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I joined the Chamber as CEO in the Autumn of 2018, although I have worked closely with the Chamber and the team since 2013. My career has been spent predominately within a business to business environment however I have been fortunate that the industry sectors I worked within covered retail, construction, manufacturing, automotive, marketing and advertising.
I have experienced in operating with blue chip companies and organisations across the UK and Europe in both the Private and Public Sectors, a sound knowledge and in depth understanding of clients from leisure, travel, pharmaceutical, marine and charity, gained from working for some of the best PLC's and companies across the UK. I have a strong business acumen and knowledge of developing and growing an organisation both in terms of sales and recognising talented people. I am passionate about networking and developing strong working relationships.
Outside of work I’m a keen white-water kayaker and make the most of the brilliant rivers in and around our two National Parks in the South West. If I’m not out enjoying the countryside I’ve probably got my head under the bonnet of an old Land Rover tinkering away.
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 was fortunate enough to join the team at Somerset Chamber of Commerce in November 2017. As the Membership Manager, it is my responsibility to acquire and retain members. Primarily, my role involves networking and understanding individual business needs to ultimately facilitate growth for businesses based in Somerset.
Prior to Chamber, I was a recruitment consultant and have operated in the Oil & Gas and Construction sectors. Other areas of work have included working as a freelancer editing CV’s and cover letters, teaching English in Vietnam, teaching marketing to university students, and various retail & hospitality. I have also run a men’s accessories website which imported from the Far East and sold to the UK.
At university, I studied BA International Tourism Management with Business at Middlesex and achieved a First-Class Honours. I have always been interested in travel & understanding culture and I am privileged to have had the opportunity to explore many countries (good examples include Vietnam, Bahrain and Italy). Currently, I am a member of Taunton Round Table and enjoy learning the Spanish language in my spare time.
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 2014, my role is to manage the busy events programme from strategy and planning to promotion. We currently hold over 60 events annually. The aim of our events is to provide value, information and networking opportunities for our members.
I have some experience in events organising which I developed during my role as Vice President of the Junior Common Room Committee at Reading University. This was a voluntarily role which I thoroughly enjoyed in between my studies in Consumer Behaviour and Marketing. I have also worked in residential lettings, retail and private health insurance.
I am Somerset born and bred and very proud of this although I am also half-Mauritian and try to see the family as often as I can (funds allowing). In my spare time I like to bake but am no match for Mary Berry sadly! I also love being outdoors. During summer if I’m not at the beach I will either be in the garden with a book, on my bike or enjoying a walk in the country.
I joined the chamber in August 2016, having started as their Advanced Business & Administration Apprentice. As an apprentice I was able to learn new skills and take on new roles which is how I found my interest in events. I now work closely on events alongside the Events Manager on many of the administrative parts. It is always special to attend an event and see the enjoyment of the delegates, knowing you played a part in it.
Outside of work I like to stay active, I am currently part of a Modern & Latin Dance group which I attend weekly as I am passionate about dance. I also do regular yoga which I feel is a great way to relax. Cooking is another passion of mine, if I’m not dancing I’ll be in the kitchen cooking up a tasty treat.
I had previously lived in France for 7 years, which was a great experience for me, however Somerset is my home and I am happy to be back. From this I can now speak fluent French as well as having the growing passion for travel, having been to places like New York, Las Vegas, Venice and Barcelona.
My role is PA to the CEO. I also provide secretarial and administrative support to the team.
I joined the chamber in October 2018. I previously worked as a GP receptionist, a support worker for young adults and for a portacabin company. So quite a varied career.
I hope my colleagues would describe me as friendly, confident, fun and honest.
I’m a fully qualified dog groomer. I have an American Akita called Bear who is 48kgs and very fluffy! I wanted to learn how to groom her myself, so I took the course.
I joined the Chamber in January 2014 as Data Co-ordinator for the Hinkley Supply Chain Team and have developed my career from there to the position I am in now within the growing team. The development of the project grows in scale and complexity weekly and I never tire of the new challenges thrown in my direction. Working with the Chamber means there is never a dull moment and despite the obvious hard work that everyone does, there is always time for junk food and a laugh at somebody else’s expense.
I have a diverse working history, from dabbling in pub management to a varied career within the marketing sector and this has taken me to some very different parts of the country. I moved back to Somerset in 2011, making the decision to bring my child up surrounded by the same glorious West Country surroundings that I enjoyed as a child, and certainly for the foreseeable future I can’t see me wanting to leave the South West.
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.