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.

Matthew Lawson (Chairman)Matthew Lawson

Escape Yachting
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 Business and the Lymington Town Team.

Rob Dewing

Rob Dewing (Vice Chairman)

Northerwood Systems Ltd.
Federation of Small Businesses
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.

Andy Ashcroft

Andrew Ashcroft

Ambassador Communications
Kool Skools
Andy joined the board having won the Best New Business category at the 2009 Brilliance in Business Awards for his company, Koolskools. Koolskools is the UK’s leading supplier of quality, affordable Fairtrade cotton school uniform and Fairtrade cotton workwear, and they also run parallel Fairtrade education partnerships with their client schools. Andy and his business partner, Mike Trodd, have built this internationally-facing, niche Fairtrade business from the New Forest. They are now supplying schools and corporates throughout the UK, and in Canada, Germany and Spain.

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 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.

Cllr Mans was elected to the County Council in 2009 and was previously Executive Member for Communities and External Relations.   He is now Deputy Leader of the Council and Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services. He is also responsible for the Troubled Families Programme and liaison with the Armed Forces in Hampshire.

Outside the Council Keith is Chairman of the Oakhaven Hospice Trust and a Trustee of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Trust.

Andrea McCallum

Hampshire County Council
Profile to follow

Cllr Barry Rickman

Cllr Barry Rickman

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

Forest Forge
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 works 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. (See Sophy’s Linked In Profile for more information).

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.