There are 20 possible places on the Steering Group of the BHBPA. In general terms half of those will be taken by business leaders and half by members of the public sector workforce.
The Steering Group meets four times per year. Its function is to discuss events, actions and issues and to assist the Directors in steering the Association and ensure that it makes progress.
In October 2016 the members of the Steering Committee were as follows:-
Paul Shearing, of Autowise, is the current Chairman of the BHBPA
Peter Liddell, the Coordinator, sits on the Steering Group
Susan Fleet, the MD of Lea Graham Associates, is a Director of the BHBPA
David Shore, the MD of Time 24, is a Director of the BHBPA
PCSO Teresa Bevan represents the Sussex Police Force
Nick Broom, MD and Founder of PVL and Preview is a long time member
Alec Burgess, a Partner at Keymer Haslam & Co, is the Financial Controller
Steve Cridland is the CEO of Burgess Hill Town Council
Esther Dawson is the Executive Assistant at Ridgeview Wine Estate
James Groves is a Partner and the CEO at Clifford Dann
Jonathan Ash-Edwards is a Councillor with Mid Sussex District Council
Bruce Millington is an Account Executive at Sutton Winson Insurance Brokers
Jon Woodhead is a Manager and long standing member of staff at Nova Direct Mail
Paul Noble is the Owner of Paul Noble Photographic, and the official photographer of the BHBPA
Gordon Reay is the Business Liaison Officer for Mid Sussex District Council
Jon Francies is the Headteacher of The Burgess Hill Academy in Station Road Burgess Hill
Sue Upton is the MD of Heights Health and Fitness in Burgess Hill
Steve Willis, of Steve Willis Training, has replaced Steven Mooney in 2016 as the representative of Sheddingdean on the Steering Group. Steve was born and raised in Burgess Hill and,as a very successful businessman, is a great supporter of youth charities in the town.
"If Carlsberg did networking they would do it the BHBPA way. Each event is packed with great ideas, thought provoking presentations and fun. As a small business we feel supported and part of the community. We have built friendships and business relationships and there is always plenty of advice on hand to benefit us all so don’t hesitate to join whatever the nature of your business. "
"“Sutton Winson have been members of the BHBPA for around 7 years. We have found it a great way to keep in touch with Burgess Hill businesses and to meet with likeminded people. It’s not just another “networking” group, as it tackles the real issues and gets things done”"
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."