Meet the Board
Colin Skellett is a scientist and engineer by training and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has worked largely in the water industry for over 45 years. As Chief Executive of Wessex Water, he took the company through privatisation, creating a business that consistently delivers the highest environmental and customer service performance within the industry.
He has had non-executive roles in rail, travel and international infrastructure businesses, served on the Board of the South West Regional Development Agency, and is involved with a number of charities. Colin was also Chair of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership from 2011 until the beginning of 2016.
Colin is currently Group Chief Executive of the Wessex Water/YTL UK Group, Chair of the YTL Land and Property UK and Chair of YTL's UK hotels. He is also non-executive Chair of European Connoisseurs Travel, Chair of the Merchants' Academy schools.
Colin was appointed Chair of Visit Bath in April 2020. He has previously chaired the Initiative for Bath and North East Somerset, Future Bath Plus, and was a member of Bath Festivals Board. Colin is also Chair of the Gainsborough Bath Spa and Thermae Bath Spa.
Colin was awarded an OBE for services to business and WaterAid in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours and has Honorary Doctorates in Engineering from the Universities of the West of England and Bristol.
David worked in the Pharmaceutical industry for more than 30 years, holding a number of senior management and director roles around the world. On retiring from full-time employment, he moved to Bath in 2012, and, until the end of 2017, ran a consulting company supporting fine chemical companies in Korea and China; he was also a Visiting Professor at Tianjin University, China.
He currently holds directorships at Curo and the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution and is a local Magistrate.
David has a strong interest in business improvement and has held a number of governance and audit roles.
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 advisor 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.
Jessica is the director of Abode PR, a public relations agency and consultancy specialising in working with clients in the international short-term rental industry.
Prior to starting Abode PR, Jessica was the founder of award-winning family travel listing website Triptoes Canada, which was named a Guardian Start-Up of the Year in 2015.
Over her 20-plus-year career, Jessica has worked with many brands within the travel and tourism space including travel technology solutions, destinations, tour operators, transportation and accommodation providers. She also has extensive experience in supporting non-travel brands fulfil their potential and better achieve their business goals.
Jessica grew up in Bath and despite wandering away for a few years, proudly calls Bath her home again.
Dan owns and runs The Bath Holiday Company, a short-term rental accommodation business that specialises in the marketing of properties and providing hospitality for guests visiting the Bath area.
Prior to joining The Bath Holiday Company, Dan worked for over a decade in the consumer electronics industry providing technical support to end-users, working globally with many blue-chip companies to deliver an enhanced customer experience while delivering a return on investment. With a large amount of experience with start-ups, through operational and development roles, Dan has enabled and facilitated companies to grow efficiently while always keeping the customer’s needs and experience at the core of the business strategy and targets.
Dan also sits on the Board of event producers Judgeday. Judgeday produces public and private events such as the Bath Festival Finale Weekend, WOMAD, and House Festival.
Educated in Surrey achieving BTEC National Business and CIM Diplomas, Vicki developed her Marketing career within the Visitor Attraction, Leisure and Professional Sports sectors. Most recently, Vicki spent five years as Sales and Marketing Director at Bath Rugby Club, developing and implementing brand and commercial strategies spanning Marketing, Ticketing, Retail and Community departments, ensuring rapid supporter and commercial growth.
Prior to this, Vicki held the post as Marketing Director for Merlin Entertainments, the second biggest visitor attraction business in the world, entertaining over 66 million guests across the globe. Vicki’s role spanned a number of visitor attractions both across the UK and Europe, where she led on Marketing and Communication Strategy, Customer Acquisition, Product Development, Commercial Partnerships and large-scale events where everything was focussed on delivering world-class memorable experiences.
Fiona Williams is Head of HR at BuroHappold Engineering, a design consultancy firm for the built environment, employing engineers and consultants from around the world to solve complex engineering problems.
Fiona and her team collaborate with the UK leaders and global counterparts to enable the smooth running of the business looking at all aspects of the employee lifecycle and ensuring they attract and retain the best people. Fiona is passionate about employee development and ensuring people are able to bring their best selves to work and thrive.
Fiona has worked in various HR roles since leaving university and is excited to be part of the Visit Bath Board and use her extensive skills to support the team.