About us – The Team
Christopher Harris, Founder.
Chris graduated from the Brighton College of Art and Architecture RIBA course in 1956 and joined the LCC Housing Department, working with the team delivering the New Directions in High Rise Dwellings project, before moving to the private sector.
Working for eight years in the office of Sir Hugh Casson, who had been the Director of Architecture for the Festival of Britain, Chris contributed to many of the practice’s high profile buildings, including Birmingham University and the Park Lane Hilton.
Chris then joined the architectural practice of Sir Denys Lasdun, and over 18 years there worked on some of the practice’s most prestigious buildings, including the University of East Anglia Lecture Theatre, The National Theatre, the new IBM building, The European Investment Bank and The Royal College of Physicians Building, Regents Park. He also worked directly under Sir Denys Lasdun whilst directing the team designing a new country house for one of the UK’s best known philanthropists and Cabinet Ministers.
In 1985, Chris became an active Executive Committee member of The Shoreham Society, where he participated in 15 major local sites over 30 years, including the winning of 75% of the public vote for the new Ropetackle building in 1989. Chris also initiated, sourced, planned and delivered the programme of engraved stone plaques which are presented to proponents of good conservation in the borough.
In March 2014, Chris founded the movement that has grown to become the South Down Project. His ambition is that the site of the Shoreham Cement works become a world class example of development providing a sustainable solution to a contentious problem.
All drawings on this website were created by Chris.
Robin Brownsell, Director of Investor Relations.
Robin has lived in Sussex for fifteen years and has recently moved to Steyning, less than four miles from the site of the proposed development.
His career as a sales and marketing professional has involved experience with vehicle leasing, energy trading and financial services companies.
He created his first technology company in 2001, operating in the emerging mobile technology space. During this period he was retained as a consultant by PayPal (Europe) to help them launch a brand new mobile phone payments solution for the UK retail sector.
Following the global crash of the financial services sector in 2008, he worked with the UK government and other organisations, to explore the reasons for the market failure and how the banking system could work for the benefit of society in the future. He is a passionate supporter of challenger banks and is actively involved in the emerging alternative finance market, believing that benefits should flow to home owners and local economies.
His research led to the formation of the Greater Brighton Banking initiative, to which he acts as Founder and Advisor. Reversing the trend for opaque and decentralised decision making in banking, GBB brings to local communities accountability, transparency and rewards.
Ayas Fallon-Khan,Business ,Skills and Apprenticeships Link
Ayas consults on community regeneration projects with a social outcomes agenda, high sustainability credentials and educational provision for all age groups.
He also teaches young people from challenging backgrounds and adults with mental and physical health issues the skills for apprenticeships and employment and creates links between business and the education sector. He works closely with the Sussex Education Business Partnership.
He is a Governor at Varndean VIth Form College and St. Mark’s Church of England Primary School in Whitehawk and for many years has raised for children funds for bursaries and scholarships in art, music and sport.
A keen supporter of start-ups and innovation, Ayas is a former Chairman of the Business Retention & Inward Investment Board and has experience of sitting on a number of public boards and committees, including Finance, Adult Social Care & Health, Planning, Housing, the City Sustainability Partnership, the Economic Partnership and Equality & Diversity.
When Deputy Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council , he led on Sustainability and had executive responsibility for Major Projects, Enterprise & Employment, helping drive the Community Stadium, the American Express offices and Open Market developments. ‘When the recession kicked in, it was important for the whole area and independent retailers to see construction, inward investment and employment opportunities for young people. I was lucky to have worked alongside a couple of exceptional officers who also had an appreciation of both public and private sectors and how their relationship can benefit the entire community. The South Down Project encompasses everything that a socially conscious development should. The emphasis on housing, retail and employment and sporting opportunity provision in a spectacular development will address many of the strategic necessities for the area, will stimulate tourism and inward economic investment and help drive Sussex ahead of competitor regions in the skills market. A concentration of skills here, particularly when emerging sectors like digital and eco-technologies take prominence, will enable our children and future generations opportunities to live, work and retain links to their local community and families. ’
Clare Walkling, Director of Finance.
Clare has a wealth of experience in developing projects from inception through to final delivery, which she does effectively and within communally agreed timescales. An acknowledged self starter, organiser, team leader and peer motivator with experience not only in finance, but also design, development and marketing, with expert knowledge in contemporary online media.
In addition to her experience in finance and financial governance, she has accumulated significant knowledge in leading contemporary media, having graduated to Games Producer/Project Manager with a history of delivering creative and innovative games, products and marketing solutions to clients such as Sky, William Hill, Channel 4, Endemol UK, Disney and Playstation.
Clare’s Academic background covers a range of studies, from Certification from the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, where she achieved a Distinction in Bookkeeping, Sage Level II, to Brighton Film School, where she studied for a Cinematography and Directing Diploma.
Her employment history includes Content Marketing Manager at GTECH S.P.A., London, Games Project and Branding Manager at Endemol, London, and Head of branding management for marketing and land-based material for Deal or No Deal and The Million Pound Drop, Financial Analyst, Arnoldact Rose Ltd Actuarial Consultants, Prime Broker and Fixed Income Derivatives Client Account Manager, Morgan Stanley International, where her duties included prime brokerage intermediation with billion dollar hedge funds and brokers, across level communication with clients, Prime Brokerage Reps, trading desks, sales and other operational areas, presentations with hedge fund directors, and settlement of trade Cash flows with high risk payments.
Scott Marshall, Director of Regeneration and Stakeholder Engagement.
Scott has over 27 years direct experience in delivering central and local governments’ multi-million pound economic regeneration and agenda, with experience in both the private and public sectors. He is a strong negotiator and influencer, working at a strategic level gaining trust and long-term relationships with Board members, elected councillors and partners in identifying and implementing planning permissions and priorities for service delivery. Accomplished at translating these to a variety of audiences from the private, public and third sectors. He is adept at building effective working partnerships and relationships with key regulators, stakeholders and local communities.
As a Director at Brighton & Hove City Council, Scott successfully managed a revenue budget of over £100million for council services and led a team of internal senior officers during a commissioned £200million ten-year strategic housing partnership. The partnership with a private sector organisation for housing management, repairs, refurbishment and improvements included the smooth transition of staff from one provider to another with minimal disruption to the 12,300 service users. The projected savings on capital works compared to current costs is estimated to be £46m. The project included significant community engagement, with residents involved at every level in the procurement and subsequently in the management of the contract which also will generate 200 apprenticeships over the ten years of the partnership (twice the industry average).
Scott’s economic regeneration track record includes negotiating a land deal to secure the future of Brighton & Hove’s largest private sector employer, American Express. The deal grew 2,000 local jobs and generated £50m of direct economic benefit to the city.
Edward Carr, Chairman.
Ed Carr began his career in marketing after attending Brighton Art School and St Martin’s Art School, which he left in the mid 1970’s with a BA in Graphic Design. After working in London as a freelance graphic designer for magazines, publishers and advertising agencies, in 1980 he moved to Brighton, where he started a family.
In the mid 1980s, Ed co-founded a graphic design company, and developed a client base that included the Gateway Building Society, Sussex County Building Society, Palmer & Harvey, American Express, and a host of SMEs. In the mid 1990’s, Ed recognised the growing significance of the internet, and co-founded one of the UK’s first design-lead internet marketing companies, where he was a shareholder and Creative Director. During this time he designed the first significant websites for a range of companies and organisations, including the British Film Institute, Crufts, BBC Choice, Brighton University, West Dean College, The National Consumer Council, The QCA and Pearson, the global media group, winning a number of industry awards as he did so.
His work in rebuilding the Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce, for whom he served as Vice President, and for the Hove Business Association, for whom he served as Vice Chair, gave him valuable experience in the management and stewardship of not-for-profit organisations.
In 2007, Ed co-founded the property investment company, Davenport Property Wealth, which specialises in introducing savers and investors to high-return property investments.
Chris J. Booth, BSc MRICS, Quantity Surveyor.
Chris J. Booth, BSc MRICS, Quantity Surveyor. Chris qualified as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor in London in 1986, where he has continued to practice, in addition to his overseas projects. He set up his own company in 2015, having previously been a London based Equity Partner for a major international practice. Chris leads the Programme and Cost Management service line within G7CJB [Consultants] Limited and has experience across most market sectors including retail, offices, leisure, healthcare, education, residential, major civils and infrastructure.
Chris is the Director with responsibility for programme and cost management service delivery in London and the South East, as well as working across the healthcare sector and overseas on a variety of major infrastructure projects.
His expertise includes: over 30 years qualified experience in the industry; procuring multi-million pound projects; providing strategic advice to Clients; planning, designing and implementing Programme and Project Management Tools and Techniques; experience in procuring in both the Private and the Public Sectors.
His selected project experience includes: deepening and widening of Mumbai Harbour and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Channels, India – £300 million; Director of Estates London Borough of Barnet (Twelve Month Secondment); Head of Cost and Risk on The London Tideway Tunnels Project – £4.2 billion; Partner in charge of Cost Management on the Olympic Park Enabling Works – £800 million; Programme Manager for the Department of Health’s Independent Sector Diagnosis and Treatment Centres Procurement – £7.5 billion; Contract Advisor on a new LNG Port in the State of Qatar – $2.5 billion.
Nicholas Lomax, Chief Architect and Master Planner.
Nick Lomax is a chartered architect with 35 years experience in a senior position.
He is a founding partner of LCE architects (UK), with responsibility for the design direction of the company that has won over 30 design awards in 20 years, including the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award, the Observer Ethical Awards Building of the Year and a short-listing for the prestigious Stirling Prize.
His particular expertise is in master planning, development plans and buildings
with complex functional and engineering requirements. He has delivered this expertise across a wide range of public and private sector work, both in the UK and internationally.
Nick has a broad range of design and management skills and is adept at gaining an understanding of the client’s real needs. Through an extensive knowledge of the development process, he is able to give clear strategic thinking and promote innovative solutions to complex design and planning problems, and in so doing, maintain long term working relationships with clients.
He led the LCE team to recent success in delivering the approved Master Plan for the UK’s largest infrastructure development at the new Dover gateway.
Nick also sits on the Management Board of SECBE (South-East Centre for the Built Environment), the Committee of the local Constructing Excellence Club, and on the Design Panel for a Local Authority. Nick is frequently asked to speak on sustainability both in the UK and overseas including such organisations as BRE (Building Research Establishment), RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) and Ecobuild.
Scott James, SMART Technology and Communications.
Scott is a highly experienced Project Director with extensive knowledge in the development of strategic visions into deliverable and transformational projects; projects that make a difference to individuals, businesses and communities.
As an experienced senior leader he is able to coordinate complex, multi-stakeholder projects and programs and ensure teams work together to successfully deliver Client objectives. His experience includes leading the transformational and award winning Heartlands project, in which he led the concept, funding and delivery phases, as well as securing the largest ever grant award in England made by the Big Lottery Fund. As Program Manager for Smart Cornwall, he also led the development of this sector. With a background in funding and the delivery of public sector regeneration using culture, heritage and the environment as the focus for growth, Scott has also led Smart sector projects and programs, integrating new technology and services into developments.
Scott’s project experience includes: the lead role in developing smart-sector programs within the EU funding programs involving multi-national technology providers; public sector, academia and voluntary sector; Project Manager for Smart Cornwall Business Development Project; developing business capacity and portfolio of major Smart-sector projects; Major Projects Manager – Leading the £35m Clean Energy Balance Project (smart-sector), and the £50m redevelopment of the Redruth brewery Site for culture, heritage and wider mixed-use development; and Program Director, conceiving, developing and leading the multi award-winning £35m Heartlands project in Cornwall.