David Somers, who joined TCM in April 2006, holds the position of Town Centre Co-ordinator. David has a varied and interesting background, which has covered publishing, training and business development.

David's career has taken him as far afield as Slovenia, Austria and Russia and has worked with many different cultures and communities throughout his working life. He now feels his recent experience of business development will help him in his new role closer to home.

When asked what particular skill he brings to the role of Town Centre Co-ordinator he replied "Throughout my career I have dedicated myself to improving the lives of others. This has been achieved in developing individuals, developing local businesses and working on behalf of the community."

David is a Prince's Trust Business Mentor and is also a volunteer for the Kent Mediation Service. Not only have these roles given him an insight into the challenges facing small local businesses, but has given him the opportunity of working closely with a number of agencies which have included the police and Youth Offending Service. David also has wide experience of working with large organisations within the public and private sectors and has recent experience of working with retail businesses in coastal areas.

Additionally, David has aided the application of Government grants and ESF funding on behalf of Thanet College and feels his experience will be of benefit to the Dover Town Partnership in helping to sustain its long-term future.

Currently David is undertaking training in events management, which will further enhance his skills in this field. David's experience in ESF project launches and the support and co-ordination of the Thanet Business Showcase will be utilised in the promotion of the annual firework display, the Christmas Fayre, Dover Carnival and numerous events across the town annually.

All the team wish him every success in this new role and look forward to working closely together in the future.
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