TOM ATTWOOD was for a number of years Chief Executive of Intermediate Capital Group PLC. He was previously a Non-Executive Director of ICG and helped the founders raise its initial equity in 1989 and was responsible for ICG’s flotation in 1994. Prior to that Tom was a Director of James Capel & Co, now HSBC Investment Bank. He has also been a Non-Executive Director of a number of buyout companies (IPC Media and Gala Coral) and until recently a Director of the Private Equity Foundation and a Director of the Centre for Social Justice. Tom is now Chairman of HgCapital LLP and a member of the Commission for Social Mobility and Child Poverty. He is also co-sponsor of 5 academies in Thanet, Kent.
CLIVE BOWRING Director of City insurance brokers, RFIB Group (formerly Robert Fleming Insurance Brokers) 1987 till end 2012. Served as trustee of Evelina Family Trust, an independant charity providing accommodation for families of sick children being treated at Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals 1996 - 2006.Trustee of Ronald McDonald Children's Charities 2001 - 2011 (Chairman 2006 - 2011) , a national charity providing and sustaining free accommodation for families with a sick child in hospital. Has lived locally since 1982.
WILLIAM DAVIES is an Engineer and Project Manager, who spent his formative years building Flight Simulators for Airlines and Military Forces throughout the world. William was tasked with seeking out opportunities for diversification, which resulted in the first use of Simulation Technology within the Leisure and Entertainment sector. Subsequently William became involved in the development of several Museums, Science Centres, Theme Parks, Planetariums and other Visitor attractions. William has also worked in the Rail sector with London Underground and Crossrail. More recently William has worked for the MoD on Synthetic Environment training systems; and for an Audio-Visual company where he managed the development of the European Parliament Visitor Centre in Brussels.
KATHRYN FLETT was staff writer at i-D magazine, fashion editor and features editor at The Face, and the editor of Britain’s first style magazine for men, Arena. Kathryn moved to the Observer in 1995 and became one of the most high-profile and controversial newspaper columnists of the 1990s. She became the paper’s restaurant critic and then it’s longest serving TV critic from 1999 until 2010. In 1997, Kathryn's first book, The Heart-Shaped Bullet, was published, and in 2012, her first novel, Separate Lives. As a broadcaster she is best known as one of BBC2’s ‘Grumpy Old Women’ and is a regular contributor on radio and TV, currently as a TV critic on 5Live’s The Richard Bacon Show. She is a Visiting Fellow at Brighton University, working primarily at the Hastings campus. She lives with her partner and their four sons in St Leonards, where she opened a five star self-catering holiday business in 2013.
SIMON FRASER worked as a corporate adviser to some of the largest UK companies in a 25 year city career. He is a non-executive director of Derwent London and Lancashire Insurance, both public companies. He has established a vineyard and intends to make wine as his next career. He lives at Mountfield, just north of Hastings, where his wife's family have farmed since 1850.
JOHN LOVERING has been involved in the retail business for more than 25 years and has been Chairman of Debenhams, Somerfield and Peacocks during the last decade. He has also been active in the leisure industry as Chairman of Fitness First, Odeon Cinemas and pub chains Mitchells and Butlers and The Laurel Pub Company. He is currently Chairman of Maplin Electronics. In addition, John is a Governor of Dulwich College, a trustee of the Retail Trust and is active in the work of the Woodland Trust and the British Heart Foundation. He lives locally.
MARIA LUDKIN is a lawyer who lives with her family in Hastings. She is currently the head of legal services for a major trade union, and has broad legal director experience in England and the United States. She has been active in grass roots campaigns to improve transport links and employment opportunities for Hastings, and is an experienced community activist and local government campaigner.
NEIL MATHER is a Chartered Account and Licenced Insolvency Practitioner. He worked as a senior manager in Deloitte Touche for more than 12 years and is now currently a partner at Begbies Traynor. His key skills are around advising troubled businesses including independent reviews, advising lenders, creditors or boards of directors as well as acting as appointment taker in administrations and liquidations.