Meet the TSE Board
TSE’s Board is a diverse mix of tourism leaders and stakeholders from across the industry. The Board meet throughout the year to discuss local and national issues impacting our members and partners and ensure that our programmes of activity deliver value and contribute to the visitor economy.
Chairman, Ken Robinson CBE FTS
Ken Robinson assumed the role of Chairman in April 2012, having been a member of the Board and its predecessor (Southern Tourist Board) since its formation.
Ken is passionate about tourism and has wide experience and knowledge of the industry. He has no political affiliations but believes that politicians do not fully appreciate the needs of the industry and the potential it has to contribute to economic growth and the quality of life for visitors and for host communities. He believes that TSE has a vital role to play in supporting our private and public sector partners achieve this.
Ken is also Chairman of Visit England's Visitor Attractions Group and a member of their Strategic Industry Advisory Group. He is a member of VisitBritain's British Tourism Industry Group, a Board member of the Tourism Alliance and Chair of the Tourism Society Think Tank.
Chief Executive, Nigel Smith
Nigel Smith has spent over 25 years working in tourism primarily at destination level as well as in previous Commercial Director and Marketing Director positions at TSE. His first real tourism post was in Stafford where he headed up marketing, events, heritage and visitor services including creating the first open air Shakespeare festival at Stafford Castle that still runs today. He established one of the UK's first destination level DMOs in North Devon in 1996 and headed it up as CEO for 8 years. Whilst in the south west he secured over £2 million in funding for marketing and event development from the EU, won an England for Excellence 'Oscar' for business support programmes and chaired the Devon and Cornwall Overseas Marketing Group (DACOM). Prior to joining TSE in 2007 he was Head of Tourism on the Isle of Wight.
Nigel believes that after a period of significant change for TSE that there is a renewed recognition at local and national level for the kind of collective support and services that TSE has always been very good at and, hence, the future is very positive for the organisation.
Company Secretary, Paul Oliver
Hon Treasurer John Atherton FCA - John previously worked for TSE between 2002 and 2006 after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with local firm Burnett Swayne and has returned on an interim basis after serving five years as Director of Finance and HR at East of England Tourist Board.
Alan Mellins (Sterling Travel, Berkshire) Tourism Council Representative
Bob O'Connor (Aspinall Foundation, Kent) Tourism Council Representative
Cllr Dan Humphreys (Worthing Borough Council) Tourism Council Representative
Kim Hallett (Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire) Tourism Council Representative
Stephen Munn (Commercial Director, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu) Hampshire Area
David Philip Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the TSE Audit Panel.
Mark Smith, Bournemouth Tourism, Board Member
Sandra Barnes-Keywood (Chapel Forge B & B), Board Member
Louise Stewart, Chief Executive (Alexandra Palace) Board Member
Andrew Bateman, Tourism Manager, Hampshire County Council