New Forest Business Partnership became a Community Interest Company in 2020. A Board of volunteer directors lead the day to day operation and set the direction and strategy of NFBP. Our Advisory Group consisting of the directors and representatives of New Forest businesses, local government, other partner organisations and colleges.

NFBP Board of Directors


Matthew Lawson

Marine & Tourism

Matthew's top-rated and award winning yacht charter business Escape Yachting operates from Lymington with day trips on the Solent and sailing holidays worldwide. He also owns the Thatched Cottage Hotel, Tea Room & Gin Bar in Brockenhurst.


Rob Dewing
Partnerships Director

Web and IT


Rob runs Northerwood Systems, a business in Lyndhurst building and maintaining websites for local businesses. He is active in business lobbying as the Chair of the South Central Region of the Federation of Small Businesses.


Vicky Ryce
Communications Director

Marketing and Communications

Based in Sway, Vicky has more than 20 years communications and international marketing experience. She now runs her own company, Let’s Talk Communications, and works with a range of businesses helping them to understand and communicate with their audiences. She is a Parish Councillor in Sway.


David Lawrence
Compliance Director

Legal Services

As Senior Partner, David manages Eric Robinson Solicitors' Lymington office, specialising in many aspects of litigation, conveyancing, wills, estates and is also the firm's Compliance Officer. David is an advocate in the firm’s Criminal Department, a Solicitor-Advocate, a member of the Criminal Litigation Scheme and a Police and Court Duty Solicitor.


Sandeep Sesodia
Finance Director

Financial Services

Sandeep has more than 35 years’ experience in Banking and Finance including at NatWest and The Royal Bank of Scotland and now runs his own commercial finance business, MGPS Commercial. His key focus is to assist businesses to develop and grow and to achieve their goals. Sandeep is a Non-Executive Director of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.


Paul Sherry
Investment Director


Prior to running his own businesses and holding blue-chip corporate sales and marketing roles, Paul gathered extensive experience as a trader on the Futures Exchange in the City of London. Since moving to the New Forest, Paul has become more involved in the third sector and founded 49, the business-led open innovation centre near Lymington. He has created and delivered a pilot programme for children “at risk” of exclusion in the New Forest.

NFBP Advisory Group

The Advisory Group meets every other month and brings a wide range of local business and government partners and organisations together to discuss the needs of the local economy and support local businesses.


Hannah Avoth

Education & Apprenticeships

Hannah is the Vice Principal and Campus Lead at Totton College, a technical/vocational centre offering programmes for 14-16 and adults across a wide spectrum of courses and apprenticeships.


Jane Porter


Jane’s consultancy and agency Bartley Marketing provides the full range of digital and traditional marketing services and PR, combining strategic planning with hands-on implementation. Their online hub promotes local businesses via on page advertising and its highly regarded direct and social media channels.


Andrea McCallum

Hampshire County Council

Andrea is Manager for Enterprise & SME Growth at Hampshire County Council, having worked in economic development across the South East. Andrea’s role is supporting businesses growth in the area and business looking to locate in Hampshire. She worked with Solent LEP to establish their Business Support and Growth Hub to provide services to local SMEs.


Matt Callaghan

New Forest District Council

Matt is Economic Development Manager at New Forest District Council, responsible for local business growth, initiatives to improve workforce skills and encourage appropriate economic investment. This is achieved through close partnership working with organisations including but not limited to NFBP, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, Job Centre Plus and Enterprise South.


David Simpson

Housing, Planning & Development

Based in Lyndhurst and Lymington, Simpson Hilder Associates are a multi-disciplinary architectural and surveying practice. David and his team are involved in a number of projects and schemes in around the New Forest including the Ampress Park development, Gordleton Industrial Estate, as well as the marine and housing sectors. The practice also works nationally in the healthcare and educational sectors.


Simon Bennett

Marketing and Creative

Simon leads the wonderful You Agency team, a ferociously passionate digital development agency. They design and develop, unique and engaging websites, apps and digital solutions and brand identities, thought-provoking business collateral and inspiring communication strategies.


James Hiley-Jones

Central Forest (Burley, Brockenhurst, Beaulieu)

James is Managing Director of Greenclose Hotels which includes Careys Manor Hotel & Senspa in Brockenhurst and The Montagu Arms in Beaulieu. With a long career in hotel management and the New Forest, James is passionate about the Forest and offers a wealth of experience of the hospitality industry. When not at work James enjoys cycling and time on the Solent.


Suna King

New Milton

Suna’s broad expertise and knowledge in marketing and communications comes from wide-ranging roles in marketing agencies as well as organisations including Samsung Electronics and the Wilton Carpet Factory. She is Town Development Manager at New Milton Town Council, co-ordinating the Neighbourhood Plan, with a focus on the regeneration of the town centre and enabling a digital economy.

Cllr Keith Mans

Hampshire County Council

Keith is a former RAF pilot who spent 10 years working for the John Lewis Partnership after leaving the RAF. He was elected MP for Wyre in Lancashire in 1987 and 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 County Councillor for Brockenhurst, Leader of Hampshire County Council and on the Board of the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.


Polly Perkins CBE

Education & Apprenticeships

Polly is Principal and Chief Executive of Brockenhurst College. With a staff of 700, the College provides education and training to 2,500 full-time 16-18 year olds studying A-levels and vocational qualifications; 700 apprentices and 7,500 mainly part-time adults. With sites across the New Forest, the College works with over 300 local businesses.


Dan Parsons

New Forest Marque
Dan is the Chair of the New Forest Marque (NFM), established to champion local businesses who pride themselves on producing and providing food, drink and craft with clearly defined NF provenance. Dan is also the Director of a couple of small commercial companies, prior to which he spent 18 years as an Investment Banker and before that 6 years with the British Army.


Adie Callaghan

Food & Drink

Adie runs the New Forest Hamper Company, promoting a wealth of local food and drink producers across the New Forest. Adie worked in high level corporate marketing and communications for many years, with links to hospitality and retail. Adie is fiercely passionate about “supporting local” and strives to raise the profile of the New Forest across the Food and Drink sector.


Peter Armstrong


Peter runs Bespoke Funeral Ceremonies which offers personalised and meaningful funeral ceremonies. He has been involved in the management of cemeteries in local government. He has experience of public speaking in the UK and abroad and has served on various charities. Representing the Waterside, Peter connects local businesses to the opportunities available through NFBP.


Paul Walton

New Forest National Park Authority
Environment & Rural Economy

Paul leads the New Forest National Park Authority’s work in conserving the National Park and fostering a healthy economy to sustain the Park’s unique qualities. He previously worked in Cornwall for the National Trust and as the manager of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Paul has a Master's degree in Town and Country Planning.


Sophy Robinson

Environment & Rural Economy

Sophy’s varied career includes coaching business leaders, entrepreneurs, global corporations and the public sector. Sophy volunteers for Dorset Business Mentors and Rethink Mental Illness. Based on a grassland farm near Fordingbridge, she is interested in the sustainable management of land, forestry and historic farm buildings.

Richard Parkinson

Maritime & Logistics

Richard is Port Director at Solent Gateway.

Cllr Alexis McEvoy

New Forest National Park Authority

Cllr Sue Bennison

New Forest National Park Authority


Cllr Michael Harris OBE

New Forest District Council

Business Consultant and NFDC Cabinet Member for the Local Economy, Michael has 40 years experience in advising companies and individuals in film, tv, advertising and PR.


Claire Upton-Brown

New Forest District Council

Claire is the Chief Planning Officer at NFDC, responsible for Planning Policy and Strategy, and Economic Development.


Frances Fawcett

International Trade

Frances brings experience of working in IT, marketing consultancy and global programme management. Frances also owned a manufacturing business and now works as a consultant, trainer and coach in the fields of business planning and international trade.

Keith Lightning

Energy & Renewables

Owner of Lightning and of KLIA Group of companies and associated businesses, offering electrical and instrumentation installations and specialist personnel provision, quality partnership and team practices and arrangements. RoSPA and British Safety Council Health & Safety National Award winners.  Services include Oil & Gas, Hazardous Areas, Energy From Waste, Nuclear, Power & General. Keith is a member of IOD, Management Board & General Council Member of Engineering Construction Industrial Association, Industrial Relations Committee and Engineering Productivity Improvement Committee.



Anthony Climpson OBE

Go New Forest 

Worked in the forest for 35 years, firstly with NFDC and since 2017 with GNF. Totally committed to embedding responsible tourism into the daily life of the wider community and using it to create a strong and locally resilient economy.

James Ford

Solent Local Enterprise Partnership