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 Steve Gates, chair of Exeter Chamber and managing director of PPT Taking Care.
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”.
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.
Charlotte McGregor is a Partner at Wollens Solicitors and heads their Exeter Office. With three hubs located in Exeter, South Devon and North Devon, Wollens is a full spectrum law firm, servicing clients across Devon and beyond, the firm has exceptional specialists across private client matters as well as company and commercial law.
Charlotte has over 15 years of experience and her specialism is in Estate Administration with a focus on high value and / or complex Estates acting for clients across the UK. Charlotte is highly regarded by her clients and professional contacts and has lived and worked in Exeter for 13 years and has developed strong links and many professional relationships during her time in the city. She is passionate about supporting local businesses and the communities in which she lives and works.
Misty Nickells is the Managing Partner of Griffin Chartered Accountants, based in Exeter and Honiton. Misty is a chartered accountant with over 20 years of experience. Misty qualified as a chartered accountant with a large national firm in 2005, when she went on to work as an audit manager for one of the big 4 firms of accountants. She founded Griffin Chartered Accountants in 2015, where she works with a large number of local business, charities and academy schools.
Misty’s main role is as an accountant supporting her clients in tax planning and year end accounts/audit. However, as the founder of her own business she can relate to the issues faced by local business owners. As such, she provides a wider role for a number of her clients as an all-round business adviser.
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 CEO of Fraser Anti-Static Techniques (FAST) a global technology manufacturing leader. Headquartered in Devon, FAST enables customers to create safer working environments, manufacture at lower costs and to take products to market faster by the control, measurement and application of static electricity.
An international business leader with 30+ years’ executive experience across the Technology Sector from global multi nationals to cloud transformation to cyber security start-ups.
James grew up in East Devon, worked globally for the first part of his career, then returned to the West Country and is passionate about developing the region’s business ecosystem, technology innovation network and its share of national investment, skills development, retention and attraction.
James is a member of the Exeter University Career Mentor Scheme and provides pro bono services to other UK Universities, young entrepreneurs in the Exeter area and Private Banks focused on Technology Transformation and Customer Experience.
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.
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.
Amanda has over 20 years marketing experience leading globally recognised brands and is currently Marketing Director 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.
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’.
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.