SIG Chairs

In response to South West business needs and the opportunities and challenges in local, regional, national and international markets, the South West Business Council has identified a set of priorities which will also inform its policies over the next twelve months. These priorities reflect the world-leading research and innovation of the South West, including aerospace, microelectronics, energy generation, environmental and digital technologies.

Our three strategic priorities are:


The reliability, cost and quality of local, regional and national infrastructure plays a vital role in promoting and sustaining economic growth and prosperity, and significantly impacts on productivity levels of course. Businesses make investment decisions based on rail, road, air and digital connectivity.

Education & Skills 

Ensuring that the correct skills are in place, both within our existing and future work force, is also vital to the economy of the South West. We recognise the great work done by existing skills groups across the region and work in harmony with them to support this agenda so that all businesses in the region can access the skills they require.

Enterprise & Innovation 

The promotion of enterprise and innovation is crucial to engender a positive and aspirational culture, vital ingredients for the region’s success. 

Special Interest Group – Infrastructure

Led by Advisory Board members Philip Byers and Paul Sander this SIG provides … (please ask Phil for detail)

Meet the team… 


Anthony Parry

Anthony Parry

SIG Group Director

A Chartered Engineer, Tony was educated at the University of Sheffield, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Metallurgy.

Anthony's biography

Representing manufacturing on the Board, Tony has worked in divisions of transnational blue chip companies such as GKN, Burmah Castrol, ICI, Henkel AG & Co KgaA of Düsseldorf, in manufacturing operations in the speciality chemicals field for over forty years at Board level in Mexico, UK, Europe, Japan and Korea, where he started the UK’s first manufacturing JV. He has also worked in Venezuela, India, Russia, Turkey, Central America/Caribbean, Western Europe, and South Africa.

In addition to his SWBC directorship, he is Director Europe, Aamsel Impex Pvt. Ltd. (India); Plymouth Area Business Council; Trustee, University of Plymouth Students’ Union; Trustee, Literature Works; Advisor, Cornwall College Saltash; Proprietor, San Antonio Associates; Director, Saltash Gateway Community Interest Company; and a Member of the United Kingdom India Business Council (UKIBC).

His interests are 3 D manufacturing, reshoring, vocational education, UK/India bilateral trade development, Graphene and carbon fibre, Russia, and Turkey.

Katharine Bourke

Katharine Bourke

Chair, Education and Skills

Katharine helps businesses with high growth potential in Devon & Cornwall connect with the best business coaches through GrowthAccelerator to ensure the businesses achieve their potential.

Katharine's biography

Katharine is working closely with small and medium sized businesses across Devon & Cornwall to help them identify their most critical barriers to growth. She locates the most appropriate coach to work with those businesses, to enable them to overcome their barriers and deliver the growth they deserve. Katharine also works closely with intermediaries to identify the businesses within their portfolios who have the potential to grow rapidly and helps these businesses to access the GrowthAccelerator service.

Organisation: GrowthAccelerator, Oxford Innovation

Phil Byers

Phil Byers

Chair, Infrastructure

Phil is a long-standing Chamber Executive member, having previously held the post of President in 2002/3 & 2010/1. He was also Chairman of North Devon Chamber of Commerce & Industry from 2003 – 2007.

Phil's biography

Phil has been particularly involved in promoting ‘Partnership working’ for the benefit of the local business community, representing the Chamber widely across the South West on strategic business groups. He is a Director of project management and design company, Project (SW) Ltd.

Organisation: Lobbying, Representation, Vice President Barnstaple & District Chamber of Commerce Ltd

Adam Cook

Adam Cook

Chair, Enterprise and Innovation

Conservationist focussing on the creation on sustainable conservation projects around the world and the promotion of highly ethical products.

Adam's biography

Director of ‘The Science Assembly’, ’WildSupport’ and ‘The Devon Farm CIC’, Adam co-ordinates conservation projects around the world, creates ethical products and promotes a resilient future.

After a recent tour of America with the U.S. State Department, Adam is setting his sights on global change for a better future.

Organisation: The Science Assembly