Nigel Pearce

Nigel Pearce

President

The Pearce Practice, 50 High Street, Taunton

Nigel is a Chartered Architect who has run his own architectural practice in Taunton for more than 20 years.

Nigel has served on the Executive Committee for ten years and feels extremely honoured to have been elected as President. He represents the Taunton Chamber as a board member of Somerset Chamber of Commerce.

Adam Townley

Adam Townley

Vice-President

Townley Insurance Brokers, Exchange House, 12-14 The Crescent, Taunton

Adam moved to Taunton from the Midlands in 2011. He is a Chartered Insurance Broker and runs his own independent firm in the County Town. Townley Insurance Brokers specialises in arranging insurance for small businesses and charitable organisations. Outside of work he is also a Parent Governor at the town’s Parkfield School.

Laurence Bassett

Laurence Bassett

Treasurer

Francis Clark Chartered Accountants Taunton

Laurence is a senior manager with PKF Francis Clark, Charter Accountants, and is based in their Taunton office. He works with a number of companies across the South West, with a particular focus on Somerset and Devon.

Prior to joining PKF Francis Clark Laurence trained and worked for KPMG LLP. He was previously based in East Anglia, before moving to the South West in 2013. He is a Chartered Accountant with the ICAEW, and holds a first class degree in Mathematics (MMath) from the University of Warwick. He lives in Exeter with his wife and daughter.

Colin Barrell

Colin Barrell

Committee Member

Mr Miles tea rooms, 3-4 High Street, Taunton

Colin has served on the Chamber Exec for at least 13 years and was appointed to the Executive when he was chair of the now non-existent Town Centre Retailers Group. Always interested in things that affect businesses in Taunton and generally try to support the good and put up resistance to the bad.

Chris Winter

Chris Winter

Committee Member

Summerfield Developments, Tauntfield, South Road, Taunton

Chief Executive of Summerfield Developments SW Limited, Summerfield are both commercial and residential developers based in Taunton and operating throughout the South West. Chris has worked in the construction and property development sector in the Taunton area for 20 years.

Roger Seaton

Roger Seaton

Committee Member

Clarke Willmott, Blackbrook Gate, Blackbrook Park Avenue, Taunton

Roger is a Senior Partner with Clarke Willmott LLP, solicitors with a local office in Taunton. He leads the firm’s banking and finance teams and specialises in commercial property transactions.

Dr Liz Payne-Ahmadi

Dr Liz Payne-Ahmadi

Committee Member

Past President

Liz has worked with the Chamber Executive Committee since 1999 and is a past-president. She originally joined the Chamber to represent Somerset College, where she was Marketing Director. She later worked at Somerset County Council but is now retired. Liz is involved in the work of a number of organisations locally and regionally. She chairs Equality South West and the Women‘s Equality Network Somerset (WENS) and is Chair of Governors at Somerset College. Liz’s career has included teaching, marketing and communications and customer service management.

Stephen Summerill

Stephen Summerill

Committee Member

Bishop Fox’s School, Taunton

Steve is Assistant Head at Bishop Fox‘s, a specialist Business and Enterprise school. Amongst his responsibilities he has oversight of the school specialism, which involves developing students’ business and enterprise skills through the curriculum, projects and curriculum days.

Kim Salmine

Kim Salmine

Committee Member

Mail Boxes Etc., Bridge Street, Taunton

Kim originally moved to Taunton 36 years ago. She opened Mail Boxes Etc. in Taunton town centre with her husband in 2004. The understanding gained from working with both the public and the business community in Taunton will be a valuable input to the committee’s role.

She is passionate that Taunton has so much to offer for all and it is particularly important to ensure that all businesses, whatever their size have a voice. We all want the same thing which is for Taunton to thrive so that everyone benefits.

Caroline Kelly

Administrator