Who We Are

rachel-newRachel Clark

Chief Executive

Rachel has worked at the Trust since 1993.

She is Chief Executive and Company Secretary to the Board and its committees.

She oversees the management and funding of the Trust and can be contacted on 01273 321499 or rachel@westpier.co.uk

Michael Farthing 


Michael Farthing was formerly Vice Chancellor of the University of Sussex and is currently Honorary Professor at UCL and Emeritus Professor at the University of Sussex.

He is a member of the General Medical Council, Chair of the Charleston Trust and formerly a Non-Executive Director of the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust.

Steve PaveySteve Pavey


Steve is a professional management accountant and has spent most of his career in the commercial and educational world. He was Director of Finance of the University of Sussex for nine years prior to taking early retirement. He now works with a number of local charities, arts and community organisations – helping with their finances and management, as well as being Chair of two of their Boards. He lives in central Brighton, within sight of the West Pier.

Chris Mortimer

Chris has had a career working in central and local government, the last 20 years in project management.  This included managing the design and building of the award-winning campus for Hackney Community College and ten years in the Brighton and Hove City Council major projects team working on the King Alfred, Community Stadium and i360 projects.  Born and brought up in Hove he can now (like many others) see the i360 from his house.

Sal Wilson

Sal WilsonJoint Deputy Chair

Sal started her career in residential social work and therapeutic care for young people. In the last 17 years she has specialised in successful delivery of public infrastructure projects and complex capital programmes, including a £9bn government secondary school rebuilding programme.

Sal has been a resident of Brighton for 26 years and is seeking to enhance opportunities for young people in the City

David O’Connor

DavidJoint Deputy Chair

David is a locally based graphic designer working in print and web for a wide range of clients. He was also a founder member of the Brighton Illustrators Group. He currently runs The Annexe Studios in Brighton, which is home to various designers and illustrators working nationally and internationally.

Lauren GodfreyLauren Godfrey

Lauren is a commercial barrister practising in Brighton.  Lauren’s practice covers commercial, corporate, chancery, employment, and property disputes, engaging issues of professional negligence, restraint of trade, breach of fiduciary duties, confidential information, intellectual property rights and data protection. Prior to the Bar, Lauren had a career as a senior trade union advocate representing executive service staff working in the civil service and the NHS. Lauren studied history for his first degree and has a keen interest in heritage issues from a social history perspective.

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