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Power50: Our latest list of movers and shakers

By Herald Express  |  Posted: December 12, 2013

  • columnist: Mitch Tonks

  • Michelin star: Simon Hulstone

  • newcomer: Jim Watson

  • new in the list: Developers Peter Tisdale, left, and John Havard

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THE movers and shakers of South Devon are quaking in their boots — and stilettos.

Will they or won't they have good reason to celebrate this Christmas?

Today we can unveil the latest names in the annual Kitsons Herald Express Power 50 list — and there are a couple of new faces.

They are in this year's prestigious list of people who have real influence in the area to create better times for us all.

This week we are featuring numbers 30 to 11. Next week it will be the big Top 10 and our very own Christmas Number One.

So here are the people who we believe wield the most power and influence in the Bay. These people have the ability, influence and will to make things happen and deliver a brighter future.

They are working either as an individual in their particular field or at the head of an organisation or business.

The list, drawn up in partnership with South Devon law firm Kitsons, is totally subjective. Please, don't take it too seriously.

New for 2013 are our culinary couple Herald Express columnist Mitch Tonks from Dartmouth and Michelin star chef Simon Hulstone of The Elephant Restaurant in Torquay.

Also new are a duo of developers Peter Tisdale and John Havard who have started work on transforming the Palm Court into Abbey Crescent and are still working on finalising the Torwood Street scheme in Torquay.

Another newcomer is Jim Watson, project director on what is arguably the biggest building site in Devon — the Kingskerswell bypass.

READERS also have the chance to name their own mini Top 10 list of people they believe deserve public recognition for their selfless contribution to the community.

They don't necessarily need to be on the top 50 Power list. They can be from all walks of life.

11Vince Flower: Managing director of Shearings Hotels Ltd which operates 50 hotels in the UK. Chairman of governors at Torquay Community College and serves on the boards of the Torbay Economic Development Company and the English Riviera Tourism Company.

12 Steve Collins: Francis Clark senior partner, the firm's head of tax. Specialised in tax for more than 30 years. On the South West Council of the Confederation of British Industry.

13 Sarah Wollaston: Totnes MP, whose constituency includes Brixham and parts of Paignton. A GP, she has impressed national political commentators with her steadfast refusal to be 'lobby fodder' for the government.

14 Mitch Tonks/Simon Hulstone: The Power 50's culinary couple — Herald Express columnist Mitch who runs the Seahorse and the Rockfish Restaurant in Dartmouth has expanded his operation again this year into Plymouth. Michelin star chef Simon has won new accolades both for his cooking at the Elephant and in professional competitions.

15Alan Archer: Chief executive of the expanding Select Group of Companies Ltd and former chairman of Torbay Business Forum. Select Group has now developed the world's first instrument which can detect airborne asbestos fibres in real time.

16 Laurence Murrell: The managing director of TLH Leisure Resort which runs the biggest independent hotel group in Torbay, one of the biggest in the west country — the Toorak, Derwent, Victoria and Carlton hotels. A lifetime achievement winner in this year's English Riviera and South Devon Tourism and Hospitality Awards.

17 Angela George: Appointed the first woman chairman of the Torbay branch of the FSB. A director of IMS Marketing Ltd, she is also involved with many voluntary business organisations including Creative Thinking Torbay, Brixham Chamber, Torbay Business Forum, Fredericks Foundation’s panelist and is a founder member of Brixham Means Business.

18 Cris Boyce: Partner at solicitors Boyce Hatton. Head of the firm's commercial department advising clients throughout the west country on commercial issues, including the buying and selling of firms. Vice-chairman of the board at the Riviera International Conference Centre.

19 The Cavanna family: The Cavanna Group of companies which celebrated its 90th anniversary this year, is now the largest independent house builder in the region. 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.

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 in 1971.

21 Alex Rowe: Former joint managing direct of CLS, now serving as a non-executive director on the board of Jelf Group PLC. He is chairman of the board of the Riviera International Centre and a director at Torquay United.

22 Tim Godfrey: Partner at Bishop Fleming chartered accountants. In charge of corporate services and head of health care. He specialises in the care home sector.

23 Roy Pike/Dr Nick Smith: The heads of Torquay Boys' and Torquay Girls' grammar schools. Roy retires this Christmas after 43 years at the school — 27 years as head teacher — helping it to become one of the top 10 boys' schools in the country.

24 Matt Bettesworth: Eldest son of Barney and Elizabeth Bettesworth, grandson of Bernard and Maureen Bettesworth, who founded family firm Bettesworths Estate Agents commercial and licensed property agents in the west country. The company handles millions of pounds worth of commercial property sales. Chartered surveyor Matt now heads up the pub sales team.

25 Les Burnett: Key and influential figure in Torbay's business community. He is 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.

26 Peter Tisdale and John Havard: Developers' double act, Peter Tisdale, of New Riviera Estates, is trying to develop Torwood Street in Torquay and also worked with John Havard as Havard Tisdale who is currently transforming the former Palm Court on Torquay seafront into Abbey Crescent.

27 Jim Watson: Jim is not from around these parts (his accent is a giveaway, he lives in Fife) but as project director for Galliford Try on the South Devon Link Road his work is having a major impact on life in Torbay.

28 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.

29 Richard Hutchings: Senior partner at Kitsons, he specialises in commercial and licensing and represents many significant clients throughout the west country.

30 Tony Carter: Prominent Torquay-based businessman and entrepreneur. Was part of the nine-man consortium of local businessman who bought Torquay United from former owner Mike Bateson in 2007. He owns several prominent properties and businesses in the Bay, including pubs and clubs.

WE have been asked to point out that Matt Newbury no longer works at the Northcott Theatre but is marketing guru at Hannahs at Seale Hayne. He created and established Pride Torbay which has now developed into Riviera Pride. He has written a book about wild swimming and is a swim event organiser.

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