Chairman / Non-Executive Director / Board Advisor



Big Business Experience

Shearings Hotels Ltd

Torbay Economic Development Company

Small Business Experience

Young Devon

Visit Devon


A successful, dynamic, respected and trusted business leader, Chair, Non-Executive Director, Trustee and Chair of Governors, who has significant operational and leadership experience, who leverages a strong business network locally and nationally.

Currently the Chair of Visit Devon, Torquay Economic Development Company, Young Devon, and the Torquay Town Deal Board. Chair of Torquay Academy. Non-Executive Director of The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership.

Formerly Managing Director of Shearings Hotels Ltd, which was part of the Specialist Leisure Group up until May 2020. Shearings Hotels owned and operated 50 hotels, located all around the UK with a turnover of over £68m employing over 1600 F.T.E.


  • Governance Leadership Programme
  • Diploma in Management Studies
  • Higher National Certificate in Business Studies

Key areas of Expertise

  • Chairing Boards / Board Relations
  • Corporate Governance
  • Stakeholder Engagement / Relations
  • Mediating / Conflict Resolution
  • Strategic Planning
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Business Turnarounds
  • Collaborating with others to build successful teams & organisations
  • Due Diligence
  • Health & Safety
  • Risk Management
  • Property Management


A successful, established and experienced Chair, who is committed to delivering the highest standards of corporate governance. A known and committed advocate of the seven principles of public life, who strives to instil and maintain the highest possible standards of corporate governance.

An open, honest person who passionately wants to make a real difference in life, by adding value, by using my wealth of skills, expertise and experience to the benefit of the organisations and the stakeholders I serve.

A strategic thinker with an ability to see the bigger picture, with a proven track record of being able to bring people of opposing views together to negotiate and deliver successful outcomes.

Has a proven track record of working and collaborating with others, building successful teams and achieving outstanding success.

A strong communicator who always has the time to listen and learn from others.

Understands what it takes to steer, manage and grow a large, complex and successful business, having successfully led Shearings Hotels, formerly part of the Specialist Leisure Group (SLG), for 28 years until selling my stake in the business in 2016.