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, and past President of Dorset Chamber of Commerce. Michael has significant experience in sales, marketing, public relations, strategic planning and financial management. With a network of business contacts across Hampshire and Dorset, Michael is instrumental in taking BH Live’s objectives forward..
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.
Philip works at Board level with Major UK and international organisations to help them with PR and marketing strategies. He is a Chartered PR practitioner and a fellow and past President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. Before moving to Bournemouth more than a decade ago, Philip served on the development committee of Kingston’s Rose Theatre and has also worked with the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch and Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre. He has extensive experience in charity support, arts sponsorship and brand management. Philip is a non-executive director of Darren Northeast PR, a guest lecturer at Bournemouth University and a supporter of Variety, the Children’s Charity.
Lyn has a passion for culture, the arts and community engagement, 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 28 years and is a great advocate for the services provided by BH Live.
With over 30 years’ legal experience in the tourism, leisure, sporting and entertainment industries, Sandra has an extensive legal practice in licensing and planning matters particularly for licensed premises. Sandra has Board level experience and is a Director of Bournemouth Area Hospitality Association (BAHA). She is also Vice Chair and Secretary to the South West Region of the Institute of Licensing and Affiliate Member of the Institute of Acoustics. Sandra has lived and worked in the region for many years and has a keen interest in Business Tourism.
Martin’s experience includes working in partnership to promote health, culture, sport and leisure on a local, regional and national basis. He worked on the transition of Active Dorset to an independent Community Interest Company and now leads an organisation which has a key role in developing physical activity, sport and healthy living within Dorset.
Dr Philip Gowers
Philip has worked as a General Dental Practitioner in Southsea for more than 25 years. He is chair of Isle of Wight and Hampshire Local Dental Committee and a coach mentor for doctors and dentists in difficulty. Philip has been categorised by the International Paralympic Committee as an F38 athlete. He trains at the City of Portsmouth AC and is currently the UK’s number one in javelin and discus and second in shot. He is working towards representing the UK at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. 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 has served as a Trustee of BH Live since 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!
Dorcas has many years of internal and external communications management experience within a variety of sectors including: Finance, Food & Beverage, Transportation and Higher Education in both Canada and the UK. Key areas of focus during her career have included start-up, change management and communications programmes across both satellite locations and also within communities. She has previous and ongoing involvement with the non-profit sector through the development of corporate social responsibility programmes, philanthropic engagement and personal volunteering activities and is a Trustee of Pavilion Dance South West.
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:
Before retiring in 2015, Alun helped set up the Bournemouth Coastal Business Improvement District (BID), leading it through its first three years. His career prior to that was in travel and tourism, both domestic and inbound, 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.
Most recently Lawrence was honoured to be Mayor of Bournemouth and holds an active role in the Council. He is a ward councillor and the current deputy Mayor (2018/19). Lawrence lives in Bournemouth and is passionate about preserving and growing the arts, culture, community facilities including parks and open spaces. His community work includes being past President of the Bournemouth Jewish Representative Council and past Chair and President of the Publicity Club of Bournemouth. Lawrence’s career spanned across commercial broadcasting, advertising, marketing and PR. He is currently a member of the Arts Council in the South West, a trustee of Hannah Levy House, and Chairman and Trustee of Bournemouth Music Competition Festival.
Ian qualified as an accountant 40 years ago and has run his own accountancy practice for 23+ years. His client portfolio is diverse and provides beneficial insights across wide-ranging trades and industries. Ian has been involved with local politics for many years and is a ward councillor in Bournemouth. In his personal life, Ian is passionate about chess and has been crowned Dorset Chess champion. He has also been President of Dorset County Chess Association and organised many tournaments in Bournemouth. Ian was instrumental in bringing the British Chess Championships to Bournemouth Pavilion in 2016.