The 2019 Executive committee

Steve Farnham

Steve has been President for the past 2 years and has been a member of the executive since 2012. Over that period, he has been involved on the various committees of the executive and has enjoyed his year as president representing the chamber’s interests at town council meetings and liaising with the other local authorities, Dorchester BID, other local chambers and the LEP. Steve is a partner at Porter Dodson solicitors, practicing in commercial property.

Peter Greenaway

Peter has been part of the Chamber Executive since 2015 and has been Vice President since 2017. With a background in operations management and then specialising in HR Management, he works as an HR consultant supporting a number of local businesses with all their people management needs. He also spends a lot of time breeding sport horses near Piddlehinton, specialising in dressage, show jumping and eventing, though he hasn’t been on a horse himself for many years.

Jon Edge

Jon is a Chartered Certified Accountant at Albert Goodman, where he acts for a variety of clients, ranging from self-employed individuals to medium sized Companies, specialising in accountancy, tax and business advice. Jon has been Treasurer and overseer of the Chamber’s finances for a number of years.

Miranda Woodgate

Appointed by the Executive Committee as Secretary in January 2015, Miranda has seen the Chamber membership double in size. With a background in corporate finance and merchant/international banking, she is now owner of The Resourcery, a company specialising in marketing, event and print management, and is the organiser of the popular Dorvil Business Networking group.

Steve Bulley

Steve has been part of the Chamber exec for eight years, having spent two years as Vice President and a 3-year Presidential term. Head of Business Engagement for the county-wide Dorset Chamber, looking after members and working on member benefits. With a background in management, PR and broadcasting as the former Managing Director and presenter at local radio station Wessex FM he brings a wealth of experience to the executive team.

Ian Campbell

Ian is a Private Client Solicitor with Blanchards Bailey based in Poundbury, Dorchester and has actively been involved in the Chamber since 2017, joining the Executive in 2018. He joined the Executive Committee to be more involved with the local community and to contribute towards having a positive impact on the local area.

Julia Cohen

Julia joined the Executive in 2017 and is also Vice President for the Weymouth Chamber of Commerce, Council Ambassador for Dorset Chamber of Commerce and was formerly a director of Weymouth BID. Julia is now Head of External Partnerships and is the link for business and commercial activity supporting curriculum development and venue hire for the College, involving collaboration between the local and wider business community.

Jon Dobson

Jon is a Solicitor-Advocate undertaking civil dispute resolution at Battens Solicitors. With over 25 years’ experience in a range of civil litigation and disputes, he is a focused and tenacious litigator. Jon ran his own practice for several years dealing with all matters required for that business and has also been partner in other businesses. Jon can always be relied on to provide sensible and practical advice. Jon has been a member of the Executive since 2016.

Mary Hogarth

Mary is an experienced educator, media specialist, and writer, who lives in Dorchester. In 2015, Mary set up The Magazine Expert Ltd, a consultancy practice specialising in new title launches (print, online and digital), audience engagement, editorial development and sustainable business strategies. She has recently embarked on a PhD at Bournemouth University, investigating how magazine business practices have evolved as a result of the digital age. As part of her role on the Executive Committee, Mary oversees the Chamber’s communications strategy to engage both local media and Dorchester Chamber members.

Sandy Jordan

Sandy has been an Executive Member of the Dorchester Chamber For Business since 2015 and is also an Executive Member of the Dorchester BID. She is the owner of Jordans Jewellers in Princes Street, Dorchester, an independent jewellers that specialise in antique jewellery but also offer a wide range of new gold and silver too. She lives with her husband and 3 dogs and enjoys long walks, cycling and paddle-boarding.   

Caroline Paul

Caroline has been a member of the Dorchester Chamber Executive for 10 years. She owns and runs Giants Head Caravan Camping Park at Cerne Abbas and is a long standing Trail Writer for Treasure Trails, writing Trails in Dorset, New Forest and South Devon. In a ‘previous life’ she spend 25 years in Financial services advising on investments, pensions and mortgages.

Gemma Wall

Gemma owns The Contemporary PA, a Virtual Assistant service. A local girl, this is her home and she loves it! However, a move to Birmingham opened her eyes to a whole new world and it highlighted just how limiting a small town can be – so she wants to make a difference. She believes there is so much potential in Dorchester and believes the key to its future is to invest in it. That means investing in the young people, the reasons they stay and the reasons they may want to move here, in the technology and infrastructure which is going to aid business growth and attract a new generation of business and move forward from the traditional working structure many organisations have.

Jane Rayner
Co-opted/Comms Sub-Committee
Jane has over 25 years’ experience working in journalism, PR and event management for clients, from FTSE100 businesses to smaller organisations and individuals. Jane set up Lulu Consulting to provide communications support and guidance to local businesses. She was co-opted onto the Comms Sub-committee in April to learn the ropes as Mary Hogarth will be standing down at the next AGM.