Build Back Better in Brighton and Hove

Brighton and Hove Compass have launched a campaign to Build Back Better in the City and we are seeking signatures from residents and people who work in the City. While terrible, the Covid-19 crisis provides an opportunity to create a new and better ‘normal’ – and we think Brighton and Hove is the ideal place to set this in motion as we face an uncertain future.

We are posting this on behalf of Brighton and Hove Compass to ask you to support our statement of intent and help us campaign for a new radical vision for Brighton and Hove.

You may be aware that Compass nationally has launched a national “Build Back Better” campaign ( along similar lines.

Brighton and Hove has a creative and progressive reputation. We have a vibrant artistic, community and voluntary sector and a strong campaigning track record with causes such as Pride, Extinction Rebellion and Black Lives Matter receiving substantial support across the City. And we have a majority of progressive councillors on the City Council. 

We think that amidst the tragedy and chaos of the Covid-19 crisis, there is an opportunity to create a new and better ‘normal’ – and Brighton and Hove is the ideal place to set this in motion.

We hope you will feel able to sign the attached statement (making clear if you are signing as an individual or on behalf of an organisation) and let us know how you’d like to be described (just a very few words). Please feel free to forward this statement to others, or to suggest other names to us.

Brighton and Hove Compass

Colin Miller, Diane Warburton, Davy Jones


If you live or work in Brighton and Hove and support our campaign please sign by adding you name and ideally  your organisation/work in the comments box below. 

Jacob Berkson, Thousand 4 £1000

Dave Allen, Brighton Climate Action Network

Julian Caddy, CEO Brighton Fringe Festival

Iain Chambers, Founder, Brighton Food Factory

Andy Richards, Brighton & Hove UNISON Chair

Atlanta Cook, marine environment consultant

Jackie Chase, Radio Free Brighton

Peter Deadman, author

Alex Shankland, Institute of Development Studies

Lisa Redlinski, Radical Brighton

Marek Kohn, writer

Sue Matthias, Senior Editor, Financial Times

Alex Mabbs, Minister, Brighthelm Church and  Community Centre – personal capacity

Jodie Thorpe, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies

Ian Chisnall, The Argus columnist

Paul Philo, Green Party

Dave Ely: Charity Trustee and Carer

Marianne Craig, career coach and activist

Dr Helen Walker, University of Brighton

Judy Stevens, Director, Artists Open Houses

Nigel Ordish, works in music, design and higher education

Marigold Ashwell, Arts Education Consultant / Adviser

Jennifer Gould: Director, Divine Company 

Rosalind Eyben

Diane Perrons

Tim Beacher: Energy Efficiency & Renewables, BHESCo

Alex Cooper: Charter 2019

Martin Allen – Saltdean

James Bianco, 16 Degrees Coaching 

Jenny Teare: Semi-retired teacher/trainer/tutor in post-16 sector

Jane Edmonds,

John Gaventa: Professor, Institute of Development Studies

Nick Ashwell, Trustee Robin Hood Health Foundation

John Medhurst, writer and trade unionist

Aidan Pettitt, trade unionist

Audrey Marshall: Librarian

Peter Newel: Professor of International Relations at Sussex University and research director at the Rapid Transition Alliance.

Ali Ghanimi, Free University of Brighton

Clive Reedman: Volunteer Genealogist & Historical Researcher

James Joughin: International Development  Development Practitioner

Diane Smith

Paddy O’Keefe – Actor

Brian Stewart, Graphic Designer

Paul Sperring

Simon Lancaster

Sam Zindell: MD Propellernet Digital Growth Agency 

Felicity Vaughan: PA secondary School

Teresa Lipson

Peter Deadman: Author & Teacher

Norman Wright: Director Exeter Street Community Hall

Ellie Kavner: Consultant Family Therapist

Ian Bullock: Labour Party and Historian

David Herman 

Lisa Trebs: IDS & Cofounder Brighton & Hove Covidarity Festival 

Simon Adams

Laura Sharples: Economy for the Common Good

Karen Stenning

Emily Furman: Retired tour guide

Colin Miller, Co-ordinator, B & H Compass

Diane Warburton, B & H Compass

Davy Jones, B & H Compass