Meet the Team

Liz Abell, Managing Director
Liz has worked at the DR Company since 2005, and leads on the management of funding programmes, research projects and business development. She is also a qualified ISO assessor and has many years of specialist survey and statistical experience.

Anne Sherman, Finance Manager
Anne leads our financial team, both to provide financial support and guidance to others for their projects and businesses, and to oversee our own finances and those of our funding programmes.

Ann Murray, Office Manager
Ann is the lynchpin of our office, ensuring that all of our administration services run smoothly. She also provides support to funding programmes and other projects.

Melvyn Hicks, Project Support
Melvyn assists the Project Advisors by providing administrative support on ongoing projects. He also undertakes associated housekeeping tasks and reviews process compliance issues.

Tim Beavon, Project Manager
With over 25 years experience in local economic and community development Tim has key skills in partnership working, community engagement and project management, alongside specialist expertise in developing and implementing strategies and programmes for the improvement of the local economy

Linda Emmett, Project Advisor
Linda has been working in Devon and Cornwall since 2005, latterly as the manager of the East Cornwall Local Action Group. She has a background in information and knowledge management, and has wide experience in a variety of sectors.

Janet Herniman, Project Advisor
Janet has been delivering rural business support across Devon since 2007, helping businesses grow and start.  She is an associate member of IAgSA and is a SFEDI qualified mentor.

Christine Malseed, Project Advisor
Christine is an agricultural consultant working with farming families all over the South West. In addition she and her husband run a successful hill beef and sheep farm on Dartmoor for over 30 years. They have also diversified into 3500 Christmas turkeys.

Sophie Price, Project Advisor
Sophie has led on a number of grant funds since 2006, and is now the main project officer for our funding streams. She also provides advice and support to businesses and is a qualified SFEDI mentor.

Jez Ralph, Project Advisor
Jez is a forestry and timber consultant working with DR. He has expertise in forestry, supply chain development and timber product innovation as well as undertaking bid writing & appraisal, sector wide policy development and landscape level woodland assessment.

Carol Trant, Project Advisor
Carol is a former economic development officer with experience in working with a diverse range of businesses across different sectors of industry. She has particularly enjoyed specialising in regeneration programmes and project development.usiness advisor and mentor with rural business and farming experience.

We also have a larger network of consultants who we work with on specific projects.