Officers and Committee


Peter Newbery-Thornton – Chairman

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 and has now recently been elected as Chairman. 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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David Austin – President & NAST Rep.

David is MD of Austins Department Store and the third generation in this local family business which has been trading in Newton Abbot since 1924.

He has been instrumental in taking the store from one building to the four distinctive shops that form what is recognised as one of the leading independent department stores in the UK.

Austins regards itself is being a part of the local community; this is reflected in Davids long-term involvement with the COT and as chair of NAST (Newton Abbot Security Trust).

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

Benson Campbell – Exec. Committee Member

Benson is a local business owner of BNI, which is a referral marketing organisation (different to networking), and has over 16 years retail & field management experience.  BNI help business owners develop a marketing pillar, which generates income for their business.  Building relationships with other local businesses is key to moving your business forward.

Benson took over the regional BNI franchise several years ago. Too many business owners work in silos, there is a huge business community out there to connect and share experiences with for the greater good of both companies. I look to share knowledge, but more importantly connect people and watch them grow.  As a result, the local groups have generated just short of £3 million pounds worth of business in the last 12 months.

The business community needs a voice.  I wanted to understand how things worked within the local authorities and see what positive impact I could add, but also to cascade the feelings of the local business community.

Daryl Fulls - Vice ChairmanDaryl Fulls – Exec. Committee Member

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.

Taking on Scribble & Ink has 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 for working on the committee. Daryl has previously served as Vice Chairman for the chamber for three years.

Steve Gaskell - Chairman of Newton Abbot Chamber of CommerceSteve Gaskell – Exec. Committee Member

A local business owner and business coach, Steve knows a thing or two about building solid relationships, this led to his previous appointment of Chairman for 3 years in total.

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.

Natalie Bowers – Exec. Committee Member

Natalie is an Associate at WBW Solicitors.

Natalie has been with the firm since 2010 after attending the University of Exeter and completing the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Guildford in 2009. Natalie started working for WBW as a secretary in the Trust & Probate Department and qualified as a Solicitor in September 2012.

Sally Henley – Exec. Committee Member

Sally is our Newton Abbot Town Development Manager. She is employed by Newton Abbot Town Council, and has an extensive background in retail and shopping centre management.

She provides the Chamber with a key link into the business community, giving an insight into our local business successes, developments and challenges through liaising with various groups.

A valuable part of her role is to liaise between local businesses and Councils and this knowledge is used to help define visions, objectives and plans for Newton Abbot, which she then communicates and helps to implement.  Sally has a very active role and is most often found out and about in the town.

She is always pleased to receive feedback on the town and its environment and her contact details are below if you wish to get in touch: Alternatively, do stop her if you see her in town!

Contact Sally:
Phone: 07595 893151 Email: Facebook: Newton Abbot Now Twitter: Newtontownwoman
Address: Town Hall, Great Western House, 9 Devon Square, NEWTON ABBOT, TQ12 2HN Web: Newton Abbot Town Council

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.

Jeremy Newcombe BA BArch RIBA. – Exec. Committee Member

Principal Director & Chartered Architect at LSN Architects in Devon Square, Newton Abbot, Jeremy is a very active spokesperson for Newton Abbot’s business community.

As well as being President of the Chamber, Jeremy is Chairman of the Town Centre Partnership and Newton Abbot Community Trust, a board member and director of the Newton Abbot Security Trust and an active member of the Rotary Club of Newton Abbot.

LSN Architects is an RIBA Chartered Practice and provides high quality architectural design and project management services across a range of projects from small domestic extensions to large education and commercial developments within Newton Abbot and throughout the wider South Devon region.

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.

Daniel Wood – Exec. Committee Member

Daniel is a director at Dainton Park, a premier sports and leisure club on the outskirts of Newton Abbot. Facilities include an 18hole golf course, floodlit driving range, award winning restaurant, health and fitness suite, and business meeting rooms.

Daniel is the second generation of this family owned business, and his aim has always been to create a warm, familiar feeling at the club – a so called ‘3rd space’ – apart from work and home. The club has a thriving membership, but visitors are very much welcome to use all the facilities. The Newton Abbot Chamber regularly meets at Dainton, and Daniel is always keen to engage with the local business community.