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


All Board Members are elected by the Members

  • David Sheppard (Chairman)
  • Robert Clare
  • Paul Hills (Vice Chair)
  • Peter Mills
  • Sharon Phillips
  • Melanie Richardson (Head of Audit Committee)
  • Penina Shepherd


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.



Ana Christie


Ana Christie has substantial business experience both in the UK and internationally. Her career began in aviation working both at Gatwick and Heathrow airports before progressing into hospitality for Marriott and Whitbread hotels, and subsequently managing the London Aquarium. 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 the pharmaceutical industry managing a team of project managers. Ana advanced her career by joining Sussex Chamber of Commerce in May 2014 as Chief Executive.





David Sheppard


David Sheppard joined the Board of Sussex Enterprise in January 2013, became Chairman in April 2015, and lives and works in Hove.


He is a Founder Director of D-RiSQ Ltd (2012- ), a Worcestershire based SME which is changing the way the world develops systems and software. D-RiSQ provides consultancy, and is developing automated tools, to ensure that systems are fault and bug free and the requisite evidence is provided to the regulatory authorities.


Prior to this David was the COO at Ricardo UK Ltd, the Shoreham based automotive consultancy and manufacturer (2011-2014), Managing Consultant at QinetiQ (2009-2011) and the VP of Business Development for Proudfoot Consulting, the business transformation specialist (2005-2009).


Before moving into the Consultancy field David had a career in Aerospace, Defence and Marine. He was Managing Director of Thales Airborne Systems and Racal Defence Electronics (2000-2004) based in Crawley and before that MD for Smiths Industries based in Cheltenham and North East London.


Graduated as an electronics engineer and business economist, David is an alumni of the London Business School and has a special interest in international trade. He is a keen golfer and an enthusiastic spectator of Sussex sports teams.




Peter Mills


I have been working for Barclays for over 25 years, in and around the East Sussex area and have completed many different roles in many Branches across the county. For over 10 years I have been part of the Business and Corporate Team in East Sussex, and have enjoyed working with many businesses across all sectors building strong and long lasting relationships.


I also live in East Sussex with my family, and enjoy being part of the local community. I am involved locally with several groups, including my sons cricket and football teams.






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.






Paul Hills


Married with 3 children


Trained. Qualified and held previous roles in Supply Chain, Sales and Operations Management within Mechanical Engineering businesses.


Currently Managing Director of 2 UK based businesses within Exelis Inc. (USA parent company):


  • EDO MBM Technology Limited

Brighton located, Design and Manufacturing of Military and Civil Aircraft sub-systems


  • Applied Kilovolts Limited

Worthing located, Design and Manufacturing of high performance Power Supplies for Medical and Security Systems

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