Steering Committee - Blue Bell Community Hub

Philip Jackson CVO DL MA FRBS


Philip Jackson is a renowned sculptor with an outstanding international reputation He has lived in the village for 32 years

Peter Gibbon


Former Chairman and founder of the MGA Group a marketing and communications business with a 25-year track record. Also a Director of the Midhurst Community Land Trust.  He has lived in the village for 17 years.

Nico Dekker

Vice Chairman

Director RSC Ltd- public transport consultancy. 38 years experience in project planning, definition, feasibility, finance and management of multi-million pound projects in the UK, Continent and Far East. Previously Trustee responsible for business plan and implementation of Cowdray Heritage Trust attracting £3.8M of grants for consolidation of Cowdray Ruins. Has lived in the village for 19 years.

Gill Craig

Gill Craig

Committee member

Married to Peter Craig (Chair of CVH)

Lives in Cocking ( since 2015)

No children



Early school life :  2 Loreto convents in  Kenya

Secondary : Merrow Grange Convent Guildford

University:  Keele (Staffs) BA Hons in English and American Studies.

Post graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies – University of the South Bank



A working lifetime spent in the travel and tourism sector.

20+ years in the airline sector (Air France) but non flying – interspersed by a period living in the Far East due to Peter’s international oil industry career.

After a multi-disciplinary graduate trainee programme had a wide variety of roles, largely within the commercial sector in the UK market, over time managed  a number of different skillset teams as part of the UK senior management team, and was responsible for sales budgets of over £30M per year. Also spent some time in more operational roles particularly in customer service,  process and quality mgt programme implementation in both airport and commercial team environments.

Following voluntary redundancy after the Air France /KLM merger,  spent some years in operational logistics project management  for international sports events ( Football World Cup 2010 in S Africa, Volvo Ocean Race round the world sailing race etc ) . Subsequently have worked on a number of smaller international and UK based events.

During my career, as I worked for major international corporation, I was fortunate enough to benefit from a lot of in-house and external commercial and management training.



Travel and more travel, reading, theatre, cooking, golf ( irregular) walking. Mentoring a Vietnamese Tourism student  as part of a programme called the Madhrina Trust.


Potential Value to the Blue Bell Hub project.

Considerable hands-on team and project management experience. A strong belief in the value of a mentoring approach in developing inexperienced staff, to help them gain confidence and “own” their new roles. Previous experience of setting up and managing operational teams.

Gill Buchanan

Committee member

A Cocking resident for 20 years, Gill is keen to see the  Cocking community continue to thrive and has been on both the Parish Council and Village Hall Committee over the years. She commutes daily to Horsham where she manages a shopping centre and is keen to use her skills to support the introduction of this new village asset. Gill and husband Andy have two daughters both Cocking born and bred.

Jonathan Harvey

Committee member

Jonathan Harvey was a barrister in private practice in London for more than 40 years doing almost exclusively a variety of non-criminal work.  He retired from practice during 2018.  He has been connected with West Sussex for over 20 years having rented a house near Chichester for 15 years before moving to Cocking in 2011.