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.