CSP Members

Graham Hanson, Independent Chair

Graham is actively involved in non-executive roles and charity work in the local community and he is also a customer of SES Water, having lived in the Reigate area for over 30 years. Graham’s business background is mainly in IT & Telecoms. He has specialist skills and senior management experience in business strategy, and planning/governance with a particular interest and focus on managing transformation and change. Graham lives in Betchworth with his wife, and has three grown up sons. Graham’s outside interests include a passion for skiing, enjoyment of country walks, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Alison Thompson, CCWater Local Consumer Advocate

Alison strives to provide a strong voice for local customers on all water matters. Currently, alongside her role for the Consumer Council for Water, she sits on the Board of the Dever Valley Federation as School Governor of two rural primary schools and chairs the Curriculum, Standards and Ethos Committee.  Alison is also a Fellow of Forum for the Future and Founder of Welcome Innovation, a sustainability consultancy.

A former Trustee of Change Agents UK (formerly known as Studentforce for Sustainability), she has worked for all the Chairs and Chief Executives of the English National Parks on policy development and advocacy. Alison’s other roles have included working for the Environment Agency on the Water Resources Strategy and Chime Communications Group as a Corporate Social Responsibility Consultant for a number of corporate companies. She is a senior project manager accredited with PRINCE 2 Practitioner status, holds a Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development, a Masters in Responsible Tourism and a BSc in Environmental Resource Science.

Bella Davies, Trust Director of the South East Rivers Trust

Bella is Trust Director of the South East Rivers Trust, an environmental charity dedicated to restoring and enhancing rivers across the south east of England. The Trust takes a holistic approach to river catchment management and works with many stakeholders and partners to ensure good quality healthy rivers for people and wildlife. Bella has worked in the academic and charity sectors for over 15 years and has held roles on a number of landscape, water and nature conservation committees. She has a PhD in managing landscapes to protect freshwater ecology. Bella’s outside interests include a passion for the outdoors, travel, snowboarding and diving.

Catalina Vassalo-Bonner, Banstead & District Federation of Residents’ Associations

Catalina has been involved with the Banstead & District Federation of Residents’ Associations (BDFRA) for the last nine years first as Secretary and more recently as Chairman. The BDFRA looks after the interests of some 30,000 residents in the northern part of the Borough of Reigate and Banstead. As well as this she is Secretary to the Banstead Village Residents’ Association. Catalina also sits of the management board of two RMH/ICR clinical trials. Away from committee work Catalina spends time enjoying music and reading and working on genealogical projects.

Chris Hoskins, Nutfield Conservation Society

Chris represents Nutfield Conservation Society, is a village group which seeks to preserve local interests and protect the local environment. He has lived in the area for over 50 years and has been involved in many local issues.  Chris is a past district councillor in Tandridge District Council and past chairman of Nutfield Parish Council.  Over 40 years' experience has given him particular expertise of water, and geotechnical engineering and environmental issues. He runs a specialist consultancy and is one of the very few engineers licensed by government to be responsible for reservoirs throughout the UK. His hobbies include postcard collecting, morris dancing and socialising.

David Howarth, Environment Agency

David has over 30 years’ experience in the water industry. He worked at United Utilities in operational management before joining the Environment Agency in 1994. His career there has spanned demand management, water resources and wider environmental planning. He has twice been the Environment Agency’s Regional Drought Manager for the south east, and for the last water company business planning process he played a prominent role in presenting the case for environmental expenditure. He is currently the River Basin Account Manager for the Thames and South East River Basins. Away from work he is a qualified mountain walking leader and Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition Supervisor.

 

Karen Gibbs, CCWater

Karen has worked in consumer representation within the water sector for over 20 years and latterly as a Senior Policy Manager for the Consumer Council for Water (CCWater). Karen leads CCWater’s Environmental Policy Team and is the senior manager in the London and South East Region which currently has six water companies operating within it, including SES Water. Particular interests include water resources planning, drought management, water efficiency and demand management.

Sheena Boyce, Buckland Parish Council

Sheena has been living in Buckland since 1993, a SES Water customer since 1987 and Clerk to Buckland Parish Council (BPC) since 2010. The “Outwood to Buckland Supply Project” prompted Sheena, to foster a closer relationship between SES Water and BPC, and this led to Sheena joining the Panel. Sheena’s business experience was focused in the retail sector where her commercial career culminated in Corporate Treasurer roles for an international blue-chip, and, more recently to work as part of a small team of specialist negotiation consultants.  Sheena’s leisure interests focus on outdoor activities and enjoying “life in Buckland”.

 

Simon Bland, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Simon is the Economic Prosperity Programme Manager at Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. In this role he is responsible for the creation, management and delivery of a number of initiatives and services to help local businesses start, develop and grow.He has extensive experience of delivering stakeholder management and engagement programmes to resolve issues and to provide strategic intelligence.

His commercial experience stems from his early career in the hospitality industry where spent a number of years working as a chef before moving in to the further education sector. After a number of years working as a Lecturer his responsibilities changed to include marketing, adult education and employer engagement. He is known for the enthusiasm and commitment he brings to results based partnership and collaborative working.

Martin Hurst, Independent - customer with water sector experience

Following 30 years as a senior civil servant, Martin decided to develop his non-executive director experience and to date has been a non-executive director of five organisations including BPHA (at present) and DEFRA from 2007 to 2015. Martin’s interests include water, housing, quality assurance, infrastructure, strategy and commercial services.

Martin has been a SES Water customer for over a decade. He has two daughters and in his spare time is a keen hill walker, bird watcher, choral singer and cricketer.

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Deborah Jones, District Manager, Citizens Advice Mole Valley

Deborah has been the District Manager at Citizens Advice Mole Valley for over three years. She leads a team of staff and volunteers in offering free advice and support to help the people of Mole Valley in resolving the difficulties they face in everyday life.

Prior to joining Citizens Advice, Deborah worked as a special needs teacher for over 18 years, most recently leading the learning support department at a local FE college (NESCOT). Deborah’s team of over 40 staff sought to meet a wide range of student needs and support them in achieving their varied levels of qualification. 

Deborah moved to Brockham in 1987 with her husband, raised her family and gradually become immersed in the ‘wonderful village life’! Deborah supports a number of local charities and spends time raising awareness and fundraising on their behalf.


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