Giles Babb

Giles Babb joined the committee in 2012, having lived and worked in Emsworth since 1994. A chef by trade, Giles has run the Blue Bell since 2002. He has always been very proactive in promoting Emsworth. He is keen to maintain the wonderful area we live and work in. He supports shopping locally and this reflects in the suppliers he uses at his own business.

Giles became Chairman of the EBA in 2013, and has been working hard to increase membership and improve business-to-business interaction. Networking Breakfasts have proven very popular since he reintroduced them last year. He soon went about adopting a Constitution for the Association and has brought some fresh faces to reinvigorate the committee.

Giles studied at South Downs College and in that time worked at some great local restaurants including Fat Olives as well as for the Royal Family. He has just recently completed a Level 2 course in Wines and Spirits.

He enjoys fine dining and wine, which he rarely has to leave South Street to enjoy, and recently became a member of The PIGS. He is an avid sports fan and a season ticket holder at Fratton Park. When he is not screaming from the terraces, he enjoys spending time with his wife, family and friends and walking his dogs around Chichester Harbour.

Alistair Gibson
Vice Chairman

Alistair’s family have been in business in Emsworth since the 1950s and in 1972 opened the Brookfield Hotel, which went on to become one of the area's leading hotels. As well as running the Brookfield Hotel until he sold it in 2006, Alistair was the first Chairman of the Emsworth Food Festival and he now runs a wine wholesaling business, Hermitage Cellars. As well as supplying wine, he also writes and has a regular column for the Portsmouth News as well as freelancing for other publications. He has given wine tastings in such diverse locations as the top of the Spinnaker Tower and Jenson Button’s motor home at the Barcelona Grand Prix.

Alistair passionately believes Emsworth is a unique place and that that this uniqueness is not just about its location but also the strong bond between the residential and business communities.

Sue Treagust
Committee Member - Retail

Sue has been on the EBA committee since 2001 when she realised that it was important to be involved in what was going on in Emsworth concerning local businesses.

Born in Emsworth from generations of fishermen based here, she has deep-seated roots in our community. Being a 'local' helps in her ability to link comments/ suggestions to the committee from members of the public or those in business who are not yet members. Sue passionately strives to help us keep local businesses thriving.

In October 2000, she left her position as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant to join her husband Richard at the Family Butchers. As traditional butchers are disappearing from the high street nationally, it is important to her to get involved in the community and showcase what we offer, just as she promotes amongst our other local businesses.

Steve Cooper

I have worked in the accountancy industry for over 30 years and specialise in assisting small businesses (whether start ups or existing) in all aspects; this could be maximising the owners income, meeting HMRC/Companies House deadlines, general business advice or tax planning. I have been a partner of KSL Accountants & Business Advisors since 1997, a business with two offices (one in Portsmouth since 1992 and the other in Chichester since 2011) and I manage in excess of 500 clients. I was born in Chichester and initially lived in Emsworth before moving to Selsey; I returned with my wife, Emma, and our children to Prinsted in 2014.

Phoebe Atkinson
Membership Secretary

Phoebe has lived in Emsworth for over 20 years and has been involved in several local groups during that time including the Emsworth British Food Fortnight, the Parish of Warblington with Emsworth, the Emsworth Residents' Association and The EMS newspaper.  She is now the owner of a small business, Mill Pond Cakes.

Jeff Crate
Senior Economic Development Officer Havant Borough Council

Jeff has 15 years' experience working for Havant Borough  Council, specialising in town centre and event management.

In previous years he worked for many independent retail travel agencies for 24 years, and has been self-employed running a food takeaway and a Business Transfer Agency for 10 years. Hence he has plenty of empathy with all aspects of retailing and the perils of business ownership.

As a passionate contributor and supporter of initiatives in Emsworth, he is vital to help ensure sustainability of our town.