Our board

BH Live

Mr Michael Wright
Chair of BH Live
Held the position of Managing Director of Newsquest Dorset, publishers of the Daily Echo and Dorset Echo, for over ten years, Michael has significant experience in sales, marketing, public relations, strategic planning and financial management. With a network of business contacts and member of the Board of Dorset Chamber of Commerce, Michael is instrumental in taking the Board and BH Live’s objectives forward.

Mr Robert Boulton

Chair of BH Live (Enterprises) Ltd
As a former Police Divisional Commander for Bournemouth, Bob has been involved in Bournemouth Strategic Partnerships and Community Development initiatives for a number of years and has 15 years in senior operational command positions and experience in the voluntary sector include acting as Chair for the Dorset Race Equality Council. Awarded an MBE for services to policing and the community, highlights Bob’s professional and personal commitment to the community.

Councillor Robert Chapman

Councillor Chapman has represented the Town Centre Ward in Bournemouth for more than 20 years and was Mayor in 2006/7. He has always been a supporter of the Bournemouth Pavilion and recognises how vital conference business and the BIC’s contribution to business tourism, is to the prosperity of the town. He has also been involved in many major investment projects, including the Pavilion Dance, Pelhams Park Leisure Centre and the redevelopment of the Triangle.
Mr Philip Dewhurst
Until recently Philip was serving as a Board level Communication and Marketing Director at two global companies, as well as previously holding the role of Chief Executive Officer of Saatchi & Saatchi’s PR subsidiary. His experience includes extensive Arts Sponsorship and Sustainability work.  Having lived in Bournemouth for over a decade and acting as a visiting fellow of Bournemouth University’s Media School, Philip’s experience and interest in arts and tourism are particular strengths.  Philip served on the development committee of the Rose Theatre in Kingston, working closely with Trustees and was a former Head of PR and Marketing in the public sector during the early part of his career.

Mrs Lyn Glass

Lyn has a passion for culture and the arts, having board level and Chair experience with Poole Arts Trust Ltd. (Lighthouse).  A former HR professional with a major bank, Lyn has a keen interest in equality and diversity, as well as substantial fundraising experience.   She has been a local resident for over 20 years and is a great community advocate for the services provided by BH Live.

Ms Sandra Graham

With legal experience in the tourism, leisure, sporting and entertainment industries, Sandra has also had extensive practice in legal work for licensed premises. Sandra has Board level experience and is a Director of Bournemouth Area Hospitality Association (BAHA).  She is also admitted to the Institute of Licensing and associate of the Institute of Acoustics.  Sandra has lived and worked in the region for many years and is also a trustee for a heritage charitable trust in Christchurch. She has a keen interest in Business Tourism.

Mr Martin Kimberley

Martin’s experience includes working in partnership to promote health, culture, sport and leisure on a local and regional basis.  He worked on the transition of Active Dorset to an independent Community Interest Company and now leads an organisation which will have a key role in developing sport and healthy living within Dorset.

Dr Philip Gower

Philip has worked as a General Dental Practitioner in Southsea for the last 25 years, originally in Primary Care but also in the tertiary referral centre of excellence at Guy’s Hospital. He is currently media representative for the South of England for the British Dental Association, an active member of the Hampshire Local Dental Committee and undertakes various advisory roles in the industry as well as mentoring foundation dentists. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2005, Philip has been categorised by the International Paralympic Committee as an F38 athlete. Training and competing at the Mountbatten Centre Athletics Club he has achieved number 1 UK rankings in shot and number 2 rankings in discus and javelin with the aim of achieving world rankings in shot. He is keen to share his achievements to inspire others and believes that sport is vital for the health and wellbeing of all individuals.

Councillor Andrew Morgan

Councillor Morgan has represented Talbot and Branksome Woods Ward in Bournemouth since May 2007. He is the Chairman of the Licensing Board and also served as a member of the Arts Council’s Regional Council for the South West until June 2013. He has a particular interest in performing arts believing strongly that there is nothing quite like being in the audience for a live event!
Mr Sean Aita
Currently Associate Professor in Theatre and Director of External Affairs at The Arts University Bournemouth, Sean has immense knowledge of arts and culture and has gained both theoretical and practical experience of performance and events management through previous senior management roles, most notably with the Northampton Theatres Trust, and Forest Forge Theatre Company. He has extensive experience of community service, and chaired a Bournemouth-based arts charity working with people in recovery. Sean is a former member of the Board for Poole Arts Trust (Lighthouse).
Mr Paul Collins
Paul has been associated with Dorset and the surrounding areas for many years and worked in the motor industry for 47 years in both sales and operational management capacity, currently Operational Director of the Westover Group. He is past president of Dorset Chamber of Commerce and has been involved with many charities in Bournemouth including sponsoring and running the Junior Cherries, providing him with a wealth of experience and knowledge of the local community.  He also has Board level experience having been a member of the Board for Poole Arts Trust (Lighthouse). Paul has a special interest in business tourism as well as sport and entertainment and is committed to seeing BH Live achieving its goals of prospering and being recognised as being the best.

BH Live (Enterprises) Ltd

BH Live (Enterprises) Ltd, is a wholly owned trading subsidiary of BH Live, established to manage the non charitable activities, primarily relating to conferences and exhibitions.

Members of the Trading subsidiary include some members from the main board;  Bob Boulton Chairman of BH Live (Enterprises) Ltd, Michael Wright, Paul Collins,  Martin Kimberley, Philip Dewhurst and Councillor Bob Chapman together with Peter Gunn, Chief Executive.

These are joined by:

Councillor Gina Pacifico-Makin
Born and bred in Bournemouth, Gina has significant experience in the tourism industry. Due to Gina’s role in Bournemouth Air Festival she was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008. Her local knowledge, contacts and experience at Board level are an ideal combination for BH Live (Enterprises) Ltd, established to develop the conference and exhibition business for the town.

Councillor Beverley Dunlop

Originally from Birmingham Councillor Dunlop came to Bournemouth in 1977. Pursuing a career in telecoms she has lived in many parts of the UK leading acquisitions, setting up new operations, launching products, directing projects and working as a consultant in organisation development and leading business transformation projects. Continuing with consultancy and interim management contracts, she was elected as a Councillor for the ward of Moordown in 2007 and held the portfolio for Economy and Tourism during an eventful period featuring the first Air Festival, delivery of Boscombe Spa Village Regeneration, Parks Investment Policy, Seafront Masterplan and BH Live.
Mr Alun Williams
Alun recently retired as Manager of the Bournemouth Coastal Business Improvement District (BID).  He helped to create the BID before leading it through its first three years.  His career prior to that was in domestic and inbound tourism working with attractions, hotels, coach companies, tour operators, local, regional and national tourist organisations and private and public partnerships.  He is currently a Trustee for Rotary Club of Poole Bay Trust Fund.