Introducing the Team: 

 

Sue Shillabeer is a business owner who started her career in the financial services sector before moving into corporate communications and training. As a freelance consultant and business owner, Sue worked on strategic planning, health & well-being in the workplace, leadership, brand management, PR & Marketing and media.

A Samaritan volunteer for 14 years, she was also a Branch Recruiter, Trainer and Trustee. Plus 4 years as Regional Training Officer for London. Currently, President of Weston Chamber of Commerce, Sue divides her time between running her business and raising the profile of the chamber and the needs of local business. She is keen to see strong links formed between the not-for-profit and business sectors for the benefit of the community. Outside of business and the Chamber you’ll find Sue either in the Gym or a Restaurant!

John Coombe has lived in Weston-super-Mare for 34 years. He has been Treasurer almost as long! Now retired he was formerly Branch Manager and Commercial Manager with HSBC Bank. A Cornishman and avid Plymouth Argyle supporter who continues to have an active role within the Chamber.

Debbie Apted, an experienced Corporate Banking PA and Office Manager, moved to Weston eight years ago and chose to volunteer as Secretary with the Chamber as a way of getting to know the town and meet new people.  Now working as an HR Administrator with a local grounds maintenance company, Debbie’s spare time is spent pub quizzing or as Community Lead for Plastic-free Weston-super-Mare, co-ordinating beach cleans and other events,  as well as finding ways to promote our Cleaner Coastlines campaign.

Laura Bailey is a Business Coach who specialises in social media. Laura helps businesses by showing them how to use social media to achieve the best results for their business. She has experience of working with companies from the corporate sector to sole traders. Laura lives with her family in Weston-super-Mare. Her favourite place is being by the sea. She can usually be found on the beach with her dog regardless of the weather! 

 

Anne Stevens, a Business and Management graduate, has worked at various levels of corporate retail management across several sectors for over 15 years. Moving out of corporate work in 2017, Anne now co runs/owns a local Electrical Contractor company. The transition from large businesses to the SME world really opened Anne's eyes to the different challenges they faced.  Wanting to use her experience to help others, Anne joined the executive committee.  When not at work, you'll find Anne socialising (always involving food), travelling or planning to travel! 

 
Originally from Cornwall, Robert Hunter qualified as a motor mechanic at Weston College before returning to maintain a minibus fleet for Cornwall Council.  On moving to Luton, he worked in the security sector as an Operations Manager for 15 years then moved back to the West Country, eventually buying a Victorian house near the seafront, which had been converted into 3 flats and became a property landlord.  Having an interest in all things technical, Robert joined the Executive Committee of Weston Chamber in 2012 to modernise their website.
 
 
Nigel Browne and his family have lived in Weston for 25 years. He has a wealth of business experience, both in UK and internationally, and for 15 years also ran his own retail business in the region. Nigel now owns the local franchise for UK Business Mentoring, spending his time assisting and guiding local business owners to develop and improve their business. If he’s not working, you’ll probably find him on the golf course!

 

 
Tracey Carter and her family have lived in North Somerset for over 20 years. She worked for Bristol City Council for 25 years as a Director and set up the Councils Waste Company, as MD she led it to many successes over her 3-year tenure. Tracey now runs her business coaching company where she helps emerging leaders enhance their purpose and people management skills. Tracey enjoys making things with wood and pallets, you will always find her helping her children with their home DIY tasks.
  

 

 
Teresa Morgan splits her time between working in a Post Office, running her own business, supporting the Chamber, writing books, and running around after her two sons! Yes, she could do with an extra day in the week.
 
Her experience includes roles in purchasing, secretarial, administration and market research, from small to large multi-national organisations. As an author, she’s had to master social media. Teresa is at her happiest baking cakes, preparing home cooked dinners (whether the kids eat them or not), reading a good book, or sitting at her PC emptying her thoughts onto the screen. She also has an obsession for superheroes and likes a cocktail (or two).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Updated: 04-10-2020