Welcoming Our New Membership Manager - Barry Cole

Event Date: 
April, 2019

FDD is delighted to welcome Barry Cole as our new Membership Manager. Barry's background was in hospitality and retail most recently as MD of the Riviera International Conference Centre (RICC). Previously he was MD of the Osborne Hotel and Timeshare with extensive experience in the property aspect of refurbishment and development of the apartments.

On retiring he worked on the management team of the London 2012 Olympics Shops in Hyde Park and Green Park.

He then set up his own business as a “critical friend” to leaders of small businesses. More “resultant” than consultant. He has a number of clients in the south west and Chairs a graphic design agency in London.

Over the years his work in delivering service excellence in business has been recognised though a number of awards and he was honoured with the Freedom of the City of London. A significant area of his work with clients is in the delivery of high standards of service delivery and customer care. 

His time in semi-retirement has also been spent supporting various charities most recently stepping down as Vice-Chair of Devon Air Ambulance, Chair of Friends of South Devon College and as Chair of Play Torbay. Previously he was a Mentor for the Princes’ Trust. 

Barry can be contacted on membership@fooddrinkdevon.co.uk

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