Board Member Representatives

Bringing business, education and public service together

The Partnership Board

The Partnership Board is a business led and business focused partnership, with individuals appointed to represent a range of economic sectors across the coast.

Henry Powell

Henry Powell, Client Director at Inpress Plastics in Littlehampton is Chairman of the partnership. Having been involved in the partnership for several years, Henry understands how valuable the work of the partnership is. Championing economic growth in coastal West Sussex is dear to his heart and he considers the agenda of developing skills, infrastructure and connectivity vital for the future success of the area.

Caroline Wood
Starting in May 2011, Caroline was appointed to this newly created role as Director of the Coastal West Sussex Partnership Board. Working on behalf of the Partnership Board and the partners, there is a clear focus on skills and job creation and Caroline is responsible for taking forward a range of projects that will help to improve the economy of the coastal area.

Board member representative organisations

Click on each organisation to see their respective representative:

Adur District Council

 Adur is a local planning authority of West Sussex, England. It is named after the River Adur and is historically part of the English county of Sussex. The council is based in Shoreham-by-Sea and the district has a population of 59,627 according to the 2001 census.

Currently represented by Cllr Brian Boggis, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Martin Randall Director for the Economy and Alex Bailey, Chief Executive of Adur & Worthing Councils

Allergy Therapeutics

Allergy Therapeutics are a pioneering immunology business with specialist experience in the research and development of allergy treatments.
Allergy Therapeutics is represented by Bev Lees.

Arun District Council

the Arun is a local government district in West Sussex, England. It contains the towns of Arundel, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, and takes its name from the River Arun, which runs through the centre of the district.

Currently representing Arun are Cllr Dr James Walsh, Leader, Karl Roberts, Director for Economy and the Chief Executive Nigel Lynn.  

BM Consultants- business representative
David Myers, Consultant for BM Consultancy currently represents Bognor Regis Ltd on the Regenration Board.Their objective is to influence the strategic direction of Bognor Regis regeneration ensuring a positive commercial and social environment to meet the growth aspirations of local businesses.

Represented by the Site Director, Jeremy Pardey.

Chambers of Commerce and Industry

The coastal Chambers of Commerce actively represent the interests and needs of local business on many local committees, councils and business working groups across the region. The Chambers are committed to helping support, develop and promote local business across the coastal area.

The Chambers are represented by Tina Tilley, Chief Executive of Adur and Worthing Chamber and Ana Christie from Sussex Chamber of Commerce.

Chichester College Group

Chichester College provides a broad range of education services to 15,000 full and part time students.

The Board representative is currently Shelagh Legrave, Chief Executive Officer of Chichester College Group.

Chichester District Council

Chichester District Council covers an area of over 300 square miles of the Western part of West Sussex, bordering Hampshire and Surrey. The district encompasses Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and nature reserves, with much of the district area designated as falling within the area of the National Park of the South Downs.

Currently represented by Councillor Adrian Moss, Jane Hotchkiss, Director of Growth and Place and Diane Shepherd, Chief Executive.

Dept of Business Energy & Industrial Strategy – BEIS


Federation of Small Businesses

The FSB is non-profit making and non-party political

The Federation of Small Businesses is the UK's largest campaigning pressure group promoting and protecting the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms. Formed in 1974, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches.

Martin Searle, Development Manager, Sussex and Anne Swaine, Strategy lead for the FSB in West Sussex currently represents the FSB.

Cobb Digital


James Dempster, Cobb Digital,  set up Cobb Digital in 2013 now employs 15 staff and is a prominent figure in the Sussex Business Community. Prior to starting his own business he was the Commercial Manager for the Montifiore Hospital, taking it from conception to launch. James says: “As our local economy looks to strengthen Coastal West Sussex and Greater Brighton as a sub-region", 

James was appointed as the Vice Chairman of the Board in December 2018

Nordell Ltd

Paul Mason, Managing Director of Nordell Ltd, a leading plastic injection moulding and extrusion company with over 50 years of experience that is based in Worthing.

Lancing Business Park

Lancing Business Park is one of the largest industrial estates in the south east of England and is home to a wide range of businesses from high tech electroncs through furniture manufacturing to heavy steel fabrication.

On Thursday 19th July, Lancing Business Park successfully secured a further 5 year tenure for the Business Improvement District (BID) from businesses within the park.

Representation on the CWS Board is rotated between members of the BID Executive committee but usually Suzy Bastable, BID Manager

Greater Brighton Met College

GB Met College has recently formed through a merger of Northbrook College and City College, B&H. It is a further education and higher education college and principal provider of work-related Further Education in Worthing and nearby Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex.



Ricardo is a leading global multi-industry engineering provider of technology, product innovation and strategic consulting. Ricardo develops engines, transmissions, vehicle systems, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and hybrid & electric systems. The industries served are in transportation, defense and clean energy.

Andrew Swayne represents Ricardo's on the Partnership Board.

Shoreham Port

A thriving commercial Port on the South Coast of England, their mission is to provide a first class service to their customers and to continue to develop their excellent infrastructure and facilities to meet requirements, in a commercially economic and efficient way.

The Port is currently represented by Development Director, Tim Hague.

Southern Water

This position is currently vacant

Stiles Harold Williams
David Martin has considerable property and development expertise across the CWS area and is a new member of both the CWS Partnership Board and its Management Group.
University of Chichester

Chichester University’s mission is to be a university community that inspires and enables individuals to exceed their expectations. Our vision is that, by 2020, the University of Chichester will be internationally recognised as a beacon of good practice for high quality, student-centred higher education within a supportive community of learning.

The University is currently represented by Prof. Dave Cooper, Head of the Business School.

West Sussex County Council

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is the authority that governs the non-metropolitan county of West Sussex. The county also contains 7 district and borough councils, and 159 town, parish and neighbourhood councils. The county council has 71 elected councillors. West Sussex County Council is currently controlled by the Conservative Party.

West Sussex Growers' Association

The West Sussex Growers' Association is a specialist horticultural branch of the National Farmers' Union. The membership is made up of those around the West Sussex area who have a strong interest in horticulture which is an important industry in the coastal area.

The WSGA is currently represented by John Hall and Richard Hopkins.

Worthing Borough Council

Worthing Borough Council manages and maintains the Worthing area and local issues. There are 36 councillors representing the 13 Wards in the Borough. The Council also works in partnership with Adur District Council.

Councillor Kevin Jenkins is Deputy Leader of Worthing Borough Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration is a Board Member.

Landlink Estates

Paul Hanson is the Property Director at Landlink Estates which is an independent, privately owned property and asset management company based in West Sussex with over 6,500 acres of land and property in Sussex, Suffolk, Scotland and Spain.


Paul Hanson is the Property Director at Landlink Estates which is an independent, privately owned property and asset management company based in West Sussex with over 6,500 acres of land and property in Sussex, Suffolk, Scotland and Spain.

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