Meet our Committee

Chairman – Peter Ewart

Peter is Managing Director of Persell Ewart & Co. Financial Management, whose local office is at 12 Market Place, Saxmundham.

Peter was invited to join St. James's Place Wealth Management (formerly known as J. Rothschild Assurance) in 1994, where he is now a Senior Partner.

His work involves delivering practical financial advice through a rigorous process of understanding an individual’s circumstances and personal objectives. He specialises in the tax planning and management of assets for high net worth individuals and families, with particular emphasis on pre- and post-retirement, inheritance tax and long term care planning.

Peter is also a Councillor on Saxmundham Town Council

Vice Chairman – Shelley Nott

Shelley is a photographer and graphic designer who is based in Benhall, a portfolio of her work can be found on her website:

Shelley's working days are spent "making my clients’ products look gorgeous". As well as photographing local food producers’ goodies or holiday locations, she creates still life photographs - in the past year she has exhibited in Aldeburgh and Saxmundham.

As well as being a key figure in BoS, Shelley is Chair of Suffolk Coast Business. When elected in August 2015, Shelley commented: "I am also looking forward to doing what I can to improve the business environment in our area. I passionately believe in the development of our local economy and Suffolk Coast Business is an ideal vehicle to achieve this. Many of our members are small or micro businesses and it can feel very lonely out there. By working together we achieve so much more than working alone.”

Treasurer – Carl Page

Carl joined Ensors Chartered Accountants in 1994, qualified as a certified accountant in 1997 and became one of the firm's partners in 2007. He is based at their Saxmundham office, in Rendham Road, and works with a range of small and medium-sized family businesses.

Born and bred in Saxmundham, Carl has a wealth of local knowledge, as well as strong insight into the changes that have affected the town and its surrounding area in recent years. 

A keen footballer, Carl was on Ipswich Town’s youth books and is now heavily involved in Saxmundham Sports FC and the Scorpions U12s.

Carl is also a Board Member of Suffolk Coast Business

Secretary – Lin Barnes

Lin joined Christies Care in 1999 as the company accountant. In 2009 she became Regulation Manager and put in place a quality improvement programme which focuses on ensuring Christies Care provides a continually improving standard of care. This programme gives clients more involvement and influence in the development of the company's services. Lin became Registered Manager of Christies Care in 2010 and Director in 2012. The company is based in Street Farm Road, Saxmundham.

Communications – Jake Barton

Jake is Managing Director of Rade, a digital agency based in Hinton which specialises in corporate websites. Jake joined Rade in 1998 as Commercial Director and has managed projects for the likes of the NFU and General Motors. His expertise in IT lead to the setting up of Rade Systems which manages the computer and wifi networks of companies in London and across East Anglia. 

Having worked with Redraw to bring a superfast broadband connection to Minsmere for BBC Springwatch, for the past two years Rade have been building a wireless broadband network to reach rural premises in east Suffolk, which already stretches to 50 villages.

Membership – Miles Beasley

Miles is Retail Manager at Waitrose in Saxmundham, having previously been Branch Manager at Sudbury. He joined the committee of BoS in 2016 and is an enthusiastic supporter of the local business community. Waitrose sponsored the BoS Customer Service Awards which proved so successful in 2016.

Mission Statement
“We have a mission to promote prosperity and well-being by representing and working with the local business community within the IP17 postal district, to ensure Saxmundham and the surrounding villages arepositive and enterprising places to do business and pleasant for customers and tourists to visit”