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.

Alan Massey

Committee member

ONC in engineering but moved into software development working with major companies here and abroad. Setup AJM Computer Services 15 years ago. He has lived in the Village since 2004.

Frances Russell

Committee member

Worked for NHS latterly as Chief Executive of a West Sussex NHS Trust retiring in 2002. Currently Chair of Healthwatch West Sussex Community Interest Company and Chair of Trustees at Aldingbourne Trust. Councillor on Cocking Parish CouncilShe has lived in the village for 22 years.   

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.