Judging

Alexandra Funnell is a Family Law Solicitor and a Partner at Hart Reade Solicitors, having practised in Family Law for 30 years. She embraces the firm’s motto, “Always Approachable”, and enjoys an excellent relationship with her clients, colleagues and local professionals. She is a well-respected and much-liked member of the Eastbourne business community and has a reputation for offering a sympathetic ear and sound advice for anyone going through divorce, separation or any other related family matter. Alexandra’s firm, Hart Reade, have supported the Eastbourne Business Awards for 8 years.



Alison Lawfield is People Director at Brewers responsible for the HR function and Learning Development for well over 1000 staff. A family owned and run business since 1904, the Company now has over 150 branches selling decorating materials to the trade as well as retail. Retaining our status as an independent business has enabled us to grow at our own natural pace building teams of knowledgeable and helpful people at each branch to ensure customers receive the service they expect and products they need. Although now with interests spread widely across the country we are particularly pleased that our Head Office remains in Eastbourne where the business first started and to be actively part of our local Sussex community.



Keith Ridley is a consulting editor with Johnston Press, having previously spent 42 years in the newspaper and media industry. He was the UK’s youngest ever editor when he took the reins of his home town newspaper in Northamptonshire, aged 21. He edited newspapers across the midlands and south and was a one-time managing director of TR Beckett, the company which published the Eastbourne Herald and Hastings Observer series.
He now works as a communication consultant and was heavily involved in the successful Eastbourne BID (Business Improvement District) project. He is a local rotarian, local board member with the East Sussex College Group, board member of the Eastbourne Education Business Partnership, an advisory board member to People Matter and a campaigner with the Save The DGH group.
H is also a consultant editor with Prowse UK Ltd and a business advisor to Conference Eastbourne.



Ambrose Harcourt is the Managing Director of Ambrose Harcourt PR , established in 1997, the innovative public relations consultancy providing professional services across a diverse client portfolio throughout the UK. He has a very keen interest in business in the Community having been involved with Friends of the Albion, The Boundary Club, Sussex Chamber of Commerce and the Uckfield Chamber amongst others.
Ambrose is best known as local DJ and celebrity, ‘Mr Lurve’, for 30 years broad casting over many parts of Sussex, South East England and the UK in Radio and Television. He is a life-time Patron of Chestnut Tree House and this year has been appointed as Vice President of Chestnut Tree House as well as St Barnabas House.
He says, “It’s an honour to be invited to be a judge and to celebrate everything that is so exciting about the women’s business community. There is no doubt that the entrepreneurial spirit that will be represented with the nominations and at the Award Ceremony can build a bright future for all the companies and individuals nominated as well as encourage others to do something that will engage and engender team spirit in their businesses and the community.”


From 2010-2015 Stephen Holt was the Chief of Staff to Stephen Lloyd MP. After the election, Stephen joined Eastbourne unLtd Chamber of Commerce and Edeal and as their Business Development Manager, increasing the reputation and membership of the organisations. Stephen also organised a number of successful town centre events including Neon Noel and Chinese New Year.

Stephen has been involved in the BID from inception to ballot, and supported the steering group during the ballot stage.


Having retired from Mercedes-Benz and smart in 2013, Christina Ewbank is now Chief Executive of the not-for-profit organisations Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce, Edeal Enterprise Agency and the Alliance of Chambers in East Sussex (known as ACES).

Previously she ran Mercedes dealerships in Chichester, Eastbourne and Brighton and was also Regional Manager of Lexus Northern Europe, based in Brussels. She has brought her expertise running multi-million pound businesses to Eastbourne and helps promote the local economy and individual businesses.

She works closely with Eastbourne Borough Council, East Sussex County Council, Wealden District Council, the Eastbourne Hospitality Association, the Federation of Small Business and local MPs Caroline Ansell, Maria Caulfield and Huw Merriman to overcome barriers to business, protect jobs and promote East Sussex as a great place to live, work and play.

A great fan of East Sussex and Eastbourne in particular, she enjoys dancing, reading and relaxing in Sovereign Harbour when she is not busy networking with Chamber businesses.