Nick White has been elected as North Devon Marketing Bureau chairman

The new chairman of North Devon Marketing Bureau (NDMB) is looking forward to an exciting year.

Nick White, 58, has taken on the role from former chairman Trevor Stanbury MBE, who is standing down, but staying part of the board.

Mr White has more than 40 years of experience in the hotel industry, much of it north of the border, and working on behalf of Scottish tourism boards.

Until April this year, he was the general manager at Clovelly Estate, including the Red Lion, Visitor Centre Café and all Clovelly accommodation.

He ran his own exclusive hotel in Scotland until 2013, the Inn at Lathones, whose restaurant was used by many well-known people, including royal families.

Mr White said he was delighted to be taking on the marketing bureau role, with 'exciting plans in place for the coming year'.

He said: "Already we've begun creating a strategy to help promote the many unique and wonderful characteristics of North Devon, all of which make it a fantastic holiday destination.

"We have a vision as a board that will drive the bureau to new heights. We need businesses in North Devon to work with us to achieve our mission to lead and co-ordinate the tourism sector, to promote this area as a quality holiday and leisure destination through the commitment and drive of the memberships, sponsors and associate bodies."

Other NDMB board members for the coming year include: Rick Turner, of the Big Sheep; Jo Lock, from North Devon Theatres; Peter Brend and Nigel Maun, of Brend Hotels; Nick Arthur, of Blackwell & Co; Stephen Carr, of Phillip Dennis; Harry Robers, of My Favourite Cottages; Rozz Algar, of Herne Consultants; Jane Maynard, of Maynard Johns; and Richard Evans, of BlueFrog Media.

NDMB innovations include lorries advertising 'I'd rather be in North Devon' as they tour the country.