The Coastal West Sussex Partnership has announced three changes to its board with a new chairman taking the reins, a new Vice Chairman and a new board member.

Geoff Edwards has stepped down as Chairman, making way for Henry Powell, Client Director at Inpress Plastics in Littlehampton.

Henry explained: “I am delighted to become Chairman and would like to thank Geoff for his two years in the role. Having been involved for several years, I know how valuable the work of the partnership is. Championing economic growth in coastal West Sussex is dear to my heart and the agenda of developing skills, infrastructure and connectivity is vital for the future success of the area.”

With Henry moving up to Chairman, the role of Vice Chairman has been taken up by James Dempster, Managing Director of Cobb Digital.

James commented: I’m looking forward my new role as Vice Chairman, supporting Henry and the rest of the board to help drive the partnership forward in 2019 and beyond. I’m delighted to call coastal West Sussex home and I want to ensure we make it a place that’s attractive to work, live and play for generations to come.”

Dave Cooper, Head of the Business School at Chichester University has joined the partnership as a member of the board.

Caroline Wood, Director of the Coastal West Sussex Partnership commented: “It’s an exciting time for the partnership as we start 2019 with a refreshed and energised board. We’ve brought together a group of senior decision makers from the public and private sector to help tackle a number of challenges through collaboration, including transport, infrastructure and skills. If there are any senior business leaders in the coastal West Sussex region that would like to get involved, we would like to urge them to get in touch.”