Board of Directors
Toby Parkins - Cornwall Chamber of Commerce (President) / Headforwards
Kim Conchie - Cornwall Chamber of Commerce (CEO)
Kim Conchie read joint honours in English Literature and Economics at Cardiff University. After a few years travelling and a number of commercial roles within publishing companies, Kim founded Brass Tacks Publishing in 1986 and ran it until he sold the company to Chime Communications plc in 2000. Kim remained managing director of the Bristol office of that company which publishes customer magazines and websites until 2009.
He is now Chief Executive of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and chair of several business and education boards across Cornwall.
Kim was chairman of the customer publishing industry's trade association (APA) in 1997-8 and a regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars.
Kim is also:
Chair of Cornwall’s Raising Aspiration & Achievement Strategy (RAAS)
Chair of Governors at Truro School
Trustee of BF Adventure, children’s charity
Director of South West Investment Group
Advisory Board member of Golden Tree Productions
Board member of Clean Cornwall
Director of Falmouth Rugby Club Enterprises
Director of Creative Kernow
Member of Truro & Penwith College Business & Employment Council
Vice-president of Guy's Hospital RFC
These positions plus his fishing boat, walking the Coast Path, garden and family (wife Sarah and three children) take up most of his time.
Mel Colton-Dyer - Cornwall Chamber of Commerce (Company Secretary)
Mel Colton-Dyer is the Chief Operating Officer for Cornwall Chamber of Commerce. She has a wide ranging business background which started with a Directorship in Theatre-in-Education, powered through senior hospitality & work based/further education roles, working for 5 years in France for the British Council and Education Nationale and 12 years as the Business Development Manager for Truro and Penwith College, and is now firmly anchored at the heart of the business landscape supporting Cornish businesses. She is the Chair of SMART Cornwall & Isles of Scilly and the Cornwall Business Support Delivery Board, a trustee of iSight Cornwall, on the Board of Cornwall Young Enterprise and represents private enterprise on the Local Enterprise Partnership Employment and Skills Board amongst other strategic activities. Mel specialises in marketing, innovation, funding and change management.
Davina Haydon - Stephens Scown
Natercia Hughes - Bishop Fleming
Natercia Hughes is an experienced manager at Bishop Fleming. Nat joined the Truro office in 1999, and qualified as Certified Chartered Accountant in 2005. Nat specialises in the not-for-profit sector and holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting.
As well as being a Director for Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, Nat’s other community roles and involvement include:
• Trustee for the Special Partnership Trust;
• Trustee and Treasurer for Stepping Stones pre-school (Cornwall);
• Cornwall Young Enterprise judge; and
• Organising fundraising activities and events for local Cornish charities.
Born in Mozambique, educated in Zimbabwe before moving to Brighton, Nat lives in St Austell, is married with two children, and enjoys spending time with her family and the great outdoors.
Raoul Humphreys - Cornwall College
Raoul Humphreys Principal and Chief Executive of The Cornwall College Group. Raoul has worked at the College in a variety of roles including finance, development, Head of College and more recently Deputy Chief Executive.
Raoul was born in St. Ives and attended secondary education at Humphry Davy School in Penzance. After spending several years in the Armed forces serving in the Royal Artillery he went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in the SE of England. As well as traditional accountancy work Raoul specialised in Corporate Recovery.
Alongside his role at the College Raoul is Managing Director of the Concorde Group; a Director and Trustee of both Pool Academy and The Cornwall Food Foundation; and a member of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Employment and Skills Board.
Raoul is married with five children and enjoys living and making the most of the natural environment in the West of Cornwall.
Ed Mitchell - South West Water Business
Ed is Director of Environment and Sustainability at Pennon Group, the FTSE 250 company that owns South West Water, Bournemouth Water and Viridor. He is also Director of Wastewater Services for South West Water.
Ed is a Non-Executive Director of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor, a not-for-profit company he helped set up which provides water, sanitation and hygiene services to people living in slums in the developing world. He is a Trustee of the South West Lakes Trust, a charity that provides recreational and educational opportunities for people from all walks of life based around several major lakes in the South West of England. Ed also chairs the Canal and River Trust Environmental Advisory Group
Previous roles include Executive Director at the Environment Agency, Director of Environment and Corporate Responsibility at RWE Thames Water, Environment Manager at GlaxoSmithKline and Special Advisor at Defra and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Kate Wild - Wild West Communications
With over 30 years' experience in consumer and business to business public relations, Kate Wild is Founder & Managing Director of Wild West Communications and Founder & Chief Executive of London based PR company, Wild Card.
Based in Truro (with a satellite office in Bristol), Wild West offers a combination of local understanding and national reach to a range of South West businesses. Clients range from Ginsters of Cornwall, Rodda’s and Kelly’s of Cornwall, to Watergate Bay Hotel, Tresco Island, The Nare and Falmouth Harbour Commissioners. There is a team of 14 in the Wild West offices and 30 in London.
Cornish born and bred, Kate plays an active role within Cornwall’s public, charitable and business community. In addition to sitting on the Chamber board, she co-chairs the Cornwall Macmillan Christmas Fair, which last year raised £64,000 for Cornwall’s cancer patients, and recently chaired the Eden Project Connecting for Cornwall breakfasts. She is a Deputy Lieutenant for Cornwall and sits on the panel for Young & Talented Cornwall – The Lord Lieutenant’s Fund for Youth.
Kate works across the Wild West and Wild Card client base delivering strategic consultancy, with specific input on issue and crisis management as required.
Jacky Swain - Commercial Estates Group
Jacky has worked as the Corporate Communications & Site Manager for the Carlyon Bay development in St Austell since 2003 and is also involved with the Treledan development in Saltash for Commercial Estates Group. Together with the day job and Board Member of the Cornwall Chamber she has various voluntary roles, Chair of the Aspire Academy Trust – 21 Primary Schools across the County, Director of Askel Veur – the Diocese of Truro Academies, a Director of the St Austell Bay Economic Forum and is a Trustee of the Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum. When she’s not working she enjoys walking her Labrador in the Cornish countryside and getting out on the water of St Austell Bay.
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