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.
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.
Hayley has worked for Nestlé for 14 years, beginning her career as a Nutrition Manager, advising on nutrition policy, reformulation and employee wellness. She spent 3 years in Switzerland at the global headquarters of Nestlé’s joint venture with General Mills, Cereal Partners focusing on nutrition and regulatory affairs. After returning to the UK to work in Public Affairs, getting married and starting a family, she joined Nestlé Waters UK in 2017 in her current role as Head of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability.
Hayley grew up in Manchester and went to Leeds Metropolitan University, qualifying with a BSc Honours in Public Health Nutrition. She lives her with husband, two children and German Short-haired Pointer, Tom and is passionate about gardening and growing her own food. She enjoys the outdoors and taking in rural landscapes with a love for walking, running and yoga.
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.
Tom has been the retail director at Specsavers Buxton since 2007. Despite living in Ashover near Matlock, he has been involved in both the Town Team and the Round Table in Buxton in previous years. He was previously a corporate employee at area manager level and “fell into” optics which turned out to be his absolute passion (apart from wine, in which he holds ‘WSET qualifications’, and his family). Tom is PADI-qualified but has an aversion to cold climate diving so hasn’t done much in the last few years. As a business owner, he has been passionate in providing support to Blythe House (for which he threw himself out of a perfectly serviceable aeroplane, much to his wife’s horror) via a variety of fundraising events and ongoing sponsorship of the Halle Orchestra’s many visits to the Buxton Opera House. They have also provided support to The Trussell Trust food banks locally.
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.