Jackie Rainford


Jackie Rainford has lived in Portsmouth for 26 years. Jackie worked as a manager and training manager for John Lewis before moving into consultancy training which has included running her own business for twenty years. She has her own Learning and Development company and carries out Leadership training and coaching in companies, as well as running personal development sessions with private clients.

She is also a Trustee for the YMCA Fairthorne Group, which covers the whole of Hampshire, and enjoys being involved in events and fundraising. In her spare time, Jackie collects driftwood and shells from the beach and makes items for gifts. She has also recently written a book, which she is hoping to publish.

Michael Cripps


Michael is an CGMA accountant with over 25 years experience in retail, construction and property service support industries. Michael recently completed an MBA at the University of Portsmouth. 

He was born and raised in Portsmouth, returning to the city after a spell working in London. He is currently the Finance Director for a Building Services company based in Southampton, as well as Treasurer for Havant Cricket Club. 

Michael served as a Governor at Havant and South Downs College, supporting two mergers, serving as Chair of The Finance Committee. 

Outside of work Michael enjoys supporting his son’s football and cricket teams, whilst regularly running and cycling to keep fit. 

Claire Tunnicliffe

Claire is a deputy headteacher at a junior school in Waterlooville, just outside of Portsmouth. She has been teaching for thirteen years and has been at her current school for two years. She still has the pleasure of teaching and also fulfils the role of Pupil Premium Champion, championing the disadvantaged children within the school, and is a Designated Safeguarding Lead. 

Prior to this role, Claire worked in a primary school in Leigh Park for eleven years where she taught from age 6-11 and took on roles such as English leader and Lead Practitioner. 

Claire is passionate about supporting disadvantaged children and has a keen interest in developing children’s skills in reading and writing and enjoys reading and sharing children’s fiction. 

Terence Carvalho

Portsmouth born and bred Award-Winning Hospitality Manager, Terence Carvalho joined Becketts Southsea in 2019, having previously served as House Manager & Corporate Manager for The King’s Theatre in Southsea for 5 years. In addition to his role at Becketts, Carvalho, currently serves as a Portsmouth Ambassador for Shaping Portsmouth and Member of The Leaders Council for Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

His appointment as House Manager at The Kings Theatre in Southsea in 2014 made him the youngest Theatre House Manager in the UK and was the base of the 5 of the most successful years in The Kings Theatre 110+ year history.

Charlotte Harding

Charlotte has lived in Portsmouth her whole life. She has been a journalist for nearly ten years training at Highbury College in Portsmouth. She spent two years working in local newspapers in Horsham and Haywards Heath before becoming a feature writer at etc Magazine, based in Sussex.

Charlotte has been a mentor through The Girls Network and is the co-founder of Generation Tribe, a website aimed at empowering teenage girls and young women.

Andrea Spreafico

With over 15 years’ experience in Learning and Development, Andrea started her career teaching English as a foreign language in Italy. A chartered member of the CIPD, Andrea is passionate about supporting others to find and develop their strengths and build their confidence.

Andrea has worked in the private and public sectors in the UK and Italy, designing and delivering training programmes for a wide variety of international clients and supporting staff with all aspects of their personal development. In her spare time, Andrea has provided tutoring support to dyslexic students and been a volunteer helper with Rainbows (5-7 year olds in Girl Guiding).

Pete Davison

Pete was born and educated in Portsmouth before attending both university and drama school on a national scholarship, undertaking a second Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at the prestigious University of Chichester. He has worked in the Creative Industries, particularly in talent development, for over fifteen years. Previous roles include being part of the CIBAS team (Creative Industries Business Advice Service) at University of Portsmouth which supported over 2,000 individual practitioners and Programme Manager for the EU INTERREG funded Recreate Programme (Eastleigh Borough Council). 

Pete has worked for Arts Council England since 2016 where he is the Relationship Manager for Creative Media in the South East. During the pandemic, Pete took a year-long secondment as Head of Development and Programmes at Portsmouth Creates CIC, fundraising for and part-programming the first We Shine Festival; delivering the Thriving Communities social prescribing activity led by YouTrust with partners including Portsmouth Football Club, Flow Observatorium and Portsmouth University; and commissioning audio trails of the city by diverse, hidden voices. Pete’s work has been published by Firewords Quarterly and Bath Flash Fiction Anthology (AdHock Press).

Recently he led Yoshin; Stories of the Tohoku Earthquake Ten Years On, a digital-first anthology of new writing accompanied by art from emerging and internationally acclaimed comic book artists. Yoshin was fully translated into both English and Japanese and is made available for free with public funding awarded by Arts Council England.