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!