The Town Deal Board

The Fund requires each Town to have a Town Deal Board that is made up of representatives from the community, local government, businesses, core services and the third sector. The Board will work with a range of people and organisations to develop a vision for the future of Margate and deliver against a Town Investment Plan which is a strategy for delivering positive change. This strategy is based on data and evidence and, just as important, the priorities of the local community.

The members of the Margate Town Deal Board are:

  • Brian Horton, Chair of Margate Town Deal Board
  • Richard Ash, Margate Town Team
  • Adam Bryan, South East Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Sam Causer, Studio Sam Causer
  • Stephen Darrer, GRASS Cliftonville
  • Lesley Game, Kent County Council
  • Colin Carmichael, Thanet District Council
  • Eddie Kemsley, Dreamland – also Chair of the People’s Panel
  • Cllr Reece Pugh, Thanet District Council
  • MP Sir Roger Gale
  • David Smith CBE, Kent County Council
  • Jesse Tomlinson, Student
  • Clarrie Wallis, Turner Contemporary

The role of the Town Deal Board is to:

  • Uphold the Seven Principles of Public Life (the Nolan Principles)
  • Develop and agree an evidence-based Town Investment Plan
  • Establish a clear programme of interventions
  • Embed arrangements in local plans (where appropriate) and undertaking Environmental Impact Assessments and fulfilling duties on public authorities under the Equalities Act, in particular, and the public sector equality duty
  • Coordinate resources and engage stakeholders
  • Ensure communities’ voices are involved in shaping design and decision making at each phase of development
  • Ensure diversity in its engagement with local communities and businesses
  • Help develop detailed business cases
  • Oversee each step of agreeing a Town Deal, and overseeing compliance with the Heads of Terms Agreement with government



Date of Meeting Agenda Minutes
16 September 2022  
24 June 2022
12 April 2022
7 April 2022
23 March 2022
11 March 2022
23 February 2022
26 January 2022
15 December 2021
10 November 2021
06 October 2021
  • Agenda – 06/10/2021
15 September 2021
14 July 2021
25 May 2021
  • Extraordinary meeting  25/05.2021 
14 May 2021
30 April 2021
20 April 2021
13 April 2021
07 April 2021
10 March 2021
10 February 2021
4 December 2020
27 November 2020
13 November 2020
23 October 2020
18 September 2020
11 August 2020
10 July 2020
15 May 2020
3 April 2020
6 March 2020

Margate Town Deal Board Register of Interests

Board Member Registered Interests
Brian Horton Non Financial

Director at Horton Strategic working as a housing and regeneration consultant with clients and associates that have previously or currently been active in  Thanet: http://hortonstrategic.com/ 

Retained Strategic Housing Advisor to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP). 

Advisory roles currently on the following:

Opus Works – Land, Planning and Housing Development Consultancy
Jamie Copland – Planning applications – The Royal, Ramsgate/Bed Centre/Lobster – Belgrave Road, Margate
Riverside Housing – Planning Application – Westwood Village

Owns a residential property in Birchington.

Planning Application

Director at Horton Strategic working as a housing and regeneration consultant, having provided advice on planning applications in Thanet. No current  planning applications.

Madeline Homer Non Financial

Chief Executive Thanet District Council

Adam Bryan None
Cllr Lesley Game None
David Smith https://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council/how-the-council-works/directors/david-smith
Sir Roger Gale None
Victoria Pomery Financial Interest

Turner Contemporary is a charity and has received funding/support from TDC. The gallery is located on land that was originally owned by TDC. The Rendezvous site was gifted to KCC.

Non Financial

Turner Contemporary is a charity and has been a significant driver in the social and economic regeneration of Margate and East Kent. The gallery works closely with TDC and with Visit Thanet.

Turner Contemporary have recently established a Community Rail Partnership for Thanet in partnership with Southeastern and Thanet District Council. Turner Contemporary is the lead partner.

Victoria is currently the Interim Chair of the Kent & Medway Cultural Transformation Board.

Planning Application

Turner Contemporary is making a planning application to site a temporary artwork in Ramsgate.

Eddie Kemsley Financial Interest

Consequential to potential submissions; Operators of Dreamland Margate, Sands Heritage Ltd manages several properties in Margate under the ownership of affiliated Margate Estates Ltd. These properties are associated with and used for commercial use by Dreamland. Sands Heritage Limited own the Cinema Building which is a Project featured in the Town Investment Plan.

Non Financial

Dreamland hosts and works with many strands of the local community, ranging through youth, LGBT+ and environmental organisations. Dreamland also works extremely closely with local and national tourist and travel organisations.

Eddie Kemsley is the Chair of the Margate Town Deal, People’s Panel.

Richard Ash Financial Interest Property Owner Margate Town Team Non Financial Lots of charity work
Sam Causer Financial Interest

Owns a house in Hawley Street, Margate Owns an Office building in Princes Street, Margate Owns and Direct architecture practice in Margate

Non Financial

My architecture practice has a number of active projects in Margate  I am a member of the following groups active in the Margate area: Conservation Area Advisory Group; Margate Civic Society; Margate Coastal Park Advisory Group; SPAB (Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings).  I am an RIBA-accredited Conservation Architect, and as such am bound to act within the guidelines of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites).

Planning Application

My architecture practice currently (April 2020) has only one live application for planning permission & Listed Building Consent in the Margate area

Stephen Darrer Financial Interest

Clintonville Townhouse B&B

The Oval bandstand project has been included in the Coastal wellbeing being cluster. As the Secretary of the community group GRASS Cliftonville we are currently involved in the community asset transfer for the site to be run by the community as a not-for-profit community site.

Partner has also been involved in the community led Cliftonville Coastal project which the Oval project is part of.

Jesse Tomlinson None

Town Deal Board Bio’s

Brian Horton - Chair

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Brian Horton

Brian has over 30 years of professional experience in the Housing and Development sector and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Brian is the Director at Horton Strategic a housing, development and regeneration consultancy working independently and collaboratively to provide specialist strategic advice to clients in the public, private and third sector.

Brian is a Board Member at Gravesend Churches Housing Association and ABC Property Limited, Co-opted Member Kent Housing Group Executive Board and recently stood down as a Board Member at West Kent Housing.

Prior to setting up Horton Strategic, Brian worked as Strategic Housing Advisor to Kent County Council, Chief Executive of Swale Housing Association and as Executive Director Kent for AmicusHorizon (now Optivo). He previously held positions at Thanet District Council, English Churches Housing Group (now Riverside), the Corporation of London and Wandsworth Borough Council.

As Strategic Housing Advisor at SELEP Brian works to promote the delivery of housing and encourage good growth. In this role, he works in partnership with central government and Homes England to accelerate housing delivery and regeneration across the South East.

Brian is increasingly working with colleagues in the housebuilding industry and is an enthusiastic advocate for the business needs of the development sector with a particular focus on our small and medium-size enterprises.


Adam Bryan

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Adam Bryan

Adam Bryan has developed a career in bringing the public and private sectors together to support economic growth. After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Nottingham (2002) and moving to the Nottingham Business School to complete an MSc with Commendation in Management and Marketing (2004), his first foray into economic growth was as a Sector Lead for the East of England Development Agency (2004-2007) where he had responsibility for ensuring the delivery of a number of sector-driven projects and for developing and delivering the concept of Enterprise Hubs across the region.

Following this, Adam spent a number of years providing the economic development policy and strategy lead in various senior roles for Essex County Council (2007-2015) where he operated at the vanguard of policy around economic development and led the delivery of Essex’s first Local Economic Assessment.

Since late 2015, he has been responsible for directing the successes of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership – the business-led body for promoting and enabling economic growth spanning East Sussex, Essex, Medway, Kent, Southend and Thurrock. The LEP orchestrates investment in schemes which support the growth of the economy in the area and Adam’s team ensures that the LEP board deploys its spending power of some £850m to best effect and according to a strong suite of local strategies which are developed in strong collaboration with a vast range of local stakeholders.


Sam Causer

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Sam Causer

Sam Causer is Director of architecture practice Studio Sam Causer Ltd, based in Margate for the past decade, specialising in research and adaptation of complex, sensitive buildings and sites. Sam is an RIBA accredited Conservation Architect, a member and former chair of the Margate Conservation Area Advisory Group, a former Senior Lecturer in Architecture at De Montfort University, former tutor at the Kent School of Architecture and Cambridge University, and is a non-executive director of not-for-profit organisation Architects for Social Housing. In 2016 he co-founded Margate Coastal Park Promotion Group, a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to celebrate and conserve the coastal landscape and heritage of Margate.


Stephen Darrer

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Stephen Derrer

With a successful background in learning development, recruitment and hospitality design, Stephen has worked on large scale projects, most notably having consulted at the London 2012 Olympics and at British Airways. Stephen was also the training manager for The True Volunteer Foundation, which is a unique, award-winning international NGO empowering people through education. Stephen currently own and runs the Cliftonville Townhouse B&B, whilst also an active volunteer committee member at GRASS Cliftonville.


MP Sir Roger Gale

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MP Sir Roger Gale

Roger Gale was born in 1943 and educated at Southbourne Preparatory School, Hardye’s School, Dorchester and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He is married to Suzy and has three children and five grandchildren. He is a former producer and director of Current Affairs programmes for the BBC, editor of Thames Television’s Teenage Unit, and a freelance radio journalist. He has business experience both in the film industry and in market research.

He contested Birmingham Northfield at a by-election in 1982 and was then elected as the Member of Parliament for North Thanet at the General Election in June 1983, and was re-elected in 1987, 1992, 1997, 2001, 2005., 2010, 2015 ,2017.and 2019.

He has been a member many Parliamentary delegations and has served as an International Election Observer in Outer Mongolia, South Africa., Mozambique, Ghana and in The Gambia, Kenya & Macedonia, Armenia, Georgia, Tunisia, Eastern Ukraine and Crimea , He first served on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe between 1987 and 1989 , was re-appointed in 2010 and now leads the United Kingdom delegation .

He has specialised knowledge of political broadcasting, media matters, press and PR., animal welfare, defence and criminal justice issues. During his 37 years as a Member of Parliament he has been appointed as a member of a wide range of bill committees..

Roger is a Fellow of the Industry & Parliament Trust, the Parliament & Armed Forces Fellowship and was the first Member of Parliament to participate in the Police Service Parliamentary Scheme with the Metropolitan Police (1995/6). He undertook a Police Post Graduate attachment. He has served as a Special Constable with the British Transport Police and as a PPS to the Minister of State for the Armed Forces between 1992 and 1995. From 2001-2003 he was a Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party.

Roger is President of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation. He is an Honorary Member of the British Veterinary Association and an honorary life member of The League Against Cruel Sports. He also holds honorary offices within a number of voluntary groups in his constituency, including St John Ambulance, 1st Margate (St John’s) Scout Troop and the Herne Bay Air Cadets. He is Chairman of the Try Angle Awards Foundation and is a past-Chairman and trustee of SPANA.

He is the longest-serving member of the Speaker’s Panel of Chairmen in which capacity he has also acted as Chairman of Ways and Means (Deputy Speaker of The House of Commons). Since his appointment to the Panel in 1997 he has chaired more than 100 major pieces of legislation through their stages in Standing Committee and Committee of the Whole House.

Roger is currently the Leader of the United Kingdom Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and, following the suspension of the President in June 2017, presided until the election of a new President in October. He remains the Senior Vice-President and as such is a member of the Assembly`s Bureau, Standing, Monitoring and Rules Committees.

Roger takes an ongoing and active interest in the very many voluntary and charitable organisations working locally in East Kent. He also keeps in regular touch with members of his local business community in N. Thanet while continuing daily to deal with constituency casework and with the many and varied needs of his North Thanet constituency.

Roger’s wife, Suzy, who is his full-time Parliamentary Office Director, is President of the East Kent Unit for Breast Screening, Patron of the local Cats Protection branch and former patron of the East.Kent Animal Centre. She is a former member of the Council of Management of the Strode Park Foundation for the Disabled. She took over from Roger as Co-Chairman of Conservative Animal Welfare and is the Founder and Secretary of Animals Worldwide. She has enjoyed more than thirty years of experience as a magistrate, specialising in Family Court work.

Roger was re-elected to serve as the Member of Parliament for the North Thanet constituency in December 2019..


Cllr Lesley Game

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Cllr Lesley Game

Lesley Game has been a KCC County Councillor since 2017, representing Cliftonville, Kingsgate and Beacon Road. She is also the Chair of Children Young People and Education Cabinet Committee, the Local Children’s Partnership in Thanet and the Select Committee on Pupil Premium.

In addition to these roles Lesley is also a member of Health Overview and Scrutiny Cabinet Committee, Health Reform and Public Health Cabinet Committee, Corporate Parenting, the Cabinet Advisory Group and the Police and Crime Panel.

Lesley is passionate about the future of Margate and is looking forward to making her contribution as a member of the Margate Town Deal Board.


Eddie Kemsley

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Eddie Kemsley

Eddie has spent her whole career in the hospitality and leisure industry, including attractions, bars, restaurants, late night, cultural destinations and accommodation. Consequently, she has a wealth of experience which includes Dreamland Margate, The Hop Farm and the Aspinall Foundation. Some of Eddie’s key achievements during her career include launching the new ‘resort’ master plan at Port Lympne, which won numerous national awards; launching the ‘passport’ scheme at both zoos that drove a 34% uplift in gate revenues; launching the ‘free to enter’ model at Hop farm transforming the business model completely; and adding high profile events to Hop Farm calendar resulting in doubling visitor numbers. Despite enormous challenges, Eddie re-opened Dreamland generating over £12m worth of media coverage on its opening day. Eddie also opened a Christmas experience in Margate (which everyone said wouldn’t work at the British seaside!) welcoming 100,000 people over 20 days trading.

Eddie was CEO of Dreamland Margate from 2014 to 2017, before moving on to serve as CEO of popular London attraction, Kidzania at Westfield London. She returned to Margate in 2019 and is Chief Executive Officer of Dreamland and the wider group estate.


Cllr Reece Pugh

Cllr Reece Pugh

Born in Margate and raised locally, Cllr Pugh is Deputy Leader of Thanet District Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Development. First elected in January 2018 and re-elected in 2019 to represent the Thanet Villages ward at Thanet District Council, Cllr Pugh was for a time the youngest councillor at TDC.

In addition to these roles, Cllr Pugh is also a member of the Manston Skills and Employment Board and a strong advocate for the reopening of Manston Airport and driving economic growth across Thanet.

Working in the property and regeneration sector, Cllr Pugh is passionate about transforming our town centres and seeing our towns such as Margate go from strength to strength. A key believer in the need for the public and private sector to work together, Cllr Pugh is keen to create a future for Margate that not only breathes new life but also creates a place for both residents and tourists to enjoy.




David Smith CBE (Interim Chair)

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David Smith

David Smith CBE is the Director of Economic Development at Kent County Council.

He is responsible for the delivery of the Council’s economic strategy – this includes a range of programmes that promote innovation, workforce skills and productivity, arts and culture, regeneration projects and inward investment. He manages the Council’s equity investments in innovative companies. His team negotiates S.106 agreements with property developers in Kent to fund associated infrastructure investment.

His previous Whitehall career included being a member of the government team negotiating UK membership of the Common Market, policy director for managing Big Bang in the City in the 1980s, chief operating officer of the Shareholder Executive, finance and resource director of the Department of Trade and Industry and chief executive of the Radiocommunications Agency. He worked in a merchant bank on company finance. He has been a member of the top management committee of the University of Oxford. Latterly, he was director of Special Projects at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and a director of the interdepartmental Office for Life Sciences.


Jesse Tomlinson

Photo Jesse Tomlinson
Jesse Tomlinson

I have a passion for initiating progress and helping others, especially in local communities like Margate. I have experience volunteering within a community in Nepal’s Himalayan foothills where I helped improve their access to clean water by digging an 800 metre pipeline as well as teaching in the local school amongst other tasks. My passion for exploring world cultures started when I was young, it’s grown so much that I have travelled to 25 countries; including Russia and Australia.


Clarrie Wallis

A portrait of Clarrie Wallis
Clarrie Wallis

In January 2022 Clarrie Wallis took up the position of Director of Turner Contemporary. Prior to this Wallis was Tate’s Senior Curator of Contemporary Art.

At Tate, she was responsible for leading on the strategic development, implementation, and communication of Tate’s vision for contemporary British Art. During her tenure at Tate, Wallis has curated many landmark exhibitions including Mark Leckey O’ Magic Power of Bleakness (2019), Mona Hatoum (2016) and Richard Long: Heaven & Earth (2009). She was lead curator for Steve McQueen: Year 3 (2019) which saw the development of an artwork that was the most ambitious citizenship portrait ever undertaken in Britain, drawing in 76,000 7-8 year olds, their schools and families in exploring their connection to each other and to London.

In addition to her work on exhibitions, Wallis played a key role in the growth of Tate’s collection, helping develop the museum’s holdings of modern and contemporary art. She is also the author of monographs on Rose Wylie, Richard Deacon, Patrick Caulfield and a Richard Long Reader.


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