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.

Geoff Edwards

Geoff Edwards, Executive Vice President Operations at B&W Group is keen to build on the work of his predecessor, Kirk Brown, GSK, and build on the 4 platforms of work identified in the CWS Economic Plan, encouraging more people beyond those just involved in the meetings to be involved in the execution of the work programme.

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 and Alex Bailey, Chief Executive of Adur & Worthing Councils

Arun District Council

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 Gillian Brown, Leader and 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 Kerry Kyriacou from Chichester Chamber of Commerce.

Chichester College

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

The Board representative is currently Shelagh Legrave, Principal of Chichester College.

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 Tony Dignum and Stephen Oates, Economic Development Manager for CDC.

Dept of Business Energy & Industrial Strategy – BEIS

 BIS is currently represented by Cath Goodall, Assistant Director London and South East.

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.

Anne Swaine, Strategy lead for the FSB in West Sussex currently represents the FSB.

Inpress Plastics

Henry Powell is an entrepreneur and joint owner of Inpress Plastics, a successful plastic injection moulding company based in Littlehampton

Henry is also the Vice Chair of the Board.

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, it’s a pleasure to be appointed to the board to help drive the plans forward.

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 Damian Pulford, MD of Sussex Transport

Marine South East

Marine South East is a business-led consortium developed to address the needs of the marine sector in the South East region. It was created to tackle the critical issues affecting marine businesses in the region and support the economic development of the marine sector in the South East.

MSE is currently represented by Iain Shepherd,

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.

The Chief Executive is Nick Juba 


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
Joel Hufford represents Southern Water.
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

The University of Chichester is a university based in West Sussex. Campuses are based in the city of Chichester and the nearby coastal resort of Bognor Regis. The university is one of the newest in the United Kingdom, receiving privy council permission to adapt its status in October 2005.

The University is currently represented by Romy Jones.

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.

Councillor Nigel Peters currently sits on our Board and is supported by WSCC officer, Duncan Barrett

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.

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.

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