Revealed: Some of the most powerful people in Torbay
SO here you go, the first peek at some of the most influential and powerful people in Torbay.
Today, the Herald Express, in partnership with local solicitors Kitsons, brings you the first names to feature in our Power 50 2012 list.
Click the link in 'Related Articles' on the right to see the rankings.
These are the men and women who make up numbers 50 to 31 in this year's rankings.
We believe these people have the ability and influence to make things happen in the Bay and to deliver something for a brighter future — either as an individual working in their particular field or leading an organisation or business.
You may wonder why some names are included and others excluded.
You may either agree or disagree. You may all have your own ideas of who should and who shouldn't be on the list.
It should be emphasised that the selections have been totally subjective. There are no rights and wrongs. That's the whole point of Power 50. It's to get people talking.
It's also about not taking the list too seriously. It's about having a bit of fun.
That being said, these are serious people who have a serious part to play if Torbay is to be made fit for purpose for the 21st century.
So, no pressure there....
Newcomers include Angela George, first winner of the Herald Express Women of Achievement initiative, who is in at 36.
Alison Hernandez, 'virtual' councillor of the year and seen as a rising star at the Town Hall, makes her debut at 37.
Barry Buxton, boss of local radio station Palm FM and chairman of the Torbay Town Centres Company which is tasked with breathing new life into the town centres, makes a first appearance at number 40.
Grand Hotel owner Keith Richardson, a leading figure in the West Country holiday industry, takes a bow at 42.
Cormac O'Keefe, the man behind the Imperial Hotel, comes in for the first time at 43.
There's a first time entry for Torbay director of public health Debbie Stark, in at 45.
Pat Denham, vice principal and deputy chief executive at South Devon College and recipient of an OBE for services to education earlier this year, comes in for the first time at 49.
The 2012 list also includes a 'double act' for the first time.
Well-known and respected law man and deputy coroner Rob Newman, of Kitsons solicitors, is joined at 40 by his wife Sue, who has been working tirelessly out in the voluntary sector as the chairman of trustees for Rowcroft Hospice.
There's one noticeable figure missing from the list — so far.
Nick Bye, once one of the most powerful and influential figures in the Bay, was ousted by current Torbay mayor Gordon Oliver.