the board

The unpaid volunteer Board brings a wealth of different experience with the goal of restoring the Leas Lift.
Cathy Beare- Chair
Cathy has spent her career working in Finance, is a certified Accountant with an entrepreneurial and commercial flair and thrives on helping others deliver on difficult projects.

Cathy currently splits her time between Non-Executive roles and charity projects, with a little consultancy thrown in for good measure.



Alec Keeler
Alec is the Managing Director of a specialised Engineering company operating globally and raised his family in and around Folkestone.

Alec has worked with Papyrus in recent years to fundraise for them for the prevention of young suicide.




Emma Liddiard
Emma Liddiard has been in the radio industry since 1996 and in 2010 was appointed Managing Director of Heart Radio. 

Emma has also served as Chair of the Institute of Directors, on The Dreamland Trust, Betteshanger Advisory Board, the Port of Dover Community Fund and she is a Kent Ambassador.



Edwin Wealend- Vice Chair
Edwin is a Chartered Engineer with global experience in the delivery of large scale construction projects. Born on the marsh, raised, schooled, and lives in Folkestone.

In his spare time, he enjoys annoying his friends and family by getting overexcited about engineering, Victorian and otherwise.



Philip Gearing
Philip is probably best known for his design of the commemorative arch on the Leas, and has worked on the regeneration of Folkestone for over 15 years.

Philip has a background in product design in both regional and global markets. He lives in Folkestone and is excited at the prospect of bringing a much-loved local landmark back into working order.



Jonathan Wright
Jonathan Wright is a local artist who works with images, materials and structures derived from the fabric of modernity, whilst also fascinated by craft techniques.

Jonathan has been commissioned twice for the Folkestone Triennial. He lives and works in Folkestone.




Dan Hulme
Dan grew up in Folkestone before studying law at Kings College London. He now lives back in Folkestone and has for the last eight years been working for Strand House towards the regeneration of his home town and is currently project managing the build of the Urban Sports Park.
 
A keen sportsman with fourteen caps for the England Beach Soccer national team he helped found and is a trustee of the Shepway Sports Trust and is separately a director for Shepway Leisure. 16297584

Peter Oetzmann
Peter is Managing Director of a plumbing and heating engineering firm in folkestone. He began his career with Laing as a project planner for large scale construction projects. His last project before moving to folkestone was the the £7 million conversion of the City of Manchester Stadium.

In his spare time with, his wife and friends, he runs a Folkestone Comedy Club and Folkestone Beer Festival. He founded with Adam Smith the Leas Lift Beer Festival many years ago........and will bring it back.