Meet The Team

Barbara King, The Shops at Dartington. Chair

With many years’ experience and several directorships with major retail companies, Barbara relocated to Devon as Managing Director of The Shops at Dartington and has developed a popular extensive Food Shop with an emphasis on Devon produce in addition to establishing the annual Food Fair at Dartington every May. Passionate about local produce she has been a director of F&DD since 2012 and became Chair in 2016.

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Hayley Reynolds, Raw PR and Marketing. Vice Chair

Hayley has worked in the food and drink PR industry for the past twenty years and now enjoys her position on the board of directors as Vice Chair for Food & Drink Devon.  She has run her own company, RAW PR and Marketing for the past five years and brings her expertise in this field to the table

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Chris Jones. Board Director

Chris, General Manager of Exeter Golf & Country Club, brings a wealth of hospitality and leisure experience from some of Devon's premier hotels and country clubs and is passionate about consistently delivering excellence throughout his business. He was delighted to join Exeter Golf and Country Club in 2013 and his promise to the 5000 members was to use his 20 years of hospitality management experience to help make improvements from day one.  He also managed at two of the largest four star hotels in Torquay and spent 13 years in Dartmouth managing the Royal Castle Hotel and the Dart Marina Hotel and Spa. Many of his proudest achievements came at the Dart Marina, overseeing a full refurbishment, being awarded a fourth AA star for the hotel, achieving two AA rosettes for his restaurant, purchasing the Floating Bridge Inn and the opening of Wildfire Bistro.  

Chris has sat on the Board for over five years whilst managing the Dart Marina Hotel in Dartmouth, the Grand Hotel in Torquay and Exeter Golf and Country Club.  All three of these establishments are members of Food and Drink Devon at the highest tier. 

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Mark Bury. Board Director

Mark, of Eversifled Organic, farms 400 acres near Okehampton and is proud of his Native heard of Aberdeen Angus cattle and Poll Dorset sheep. The farm is the home of Eversfield Organic Ltd which provides the highest quality Organic fresh produce to the home kitchen through its national box scheme as well as retailers such as Ocado, Waitrose and Wholefood market.

Mark joined the FDD board in November 2013 and has a keen interest in helping to promote Devon businesses as well as promoting Devon to the rest of the country.

 

 

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Noel Corston. Board Director

Noel Corston is a pioneering, multi-award winning chef from the North Devon Coast.  He took over his family’s business around five years ago, and since then his eponymous restaurant has gained local, regional and national acclaim.  His work focuses on reflecting the unique flavour and environment of North Devon’s UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, through thoughtful & creative cooking.  He has been on the Board of Food & Drink Devon since 2015.

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David Page MBE. Board Director

David has very recently joined the Board of FDD having relocated to East Devon some 2 years ago.  David has nearly 30 years experience within food manufacturing having progressed via HR and Operational Management to become Managing Director for Campbell Soups, Patak's Indian Foods, Jamie Oliver's Retail Ventures and S&A Foods.  He currently undertakes Non Executive Director and Strategic Advisory roles within a number of family owned, private companies.  David is keen to help and support local businesses who are growth orientated and have a real desire to succeed.  His background in building and growing nationally and internationally recognised brands aligned with first hand experience of own label requirements will, hopefully, be relevant to FDD members.

Ali Neagle, Administrator

Ali has a background in the Financial Industry having worked in the Banking World for over 20 years with her last job there being a successful Regional Business Risk Manager.  

She has been with Food & Drink Devon for 2 years and is responsible for all the administration work and organising the annual Awards. She will be your first point of contact by email and phone.

Sally Everton, Client Relations

Sally has been with Food and Drink Devon since 2013.  Her background is in the travel and tourism industry, and for the past 4 years, now runs her own company, Sally Everton Associates, focusing on sales and marketing representation predominantly to the international markets for venues and attractions in Devon and Cornwall. Her main focus is attracting visitors to the region from North America, China and the UAE.   She is also one of two partners, running MeetDevon Limited which focuses on attracting business tourism to Devon.  Previously - she was sales director at Bovey Castle on Dartmoor for 7 years. As a lifelong supporter of Exeter Rugby Club, at the weekend's you will find her doing the Tomahawk Chop in support of the Exeter Chiefs!

 

Michael Young. Board Director.

Mike works for peplows Accountants.

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David Culshaw. Advisor

David attends the Food & Drink Devon Board Meetings as a representative of Stephens Scown LLP, with a view to assisting with and advising on any matters of a legal nature that arise.    

He is the head of the Food and Drink team at Stephens Scown and is a corporate and commercial solicitor with a specialism of working with food and drink businesses on contractual matters such as product sale, distribution and logistics.   

Stephens Scown are longstanding supporters of the Food and Drink sector in the South West and are very pleased to be able to support Food & Drink Devon wherever possible.

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Tom Moore. Board Director.

Tom attends the Food & Drink Devon Board Meetings as a representative of Stephens Scown LLP, with a view to assisting with and advising on any matters of a legal nature that arise and has been on the Board of Directors since 2016..    

Tom Moore  is an Intellectual Property Specialist at Stephens Scown with particular specialism of working with businesses in the Food and Drink sector, particularly in the field of brand protection and exploitation. 

Stephens Scown are longstanding supporters of the Food and Drink sector in the South West and are very pleased to be able to support Food & Drink Devon wherever possible. 

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Emily Blades, Awards

Emily through her business Emily Blades Events is fundamental in the organisation and successful completion of the Food & Drink Devon Awards.

Kath Hope. Newsletters

Kath focuses entirely on Food & Drink Devon's two monthly newsletters, one to our 280 members and one to a wide consumer audience. 

Sue Morris, Members Support

Sue has many years of experience in regional food & drink marketing as well as an involvement & on-going interest within the tourism industry.  She joined Food & Drink Devon in April 2016 and works as a support to members to guide them through all that the organisation has to offer.

 

 

 

The board meets on the second Tuesday of every month. All board members give their time voluntarily to support Food & Drink Devon. They pay their membership and pay for any advertisements they take out in the guide.