After 12 years at the helm, Caroline Wood has decided to step down from her role as director of the Coastal West Sussex Partnership this summer.

In leading the Partnership, Caroline has been instrumental in galvanizing the voice of business in the region and reporting back to local authorities, influencing positive action and investment across a range of projects that will ultimately help to grow the local economy. 

Henry Powell, chairman of the Coastal West Sussex Partnership, has also taken the decision to step down from his role.

Caroline said: “It has been an absolute privilege to work alongside committed individuals who have dedicated their time and energy to making our region a better place to live, work and play.

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to the board members, business leaders, stakeholders and partners who have supported our work and I am proud of the progress we have made.

“We are in a changing economic environment and there is uncertainty about the Partnership’s future and what this will look like. As I move on to my next challenge, it is my hope that our good work continues beyond mine and Henry’s departures.”

Henry said: “Without clarity about the Partnership’s future, due to a challenging economic environment, I have made the difficult decision to step back from my role as chairman.

“I would like to personally thank Caroline for the extraordinary way she has run the Coastal West Sussex Partnership for the last 12 years.

“The Partnership owes its success to her engagement with leaders across sectors and her ability to analyse, influence and deliver an ambitious programme of work. She has made a real difference to our community.

“I hope that this lives on and the Partnership can continue to support local businesses and bring about positive change. I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has supported our work in the region.” 

If you would like to stay in touch with Caroline, please connect with her on LinkedIn.