Board of Directors

Trustees serve on a Board of Directors and are Company Directors. They bring a wealth of experience and skills providing corporate strategic leadership to Wessex Community Action.

Board members are elected annually at the AGM.

The Board meets bi-monthly and receives regular progress reports and plays an important role in supporting staff. Board members may also serve on the Finance & Audit, Human Resources and Governance sub committees. Trustees have an annual Away Day.

Norman Barter

Norman Barter joined the Board of Directors in 2002 and was Chair of the Finance & Audit subcommittee prior to becoming Chair of the Board in 2006. Until recently he farmed his family's long standing watercress business in Bishopstone. He is now semi-retired running two small lakes for fly fishing for adults and fishing lessons for children. He pursues a number of voluntary activities locally including being a trustee of the Old Wordsworthians' Association of which he is a former President, and is Chairman of the Village Hall Committee in Bishopstone where he and his wife continue to live.


Peter Curbishley, Chair

Peter Curbishley joined the Board of Directors in 2009. He has worked in a variety of management positions for the Rural Development Commission (RDC) in Salisbury; the Single Regeneration Partnership in Southampton and most recently for Hampshire County Council. He has considerable experience of grant funding and economic development in both a rural and inner city environment. At the RDC he managed the programme of village hall funding, the rural transport fund and for a time, the training workshops. He is a chartered town planner and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Royal Town Planning Institute. For 10 years he was chair of the Amnesty International Salisbury group.

Clive Hewitt

Clive Hewitt joined the Board of Directors in 2014 and since 2007 he has been Trustee of the 'Learning Curve' in Melksham, focussing on training and development for the third-sector - particularly for the disadvantaged. He has also served on a number of Voluntary and Charitable Boards of Directors and Trustees and started various charities, serving as both Secretary and Assistant Treasurer. In Brighton he was involved in starting 'Community Base', an umbrella organisation for the local voluntary sector. For some years he was associated with EMMAUS communities - being a founding Trustee for 17 years with Sussex EMMAUS in Brighton (now the largest and one of the most sucessful communities in the UK with 40 residents or 'Companions' ), serving as a Trustee of EMMAUS UK for several years. He wrote the first Business Plan of Sussex EMMAUS, receiving the a grant of £150,000 to purchase a property in Portslade now used as the base for the community. EMMAUS Communities were founded in France in the late 1940's to provide a self-sustaining community for previously homeless people through the collection and resale of household goods. There are now over 400 such communities in the world with 25 in the UK, where it started in 1991.He has recently resigned as a Trustee of 'Brighton Voices in Exile' having served as Secretary and registered it as a Charity in 2009 to provide local support at any time for over 200 refugees and asylum seekers. His background was in media production, television and film, and in training and development - specialising in University and Polytechnic resources and distance learning. He now lives in Wilton.

Christopher Horwood

Christopher Horwood joined the Board of Directors in 2014 and is Wessex Community Action’s nominated governor to the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. He has previously served two terms as an elected governor. He medically retired from investment banking with JP Morgan Chase in 2001. Since retiring he has primarily focussed his efforts on the voluntary and charitable sectors. Current roles include being a trustee and treasurer of the Cardiomyopathy Association. He is also a patient representative on the Biomedical Research Centre Cardiometabolic Programme at UCLH and sits on the Investment Advisory Committee of The Charity Aid Foundation (CAF) which advises on the investment of £1+bn of donor and charities’ funds. From 2003-2010 he worked with The Prince’s Trust and was the Salisbury co-ordinator for the mentors of the Trust. In addition, he has had non-executive director roles in the past in a range of industries and currently retains one such role in commercial property. He lives in Alderbury with his wife and 3 grown-up children.


Ian Phillips

Ian Phillips joined the Board in April 2017.  He has a background in Logistics, Transport and Training in the Army, having served 24 years before retiring.  He is currently employed at Wessex Archaeology and is responsible for Governance and Compliance.  He has lived locally for over 25 years and lives in Amesbury.

He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, and also a Member of the Association of Industrial Road Safety Officers.



Dr Peter Wrighton

Peter Wrighton has been a Board member since 2001. He is a scientist by training with subsequent experience in various business management roles. He currently works for QinetiQ, managing delivery of a multi-million pound equipment investment programme supporting the operation of MoD Boscombe Down and twenty other Ministry of Defence sites providing test, evaluation and training services. Peter is a keen sportsman, still playing veterans hockey for Salisbury HC. He is heavily involved in sport administration in a voluntary capacity particularly as a Trustee of Salisbury & South Wilts Sports Club which, as a Community Sports Club, aims to increase opportunity for participation in sport locally. He is keen to develop links between the local sports community and other voluntary organisations in South Wiltshire. Living in Amesbury, Peter is married with two grown up, hockey playing daughters.

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