Rushmoor & Hart Area Committee

Business Strategy Group Members

Emma Watts, AFT Management (Chair)

Steve Barrett, Hurst Warne

Natasha Clement-Jones, Freestyle IT

Sue Foster, Medena

Mike Fricker, Qinetiq

Roberto Lobue, Menzies

Liz Marsden, Princes Mead Shopping

Mel McCrumWheelers Law

Karen Morris, Farnborough College of Technology

Tim Neale, Kirk Rice

Chris Richardson, NatWest

Tracey Shrimpton, Fleet BID

Amy Summers, Hart District Council

Debbie Whitcombe, Rushmoor Borough Council

Meetings 2019

Monday 8th July 2019 at 9.30am to 10.30am – Venue to be confirmed

Monday 9th September 2019 at 9.30am to 10.30am – Venue to be confirmed. This will also be the Business Strategy Group Annual General Meeting

Monday 14th October 2019 at 9.30am to 10.30am – Venue to be confirmed

Monday 11th November 2019 at 9.30am to 10.30am – Venue to be confirmed

Monday 9th December 2019 at 9.30am to 10.30am – Venue to be confirmed

Chamber Contact

Mark Baulch, Head of Policy & Representation


Tel: 01256 338476


Terms of Reference 

    • To meet monthly or bi-monthly to discuss business issues and agree items for actions.

    • Meeting to take place with no less than 50% of the Committee membership present as a quorum.

    • To receive presentations from organisations, companies, and stakeholders on developments, projects and initiatives that require support or action of the Committee – which should include active engagement and information exchange with local planning authorities, local authorities and city council(s), if furtherance of the Chamber’s aim of ensuring that the voice of business is heard in local decisions

    • To proactively engage with the local media and to ensure that items of business significance are identified, reviewed and commented on by the Chamber in the local area – thereby reinforcing the importance of Chamber membership to local businesses

    • To review the area membership base (joiners, leavers, membership type) and to seek to engage with Hampshire Chamber initiatives to grow the membership on a sustainable basis – including engagement with the Membership Manager to design and implement membership campaigns that are appropriate for the local business community

    • To reinforce channels of communication with existing members (including events) and to demonstrate the value of the Chamber for local businesses, thereby contributing to improved retention

    • To discuss key items of local, regional and national significance including policy and representation; and agree actions including formal Committee responses.

    • To represent the views of the Chamber via appropriate board/committee membership of other local business organisations, ie. Business Improvement District, LEPs

    • To receive, via the Chair, briefings on key matters discussed and considered by the Hampshire Chamber Board, thereby ensuring an understanding of the direction and focus of the Chamber in the region

    • To receive brief reports on Chamber events, membership and governance that requires a Committee viewpoint.

    • To ensure that a “local plan” is agreed within the Committee to identify key areas of  annual focus for the Area Committee – including measurable targets for achievement

    • To endeavour to ensure the Committee is representative of all business sectors.

    • To call an Annual Meeting, appointing a Chair and Vice Chair and appoint any other positions deemed appropriate.