Philip and his wife, Kathryn, have been regular visitors to Buxton since 1998, attending the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival each year. They retired to Buxton in 2012 to be closer to family. With professional accountancy and marketing qualifications, Philip spent much of his career in the plastic card industry and ran the UK subsidiary of a card technology company. He is treasurer of Buxton Town Team CIC and Buxton Markets CIC and a charity trustee of Buxton Festival Foundation and Friends of the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival. He also enjoys singing with the Buxton Musical Society.
Mat Blackwood along with his wife, Emma, owns Peak Inns Ltd which now runs three establishments in the town: The Duke in Burbage, 53° North on Hall Bank and The Old Sun Inn on High Street.
Adrian arrived in Buxton in 2003 having helped to run and manage a small, successful engineering company in London for three decades. He took early retirement and threw himself into Buxton life. He trained at the University of Derby Buxton to become a tour guide at the Dome, and then joined Vision Buxton as a Director subsequently becoming Co-Chairman in 2012. Pastimes and hobbies include hill walking, playing classical guitar, cooking, and a passionate interest in making Buxton an even better place.
Lesley Caddy and her husband Steve launched Pure Buxton magazine in 2007 and now run their publishing business from an office in the town. Lesley started her career on the Derbyshire Times newspaper and later worked on the Sheffield Telegraph for many years, latterly (as Lesley Draper) specialising in food writing. Lesley is a member of Buxton URC; her other interests include walking, photography and joining in with any community projects, particularly those run by the Town Team.
Marie Cooper began her business in 2011 with the interior design shop Everything’s Rosy, just off Spring Gardens. She has since expanded the shop with a vintage tearoom, and opened a second shop, Stylish Interiors, on the High Street. She has a degree in Business Management together with an art foundation qualification.
Isla Dawes moved to Buxton in 2017 to escape London and to be nearer her in-laws. She opened Isla Fine Art Cards & Gifts in the same year in the Cavendish Arcade and took the bold decision to expand the shop just one year later. Isla has spent most of her career in the book trade in both bookshops and publishing and spent 15 years running her own bookshops in London before re-locating to Buxton. This experience has given her a very firm grounding in bricks-and-mortar retail. She is still a very keen reader, enjoys going to the cinema, cooking and walking in the glorious Peak District.
Roddie is a Chartered Architect with a special interest in regeneration and whose local practice has just marked 20 years of business. He is also a consultant on wider heritage issues, property manager and runs a small holiday lettings business. Brought up on the West coast of Scotland, he has resigned himself to the lack of seaside in Buxton and is determined to do all he can to otherwise help the town achieve its fullest potential. He is a founding director of Buxton Town Team CIC and Buxton Markets CIC.
Born in Buxton, Sally moved into the Old Hall Hotel at the age of 5. She is now the General Manager for the Hotel which is owned by the Crescent developers. She has a Hospitality Management Degree from Derby University, and helped her family run the business for years.
She joined Vision Buxton in 2009 as Marketing Chair, producing the marketing toolkit for the town, numerous town guides and chairs stakeholder meetings. She is driven by her love of the town and wants to make improvements for locals and visitors alike. Sally loves to travel and would like to be on the board of Visit Australia, she also likes good food and walking her dogs in the surrounding countryside.
Lindsay is the Deputy Director and Head of Industry Engagement of Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire.
Dr Sarah Rawlinson is the Head of Department, University of Derby, Department of Hotel, Resort and Spa Management. She joined the University 25 years ago after a career in the travel industry where she specialised in group travel organising conferences, incentive travel, trade fairs and exhibitions.
She is passionate about experiential learning and making sure students have the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for in today’s graduates. Sarah is currently Head of Department at the University where she led the development of spa management as a subject area in higher education in the UK. Her most recent teaching and research focus has been on re configuring tourism destinations.
Richard ran a small Planning practice in the town for over 25 years and is now retired. He and wife Kath moved to Buxton for a big house and the departure of the last of their five children allowed a down-size move to Crowestones in 2012. Richard is a member of the Buxton Town Team, the Buxton Drama League, the Methodist Church on the Market Place and Combs Sailing Club. He likes the outdoors, good beer, cooking, eating and most things to do with music.
Now retired, Martin was formerly Managing Partner at Pricketts Solicitors where he acted for SME’s in the company and commercial sector. Martin’s expertise was in commercial contracts, including business sale/purchase, and commercial property transactions. Recreational activities are centred on outdoor pursuits, especially rock climbing and mountaineering. Formerly a vice president of the Alpine Club, he remains honorary solicitor to the British Mountaineering Council, chair of the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust, secretary to Buxton Civic Association Ltd and is involved with several other charities and voluntary organisations.