Tim Jones

Tim Jones

Chairman

Tim Jones is Chairman of the South West Business Council (formally the Devon & Cornwall Business Council). He has recently finished a six-year term with the Heart of the South West LEP as Board Member and its founding Chairman. Also, an 11-year term as a Board Member of Devon Chamber.

Tim's biography

Tim is involved in a number of other organisations including being a Governor at Falmouth University, Governor at the Plymouth College of Art, Vice Chairman of South West Water’s WaterFuture Panel, Trustee at Dartington Hall, Chairman of the North Devon Biosphere Foundation and Board Member of North Devon +. Tim is also the national lead for the Great Food Plan (a Defra initiative).

Outside business related activities, Tim is also involved in a wide range of Criminal Justice Issues being a Special Advisor to HM Prison Services. Trustee for the Outset Foundation 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 also a Board Member of Dame Hannah Rogers Trust.

Tim has active business interests and has been involved for over 35 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.

Julie Hawker

Julie Hawker

SWBC Statutory Board Member

Julie Hawker is Joint Chief Executive of Cosmic, one of the country’s leading social enterprises delivering digital skills, services, support and programmes, aimed at increasing digital inclusion and driving improvement in digital skills across the economy.

Julie's biography

She is currently heavily focused on working to support leaders in all sectors to develop their digital skills, understanding and strategic capabilities by maximising digital technologies in business plans for the years ahead. Julie is a skilled and experience executive coach and mentor, with top quality capabilities in governance, leadership, and communications.

Julie is also Chair of the Heart of SW Digital Skills Partnership and a key regional influencer in all-things-digital, skills and digital leadership. She is heavily involved in the work of the “Team Devon” Recovery Task Force, working with partner organisations across the county to develop plans and initiatives to develop the local economy following the major impact on businesses and organisations of the Covid19 crisis.  Julie is currently serving at Board level with the South West Business Council and is also Vice-Chair of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Julie Chairs the Bank of England Citizens’ Panel events here in the SW, working closely with the central and regional teams to develop engagement and debate.

Organisation: Cosmic

 

Dr Christine Allison

Dr Christine Allison

SWBC Statutory Board Member

Dr Christine Allison, an economist, holds a portfolio of positions including Chair, South West Investment Group (SWIG) Finance, Advisor to Auden, Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation, as well as her position with SWBC (Statutory Board and Finance Committee). Her works revolves around access to finance for business and individuals.

Christine's biography

In the recent past, Christine was a trustee of Devon Community Foundation, a director of Devon Social Finance, development manager at Dartington School for Social Entrepreneurs, an adviser to Plymouth University Business School, a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Task Group on Responsible Credit and Savings, and a Specialist Adviser to HMG Treasury Select Committee – providing expertise in the areas of credit, credit unions and community finance. Christine has also provided advisory services to three young start-up companies in various parts of the country.

With degrees in economics, and prior to settling in Devon in 2010, Christine has 30 years of experience in international development, including a substantial period with the World Bank, headquartered in Washington DC. During this time, Christine spent periods of time in Africa, South Asia, Middle East and Eastern Europe, and lived in Botswana and Hungary.

Dr Emily Beaumont

Dr Emily Beaumont

SWBC Statutory Board Member

Dr Emily Beaumont is the Academic Subject Lead for Business and Enterprise at Gloucestershire Business School at the University of Gloucestershire, UK. A thriving and dynamic place to study, Gloucestershire Business school aims to produce graduates who are ready and prepared for their careers, which drives excellence in everything the school does.

Emily's biography

Emily combines excellence in teaching with a strong research ethos, dedicating her teaching and research to the disciplines of enterprise and employability.  The quality of her work in this area saw her voted in as President Elect for Enterprise Educators UK and awarded with Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.  Emily recognises that enterprise and entrepreneurship education should be available to all and so has established her own practice and consultancy that provides high quality practical learning opportunities underpinned by academic knowledge, skills, and experience.

Organisation: University of Gloucestershire

Liz Waugh BSc Hons, AMICE, MCI

Liz Waugh BSc Hons, AMICE, MCI

SWBC Statutory Board Member

Liz is a communications professional with over 25 years’ experience in industry and public sector, specialising in stakeholder engagement with critical infrastructure and crisis management. She provides expert advice to public and private sector, including central Government (Cabinet Office, BEIS and Defra), Scottish and Welsh Governments, as well as local authorities.

Liz's biography

Currently advising critical infrastructure portfolios totalling in excess of £16.7bn, including 11 energy from waste projects, major road and rail schemes, and separate regeneration programmes for three major SW towns.

A trustee of the Institution of Civil Engineers, she is also mentor to three engineers, and a regular speaker at Women in Leadership, Construction and other fora to promote engineering and career progression. Liz is a member of the Great Western Railway Advisory Board, SW Infrastructure Panel and Governor (UK) of the Association of Real Property and Infrastructure. She previously chaired the Local Transport Board, BBC Audience Council (representing England) and was interim CEO of Heart of the South West LEP. She has lectured for Bournemouth, Plymouth and Leeds University and been an expert witness to public inquiries on the impact of critical infrastructure on the tourism economy.

She founded Coast Communications in 2005, a strategic technical communications agency based in Cornwall, London and Cardiff, with a roster of national and international clients. In her (limited) spare time, Liz enjoys walking in the Black Mountains with her dog, paddle boarding on the coast and photography. She is learning Welsh, with nominal success.

Organisation: Coast Communications

Prof Vicky Pope

Prof Vicky Pope

SWBC Statutory Board Member

Vicky Pope had a long and varied career in the Met Office. She worked for many years on climate change. She led the development of some of the best climate models in the world and later ran the Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme, acting as the interface between scientists and government and other key stakeholders including the media.

Vicky's biography

In her last role she was Head of Science and Technology Futures and member of the Met Office Government Services Senior Management Board.

Vicky is now an honorary Professor at the Science Technology Engineering and Public Policy Institute at University College London and is developing a portfolio career as a nonexecutive director.

She is an independent member of the group audit and risk assurance committee for economy, skills and natural resources for Welsh government. She is the Independent Chair of Mathematics in Education and Industry (a charity that works with government to widen participation in maths education), and a Trustee of BRE Trust (Building Research Establishment), the Devon Wildlife Trust and In2ScienceUK.

She is also the National Labs lead for the Association of Research Innovation and Technology Organisations (AIRTO) and a member of the EPSRC Mathematics Advisory Team. Vicky is also Editor in Chief of a new Royal Meteorological Society journal called ‘Climate Resilience and Sustainability’.

Organisation: University College London

Terry Falcão

Terry Falcão

SWBC Statutory Board Member

Terry Falcão is member of the Statutory Board of the South West Business Council (formally the Devon & Cornwall Business Council). He has served as a District Councillor at Teignbridge for eight years, a Town Councillor for Teignmouth for 12 years (including being the Mayor) and has recently finished a two year term as Chair of the Strategic Board for the Academy of Character and Excellence, a five school academy based at Shaldon.

Terry's biography

Terry is a past Chair of the Devon Race Equality Council, been a director on the Board of Exeter City Football Club and is still involved as a director on the Board of the Teignmouth Eastcliff Community Company.

Outside business, Terry is involved in a wide range of Community interests especially dealing with young people, music and the Arts.

For his day job, Terry is one of twenty-two owners of Stephens Scown LLP, a 300 strong legal practice based in the West Country serving national and international clients. He is an employment law specialist who spends the majority of his time involved with businesses in terms of litigation, mediation or re-organisations.

Organisation: Stephen’s Scown

Laurence Frewin

Laurence Frewin

SWBC Statutory Board Member

Laurence is Principal and CEO of South Devon College. As well as being a member of the Statutory Board of SWBC he is also a Non-Executive Director of TDA, Torbay’s Economic Development Company; Chair of the Devon Business & Economy Recovery People Group; a member of the Heart of the South West LEP’s Skills Advisory Panel; and Statutory Member of a Multi-Academy Trust in Paignton.

Laurence's biography

Beginning his career in Banking & Finance, Laurence has significant experience in that sector, including as an underwriter of corporate lending to a range of large SMEs and mid-corporates, but as an Area Retail Manager he left the world of banking in 2002 to begin his new career in education.

Appointed as Principal and CEO of South Devon College in September 2019 he first joined the College as Vice Principal in 2010. During his decade in this role, he successfully led professional services at the College, including Business Development, Employer Engagement, Estates & Facilities, Finance, Human Resources, IT, Data & Systems, Commercial Services and Catering & Retail. Laurence has been instrumental in growing and diversifying College income including successful partnership working and project development to secure bids which have also included in excess of £30m of new capital grants. Laurence was instrumental in the College successfully securing achievement of Investors in People Platinum in 2017 and its reaccreditation in 2020. South Devon College is a medium sized general further education college supporting 10,000 students a year from entry through to full degrees and working with over 1,000 employers. The College is itself the third largest employer in South Devon with 700 staff and contributing in excess of £30m to the local economy every year.

Organisation: South Devon College

Martin Williams

Martin Williams

SWBC Statutory Board Member

Martin is a Chartered Accountant and has significant experience in finance, commercial management, HR and governance.  First moving to the South West as a teenager, Martin has a passion for the economic development of the South West and the promotion of it as a great place to live and work.

Martin's biography

Martin qualified with KPMG in 2006, before moving into the energy industry. Martin worked in various finance and commercial roles within RWE nPower before moving to Infinis Energy Plc, helping list the business on the London Stock Exchange.  Martin moved back to the South West of England, working initially for Babcock International Plc, before taking up his current role as Chief Financial Officer, UK & Ireland for Rittal, a manufacturer of industrial, electronic and IT enclosures and related accessories.

During the last few years Martin has been active within the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), being President for the South West during 2018-2019 and now sits as a member of the main Governing Council.

Martin lives in Cornwall with his wife and two children. In his spare time Martin is an avid reader of history, a legacy of his university studies.

Organisation: Rittal