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. Shearings Group employs circa 3000 people and has a turnover in excess of £200 million per annum. It is Europe’s largest coach holiday company, operating a fleet of 240 holiday coaches. Shearings operates 45 hotels in the UK, 30 operating under the Bay brand and 15 operating as Coast & Country Hotels.

Vince was born and raised in Torquay and attended Barton Primary & Junior Schools and Audley Park School (now Torquay Community College). After leaving school at 16 he took an Ordinary National Diploma in Business Studies at South Devon College. He then started fulltime work as a trainee manager at a local holiday business. His employers encouraged him to continue his education and he attended a Higher National Certificate in Business Studies Course at Exeter College; South Devon College did not offer this course at the time. In 1982 Vince completed a Diploma in Management Studies course at Plymouth Polytechnic. When the Ladbroke Group acquired the local holiday business where Vince worked this opened up a number of opportunities and 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 Community College. Vince previously served on the Board of the Torbay Development Agency and the TDA. Vince was appointed Chair of TDA in 2015. 

Steve ParrockSteve Parrock - Chief Executive, TDA 

Steve is Chief Executive of the 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 bank’s Barclays Capital (Director of Planning and Projects EMEA) and Merrill Lynch (Vice President Planning CRES).

Alan Archer

Alan Archer

Alan Archer, Chief Executive of The Select Group of Companies Ltd, 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. Select Products: manufacturing and distributing products to traditional builder’s merchants; Select Facilities – warehousing and logistics for The Group & local businesses; Select Solutions – product development & consultancy and Trade Counter Direct.com – e-commerce website selling tools direct to all trades online.

The Select Group are currently involved in what is possibly Alan’s most exciting project to date. Select are in the process of developing a world class instrument that, for the first time ever, will be able to identify asbestos fibres in the air, in real time. Alan conceived and funded the concept and put together a European Consortium to develop the R&D and required new technology. With the aid of a €1.8 million EU contribution the consortium are now on their way to developing this life saving devise which could possibly save up to 500,000 lives in Europe alone between now and 2030 and will revolutionise the way we deal with the presence of asbestos.

Alan’s entrepreneurial passion and business foresight have not been restricted purely to his own business interests and over the past 15 years he has dedicated much time to the local business community. Alan was an Executive on The Devon International Trade Forum and a member of the Chamber of Commerce. He was a Governor at South Devon College, where he trained as an apprentice himself in the 60s, during the college’s relocation to the Long Road campus and the early stages of the new University Building expansion plans. Alan is currently 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 Mentors who actively guide local new businesses and is a supporter of Young Enterprise which encourages schools to develop young entrepreneurs. Alan has an active role supporting the proposed Torbay Link Road. This year Alan was nominated and won ‘Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2010’ in the Torbay Together Awards.

Cllr. Alan Tyerman Cllr. Alan Tyerman

Alan Tyerman was elected to Torbay Council in 2001 after a successful business career spanning  Accountancy, Marketing and General Management. Alan spent 20 years working for Nestle UK After an initial time in Croydon he moved to Grimsby working as Factory Accountant during which time he completed  a qualification as a Management Accountant.  Alan later moved back to Croydon with spells in Sales, Marketing and Project Management. Alan left Nestle to become Managing Director of The Classic Water Company limited a subsidiary of Sutton and East Surrey Water PLC . Recruited to turn around a loss making business Alan was responsible for restructuring the business operation so that it make a valuable contribution to Group profits. Alan moved to Torbay in 2002 and ran a successful small family business for a number of years.

On being elected to Council Alan was appointed as Executive Lead for Finance and Audit and with his extensive experience in a wide variety of roles in business is keen to aid the development of employment opportunities in Torbay.

Christine CarterCllr Christine Carter

Details to follow.

Derek MillsCllr Derek Mills

Having worked in the Leisure Industry for Local Authorities for 31 years in Kent, Yorkshire and Torbay, Derek took early retirement in June 2005. In December 2005 he became a Torbay Councillor for the Churston with Galmpton Ward and as a Cabinet Member for Tourism and Regeneration between 2006 and 2008. Since then Derek has held various Executive Leads and chaired several committees, including acting as Chairman of the Council 2011/2012. At present Derek is Deputy Mayor and Executive Lead for Health and Wellbeing.

Eddie HempseedEddie 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 well being of the community. Eddie's experience and drive will be of use to the TDA in its task of the stewardship of assets, ultimately for the benefit of the people of Torbay.

Gareth

Gareth Brocklehurst

Gareth was educated locally, attending Torquay Boys Grammar School before completing a BSc Honours degree in Business Administration at Cardiff University. After graduating, Gareth decided to offer himself three months to secure an appropriate career opportunity in the South Devon before he followed many peers to London. He was provided an opportunity to work for Kelly Services, a leading international Recruitment Agency which provided an excellent grounding within the recruitment and employment industry. Following a short spell with a large, south west based independent agency, Gareth, along with a business partner, established his own Recruitment business based in Paignton and servicing employers throughout South Devon. Gareth is proud of his Torbay roots, and is determined to balance the continued success of G.A.P. Recruitment with contributing time and expertise to the improvement and development of the Bay.

Hazel TuckerHazel Tucker

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

Sheena Leaf

Sheena Leaf

Sheena Leaf has lived and worked in Torbay for over 20 years.  During that time she has been employed in both the public and third sectors, as well as being a business owner in the retail, leisure and travel industries.

Since 2003 she has been a director of BM21, a ‘not for profit’ company concerned with the economic and social regeneration of Brixham.  In 2009/10 she spent a year at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, where she has been exploring the relationship between regional businesses and hard to reach communities.

Sheena has recently worked at the Community Council of Devon, delivering a Devon-wide women’s business programme, and now runs her own business working with a variety of organisations in a business development, coaching and facilitation role.

Simon Wilson

Simon Wilson

Simon Wilson qualified as a Solicitor in 1980 and was a Partner with a firm of solicitors in the South East for many years before relocating with his family to Devon in 1999 and becoming a Partner of a regional firm of solicitors before joining leading South Devon firm Wollen Michelmore LLP as a Partner in 2010.

Simon specialises in all aspects of property work and business sales and acquisitions, planning and environmental law, residential and commercial retail projects and agricultural matters.

Simon is a member of the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) and is a Trustee of two local Charities.