The Committee

Raymond Konyn BA(Hons)

Qualified in Furniture Design and also Antiques and Fine Art Restoration, he has a background of 30 years creating and running several businesses all connected with restoration and conservation. Semi-retired to Bexhill in 2007, he is also a Trustee and Director of The Bexhill Old Town Preservation Society.
Trustee, Founder, Chairman, Events Coordinator

Steve Johnson

Steve has lived in Bexhill for over twenty years and settled here with his family largely because of their love for the De La Warr Pavilion. He is one of the founder members of Bexhill Heritage and a trustee of two other charities – one local, one national. His background is in local government (as an officer and a member), and in educational leadership and management. Steve currently works as an educational consultant and author.
Trustee, Founder, Vice Chairman, Treasurer

Alexis Markwick

Having worked professionally in the IT industry for over eight years around London, Alex took a career break to travel the world before returning to settle in Bexhill. He is currently involved with a number of local societies and projects, most notably the continuously evolving Bexhill-OSM website.
Trustee, IT Support Officer, Historian

Simon Allen

Studied law as a career and specialised in Criminal Law. However, he gained much experience and knowledge through the study of horology and has put that to good use in restoring public clocks in Bexhill. He was also brought up in a building family of Bexhill’s oldest established builder Bruce & Co and so has a wide knowledge of building construction and maintenance.
Trustee, Projects Coordinator

David Beales BSc DipTP

Director of Planning and Property for many years in East Hertfordshire, following a similar post in Cambridgeshire. Previously appointed as a planning officer at Rother’s inception in 1974 and had senior roles at Lewes and Eastbourne. Was a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute until retirement.
Planning Officer

Anthony E Lightly FRICS

Founder and senior partner in a Chartered Building Surveying practice in the City of York where he worked with Listed and Heritage Buildings and Conservation Areas for 25 years.
Chartered Building Surveyor

John Swap

Born in New Zealand. 30 year career in the London Fire Brigade to 2004 culminating as Group Commander of the Inter Agency Liaison Group, planning and responding to terrorist and other specialist threats. Managed the Logistics department of a national engineering company based in Eastbourne for the next 6 years. Moved to Bexhill in 1982.
Membership Secretary

Claire Baldry

Heritage Hub Coordinator

Jeanette Eason

Committee Clerk

David Hatherell

Museum Liaison Coordinator

Keith Rhodes

Project Researcher


Technical Consultants

Historic Building Consultant: Lee Goubert Bsc(Hons)MSc GradCABE
Local building Development Surveyor who has lived in Bexhill for over 40 years. Undertakes surveys and design of new properties and alterations to existing buildings.
As well as complying with Building Regulation Plans, has a particular interest in the conservation and re-use of period properties in the Bexhill and St Leonards area.

Advisory consultants: Cllr. Doug Oliver; Hillary Randall (Town Team); Gina Sanderson (RVA).


Other possible positions

Secretary; Conservation Officer; Patron; Ambassador; Media and Marketing Officer; Consultant Architect.