We are a voluntary team of local people who work together in the best interests of Torbay’s business community. We organise networking events, prepare briefings, facilitate visits by dignitaries, input into Policy development, represent business interests at meetings, as well as support and promote important projects for Torbay.
Management & Leadership professional and owner of S Barrett Consulting, supporting individuals and organisations with their strategic, leadership or team-related challenges. Over 25 years’ experience in the global chemical and pharmaceutical sector, blended with active roles in the local voluntary arena. Chartered Manager, Member of the Chartered Management Institute and Affiliate of the Exeter Leadership Network, Centre for Leadership Studies (University of Exeter). Actively involved in smooth running of TBF Events.
Human resources specialist and owner of enlightenHR for the past 10 years, advising many SMEs. Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Big supporter of the Business Forum’s events. Organiser of the TBF Business Festival.
eBusiness director of long established Torquay based IT & marketing agency, Insignia Creative. Director of local property company with residential and commercial interests in the Torbay area. Keen enthusiasm for outdoor sports and is an RYA Dinghy Instructor.
With 3 decades of experience, Martin is a valued problem solver in financial management, managing multi-million pound portfolios for professional clients. A graduate in economics with specialism in regional development, he has successfully built Pilgrims Rest Cottages his own award-winning venture in tourism from scratch at the beginning of the financial recession. Martin was a founder of Torbay ‘Street Pastors’ and is currently Director of a locally based national charity, Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN).
Director of Economic Strategy & Performance for the Torbay Development Agency, responsible for TDA’s business support, inward investment and workspace activities. Also a member of the Heart of the SW’s management group and the Growth Acceleration & Investment Network (GAIN) steering group. Governor at a local primary school.
Vice-Chairman of Torbay Business Forum. Director of IMS Marketing and Senior Consultant in career management and executive coaching. Previously Chair of Torbay FSB, member of Brixham Chamber, founder member of the Brixham Means Business and Creative Thinking Torbay. Awarded Woman of the Year in the first ever South Devon Women of Achievement Awards.
Chairman of TBF for 2015 and former Vice-Chairman since March 2013. Partner of Bishop Fleming, Chartered Accountants in Torquay, heading up the Business Services Team looking after local family owned businesses across many sectors. Passionate about the regeneration of Torbay both physically and in the business sense. Trustee of Torbay Advice Network, a charity providing training to frontline advisors to those trying to access the benefits system.
Managing Partner, Wollen Michelmore Solicitors, Torquay. Previously Chair of the English Riviera Tourism Company. Chair Law Management Section, Law Society. Chair Practice Management Sub-Committee, Devon and Somerset Law Society Trustee, Friends of South Devon College. Vice Chairman South Devon Cricket Club.
Section Head of Business & Professional curriculum at South Devon College and responsible for Business Advantage the College’s one stop shop for business training and apprenticeships. Since moving to Devon in 2011 Rachael has received numerous awards for her work at the college including Association of Accounting Technician Training provider of the year 2015, Champion 2016 and finalist apprenticeship provider in 2017, Pearson Teaching Certificate of Excellence award 2014 and South Devon Skills Award 2013 – The Tutor, Trainer or Mentor who most inspires others to learn. Most recently Rachael was part of the team awarded Apprenticeship employer of the year in the 2017 Business Awards.
Business Consultant for UK and France to Markslojd AB Sweden. Committee member Torbay FSB, Member of LEP transport special interest advisory group. Associate of Leisure and Outdoor Furniture Association. Working closely on the TBF Business Festival in Sept.
Relationship Director for Barclays Bank, responsible for hospitality, leisure, manufacturing and professional services sectors in South Devon. Past President of the Chartered Institute of Bankers for Torbay and Exeter. Trustee of Newton Abbot & District Recreational Trust Ltd, Chairman of Havencare (South West) Ltd, supporting people who have a learning disability and behavioural challenges. Director, Morden Solutions (UK) Ltd, business consultants dealing in people and culture change management. Treasurer of TBF.
Chartered Accountant, member of the TBF Executive since 2005 and owner of Richardson Hotels, with two hotels in Torquay. For 10 days in 2007, he was Chairman of Torquay United Football Club. Trustee of Torquay Boys Grammar School since 2004.
Director of Bays Brewery, a multiple award-winning, family run business based in Torbay, producing and delivering to hundreds of pubs, restaurants and shops all over the South West and further afield. Also Managing Director of SSG training and consultancy based in Plymouth for over 10 years. Actively involved in the TBF Business Festival planning.
Former business owner of Harbour Sports, Frank Sobey is a lecturer at South Devon College, offering business and personal mentoring to people of all ages. Columnist at the Herald Express and a big supporter of the Business Forum’s events, always brings a smile to the occasions.
Lead accountant at accounting4everything, James won the British Accountancy Awards ‘Practioner of the Year’ in 2015. An avid network organiser within the Bay, he is the co-founder and director of @TorbayHour on Twitter reaching 100,000’s each week promoting business in Torbay. Actively involved with TBF events for past year and also helped set up @torbaybusiness, the official Twitter account of the Torbay Business Forum.
Owner of Donna Wynne Virtual Assistance, helping you to manage your business better by providing professional administrative services. Over 15 years experience providing senior administrative support working for Astra Zeneca in Brixham. Has enjoyed giving secretarial assistance to the Torbay Business Forum and its Executive since March 2013.