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.
"Servecorp have been members of the BHBPA for many years. The BHBPA organise interesting events as well as networking meetings. It is a good opportunity to meet with other local businesses and share views and problems. There is plenty of interaction and synergies between the various companies. Peter does a sterling job keeping the lines of communication open between the local businesses as well as our local council and other authorities."
"The BHBPA is an energetic and vocal organisation that connects and empowers and informs the local business community acting as an effective conduit to local authority and other organisations. We are proud to be part of that community and the association."
"“I can’t speak highly enough of the BHBPA. As a small local business we feel very much part of a community and thoroughly enjoy the annual exhibition and meetings throughout the year. Over the years we have built fantastic working relationships with many BHBPA members and every meeting and event offers us opportunities to work with more. This is networking at its best! ” "
"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."