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The PCP - A Brief History

The PCP was formed to succeed the Portland Single Regeneration Budget Partnership (SRB), the main purpose being to ensure that the substantial investments from the SRB Fund continued to benefit all aspects of community life on Portland. As the SRB programme had been so successful it was agreed that the various agencies and organisations involved should continue to meet regularly and provide a framework of mutual support for future initiatives and opportunities.

A constitution was formally adopted in June 2001 and the objectives were agreed as follows:-
The PCP would help organisations work together for Portland by :-

Coordinating and collaborating between organisations and individuals
Supporting local initiatives (e.g. through endorsement, linking with other initiatives)
Having access to advise, information and funding sources, skills and individual enthusiasm
Developing strategic initiatives.

Representatives of various organisations, community groups, local businesses, schools, churches and Town and Borough Councils regularly attend meetings.

Your PCP Board Members

The PCP is made up of the following individuals:

Phil Laming - Chairman

Phil Laming is Chairman of the Portland Community Partnership. Phil is 60 years old and has lived on Portland all of his life. Phil has been in business since 1971. As well as running his own building firm with his sons, Phil has also given a lot of his own time to the community. He spent 16 years with the Dorset Football Assoc. becoming Chairman of Portland United. As a Portlander, Phil believes that the island is very special and is committed to ensuring it continues to develop and become a more successful and thriving community.

Neil Lemon - Vice Chairman

We moved to Portland back in 2000 and was immediately stunned by the scenery and the people of Portland. What a change from the south-east where we were before and all to the good. We are just as pleased now and our two children are enjoying all that Portland has to offer having been born here. A great place to live and a great community and so when I discovered the PCP a few years back I wanted to get more involved. I hope, in some small way, I can help Portland feel this special into the future.

Gillian Philipps - Secretary

My husband Peter and have lived on Portland for twenty four years having moved from Surrey in 1986. We are both very interested in all things affecting Portland. As well as being secretary to the PCP I also represent the PCP on the Weymouth and Portland Partnership with a seat on the Executive Funding Panel.

Andrew Harvey - Treasurer

I was born on Portland in 1964 and grew up in Fortuneswell where my parents ran a business. I was educated at St Augustins R.C School, Wemouth Grammar School and Weymouth College. I have been an Estate Agent since 1985 working in Weymouth & Dorchester and in 2001 Took over Hull Gregson & Hull Portland as director. I am a School Governor at Southwell Primary School and been active in a number of Southwell community events.

Significant PCP Members

Angie Mustill - Business Development Team

Angie has lived on Portland for 22 years. She is Operations Director at The Heights Hotel. With over 30 years experience in the Leisure & Hospitality Industry she is key to the Partnership in developing the business side of its work. Angie has been involved with the PCP since it started and was Treasurer until 2006. She has continually supported the work of the PCP both in person and by providing meeting rooms and refreshments courtesy of the Hotel.

Rachel Barton - Life President

Rachel Barton was born on Portland and has always had an interest in the island. Living in Southwell with her husband Roger and son Luke she has run her own business in the past and more recently spent 12 years as Community Development Officer on the island. With a wealth of knowledge in community involvement and funding, she was key in starting up many local organisations and projects on Portland including Island Volunteers for You, Portland Community Minibus Assoc and the Portland Community Partnership. Rachel now works for Portland Gas Plc and is heavily involved in developing the Portland Gas Trust. Due to work commitments Rachel resigned as PCP secretary in July 2008 but was made an honorary life president of the PCP and she continues to be involved in much of the organisation’s work.