The Board

All Sussex Chamber of Commerce Board Members hold non-executive unpaid positions. In addition to being a champion in their own sector, as a full member of the Board they are responsible in suppoting the Chief Executive with the strategic direction of the company


Current Board Members:

  • Robert Clare (Chairman)
  • Dean Orgill (Vice Chair)
  • Gary Chown (Head of Audit Committee)
  • Michele Augousti
  • Martin Bannister
  • John Bullivant
  • Dougal Fleming
  • Andrew Hookway
  • Lee Fisher Jones
  • Kristina Pereckaite
  • Dan Shelley
  • Penina Shepherd
  • Harry Sherrard
  • Andy Wheeler


The Chief Executive of the business is

  • Ana Christie


The Board elects the Chairman. Board Members serve a three year term and can serve three terms of three years.



Sussex Chamber of Commerce – Non-Executive Board Director Vacancies


Sussex Chamber, in addition to providing services for its membership, also has a key influencing role for the wider business community.  To ensure our Board remains representative of the Sussex business community as a whole, the Chamber needs to recruit several new Non-Executive Board Directors.

Members of the Sussex Chamber Board come from a variety of sector specific areas, and we are currently particularly interested in recruiting from the following sectors:  Construction, Life Sciences, Manufacturing and Visitor Economy.  However, any applicants from outside these sectors would also be considered.

The current Board is under-represented by females, ethnic minorities and young people and we are keen to secure representation from these groups.

In addition to being a champion for your own sector, as a member of the Board you will be responsible for supporting with Chief Executive with the strategic direction of the company.

For more information and to apply Click Here



Ana Christie


Substantial business experience both in the UK and internationally. Ana’s career began in aviation in ground operations working both at Gatwick and Heathrow airports (for Air UK and Sri Lankan Airlines respectively), before progressing into hospitality in London at Marble Arch Marriott hotel, and subsequently working on the construction and development of the London Marriott hotel at County Hall. Managing the London Aquarium as General Manager was her first management role. Ana was Executive Vice President of an executive recruitment and human resources consultancy in the Philippines before working for the British Deputy High Commission in India in entry clearance (visas and immigration). On her return to Britain, Ana joined Fisher Clinical Services managing a team of project managers providing packaging and distribution requirements of clinical trials across the world. Ana’s most challenging role was when she joined the Sussex Chamber of Commerce in 2014 as Chief Executive and has since grown and developed the business membership organisation through the services provided to support business economic growth and performance in the area. She campaigns on key issues through the British Chambers who represent the national interests of business in government. Ana sits on numerous skills groups and plays an active role in driving improvement in local employment and skills to increase economic prosperity and is also a business representative Director on the South East Local Enterprise Partnership. 






























Rob is a Chartered Banker with over 30 years’ experience of working with and supporting growing businesses.


He is co-owner and founder of Innovation Capital Team LLP, a corporate finance and consultancy firm focused in the tech and digital space.


Rob holds a number of director and advisory roles in the UK from food brands to fintech.






Dean Orgill


Dean Orgill is a Partner and Chairman at Mayo Wynne Baxter, where he has worked since 1987.


Having led the litigation department and been part of the executive management team for many years Dean became Managing Partner of Wynne Baxter Godfree in 1999. He has been since been involved continuously in the management of the firm, becoming Chairman in 2011.


In the wider business community Dean Chairs the Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership and sits on the Greater Brighton Economic Board. He also chairs the committee of the Institute of Directors for Sussex (being elected a Fellow of the IoD in 2015). For over three years Dean was a Director of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative Limited (where he chaired the Inspire group focussing on training and skills).  Dean has also received the Business Matters Business Personality of the Year Award in recognition of his proactive involvement with Sussex business community.

























Gary Chown


Born and bred in Sussex, I have spent my entire working life with Nat West Bank. I have worked across Sussex and Kent and in London before taking on my current role as Commercial Banking Director for East Sussex in 2010. 


The majority of my career has been spent working within the SME space and I have supported start-up businesses through to established large commercial entities.


I currently lead a team of ten relationship managers based from two offices, one in Brighton and one in Eastbourne, with responsibility for the portfolio of commercial sized customers (£2m to £50m turnover) based in East Sussex. The key element of my role is supporting the team as we put together bespoke banking solutions for both existing and new customers.     


Outside of the office I enjoy keeping fit and regularly run the Brighton Half Marathon.
























Michele Augousti 

Michele has more than 25 years executive leadership and industry expertise and has worked with a range of organisations from global corporations to owner-managed business, covering a variety of sectors including Manufacturing, Engineering, Construction, Tech, FMCG, Financial Services and has links to a number of renowned institutions such as the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).

She holds several director (ED/NED) and advisory positions (Commercial and NFP) and has a track record of providing operational change management and strong strategic leadership.

She encourages collaboration and innovation and helps shape organisational strategy into meaningful operational plans and works hard to ensure good governance and sustainability are key aspects of an organization. She has experience of setting and achieving goals for high performance and efficiency and for delivering a positive change.

Michele has an MSc from University College, London, is a member of the Institute of Leadership & Management and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and is its Sussex Chair. She sits on the Enterprise Advisory Committee and Investment Appraisal Panel for the Coast to Capital LEP as well as ad-hoc sub committees that support their Assurance Framework. She is also a Trustee Director for the Sussex based charity - Greenpower Education Trust and is a visiting lecturer (Qilu University of Technology, Jinan, China). She has a passion for bringing local business together and uses her extensive C-level network of businesses, business representative organisations and public organisation contacts, to help connect and support the Sussex business community.






Martin Bannister


Martin Bannister is a cybersecurity specialist with over 30 years of experience. He is Managing Director and founder of Kogo Ltd; an IT managed service provider, and cybersecurity business focused on SME’s. He has been running Kogo for almost two decades, and still finds time in his busy day to provide personal support to clients. He also provides vCIO (Virtual Chief Information Officer) monthly services at various SME’s across the South East. He is a skilled speaker and delivers educational seminars and workshops on cybersecurity and IT threat awareness across Sussex.


Martin joined Sussex Chamber of Commerce as a Board Member in late 2018 and active in the IT community as a member of the CompTIA Executive Council. 


Living with his two sons, wife and black labrador in East Grinstead, he can be found on Saturday mornings coaching his son's football or walking Poppy on the Forest Way.



















John Bullivant


John Bullivant led an MBI at PSM Instrumentation in January 2013 where he is now Managing Director.  PSM is a manufacturer of marine equipment based in Haywards Heath. The business was sold to the Swedish Group, Scanjet in March 2016.


He has an MBA from the University of Reading and is a Chartered Director. John has more than 30 years General Management and Business Leadership experience with Barco, SEOS, Paxford Composites and Application Solutions.


In 2004 John led an MBO at SEOS, a simulation displays manufacturer, which was sold four years later to a US corporation, Rockwell Collins.


He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and the Royal Society of Arts, and is also a Director of the Society of Maritime Industries.

John is married and lives in Hassocks, West Sussex. He has two children. His hobbies include music, travelling, football, running and skiing. 























Dougal Fleming


My mother was born in Southampton, Father in Wadhurst. I was born & raised in Lewes, subsequently consider myself a child of Sussex. I spent formative years living & working in Europe & South America learning languages and integrating as an adventure tour guide. Since returning to Sussex my primary passion has been to understand, facilitate & implement greener regenerative business practices. With a broad focus on aligning commercial, consumer & environmental incentives to ensures as a society we remain focused on ethical practices. 


Alistair Fleming Design: Business Development - Growing customer & commercial partnerships within the private residential sector.


Rewild Economics: Founder & Presenter - Helping Sussex businesses understand the Circular Economy and identify opportunities for their business.  


Rewild Adventure: Founder & Guide - Mountain Bike & River Kayak tours of the South Downs. 


Through the Sussex Chamber of Commerce I will help members grow their business in line with principles of the Circular Economy. 1. Less waste & pollution 2. Increase longevity of products & services 3. Be regenerative to the biosphere. 


I bring passion, energy & ideas to situations to engage key stakeholders on projects that go beyond increasing profit. 

I believe by thinking global and acting local we can unlock the power of Sussex. 


Andrew Hookway


Andrew Hookway is Founder and Managing Director of Extech Cloud, a multi award-winning IT managed service provider, based in the company’s headquarters in Burgess Hill.


Andrew has over thirty years’ experience in the technology sector, gained at an executive level within various large brands including Fidelity International and Colt Telecom.


Andrew has a passion for humanising IT and making it more accessible, placing a high importance on mentoring the younger generation on the science and technology aspects within his industry. 












Lee Fisher Jones


Lee has a background in sales and marketing, with over 25 year’s experience in business development and digital media.


His company 3D Media Solutions specialises in 3D and Virtual Reality across a variety of sectors including Construction, Leisure, Commercial property and content for social media and websites.


Lee is helping businesses embrace and understand the growing presence of Virtual Reality and Augmented reality, tailor making and providing time and money saving processes to suit companies from health and safety through to marketing and SEO advice for web presence.


Lee runs 3D Media Solutions with his wife Victoria in Brighton and between them have three children aged 10, 8 and 2.


“In business together we are stronger, the more we know about each others businesses the more we can help each other.”





















Kristina Pereckaite


Kristina has worked with hundreds of founders supporting them to accelerate the growth of their business and to develop themselves as leaders. Specifically, she supports founders with bridging the gap between ‘good idea’ and ‘sound business model’ and getting them ready for funding.


Having previously managed Brighton’s largest startup accelerator, and acting as Entrepreneurship Director for PLATF9RM, she went on to found Brighton’s most active business angel investor group, South East Angels, which provides funding for early-stage startups. 











Dan Shelley


Dan has worked in education, social and economic regeneration in the Sussex area for over 15 years. Dan has successfully led on significantly growing Ofsted graded Good Apprenticeship delivery, establishing the University Centre Hastings and successfully led external partnerships and relationships, marketing and International business for the college since joining from City College Brighton & Hove in August 2012. In his spare time Dan enjoys spending time with his family, running and is a long suffering Derby County FC fan.









Penina Shepherd


Penina is an award winning entrepreneur, the author of the inspirational book The Freedom Revolution and founder of innovative Law Firm ACUMEN BUSINESS LAW listed by the Financial Times’ Top 50 Groundbreaking & Innovative Law Firms in the UK and Europe.


She set up the firm on her own, from a complete standstill, at the start of the worst economic climate in decades, with a shoestring budget, in an industry that doesn’t welcome change, but with an abundance of passion for making a difference in her industry.


Her revolutionary vision, innovation and business model have been remarkably successful now with a great team of commercial lawyers in Brighton & Gatwick.


More recently, she founded ACUMEN PEOPLE for the private client sector, specialising in residential conveyancing and other personal legal matters. Both firms incorporate her vision and passion for being innovative, democratically run, providing top notch support and happiness as key. 




















Harry Sherrard


Harry Sherrard is a lawyer and entrepreneur who has lived and worked in Sussex for over 30 years. Harry is the founder, principal lawyer and CEO of Sherrards, a specialist employment law, occupational health, training, resourcing and HR consulting practice, with a national and international client base.


He is a graduate of Henley Business School.


With a lifelong passion for business, Harry has a particular interest in small business start-ups and in encouraging employers to engage apprentices, and in his role at Sussex Chamber will focus on these areas, in addition to corporate governance responsibilities.


Harry has also enjoyed a successful career in motorsport, including racing in the Goodwood Revival and the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and published his motorsport memoirs in a well-received book, “Taking Part”.  This has led to speaking engagements, at which he entertains audiences with stories of his diverse motoring adventures around the world. 





















Andy Wheeler


Andy Wheeler, director of Catandra, is an expert in his field. In his role he partners with many types of businesses to help them develop their strategies through consultancy and talent acquisition.


Having worked with both multi-nationals and fledgling start-ups Andy’s approach is tailored to the needs of each individual business but core principles remain: putting the best people at the heart of your business to serve your customers.


The working world is ever-changing and attracting and retaining excellent team members is harder than ever. For Andy, tackling the skills gap is a priority; he believes businesses need to develop their people and skillsets in order to create a pipeline of talent to secure future growth.