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Excellence in Devon Business Conference
Friday 03/02/2017 - Friday 03/02/2017

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Following the success of Devon Chamber's Business Conference in 2016 we invite you to join us for our Excellence in Devon Conference 2017. The conference will bring you a range of industry speakers who will inspire you with their achievements and make you proud to live, work and do business in Devon.

The day will include:
- Mini Business Expo
- Industry expert speakers
- Networking Lunch

Delegates can break out and enjoy a networking lunch whilst browsing our mini business expo before gearing up for an afternoon debate.

Date: Friday 3rd February

Time: 09:00-15:00

Venue: Exeter Racecourse, Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7XS

Price: Members £30+VAT/ Non-Members: £40+VAT - tickets include lunch

For the opportunity to have a stand at the Mini Business Expo please contact Gina on gina.keith@devonchamber.co.uk. Stands are limited and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.




Dr Adam Marshall - Director General British Chambers of Commerce

Adam Marshall was appointed Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce in October 2016. His principal role is to represent and champion the interests of accredited Chambers of Commerce and their tens of thousands of business members – covering every size and sector of business, and employing over five million people in the UK.



Anne Walker MBE - Founder International Dance Supplies

Dance teacher, Choreographer, business women, mentor and coach. Anne Walker MBE has been all of these during her successful career. Anne moved to Devon permanently in 1985 to run her growing dancewear business International Dance Supplies based in Newton Abbot which had sales of £15,000 in the first year. Since then the business has grown from strength to strength and many of Anne’s achievements at IDS have been driven by the hopes and dreams she had as a Dance teacher. One of Anne’s passions is to share the business knowledge she has learnt over many years with other business owners.


Guy Watson -Farmer, Founder and Creator of Riverford Organic Farmers 

Devonian farmer behind Riverford Organic Farmers and its home-delivered vegetable boxes. From one man and a wheelbarrow to an award-winning organic delivery company, Guy started delivering vegetable locally to 30 friends in Devon, now Riverford Organic Farmers deliver about 47,000 boxes a week to homes around the UK.


Merry Whitaker - Co founder of LoveKeepCreate 

The Clothing Keepsake Company.  Recently featured on BBC2’s Dragons’ Den, Merry and her business partner Rachel have seen great success and rapid growth for their Devon-based textile keepsake business.  Securing investment from Deborah Meaden, LoveKeepCreate has gone from the kitchen table to a workforce of 20, producing over 5000 keepsakes last year.


Dr. Kevin Bishop - Chief Executive, Dartmoor National Park

Kevin Bishop joined Dartmoor National Park Authority in October 2007 as Chief Executive/National Park Officer.  He leads for the English National Parks on agricultural and rural development issues.

Prior to joining Dartmoor National Park he was Director for Environment and Regeneration at the Welsh Local Government Association, a Member of the Countryside Council for Wales (2004-2008), RSPB’s Committee for Wales and the Council for National Parks Welsh Advisory Group.  He has advised the Scottish Government on national park models and is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (part of the International Union for Conservation of Nature).

Kevin currently sits on the BBC’s Rural Affairs Committee.


Matthew RoachManaging Director, Exeter International Airport

Exeter born and bred, Matt Roach studied at St James High School, Exeter College and attended Cardiff University before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte. His first senior finance role was at Whitbread where he held the Director of Finance position for a number of Marriott hotels. Matt moved back to Exeter in 2005 and progressed through several roles at Exeter International Airport before becoming Managing Director in 2011.  As well as the transport representative on the Exeter Chamber of Commerce Board, Matt is a Governor at Exeter College and also sits on the Exeter & Heart of Devon Growth Board.


Matthew BarnesRegional Development Manager, Great Western Railway

As Regional Development Manager, Matt works with stakeholders across the South West to shape rail strategy and bring forward transformational projects for stations and services at the heart of the Great Western network. Matt joined the growing regional development team at Great Western Railway in 2014, having previously worked for Devon County Council. With a background in various aspects of transport planning, Matt was involved in developing and implementing transport strategies across Devon, and played a key role in developing the South West Peninsula case for rail investment.


Jamie Hulland – Transportation Planning and Road Safety Manager, Devon County Council

Jamie has responsibility for developing transport strategies linked to Local Plan growth across the County and is supported by a team of transport planners with economic appraisal skills who prepare business cases for strategic transport infrastructure projects. Since 2013, his team has enjoyed success in securing over £40m of external grant funding to help deliver over £80m of cycle, rail and highway infrastructure improvements across the county.


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