Board Profiles

The New Forest Business Partnership Board is made up of representatives from a variety of business sectors and geographical areas throughout the New Forest. By having this wide spread of expertise and contacts, NFBP is able to address a wide number of issues and campaign on a number of fronts.

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

Rob Dewing

Rob Dewing (Chairman)

Northerwood Systems Ltd.
Federation of Small Businesses
Rob runs a small business providing websites, Computer Aided Draughting and Design and other technical services to local businesses. He has lived and worked in southern Hampshire for over 20 years and now lives in Lyndhurst. He represents over 600 New Forest members of the Federation of Small Businesses, and is Chair of the local FSB branch.

Andy Ashcroft

Andrew Ashcroft

Ambassador Communications
Kool Skools
Andrew joined the board having won the Best New Business category at the 2009 Brilliance in Business Awards for this company Ambassador Communications, a consultancy services complimenting Government services offered to exporters through UKTI. The business assists UK companies looking to set up overseas operations or to move into certain overseas markets/countries for the first time. Andrew also runs Kool Skools offering ethical school clothing.

Matt Callaghan

Matt Callaghan

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 OBE

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.

Maureen Holding

Cllr Maureen Holding

New Forest National Park Authority
Maureen represents the New Forest National Park Authority on the Business Partnership Board although also serves as a District Councillor. Maureen has a keen interest in supporting the local business community having previous held the position of Employment, Health and Wellbeing Portfolio Holder for the District Council. She worked as a Business Studies teacher in secondary and further education for almost 20 years. She served as a School Governor at Boldre for three years.

Cllr Keith MansCllr Keith Mans

Hampshire County Council
Cllr Keith Mans is the elected member for Lyndhurst at Hampshire County Council. He is the Cabinet Member for Communities and International Relations holding this position since 2009. He was formerly a Member of Parliament for the Wyre Constituency.

Derek MatherDerek Mather

Brockenhurst College
Director of Adults, Skills and Higher Education at the College, Derek’s responsibilities include Business Services, the College’s training offer for employers. Brockenhurst College holds the Training Quality Standard in recognition of the quality and responsiveness of its training provision. The College is a significant provider of apprenticeship and customised training for businesses in a wide variety of sectors. Derek has worked at the College for 18 years and lives just outside Fordingbridge

Andrea McCallum

Hampshire County Council
Profile to follow

Michelle McClean Michelle McLean

Hampshire County Council
Michelle has worked in the county for over 10 years in both the private and public sector, with a specialism in marketing and business development. She has experience in dealing with small enterprises through to international companies having started her career with Yell. Passionate about Hampshire, Michelle strives to provide knowledge and advice geared to each businesses specific challenges and goals

Barry L OlorenshawBarry Olorenshaw

A former Merchant Banker and commercial property developer, Barry has lived in Minstead for more than 30 years. Co-founder of NFBP in 2000 and subsequently its Chair, he also sits on Hampshire Chamber of Commerce’s Planning and Transport Committee and several similar bodies and is also involved in a number of charitable and community-related organisations.

Cllr Barry Rickman

Cllr Barry Rickman

New Forest District Council
Barry sits on the NFBP 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

David Simpson

David Simpson

Simpson Hilder Associates
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.