The SevernNet Area covers Royal Portbury Dock, Avonmouth, Severnside & Western Approach … together with the local villages

 

 

We’re a not-for-profit enterprise run by, and working for, the benefit of local businesses and the community.

The enterprise is supported by its Board, part-time Co-ordinator and its Members.

SevernNet was born from an initiative started in 2009. 

We’ve built upon the links developed between businesses, the community, local authorities and other stakeholders over the last 10 years.

Working with over 200 businesses/organisations we have achieved significant results.

Sustainability, Community and Enterprise. Our key aim is to work together to transform our challenges into opportunities, stimulating local jobs and skills and enabling more sustainable growth. Principally:

  • Improving transport facilities across the area
  • Supporting community engagement and improving access to work for local people
  • Promoting resource efficiency and development of a circular economy across the area
  • Enabling engagement with the strategic development of the area through the Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area and other forums
The Board

Meet the Core Team

SevernNet Ltd. is a not for profit company limited by guarantee. The company is governed by a Board of Directors and supported by a part time coordinator.

John C Chaplin BSc CEng FICE
John C Chaplin BSc CEng FICE
Director

John is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.  After working in consultancy and contracting John joined The Bristol Port Company in 2000.  He was promoted to the position of Director of Engineering in 2003 and subsequently to the Director with responsibility for External Affairs and the delivery of major schemes.

John has managed an extensive range of projects for The Port.  He is the Port Company’s agent on various national and regional bodies and represents the Port in their dealings with neighbours, central and local government and stakeholders including Highways England, Network Rail and National Grid.

David Coombes MBA FCILT FCMI
David Coombes MBA FCILT FCMI
Director and Chair

David has over 30 years’ experience in the logistics and supply chain industry working with companies such as UPS, Ryder Logistics and Dentressangle He spent 20 years in the 3rd party logistics service sector before starting his own independent consulting and recruitment company in 2006

Over the last 10 years David has developed DBC Consulting Ltd, a successful business providing independent supply chain support to SMEs and 3PLs in the areas of distribution optimisation, HR advice and Health & Safety guidance.  He is also Managing Director of Logistics Job Shop, a specialist inter-net based advertising medium for logistics jobs. He understands, first-hand, the skills challenges facing the industry today and is passionate about making a difference with the relaunch of Skills for Logistics.

David Coombes is Managing Director of Skills for Logistics which is a non-profit re-search and consultation hub for the Logistics Industry.

With it’s principle objective to lead on the ever increasing skills challenges that the Sup-ply Chain and Logistics industries face

David is also involved with a number of professional bodies:

  • SW Chairman of Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT)
  • Chairman of The Distribution Sector for the West of England LEP
  • Member of the West of England LEP investment board
  • Chairman of the West of England Freight Partnership
  • Director of SevernNet
Jane Stephenson
Jane Stephenson
Director

Jane has over 30 years’ experience working at a senior level on engagement and communications work in the waste industry. She led the establishment of Resource Futures in 2006 and was CEO until 2016. She now works part time as Business Development Director. She began her career working with Friends of the Earth developing some of the first kerbside recycling operations in the UK. In 1994 she began working at The Recycling Consortium (TRC) a Bristol based group of social enterprises working on waste issues. She led their communications, engagement and education work, taking these services from locally based campaigns to UK wide initiatives. In 2006 TRC merged with other organisations to form Resource Futures. Jane has been responsible for developing and leading a range of practical initiatives including city wide promotion and public engagement campaigns; partnership work with third sector organisations at a local, regional and national level; development of local community action groups working on waste issues; and educational work with schools. She directed a review of Oxfordshire County Council’s waste reduction strategy and plan in 2009 and has conducted research on behalf of WRAP on waste communications in waste partnerships and food waste in schools. She has been active in the development of the Bristol Green Capital Partnership – cross sector partnership working for a sustainable city with a high quality of life for all. In addition to her role at Resource Futures Jane is Chair of Bath & West Community Energy and an NED of Wild Service a consultancy company set up by Avon and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trusts.

Zoe Joyner
Zoe Joyner
Director

Zoe is Head of Colleague and Community Engagement at Nisbets Plc. She is passionate about people and local communities.

Mike Joy
Mike Joy
Director

Mike is Finance Manager and Community Champion at the Warburton’s Bakery at Western Approach Industrial Park.

Kate Royston MBA, MSc
Kate Royston MBA, MSc
Director

Kate began SevernNet in 2008 and passionately believes that pro-active co-operation and collaboration can deliver an area we’re all proud to be part of.

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