THE CHAIRMAN ANTHONY McCOLLUM
Anthony started his career with Express Dairies and retired after 25 years having travelled the length and breadth of the country working his way up to Factory Manager. Retiring to the West-Country he then worked as a self employed engineer in the dairy industry for a further 10 years, follwing which he took up the role of Honiton Town's Market Manager. That was 7 years ago and since then he has worked hard at promoting and supporting Honiton Town in many voluntary roles as well as the Chamber. He is a member of the Chapter Eight Team, a safety unit used when ever the roads are closed for events such as The Hot Pennies, or Carnival parades.
EVENTS MANDY NEWMAN
Mandy is a well established business woman in the Honiton Community. Having run a successful business, "Beauchamp Place" on the High Street, for more than 20 years she is able to bring the current opinion and needs of the main traders to the Chamber. Mandy has helped to organise and promote such events as the very successful "pop-up" restaurant Pickleshack as well as the Christmas lights placement and festive Switch-On
THE TREASURER & TWITTER MASTER RAY HANRATTY
Ray runs the High Street cafe The Lace Makers with his daughter Fiona. Although the Lacemakers is renowned for excellent fare Ray has promised not to cook the books as the Chamber's Treasurer.
LEGAL ADVISOR PAULA LAND
Paula is a Chartered Legal Executive who works for a local Honiton law firm, Ford Simey LLP, and who specialises in property transactions. She has worked in the law since 1978, after initially training to be a bi-lingual secretary.
As well as being a member of the Honiton Chamber of Commerce Committee, Paula is Steward to the Trustees of three local charities, Allhallows Charity, Honiton United Charities and Honiton Old People’s Welfare Committee. She also represents the Chamber on the steering committee of Honiton Dementia Action Alliance.
TOWN COUNCIL REP DUNCAN SHERIDAN-SHAW
Duncan is a newly elected councillor to Honiton Town Council where he is a member of the Street Market Overview subcommittee and the Employment subcommittee as well as being part of the Open Spaces working group and the Neighbourhood Plan steering group. Duncan also represents outside bodies on the Council such as The Chamber of Commerce, The Dementia Friendly Town steering group, Honiton Festival, Mill Green and the Youth Services Volunteer Group. As its manager Duncan has involved Tesco Honiton in supporting many of the local community and charitable projects with team fund raising and hosting events within the complex and foyer of the store. As councillor Duncan is the voice of the Town Council within the Chamber of Commerce. With many hundreds of Twitter followers he spreads news and information about The Chamber and its members as it happens.
VICE CHAIRMAN &
EVENTS CO-ORDINATOR PAUL FUDGE
Paul was Born and Educated in Taunton and was the youngest Son of Local Newsagent and Wholesaler to the Greeting Card and Stationers Businesses, Maurice and Marlene. Since leaving School in 1984, Paul has been a Funeral Director. Owning his own Funeral Homes in Somerset. After several years of trading, Paul moved to Alberta, Canada in the mid 00's, still working as a Funeral Director. On his return to the UK, Paul has settled in Honiton, working for E. A. Dodd & Son Funeral Directors of King Street. Been involved in and part of The Community, is very much part of Paul's core values.
FACEBOOK & EVENTS KARISSA MARKER
Karissa works part time for her family business, Combe Estate in Gittisham. She is also a trustee and committee member for the Honiton Youth Club. When she is not working she is busy looking after her two daughters, dogs, pigs, chickens and cows.
SECRETARY (Hon) CHRIS DARRANT
Christine (Chris) moved to Honiton 23 years ago before which she was a Private Secretary to a merchant banker in the City of London. Chris was a Special Needs Assistant at Honiton Community College for 11 years where she worked closely with students to help them in their struggle against learning difficulties as well as behavioural and medical problems.
PRESIDENT COLIN WRIGHT
Following 12 years as a member and 8 years in Office as Chairman in April 2016 Colin was elected as Honorary President where he serves as advisor. Mandy Newman said: “It is with great sadness that we see Colin Wright stepping down as chairman of the Honiton Chamber of Commerce. He has worked tirelessly for the good of the business community – well beyond the normal commitment of a chairman and will be a hard act to follow. He will be greatly missed.” Bob Francis, a Honiton Lion and regular attendee of the Honiton chamber breakfast meetings, added: “Honiton and District Lions Club can only praise Colin for the work he has done for the town and local businesses, especially in linking them with the Lions Club
WEB MASTER & MEDIA JOSEPH FURNEAUX-GOTCH
Joseph is a retired police officer who spent most of his career in intelligence. As a member of the National Criminal Intelligence Service he was trained to become an expert in counterfeit investigations. Later as an inaugural member of the UK National Hi-Tech Crime Unit part of the National Crime Squad he was trained in the US and the UK to become an expert in the field of computer forensics and travelled the world investigating serious organised crime groups and their use of technology to facilitate those crimes.
The same skills help him in maintaining the site for The Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce.
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