Board Profiles

If you feel you would like to become involved with the NFBP Board then please contact Matt Callaghan by email.

Matthew Lawson (Chairman)Matthew Lawson

Business: Escape Yachting
Sector: Marine
Matthew’s top-rated and award winning yacht charter business operates from Lymington with day trips on the Solent and worldwide sailing holidays for leisure and corporate clients. He is well connected with the local business community including involvement with the Federation of Small Businesses.

Rob Dewing

Rob Dewing (Vice Chairman)

Business: Northerwood Systems Ltd.
Organisation: Federation of Small Businesses
Sector: Web Development
Area: Lyndhurst

Rob runs a business based in Lyndhurst providing websites and online marketing for local businesses. He has lived in the New Forest for over 10 years and is active in business lobbying as Chair of the New Forest branch of the Federation of Small Businesses, representing over 800 FSB members in the area. Rob was Chair of New Forest Business Partnership from 2010 until 2015.

Peter ArmstrongPeter Armstrong

Business: Hythe & Dibden Parish Council
Hythe & Waterside
Peter is a Parish and District Councillor who lives in Hythe. He is also Chairman of a local Charity.  Worked for various Councils, the last as a Manager of a service that won national, regional and local awards . As a result Peter ended up speaking at Cranfield University and being interviewed on local radio. He enjoys public speaking. Ran his own landscape/gardening business for nine years in the New Forest back in the 90’s.  He has lived in the area for over 20 years.

Currently involved in helping a Credit Union with a vision to open “drop ins” across the area, “Clean for the Queen” – March 2016  (a Keep Britain Tidy Initiative) and expanding Brand New Forest on the eastern side of the District. His local estate is undergoing “transformational” improvements as a result of joined up action and thinking by County, District and Parish Councils.

Peter has been described as an ideas person and enthusiast who enjoys helping and inspiring others to make a difference in their world.

In his spare time he enjoys Linkedin, getting out in his Sea kayak, fishing and reading a good self -development book.

Alistair BanksAlistair Banks

Business: New Forest Community Broadband
Alistair Banks is an Director & Consultant to various companies in the IT sector, particularly specialising in Computing, Networking & Internet Service Provision, also volunteering his skills in local causes. He’s worked in a number of software-related companies after his years in Microsoft’s operating systems division in Seattle, USA, where he managed various networking and multimedia features in Windows. Having been an early trialist of ADSL in Seattle, he brought the first broadband service into Lyndhurst in 2003 and has been championing broadband issues locally since

Matt Callaghan

Matt Callaghan

Organisation: New Forest District Council
In his role as Business Development Officer, Matt provides information, advice and support to local companies. Much of his time is spent co-ordinating the activities of the NFBP and developing the Brand New Forest Campaign including the Card Scheme. He works closely with partner organisations throughout the New Forest and other local authorities in Hampshire to deliver joint programmes including South Hampshire Meet the Buyers and the New Forest Sustainable Business Network.

Anthony Climpson

Anthony Climpson

Organisation: New Forest District Council
Trained as an artist and designer, working in recycling, sales and publishing before being seduced by tourism, Anthony has been Destination Manager in the New Forest for the past twenty-one years. With the recent merging of Economic Development and Tourism within the Council, Anthony has taken on the new role as Employment and Tourism Manager. Being totally focused on local inclusion and sustainability, he is looking forward to new challenges.

Neil FlanagabNeil Flanagan

Organisation: Brockenhurst College
Sector: Education & Apprenticeships
Neil is Director of Curriculum for Construction, Marine, Sport and Service Industries with a cross college responsibility for Apprenticeships and Employability at Brockenhurst College. Neil has taught in schools and further education colleges as a sports science teacher alongside various management roles. Neil lives locally and is a keen local sportsman.

Cllr Keith MansCllr Keith Mans

Organisation: Hampshire County Council
Cllr Keith Mans is a former RAF pilot who spent 10 years working for the John Lewis Partnership after leaving the RAF and before he entered parliament as the MP for Wyre in Lancashire in 1987 Whilst in Parliament Keith was PPS to the Sec of State for Health as well as being a member of both the Defence and the Environment Select Committees. After leaving Parliament in 1997 Keith was CEO of the Royal Aeronautical Society until his retirement in 2009.

Andrea McCallumAM Photo

Organisation: Hampshire County Council
Andrea is Manager for Enterprise & SME Growth at Hampshire County Council. Previously, she has worked in economic development roles for a number of organisations and with multiple partnerships across the South East. Andrea’s current role involves supporting local businesses experiencing growth or planning to grow in the area as well as business looking to locate in Hampshire. Andrea is working with both the Solent and Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnerships to establish their Business Support and Growth Hubs to provide services to SMEs. Andrea lives locally.


David NelsonDavid Nelson

Business: Orange Energy
Sector: Energy & Renewables
With a degree in Product Design, David’s career started as a designer in the automotive industry. He later moved in to marketing and business development, where he has obtained invaluable experience over the last 10 years in the renewable energy sector. Having worked for various companies within this sector, David founded OrangEnergy who are now recognized nationally, as a leading company in the renewable energy sector. Based in the New Forest, OrangEnergy assist both residential and commercial property owners to become more sustainable by harnessing the renewable energies around them.

Jane PorterJP NFBP

Business: Bartley Marketing &
Area: Lymington
Following a London based corporate marketing and advertising career including running her own successful direct marketing agency in the 1990s,  Jane “came home” to the New Forest.  Bartley Marketing which since 2013 has also owned, provides marketing and promotion for a number of local businesses and community based organisations.  Jane is also Deputy Chair of networking group Forest Entrepreneurs and a member of Lymington Chamber.

Jean-Marc PoumelJean Marc Poumel

Business: Macdonald Elmer Court
Sector: Hospitality / Tourism
Jean-Marc has lead the team  at Elmers Court Hotel & Resort for more than 6 years now. Achieving fantastic results with a 54% growth on operating profit since 2009 as well as winning some great awards along the way, such as Macdonald hotel of the year in 2011 and recently being awarded AA 4 star rating in May 2015. Jean-Marc has been join Chairman of the Hotel and Restaurant sector for the New Forest Tourism Association for the last 3 years with a number of team achievement such as New Forest Conference Showcase and Wedding Showcase.

Cllr Barry RickmanCllr Barry Rickman

Organisation: New Forest District Council
Barry sits on the Board as Leader of New Forest District Council and as the elected member whose Portfolio covers the Employment and Tourism Service at the Authority. Representing the Boldre and Sway Ward, Barry has run a photography business in the New Forest for 30 years and have been involved in local government for over 25 years.

Sophy Robinson

Sophy Robinson

Organisation: Forest Forge 
Sector: Environment & Rural Economy
Sophy Robinson has a varied business career, including coaching leaders of a wide range of businesses: entrepreneurs, global corporations and in the public sector. She has worked in a voluntary capacity as a mentor for Dormen and for Forest Forge Theatre Company. She lives near Fordingbridge on a small grassland farm, and is very interested in managing the land, forestry and historic farm buildings in a sustainable way, while also balancing the books.

Sandeep SesodiaSandeep Sesodia

Business: RBS
Sector: Financial Services
Sandeep is an Accredited Healthcare Relationship Manager, Commercial Banking for the Future Williams & Glyn Team at The Royal Bank of Scotland. He covers the New Forest and Southampton areas and works from the Bank’s offices in Southampton. His key focus is to manage and assist businesses and Healthcare customers to develop and grow their organisations. Sandeep works alongside professionals and trusted business partners to help customers to achieve their goals.

Sandeep’s knowledge extends over thirty years in the Banking and Finance profession and his passion is to work with customers, colleagues and business partners to get the best out of them, for them. His by-line is, “If someone says ‘think outside the box’ ask them why does it have to be a box?”

Sandeep also holds the positions of Chairman, Southampton Business Board at The Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and was appointed as a Director of The Hampshire Chamber of Commerce in September 2015.

David Simpson

David Simpson

Business: Simpson Hilder Associates
Sector: Housing, Planning & Development
Based in Lyndhurst, Simpson Hilder Associates are a medium sized multi disciplinary architecture and surveying practice. David and his team have been involved with a number of schemes in and around the New Forest including developments at Ampress Park since the practice was formed in 1988. Business clients include B&Q, Citroën and Henry Lloyd.

Paul WaltonPaul Walton

Organisation: New Forest National Park Authority
Sector: Environment & Rural Economy
Paul’s role is to lead the Authority’s work in conserving the landscapes and habitats of the National Park and foster a healthy local economy that can sustain the Park’s special qualities.

Paul has considerable experience of working in protected landscapes.  He has come to the New Forest having previously worked in Cornwall, as a General Manager for the National Trust for five years and prior to that as the first Partnership manager of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  He also worked as an Area Manager for the Sussex Downs Conservation Board prior to the creation of the South Downs National Park.

In 2011 Paul completed a Masters degree in Town and Country Planning.

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