About us

We are a group of local residents and workers who have volunteered to create a Neighbourhood Plan for the Hove Station area. Our vision is to create a vibrant, coherent community – a great place to live, work and relax!

If you live or work in the area, please sign up to show your support and get all the updates. We need volunteers to join our working groups to deal with Transport, Business, Infrastructure, Education, Housing, Planning, Conservation, Heritage and Sustainability.

The Forum is now an important voice for the community. This influence will grow if you join in and Have Your Say. We also welcome the support of local business and community groups.

Who manages the Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum?

You can view our progress here  or find out more about us below.

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Management Committee profiles

Current Chairman

Mike Gibson is a geographer-planner with over 40 years experience of university teaching, management and research, private sector consultancy and local government planning. – with a lifetime commitment to promoting community based planning

An internationally known specialist in neighbourhood regeneration and development, with experience in the Netherlands, the USA, Cyprus, Israel, the UAE and Turkey. During the 1970s, whilst teaching at the Birmingham School of Planning, he founded and led Community Planning Associates, a group of volunteer planners who provided free technical assistance to neighbourhood groups in Birmingham. Throughout his career he has continued to work with neighbourhood organisations in a variety of technical and advisory roles.

Previous Chairman

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Nigel Richardson is the Founder and CEO of Custom Pharmaceuticals Ltd, (established 1979) in Conway Street Hove, and now also at Fairway Trading Estate, Moulsecoomb.  This is a medicines manufacturing business, employing circa 200 people.

Born in London SW18, since 1984 Nigel has lived in Hove and is married with 2 grown up children.

As a community, Nigel is particularly keen that:

  • Local businesses have a role to play in the redevelopment of the area
  • People are able to work locally where possible
  • We cut down on the time and energy we waste every day, travelling to work
  • We create more of a sense of community
  • We aim to provide improved amenities within our area and community facilities in which social interaction can take place across the age range
  • We improve the character and identity of our neighbourhood area, thus preserving the historical features of Hove

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David Kemp is the principal of DK Architects Ltd which is based at 9 Hove Park Villas in the parade of shops.  The practice has been in existence for 25 years and currently is 3 people.

David was born in Hove and has lived in this part of the City for most of his life including attending the Architecture School at Brighton Polytechnic – now University.   He is married with two children.   David sees that Hove should have a centre of distinctive character with more facilities of its own reducing the reliance on Brighton.   The area around Hove Station is a natural, central position for steady and managed change which would inevitably include residential development which needs to be of a high standard.

‘Let’s not miss this opportunity’ 

DK Architects

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Kim Tisdale is a member of the Community Engagement & Communication working group.

Kim is an experienced senior leader with extensive knowledge of the hospitality industry, relationship management, team motivation/development, operational scale and effectiveness through innovation. Roles have been on property and central, ranging from working independently to heading up functions either established or start-up – local and global. Originally based in the UK, opportunity lead to a relocation to USA for 4 years, returning to Europe in 2012.

Helmut Lusser

Helmut Lusser Dipl.Ing. Helmut Lusser, Dip TP, MRTPI (Ret), MIEnvSc

Helmut is a member of the management committee dealing primarily with planning policy and the relationship between the emerging Neighbourhood Plan and the City Plan.

Helmut is a local resident of Hove Park Villas. He chairs Hove Civic Society and sustainability consultancy Global to Local Ltd and was elected to sit on the policy council of the Town and Country Planning Association from 2011-2015.

He has worked extensively on planning and environmental issues within local government in London and as a consultant UK and Europe wide. His committee appointments included advising the Secretary of the State for the Environment on Environmental Management and Audit for Local Government. He gained a reputation for being able to green up local government through his work for the London Borough of Sutton.

About us

Robert Glick is the convener of the Community Communications, Engagement and Infrastructure working group.

Born in Swansea, South Wales, Robert has resided in the city of Brighton & Hove for 30 years. He got involved with the Forum to meet residents of the area and discuss local issues that affect us all. He has verbally polled neighbours; discussing the impacts of housing and retail developments in the local area.

Robert is convinced that the Forum is a great opportunity for residents to come together, exchange views, express opinions and empower themselves for change.

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Stuart Croucher is a technical director for urban design. Stuart has over twenty years’ experience in the sector, with an extensive track record of developing, designing and delivering award-winning streetscape improvements, predominantly in the area of sustainable transport.

Stuart also has widespread experience of policy writing, public consultation and planning.

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Dr Neil Stevenson moved from Norfolk to Wilbury Avenue 15 years ago after a career in NHS healthcare. He’s been a volunteer for several local organisations including Victim Support and he’s an active member of the Green Party.