Alexandra Funnell is a Family Law Solicitor and a Partner at Hart Reade Solicitors, having practised in Family Law for more than 20 years. She embraces the firm’s motto, “Always Approachable”, and enjoys an excellent relationship with her clients, colleagues and local professionals. She is a well-respected and much-liked member of the Eastbourne business community and has a reputation for offering a sympathetic ear and sound advice for anyone going through divorce, separation or any other related family matter. Alexandra’s firm, Hart Reade, have supported the Eastbourne Business Awards for 7 years.
Alison Lawfield is People Director at Brewers responsible for the HR function and Learning Development for well over 1000 staff. A family owned and run business since 1904, the Company now has over 150 branches selling decorating materials to the trade as well as retail. Retaining our status as an independent business has enabled us to grow at our own natural pace building teams of knowledgeable and helpful people at each branch to ensure customers receive the service they expect and products they need. Although now with interests spread widely across the country we are particularly pleased that our Head Office remains in Eastbourne where the business first started and to be actively part of our local Sussex community.
Keith Ridley is a consulting editor with Johnston Press, having previously spent 42 years in the newspaper and media industry.
He was the UK’s youngest ever editor when he took the reins of his home town newspaper in Northamptonshire, aged 21. He edited newspapers across the midlands and south and was a one-time managing director of TR Beckett, the company which published the Eastbourne Herald and Hastings Observer series.
He now works as a communication consultant and has been heavily involved in the Eastbourne BID (Business Improvement District) project. He is a local rotarian, governor of Sussex Downs College, board member of the Eastbourne Education Business Partnership, an advisory board member to People Matter and a campaigner with the Save The DGH group.
Keith’s wife, Amanda, works locally as a dental surgeon.
Ambrose Harcourt is the Managing Director of Ambrose Harcourt PR , established in 1997, the innovative public relations consultancy providing professional services across a diverse client portfolio throughout the UK. He has a very keen interest in business in the Community having been involved with Friends of the Albion, The Boundary Club, Sussex Chamber of Commerce and the Uckfield Chamber amongst others.
Ambrose is best known as local DJ and celebrity, ‘Mr Lurve’, for 30 years broad casting over many parts of Sussex, South East England and the UK in Radio and Television. He is a life-time Patron of Chestnut Tree House and this year has been appointed as Vice President of Chestnut Tree House as well as St Barnabas House. He has been involved with Chestnut Tree House from the very beginning, before the hospice was even built. He was instrumental in raising the £5 million needed to build Chestnut Tree House and raising awareness of the charity’s vital work, caring for life-limited children and their families.
He says, “It’s an honour to be invited to be a judge and to celebrate everything that is so exciting about the women’s business community. There is no doubt that the entrepreneurial spirit that will be represented with the nominations and at the Award Ceremony can build a bright future for all the companies and individuals nominated as well as encourage others to do something that will engage and engender team spirit in their businesses and the community.”
Stephen Holt is the Business Development Manager for the Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce, the largest town based Chamber in the South with over 600 members. The Chamber provides business support, mentoring and best practice to its members and lobbies on behalf of the business community of the District. Stephen said “The awards are a great opportunity for our fantastic business community to showcase the best of what they do and why Eastbourne and its district is such a fantastic opportunity to do business”