Posted on 15th February 2018
We can announce some very important news for the BHBPA this week. It was decided that Susan Fleet would move into the role of Chair following the recent departure of Paul Shearing after three years at the helm. As Coordinator I am delighted that we have found a solution which will ensure the smooth progress of the BHBPA. As Chair, Susan could hardly do more than she already does on a regular basis for the Association. No-one has a greater knowledge and experience of the organisation and I feel sure everyone will wish her the best as she takes on the role.
Susan Fleet founded Lea Graham Associates in March 1986 and has been involved with the business parks ever since that time – in those days it was the Burgess Hill Industrial Group and it was very different from the BHBPA! She worked on the Victoria Business Park for ten years and continues to run her business from the town. Three members of her team also have strong connections with Burgess Hill.
Susan has lived in Burgess Hill for much of her life. She grew up near St John’s Park and attended Oakmeeds School in the 70s. (She claims to have been taught by a Mr Liddell 100 years ago but there may be a sliver of hyperbole in this). She has always immersed herself in the life of the town and is still heavily involved in singing and acting. She recently had a professional CD of her singing produced which is available to purchase.
Susan has been a director of the BHBPA for ten years and has been involved with all the exhibitions and the awards evening last year. She has been a consistent and very hardworking member of the Steering Group for more than 11 years. Paul’s shoes will be hard to fill but she looks forward to the challenge and to another exciting year with the BHBPA.
"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."
"“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”"
"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."
"The BHBPA is the most effective and dynamic business organisation I have ever worked with in over 30 years in Local Government. It has a very active and large membership whose points of view are taken seriously by all government structures. Peter Liddell does an excellent job in providing unique and enjoyable networking opportunities where members interact and discuss points of mutual interest. It provides a forum for businesses to discuss common issues, to share experiences and to play a powerful and meaningful role in the Burgess Hill community. The BHBPA provides important and credible support for all its members and ensures that their best interests are represented where necessary. "