How will a future Government support business in the peninsula?

2 March 2015
10.00 hrs – 14.00 hrs
City College Plymouth, Goschen Centre Saltash Road, Plymouth PL2 2DP

10.00 hrs: DCBC Chairman’s welcome and general updates

Tim Jones (Chairman, DCBC)

Sharron Robbie (Director of Marketing, Corporate Relations & Enterprise, City College Plymouth)

10.30 hrs: An introduction to the debate and panel members

Ben Rhodes (Chief Executive, DCBC)

10.40 hrs: Panel debate

Introduction by Michael Chequer (Chairman):


Q and A Session:

EU membership:

Q and A Session:

Education and skills:

Q and A Session:

Some final comments:

Growth & productivity:

New markets (not covered in detail)
Tax regimes (not covered in detail)


Confirmed panel members:

  • Kim Conchie (Chief Executive, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce)
  • Peter Hartland (Chief Executive, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce)
  • Tim Jones (Chair, DCBC)
  • Nigel Jump (Director, Strategic Economics Ltd and Visiting Professor of Economics at Universities of Bath and Plymouth )
  • Derek Philips (Vice President, Exeter Chamber of Commerce)
  • David Shephard (Regional Chair – Devon, FSB)

 12.00 hrs
 4.    Summing-up and next steps

12.15 – 13.15 Networking & Buffet Lunch

Date of Next meeting Friday 12th June 2015



Panel Member Biographies:

Kim Conchie (Chief Executive, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce)

Kim graduated from University College, Cardiff with joint honours in English and Economics. After a long career in publishing, Kim sold ‘Brass Tacks Publishing Co.’, a business he co-founded, to ‘Chime Communications PLc’ in 2000 and moved back to his native Cornwall in 2002, continuing a part time role with Chime Communications until 2009.

Kim took up the post of Chief Executive at Cornwall Chamber from April 2012. He is a director of South West Investment Group (SWIG), chair of governors of Truro School, chair of Cornwall’s Raising Aspiration & Achievement Strategy (RAAS) Board, on the Board of the LEP’s Employment & Skills Board, chair of Strategic Projects Steering Group, chair of Future Skills for Cornwall, a trustee of Cornish children’s charity BF Adventure, a Board Member of Clean Cornwall and a director of Cornwall Arts Centre Trust. He is married to Sarah, a dental surgeon in Truro and has three children all from the same wife. There’s posh!


Peter Hartland (Chief Executive, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce)

Peter is an industrial Chemist by training, progressing into sales & marketing, business sector management and eventual general management leadership. He has a breath of international business leadership experience, working within the UK, Europe and most recently the USA, prior to returning to the UK and joining Plymouth Chamber as CEO. Peter has held senior leadership positions as Divisional President with multinational,  multi-billion dollar mining, metals and speciality chemicals businesses, as well as experience of setting up his own holiday letting business in Cornwall.”


Tim Jones (Chair, DCBC)

Tim is Chairman of Devon & Cornwall Business Council and a board member of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (having served as Chairman for 2 years from its inception). He is also involved in a number of other organisations including the executive of the HoTSW Business Forum, independent Vice Chairman Water Futures Panel, Board Member of Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of Plymouth Area Business Council and Board Member of North Devon +.

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. 


Nigel Jump (Director, Strategic Economics Ltd and Visiting Professor of Economics at Universities of Bath and Plymouth )

Nigel is an expert on a wide range of macro and micro economic theories and policies, and statistical techniques and sources.  He has extensive experience in applied topics to do with the analysis, briefing and presentation in the areas of risk assessment, regional and local development strategies and policies, and investment delivery and evaluation.

Nigel is the Executive Director and Chief Economist of Strategic Economics Ltd, offering bespoke advice and analysis on all aspects of “economics” to professional, private and public sector clients. 

Nigel holds Visiting Professorships in Economics at the Universities of Bath and Plymouth.  He has just been appointed as Professor in Regional Economic Development at Bournemouth University.

Previously, Nigel has worked at a senior level with a public development agencies, two international banks, a prominent NGO and two Universities


Derek Philips (Vice President, Exeter Chamber of Commerce) 

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. Other posts include Chair of South West Chambers of Commerce, Vice Chair of Devon and Cornwall Business Council and Chair of the Area Tourism Partnership.


David Shephard (Regional Chair – Devon, FSB)

Certified Practicing accountant with 28 years experience in the Hotel & Catering Industry. In 1996 David started his own accountancy and taxation practise in Kingsbridge. Specialising in small businesses Client base mainly in the South Devon.

David was elected Regional Chairman of the FSB in November 2010, to represent the 8,000 members of the FSB in the county of Devon. His main aims are to raise the profile of the FSB in Devon by continuing to improve their communications with other business groups, local and regional government agencies in order to champion the benefits that business brings to the community as a whole in providing wealth and prosperity to the Region.


Last, but by no means least…

Michael Chequer (BBC Radio Devon Presenter and Chair for today)

Michael is a reporter, producer and presenter at BBC Radio Devon. You’ll hear him on air every weekend when he presents the Saturday and Sunday breakfast programmes; he’s also a regular contributor to the weekday edition.

Over the years he also anchored election night coverage, reported on anything from the sinking of the Napoli to Michael Jackson’s visit to Exeter, and is currently working on a World War 2 documentary that will air across the BBC South West Region and on BBC Radio 5 live.

Michael says “it’s a real privilege to be asked to chair today’s debate ahead of what looks like being the most unpredictable election in years”. On the night of the 7th of May itself he’ll be not far from his home at the Newton Abbot count – the most marginal parliamentary constituency in Devon.

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