Meet the Board
Craig Jenkins, BA(Hons) FCMA CGMA
Executive Chairman of the Visit Bath Board
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 the world’s largest art foundry 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.
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.
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.
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.