Board & Directors



President & Director: David Joel

David is a professionally qualified, Chartered Company Director. He is a qualified physicist with 22 years in the engineering and technology sectors and 10 years in the services and facilities management sector mostly at board level.

David has spent a number of  years in the US, leading a multi-disciplinary team in support of the USAF and United States Navy aircraft.

Upon return from the US, David took a post as the Managing Director of a newly acquired SME, dealing with the change and culture issues that characterise a new business acquisition. Whist in the facilities management sector, David successfully led a bid team for the privatisation of the Atomic Weapons Establishment – Aldermaston United Kingdom. This activity presented many political, cultural and people challenges, culminating in a successful bid.

 In 2001 David qualified with a Diploma in Company Direction from The Institute of Directors. In 2002, David, founded a management and training business. He became a Chartered Director in 2003.

David works with the Institute of Directors delivering The Finance for non-Financial Directors programme and the Directors Role in leadership as part of the Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction with experience in both public and private sector organisations.

CEO and Executive Chair:  Ross McNally

Ross McNally is Executive Chair of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. He has over 30 years’ Board and leadership experience in business membership organisations and service sectors. He provides leadership of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce Board in its focus on strategy, governance and stakeholder engagement. He promotes the core Chamber values ensuring the collective voice of Hampshire business is heard in meeting their neds and shared policy objectives. 

Ross was formerly Chief Executive of the network of Chambers of Commerce in the South East of England and prior to this headed up a national building and crafts trade association. His experience of networking also extends to leading a students’ union in Higher Education and establishing franchising systems and affinity groups for national businesses in the leisure and tourism sectors. 

Ross brings insight to the understanding of organisational development, business representation, stakeholder engagement and strategic planning. Having been responsible for developing a number of innovative service offerings in both the business and membership fields Ross provides a strategic focus on enhancing services across the Chamber.

Ross is educated to post graduate level in business and leadership management and has developed skills in strategic management, communications, and business transformation.

Director: Nick Barwood, Bond Dickinson LLP 

Nick Barwood is a partner with Bond Dickinson LLP, a national law firm with over 140 partners and employing 1300 people. Nick is head of the Commercial Team and based on the firm's Southampton office which is home to 180 staff.  He is also a member of the firm's 8 strong management board

Nick has over 25 years' experience of advising on commercial projects of all types. He is often asked to provide strategic input into a variety of complex and business critical projects across a broad range of industrial, consumer goods and retail businesses.  He is recognised for his commercial acumen and solution-driven approach and is client partner for a number of FTSE companies. His main area of expertise is in relation to outsourcing, particularly logistics, supply chain management and third party services contracts.

Director: Sandeep Sesodia

Chair of Southampton Business Strategy Group

After a successful career in commercial banking with RBS Sandeep established his own company mgps commercial ltd in March 2017. Sandeep is the equal shareholding Director together with his wife Geeta.  

Sandeep has a track record of over 30 years in Banking and Finance, providing support and guidance to all business. His aim is to assist businesses to realise their strategic and long term goals.  Building and developing relationships is core to his values. Links have been forged throughout the business and local communities as well as with key business partners and professionals across the region. This is demonstrated by the work that he undertakes with the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, as President of the Rotary AM Connect Club in Southampton, as a Board member of The New Forest Business Partnership, as a Board member of Southampton Connect and as a Board member of the Finance & Accountancy Board at Southampton Solent University. 

In addition, Sandeep makes time to undertake voluntary work to mentor students through The Careers & Enterprise Company (Solent LEP) and to guest lecture at the universities. Sandeep is also a Vice Patron of the QE2 Activity Centre (for people of all ages with special needs). 

Director: Emma Watts

Emma Watts is Managing Director of AFT Management Ltd, a management consultancy delivering interim support for business change, and Chairman of the Hampshire Chamber Rushmoor & Hart Business Strategy Group.  A transformational leader, specialising in people and process, Emma has extensive experience of managing change, developing start-ups and delivering leadership support for global corporates and SME’s.

Previously, as Chief of Staff at the UK Defence Solutions Centre, an independent partnership between government, industry and academia, she was successful in implementing management structure and transitioning the business from start-up to steady-state.  During this time, Emma was also involved in the wider Defence Growth Partnership initiative, co-designing ‘TeamUK’ a collaborative partnership to demonstrate UK capability and deliver future UK defence solutions.

Stimulated by bringing industry and education together to drive policy and skills development; she is a champion for advancing business through cross-industry engagement.  Emma is also passionate about innovation and developing young people, and is an active ambassador for STEM outreach.

Director: Gail Thomas

Gail is the VP and Managing Director of TW Metals Ltd, and holds full responsibility for the International divisions of this privately held US organisation.  She has 38 years experience in the specialty metals industry.

TW is a speciality metals distributor and processor supplying a variety of industries covering most major end use sectors including oil and gas, petrochemical, and the nuclear sector but its major market is Aerospace.  TW holds global contracts and exports its products to 56 countries.  TW Metals currently has 300 employees across 8 countries that form the International Region, 2 of which are in the UK, with Southampton as the region’s headquarters.  In her tenure to date she has been responsible for the opening and successful integration of five TW companies (Poland, Houston USA, Italy, Germany, & Longbridge UK) throughout the region she controls.

Gail is a governor at Eastleigh College – a leading vocational college with strong links to industry and Gail understands only too well the challenges that young people face today and the requirement  of industry to be supportive of young people moving into the workplace.

Director: Mike Sellers

Mike Sellers is the port director for Portsmouth International Port and also a company director of MMD Shipping Services Ltd. He has been in post since January 2017.

Following a successful career spanning 20 years with Associated British Ports (ABP), Mike has held senior roles at a number of ports in East Anglia and Humberside. His experience in the shipping industry also includes port manager at Grimsby and Immingham. Born in Hull and growing up in a family of dock workers, he has a wealth of knowledge concerning port related matters. 

With a career dedicated to shipping, Mike aims to use this expertise to drive forward investment and regeneration for the UK’s most successful municipal port. 

As chair for Hampshire Chamber’s Portsmouth and district area committee, Mike will represent business views to government and policymakers, capitalising on the region’s leading role in marine and maritime industries.

Director: Peter Taylor

Peter is the Managing Partner of Hampshire based regional law firm, Paris Smith LLP, with offices in Southampton and Winchester. The firm has over 35 partners and a total staff in excess of 200. He chairs the firm's Management committee and a member of the firm's strategic board. Peter has a clear sense of purpose and that is that he is driven by a deep desire, through his professional legal skills and links  to enable the businesses and people with whom he engages to achieve their personal and business goals. 

Peter is a CEDR accredited commercial mediator and as such assists businesses to find solutions to commercial and contractual disputes. He advises and assists a range of companies and businesses to reach their goals and overcome their challenges whether they be contractual disputes, liability claims, insurance related issues, reputational and brand concerns or higher level board disagreement and strategic decisions

Director: Mark Mills-Goodlet         

Chair of Winchester Business Strategy Group

Mark joined the family business, Winchester Motor Company ltd. in 1987 after trying to forge a career as a Professional American Football player in the United States which was cut short due to a serious back injury. During the last thirty-one years Mark has worked in every department in the business giving him an in-depth knowledge of how each department works.

Mark took over the business in 2000 after the retirement of his brother and under his leadership the business has grown from a turnover of £7.5 million to £35.0 million. From its humble beginnings in Winchester the business now covers the whole of Hampshire with sales locations in Winchester, Aldershot and Havant.

Mark spent four years as Area Dealer Council Chairman for Skoda UK liaising between the Skoda retailers in the south of England with the management team in Milton Keynes and Molada Bolaslav in the Czech Republic.

Mark is also a Trustee and a sponsor of the Blue Lamp Trust, a charity organization that improves road safety by offering driver training with the resulting proceeds going towards looking after victims of crime and the most vulnerable in society. Fellow Trustees include The Chief Constable of Hampshire Constabulary and the Chief of Hampshire Fire and Rescue.

When not working Mark is a keen supporter of Rugby and American Football and is a sponsor for the Winchester RFC junior teams.

Director: Ed Gould, Carswell Gould

Ed has been a driving force in creativity, innovation and communication for the last couple of decades as Partner and Creative Director of award-winning, integrated creative communications agency Carswell Gould. During this time, he has helped to deliver successful marketing communications projects for regional, national and international clients, including leading organisations such as Marks and Spencer, Suzuki, Paris Smith, Red Funnel, Solent LEP, O2, UoS, HCC, TATA, Baileys and many more.

Ed has worked with a number of major economic development organisations and has become a strong advocate for change in the region. He has been involved in many initiatives aimed at raising the region’s profile, including the launching of Business Solent, helping create the South Coast Design Forum and the development of Venturefest South which showcases the regions innovation economy. He also works extensively with the universities and colleges in the region and is a visiting fellow of Southampton Solent University.

He looks forward to bringing his experience to Hampshire Chamber of Commerce board of directors. As an owner of a 25-year-old SME himself, he is acutely aware of what it takes run a business in good times and bad, and how to navigate the pitfalls and make the most of any and all opportunities. He will bring to the table creativity, problem solving, technical knowledge, brand know how and communication skills - not to mention great connections.

Director: David Harris, One2Create 

David’s primary focus is to provide clients with strategic marketing activities, which are targeted towards increasing sales revenue. His hand-picked team at One2create are focused on delivering a consistent brand image, along with a first class digital presence and clear calls to action that maximise ROI.

He also presents business, web and marketing seminars and keynote sessions on a national scale, sharing inspirational and effective advice that business owners and entrepreneurs are able to implement into their own strategies.

With over 27 years’ experience in media and marketing, David has seen the industry and technologies evolve into the exciting world of print and digital media that we live in today.

Having set up the company in 2002, David is currently the managing director and co-owner of One2create Ltd, which he runs with his wife Rosie Harris.

David has recently been accepted as a Fellow of the Institute of Marketing.

Director: Joe Jeffers, CFO Peach Technologies

Joe is the Chief Financial Officer of the Peach Technologies Group based in Whiteley. Joe has had a varied career in finance starting as a graduate trainee with Barclays in the City before relocating to the south coast to train as an accountant.  He then moved in to the field of Corporate Finance advising shareholders and management teams on MBO’s, acquisitions, fund raising and company sales / exit planning. Since 2015 Joe has worked in the role of CFO, initially with an international private equity backed marine safety group latterly becoming Finance Director at a leading IT managed service provider, Taylor Made Computer Solutions, which, in August 2018 was acquired by Peach Technologies.

Joe lives in West Wittering and is a keen surfer and paddle boarder. When not in the water Joe enjoys time with his family, rugby union (spectator these days) and is an improving golfer. He is pictured here with Beatrice, the Peach Technologies company mascot – part of the Go Rhino project with Marwell Zoo.

Director:  David Wales, Sparsholt College

David is a senior leader working in the Further Education sector and has experience of working in a range of colleges in the south east. He is committed to developing an improving apprenticeship offer for employers and apprentices having been a Director at the start-up of the National Apprenticeship Service as well as having responsibility for training delivery in a number of sectors from engineering to childcare. He has worked with a large number of apprenticeship-levy paying companies to undertake training needs analysis and design training packages.

In his varied career, David has also worked in the Arts and through work at Creative and Cultural Skills, linked employers and arts & cultural venues across the south with young people aspiring to start a career in the Arts. He has been responsible for a number of creative choices events where young people get to meet industry professionals and develop their understanding of potential careers.

He has been a member of the Rushmoor and Hart Business strategy group for over two years and is keen to see businesses in north Hampshire flourish, supported by the work of the Chamber.