In 2021, Boston secured £21.9M in Town Deal funding from the government to deliver an ambitious vision that will level up Boston and bring transformational improvements.
The Boston Town Deal will make the town an exciting place to live, work, invest and visit for generations to come.  It will support an aspirational, skilled, and healthy population. It will create sustainable economic growth. It will increase pride in place, and it will launch Boston into the future, building on its unique heritage.

Board Members

Boston Town Deal

The Town Deal is led by a board made up of private and public sector representatives, with a chair from the private sector, in line with government guidance. Neil Kempster, Land and Development Director of Chestnut Homes is the chair and Claire Foster, Chief Executive and Principal of Boston College is the vice-chair.

Neil Kempster

Chestnut Homes

Neil Kempster is a Chartered Surveyor who has spent virtually his entire career working in the development industry in the Lincolnshire area.

He is Land and Development Director at Chestnut Homes, where he has worked for nearly 20 years. During that time Chestnut Homes have built over 500 new homes in the Boston area and have been involved in numerous public sector funded schemes, helping to attract around £25 million of funding into the borough.

He is currently involved in the delivery of The Quadrant development, a large-scale mixed-use development which includes a new Community Stadium for Boston United, 500 new homes as well as retail, leisure and commercial developments.

Neil is also Vice Chairman of Boston United Football Club, as well as a Director of Boston United Football Club Community Foundation.

Claire Foster - Vice Chair of the Board

Boston College

Claire Foster has recently been appointed Principal and Chief Executive of Boston College and is already bringing her extensive experience and expertise to her new role.

As an experienced college leader in further and college-based higher education Claire has a passion for Further Education and the role it can play in transforming lives.

Claire first worked in further education in 1995, teaching diverse groups of adults and students with disabilities as well as A level and Art Foundation studies. Her previous role as Vice Principal at the Grimsby Institute, a large and Ofsted-outstanding college of FHE, included key responsibility for its broad higher education portfolio as well as health and care industries, digital and creative arts and the college’s English and maths provision. Claire has extensive experience in the sector and has developed successful Further and Higher Education visions and strategies.

Nick Worboys

Longhurst Group

Nick is Director of Development and Sales for the Longhurst Group, based in Boston. Nick has worked within Longhurst for nearly 27 years starting her housing career at South Norfolk District Council before returning to her Lincolnshire roots.

Nick’s day job is to grow and deliver the Group’s development programme; building homes that people want, where they are needed, and to oversee the ambitious sales programme.

Nick became a Greater Lincolnshire LEP Board Member in January 2019 taking on the mantle of ‘housing guru’.

Andy Lawrence

Port of Boston

Andy was born in Boston, went to Boston Grammar School and has worked in various roles at the Port of Boston, becoming the Port Director in 2004 aiding it to thrive and develop into a major East Coast small port, with an annual turnover of over £9.5 million.

Andy is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

Councillor Danny McNally

Lincolnshire County Council

Matt Warman MP

Boston & Skegness

Matt Warman is the Conservative MP for Boston and Skegness. He was first elected as an MP in May 2015. Retaining the seat for the Conservatives with a majority of 4,336, he campaigned on a commitment to improve communication between Westminster and the electorate, and increasing investment in Lincolnshire’s roads, broadband and public services. In 2017 he was returned to Parliament with an increased majority of 16,572, and again in 2019 with a majority of 25,621.

In the 2015-2017 Parliament, Matt was a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee, and Co-Chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group on Broadband and Digital Communication and Pictfor (The Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum).

In January 2018, Matt was appointed PPS to the Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, having previously served as her PPS in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from June 2017. Between April 2019 and July 2019 Matt served as an Assistant Government Whip, before being appointed as a minister in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. As Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Digital and Broadband, this portfolio covers digital and tech policy, online harms and security, digital infrastructure and digital skills.

David Fannin

Lincolnshire CVS

David has been Chief Executive of Lincolnshire CVS for six years following 21 years in local government, including seven as Assistant Chief Executive at South Holland District Council. David is passionate about ‘people and place’ and is experienced in developing partnerships and collaboration across a range of governmental, non-governmental, NHS and business organisations. He enjoys building relationships based on enlightened rather than transactional thinking, where social value is given the recognition it deserves.

David has a Masters Degree in Public Sector Management and is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)

Lincolnshire CVS is a Third Sector support and development organisation, providing services that enable the Third Sector to grow and become more sustainable. Its core functions are:
Capacity building
Supporting volunteering
Enabling Social Prescribing

The charity also delivers ‘proof of concept’ projects that evidence the strengths, versatility and relevance of the sector.

Jacqui Bunce

NHS

Jacqui is the Lincolnshire NHS strategic partnerships and estates lead working with all of the local NHS organisations, the County Council and the District Councils. This work includes the planning for growth and integration to improve health outcomes.

Jacqui has worked in Lincolnshire for the past three years, prior to this she spent 15 years leading and delivering strategic change projects across Hertfordshire. This included the changes to hospital services across the county, the development of the award winning New QEII Hospital Welwyn Garden City and the refresh of the Hertfordshire Health and Wellbeing Strategy in 2016

Val Braybrooks, MBE

University of Lincoln

Val is Dean of the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM) leading the University’s work for the Food Manufacturing Sector, working in partnership with employers to advance skills, innovation and research.
With a background in the leadership in Further and Higher Education for the Agri-food Sector over many years, Val is a regular contributor to skills strategies and has led several major initiatives to secure investment in skills, research and business support services for the sector.

Val represents the University’s interests as a member of Greater Lincolnshire’s Local Enterprise Partnership’s Employment and Skills Board and as a Trustee of the Lincolnshire Educational Trust.

A passionate advocate for improving access to education for all, Val was awarded the MBE for her contribution to building educational opportunities for the food industry’s workforce.

Matti Pajula

Metsä Wood UK Ltd

Matti Pajula is the Managing Director of Metsä Wood UK Ltd.
He is married with two sons and currently lives in Cambridge.
He has worked for 30 years in forest industry, with the early years of career in Finland, then in Asia for 15 years and the past 2 years in UK.
Metsä Wood UK is a subsidiary of Metsä Group which is a forerunner in sustainable bio economy which produces recyclable products from northern wood for the needs of the world’s population.
‘’Grown in Nordics manufactured in UK.’’
Metsä Wood UK service DIY, Merchant and Construction businesses in their wood product needs. They have three factories in UK, Boston (HQ), Widnes and Kings Lynn.
Matti absolutely love this business.

Nick Heath

Wilmott Dixon

Nick Heath is Delivery Director for the Midlands region of Willmott Dixon Construction Ltd a privately owned company with a local turnover of £250m. He has 25 years’ experience in the industry delivering a variety of projects throughout his career in the Public & Private sector.

Nick sits as an active member on the Board of ProCon Leicestershire & was an instrumental part of Team Lincolnshire & the GLLEP launch into MIPIM in 2015 to promote inward investment.

Nick is also the Director responsible for Sustainability & Community engagement for the region and has lead projects such as Lincoln Tank memorial, Trent Bridge Trust Meadows pavilion & Hambo, Get Busy Living centre.

Simon Beardsley

Chief Executive, Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce

Simon Beardsley is Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce; a leading business representation and support organisation in the county, promoting the interests of member businesses, connecting and contributing in partnership towards a prosperous regional economy making a difference to its members.

His current position directly involves him supporting a number of key local business support organisations (including the Growth Hub, Greater Lincolnshire LEP, University of Lincoln, Bishops Grosseteste University) as well as organisations with a social and cooperative ethos, such as Community Assets Plus and the Co-operative Development Agency. Simon is also a director of the East Midlands International Trade Association.

Simon has a long history of supporting the set up and development of sector based groups that allow businesses and the public sector to come together to build and deliver coordinated activity that might not happen without such structures being in place. To date successful examples include collaboration in town management, Business Improvement Districts, the visitor economy, place marketing, the food sector and international trade.

Simon has a previous career in commercial banking where he gained sector expertise in the agriculture, horticulture, property and construction as well as supporting businesses to trade internationally. During this time he became an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Alison Fairman, BEM

Community Representative / Boston in Bloom

Alison has lived and worked in Boston for 40 years. Founder member Boston Citizens Advice Bureau, Boston in Bloom (Chair), Boston Hanse Group (Chair), Trustee of Boston Preservation Trust and St Botolph Restoration Trust. Past Chair Boston High School Governors, Boston Area Partnership, East Lindsey Standards Committee, currently Independent Person Boston Borough Council.

A member of the Transported Art Management Committee, Public Realm Group & Freeman of the Borough of Boston.

Richard Tory

Boston Big Local

Richard Tory was born in Wyberton. He served 22 years in the Royal Air Force, as an Avionics Technician, much of that time at RAF Conningsby and has lived in Boston for the 31 years. Over the last ten years he has been involved with several locally based organisations, on a voluntary basis. These organisations include TaylorITEX, the Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS), the Lincolnshire Credit Union, Age UK, a Neighbourhood Action Group, Boston Big Local, the Boston Hanse Group and the recently created charity, The Local Community Centre.

He also attends two council hosted local development panels in a stakeholder capacity.

Wayne Oldfield

Chief Operating Officer Voyage Education Partnership

Wayne takes responsibility for several of the non-educational operational functions at Voyage, such as Human Resources, Estates, IT Services, Catering, Data Protection, and Media and Communications.

He joined the Trust in August 2020, having worked in the public sector since 2004.

In his previous role he was a Director in a large national MAT, having been a senior leader in a Lincolnshire secondary school prior to this.

In formal recognition of his extensive experience of both strategic and operational leadership within the sector, Wayne was awarded a Fellowship by the Chartered Management Institute in January 2020.

Favourite Quote: “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching." - C. S. Lewis

Sandra Dowson

One Public Estate

Sandra is the Programme Manager for the Greater Lincolnshire One Public Estate Programme. The One Public Estate programme is an established National Programme delivered in partnership by the Office of Government Property within the Cabinet Office and Local Government Association. Greater Lincolnshire’s One Public Estate Programme’s accountable body is Lincolnshire County Council.

Sandra feels extremely fortunate that she gets to work with various teams and individuals from the public sector, all of whom share her passion for collaborative working, the transformation of services and the desire to ensure our communities continue to thrive in a vibrant and cohesive way across Greater Lincolnshire.

Previous to her current role, Sandra enjoyed careers in both the NHS and the Royal Air Force where her extensive knowledge of working strategically and operationally across multi agency bodies has enabled her to be a grounded yet visionary individual who is open to absorbing new ideas and translating into realistic and Smart outcomes within a solution focused framework.

Jurate Matulioniene

Chairperson of BLC Group, Managing Director of the Boston English Academy and Boston Lithuanian Supplementary School and Online Lecturer at Vytautas Magnus University

Jurate is the Chairperson of the Boston Lithuanian Community Group and the Managing Director of the Boston English Academy and Boston Lithuanian Supplementary School, which she established 10 years ago. Jurate is responsible for the overall running of the community group, coordinating projects and events, and networking with local community groups, Boston Borough Council, LT Embassy, and private and public sectors. She is also leading volunteering groups that develop inclusive activities to promote the school as a positive, fun and professional environment and a leading force in the community. Through time and dedication, she has significantly contributed to the growth and success of the BLC Community Group and coordinated a number of successful local projects.

Tracy Stringfellow

CEO, Heritage Lincolnshire

The Trustees of Heritage Lincolnshire are delighted to announce that they have appointed Tracy Stringfellow as the charity’s new CEO. Tracy’s background is in the heritage sector, having worked for Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust for the last eight years and previously for the Royal borough of Greenwich. She began her career as Museums and Local Heritage Manager for North East Lincolnshire Council and she was born and raised in Grimsby. As well as her extensive experience of working on major projects in the heritage sector, Tracy has acted as Chair of WSUP, the Woolwich Service Users Project, a charity which provides practical and emotional support to those seeking help in the local community.

Tracy said, “I am grateful to the trustees and the team at Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust for the opportunity to be part of the work we have achieved over the last ten years. I am excited to be returning to my home county in the spring, to a charity at the forefront of championing Lincolnshire’s rich and diverse heritage.”

Charles Pinchbeck, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said, “The Trust are delighted that Tracy will be joining us. Her track record at Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust speaks for itself and she comes to us with glowing recommendations from former colleagues and partner organisations. With Tracy’s extensive experience and passion for her native county we look forward to progressing our vital work caring for Lincolnshire’s unique heritage.”

Tracy replaces Greg Pickup, who was at the Trust for nearly three years and was successful in bids for Greyfriars in Lincoln, the Towns Fund in Boston, Skegness and Mablethorpe, and a number of other ongoing projects. Since his departure at the beginning of September 2022 to become CEO of the national Churches Conservation Trust, the Trust has been kept on the straight and narrow by Stephen Roe as its Interim CEO and Simon Johnson whose services are provided on a consultancy basis by Welton House Ltd. The former is the Trust’s longstanding Finance Manager and the latter will remain involved in the business to help with the delivery of the Trust’s ongoing activities, including its £3-million flagship project to restore Greyfriars in Lincoln and re-open it as a wedding, conference and educational centre with an in-house café.

Tracy is due to start her role mid-March 2023.

Nick Jones

Director of Transported

Nick is the Director of Transported, the Arts Council-funded Creative People and Places programme for Boston and South Holland. Nick first moved to Lincoln in 1982 to work for Lincoln Community Arts. He later founded the artsNK rural arts team, reflecting his commitment to socially-engaged practice.

Nick was instrumental in the development of the initial Transported proposal to Arts Council England. The project aimed to develop a new and innovative programme that reached the least engaged people in Boston and South Holland, and then to develop partnerships to build ambition and appetite for more.

Nick’s role is to work with partners to create projects that respond to the needs and opportunities of the area, making a tangible contribution to ensuring Boston and South Holland is a great place to live, work and visit. Now in the third phase of the ten-year programme, Nick manages the Transported team based at the University, as well as committed and experienced freelance specialists that can bring the capabilities and capacities needed to deliver the full programme of work.

A bit of background:
Nick graduated from North East London Polytechnic in 1982 having studied sculpture, including a residency to learn Bronze casting at Syracuse University. Nick moved to Wales to set up a community project in Lampeter and then on to Lincoln to work for LCA, where he was involved with the first Lincoln Community Play and the development of the Lincoln May Festival, and specifically the spectacular May Day parades.

Nick left LCA to take on the May Festival Coordinator post and then, as co-founder of Dancing Tiger, toured Spain to research festivals and flamenco and to perform a devised visual street theatre piece.

From there he became manager of the artsNK programme, where he oversaw the development of the extensive public realm programme leading to the creation and commissioning of over 200 public artworks and the development of Spires and Steeples and Ridges and Furrows trails across North Kesteven.

As Director of Transported, Nick has relished the challenge of navigating the barriers to engagement by building dynamic and purposeful projects that have created amazing artworks, festivals and arts experiences. He is looking forward to bridging the creative community learning opportunities of the programme with the students and academic staff of the College of Arts and other schools within the University.

Charlotte Goy

Chief Executive, Visit Lincoln

The embodiment of Destination Lincolnshire, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone more passionate about Lincolnshire and its visitor economy. A champion for what the county stands for, Charlotte is a true believer that Lincolnshire can fulfil its potential to be jostling for prime position among the top 10 visitor destinations.

Having been at the centre of destination marketing within the county for 15 years, Charlotte has worked her way up through the DMO - from marketing executive to PR director and now chief executive. She has seen our county’s growth and successes as well as its struggles at all levels, building up unrivalled industry knowledge, contacts and an incomparable level of understanding.

Charlotte has direct links to government departments responsible for tourism and joins the Town Deal Board to ensure the levelling up agenda supports this vital sector in Boston and Lincolnshire.

Louise Buckingham

Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire

Louise is Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire, covering the areas of Boston Borough and North Kesteven. She began working with Citizens Advice during 2008 and has undertaken a variety of roles including Adviser, Operations Manager and Deputy CEO. Louise has therefore gained extensive knowledge of advice services, providing support and an in depth understanding of the social issues faced by our community.

Louise is extremely passionate about ensuring that people do not suffer through a lack of knowledge of their rights and responsibilities or of the services and support available to them. The aim of Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire is to help everyone to find a way forward, no matter what problem they face.

'It's a great feeling to be able to help people and to make a difference everyday. Many of our clients have nowhere else to go for advice and support - this is why our service is so important and our team are so passionate about what we do.'

Councillor Anne Dorrian

Leader of Boston Borough Council

Councillor Anne Dorrian was appointed Leader of Boston Borough Council on
Monday 22nd May 2023.

Cllr Dorrian was the Worshipful the Mayor of Boston for the civic year
2022/23.

Cllr Dorrian was born in the West of Scotland, and lived on the Ayrshire coast
until the age of eighteen when she attended university in Hull. Cllr Dorrian
qualified as a PE teacher 1982, and came to teach in Boston the same year.

Cllr Dorrian settled in Boston and has lived here for 41 years. She worked in a
number of senior roles within education for 40 years. In 2011, she returned to
her first love of teaching and spent the last decade of her career at Haven
High Academy before retiring in August 2021.

Councillor Dorrian was first elected to the Borough Council in 2007 until 2011
and re-elected in 2019 and 2023; and has remained an Independent
Councillor throughout, representing Skirbeck Ward. Councillor Dorrian is a
member of the Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC).

Barrie Pierpoint FCIM

Councillor Boston Borough Council

Barrie Pierpoint has spent over 30 years as Chief Executive and Managing Director within a range of service industries.

He was a former group plc Chief Executive of a professional premiership football club, Leicester City for ten years, and during his career was also CEO of Portsmouth, Bradford and Boston United FCs. He was also a former Managing Director and owner of an advertising, marketing and PR agency.

He was a former Non-Exec Director of Glenfield Hospital, part of the University Hospitals Trust of Leicester, and also Leicester Sound commercial radio station.

Barrie also served as a former Board Member on Leicester City Challenge, a public organisation to generate inward investment for the city of Leicester.

Barrie currently is Managing Partner of his own business and management consultancy, specialising in turning around loss-making businesses to ensure they are profitable and sustainable, as well as a Director and part-owner of Morgan Lawrence Publishing Services Limited who produce autobiographies for former professional football players and managers.

Barrie also coaches university graduates in preparation of them starting out in a career.

Axel Sedgwick

Youth Representative

I'm a BSc Sport Fitness & Well-being graduate (1st class Hons) after studying with Boston college and the University of Derby. I have a passion for all things sport and have an ambition to further establish the link between sport and mental well-being. I have worked closely with Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary services, formulating a Youth Ambassadors programme to capture youth participation and making young people the heart of decision making. I was the first young person in the country to represent young people on the Primary Care Network for Boston and have highlighted the prevalence of mental health and other issues that young people face, in an effort to drive for change. With great success so far, I'm excited to continue doing with the Boston Town Deal Board.

Observers Supporting The Board

Boston Town Deal

Halina Davies

Greater Lincolnshire LEP

Halina Davies is the LEP Programme Manager for the Greater Lincolnshire LEP. Overseeing partnerships and programmes and supporting the LEP in relation to growth related matters, Halina has many years of experience in programme management, regeneration, masterplanning and economic development.

Stephanie Dickens

Matt Warman MP

Stephanie Dickens is the Executive Office Manager for Matt Warman, MP for Boston and Skegness, a position she has held since Matt was first elected in 2015.

Prior to this role she was a Regional HR business partner for a national blue chip company and has also run her own business. Stephanie is Vice Chair of Governors at Boston Grammar School and served as a Parish Councillor for eight years.

Stephanie, her husband, children, dogs and assorted chickens have been Lincolnshire residents since 2007 and feel privileged to call it home.

Warren Peppard

Lincolnshire County Council

Warren Peppard is the Head of Development Management at Lincolnshire County Council. Working within the Place Directorate Warren is responsible at a whole service level for the development of policy and effective project leadership with external partners in implementing a structured approach to effective flood risk management, highways and drainage advice to the development industry, and the delivery of a variety of multi-disciplinary projects.

Warren is a professionally qualified civil engineer with over 30 years’ experience working for both the private and public sectors