Our board

BH Live

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, 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.

Paul Collins
Chair of BH Live (Enterprises) Ltd
Paul has been associated with Dorset and the surrounding areas for many years and worked in the motor industry for more than 50 years. He was Operational Director with the Westover Group and is past president of Dorset Chamber of Commerce. He has been involved with many charities in Bournemouth including sponsoring and running the Junior Cherries. In addition Paul is a trustee of About Face; a Poole based charity focusing mainly on face, neck and head cancers. He 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.
 
Robert Boulton
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.

Philip Dewhurst
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 Glass

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.

Sandra Graham
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 Kimberley
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.

Dorcas Williams

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.

Councillor Lisa Northover

Lisa Northover is a ward councillor for Muscliffe and Strouden Park in Bournemouth. With a passion for health, wellbeing and care, she is also the Chair of health and adult social care overview and scrutiny committee. She has previously been a board member of an NHS trust, a health NGO and a regeneration programme. Lisa enjoy arts and culture and likes to visit galleries and museums. She loves classical music concerts and particularly enjoys opera.

Councillor Lewis Allison
Lewis Allison is a ward councillor for Boscombe West in Bournemouth and Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Leisure and Communities.

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;  Paul Collins – Chairman of BH Live (Enterprises) Ltd, Michael Wright, Bob Boulton, Martin Kimberley, Philip Dewhurst and BH Live’s Chief Executive, Chris Symons. These are joined by:

Alun Williams
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.

Councillor Stephen Bartlett
Stephen originates from Bournemouth. He spent 23 years in the Royal Air Force followed by 20 years in the Aerospace Business in a wide variety of roles and locations in the UK and overseas. Stephen is a Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Councillor where he represents the Redhill and Northbourne ward and is a member of the Planning Committee, the Audit and Governance Committee and the Overview and Scrutiny Board. Stephen has a keen interest in all types of sport and is a lifetime supporter of AFC Bournemouth.

Councillor Jackie Edwards
Jackie Edwards has been in the hospitality trade for many years. From running a wine bar in Wiltshire to owning a restaurant in Bath and a hotel in Bournemouth, Jackie now runs a successful bed and breakfast. Having a keen interest in social and local history Jackie wrote a history of the hotels in Bournemouth called A Bed by the Sea. Jackie has been a Councillor for Redhill & Northbourne since 2015 and is one of the Directors of Kingsleigh Primary School. Jackie had previously been on the board of the local hotel association BAHA.