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
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
BN22 7NN

Tel: 01323 723643
Mobile: 07855 444181

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
BN21 3EU

Tel: 01323 416999

Honorary Treasurer of Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce

Plummer Parsons

Plummer Parsons
18 Hyde Gardens
BN21 4PT

Tel: 01323 431200
Fax: 01323 641767

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
BN21 4PN

Tel: 01323 641144
Fax: 01323 730454

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'!

Unit 5, The Birch Estate
East Sussex
BN23 6PH

01323 729025

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

Operations Manager at Eastbourne Stagecoach

Managing over 180 staff, Krystian joined Stagecoach in 2012 as a trainee driver after 9 years in hospitality in many wonderful locations around the world. His hospitality experience taught him attention to detail and real customer focus.

He eventually came to the UK and in December 2012 became a driver trainee in Ashford, Kent. He progressed through the Company Staff Development Programme and was appointed to his first management position in Hastings that same year.

The following year he became Operations Manager of the Moray depot in North Scotland and was involved in a number of innovative projects such as electric and hydrogen fuel cell buses in Inverness and Aberdeen.

In 2016 he was offered the opportunity to move back to the South East as his wife missed her family and was fortunate to become Operations Manager in the sunniest town in the UK.

Stagecoach in Eastbourne
Birch Road
East Sussex
BN23 6PD

Tel: 01323 418 064

Website: www.stagecoachbus.com/about/south-east

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.

Ivy House, Ivy Terrace
BN21 4QU

Tel: 01323 437900

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

W Bruford and Inspired

Ashley has over 30 years experience in the jewellery trade, working for 17 years with a National retailer before taking over and becoming the Managing Director of W Bruford ltd in 2000. He also holds the position of Brand Director within the Houlden buying group, a specialist jewellery buying company.

He is married to wife Debbie and has three children and has lived in Eastbourne for nearly 30 years. He is passionate about the jewellery trade and hopes his children will come into the family business in the future.

His two businesses in Eastbourne currently employ over 35 staff, with the new Arndale Centre store Inspired by Brufords going from strength to strength.

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

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

After a very successful career in retail she moved into hospitality management where she applied her eye for detail and enthusiasm for business. In just 6 years Shoes turned around 8 failing businesses and went on to purchase the Dew Drop in 2007 followed by the Eagle in 2009.

Trading with a 7 figure turnover Shoes employs 30 staff and is Chair of the Little Chelsea Traders Association.

A founder member of the popular Little Christmas event Shoes is passionate about Eastbourne.

57 South St
BN21 4UT

Tel: 01323 417 799

Email: info@theeagleeastbourne.co.uk

Website: www.theeagleeastbourne.co.uk