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The seven ABA committee members are all unpaid volunteers. They take part because they love the town and believe that by working together local businesses are stronger and have a louder voice on common aims. 

Christian Hamilton, Events

Christian is the CEO of Fishers Gin. He will be take the role of Events Coordinator for the ABA.  Full bio and image to come.

Gary Thompson, Treasurer

Gary is the Treasurer for the ABA. He’s a Chartered Accountant by profession and with his wife Jacqui has the dog boutique, Wag & Bone on Aldeburgh High Street. He enjoys racquet sports, running and cycling and is a member of the Aldeburgh tennis club.  After a busy day he can often be found seeking refreshment at the White Hart!

George Pell, Vice Chair

George has fifteen years of owner operator experience across the hospitality sector, more recently launching L’Escargot Sur Mer in Aldeburgh. He is a board member of the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, committee member of the Reunion de Gastronomes, and member of the Institute of Hospitality.  Photo to come.

Gina Gow, Communications

Gina has experience in training and events for Siren Calling, a local Community Interest Company working with scientists, young people, local authorities and the creative sector. She believes Aldeburgh can be a town where environment, wellbeing, commerce and community can thrive. 

Josh Williams

Josh is the manager of the Brudenell Hotel. Full bio and photo to come.

Mark Ballamy, Membership

Mark is a Chartered Accountant who lives in Thorpeness and operates his forensic accounting practice from Aldeburgh (114 High Street).  He specialises in fraud investigation work and consequently, unlike all other members of the ABA, is keen not to develop his practice locally.  

Mark Riley

Mark is founder and owner of Riley & Riley Fine Jewellery on Aldeburgh's High Street. A qualified gemmologist, he has been a jeweller for over forty years. In his spare time, he is a keen motorcyclist, a licensed swimming official and lead singer in a punk rock band.

In addition to the committee we have established working groups to cover specific subjects and campaigns. They are:

Sizewell C working group

Gina Gow

Sarah Whitelock

SPR working group

Gina Gow

Sarah Whitelock


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