Tim Jones is Chairman of South West Business Council and a board member of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (having served as Chairman from its inception).
Outside business related activities, Tim is also involved in a wide range of Criminal Justice Issues being a Special Advisor to HM Prison Services serving on the South West Regional Offending Board, is a Trustee of Broadreach which deals with a wide range of Drug and Alcohol Services and is a Patron of Tomorrow’s People. Chairman for the Dartington Hall Trust Property Board and Trustee for Fort Bovisand. Tim also served for 22 years as Chairman of the Princes Trust for Devon & Cornwall and as a South West Regional Board Member.
Tim has active business interests and has been involved for over 30 years in a wide range of property issues. Tim is now extensively involved in Commercial Property Development across the South West Peninsula and is a Director within Belstone Fox Project Management Ltd and Wessex Investors Ltd.
In my career at BT I have worked in BT Retail, BT Global Services and BT Group. Primarily, I have focussed on the Public Sector market place in the last 13 years of my career spanning a range of activities.
1. Driving new Mobilty Solutions into Public Sector customers including creating and signing the first Mobile Broadband shared platform in a city environment – a precursor to Wireless Cities
2. Trebling our Mobility Solutions business in 3 years
3. Doubling our Public Sector Framework Contracts business over a 3 year period
4. Propositon Development – creating new solutions in our core portfolio for Public Sector customers enabling us to maintain a strong market share
5. Sales Excellence – driving transformation and performance in our UK geography. Delivering accreditation and pipeline increase
As of the 1st of January 2014 I became BT’s South West Regional Partnership Director. A hugely exciting role that covers a wide range of activities from fibre broadband to digital inclusion to smart cities and much more
Specialities: Business Development, Relationship Management, Public Sector Market place, Sales Programmes, General Management, Sales Transformation, Proposition Development
Thelma Sorensen OBE
SWBC Vice Chair Cornwall
Thelma Sorensen is a Cornish born and bred businesswoman, having a wealth of experience in business in the South West in general and Cornwall in particular. She has a significant background in the construction industry.
Organisation: Cornwall Business Partnership
SWBC Vice Chair Devon
Following over 30 years service at the University of Exeter as Director of Campus Services and Managing Director of its four spin off companies Derek now holds 14 Company Directorships both local and national.
Organisation: Exeter Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Honorary Life President
Formerly a Partner, David is now a Consultant with Slee Blackwell. He has specialised in Wills, Probate, Trusts, Tax Planning and Care of the Elderly for more than 15 years. He is member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners.
Organisation: Slee Blackwell Solicitors
SWBC Statutory Board Member
As the former Chief Executive of Business Link (Devon and Cornwall) and owner and director of Dartington Associates, Bob brings his experience and skills to assist small and medium sized businesses in identifying growth routes and undertaking change management, together with providing coaching and mentoring to directors and owner managers across a broad range of business sectors.
The company also administers the Inspirus Fund which makes awards of grants or loans for projects in Devon or Cornwall which will have significant impact on the economy and new job creation.
Organisation: Dartington Associates
SWBC Statutory Board Member
Julie Hawker is Chief Executive at Cosmic one of the region’s leading IT and Digital support agencies and a leader in social enterprise development nationally.
Julie is Chair of the Heart of SW LEP’s Social Enterprise Special Interest Group and this group now incorporates representation from across the area and the sub-regional networks and their membership in Plymouth, Torbay, Exeter and Somerset.