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Meet the Board

Ian Bell

Executive Director of Bath Chamber of Commerce

Chairman of the Visit Bath Board

After reading Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford, Ian became a journalist on the Lancashire Evening Post in Preston, before moving to the BBC where he ran the history and travel department in Bristol, and made features and documentaries, mainly for Radio 4.

Almost 20 years ago, together with his wife Sandy, Ian started Tintinna Ltd to provide production and communication services for business. Ian has assisted a range of companies, including Bath Chamber of Commerce and the Initiative in B&NES.

Craig Jenkins

Chief Executive of TSL Accounting and Director of Pangolin Editions

Craig is a Bath-based business owner, entrepreneur and investor.  He studied economics and politics at Exeter University and began his financial career at Ernst & Young (EY) in London. His current interests include a top ten tourist attraction in Uganda, an international electronics manufacturer, and one of the world’s largest art foundries - Pangolin Editions. Locally, Craig also owns the accountants and business consultants TSL, and is a Trustee of several charities including Bath Mind and 44AD artspace.

Doug Douglas

CEO of Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park

Doug studied Technology and Business Management at Oxford Brookes University, then served for 12 years in the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Regiment, completing a tour in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. In 2012 he moved to serve as a military advisory to the Royal Jordanian Armed Forces, then left the army in 2014 to take over Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park. Over the last three years Doug has taken the park from 75,000 visitors to 200,000 visitors. Doug is also a member of the National Farm Attraction Network Board. 

Franco de la Croix-Vaubois

Managing Director of Frog Events and Founder of EON (Event Organisers Network)

Franco studied Business Studies at Buckingham University, and has then spent the bulk of his career in hospitality and events at the top end, crewing private yachts for 10 years, then managing luxury venues in London. Franco then went on to work in sales and marketing in the events and hospitality sector, managing hundreds of members, consisting of venues and suppliers across London. Based in Bath since 2010, Franco has continued his commitment to the event community, running a bespoke event company, consulting on luxury property projects, and founded the Event Organisers Network.

Ian Stockley

Chief Executive of Bath Festivals

Ian graduated from the London School of Economics, prior to training at the Royal Academy of Music and establishing a successful freelance singing career. He then moved into marketing at Reader’s Digest. His last role was Director of Music and Video, which he left to join the board of a Bath based marketing agency. 

In 2000, Ian launched his own business, growing a broad base of clients including Nissan, ITV, Tourism Ireland and Aviva. Selling after eight years, he continued with the company, acquiring and integrating a number of specialist marketing businesses before moving to the Tokyo based global company, Konica Minolta. He joined Bath Festivals as a trustee and then as Chief Executive in 2017, joining the Visit Bath board the same year.

Rachel Johnston

Assistant Director of Consultancy in the South West at The National Trust

Rachel joined the National Trust in October 2008. Rachel is the Assistant Director of Consultancy in the South West and is accountable for the strategic leadership of all visitor-facing, income generating and conservation activities in the region. Rachel leads a 100-strong specialist internal consultancy team.  

Prior to joining the Trust Rachel spent six years as Head of Brand and Marketing at Alnwick Garden leading on brand, marketing and commercial strategy.  Rachel’s career has also included product management for Sage Software and marketing for a range of business books for Pearson Publishing.

In her spare time Rachel co-leads her own strategic consultancy focused on driving profitable growth through audience focused organisational change.

Victor da Cunha

Chief Executive of Curo

Victor joined Curo in 2011, having been Operations Director at a London-based housing association for a number of years. Since then he has overseen the creation of Curo, transforming and streamlining the group structure and its business services.

Curo has become an established and well regarded South West regional player, delivering much needed affordable rented homes as well as homes for sale right across the region. Curo also has a growing private rental sector portfolio and is leading one of the largest regeneration projects in the region, at Mulberry Park in Bath.