Business Action | June / July 2019


June / July 2019 issue of the independent North Devon-based business magazine covering news about business and enterprise in Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton, Chulmleigh, Combe Martin, Holsworthy, Ilfracombe, Lynmouth, Lynton, South Molton, Torrington, Woolacombe and more.

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On the March: (from left) Heather Mock and Lorraine Irwin receive their

award from Active Devon

Two employees from Golden

Coast at Roundswell claimed

the top spot in Active Devon’s

Big Devon March — a monthlong

campaign to encourage

the county’s workers to become

more active on a daily basis.

More than 1,000 people

took part this year and it was

Lorraine Irwin and Heather

Mock from Golden Coast —

the UK’s largest independent

distributor of products for the

swimming pool, hot tub, spa

and sauna industry — who

topped the leaderboard.

Jamie Adams, managing

director of Golden Coast, said:

“It’s brilliant to see Team GC

win big at this year’s Big Devon

March. We employ 33 people

at the company, who all love

being active — everything

from scuba diving to marathon

running to boxing.”

Lorraine and Heather

recorded the highest average

number of steps for the 2019

Big Devon March — clocking

up more than a million

between them, and walking

more than 200 miles in the last

two weeks of the challenge.

Heather, administration

team leader, said: “It’s fantastic

to place first, but it felt just as

rewarding to have explored

our beautiful region. I walked

part of the Tarka Trail across

North Devon and explored

some of the pathways along the

Tiverton to Taunton canal, as

well as my daily morning and

lunchtime walks.”

Company accountant

Lorraine added: “It was fun

taking part in a team event and

becoming more active. The

challenge inspired me to take

walks during my lunch breaks.

“We both certainly feel the

benefits of walking a lot more

and feel both physically and

mentally healthier.”

Sean Mackney has been

appointed principal and CEO

of Petroc from 1 August 2019.

Sean will take over from Diane

Dimond, who is leaving the

college in the summer as part

of her retirement plan.

Sean joins Petroc from

Buckinghamshire New

University, where he has

served as pro vice-chancellor

Research, Enterprise and

External Relations and pro

vice-chancellor Education.

Kevin Finan, chairman

of Petroc Governors,

commented: “We are absolutely

delighted with the

appointment of Sean, who

comes to us at a really exciting,

if challenging time. We are

confident that he will take up

the mantle from Diane who

has led us so effectively for the

past few years and under her

leadership we have achieved

so much including becoming

NicDex No:1 College in 2018.

Sean has extensive experience

in the FE and HE sectors as

well as developing strategic

partnerships with the business

community and this will

be invaluable for us in our

next stage of development,

ensuring we provide a high

quality and relevant provision

for our community.”

Sean has more than 25

years’ experience in the education

sector. In his most recent

role Sean has been responsible

for Buckinghamshire New

University’s partnership provision,

with 5,000 learners in

partner FE colleges in the UK

and internationally.

“I am passionate about

working in partnership

to improve learning and

teaching, something I have

done throughout my career

with individual students,

students unions and the NUS,”

said Sean, “and I relish the

opportunity to do this back

in my home area of Devon,

ensuring we provide the best

possible opportunities for our


Sean’s previous roles

include director of Student

Education and Engagement at

the University of Exeter, senior

deputy chief executive at the

Higher Education Academy,

head of Learning and Teaching

at HEFCE and head of the

HE Regional Development

Association – South West.

Sean, who was born in

Devon, holds a postgraduate

qualification in education

from the University of

Manchester and is currently

completing his doctorate with

the University of Bath.

Mark Speck has joined

Barum & Dewar’s UK sales

team as a regional sales

manager with responsibility

for developing business

growth in the South West.

His appointment underlines

Barum & Dewar’s

continued commitment to

further improving client engagement.

Mark brings with him extensive experience

of the UK specialist packaging sector.

Barum & Dewar are a market leader in the

design, manufacture and supply of protective

cases with a reputation for delivering innovative

packaging solutions of the highest quality.

Barum & Dewar managing director David

Frame said: “Our business is all about building

trusted relationships with our clients. Mark

joins a highly motivated and expanding team

at Barum & Dewar and brings not only professional

integrity but enthusiasm and a desire to

make a real difference.”

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