Board & Directors



Executive Director: Maureen Frost,  Chief Executive

Chief Executive of Portsmouth & South East Hampshire Chamber of Commerce prior to taking on the role of Director of Operations/Deputy CEO for Hampshire Chamber, Maureen has been with the Chamber movement since 1997.  Prior to joining the Chamber Maureen was part of the business lending department at NatWest Bank.  She currently sits on the Portsmouth University Business School Advisory Board and is an experienced Business Awards judge and mentor.

Executive Chairman:  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. 


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.


Director: Derek Chartres, Business Services Group 

Derek is a past Chairman of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and MD of The Business Services Group, which has been providing Business Support Services and Print Solutions to businesses across the south for nearly 30 years.

 With a diverse career starting in the Royal Air Force, through Sales Management and Local Government before establishing his first company in 1988, he brings a wealth of wide and varied experience to the various Chamber roles he has undertaken over the years. Including: Chairman of South East England Chambers of Commerce, President of the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, and Chair of the British Chambers of Commerce Accreditation Board. He was also the founding non-executive Director of Young Chamber. 


Director:  Malcolm Thixton Managing Partner BDO

Malcolm is the managing partner of the Southampton office of BDO where he also heads up the audit department. Although specialising as an audit partner, Malcolm advises his clients on a wide range of issues including acquisitions and disposals, tax planning, raising finance and improving profits generally.

He has around 30 years experience of working with businesses in Hampshire, where he has built up a wide range of sector specific experience including motor retail, manufacturing, wholesale and distribution, engineering and professional services.  Malcolm is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered accountants in England and Wales, The Institute of the Motor Industry and recently completed an MBA at Southampton University.

Director:  Lizz Clarke, Logical Creative Marketing

Lizz had served on the Portsmouth & SE Hants Chamber Board, is Chair of the Business Advisory Group at the University of Portsmouth Business School and served as Events Chair at the Institute of Directors.  She is Managing Director of two companies: Logical Creative Marketing (LCM) and Altitude Learning & Development.

LCM has been established since 1989 and is highly regarded for its work in marketing both in the region, nationally and internationally. The company numbers many well-known names on its client list; perhaps most notably in this context, the team won the contract to develop the marketing strategy and branding when the three Chambers merged to form Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.  Altitude Learning & Development specialises in marketing and sales training and executive coaching.

Director:  Mike O'Dwyer

Mike has a wealth of commercial and operational experience on the High Street, having worked with Grand Metropolitan PLC, Whitbread PLC, Laurel Pub Company and latterly with P&O Ferries on the main board. He really enjoyed corporate life both in the board room and at the sharp end, always happy to talk to customers and staff alike and was always seen in the business actually walking the talk.

He is someone who puts the interests of the organisation above his own and someone who is absolutely dedicated and committed to achieving excellence in everything he puts his mind to. He is positive, energetic, organised and utterly reliable in doing what he says he is going to do. He understands how to get the best from people, builds high performing teams, commands respect and is absolutely fair and ethical in business and has that fine balance between hard and soft skills.

Today, Mike enjoys putting his experience, knowledge, energy and enthusiasm to challenges in his client's business, helping them to assess the situation and providing them with practical and realistic solutions which can be implemented with the minimum of fuss. He gains the greatest buzz from seeing people, teams, boards and companies fully achieve their goals. When he is not working he relaxes by climbing in the Alps, running marathons, extreme off road cycling, long distance endurance events and invests in fine wines which is a real passion; he is occasionally known to enjoy the fruits of his investments! 

Director:  Hendry Taylor, Taylored IT

A senior Board Level Professional consultant with directorship experience. I have a wide international experience, working within a multi-cultural environment. I am motivated by working both at a strategic and operational level. Delivering both an analytical and financially literate approach to the organisational deliverables.

Proven track record of delivering complex programmes, in often difficult circumstances. A good communicator at all levels, and across functions, both in a national and international team environment. I have extensive experience at dealing with large multinational Financial and Investment organisations at all levels. I have 28 years’ experience in a wide range of IT disciplines and sectors.

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 Area Board

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 has a wide range of experience in start-up and change management; focusing on driving operational excellence, building engagement and influencing change and strategic growth. She brings a strong network from within the automotive, defence and technology sectors; and has been influential in business across both corporate and SME markets.  

Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Rushmoor and Hart Committee, Emma is actively involved with businesses in the North Hampshire area.  Currently contracted into the ADS Group; she has successfully taken the UK Defence Solutions Centre (UKDSC) business from start-up to steady state, and has most recently been involved in the wider Defence Growth Partnership (DGP) initiative to launch ‘Team UK’ -a collaborative environment through which UK Government, Industry and Academia work in partnership to demonstrate UK capability and deliver future defence solutions.  She is an Ambassador for STEM; supporting young people in motorsport and technology, and is engaged with Engineering in Motion, Formula Student and TeenTech.

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: Kevin Stansfield ACA, MBA

Kevin is the Managing Director of ActionCOACH Solent, the leading business coaching firm in South Hampshire, and is one of the most awarded Business Coaches in the UK.  He has lived and breathed business all his life, starting as a child with both parents owning their own small businesses.  It is that start that has inspired Kevin to want to help business owners and senior executives to improve both their businesses and their lives.

After University, Kevin trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, working with owner run businesses and helping them to grow successfully, and later became a freelance Finance Director working for a number of fast growth companies.  In 2006 Kevin completed an MBA at Southampton University and decided subsequently to make a change of direction in his career, to focus more on business planning, growth and development and less on just the finances aspects of businesses. 

This led Kevin to train as a business coach with ActionCOACH, the world’s number one coaching firm. For the last 10 years, he has been coaching and training business owners on the south coast to realize their full potential by becoming better at growing and running their businesses, so that they can make more money and have more time to enjoy it.

Kevin has been a supporter of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce since 2006 and has sought to work with the Chamber and its members to boost the local economy in terms of profitability, opportunities and employment for local people.

Director: Liz Trevor

Since 2011, Liz has been a freelance management consultant specialising in partnership building, collaborative working and business development for private, public and not-for-profit sector clients from across Hampshire.  She is the founding director of Drumainn.  Previously, Liz worked in the aviation sector for over 20 years where she held several senior management roles across the UK for BAA airports group and GIP at Gatwick Airport.

Liz has served on the Winchester area committee and previously a non-executive director of Winchester BID.  Liz is a board trustee of Action Hampshire and supporter of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, Hampshire.  Liz is also a co-founder and director of 3Women (a Winchester-based CIO). 

Director:  Mark Blunden 

Mark is a sales and marketing professional with over 30 years’ experience at all levels. Mark is a former President of the Weymouth & Portland Chamber of Commerce. He is an accomplished networker and has spent time mentoring students in schools and colleges. Mark is a trained and experienced public speaker and has delivered both paid and voluntary talks across the business and education sectors.



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.