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.
Heather Baker – Vice Chairwoman
Heather has lived and worked in and around Chichester for 40 years, and has sailed in the Solent since university days, first dinghies, then yachts and now a motor cruiser.
She came to the area straight from university to work for IBM UK Ltd.
She was the elected member of Chichester District Council for Fernhurst Ward for 12 years. She was the cabinet member for Environmental Health and then Leader of the council.
After standing down in 2015 she was appointed a member of the South Downs National Park by the secretary of state.
She has been heavily involved in the planning process, sitting on CDC and SDNPA planning committees, and in the development of both Local Plans.
She is a member of Chichester Yacht Club and has held the post of Rear Commodore.
Her particular interests, are boating, bird watching, walking, protection of the natural and the built environment and gardening.
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.
Andrea Steer – Treasurer
Andrea and her family have lived in Itchenor for over 20 years. She is a keen walker and, particularly since retirement, has enjoyed the wonderful walks around Chichester Harbour. Andrea qualified as a Chartered Accountant with what is now Ernst & Young . Post qualification she spent many years as Finance Director and Managing Director of various financial services companies in London.
Andrea appreciates the opportunity her role with Friends of Chichester Harbour gives her to be involved in the maintenance and protection of the harbour and to learn more about all that the harbour has to offer.
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.
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 now as a skipper and more recently the Terror Oyster Boat, also as a skipper. 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 his use and love of the Harbour.
Valerie has sailed and raced in Chichester Harbour and The Solent for over 50 years. Her late husband, Lt Col John Q Davis RM was appointed the
Harbourmaster and Manager for Chichester Harbour in 1997. They were jointly awarded the ‘Freedom of Chichester Harbour’ in 2011 in recognition of their
contribution to the work of the Conservancy and the prosperity and attractiveness of the Harbour.
Valerie was Head of Science at Seaford College and is now retired. She is a member of Emsworth Sailing Club and is actively involved in the running of the
Oyster Boat, Terror. Valerie also appreciates the AONB from the land as she enjoys walking her Springer Spaniel, Meg!
Nigel was a practising solicitor until September 2017 specialising in intellectual property and commercial law in the context of the entertainment industries , particularly the film and television sector. He was a senior equity partner in a firm called Simkins , and clients included banks , cinema owners , broadcasters , museums , and many other institutions who depend on copyrights and other intellectual property to underlay their activities.
He was a Trustee and Director of Chichester Festival Theatre for six years , and also a trustee of the Forward Arts Foundation , who ran National Poetry Day and the Forward Poetry prizes.
His family have had a home in West Wittering since 1990 and is a member of Goodwood Golf Club and West Wittering Sailing Club sailing a Lymington River Scow.”