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MEET THE TEAM
Kim Conchie DL - 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 Governors at Truro School
Director of South West Investment Group (SWIG)
Advisory Board member of Golden Tree Productions
Director of Creative Kernow
Member of Truro & Penwith College Business & Employment Council
Vice-president of Guy's Hospital RFC
Trustee of Cornwall Community Foundation
Deputy Lieutenant of Cornwall
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.
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.
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.
In his spare time he can be found on the Golf Course and he is the resident DJ for his partner’s well-known Motown band. Just call him DJ Daz!
Naomi Copperwait - Events Executive
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.
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.
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