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Second set of names that make up Torbay's Power 50

By Herald Express  |  Posted: October 18, 2012


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WE're getting close to the top 10.

Here is the latest line-up for Power 50 2012 and the names that make up rankings 11 to 30.

Power 50, in partnership between the Herald Express and local solicitors Kitsons, is all about recognising those people who can make a difference for Torbay.

The panel drawing up the list were looking for somebody who can deliver and contribute to herald a new dawn for the resort.

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Selections have been totally subjective.

You can make up your own minds because you are, of course, entitled to your own opinions.

Please, let us know what you think.

The rankings from 50 to 31, published last week, have already started people talking.

Cllr Alison Hernandez, making her debut in this year's ratings, even received a special mention from MC and deputy mayor David Thomas at last week's Torbay In Bloom awards night.

In fact, Cllr Thomas takes a bow this year and comes in at number 11.

There's a family feel as Torbay-based house builders the Cavannas enter at 13. Steve Collins from Francis Clark is there for the first time.

So, too, is Graham Brown from the Pavey Group, and Matt Bettesworth from the well-established property agents firm.


Don't forget this year we want to hear your views on the list and who you think holds influence in the Bay.

We are asking our readers and online audience to select their own People's Choice Power 10.

Find out how you can nominate your own People's Choice next week.

11 DAVE THOMAS: Torbay's deputy mayor, with a wide ranging portfolio. He is also the executive lead for strategic planning, housing and energy, all of which pose major challenges in the Bay especially as the council is in the process of drafting the blueprint for planning in the Bay for the next 20 years. He runs an outside catering company.

12 ALAN ARCHER: Born in Brixham, he is chief executive of The Select Group of Companies Ltd and chairman of Torbay Business Forum. A vocal supporter of the South Devon Link Road, he is a forceful, no-nonsense leader who likes to get things done quickly — and is quite prepared to speak his mind.

13 CAVANNA FAMILY: Since its establishment in 1923, Cavanna Group has been very much a family firm. The past few years have seen renewed expansion and investment in the firm, and the Cavanna Group of companies is now the largest independent house builder in the region with a multi-million pound turnover and a major building programme. Today, the third generation of Cavannas are at the helm, with chairman Jeremy, his brother Jonathan Cavanna, marketing director, and their cousin Martin Cavanna, construction director, who have moved to executive roles within the company with the appointment of new managing director Eugene Rapson.

14 LAURENCE MURRELL: The managing director of TLH Leisure Resort, the family business which runs the biggest independent hotel group in Torbay, one of the biggest in the West Country. His family donated the site of the Riviera International Centre to the resort and still run the Toorak, Derwent, Victoria and Carlton hotels.

15 ALEX ROWE: Former joint managing director of CLS now serving as a non-exec on the board of Jelf Group PLC. He is on the new board of the Riviera International Centre. He was chairman of the consortium which saved Torquay United from oblivion in 2007 and remains a director at Plainmoor. He is also a life vice president of Torquay Cricket Club and former chairman and current director of Torquay Golf Club.

16 CRIS BOYCE: Partner of Torquay-based solicitors Boyce Hatton which he joined more than 20 years ago. Head of the firm's commercial department advising clients throughout the West Country on commercial issues, including the buying and selling of firms.

17 STEVE COLLINS: Francis Clark senior partner, the firm's head of tax. Having specialised in tax for over 30 years, he has a wealth of experience to businesses, entrepreneurs and private individuals. He established the firm's tax consultancy, which now advises around 300 firms of accountants on specialist tax matters.

18 SARAH WOLLASTON: Totnes MP, whose constituency reaches into Paignton. A GP, she has impressed national political commentators with her steadfast refusal to be 'lobby fodder' for the Government and has broken cover to speak out on NHS issues. She has been a vocal supporter of the under-threat Brixham coastguard station and is quietly building a strong reputation locally for likeability combined with dogged fighting spirit.

19 ROY PIKE AND DR NICK SMITH: Two of the most respected men in education in Torbay at the helm of schools recognised nationally as among the best in the country. Roy Pike is principal of Torquay Boys' Grammar School. A former history teacher at the school, he was appointed head teacher in 1986. Has developed all aspects of the school. It is among the top 20 boys' schools in the country. Its state-of-the-art facilities are continuously improved, as are its academic and other achievements. The school is working closely with Torquay Academy as it also improves standards.

Dr Nick Smith is head of Torquay Girls' Grammar School. Tasked with retaining the school's traditional values but at the same time driving it into the 21st century with new initiatives, including being among the first schools in the country to offer its sixth form pupils the British Baccalaureate.

20 GRAHAM BROWN: Managing director of Pavey Group at Edginswell Business Park which has been providing personal and commercial insurance, risk management and financial advice since being founded by Michael Pavey 1971. The group received national recognition as Independent Regional Insurance Broker of the Year. Living in Torquay, he started his career at the local Eagle Star office. Last year the group controlled in excess of £18million of premium income and £88million of investment income.

21 CHARLES UZZELL: Torbay Council Director of place and resources. His brief and responsibilities are far-reaching, covering some of the most important and challenging aspects of council business. He has key role in driving the Bay forward and looking for new investment and regeneration to create jobs and housing. He has responsibility for residents and visitors services, from parking to public toilets as well as the council's partnership with rubbish rounds and parks maintenance firm Tor2.

22 TIM GODFREY: Partner at Bishop Fleming chartered accountants. In charge of corporate services and head of health care. He joined the firm in 1994 and has advised a large number of leading names in local business. He looks after the care home sector and is also a recognised expert working in the fishing industry.

23 BILL PHILLIPS: Managing director of Torquay United and its 12th board member. He has brought his management expertise to the club after a lifetime in business. He has run several companies, most notably Youngs Seafood, building up a network of contacts which is of major use to the club.

24 LES BURNETT: Key and influential figure in Torbay's business community. A former Torquay Boys' Grammar School pupil who started work as a deckchair attendant on Torquay seafront in the summer months and is now managing partner at Francis Clark, one of the top chartered accountants and business advisers in the West Country which he joined in the early 1980s.

25 CHRIS LEWIS: He now has a firm grasp on the difficult job of improving Torbay Council's children's services department. He could be the lightning rod for any dissenters within the Tory ranks. Career spent working in tourism industry. He became involved in local politics when he helped former Torbay mayor Nick Bye with his campaign. Former deputy mayor and Tory group leader and mayoral candidate.

26 IAN BROADFOOT: Chief executive of Torbay Town Centres Company and the voice of the retail trade in the Bay. The Scotsman who previously worked on the business improvement district in Edinburgh has proven to be more than capable as he drives the Business Improvement Districts project forwards, including a new BID project for Babbacombe Bay area.

27 TONY CARTER: Prominent Torquay-based businessmen and entrepreneur. Was part of the nine-man consortium of local businessman who bought Torquay United from former owner Mike Bateson in 2007 after the disastrous Chris Roberts era. His business skills and network of contacts will have been invaluable to the new board of directors at Plainmoor.

28 RICHARD HUTCHINGS: One of South Devon's most-respected solicitors and a power house behind the scenes at Kitsons where he has helped broker major deals. Senior Partner, he specialises in commercial and licensing and represents many significant clients throughout the West Country. Joined Hutchings and Plum in 1972, following his grandfather and father, before a merger with Kitsons. His family have practised in Torquay since 1899.

29 MATT BETTESWORTH: Eldest son of Barney and Elizabeth Bettesworth, grandson of Bernard and Maureen Bettesworth, who founded family firm Bettesworths Estate Agents in 1943 now one of the most successful and well established commercial and licensed property agents in the West Country. The company handles millions of pounds worth of commercial property sales. Chartered surveyor Matt joined Bettesworths in 2001 and now heads up the pub sales team. Vets rugby player, now adventure racer, occasional golfer with a young family.

30 LES CRUMP: As head of spatial planning, he has been at the helm of the planning department throughout some of the biggest periods of change in Torbay's history. Has been played a key role in some of the resort's most high-profile development projects.

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