Meet the Committee

The committee is made up of local businessmen and women who volunteer their time and expertise each month by attending committee meetings, business clubs and socials. We are always seeking new members so if you think you might have something to offer and would like to help, then please get in touch with one of us.


James Spencer


Pebbles Group

Founder and Director of the Pebbles group, growing successful businesses in the UK property, travel and leisure sectors including Pebbles of Salcombe (2004), REFURB (2012) and HolidayHostUK (2019), Chamber Vice Chairman James has been a driving force on the committee for more than a decade.
Founded Cornerstone Photography in 2009 under the name of Zooming Feet Photography, and Cornerstone Websites design in 2012. Bringing these skills together to build a better online presence for Devon businesses. Joined the Chamber Committee in late 2021 to bring more of a small business perspective to the Chamber.

John Gardner


John spent 30 years in the Royal Navy as a warfare officer, serving on ships ranging in size from small patrol craft to frigates, destroyers, amphibious assault ships and aircraft carriers. He subsequently joined the NHS as a Director of Operations, following which he joined Mott MacDonald, who are a global engineering, management and development consultancy firm.
The first 7 years of my working life were spent working abroad, firstly in the French Alps and then, after qualifying for a marine hospitality career, I travelled the world working on Super Yachts. I moved back to Kingsbridge in 2015 and joined Pebbles in Salcombe as a part-time property checker and developed my career with them over the following 7 years, leaving in May 2022 as Senior Manager of the Property Management Department.
Kim Willis

Kim Willis

Marketing and Social Media

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Kim heads up her own social media agency here in Kingsbridge and helps the Chamber with their marketing, social media and promoting events. Kim is working alongside James and Jenny to promote the current grant schemes.
I am the Representative for Modbury and the Chair of Modbury High Street, a group of local businesses who are working together to promote the town of Modbury and to encourage visitors and residents to come to Modbury to shop, eat and explore.
Jane is co-owner of The Winking Prawn Group, and Chair of Salcombe Information Centre.

Associate Members


Cllr Samantha Dennis

South Hams District Council

Sam was elected to SHDC as a Conservative in 2023.
Well known to the Chamber having previously been Chairman, Sam is delighted to join the committee once again.

Peter Richardson

Utility Warehouse

Peter has had a career in industrial and later consumer goods marketing and in 1997 he became an authorized distributor of Telecomplus a start up company at that time.

Cllr Philip Cole

Associate Member

Mayor of Kingsbridge

Philip joined Kingsbridge Town Council in 2017 and has worked extensively to improve the public realm including way-markers, benches, planters and bins. He is a member of Kingsbridge In Bloom, a trustee of the Cookworthy Museum and the Council representative for both the Dodbrooke Feoffees and Kingsbridge Age Concern. He also chairs Kingsbridge Kino (a world cinema club) and is part of Dodbrooke bell-ringing team.
Cabinet Member for Economic Recovery and Skills and County Councillor for the electoral division of Salcombe.
Mark was elected to SHDC as an Independent in 2019.

Mark was already well known locally through his work as Salcombe Town Councillor, the Salcombe Information Centre, local harbour board and Cliff House Trust.
Mark is a restauranteur having spend the past 26 years running the Winking Prawn Group, with restaurants in Salcombe and Polzeath, and before that he worked in the restaurant trade in Poole.
I have lived in the South Hams for over 45 years, working mainly in the tourism/hospitality business. I set up and established the Salcombe TIC in 1984, having worked at the Marine Hotel, Thurlestone Hotel in P.R and in conference management in the Cotswolds.

A Brief History of the Chamber

The Kingsbridge and District Chamber of Trade as it was then known was founded in 1949 and quickly acquired a remarkable record of practical achievement in promoting the interests of local businesses.  Its main publication was the “Kingsbridge & South Hams Official Guide”.

Pride was taken in creating a publication that was  …”very far removed from the usual rather brash commercial booklets, being filled with delightful articles on subjects of local interest ranging from bird watching to the ship building industry of the last century.  It is a frank and often humorous little work and deserves its wide numbers of admirers.”  This is a quote from the Kingsbridge & District Trade Exhibition leaflet of 1955 organised by the Chamber.

The Trade Exhibition held in 1955 was one of many events held to promote local businesses.  Mr Jack Tanner, proprietor of Tanners Ladies and Gentlemens outfitters in Fore Street, was one of the driving forces behind this event and was instrumental in helping to achieve the Chamber’s success for four decades after the war.  Other activities included pressing for improvements to the roads, postal services and organising special shopping weeks before Christmas with competitions and lavish window displays.  The accent has always been on “shop local “.

During that period the Chamber held four public meetings a year and an annual black tie dinner and dance at the Albion Hotel at the top of Fore Street now occupied by Marchand Petit.

In the 1980s a small group of local business people, members of the Chamber, decided that tourists needed a central point in the town where local information could be obtained. Thus the Kingsbridge Information Centre was created, initially in a caravan and later in the excellent purpose built structure seen on the Quay today.

The responsibility for producing the guide passed from the Chamber to the Information Centre, now an independent self funding business.  Today’s brilliant publication “Hello Kingsbridge & South Devon” continues to contain many interesting articles and invaluable information plus the advertising that is vital to the continuation of the service.

In subsequent years changes in the membership led to a lower public profile for the Chamber.  This was reversed from around 2005 with the introduction of the “Business Club” meetings.  In 2007 the Chamber’s image was updated with a change of name and a new visual identity including the logo seen elsewhere on this site.  Some Salcombe businesses have always been members but with the high rate of growth of new enterprises there it became attractive to acknowledge this in the name “Kingsbridge & Salcombe Chamber of Commerce”.

Today the Chamber has never had a higher profile across traditional media and now on social networking sites.  The membership has more than doubled and as this process continues it enables the Chamber to speak with an increasingly authoritative voice.