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Chamber Committee 2016/2017

The Worthing & Adur Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee is a democratically elected group of volunteers.  Elections take place every year at the Chamber AGM which is generally held in April.

Working sub-groups oversee the general running and direction of the Chamber; these are staffed by members of the executive and other volunteer chamber members. Read more about the working sub-groups here

Currently the following sub-groups are active:
Adur - Julian Cioffi - Vice President, Membership - Tony Hedger - Vice President, Charity - Karen Simporis - Vice President, SME Engagement - Peter Webb - Vice President, Digital & Communications - Kelly O'Haire, Branding & Website - Clive Spring, Treasurer - Alastair Vickers, Events - Sheryl Tipton, CSR - Chris Sewell, Special Projects - Jonathan Nulty & Dave Bone

2016 - 2017 Executive Committee
(left to right) Clive Spring, Chris Sewell, Sheryl Tipton, Dave Bone, Jonathan Nulty, Karen Simporis,
Gillian Fielding, Peter Bennett, Tina Tilley, Alastair Vickers, Kelly O'Haire, Julian Cioffi, Suzy Bastable,
Tony Hedger, Tracie Davey, Amelia Tomlinson

Tina Tilley - CEO

Tina is the ambassador of the Chamber and has transformed the organisation in recent years.

Tracie Davey - Operations Manager

Tracie is the Operations Manager and has been with the Chamber since 2008. Tracie is responsible for communcations with members, events, finance, membership and much more! The main contact in the office and often referred to as Tinas right arm!

Peter Bennett - President

Lived and worked on the South Coast for about 50 years.  I did my Civic duty being a Councillor for 24 years, Chairman of all
major Committees, Mayor of Worthing and President of Worthing Law Society 2000. 
Currently a Director of Worthing Town Centre Initiative, Worthing First and Vice Chairman of Adur & Worthing Business Partnership.
Solicitor for nearly 40 years from sole practitioner to Senior Partner at Bennett Griffin LLP.

Julian Cioffi
Fitzhugh Gates
Vice President, Adur Group Lead,

I am a partner at Fitzhugh Gates Solicitors and Head of Dispute Resolution. We are a team of  40 with offices in Shoreham by Sea and central Brighton. We have served local businesses for over 200 years. We are committed to being clear, open, honest and approachable. We exist for and because of the community we advise.

I see how highly skilled, innovative and resilient local businesses are. I am determined to maintain and support the diversity,  vibrancy and strength of local businesses in the Adur and Worthing regions.

That is why I have commitment to The Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce. Its membership comes from over 300 local businesses making it unequalled in its ability to promote, train and assist commerce in the region. Few of us can go it alone. The Chamber ensures we don’t have to.

Kelly O'Haire
Ask for the Moon
Digital & Comms Group Lead

Alastair Vickers

I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with national firm Grant Thornton in 1973. I stayed with them for a further 14 Years leaving in 1987.
I then joined Leach Bright in Worthing. I jointly set up Chartered Accountants Ayres Bright Vickers in 1989 and left after 22 years in 2011.
I have had a great range of experience in assisting clients ranging from Sole Traders to Public  Companies and have worked in the UK, Switzerland and Holland. I am to practice as a Freelance Business Consultant and Mentor. I have been actively involved with the Chamber since 1989.

Tony Hedger - A & T Business Associates
Vice President
Membership Group Lead

I have worked in finance for nearly 25 years, of which 15 years was in
commercial banking. With my vast knowledge and experience I felt there was a distinct lack of personal service provided to business customers. I wanted to offer support, sound business advice and competitive funding solutions which is what we do at A & T Business Associates.

Chris Sewell
Active IT
CSR Group Lead

I’ve lived in Worthing all my life and love being here. My business is Active IT, now based in Ann Street right in the centre of Worthing, ideally placed to provide professional IT systems and support for businesses in the town centre. Previously Active IT was located out of town near Billingshurst and I was chair of Billingshurst Chamber of Commerce until relatively recently. I remain on their committee as a link to Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce. I am a strong believer in ethical business practice, and businesses being involved in the community in which they are based for the good of everyone. Making a profit is good; making it whilst also benefiting the world in which we live is even better.

Karen Simporis
Henry House
Vice President, Charity Group Lead

Karen Simporis BA(Hons), MBAc C, TNISPE cert
I’ve practised and lectured as an Acupuncturist since 1984 I also have a degree in Psychology and find that this informs my work with chronic pain and illness, care of the elderly and gynaecology.

I took over my business -Henry House Hot Pool and Therapy Centre-in 1997and as a Buddhist I encourage my staff to approach our sometimes  challenging customers with  compassion and care.

Peter Webb MBE FIoD
Vice President
Large Businesses Group Lead

I am good facilitator and entrepreneur and I have over 40 years’ experience in manufacturing.  I have run my own  business now for over 30 years and it has been an incredible journey, starting off with just a vision of working for myself, and manufacturing affordable electronic instrumentation. Today I employ over 180 people, and the company has received two Queens Awards for Enterprise (2012 & 2014).  In 2013 I received a “Life Time Achievement Award” at the Adur and Worthing Business Awards and more recently I was delighted to be honoured with an MBE for services to Business.

Sheryl Tipton
Tipton Marketing
Events Group Lead

As a Sales and Marketing Consultant  I have worked with the Chamber for many years and always found it extremely supportive and knowledgeable regarding
local issues. I would like to form  a Hospitality and Tourism Working Group to support and develop our hospitality offering within the town.

Clive Spring
Yoohoo Creative
Branding & Web Group Lead

Co-opted members

Suzy Bastable & Tina Barker
Adur & Worthing Council


Suzy and Tina are co-opted members representing the economic development section of Worthing Borough Council and are a useful link to the council.

Sharon Clarke
Sharon Clarke is a co-opted member being the Worthing Town Centre Manager since 2002. She keeps her finger on the retail pulse of the town and was instrumental in bringing the Birdman to Worthing.

Honorary Members

Roy Bishop
Hon. Member of the Chamber of Commerce & Industry Roy was been a member of the Chamber for many years and was previously a President of the Chamber.

Roy sadly passed away in May 2013, he will be sadly missed and will always remain a hugely important part in the Chamber being what it is today.

Dorothy Peters
As a local trader, ex-Councillor and past President Dorothy brings a wealth of experience to the Chamber.

IT Support kindly supported
by Active Group

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