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Meet our Board members:

Vince Flower - Chair, TDA Board 

Vince Flower

Vince Flower is a Director of Shearings Leisure Group and Managing Director of Bay Hotels.

Vince was born and raised in Torquay. After leaving school Vince took an Ordinary National Diploma in Business Studies at South Devon College, followed by Diploma in Management Studies course at Plymouth Polytechnic while training as a manager at a local holiday business.

When the Ladbroke Group acquired the local holiday business where Vince worked, it opened up a number of opportunities. He spent eight years managing various holiday villages and catering concessions, including those located at Kew Gardens and the Tower of London for the company.

Having spent the last ten years on the Board of Governors at South Devon College where he was the Chair up until July 2010, he is now the Chair of the Board of Governors at Torquay Academy. Vince previously served on the Board of TDA and was appointed Chair in 2015. 

Steve Parrock

Steve Parrock - Chief Executive, TDA 

Steve is Chief Executive of TDA. 

Steve graduated from Bath University School of Architecture and Engineering and practiced for many years as a Chartered Architect in Bristol and London.

Prior to joining the TDA in 2008, Steve spent 16 years in the City of London working for investment banks Barclays Capital (Director of Planning and Projects EMEA) and Merrill Lynch (Vice President Planning CRES).

Alan Archer

Alan Archer

Alan Archer is Chief Executive of The Select Group of Companies Ltd.

Alan started his first business aged 19 in his hometown of Brixham and his career to date has taken him from Torbay to Texas, Hawaii to Japan and back to Torbay again.

Alan’s early background in the Plumbing & HVAC industry remains at the heart of The Select Group’s business focus today. Alan has grown the business from a one-man consultancy assisting American companies looking to break into the newly formed EU in the late 80s into a company consisting of 4 divisions.

Alan is Chairman of the Torbay Business Forum and is an active member of Torbay Council’s ‘Strategic Partnership’ representing local businesses. He is a mentor for South Devon Business Mentorsand is a supporter of Young Enterprise which encourages schools to develop young entrepreneurs. Alan also had an active role supporting the South Devon Highway. In addition to this, he won ‘Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2010’ in the Torbay Together Awards.

Eddie Hempseed

Eddie Hempseed

Having lived in Torbay for thirty years after growing up in various cities across Canada and in the UK, Eddie is amongst the many that are pleased to call the Bay home.

For the past 15 years Eddie has worked for Interframe Southwest Ltd a local manufacturer of PVCU window products as the company operations director. The company employs in excess of 130 staff, the majority living within the Torbay region.

Working and living in the Bay has given Eddie a good insight of the economic and social principals required to manage a resource that contributes to the economic wellbeing of the community. Eddie's experience and drive will be of use to TDA in its task of the stewardship of assets, ultimately for the benefit of the people of Torbay.

Hazel Tucker

Hazel Tucker

Hazel Tucker joined Bishop Fleming in 2005, having worked in industry as a management accountant.

Hazel is a member of ACCA and became an ACA member in 2010. Hazel became a Partner at Bishop Fleming in June 2015, relocating from the Exeter office to Torquay, and deals with family businesses in a broad range of sectors within the corporate and unincorporated spectrum. She also leads the firm’s financial systems team, developing the offering to businesses utilising pioneering cloud based technology.

Hazel passionately believes that building relationships with her business clients is the key to a long and trusted relationship identifying future plans and goals, and facilitates the focused business advice she provides, in addition to routine accounts and tax compliance services. Hazel lives in Devon with her family, and is a committed member of the business community.

Sara Bond

Sara relocated to Torquay in her mid-20’s to manage a leisure and entertainment business. 

Sara was the Managing Director South West for 20 years at Global Media and Entertainment, part of one of the World's leading Media and Entertainment Groups. 

Sara enjoys working with others and assisting within the wider economic picture.  Sara was Chairman of The Exeter Chamber of Commerce for five years, handing over in 2016, now holding the position of Vice President. 

Sara has been on the Board of the Exeter Chamber for 8 years, and in this role has worked across both private and public sectors to assist with strategic planning and directives including BID’s, Inward Investment projects, Digital and Communication strategies, Music Event’s and Tourism projects. 

Stephen Criddle

Stephen Criddle is Principal and Chief Executive at South Devon College.

South Devon College is a top Further & Higher Education College, and the third largest employer in Torbay, employing over 700 staff across Torbay & South Devon and working with around 1,000 employers locally including through apprenticeships, academic, technical and professional courses and student work experience and volunteering. The College is recognised as ambitious and inclusive, and is active in progressing education and skills for all, with 10,000 students including over 600 attending its higher education University Centre South Devon facility.

Stephen graduated in Geography from Jesus College, Oxford, and then qualified as a Chartered Accountant, before working in the ITV media world. Stephen has worked in further and higher education in the region for 25 years and is passionate about the role of high quality local education in raising aspiration, ambition and skills levels and contributing to the wider community.

Since 2014, Stephen has been a board member of the Heart of the South West LEP and chairs the People Leadership Group, completing his term of office at the end of 2017. He is an active member of a number of educational bodies and partnerships. He is also a QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) board member.