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Exeter Chamber strengthens its sector representation with new board members in tourism and technology

Derry Tydeman and James Cater have been appointed to Exeter Chamber’s board of directors.

Exeter Chamber has appointed James Cater of Fraser Anti-Static Techniques and Derry Tydeman of Powderham Castle to its board. 

The new appointments strengthen an already robust board made up of 12 professionals representing key industries including retail, hospitality, health, education, finance, media, law, manufacturing and property.   

In addition to his role on the Chamber board, James Cater will become the chair of EXIST, the Chamber’s STEMM focused sub-group for science, technology and innovation led business.   James joined Fraser Anti-Static Techniques (FAST) a global technology manufacturing business this year following 30 years in the technology sector and has experience in global multi-nationals, cloud transformation and cyber security start-ups.  James is a mentor at Exeter University and supports other young entrepreneurs in the area.

James said: “I grew up in East Devon and am excited to return home to Devon.  My absolute mission is to help develop the region to bring more opportunities for career development particularly for young people, and to facilitate growth for businesses, the business eco-system and technology innovation network: the board directorship at Exeter Chamber is the perfect vehicle for this.”

Derry steps forward to represent the tourism sector at board level, bringing with him connections to a wide range of destination and visitor attractions in the region.  Derry is managing director at Powderham Castle, joining seven years ago to oversee the senior management team.  Delivering 30 large scale events per year, seeing an audience size of approximately 180,000 people, and responsible for caretaking the historic Castle for generations to come, Derry has a background in entrepreneurship having co-founded the Glorious Art House café and the South West Coffee Festival previously.

Derry said: “The core of my role at Powderham is strengthening the Castle’s connection with the wider community. My position on the board will enable me to continue doing this, not just for Powderham, but collaboratively as part of Exeter area’s thriving tourism industry and the wider business community.“

Steve Gates, chair of Exeter Chamber comments: “James and Derry’s appointments will enhance the breadth of industry we are able to represent at Chamber board level.  Each brings a different perspective and experience to the board and knowledge and experience to an ever widening range of businesses and members, Entrepreneurs and business leaders in tech and tourism will now have a direct conduit at the board to work with.”

As the leading independent business membership organisation the Chamber’s focus is on driving business success by creating a positive environment for business in Exeter and the sub-region.