Oliver Chipperfield, Chairman, Friends of Chichester Harbour
Oliver has lived in West Wittering for over 20 years, and has sailed in the Solent for over 35 years since his university days. He came to the area for the windsurfing, and has been an active member of West Wittering Windsurfing club for over 25 years, though these days he is less enthusiastic about non-summer sailing. As well as the windsurfing he is a regular harbour user on his kayak or paddle board, and is a keen walker and cyclist around the Harbour and South Downs. He is a semi-retired human resources consultant, after a career that has spanned the Army, banking, technology and media and various trustee positions.
Chris Clode – Chairman, Terror Operating Committee
Having lived on the Sot for over 60 years and sailed dinghies and cruisers from the age of 10, Chris has a deep affection for the area and Chichester Harbour in particular. He has lived in Emsworth for over 30 years and spent a long career in the marine industry, firstly with Camper & Nicholsons and then, from 1979, as one of the founding directors of Sunsail. In 1995 he set up his own marine related PR company and finally retired in 2006.
A recent Commodore of Emsworth Sailing Club, Chris and his wife Lorraine never tire of the beauty of Chichester Harbour and all it has to offer locals and visitors alike.
Chris Williams – Treasurer
Chris moved to the area 10 years ago and lives close to the harbour in
West Wittering. He can often be found sailing or kayaking out of
Snowhill Creek, swimming off or jogging around East Head, or walking
with the family dogs on many of the harbour walks. A lover of the
harbour and of finding new ways to enjoy and explore this very special
place that we all enjoy so much. Following semi-retirement after a
career in banking, Chris joined the Committee in 2016.
Valerie (Val) Evans, Events Manager
Val grew up in Bosham and has been a keen sailor of dinghies and cruisers all her life, having been a Cadet member of Bosham Sailing Club then and an active Senior member now participating in racing a classic dinghy as well as rowing, kayaking, swimming off the quay and cycling/walking around the harbour and up into the Downs.
She has worked in fashion at Harrods & Jaeger, as marketing manager for an amphibious vehicle manufacturer, as marketing manager for international air shows and was a yacht broker at Birdham Pool in the ‘70’s. She also held a Private Pilot’s Licence for many years and flew a small plane all over the UK and Europe.
She loves the fact that the harbour has changed so little over the years in spite of a massive increase in the number of people who enjoy it, both on and off the water, and hopes it will remain so for future generations.
Sarah Newman – Newsletter Editor
Sarah was brought up in Prinsted and has continued her relationship with, and love of, the Harbour ever since. She was married to her husband, Robert, at West Thorney church and her father is also buried there. Many members of her family have worked closely with the Harbour over the last 50 years.
After university, Sarah worked her way up commercial organisations in British Airways, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Ernst and Young and Barclays before taking a complete change of direction in 2011 to run her own flower business from her home in Lavant. She has a son and a daughter.
>Michael Lewis – Secretary
A resident of Fishbourne, Mike has been secretary since October 2012 and is active as a Harbour Watch Volunteer and as a member of the Friends’ Working Parties. He had returned to the Chichester area after a Police career that spanned Sussex, Royal Hong Kong Police and HM Inspectorate. His last appointment was as an Assistant Chief Officer in South Wales and on retirement in 2004 spent 7 years as a Non-Executive Director with the Criminal Records Bureau based in Liverpool. A keen dog walker, Mike is also involved with Fishbourne Church and Chichester Bowling Club.
Pam Marrs – Membership Secretary
Lives at Sandy Point, Hayling Island and is an active member of both Hayling Island Sailing Club and Chichester Cruiser Racing Club. Pam is also Sailing Secretary of the Chichester Harbour Federation.
Sailing is her passion, be it racing, cruising or race management, although she also enjoys the countryside in the winter. Occasionally she attends the FoCH work parties when they are the western side of the Harbour.
Mike has enjoyed the Harbour for twenty years – firstly as a weekender and holidaymaker using one of the ‘’houses on sticks’’ down Thorney Road, then, after selling the hospitality company he was involved with, he moved here on a permanent basis.
Serving on the Committee he has been involved in various tasks such as reviewing subscriptions levels, updating the logo and literature, working on the events committee and representing the Friends at various events.
As a Volunteer Ranger, Harbour Watch Volunteer and enthusiastic participant in tasks organised by the Conservancy he is able to spend time enjoying the Harbour and in a productive way. Unsurprisingly, time is also spent sailing in the Harbour and occasionally venturing over the bar to race and visit where them there dragons do live.
Following her education at a boarding school on the east coast plus secretarial studies in UK and Germany, Catherine worked and lived in London for 21 years before moving to Emsworth with her husband Tim. Her work was administration in a variety of companies, the last 14 years of which was as PA to the Chairman of a Lloyd’s of London insurance brokers. Catherine feels herself most fortunate that she no longer works and can therefore enjoy all that Chichester Harbour has to offer someone like her who loves the outdoors, whether on land or water.
Alongside her involvement with the Friends, she also has an interest in the Slipper Mill Pond Preservation Association, Brook Meadow Conservation Group and the local fund raising branch of the RNLI. Catherine’s role on the Friends of Chichester Harbour committee is to assist with the distribution of the newsletter to all its members.
Chris’ introduction to Chichester Harbour was by sailing its waters and walking the extensive shoreline. Having joined the Friends of Chichester Harbour, he then became involved with the work parties and this led to joining the main Committee and the Events section. At the same time he joined the Solar Heritage boat, run by the Harbour Conservancy, as a crew member and more recently the Terror Oyster Boat. Latterly he became one of the Voluntary Rangers designed to help the Rangers maintain safe and informed work parties. For him, putting something back via the work parties and the Friends group balances my use and love of the Harbour.
Living at West Wittering in the late ’40s Chris’ introduction to sailing and the harbour was
in his family’s Jewel class dayboat moored at Itchenor. Whilst studying for a Degree in Architecture at Portsmouth he rowed skiffs at Southsea Rowing Club and sailed Ships’ boats in the harbour, later cruising to north French ports in brother Tony’s yacht from Birdham Pool. Working in London for International Architects he joined Minima SC and learnt the dark arts of racing a Solo in the contested waters of the Thames. Chris and his wife Ela returned to Sussex and joined CYC where their daughter learnt to sail. On retirement he volunteered on Harbour work parties, as a Harbour Watcher and as a Guide at Chichester Cathedral. He joined the FoCH Committee in 2012 with special interests in Planning and Development within the AONB, Events for Friends and, as a long term observer of the harbour scene with an interest in its history, has written and illustrated articles for the Friends’ Newsletter.