My working background consists mostly of retail and hospitality positions with strong customer facing roles. My role within the Chamber consists of administering the Kickstart scheme as a gateway and assisting with Events preparation. This means I get to assist employers with offering new opportunities to young people and assist in preparing for business networking events. You may see me on the door at one of the Chamber events coming up!
When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time in rural Cornwall with my partner, horse riding, swimming, paddle boarding, coastal walking, and enjoying good food!
I have worked for the Chamber since October 2018. Prior to this I was working for the MoD, purchasing in service support for the Army and Navy Wildcat helicopter.
My role is focused around gearing-up local businesses for opportunities at Hinkley Point. I spend my days going out to visit local businesses, networking, making connections & signposting businesses to their opportunity.
I like helping connect local businesses with their opportunity at HPC and knowing that the Hinkley Supply Chain Team are helping to provide a lasting legacy for the local and regional economy. I really enjoy meeting new people and seeing the diversity of the offerings of local businesses.
I think my colleagues would describe me as being chatty, happy, friendly & trustworthy. I hope they would say I am a team player who is always happy to help.
On a personal note, I come from a large family and people might be surprised to discover there's a 23 year age gap between my oldest sibling and my youngest sibling!
I joined the Chamber in May 2015 and am responsible for the data that is held within the Hinkley Supply Chain. Working closely with South West businesses to promote investment into the area, my role involves ensuring that companies within Somerset are given the opportunity to bid for work on the construction of the Hinkley Point C power station.
I have a varied working history including stints in automotive sales, working for HMRC’s Business Support Team, estimating and project management for a local carpentry contractor, through to my last role running a team of garage equipment and diagnostic engineers throughout the South West.
I have lived in Bridgwater my whole life and take an active part in the local community. I am club captain of one of Bridgwater’s largest Carnival Clubs and although this takes up the majority of my free time, I also manage to cram in playing skittles once a week for my local pub and watching as much live sport as I can. This includes frequent trips to Somerset CCC, various PDC darts tournaments, and travelling up the M5/M6 to watch my beloved Manchester United – a hobby that has seen me travel the length and breadth of the country as well as enjoying several trips to the continent – all this added with being a new father and trying to make sense of the new world both my son and I find myself in.