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Who is Fratton Big Local?

The answer to that question comes in a number of different forms. First and foremost it is the whole community of Fratton - all who live, work or play in the City Council Electoral Ward of Fratton. The needs and views of all those people direct and influence the way Fratton Big Local works and the way it uses the funds.

But it is difficult to create a forum in which all those people can come together and express their views and find a common way forward together - so there are a number of smaller groups which seek to draw together people and more are being planned and created. There then needs to be a body which seeks to draw all of this together and which is accountable to both the whole community and to Local Trust - the national body responsible for the fund.

So there is the 'Fratton Big Local Partnership'. This is a constituted body of up to 12 voting members (and a further 4 non- voting  members).  These individuals come from a variety of backgrounds and parts of the community as well as bringing a mix of skills and experience.  They are united in their commitment to help the wider community and an enthusiasm to improve the quality of life in Fratton.

Over 50% of them have to be people who live or work directly in Fratton, and currently we have over 80% in that category.  The non-voting members are representatives of key local bodies who we hope will work with us and share with us their understanding of the area. These currently include a Ward Councillor, Fratton Community Association and a Community Officer from the City Council.

Lastly, the Partnership employs two workers who are the people you are most likely to meet - or talk to - if you contact the office or come to an event.

Voting Members

Father Bob White - Chair

I hope that the work of Big Local will help to enhance the life of the local community and build on the good
relationships that exist between many of those who work in the community and among local residents.

I enjoy living in the Fratton area as well as working with local people.

Keith Roberts

I’ve been a Fratton resident for 16 years, retired from civil service and former Vice-Chairman of the Fratton Neighbourhood Forum.

I’m interested in the community and want to bring my experience as a manager and organiser.

Becci Coghlan

I’ve lived in Fratton 10 years where I work for the City Council. My family is from Portsmouth and I’m proud of the City but I want to be more proud of Fratton. I passionately want to change Fratton’s reputation and do something positive for the area.

I bring contacts, experience and knowledge of the area, and a sense of humour.

Jon Adams

A Fratton resident and Artist in-Residence at the University where I’m a researcher, conceptual geologist, musician, father, husband, Asperger’s and dyslexic. I’m passionate about Fratton and I want to make a difference for those who can’t speak out for themselves. I want to create a better, safer environment for us all - a destination, not a station stop! I want to get the “passing through” students and people renting to become part of Fratton.

My messages can be subversive but practical. I have strong links to the Arts, Funding and University.

Jay Dunstan

I’ve lived in Portsmouth for 26 years and am the Director of UK Flyers – a Fratton-based design and print company. It was established 16 years ago and employs 10 full-time staff. I’ve joined FBL because I run a local business and Fratton’s been good to me.

I’m an avid cyclist, married with 3 children and have 2 dogs.  I want to help to make the area more appealing for my customers and my workforce.

I bring business skills; design, print and promotion experience, environmental ideas and enthusiasm.

Sonia Vidal

I am a local working mum who moved to Fratton 7 years ago after having lived in Barcelona (where I was born), Amsterdam and Madrid.

I'd like to see Fratton evolve into an effervescent and welcoming community. A place where new ideas are tested, and a place where people can flourish.
I bring experience in arts development and the conviction that people and places can change.

Investment, ambition and innovation are key to our success.

Non-Voting Members

Councillor Julie Swan, Portsmouth City Council


Brian Bracher, Chief Service Officer - Portsmouth Together, Portsmouth City Council

Lee Greenwell, Fratton Community Association


Dr Andrew Williams

Clare Martin, Director of Community Projects at Pompey in the Community

Jo Bennett, Commercial Property and Leasehold Services Manager, Portsmouth City Council

Andrew Mason, Action Portsmouth

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