Meet the Team
Kim Conchie - Chief Executive
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 demonstrated his interest in people, stories and data and, after 18 months’ travelling, he took on a number of commercial roles in publishing. 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 Lord Bell’s 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 - Business Connections Manager
Mel Colton-Dyer is the Head of Business Connections and Skills 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.
Paul Holmes - Business Relationship and Account Manager
Paul has been working in supply chain development and business promotion for some thirty years having organised scores of British Pavilions at overseas exhibitions and run countless inward and outward trade missions for a wide variety of industry sectors to mainland Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and China.
Paul joined Cornwall Chamber in June 2016 as Business Relationship and Account Manager and is responsible for growing membership numbers and ensuring all members take full and regular advantage of the opportunities, activities and benefits available through membership.
Jason Sugden - Marketing and Events Manager
Originally from Hertfordshire, Jason moved to Cornwall in 2013. He has held a number of marketing and event roles in the county and brings experience of marketing products and services to the public and private sectors to the Chamber.
Helen Bishop-Stephens - Marketing Account Manager
Vicki Sutcliffe - Marketing Assistant
John Negus - Office Manager
A Londoner by birth, A Cornishman by choice. Working in London, Bristol and Hull John spent most of his career as an industrial engineer. As this is incompatible with Cornwall he made a conscious decision to move into the heritage sector and spent some 15 years there. Finally John transferred his skills to the business sector by joining the Chamber in February 2017 as the Office Manager.
Lorraine Pearce - Accounts and Export Administrator
Norma Heather - Membership and Export Administrator
Laura Barnes - International Marketing Manager
Laura grew up in Cornwall before embarking on teaching and community projects around the world. Returning to Falmouth in 2014, she worked as a freelance marketing and PR consultant for a raft of small businesses in Cornwall. At the Chamber, Laura manages the Export for Growth programme, offering free advice to help with accessing new markets.