The advisory panel brings together a mix of community representatives, nominated by themselves or their own community groups.

The panel works with the council to move the Madeira Terrace restoration forward.

The panel represents the following groups from the community: 

  • residents
  • event organisers
  • businesses
  • tourism
  • conservation of the built and natural environment

Advisory panel meetings

Read the minutes from the panel meetings:

Who's part of the advisory panel

“Community input is crucial to making the restoration a success and the advisory panel will open up a practical way for those interested to stay involved and help place their vision at the heart of the restoration.”

Alasdair Glass - The Regency Society

Conservation of the Built and Natural Environment 

As a now retired historic building architect, my aim is to continue to use my experience for the benefit of the community.

I am a trustee of the Regency Society with a special interest in the conservation of the Victorian heritage of Brighton & Hove. 

I see conservation as the active management of change while protecting the special interest of a historic building.

The conservation of Madeira Terrace should be integral to the preservation and enhancement of the neighbouring conservation areas.

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James Farrell - Brighton & Hove Building Green

Conservation of the Built and Natural Environment

Madeira Drive is the greenest part of Brighton & Hove’s iconic seafront and home to rare ‘vegetated shingle’ habitat and the longest, oldest green wall in the UK.

My business, Brighton & Hove Building Green, was established in 2006 to promote green roofs and living walls as a contribution to a sustainable Brighton & Hove. 

My driving force is to ensure the protection and enhancement of the Madeira Drive Green Wall, as part of the wider establishment of the natural environment in the regeneration of East Brighton seafront. 

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Jax Atkins - Save Madeira Terrace Raffle Group 

Resident 

I've been fundraising and campaigning for the restoration of Madeira Terrace for almost 3 years. To-date our community efforts have raised over £37,000. 

Together with a team of volunteers, I also organise community clean-ups underneath Madeira Terrace to help to keep the area clean and tidy and to show our continued commitment to the area. 

The city has demonstrated how much Madeira Terrace means to them by giving money to the council’s crowdfunding campaign and now they want to see progress.

I will play a part in driving the project forward and also to listen to what the people of Brighton want to see happen here.

Jax Atkins is smiling and has blonde hair with a fringe. Her photo is framed by an illustration of an arch from Madeira Terrace. #SaveMadeiraTerrace is written underneath.

Derek Wright - Save Madeira Terrace Raffle Group

Resident

I help run the Facebook groups, Save Madeira Terraces Raffle Group and Madeira Terraces and Black Rock Past Present and Future.

So, I have access to a large group of people who have a direct interest in seeing Madeira Terrace restored.

I also helped organise the successful Madeira Terrace raffles and community clean-ups and am actively involved in current fundraising activities for the terrace.

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Rebecca Bunker - Save Madeira Terrace Raffle Group

Resident

I grew up in Kemp Town and the Terraces were an important part of my and my children's childhood.

I feel passionately about saving it and seeing it restored to what it once was, I think it’s very important for Brighton to retain some of its historic structures and character.

I’ve helped with the 3 raffles, raising money to be used for the terraces.

I’m a mother and work part-time as well as being admin on these Facebook groups:

  • Brighton people
  • Save Madeira Terraces raffle group
  • Madeira terrace and Black Rock past, present and future
  • Kemp Town Brighton past and present
  • The Brighton Waterfront project past, present and future
Rebecca Bunker has dark brown hair with a fringe.

Rupert Radcliffe-Genge, The Regency Society 

Conservation of the Built and Natural Environment

As a trustee of the Regency Society, I coordinated our donation to the council’s crowdfunding campaign.

Since then, I’ve been following the progress of the Madeira Terrace restoration and have attended meetings with council officers. 

I’m involved with different civic and heritage groups in the city, including the Regency Society, Kemp Town Society, Kingscliffe Society and Brighton Society, whose members could provide valuable advice and support for the benefit of the project.

My aim is to share information with them and be the channel for feeding their opinions and knowledge back to the panel. 

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James McKeown - Concorde 2 

Events

Concorde 2 has a vested interest in the future of Madeira Terrace.

Not only because it’s nearby and does day-to-day trading within the terraces, but also because of our active involvement in events on Madeira Drive throughout the year. 

We have extensive knowledge of the terraces and Madeira Drive, as well as the local communities that use our facilities and visit businesses and events in the area.

We work day-to-day with some of the largest local and national event organisers in the UK and can offer valuable insight to their position on the future of the terraces.

Alan Towler - The Bristol Bar

Business

I have lived in the Kemp Town area for 20 years and am well known in the community. 

I have a good knowledge of local businesses and a thorough understanding of the issues relating to Madeira Terrace.

I regularly speak with traders in Kemp Town and know there is a lot of interest in the restoration project and a strong desire to get things done – a sentiment I also share and want to play an active part in.

I would encourage locals to contact me directly with their concerns and ideas so that I can feed this into the project plans and development.

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Dan Lake

Events

I live in Brighton and work in the outdoor event industry.

As production manager for the Brighton Festival Children’s Parade and Burning the Clocks, I’ve seen how the closure of the Terrace in 2012 had a significant impact upon those events.

I’ve staged productions at many locations across the city for Brighton Festival’s outdoor programme including Blackrock, the Marina and other seafront spots.

I will be a voice for the arts and events industries that are central to the identity of the Brighton & Hove.

The seafront is a major destination for residents and visitors, and the development of Madeira Terrace is important for the future of the city.

Bill Puddicombe

Events

As a local resident and Executive Director of the Sussex Beacon, I’m proud to be involved in this project.

I bring 30 years’ expertise in the voluntary and public sector to the panel.

Sussex Beacon runs the annual Brighton Half Marathon and I’ve seen first-hand, the challenges associated with the site.

Madeira Terrace is a unique backdrop to the special event space on Madeira Drive and has so much more potential to be an asset for the community, as well as for visitors.

I would love to see the arches restored to their full glory and believe this would be a big selling point for the city, events’ organisers and traders alike.

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Bill Smith - Latest Brighton

Tourism

Founder and CEO of Latest TV, Latest MusicBar and Streamland.uk. Currently founding PierFest.

An award-winning musical director, a film maker, composer of musicals and an anti-racist opera, including Holocaust Music from the Life And Death Orchestra. A working songwriter/record producer. 

Founded Brighton magazines, The Punter and The Latest.

Played a key part in starting local radio, Brighton Fringe and FilmPride and has promoted major seafront events and grassroots music and theatre.

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Harry Smith, Sea Lanes

Business

Sea Lanes plans to deliver The National open Water Swimming Centre®.

This will transform the derelict Peter Pan site on Madeira Drive by delving into its history and culture and reviving competitive and recreational sea-swimming on Brighton Seafront.

Sea Lanes has supported the restoration of the terraces since we began our project. As a team we want to continue and grow that support.

In our short existence we have developed relationships with a number of other local businesses. Where possible have worked together to complement each other’s work for the benefit of the area and local community.

As part of our role on the advisory panel we will continue to engage with local businesses to ensure that their needs are reflected in the restoration of the terraces.

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