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 & Thatched Cottage Hotel
Sector: Marine & Tourism
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 also Managing Director of the Thatched Cottage Hotel in Brockenhurst. Matthew is well connected with the local business community including as Chairman of the New Forest Business Expo and involvement with the Federation of Small Businesses.

Rob Dewing

Rob Dewing (Vice Chairman)

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

Rob runs a business based in Lyndhurst building and maintaining websites 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.

Peter ArmstrongPeter Armstrong

Area: Hythe & Waterside
Peter is a Parish and District Councillor who lives in Hythe and Chairman of a local charity.  He worked for various councils, the last as manager of a service that won national, regional and local awards. Peter ran his own landscape/gardening business for nine years in the New Forest in the 1990s and has lived in the area for over 20 years.

Alistair BanksAlistair Banks

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

Matt Callaghan

Matt Callaghan

Organisation: New Forest District Council
As Business Development Officer, Matt provides information, advice and support to local companies. Much of his time is spent co-ordinating the activities of 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

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 nearly 30 years. With the merging of Economic Development and Tourism within the Council, Anthony has the role of Employment and Tourism Manager. Being totally focused on local inclusion and sustainability, he is looking forward to new challenges.

Ian Erridge

Area: Lymington
Sector: Retail

Cllr Richard Frampton

Organisation: New Forest National Park Authority

Derek Headridge

Organisation: Totton College
Sector: Education & Apprenticeships

Cllr Penny Jackman

Organisation: New Forest National Park Authority

David Lawrence

Sector: Legal
Business: Eric Robinson Solicitors

Cllr Keith MansCllr Keith Mans

Organisation: Hampshire County Council
Keith is a former RAF pilot who spent 10 years working for the John Lewis Partnership after leaving the RAF and before he was elected MP for Wyre in Lancashire in 1987. Whilst in Parliament, Keith was PPS to the Secretary 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. Keith is now County Councillor for Lyndhurst and Deputy Leader of Hampshire County Council.

Andrea McCallumAM Photo

Organisation: Hampshire County Council
Andrea is Manager for Enterprise & SME Growth at Hampshire County Council. Previously, she 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 and working with both the Solent and Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnerships to establish their Business Support and Growth Hubs to provide services to SMEs.

David NelsonDavid Nelson

Business: OrangEnergy
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 obtained invaluable experience over the last 10 years in the renewable energy sector. David founded OrangEnergy who are 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 owns, provides marketing and promotion for local businesses and community based organisations.  Jane is also Deputy Chair of networking group Forest Entrepreneurs and a member of Lymington Chamber.

Mark Yates

Business: Careys Manor Hotel
Organisation: New Forest Tourism Association
Sector: Hospitality / Tourism

Cllr Barry RickmanCllr Barry Rickman

Organisation: New Forest District Council
Barry is Leader of New Forest District Council and the elected member whose portfolio covers the Employment and Tourism Service. 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 has a varied business career, including coaching leaders of a wide range of businesses: entrepreneurs, global corporations and in the public sector. She 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.

Alex Scott

Organisation: Brockenhurst College
Sector: Education & Apprenticeships

Sandeep SesodiaSandeep Sesodia

Business: RBS
Sector: Financial Services
Sandeep is a member of the Future Williams & Glyn Team at the Royal Bank of Scotland, covering the New Forest. His key focus is to manage and assist businesses to develop and grow their organisations and to achieve their goals. Sandeep’s knowledge extends over 30 years in the banking and finance profession. Sandeep also holds the positions of Chairman of the Southampton Business Board at the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and as a Director of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

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 came 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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