Directors of Lewes Phoenix Rising
Andrew Simpson, co-founder of Lewes Phoenix Rising, is a community planner with a long track record of senior positions in the NHS and voluntary sectors. Andrew’s most recent major project before Lewes Phoenix Rising was the development of an urban garden village plan at Springfield Hospital in south-west London, which was granted planning permission in June 2012. The scheme had a gross development value of £500 million.
Andrew is committed to sustainable planning, where development is driven by the creation of community benefits funded by commercial investors.
Chelsea Renton is the co-founder of Lewes Phoenix Rising. She is a sculptor and art teacher with a studio on the Phoenix Estate. Prior to returning to Lewes, where she was brought up, she worked for a number of humanitarian NGOs in former Yugoslavia (for which she was awarded the MBE). She latterly worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Bosnia as a EU monitor and Sarajevo / Brussels as a political / strategic adviser.
Juliet Oxborrow is a former award-winning financial journalist. For the past ten years, she has run her own marketing and communications business, working both with small and large companies and organisations. Juliet is on the steering group of Transition Town Lewes and is a director of Lewes Town Partnership. She co-ordinates Lewes Phoenix Rising’s media, marketing and fundraising activities.
Richard Moore was a chief executive in the NHS before moving into freelance management consultancy 20 years ago. His consultancy work included a period of three years leading the redesign and then construction of a hospital in the West Country. Richard is an experienced project manager and facilitator. He has lived in Lewes for 25 years and is a former trustee and Chair of South Downs Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) and its successor organisation, 3VA. He oversees the finances and accountability of Lewes Phoenix Rising.
Amanda Deadman is a local resident and business owner. She has enjoyed a long career at senior management level in UK media, specialising in sales, marketing and business planning. Lewes has been home to her family for nearly 30 years and a desire to protect its unique spirit and strong sense of identity are key to her becoming involved in how the Phoenix Estate is developed. Her key role is in business planning and to provide an objective and analytical overlay as the plans develop.
Bob is a Lewes resident and currently Director of Programmes at the Power to Change, a new £150m endowment fund to support community-led enterprise across England. He has extensive experience at a senior level with Deloitte’s and Andersen Consulting, overseeing responsible business and sustainability, providing development support to the not-for-profit sector.
Hussein Dickie co-built a business over 15 years and worked for a large Fortune 500 company after the sale. He later consulted to small and mid-size companies and not-for-profit organisations. This included fundraising for start-ups and supporting more mature companies for ‘going public’. He has a MA from the University of Music in Vienna, an MBA, an MA in corporate finance, and an MSC in financial economics. He assists and advises Lewes Phoenix Rising on large-scale funding.
Jennifer Chibnall has worked in adult education and educational research and was a tutor at the Open University. She has published on 17th-century literature and worked in the media and arts working party of the GLC Women’s Committee. She is a member of the Labour Party. Jennifer is involved in assessing the industrial history of the Phoenix Industrial Estate and its current significance to Lewes as an area of employment.
Liz Mandeville has lived in Lewes for nearly 40 years. She is a long-standing trustee of the homelessness charity HomeLink, which provides interest-free loans to local people who can’t afford a rental deposit. She has interviewed many people living on the streets, sofa-surfing, or enduring damp and dangerous dwellings and the poor health and family breakdown that often ensue. Liz is also a director of Ovesco, the community renewable energy company for the lower Ouse Valley. Liz has helped develop Lewes Phoenix Rising’s affordable housing strategy.
Mark shares his extensive investment management knowledge with Lewes Phoenix Rising. Previously he worked in Royal Bank of Canada’s investment management team and at Theodoor Gilissen where he helped develop the bank’s London-based international investment management and advisory business. He now helps to manage a property company which he founded with some friends. Mark has a Law degree from Oxford University. He spent several years in the Royal Armoured Corps, and is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College.
Patrick has more than 20 years’ experience working with property developers, construction companies, local authorities, charities and end-users on projects ranging from small self-contained buildings to major regeneration projects and joint ventures. He is a solicitor and practised in major City of London law firm Macfarlanes until 2011. Since then he has been working independently in his own property and regeneration consultancy, Gainsborough Consulting Limited. He contributes legal and development expertise to the LPR team
Sheila O’Sullivan has worked in public health and development sectors for over 25 years. She has undertaken various research methods courses during her Master’s degrees. Having studied for a social geography degree at the University of Sussex, Sheila has a longstanding interest in the built environment and its effects on both individual and community health and well-being. Sheila has primarily involved in researching and liaising with the businesses on the Phoenix Estate and raising awareness and support for the work of Lewes Phoenix Rising
Sian Thomas worked as a dancer and choreographer with companies including STOMP and Divas, and was a teacher of percussive dance theatre before becoming a programmer of outdoor work. She is a co-director of Lucid Incident outdoor arts company and sits on the board of the Independent Street Arts Network and the National Association of Street Artists. Sian has been a resident of Lewes for 20 years and has a workshop and storage space at the Foundry workshop. Sian helps to co-ordinate Lewes Phoenix Rising’s public events.
Tim Hancock spent 34 years working for Rothschilds, the global investment bank, retiring as a partner in 2010. His career included executive roles in banking and M&A advisory, and for five years he acted as Group Risk Director of the Rothschild Group. Tim, who is a graduate of Oxford University, has lived near Lewes since 1996. Tim provides advice and support on fundraising and general financial advisory matters.
Victoria has extensive fundraising experience. In her native US she served on the Executive Board of the PTA as head of fundraising for her children’s school where she was responsible for raising US$400,000 a year. Victoria worked for over 20 years’ experience in the film industry (sales, production, finance and marketing) and has recently set up her own media-based company
Will Anderson joined the Cambridge Design Research Studio in 2013 after graduating from Newcastle University. Will is fascinated by the narratives behind architecture, valuing idiosyncrasies, history and character. His ongoing thesis at Cambridge University tests an architectural response to rural ‘Localism’ to deliver much needed affordable housing in the south-east of England. Working closely with Lewes Phoenix Rising’s architectural and planning consultants, Will has led our design strategy for the site.
Lewes Phoenix Rising is honoured to be working with a range of world-class consultants in architecture, planning, surveying and property law
Alan Thompson, RIBA AoU FRSA, Architect and Planning Consultant
Teva Hesse, Head of London Office, March MAA, C F Moller Architects UK Ltd
Rolf Nielsen, Associate, MAA ARB, C F Moller Architects UK Ltd
Bob Heald, Partner, Gardiner and Theobald, Chartered Quantity Surveyors
Jo Fone, Partner, Montagu Evans, Property Consultants
Dominic Lawson, Dominic Lawson Bespoke Planning
Conrad Peberdy, Director of Development, The Ethical Property Company
Ian Carradice, Director, Arup Engineering
Clive Newberry QC, specialist planning and environmental lawyer