Committee

Les Stephens

President

On leaving school, Les went into the corporate environment, holding various senior management positions, working for multi-national retailers throughout the UK and Europe.

Nowadays he runs Prints & Threads in Cirencester providing corporate branding through garment printing and embroidery.

Les loves canals and boating to unwind and relax, plus evenings out wining, dining and listening to music.

 

Claire Wardell

Secretary

Claire became Secretary in May 2015. Claire is passionate about Cirencester and is involved with other groups with in the town, such as The Phoenix Festival and Cirencester Community Development Trust. Claire is also a Local Town Councillor for The New Mills Ward.   A mother of four and grandma of one. In Claire’s spare time she enjoys getting involved in local events and thoroughly enjoys live music.

 

David Fowles

Vice-President

David Fowles runs a marketing and publishing company called Cotswold Media specialising in promoting property, leisure, tourism and independent retail businesses in the Cotswolds. David is also a Cotswold District Councillor and Vice President of the Cirencester Chamber of Commerce. As a trustee of the CCDT, David is responsible for looking after the Culture, Heritage and Tourism group reporting into the main board

Annemarie Thurgood

Annemarie Thurgood

Vice-President

As one of the directors of Athena Web Designs, I work with many Cirencester businesses and organisations.

We have found that regularly attending networking events has helped us build good relationships with local businesses.

We encourage all of our clients to network and hope that being part of the committee we can help other businesses make great connections.

Howard Smith

Treasurer

Howard has lived in Cirencester for over 5 years and setup his accounts & business consulting practice the numbercruncher over 3 years ago where he specialises in paperless accounts cloud technology for small businesses using Xero and Receiptbank. He enjoys the chamber social & networking events with like-minded people & it seemed natural for him to become more involved. In his spare time, youll find him down his allotment on Purley Road

Jan Sparrow Vuolo

Jan Sparrow moved here from Hertfordshire in the eighties. Director of Cotswold Sparrow Publishing Ltd, publisher of Cirencester Scene Magazine. Loves meeting and connecting people to people, business to business. Art School graduate and freelance illustrator: ‘Portraits of People and Pets’. Country girl, dog walker and trainee beekeeper.

Hilary Norris-Evans

Hilary is based in CIRENCESTER where she practises Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness, NLP, Hypnohealing, Easibirthing and Stress Management. She trains new hypnotherapists in Bath and works in Bath at The Practice Rooms and Cirencester. These locations are convenient for you if you live or work in North and West Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire and the towns of Swindon, Stroud , Fairford , Bath , Bristol and Cheltenham

Howard Burr

Howard runs 2 Companies based in Love Lane. South Western specialised tape ltd and Cotswold Labels ltd. Both businesses have many local customers and he is keen to keep business as local as possible. He has a passion for business in Cirencester and wants to engage the more industrial elements of the towns economy with the Chamber to push forward Cirencester as a great place to work and start a business

Adam Vines

As the managing owner of Lounge Design based in the Market Place, Adam Vines has really embraced Cirencester since moving the business here in 2017. ‘It’s a great place to work and welcome from the community has been amazing. I really look forward to giving something back to the area’. Adam is also a trustee of Age UK Gloucestershire and a temporary border for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Russell Jones-Walker

Russell has held various positions within the insurance industry since 2005 with natural progression from an apprentice to sales management roles with corporate companies such as Jelf/Marsh, Zurich/Endsleigh. Russell now enjoys working as the Business Development Manager for Cirencester based, family owned and award winning insurance broker Lumley Insurance Limited.

Russell is very keen to immerse himself in the community with a keen focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and working with local charities and initiatives as a part of his business plan, as well as building warm, collaborative relationships with local businesses. A key step to this will be being a valuable committee member of the Chamber of Commerce.

Jennifer Winnett

Jen graduated from the Royal Agricultural University a couple of years ago and has recently moved back to Cirencester after missing it too much! Currently growing her Eco-Art business Jen Winnett Art alongside other freelance equine and university work.

Previous president of the Enterprise society at the University and Grand Idea Winner, she loves getting involved and supporting young Enterprise and entrepreneurs. Thrives off meeting new people and networking, country girl at heart and anything to do with horses!

 

Mark Harris

Mark runs a Google Analytics, SEO and PPC management agency in Cirencester aimed at Cotswold businesses. He is also a Director of a PR and marketing company that specialises in representing larger B2B technology companies particularly in the eCommerce sector.

He has worked in Digital Marketing since 1998.

Mark is also a Town Councillor with responsibility for the markets and events and a District Councillor and Chair of the Parking Board which aims to improve parking in Cirencester – something the Chamber campaigned for in 2015. Mark is a former Mayor of Cirencester and a former President of the Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

 

 

 

Fran Coulter

Fran has worked in the Financial Services industry for five years, beginning at St. James’s Place Wealth Management in Cirencester, before starting her own business aligned to them in April 2018, when FRC Financial Planning began.  Fran has grown up and lived in Cirencester for over 20 years and joined the committee to join in and give something back to other established businesses and start ups in the local area.

Hannah Hockley

Hannah works at Cirencester College as an Apprenticeship Coordinator and is passionate about developing opportunities for the youth of the town.

“Young people have so much to offer and it’s important that we encourage them to seek opportunities in Cirencester rather than feeling they have to move away to find fulfilling careers.  Cirencester has a huge range of businesses across a broad spectrum of industries. By developing links between businesses, education providers and young people we can foster relationships that benefit all sides.”

 

Hannah has lived in Cirencester for most of her life and loves it! Particularly the local community events and the amazing Markets that Cirencester has to offer.

In her spare time Hannah can be found exploring the beautiful countryside of Cirencester and the surrounding areas with her dog, Wilbur.