Who we are

rachel-newRachel Clark

Chief Executive

Rachel has worked at the Trust since 1993.

Rachel is Chief Executive and has worked at the Trust since 1993.

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.

Mark Ireland


After gaining a Maths with Economics degree at York University in 1979 Mark started his career in local government finance working in Bristol. He moved to Hove in 1987 with a job at Brighton Borough Council and later with Brighton & Hove City Council where for most of the time he was Head of Strategic Finance  and Procurement.

This included providing financial advice and developing / delivering funding packages for a wide range of major infrastructure projects including the Brighton i360 and the surrounding landscaping works. He has worked closely with politicians from all the local parties and has represented the council interests on the i360 Board through the construction and early operational phases.

Mark has some experience of lottery funding. He retired from the Council in September 2018 and continues to live in central Hove.

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.

Judy Lever

Joint Deputy Chair

Judy’s career began in journalism and then television where she won several awards as a Producer/Director of prime time documentaries.

In 1983 she co-founded Blooming Marvellous which became the UK’s leading internet maternity wear specialist and for which she won ‘Business Woman of the Year’.  She has served on various UK Government Committees and charity boards, including as Vice Chair of the Board of the Kiln (formerly Tricycle) Theatre in London, where she also chaired the Fundraising Committee.

She is currently the Executive Chairman of Collier Campbell, a design company which provides designs for a range of clients. She spent much time in Brighton as a child with her grandparents, and developed an enormous affection for the West Pier, which she visited regularly with them.  She attended the University of Sussex.  For many years she has had a flat overlooking the sea and Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

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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