Our Directors


President of Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce

Gradient Consultants

Co-founder of Gradient Consultants, Richard is a chartered building surveyor and management consultancy surveyor, with over 25 years in the industry working on buildings as diverse as; Listed stuccoed terraces, residential developments, factories, a cathedral, fire stations, stately homes and the Shard.

As building surveyors and project managers, Gradient work with a number of prestigious clients including; Eastbourne Homes, Carlton Property Management, Lewes District Council, Hyde Group, Wightman & Parrish, HML Anderton, South London & Maudsley NHS Trust, the Environment Agency, Burlington Estates, London Fire Brigade, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Richard is a UK based professional with Global insight and spent 2013-2017 as a Global non-exec with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, where he led a review of professional groups and still holds a position on the Global knowledge board. Richard has attended and spoken at strategic forums around the World from Johannesburg to Sao Paulo, Paris, Shanghai and London. He has also written a number of published articles, ranging from change management to the future of the profession.

He is the Vice Chair of the South Downs Learning Trust, which incorporates Ratton and Ocklynge schools and as a seasoned ultra-runner has completed numerous 100 mile races including the Marathon des Sables and Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc.

Archer House
Northbourne Road
Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN22 8PW

01323 738761


Vice President of Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce

Herron Fisher Insolvency Practitioners

Nicky Fisher was born and bred in Eastbourne and originally trained as an Accountant before qualifying as an Insolvency Practitioner in 1998 with a local firm. She later commuted to London and Croydon for a few years before setting up Herron Fisher in 2006. The firm now employs seven people and has offices in Eastbourne and Croydon.

Nicky has been an active member of the Chamber for the past seven years and is a great supporter of the town. When she has a spare minute, she loves to play golf and tennis. She is also a National Council Member of both the Insolvency Practitioners Association and the Association of Accounting Technicians.

Herron Fisher
135 Seaside
Eastbourne
BN22 7NN

Tel: 01323 723643
Mobile: 07855 444181
Email


Immediate Past President of the Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce

Cobb PR

Immediate Past President, Tim Cobb spent 14 years as a journalist on the local and national news scene before setting up Cobb PR in 1995. He runs the business with his wife Sue and employs 10 people in the Eastbourne office and two in their Brighton & Hove office.

Tim has been an active member of the chamber for many years and is a great supporter of the town and its wonderful community. Tim has three grown-up sons and lives in Old Town. When he has a spare minute, he loves to run over the downs with his dog Maisie, or cycle along the South Downs Way.

Cobb PR
Jolly House
2 Langney Road
Eastbourne
BN21 3EU

Tel: 01323 416999
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Honorary Treasurer of Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce

Plummer Parsons

Plummer Parsons
18 Hyde Gardens
Eastbourne
BN21 4PT

Tel: 01323 431200
Fax: 01323 641767
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CEO and Past President of Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce

Past President and Chief Executive.

During 23 years with Mercedes-Benz and smart, Christina has run dealerships in Chichester, Eastbourne and Brighton and was also Regional Manager for Lexus Northern Europe based in Brussels. She has brought her expertise running multi-million pound businesses to Eastbourne unLtd and if you would like ideas to promote and stimulate your business, call her to arrange a 1-2-1.

She enjoys everything Eastbourne has to offer along with dancing, reading and relaxing in Sovereign Harbour when she is not busy networking with Chamber businesses.

7 Hyde Gardens
Eastbourne
BN21 4PN

Tel: 01323 641144
Fax: 01323 730454
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Director of Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce

Colbran and Wingrove

Russell was born in Eastbourne and feels very passionate about the town, having always lived and worked in the local area. Entering the construction industry in the late eighties, he secured a position with Walter Llewellyn & Sons as a management trainee and completed a 4-year training scheme achieving an ONC and HNC in building studies. During his time at Llewellyns, Russell gained experience across a wide range of commercial and residential projects valuing up to £1.5m. He joined his father's business, Colbran & Wingrove, in 1996 as contract surveyor and manager and subsequently took over the firm as managing director in 2003.

Russell has been a member of Eastbourne Round Table for over 11 years, and has held the posts of chairman and secretary in that time which has also seen his involvement in and organisation of numerous charity events. A family man, he has two sons and enjoys walking on the South Downs with his wife Judy and 'Obi' his labradoodle. Along with an enduring love of golf he was a keen cyclist for a time and cycled the South Downs Way in 2014 for charity, but says 'never again'!

Suite G, Dittons Business Park
Dittons Road
Polegate
East Sussex
BN26 6HY

01323 729025


Director of Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce

Principal at East Sussex College Group (Eastbourne)

Rebecca Conroy has worked in Further and Higher Education for over 20 years within the Sussex area and holds a Masters in Business Administration as well as a CMI Level 7.

Her particular area of expertise has been on widening participation, social inclusion and ensuring that curriculum pathways promote success and higher levels of study. As Principal at East Sussex College in Eastbourne she is focussed on rebuilding the quality and reputation of the College within the local community and developing exciting pathways to develop young people’s knowledge, skills and behaviours in readiness for local and regional employment.

She is currently driving the work experience and industrial placement agenda within the College and is leading on the implementation of new T-Levels as part of a Department of Education pilot.

Establishing strong and collaborative relationships with employers are crucial to this and Rebecca is experienced in delivering partnerships and projects with small, medium and large employers for the benefit of all parties.

Ecat House
Cross Levels Way
Eastbourne
BN21 2UF

DDI: +44(0) 30 300 38489
Rebecca.conroy@escg.ac.uk
www.escg.ac.uk


Director of Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce

The View Hotel

Matt Huddart is the General Manager of ‘The View’ Hotel that lines the Eastbourne promenade where he has held this position for since 2013. Matt has Overseen the transformation of the business coordinating significant investment to make it the wonderful hotel and venue that it is today recently achieving the Eastbourne Business Award for Hospitality and Tourism.

Matts background has always been hospitality, originally working for Forte, and later working with large brands with the Intercontinental Hotels Group, Wyndham and Jupiter Hotels where he worked with the successful Accor brand, Mercure. His very first role was at the tender age of 13 as a porter and silver person for a small family run hotel in his home town of Folkestone, in Matts words ‘I polished the silver cutlery and teapots!’

Outside of work Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and teenage son, and the newest addition to the family their puppy Dudley. When Matt isn’t chasing the dog down on long country walks he enjoys nothing more than tinkering with his new purchase a VW Van. As a self-confessed petrol head you may even pass him on his motorbike.


Director of Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce

Business Manager at Metro Bank Eastbourne

Having worked in retail and hospitality management since leaving college in 2007 Zoe joined Metro Bank as a Customer Service Representative in 2016. In just a year she was promoted to the position of Business Manager and transferred to Metro Bank in Eastbourne, where her family live and she is a member of the local Chinese Association.
Metro Bank is Britain’s first new high street bank in over 100 years, focused on providing amazing service and convenience to customers. It is a full service, fully authorised bank, offering retail and commercial banking services to customers, direct and through brokers.

As the Chamber’s Banker, Zoe lives and breathes great customer service and so we are delighted she has joined Tamryn Steinschauer to head up the Chamber “New Generation Leaders” group and introduce young people to the Chamber of Commerce. If you know of young business people who would like to join our New Generation Leaders, either working for themselves or as a member employee, contact them on info@eastbournechamber.co.uk

Unit 70/71, The Beacon
59 Terminus Rd
Eastbourne BN21 3NW

07976 649 900

www.metrobankonline.co.uk

zoe.lau@metrobank.plc.uk


Past President and Director of Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber Portfolio Holder for Transport and Infrastructure.

Stiles Harold Williams

Mark McFadden is a Chartered Surveyor and Partner in SHW, specialising in valuations, lease advisory and leasehold enfranchisement. He has over 30 years experience of Eastbourne property and was born and grew up in the town. He has been a Chamber director since 1996 (President 2012-2015) and is also a school governor. He has 2 grown up (allegedly!) sons and lives in Old Town with his wife Helen.

SHW
Ivy House, Ivy Terrace
Eastbourne
BN21 4QU

Tel: 01323 437900
Email


Director of Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce

Ditzy Media

We are a social media marketing and training consultancy providing 1-2- & group training, and outsourced social media to businesses, Chairities & community organisations. Please see our website for our full list of services.


Director of Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce

Business Development Manager at Smith & Ouzman

Dinah was born in Eastbourne and attended schools locally, she started her career in Advertising before moving to the Middle East to work for a national airline. This was followed by two years in West Germany where she was responsible for sales of a leading car manufacturer to the American military personnel based there.

Returning to the UK, Dinah continued her sales career before taking a break to raise a family. She has relished the opportunity to return to work and in 2016 joined the family firm as a Business Development Manager drawing on her many years of experience in sales both B to B and B to C.

Smith & Ouzman are long standing members of the Chamber having joined in 1955, Dinah represents the company at Chamber events and is a committed supporter.
In her spare time Dinah enjoys walking in the South Downs National Park with her husband Phil and their Irish Setter, Rula. Dinah is also a keen gardener and values time spent with friends and family.

45 Brampton Rd
Eastbourne
BN22 9AH

Tel: 01323 524000
Email: dgo@smith-ouzman.com
www.smith-ouzman.com


Director of Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce

W Bruford and Inspired

W Bruford is Eastbourne’s leading fine jewellery and watch retailer, trading in Eastbourne for over 130 years. In recent years W Bruford have won the title of Best Independent Retailer at the Eastbourne Business Awards along with overall winner at the Johnston Press Southern Business Awards.
Based in distinctive premises both in Cornfield Road and the newly refurbished Beacon Centre, W Bruford is a fourth generation family business that is justifiably proud of its reputation for exceptional service, exclusive choice and attention to detail.
Our stunning new Beacon Centre store is home to some of the finest Swiss made watches including Boutique’s and shop in shops for Brands such as Rolex, Tudor, TAG Heuer, Breitling, Gucci and Longines. The new store has also given us the space to showcase Lifetsyle products from Olivia Burton, Clogau and Nomination and our collection of Bridal and fine jewellery offers everything from diamonds and pearls, to coloured gemstones that will take you from engagement to eternity and every occasion throughout.
W Bruford Cornfield Road remains a prominent building; its elegant styling and distinctive features have meant the business has stood out there for the last 40 years. Primarily show casing an extensive collection of pre-owned watches and jewellery, it is definitely the place to go when looking for something vintage. We also showcase a range of quality silverware, clocks and leather goods along with fine writing instruments from Mont Blanc and A T Cross. This store also acts as the home to our in-house watch and clock maker and will soon also house our jewellery workshops.
Being a modern-day business W Bruford has a presence on Facebook, Instagram and has a fully transactional website on www.wbruford.com.


Director of Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce

Chamber Portfolio Holder for Culture and Education

Head of Creative Arts Development at Eastbourne College

Linda is an arts strategist, project manager, workshop leader and drama teacher.

She has an MA in Arts and Cultural Management alongside her teaching qualifications and is presently Head of Creative Arts Development at Eastbourne College where she also teaches drama, has overall responsibility for dance and curates the visual arts programme for the Birley Centre.

She has worked as a theatre education director and young people’s theatre producer. She was arts manager for Waverley Borough Council from 1997- 2005 and the co-ordinator of Arts Partnership Surrey.

Linda is a Gold Arts Award assessor, a trustee of Lewes Live Literature, a board member of Creative Future and a member of the Community Engagement Steering Group for St Wilfrid’s Hospice. She has also been an advisor for the Arts Council on young people’s work.

When not doing all the above she enjoys reading, walking, travel, Pilates and yoga and is delighted to be involved with the work of the Chamber.


Director of Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce

Landlady of The Eagle and the Dew Drop Inn

Shoes Simes has been resident in Eastbourne since 1975 and studied Business & Finance at College.

Having a very successful career in retail management for major retailers. She then owned independent shops in the North Laine, Brighton and was a part of the North Laine Traders Association.

She moved into hospitality management where, in just 6 years Shoes turned around 8 failing businesses. Then went on to purchase the Dew Drop Inn in 2007 followed by the Eagle in 2009 and The Counting House in 2019, where she employs over 50 staff.

Shoes is the Chair of the Little Chelsea Traders Association. an Executive of the Eastbourne Hospitality Association, Director of Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce, Director of Eastbourne and District Enterprise Agency, and Director of Your Eastbourne BID.

Shoes says ‘Your Eastbourne BID is vital to our towns future success. Respected local business people, use their knowledge and experience to make all the key decisions, giving Eastbourne’s business community a far greater voice than ever before’

57 South St
Eastbourne
BN21 4UT

Tel: 01323 417 799

Email: info@theeagleeastbourne.co.uk

Website: www.theeagleeastbourne.co.uk