Exeter Chamber is an independent, not for profit, membership organisation with a Board that determines the strategy and regularly review activity and progress.
Each member of the Chamber board brings their own expertise to the group, working towards a collective vision for Exeter as a thriving regional economy.
We are always looking for ambitious leaders to join the board, and help Exeter succeed. For an informal chat contact Jo Caine, Board Director and MD of Cathedral Appointments.
Clodagh Murphy joined the Exeter Chamber Board in February 2019 and initially stepped in to the chairperson role of ExIST (Exeter Initiative for Science & Technology) and in December 2020, Clodagh took on the role as Chamber Chair.
Clodagh has a technology background, as Managing Director of Eclipse Internet for eight years and followed by a role as Chief Operating Officer at IT and Cloud service provider Timico Technology Services in the Midlands. In more recent years, Clodagh has focused her time closer to home, in Exeter, with Non-Executive Director roles supporting ambitious businesses looking to scale and grow. Clodagh is also founder of Larks Live, a lockdown startup providing online cookery classes.
Jo joined Cathedral Appointments in 1998 to cover a maternity leave, never left and is now the sole owner and Managing Director.
Jo has an excellent knowledge of the local employment market and has many long established relationships with leading employers in the area.
She recruits for a number of commercial organisations as well as the public and not for profit sectors and has a strong network of Human Resource contacts in the region.
Jo joined the Exeter Chamber Board in 2017.
Tim Wadsworth is managing director of Space, workspace transformation experts who help companies optimise performance through innovative and well planned design. Tim became a Board member in July 2019, bringing his experience and skills in the property industry to the Board. Tim founded the Space Awards, a celebration and showcase of the most inspiring and interesting workspaces in the city and surrounds.
Amanda has over 20 years marketing experience leading globally recognised brands and is currently Head of Marketing at Axminster Carpets. A key aspect of Amanda’s career to date has been in defining marketing strategies and developing ownable integrated marketing communications that achieve brand fame and ensure a consistent brand proposition and profitable growth.
Amanda also has valuable experience at a local level having worked with regional South West businesses and Devon based media across a diverse portfolio of brands.
Ann Hunter is the manager of InExeter, Exeter's Business Improvement District (BID), which started its second 5 year term last April running through to 2025.
Ann became InExeter manager in 2017 following roles with Make it Ealing and West Ealing BIDs and before that PaddingtonNow.
InExeter works to enhance the streetscape, celebrates and activates the city with campaigns and events, supports local businesses with cost saving initiatives and provides insights and data reporting to businesses.
Helen joined Co Cars as Marketing Manager in September 2018, prior to which she spent 9 years as Marketing Manager for Stagecoach South West. She combines an in-depth knowledge of Exeter alongside a strong network of business relationships and a passion for helping to propel the city towards a thriving, sustainable and low-carbon future.
Helen is also a director of Alright Mate?, a CIC that provokes conversations around mental health through interactive storytelling and theatre.
Laura is Senior Corporate and Business Services Manager at Bishop Fleming.
She oversees the preparation of management and annual accounts and tax for companies, partnerships and sole traders, as well as providing taxation advice and support to her clients. She has a wide variety of experience in audit, corporate and business services and compliance and has been an accountant since 2004. She is AAT qualified and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW in 2009.
Laura is also a school governor for St Thomas Primary School in Exeter; assisting the other governors with financial matters.
Laura has a young family and likes to spend her free time at places like the zoo with her family. She also spends lots of time taking her daughter to gymnastics and cheerleading events and training with her cheer squad!
Laura has been the Chamber's Treasurer since joining the Board in 2017.
Paul is a company director, writer and broadcaster who specialises in media, business, technology and consumer issues. He is managing director of Devon commercial station Radio Exe, which is one of the country’s few remaining independent radio stations, and publisher of Good Deal for Devon magazine.
Following a career in media and advertising, and with international brands such as the BBC, Visa and the Financial Times, in 2001 he co-founded copywriting agency Plain Text, with clients including the British Council, CSC Digital Brand Services, Energy Saving Trust, HP, Hay Group, Henley Group International, KPMG, Lex and Vodafone.
A graduate of Exeter University, Paul holds an MBA from Bristol Business School, is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and has written five books, ‘Creative Business’, ‘Blagging It’, ‘Pigeon Guided Missiles, ‘Ye Olde Good Inn Guide’ and ‘History’s Narrowest Escapes’.
Laura specialises in HR and employment law. She provides practical, hands on advice as well as guiding clients through employment tribunals when needed.
She is experienced in advising on business sales and acquisitions, restructuring, large-scale redundancies, settlement agreements and executive terminations. Laura regularly gives presentations on employment law topics and provides bespoke training to clients.
Laura joined the Chamber Board in 2014 and as well as this voluntary role, Laura is a sub-regional representative for the Employment Lawyers Association in Exeter and the surrounding area and a honorary solicitor to the Exeter & Heart of Devon Hotels Association.
Outside of work she enjoys running and hiking in beautiful Devon and spending time with her family.
Following over 30 years in the Hospitality industry starting in 1995 as Deputy Manager at the University of Exeter of Campus Services, opening a variety of bars and restaurants in Exeter as well being operations manager for Boston Tea Party. Yvan has owned The Oddfellows in Exeter since 2006, and Barnova Ltd Event Bars business since 2018.
Yvan has an excellent knowledge of the city centre as well a being part of many city centre events, Exeter Festival, Exeter Christmas Market & Exeter Food Festival.
Rob is Deputy CEO and Vice Principal at Exeter College. In addition to various Non-Exec roles he is the Chair of the Ted Wragg Multi Academy Trust which runs schools in Exeter and Plymouth. He is an Honorary Member of the City & Guilds London Institute, a Director at Exeter City Futures and a Director of the South West Institute of Technology.
Rob holds an Advanced Certificate in Education (MA), BA Hons. in Education and PGCE in Secondary Education. Rob has vast experience in establishing innovative partnerships and successful collaborations. He has built a wide-ranging portfolio of additional expertise in school governance and strategic planning and was instrumental in the delivery and development of Cranbrook Education campus.
James is the NatWest Local Enterprise Manager for Devon and Cornwall. He works closely with the local business community to provide support for SMEs. His #NatWestBoost events won the Exeter Living Award in 2020 for Business Services and have created a community where business owners can network and be inspired. He works closely with local organisations, providing 1-1 coaching and delivers the fully funded NatWest Business Builder Programme, designed to help entrepreneurs and businesses looking to develop their skills and scale-up. He has over 20 years business banking experience, working with start-ups to corporate sized businesses. He writes a column for Exeter GROW magazine and is passionate about Exeter and helping people and businesses to succeed and thrive.
Matthew Cousins is commercial director at Apex Scaffolding, Exeter, Starting out as an apprentice, and rising to the board room. This award winning firm has grown to 60 employees and works with blue chip companies including local, national and international contractors mostly in Exeter but across the South West. Matthew plays an active role in both the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation as the Chair of the Contracts Committee, and sitting on the National Council He is also the chair of “Building Greater Exeter”, an organisation which provides support to the important and high growth construction industry across Exeter, East Devon and Teignbridge, running effective engagement programme with schools and young people to inspire the next generation of construction specialists.
Steve Gates is the Managing Director of Taking Care, part of AXA Health, the UK’s largest provider of personal alarms to vulnerable and elderly customers. Taking Care provide 24/7 cover to their customers via three Emergency Resolution Centres (in Exeter, Ashburton and Chichester) and are the UK’s fastest-growing providers of emergency monitoring services to vulnerable customers, especially after a fall has occurred. Taking Care have provided services from Devon for over thirty years and have supported over 180,000 Loved Ones to live an independent and active life while remaining in their own home.
Taking Care works with a range of leading consumer brands, including Age Co and Brain in Hand, and is also the chosen partner to some of the UK’s largest Councils and housing associations. Dealing with around 2,500 emergency calls per day Taking Care provides a lifeline to customers and can provide support either via local contacts or a referral to the appropriate emergency services.
Steve has been part of Taking Care for the last 2 ½ years. Prior to that Steve worked at BUPA and Denplan and was both a Vice-President of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the local Chamber committee in Winchester for 5 years. Steve is a Chartered Director and is a previous holder of the Best Leader award from the “Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For”.