Meet the Team
Kim Conchie - CEO
Since his appointment as CEO in early 2012 Kim has, through building a dedicated team and increasing the Chamber’s range of services, developed Cornwall Chamber of Commerce into an organisation that is firmly at the forefront of Cornwall’s business community.
This approach - extending ambition, redefining purpose, motivating teams and improving performance - has been a feature of his career.
A joint honours degree in English Literature and Economics allowed him to combine his interest in powerful narratives with a thorough grounding in business essentials and, after 18 months’ travelling, he took up the first of a number of commercial roles in the publishing sector. This experience (up to management level), led to his founding Brass Tacks Publishing in 1986. Under his stewardship, Brass Tacks became one of the UK’s leading contract publishers and website agencies, with Somerfield, Royal Mail, British Gas and the RFU among its many blue chip clients. He sold the company to Chime Communications in 2000, remaining as MD of their Bristol subsidiary until 2009.
Today, Kim is also a member of, and chairs, several business and education boards:
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 (SWIG)
Advisory Board member of Golden Tree Productions
Board member of Clean Cornwall
Director of Falmouth Rugby Club Enterprises
Director of Krowji
Member of Truro & Penwith College Business & Employment Council
Vice-president of Guy's Hospital RFC
Outside of work, his family (wife Sarah and three grown up children), his garden, boating and walking the Coast Path are sources of great enjoyment.
Mel Colton-Dyer - Chief Operating Officer
Mel’s role at the Chamber sees her making the most of her wide-reaching business experience. She started her career working in education followed by spells in recruitment and hospitality, with five years in France working for the British Council and Education Nationale, and 12 years as the Business Development Manager for Truro and Penwith College. This career path has shaped an extensive bank of contacts both in the UK and overseas, as well as developing specialisms in marketing, funding, change management and innovative business practices.
Known for her infectious enthusiasm and dedication to supporting businesses, business people and her own team, Mel is firmly ensconced at the heart of the Cornish business landscape. She holds a number of strategic positions including being Chair of SMART Cornwall and the Cornwall Business Support Delivery Board, and a trustee of iSight Cornwall. Mel is on the board of Cornwall Young Enterprise and represents private enterprise on the Local Enterprise Partnership Employment and Skills Board.
John Negus - Operations Manager
A Londoner by birth, a Cornishman by choice. Taking up his position at Cornwall Chamber of Commerce in February 2017 marked another new chapter in John’s working life. Having spent most of his career as an industrial engineer in London, Bristol and Hull, a move to Cornwall initially saw John taking up a variety of positions within the heritage sector.
He has worked in visitor services and operations management at the Telegraph Museum, the Royal Institution of Cornwall and Geevor Tin Mine, and has now transferred his skills to supporting the business sector.
Norma Heather - PA to Chief Executive Officer
Following a varied international career as a top-flight PA organising travel and diaries for directors who were very seldom in the office, Norma is the Chamber’s chief keeper of diaries and queen of export documents. She sits on the front desk and can be recognised as the voice of the Chamber on the telephone. Her advice is to be the best at what you have chosen as a career and her ambition is to drive a 16 wheeler!
Nicci Dunning - Membership Manager
Nicci started her career in the Cornwall business community at Business Cornwall magazine, where she had the chance to build lasting relationships, discover the love for networking and be at the forefront of all that Cornish businesses had to offer. Following this, Nicci worked for Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, which gave her a fantastic insight into the general Chamber ethos, British Chambers of Commerce and what membership benefits were available to help a wide variety of businesses in sector and size. In a dream world Nicci would love to be on the British Ski Team and live in the snowy Austrian mountains.
Laura Barnes - Marketing Manager
Raised by the rains of north Cornwall, Laura set her sights upon the world and left to travel it. With a background in press liaison and marketing for startups, Laura now connects SMEs with international opportunities and strategises the Chamber’s overall marketing. She is a lifelong believer in learning and her advice is never rest on your laurels. Having climbed volcanoes in flip flops and swum with sharks and seals, Laura’s quest for knowledge now lies closer to home. “I’ve always wanted to understand the economy”, she said. Our accreditation from the BCC allows her to gain a better understanding every day.
Darren Buckley - Network Coordinator
Darren was born in Oldham but raised in Cornwall from a young whippersnapper. He has spent all his working life cultivating his many business contacts here and has played football all over Cornwall for the last 25 years also cultivating friends and yet more business contacts. His current role as network connector could not be more perfect for him. Previous employment included training and development roles; working for Truro & Penwith College engaging with SME’s and most recently, a Group Training Manager for a large chain of hotels in the South West.
Darren is passionate about delivering the best advice to businesses in order to find the best solution led answers to their problems and to build bespoke training packages. He is on the board of Cornwall Young Enterprise and in his spare time is Chair of the Golf and Social Committee at Truro Golf Club. Darren likes to play golf at weekends but even there can be found networking and developing new connections between Cornish Businesses.
In his spare time, he is the resident DJ for his partner’s well-known Motown band. Just call him DJ Daz!
Naomi Copperwait - Events Executive
Naomi is the newest addition to the Chamber team with a passion for delivering high quality events. A graduate from Bath Business school, Naomi has ran events for large companies including St Mellion International Resort and Boss event services. A keen traveller, Naomi’s seen a bit of the world and her heart lies here in Cornwall in connecting the business community. At the Chamber, she is the first port of call for all events, including our prestigious networking breakfast and lunches and our established Cornwall Business Fair.
Chlöe Davison - Digital Marketing Assistant
Having grown up in Cornwall, Chlöe is a lover of all things Cornish and is one of the best-connected members of staff at the Chamber! After finishing her A Levels at Truro College, she took a year out to see some of the world and blogged her way around it. Joining the Chamber in September 2018 as a Digital Marketing Apprentice, Chlöe has transformed the website, undertaking. She can be often seen running around at events with a camera.
Dale Nettle - Office Support Assistant
Born and raised in Cornwall, Dale has a passion for the Cornish way of life, especially pasties! His first job was a full-time position in retail, in which he acquired excellent customer service skills. His work in Environmental Health & Trading Standards introduced him to the business community. Having joined the Chamber in May 2018 as a Business Administration Apprentice, Dale has become an asset. One piece of advice Dale would give to everyone is “Don’t suffer in silence, there’s nothing wrong with asking for help every once in a while”. An ability or skill he as always wanted to learn is practical effects for film/TV.
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