Blue Bell Community Hub Steering Committee


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 and Treasurer

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 21 years.

Gill Craig

Operations Director

A working lifetime spent in the travel and tourism sector. 20+ years in the airline sector (Air France) but nonflying – interspersed by a period living in the Far East due to Peter’s international oil industry career. Considerable hands-on team and project management and marketing 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. Lived in Cocking since 2015.

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.

George Marchand

Committee member

Connection with the village goes back to 1972 when George started his 27yr enterprise at Cocking Sawmills Ltd, on top of the downs.  During that time commuted daily from Easebourne, sawing and sourcing Native and European Hardwoods.  Has been chair of Tandem in Midhurst for 3yrs and Friends of the Midhurst Health Campus for 5yrs. Moved into Cocking in 2018.

Howard Ewing

Committee member

Retired Senior Civil Servant with experience across a variety of departments, mainly in economic and regulatory posts. Since early retirement, held posts as Chair of Arun & Chichester CAB, Director of West Sussex CABx Consortium, Director of Healthwatch West Sussex and Chair of Bepton Parish Council. Has lived in Bepton since 2004.