Malcolm Bell, Visit Cornwall
Malcolm is the Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall. Previous appointments include Director and Chief Executive of South West Tourism and Director of Economic Development Devon and Cornwall TEC where he was instrumental in supporting the development of key projects such as The Eden Project and National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. He is Chair of South West Lakes Ltd, a Governor of Cornwall College, a Trustee of Cornwall Food Foundation, Chair of Cornwall School of Tourism as well as being an advisor to the European Commission since 2005. He is a Fellow of the Tourism Society, Fellow of Tourism Management Institute and Fellow of Academy of Food and Wine Service.
Fiona and Charlie from Cornwall 365
Michèle Poynter and Sam Taylor, Retail Fixers
Michèle Poynter: Owner of Mish, a multi-award winning, multi-channel lingerie business. Chair of Wadebridge Chamber of Commerce, listed in the Insider 42, Under 42s and currently shortlisted for three national Drapers awards.
Sam Taylor: Owner and founder of Digi-Quick, a sector-leading e-commerce business selling digital accessories. Along with Michele, Sam launched Retail Fixers: a retail consultancy offering fellow retailers their expertise and experience.
John Harvey, Samphire Club
With over 30 years’ experience in business development and client management John Harvey, founder of the Samphire Club, is one of the UK’s leading experts in the field of business networking. John’s approach to networking focuses on building meaningful relationships and freely sharing knowledge and contacts.
Matthew Thomson, Fifteen Cornwall
Matthew’s path to Fifteen zig-zagged from Cornwall Coliseum via London kitchens, restaurants and bars (proud winner ‘Best Kept Cellar’ Award 1987!) and various business, government and social enterprise roles.
Mark Trevethan, Cornwall Council
Al Titterington, Cornwall Airport Newquay
Managing Director of Cornwall Airport Newquay since 2010, Al Titterington has significant experience in airport operations and management having worked at other UK airports and on aviation projects in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.
Miles Carden, Aerohub
Miles Carden has worked in the property industry for 30 years. Since 2014 Miles has led the development of Spaceport Cornwall at Cornwall Airport Newquay. An ambitious and bold project to deliver safe low-cost access to space and offer a complete space launch and tracking solution in the UK from 2020.
James Neale, Idenna Creative
Sony Academy award-nominated scriptwriter James Neale is Creative Director at Idenna Creative and has worked as a creative since 1998. He specialises in helping businesses utilise the right tools and techniques to deliver brilliant results.
Sara Pugh, Eight Wire
David McGuire, Radix Communications
Aren Grimshaw, Minchin & Grimshaw
Aren Grimshaw is a performance marketing specialist and co-founder of Minchin & Grimshaw, a marketing agency with offices in London and Cornwall.
Annette Burgess has been assessing for 18 years and specialises in accessible accommodation. She leads the VisitEngland assessor team, awarding official star ratings to accommodation businesses across the country. Vicky Howell joined the VisitEngland quality team five years ago, where she has responsibility for VisitEngland’s wide range of official quality schemes.
Clare Howdle, Stranger Collective
For over 15 years Clare Howdle, co-founder and director of Stranger Collective, has crafted words that connect: for international tech companies, global charities, local challenger brands and more. She loves the thinking bit that comes before the writing bit and is certain that stories make the world go round.
Development Chef, James Strawbridge
Development Chef James Strawbridge has worked in food and drink for over a decade. James started his career as a TV presenter, chef and sustainable living expert; he has an extensive broadcast portfolio presenting lifestyle, travel and cookery shows for the BBC and ITV. James has worked with Levi Roots on new products for the Co-op, developed award-winning products in Waitrose and created dynamic and colourful sub-brands for Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, and Delta Airlines.
Kirsty McAuley, Coodes Solicitors
Kirsty McAuley provides businesses with specialist legal advice throughout their life cycle, from starting up right through to succession and sale. Kirsty has been heavily involved in the new data protection legislation and helps local businesses manage the expectations set out in the regulations.
Katie Cavell, European Affairs Adviser
Katie Cavell is a freelance European Affairs Adviser and since 2013 has been the Cornwall Brussels Representative. Katie has 12 years’ experience of working with European Union policy and affairs in Brussels.
Sonya Bassett, Coodes Solicitors
Sonya Bassett qualified as a corporate lawyer in 2003. After working at a top international law firm in both the UK and US, Sonya relocated to Cornwall where she began working as a corporate lawyer. Sonya joined Coodes in April 2014 and is a partner heading up the Corporate and Commercial team.
Cornwall Chamber of Commerce
Cornwall Chamber of Commerce inspires, connects and supports all businesses in Cornwall and Scilly. They are an independent, not-for-profit organisation that works hard to improve our county’s economic prosperity and represents Cornish business interests on a local, regional, national and international level.
James Bemrose, Business Development Adviser at Truro and Penwith College
Business Development Adviser at Truro and Penwith College, James Bemrose has a passion to help grow businesses, with significant public, private and voluntary sector experience in business development. He loves helping people and teams boost their productivity and effectiveness.
Acceleration Through Innovation
Successful business owners know that they need to innovate to stay ahead. Acceleration Through Innovation (ATI) is supporting business innovation across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, led by Plymouth University and innovation experts.
Jules Burton, Client Services Officer for Unlocking Potential, is hugely talented at talking to businesses and helping them get the support they need. Jules is on the end of the phone to give you quick, reliable access to knowledge and the support you need to help your business grow.
Hospitality Table Cornwall
Hospitality Table Cornwall is an ESF-funded development project. Their objective is to create the space and capacity for hospitality sector employers to come together, engage and collaborate with Truro Penwith College to create new vocational career pathways.
Ann Vandermeulen, FSB
Cornwall Development Manager for the FSB, Ann Vandermeulen says “From my roots in our family business & large corporations, my role for the last 19 years has been supporting small businesses and lobbying on their behalf with key stakeholders.”
Neil Stark, Eden Project
Neil Stark is Operations Director at the Eden Project and is passionate about delivering customer experiences that resonate. He moved to Cornwall a decade ago following a career in retail and lives in Newquay.
Tania Clark, Red Hotels
Tania Clark came to Bedruthan 12 years ago with no sustainability knowledge. Now, with experience in a variety of roles, her passion is planet, local community and people for Bedruthan and Scarlet hotels.
Simon Thomason, Glisten Camping
Manda Brookman, CoaST One Planet Tourism Network
Chris Knight, St Austell Brewery
Chris Knight is Curator and PR Manager at St Austell Brewery but also sits on the company’s Environmental Steering Committee and Charitable Trust Donations team, helping to promote sustainability across the board.
Pat Smith, Final Straw Cornwall
Pat Smith owns Bosinver Farm Cottages, near St Austell, winner of VisitEngland’s Family Friendly Accommodation of the Year 2017 and CSA’s Connecting Your Business with Nature award. She is a grandmother, COAST Ambassador and champion of sustainable business. In November 2017 Pat co-founded Final Straw Cornwall.
Angela Waine is the assessor for eCo Cornwall, Quality in Cornwall and The David Bellamy environmental scheme. She runs a small commercial farm – farming with nature and protecting the ecology and environment.
Beach Guardian CIC is based in Cornwall and organises community beach cleans and educational workshops with schools and other groups to connect people with the environment, improving health and wellbeing.
Newquay Marine Group
Laura Guy is the chair and co-founder of Newquay Marine Group. A community group that works to educate and promote the amazing coastline and seas that Newquay has to offer. The group runs a variety of talks, activities, events and campaigns about the wildlife we see on our shores, the issues they face and the ways everyone can get involved in marine conservation.
Neil Smirthwaite, The Benevolent Business
Nell Smirthwaite is the founder of The Benevolent Business blog and says “A mum of two young daughters, I grew up in Cornwall and have come home to be by the sea and the moor. I love a good chat over a pint by the beach!”