MEET THE TEAM

 

Stephen Spencer

Stephen Spencer moved into the north Cotswolds nine years ago and has been a member of the Executive Committee for over 2 years, becoming Chairman in 2019.

His experience is centred on people management in multinational manufacturing businesses of up to £6bn sales.

This has involved building successful management and executive teams across differing cultures and business settings often involving acquisitions and disposals of businesses from £50m to £1bn. Planning and securing talent has been core. In these roles he has had frequent involvement in running award programmes to recognise achievements by people across many countries.

He has worked for Courtaulds plc, Federal Mogul Inc. and GKN plc and is currently doing some coaching and leadership work with academic and industrial organisations. He has participated in a number of governmental and industrial working parties. 

 

Jane Fenwick

Jane Fenwick has lived in the middle of Chipping Campden for over twenty years.  She first came to the town approximately 36 years ago where she worked at The Green Dragon, interior decorating business.

After that time she moved to Broadway where she became involved in her husband’s Antiques business, Fenwick and Fenwick.  She has many years of experience of running a business on a high street in a small town/village, so is well aware of the challenges that gives. 

Jane is also the Chairman of a charity, Stroud Court Community Trust, a residential home for adults with autism in Minchinhampton.

She is also on the committee for the Campden Christmas Market and Lights which is going from strength to strength, and putting Chipping Campden on the map as somewhere to visit over the Christmas shopping period.

She prides herself on using lots of the local businesses and therefore is known by quite a few of the members!!

 

Michael Allchin

Micheal Allchin has a wide and varied business experience as Director and Chief Executive of retail, manufacturing, importing, exporting and service companies in the jewellery, gem, and precious metals industry; and across a complete range of sizes from small private businesses with less than 10 staff to multi-nationals with turnovers in the £100millions.

 

Michael has experience of lobbying and working with politicians and law makers at Westminster and Brussels. Michael was part of a small business team that set up the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust and Jewellery Quarter Business Improvement District (BID) in Birmingham.

 

Michael believes that businesses and the community should work cooperatively together, and is an elected Town Councillor and active trustee on several Campden charities. The Campden Business Forum helps create a framework for businesses to thrive and communicate with each other, with the Town, and with the great outside.

 

Nick West

Nick took over as chairman of the Campden Business Forum (CBF) at the beginning of 2017 with the ambition of helping the Forum grow into a dynamic and respected supporter of the business community in the North Cotswolds.

 

Prior to his involvement in the CBF, Nick worked in the marketing and advertising sector. His career began at Saatchi and Saatchi where he witnessed the growth of the company from a single office in London to worldwide dominance.

 

After leaving Saatchi’s Nick worked for two other multi-national advertising agencies before launching Austin West Communications in 1987. For nearly 25 years Nick oversaw the development of AWC into a multi-disciplined marketing business offering advertising, media buying and research.

 

In 2010 Nick sold the business to a Californian- based media group and since then he has been retired. Nick divides his time between his home in the Cotswolds, a holiday home in Arizona and his spiritual home at the Emirates Stadium in North London.

 

Sue Stainer

Sue Stainer has extensive experience in the retail, marketing & sales sectors specialising in the toys, gifts and stationery markets.

 

Operating at a senior level her retail responsibilities included the development of own brand product ranges and direct importing for companies including Argos, Mothercare and Hamleys.

 

Sue also also worked in the manufacturing sector establishing sales and marketing programs to bring new product to European markets prior to that she ran her own stationery and gifts business developing product for a number of high street brands.

 

Sue

Scorer

Sue Scorer currently owns The Bay Tree in Chipping Campden.

 

Samantha

Thwaites

Samantha has been on the executive team for several years.

 

Samantha was instrumental in building the new website and improving communications. 

 

Sam works tirelessly in bringing the Annual Awards Ceremony to life and despite now living in France, she remains on the team and supports where she can.

 

Linda

Carruthers

Linda joined the team in 2019 to take over the communications from Samantha.  New to the role, she is looking forward to taking the website further and assisting in various administrative areas to help the Forum function well.

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