Immediate Past President
Bill joined the Chamber as an Executive in 2011 and later appointed Vice Chair in 2012 and later Chairman in 2014. He is the Operations Manager of Castlepoint Shopping Park and a Board Trustee of Crimestoppers. He has an extensive background in retail accountancy, and property having worked as Head of Retail Operations for Marks and Spencer and also a Manager at B & Q . His knowledge of the property market was developed from his time with Countrywide Estate Agents, both in Spain and the UK Markets. A keen road cyclist and Sunderland fanatic and former semi – pro footballer, currently still playing Dorset league cricket.
Martin has been an Chamber Executive for many years, Martin is a solicitor and the Managing Director of the town centre based Rawlins Davy Limited which offers a full range of services to both business and private clients. Martin sits on both the Bournemouth Town Centre BID and the Bournemouth Tourism and Management Board and is a trustee of Diverse Abilities.
Roger became a Executive member in November 2013. Roger is a co-director with his two brothers in their fourth generation Funeral Directors business of W. Smith & Sons which was established 1892 in Winton and Bournemouth. W. Smith & Sons is the town’s oldest family Funeral Directors. In January 2013 Roger took over from his father Ted two rolls which Ted had held for over 50 years, which were Honorary Secretary of the Bournemouth & District Association of Funeral Directors and their Representative to the BCTC mainly at the monthly LGA meeting at Bournemouth Town Hall. Roger gained his Diploma in Funeral Directing in 1991 and served as the President of the B&DAFD in his company’s centenary year of 1992. Roger is also the Chamber Representative at two of the towns trading districts of Winton & Moordown, which the family business borders.
Steve is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants and joined the Chamber in 2015. He is the MD and owner of Bicknell Business Advisers Limited which is a family business providing accounting and tax services to SME’s and Start Ups. Steve also provides Financial Director services to businesses and has been a main board director to local businesses since 1994 working with companies such as Sunseeker International (Boats), George & Harding Construction and SCA Group. His voluntary work includes being the MD of the Association of UK Accountants CIC which works with 350 UK CIMA accounting practices providing training, support and business opportunities. Steve is a keen blogger and has over 6000 followers of his blog www.stevejbicknell.com which currently gets between 10,000 and 12,000 hits per month and provides tax and accounting tips and advice to small business owners.
Peter joined the Chamber on his arrival in Bournemouth as General Manager of Castlepoint Shopping Park in May 2005. Castlepoint have been Patrons of the Chamber since it opened in 2003. Peter has extensive retail knowledge having worked in Marks and Spencer for 30 years in operational roles across the globe. He is also a Governor at The Bishop of Winchester Academy and Trustee of Bournemouth War Memorial homes. Peter has since retired from Castlepoint and is continuing to support Bournemouth Chamber.
Dorothy joined the Chamber in 2015 as Honorary Treasurer. Dorothy runs Even Keel Financial Ltd, which operate in both the UK and the Republic of Ireland and has extensive knowledge of debt relief mechanisms in both jurisdictions.
Efe Ohwofasa,The Focus Guru, is an expert personal development trainer, Award winning professional speaker, small business coach and marketing Consultant for SME’s. He uses 1-on-1 coaching, dynamic presentations, and interactive workshops to help professionals, business owners, and executives significantly increase their personal performance, employee productivity, and bottom-line profitability. His clients include numerous professional service businesses, career professionals and small to mid- size organisations.
Emma joined the chamber in 2015 as an executive.
Emma is a Premier Relationship Manager working for Barclays, looking after high net worth clients across Bournemouth and The New Forest.
Gordon’s involvement with the Chamber commenced in 2005 when his Chartered Accountancy practice – Martin & Company – became the Chamber accountants. Since then, he became a member of the Exec and, more recently, Martin & Company have become one of the Chamber’s Patrons.
Martin & Company are a local firm of Chartered Accountants, based in Charminster, offering a personal approach to accountancy, taxation, financial matters and business advice.
Jacqui joined the Executive Committee in 2014. Her background has predominantly been in Financial Management as well as Business Development. Assisting and nurturing small local businesses, especially with advertising campaigns. Her involvement with Chamber has been in events, the Business Education Scholarship Programme. Jacqui presently heads up the Charities Forum.
Mandy has been a Past President of BCTC. She served her term in the years 2013-2014. The Town Centre Business forum and Chamber communications is the focus of her volunteer activity. Mandy runs ‘Mandy Payne’ – a business which focuses on researching and writing funding and sponsorship applications and proposal documentation.
Paul Thompson joined the Chamber in 2015 as a voluntary director and is involved on the events team, which included organising the 100th Celebration at the BIC. He has spent most of his life in Bournemouth attending Bournemouth University and studying Business Management. Paul has worked in in hospitality also as an immediate response courier. Paul currently runs Oakphotography.
Tim joined the Chamber in March 2015 as an Executive Director bringing a fresh approach to the Chambers social events including planning, organising and running the BCTC 100th Anniversary celebration in March 2016. Tim is the General Manager of Southbourne’s Cliff House Boutique Hotel overseeing the day to day operation of the business.
Tim’s individual flair doesn’t mean he is a closed book when it comes to integrating with others in the area as well as being an Executive Director on the Chamber and General Manager of Cliff House he is a committee member on BAHA (Bournemouth Accommodation & Hospitality Association), Vice Chair for SOSBA (Southbourne on Sea Borough Association) plus currently sits on the Mayor of Bournemouth Fundraising Committee overseeing some of the Mayor’s main charity events. Tim enjoys interacting with the local area and bringing the local community together to better business in Bournemouth.
Born, bred and living in Bournemouth, John is a Chartered Surveyor having practised in the Bournemouth/Poole area for most of his working life. The domestic property market brings him into close contact with investors, home owners and tenants throughout the Borough and a targeted insight into the daily requirements of council tax and business rate payers alike.
A partner in Fulljames & Still when the company was sold to a national company in the mid 1980’s he returned in the mid 1990’s to found Fulljames & Slade (now Slades Estate Agents) concentrating on the professional practice side whilst son Christopher heads the sales and lettings team. John is secretary to Winton Traders Association alongside chairman Sue Slade recently retired from La Belle of Winton. Within his home town he is chair of Bournemouth Scouts, an active member of the Parish Church of St Peter and a proud Rotarian.
Heather has sat as a Chamber Executive for a number of years now and runs her own gift boutique in Southbourne. Heather was instrumental in the revival of the local Traders association and chaired SoSBA ( Southbourne on Sea Business Association) for four years, her love of all things retail ensures she champions the future of the High street. Heather sat on the steering Group for the Coastal BID which succeeded in gaining the Yes vote and then sat a director for a further 18 months. She is a mum to two teenagers and also supports her husband with his Electronic Design Engineering business.
Jane joined the Chamber Executive Board in May 2016.
She first joined the Chamber in 2009 when she was self-employed, providing mainly sales, marketing and development support to a wide range of clients. One of those clients was the Marsham Court Hotel and in 2014 she joined them on a permanent basis as their Business Development Manager.