Stuart Condie, Chairman
STUART CONDIE was appointed to the Board in January 2011, made Chairman of The Port of Shoreham Trustee Company in January 2013, elected to Deputy Chairman of the Board in January 2014 and elected to Chairman of the Board in January 2015. Stuart currently runs two transport consultancies and in his spare time is a Regional Councillor at England Athletics and a governor at Burgess Hill Girls School as well as being a fluent French speaker. Stuart has spent much of his working life with BAA, latterly as Planning Director and Director of Economics and Regulation and also held roles as Chairman of BAA’s £2 billion Pension Fund, Director of Heathrow Express Operating Company, and a Board member of SESAR, a Brussels based airspace Research & Development group. Prior to this he was a Non-Executive Director of companies running Perth and Northern Territories Airports in Australia. He has lived in Burgess Hill since 1986.
Amber Foster, Deputy Chair
Amber Foster is a senior solicitor with a broad experience of commercial law matters in the manufacturing, retailing and broadcasting sectors. For most of her career she has worked in-house for large organisations, most recently as General Counsel and Head of Government affairs (UK) for QVC. As an in-house lawyer Amber has advised on a wide variety of commercial and contractual relationships from broadcasting through to logistics and haulage contracts. In her role at QVC she also led the lobbying campaigns of the UK business. Amber now provides legal advice to businesses on a consultancy basis which she combines with bringing up her young daughter, voluntary work and making crafty creations and clothes on her sewing machine. Amber has sat on the boards of the Commercial Broadcasters Association and the European Electronic Retailing Association. She is currently the Vice Chair of NCT, the UK’s largest charity for parents; she is NCT’s Honorary Secretary and chairs the charity’s nominations and governance committee. She lives in Brighton with her husband and daughter.
CAROLYN DWYER was appointed to the Board in January 2015. Carolyn is Director of Communities, Housing and Environment for the London Borough of Lambeth and is also a Non Executive Director for the Scottish Futures Trust, a Board Member of the Planning Advisory Service and a Panel Member for the Veolia Environmental Trust.
Carolyn has thirty years experience in the public and private sectors leading major infrastructure and regeneration programmes and has been responsible for business transformation and organisational change. She has held ministerial appointments including providing independent advice to the Government with the Commission for Integrated Transport. She has extensive experience with community and stakeholder engagement and community development. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Paviors. In her spare time she enjoys sailing, travelling and walking with family and friends. She has lived in Hove since 2003.
TREVOR GIDDINGS was appointed to the Board in January 2015. Trevor has a professional background as a Civil Engineer, and currently runs his own management consultancy, focusing on the effective and efficient delivery of infrastructure programmes and projects. He has led and supported the management of change in both large and small organisations, in the public and private sectors, mainly in the transport, energy and water industries. In earlier years, as a partner in a major consulting engineering practice, he was closely involved in marine and port engineering projects in the UK and overseas. Trevor has a great interest in the local community and the importance of Shoreham Port in helping to maintain and develop the regional economy. He has lived in Hove since 1999.
JOHN HEADLEY lives in the Preston Park area of Brighton and commutes to London where he is employed as Director of Finance at the University of East London. John is a qualified management accountant. He has worked for many years in senior financial positions, in the higher education sector, the NHS, and previously in the Bupa Group where he held divisional Finance Director positions in the UK and in Spain. John is a school governor and serves on the Audit Committee of the Economic and Social Research Council.
JOANNE NEWELL has spent the majority of her 30 year career in media sales and marketing, joining The Guardian in 1982, becoming Managing Director of Surrey and Berkshire Media in 2001 and Berkshire Media Group in 2007. Since 2010 she has held a number of senior interim and consultancy posts spanning a diverse range of businesses and sectors including publishing, manufacturing and the NHS. Jo was chair of Brighton and Hove Citizen Advice Bureau for three years and is also a member of Brighton and Hove Macmillan Cancer Support group. Jo is married and lives in Brighton.
STUART NICHOLLS was appointed to the Board in 2013 and comes with a strong background in shipping and marine operations. He went to sea with the British Merchant Navy aged 16, promoted through the ranks to take deep-sea command aged 27 and moved closer to home via management posts in the offshore sector, before taking the entrepreneurial step ashore. Once ashore he formed a consultancy practice that he later merged with a technology company. Initially employed as a Sales Director then Managing Director, he prepared the company for IPO. After a successful listing on the AIM-London Stock Exchange, he was appointed Chief Executive. Now, he is the founder & CEO of StratumFive Ltd, a hi-tech software company, providing international ship owners with innovative vessel monitoring software. Stuart is an industry author, a Fellow of the Nautical Institute and Younger Brethren of Trinity House. Married with two sons, he enjoys sailing and skiing and is very passionate about rugby.