Clevedon Pier chairman retires as new chief takes up role

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 April 2017

Simon Talbot-Ponsonby (right), who is retiring as chairman, with Phil Curme who is taking over.

Simon Talbot-Ponsonby (right), who is retiring as chairman, with Phil Curme who is taking over.

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A ‘magnificent legacy’ has been left by the former chairman of the Clevedon Pier and 
 Heritage Trust, according to his successor.

Simon Talbot-Ponsonby, who has been a trustee for more than 26 years, has overseen major changes to the pier during his time as chairman – notably the construction of its new visitor centre.

But he retired from the role last month and Phil Curme, who has been a director since 2014, will assume the role of chairman on June 1.

Simon said: “I am delighted Phil has agreed to become chairman.

“Having worked closely with him during the past three years I know that he will bring huge commitment, energy and enthusiasm to the post.

“Clevedon Pier is lucky to have Phil to lead it through the new challenges in the next chapter of its eventful history.”

Phil played a key part in introducing the interactive exhibits in the toll house and developing the partnership with Tiffin, and says he is ‘tremendously excited’ to become chairman.

He added: “Simon has left a magnificent legacy in the form of our new visitor centre.

“Under his leadership and through his vision the trust has taken a major step in securing the future of the pier for generations to come.

“I’m tremendously excited by the prospect of leading the trust through its next chapter in its long and eventful history.”

Simon will remain on the board.

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