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 Food Drink Devon since 2012 and became Chair in 2016.More Info
Michael Young. Vice Chair
Mike is a partner at Peplows Accountants and head of their Corporate Service Department. He has detailed knowledge of a wide variety of sectors and a particular expertise in corporate finance. Mike attends our board meetings and keeps a close eye on the FDD finances to make sure money is spent wisely for our members benefit.More Info
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 seven years whilst managing the Dart Marina Hotel in Dartmouth, the Grand Hotel in Torquay and Exeter Golf and Country Club. .More Info
Mark Bury. Board Director
Mark, of Eversifield 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 countryMore Info
Noel Corston. Ambassador
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 and is now an ambassador for Food Drink Devon.
Annette Hunt, Board Director
Annette studied Food Production with Marketing & Management at Harper Adams before heading to Tesco Head Office to undertake a marketing role within Chilled Convenience. Having spent four years working in sales and marketing at Samworth Brothers before returning to the family business of Hunt's Cider she has a skill set of retail and manufacturing on both large and small scale.More Info
Tom Chartres-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 Chartres-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.More Info
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, Office Manager
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 joined Food Drink Devon in 2014 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.
Hanna China. Events Organiser & Social Media
Working with a range of leading South West producers to provide a mix of PR, marketing and design support, Hanna is passionate about all things food and drink. With first-hand experience within the hospitality industry, after completing a Graphic Communication degree at Plymouth University she worked as a freelance Graphic Designer in Sydney whilst travelling. Upon settling back in the UK, she has worked with a number of brands and agencies including RAW PR, experts in food & drink PR, whose clients include Luscombe Drinks, Salcombe Gin and Warrens Bakery. With experience in both traditional PR, social media, design and events, Hanna continues to grow her knowledge and passion for the industry working alongside the Food Drink Devon team.
Sally Everton, Ambassador
Sally has been with Food Drink Devon since 2013. Her background is in the travel and tourism industry, and for the past 5 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. 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!