Officers and Committee

Officers

Steve Gaskell - Chairman of Newton Abbot Chamber of CommerceSteve Gaskell – Chairman

A local business owner and business coach, Steve knows a thing or two about building solid relationships, so when he was asked if he would take on the Chairman’s appointment for the Chamber he jumped at the opportunity.

Steve is committed to the growth of the Chamber in order to have a positive impact on the local business community. Steve lives by his mantra the never-ending pursuit of excellence and life abundance in health, wealth and happiness. To live an unreasonably good life.

Daryl Fulls - Vice ChairmanDaryl Fulls – Vice Chairman

Daryl fulls is the Managing Director of Newton Abbot based Scribble and Ink

He bought the business in 2013 having spent much of his business career developing the family footwear business  Moshulu.

The last three years have been a real learning curve, meeting new people and developing new relationships across the town and region. He is passionate about business culture and about making the workplace a fun, rewarding and inspiring place to be. Life is way too short to be miserable in the workplace.

His energy and passion for developing partnerships and mutually profitable business relationships make him ideally suited to assist Steve in building the Chamber Network and sphere of influence.

sean-smithSean Smith – Treasurer

A partner with Top 50 firm of Chartered Accountants Thomas Westcott, Sean runs their local office.  Living just down the road in Kingsteignton Sean has a heart for Newton Abbot, and through his involvement with the Chamber over the last few years he has been keen to support local business.

Well into his second tenure as Treasurer, Sean is keen to develop links with the Devon Chamber in order to provide a positive influence to the local business community.

Donna Wynne – Secretary

With over 15 years of providing personal assistance to senior executives has given Donna the knowledge, experience and skills to offer a professional and polished Virtual Assistant Service

She has working experience in a wide range of industries, for both large corporations and family-run businesses. She also acts as the Chamber Secretary.

Executive Committee

Matthew Cooper – Exec. Committee Member

Matthew is an Associate at WBW Solicitors. He qualified as a Solicitor in September 2015 after studying in Bristol gaining a BA(Hons) Business Degree in 2006. Subsequently, he attended The University of Law in Bristol in 2011 and gained a Graduate Diploma in Law and completed the Legal Practice Course in 2012/2013 gaining a distinction. Matthew joined WBW Solicitors in 2013 and undertook his training contract here, working within Private Client, Property and Litigation.

Matthew has worked in a variety of industries pre-law including recruitment, sales, retail management and marketing.

He enjoys travelling to far-flung destinations and his main passion is sport, in particular, tennis, squash and football. Matthew also enjoys reading and the theatre.

Michael Foundly – Exec. Committee Member

Michael owns Chamberlains Estate Agents, one of the town’s leading independent estate agents which specialises in the sale and rental of residential property in Teignbridge. The firm also manages a growing number of local blocks of flats.

Chamberlains is proud to be coming up to 20 years old and the firm has a reputation for offering an informal but professional service.

Keith Moore – Exec. Committee Member

Keith is a Chartered Environmentalist and operates his consultancy business, Sustainable Logic here in Newton Abbot.

He is an advocate for active engagement with key stakeholders as a means to inspire change for the good. He has been involved in many national and international working bodies, including one of his current roles as Programme Coordinator for the multi-national Sustainable Healthcare Coalition.

Teignbridge has been his home and working base for over twenty years. Keith is passionate about enhancing our regional economy and natural environment and is proud to have been invited to join the Chamber Executive in 2016.

Peter Newbery-Thornton – Exec. Committee Member

Peter joined the Chamber in December 2012 as a one-man company looking for support to help grow his business. He was voted onto the executive committee in 2014 where he remains an active participant. His business has grown consistently since joining and now employs seven people.

The company has recently moved premises back to Teignbridge to double the workshop capacity for the second time in two years although he says he’ll never move again! With 3700 sq. ft. of workshops now at his disposal, he should have ample room to continue growing.

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Sandra Perraton – Exec. Committee Member

Sandra is based at the Mid-Devon Advertiser in Newton Abbot, but her role covers 7 companies as far south as Liskeard.  However, Newton Abbot is at the heart and she is always delighted to hear any news or business stories you may have.

Rochelle Yea – Exec. Committee Member

Rochelle is a director at Next Route Finance, a local commercial finance brokerage. Rochelle has helped to arrange finance for many local growing businesses for all types of assets from commercial property purchases, buying and leasing equipment and machinery as well as vehicle finance from haulage lorries and vans to directors’ supercars.  You name it, if she can see it, she can finance it!

As a millennial, Rochelle brings a different approach to the chamber and growth of Newton Abbot.