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.
"“We have been members of BHBPA from its inception, and seen the organisation steadily grow and expand into the dynamic entity it is today, bringing positive benefits to all its members.""
"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. "
"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."
"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. "