Three decades of accumulated wisdom and dirty fingernails



Chris Hutchison

249 Bridge House, Bridge St.,Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1TD.     

07969 22 74 79






Personal overview















Public relations




Networking and contacts

 ·       This CV catalogues knowledge and skills gained from management and marketing and project management within organisations of different sizes and cultures. 

Ÿ         My communication skills are high.

Ÿ         I work hard, and I like to inject fun where appropriate.

Ÿ         I major in marketing and business and people development.


Ÿ         I have started and grown several businesses, and assisted others too, particularly within tourism and leisure sectors.

Ÿ         As Chair of Governors at a Further Education College I have assisted in providing a strategic lead through a senior management team.

Ÿ         I am an experienced public speaker and trainer.


Ÿ         I have experience of Public Relation work at many levels

     and in I have had broad involvement with the media.


Ÿ         For over 20 years I have worked with and within public and private sector organisations monitoring and reacting to economic trends and pressures.

Ÿ         My work in the events industry and in other roles has brought me into contact with politicians and civil servants at all levels.





























May 2009 - . Commercial Advisor Plymouth City Council

9 month project to devise and launch multiple revenue generating activities for Mount Edgcumbe park involving retail, catering, services and functions and events.

2008/9 Voluntary work in Sri Lanka

For 12 months under the umbrella of Rotary International I completed over 20 projects providing equipment, buildings, and facilities with young people mostly in schools. I also assisted with planning and growth of a number of small businesses.

2003/2008: Self Employed Business Consultant

- Temporary Operational Management for outdoor event company

- Marketing and Promotion of a not-for-profit HealthTrust

- Business operational development in Housing Management

- Direct sales programme of children's home study

- National expansion of retail outlets

- Helping a business to grow through franchising.

- Helping a business to maximise their site potential.

- Marketing & Promotion - creating/managing a programme to promote skills and training for Business Link Somerset.

- Public relations - Promotional work for the organisers of the British Firework Championships in Plymouth (200,000 spectators over 2 days).

- Research and develop specific business opportunities in the field of party supplies.

- Provide guidance and marketing planning to a Somerset partnership of trainers and coaches.

- Major report for Devon County Council on promoting driver training amongst vulnerable driver age groups.

- Assisting a software company to present and launch a new PC entertainment service for hotel bedrooms.

    1988/2003: Managing Director, The Firework Co.

Providing firework displays in UK and abroad. From start up the company grew to over £1m t/o employing a dozen permanent staff and over 50 casual and seasonal. Experiences encompassed: all aspects of managing/marketing an organisation; importing/exporting; event management; working closely within the leisure/tourism industries; sales promotions; press and public relations; exhibition planning and management. The Firework Co. achieved full I.I.P. recognition in 1996.

1986/88: Small business consulting including amongst many:- organic gardening, floristry, health food supplements, computer programming

1981/6: Founder/Owner/Manager of Mr Shine - a North London mobile car valet service.




1975/81: Marks & Spencer retail management (total 6 stores). From Trainee Manager (Plymouth) to Assistant Manager (Clapham Junction) London.

1971/75 Student employment - Estate agency, hotel bar, florist, supermarket, office cleaning, warehouseman, Sabbatical President of Student Union.





1971 - 7 O Levels including Commerce and Economics

1973 - 2 A levels - Law and Economics

1973 - National Diploma in Business Studies - 7 merits

1994 - C I M Certificate in Marketing

1996 - C I M Diploma in Marketing (post graduate).

2007 - Basic Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate

Full driving licence.



Training Courses attended




Memberships (current/recent)


Well over 50. Including Direct Marketing, Telephone selling, Personnel legislation, Appraisals and staff development, Time management, Goal setting and motivation, Holistic approach to business, Responsibilities of a Director, Business planning strategy, Communications skills, Team development, Personality indicators, Fulfilment Through Work, Future watching, Corporate strategy, Life Coaching


Chartered Inst of Marketing

Inst of Leisure & Amenity Managers

National Outdoor Event Assoc.   

British Pyrotechnic Association

Federation of Small Business       

Forum for Private Business

Tiverton Chamber of Commerce

Mid Devon Business Assoc.

Conference Devon                       

The Rotary Club of Tiverton

UK College of Life Coaching



Voluntary work (all in the past)


Primary School Governor/Chair; Youth Association event organiser; Tourist Association Committee; Housing Association Committee; Chamber of Commerce; Museum Trustee/Chair; University Business relations committee; Agricultural Show publicity committee. Princes Trust business advisor; College Bus. Studies Advisor; College Governor/Chair.


Exhibitions attended and/or participated

Over 100, including International Direct Marketing fair, National Franchise Show, Confex, Meetings and Incentive Travel, Hospitality Week, Hotelympia, The Event Show, The Showmans Show, National Venue Show, Leisure Industry Week, Incentive World, National Leisure Conference, International Toy and Gift Fairs in Germany and China.