The advisory panel brings together a mix of community representatives, nominated by themselves or their own respective community groups. The panel will work alongside the council in bringing forward the Madeira Terrace restoration. The panel will represent the following groups from the community: 

  • residents
  • event organisers
  • businesses
  • tourism
  • conservation of the built and natural environment
“ Community input is crucial to making the restoration a success and the advisory panel will open up a practical way for those interested to stay involved and help place their vision at the heart of the restoration.”

Adele d'Silva

Business 

I have an interest in the restoration as I am looking to start a business and rent a unit in the future. I believe the renovation of Madeira Terrace is about much more than just creating another set of units to rent, it has the potential to become a new destination for the city, with its own unique vibe that will attract both residents and tourists. I want to support the development and contribute to bringing this long under-utilised but very special area back to life.

Adrian Bristow - Brighton Events Group and Brighton Spiegeltent

Events

Brighton born and bred, I have over 30 years’ experience working in the outdoor event industry across the UK and in Europe. Locally I produce Brighton Spiegeltent – one of the city’s leading outdoor event sites for the Brighton Fringe - and I’m Safety Advisor to Same Sky for the Brighton Festival Childrens’ Parade and Burning of the Clocks. My interest in Madeira Terrace is largely to ensure that, when planning decisions are being made, the project and the city properly considers and gives the best possible support to the development of our unique and vibrant Brighton events culture.

Alasdair Glass - The Regency Society

Conservation of the Built and Natural Environment 

As a now retired historic building architect, my aim is to continue to use my experience for the benefit of the community. I am a trustee of the Regency Society with a special interest in the conservation of the Victorian heritage of Brighton and Hove. I perceive conservation as the active management of change while protecting the special interest of a historic building. The conservation of Madeira Terrace should be integral to the preservation and enhancement of the neighbouring conservation areas.  

David Toscano - Cin Cin

Business

 As a small business owner of restaurants in Brighton and Hove, I want to ensure that Madeira Terrace is restored and regenerated in a way that is commercially sustainable and accessible to the vibrant independent, small business community we have in our city. Current pressure on retail rents means many small businesses feel priced out of developments across the city so I represent, and am a voice for, small businesses. I am a member of the Brighton Restaurants Association and have food and drink business contacts across the city who I hope to involve in the project. 

James Farrell - Brighton & Hove Building Green

Conservation of the Built and Natural Environment

Madeira Drive is the greenest part of Brighton & Hove’s iconic seafront and home to rare ‘vegetated shingle’ habitat and the longest, oldest green wall in the UK. My business Brighton & Hove Building Green was established in 2006 to promote green roofs and living walls as a contribution to a sustainable Brighton & Hove. My driving force is to ensure the protection and enhancement of the Madeira Drive Green Wall as part of the wider establishment of the natural environment in the regeneration of East Brighton seafront. 

Jax Atkins - Save Madeira Terrace Raffle Group 

Resident 

I've been fundraising & campaigning for the restoration of Madeira Terrace for almost 3 years. To-date our community efforts have raised over £37,000. Together with a team of volunteers, I also organise community clean-ups underneath Madeira Terrace to help to keep the area clean and tidy and to show our continued commitment to the area. The city has demonstrated how much Madeira Terrace means to them by giving money to the council’s crowdfunding campaign and now they want to see progress. I will play a part in driving the project forward and also to listen to what the people of Brighton want to see happen here.

Derek Wright - Save Madeira Terrace Raffle Group

Resident

I help run the Facebook groups, Save Madeira Terraces Raffle Group and Madeira Terraces & Black Rock Past Present & Future so have access to a large group of people who have a direct interest in seeing Madeira Terrace restored. I have also helped organise the successful Madeira Terrace raffles and community clean-ups and am actively involved in current fundraising activities for the terrace.

Rebecca Bunker - Save Madeira Terrace Raffle Group

Resident

I grew up in Kemp Town and the Terraces were an important part of my and my children's childhood. I feel passionately about saving it and seeing it restored to what it once was, I think it is very important for Brighton to retain some of its historic structures and character. I’ve helped with the three raffles, raising money to be used for the terraces. I’m a mother and work part-time as well as being admin on the Facebook groups: Brighton people, Save Madeira Terraces raffle group, Madeira terrace & Black Rock past present & future, Kemp Town Brighton past & Present and The Brighton Waterfront project past present & future.

Rupert Radcliffe-Genge, The Regency Society 

Conservation of the Built and Natural Environment

As a trustee of the Regency Society, I coordinated our donation to the council’s crowdfunding campaign. Since then, I have been following progress of the Madeira Terrace restoration and have attended meetings with council officers. I am involved with a number of civic and heritage groups in the city including the Regency Society, Kemp Town Society, Kingscliffe Society and Brighton Society, whose members could provide valuable advice and support for the benefit of the project. My aim is to share information with them and be the conduit for feeding their opinions and knowledge back to the panel. 

Osh McKeown - Sussex Beacon Trust 

Events

When I moved here from Ireland I was blown away by the wonderful Victorian architecture and engineering of Madeira Terrace and it pains me to see it fall into disrepair. It’s a unique backdrop to the special event space on Madeira Drive and has so much more potential to be an asset for the community as well as for visitors. As site manager for the annual Brighton Half Marathon, I see first-hand, the challenges associated with the site. I bring my expertise as an events operations manager to the panel. I would love to see the arches restored to their full glory and believe this would be a big selling point for the city, events’ organisers and traders alike.

Stephen Whitehurst - Brighton Bier  

Business

I am a director of Brighton Bier Limited, an international award winning brewery based close to Madeira Terrace, we also operate 3 successful pubs in Brighton. We export beer to Europe (and previously Asia) and have a large number of overseas visitors who come to Brighton specifically to visit the brewery. I am are therefore very aware of the importance of how businesses can help attract people to Brighton. Everyone involved in the Advisory Panel has an important role to play in helping shape the project and feeding in the views of the communities they represent, and I will use my experience to ensure these are all heard and most importantly respected.

James McKeown & Russell Haynes - Concorde 2 

Events

Concorde2 has a vested interest in the future of the Madeira Terrace, not only due to its physical location and day-to-day trading within the terraces, but also our active involvement in events which happen on Madeira Drive throughout the year. We have extensive knowledge of the terraces and Madeira Drive as well as the local communities that use our facilities and visit businesses and events in the area. We work day-to-day with some of the largest local and national event organisers in the UK and can offer valuable insight to their position on the future of the terraces.

Alan Towler - The Bristol Bar

Resident

I have lived in the Kemp Town area for twenty years and am well known in the community. I have a good knowledge of local businesses and a thorough understanding of the issues relating to Madeira Terrace. I regularly speak with traders in Kemp Town and know there is a lot of interest in the restoration project and a strong desire to get things done – a sentiment I also share and want to play an active part in. I would encourage locals to contact me directly with their concerns and ideas so that I can feed this in to the project plans and development.