“I believe that Torbay’s greatest undervalued resource is its people.
Younger people have energy, creativity and enthusiasm but very few outlets for them;
older people have a wealth of skills and experience but are often undervalued and sometimes isolated.
My role is to be a catalyst, so that Local Spark can provide solutions for both age groups by bringing them together to thrive and succeed.
This will, in turn, bring new products and services to the communities around Torbay, enabling local investors to commit to the success of our local economy in these uncertain times.”
Has set up and run various successful social enterprises.
Set up a Local Exchange Trading Scheme (LETS) in Bracknell, Berkshire.
Co-owned and ran organic food retail shop for 6 years.
Facilitated establishment of community-owned Co-op including village shop and Post Office.
Business Support Adviser helping women in remote rural areas develop small businesses.
Mentor to the Manager of Hele’s Angels project in Torquay.
Prince’s Trust Business Mentor 2014-2018.
15 years H.R. experience in tech companies.
Has worked with Local Authorities on Local Agenda 21.