Citizen of Southend Awards
© Citizen of Southend Awards 2019

The Judging Panel

Philip Miller, a local boy, born and raised in Southend On Sea. Philip  began his working life on the side show games at the Kursaal, by his  20’s he had sold off his first rollercoaster and revealed the true  entrepreneur within. Philip is now the Chief Executive of the  Stockvale Group of companies which consists of Adventure Island,  Sealife Adventure, four radio stations, Three Shells Beach Café, Sands  bistro restaurant and more. With the exception of one radio station,  all companies are based in Southend providing needed employment  for the local people. Philip is often approached by developers with  business opportunities from across Europe, but as a dedicated and  loyal Southend man, he prefers to invest purely in our town. Philip  was awarded his M.B.E. back in 2003 for various charity  contributions; supporting John Grooms, Fair Havens Hospice, local  schools and sporting clubs. Philip is currently on the board of the  Southend Hospital Trust, and also provides an annual free day out to  Adventure Island for under-privileged children involved with ‘Kids  Day Out - London Taxi’ and ‘Kids Day Out - Rotary Club’. Councillor Ian  Robertson approached Philip back in 2007 with a proposal to begin  an awards scheme to reward our towns un-sung hero’s. Philip and  key members of the community then began a committee to create  ‘The Citizen Of Southend Awards’. Yusuf has lived in Leigh-On-Sea for 44 years apart from 8 years whilst  he was in Birmingham and is married with 2 adult sons. Yusuf is a  Chartered Engineer and over his career he has worked for A E I  Limited, I C I and British Rail. Since his retirement from British Rail he  has been involved in various local organisations. He is the Founding  former Chairman of the Southend Ethnic Minority Forum, the  Chairman of British Transport Pensioners’ Federation (Southend  Branch), a Non-Executive Director of the Southend Hospital Trust and  a Governor of South East Essex College. Yusuf has been participated  in Voluntary work for the Past 10 years. Peter was born in Southend in 1951 and attended Belfairs High  School in Leigh before following a childhood interest in Aircraft  through studies at Southend College of Technology and then an  Apprenticeship in Avionics at Southend Airport. In 1972 Peter joined  the then fledgling company KeyMed, which saw his career change  direction as the rapid international acceptance and development of  Imaging Technologies in both Medicine and Industry presented  continued opportunity for the company and it’s employees.  During  his career with KeyMed  for 35 years, which included a 4 year period  heading the companies US Subsidiary, Peter then returned to the UK  in 1988 to take up a Main Board role as Technical Director.  In  keeping with the companies ethos and it’s expectations of it’s senior  employees, Peter has also been involved in a variety of community  support initiatives. These included School Governor at Westcliff High  School for Girls and Chair of The John Grooms Southend Appeal,  where he worked with a team which successfully raised a significant  amount of funding towards the £5 Million cost of building ‘Kenway  House’ in Prittlewell, a home which provides ‘assisted independent  living’ for the disabled. Since retiring in 2006 Peter has participated as  a committee member for the ‘Citizen of Southend Awards’ and  retained an involvement with fundraising on behalf of ‘Grooms’, now  renamed ‘Livability’ Mick Thwaites has lived in Southend for over 30 years. Mick has  spent most of his life as a Police Officer and the majority of that has  been with Essex Police. From 2000 to 2005 Mick was the Divisional  Commander at Southend and during that time he was the Chair of  the Crime and Disorder Group and Vice chair of the Local Strategic  Partnership. This brought him into contact with many outside  partners and voluntary groups as well as the numerous diverse  communities within the Southend Borough. His last role was as head  of operations for Essex and within that role for the last 3 years he has  been heading the Olympic Project for Essex Police until he retired at  the beginning of 2009. Mick is a firm believer that Southend has a  very caring community and that the Citizen of Southend award plays  an important part in recognising the wonderful work that goes on  across the Borough John Barber was born in Southend, and apart for a short period  during the War and National Service he has spent his whole life in the  area. In his youth he had close links with St. Mary’s Church as a  member of the Cubs, the Scouts, the choir and then in 1958 he  married his wife Brenda at the Church. After leaving school John  worked for Ekco both before and after his National Service. He  subsequently spent a number of years in the retail industry, and in  1970 he purchased his first business on the west of Southend Pier. In  1982 he developed ‘The Three Shells’ Restaurant and in 2008 he sold  the Business to Philip Miller. For 18 years John was the Chairman of  the association covering the business sector for leisure and tourism  in Southend On Sea and is currently acting as the link between the  trade association and Southend Council, and other bodies regarding  the regeneration of the Seafront. During his life in the town John has  had privilege of meeting many wonderful people, particularly since  becoming involved in ‘The Citizen of Southend Award’, which has  given him the opportunity of meeting many unsung heroes, who  have devoted so much of their time for the benefit of others.

Philip Miller MBE

Mick Thwaites

John Barber

Yusuf Goolamali

Peter Virgo

Philip Miller, a local boy, born and raised in Southend On Sea. Philip  began his working life on the side show games at the Kursaal, by his  20’s he had sold off his first rollercoaster and revealed the true  entrepreneur within. Philip is now the Chief Executive of the  Stockvale Group of companies which consists of Adventure Island,  Sealife Adventure, four radio stations, Three Shells Beach Café, Sands  bistro restaurant and more. With the exception of one radio station,  all companies are based in Southend providing needed employment  for the local people. Philip is often approached by developers with  business opportunities from across Europe, but as a dedicated and  loyal Southend man, he prefers to invest purely in our town. Philip  was awarded his M.B.E. back in 2003 for various charity  contributions; supporting John Grooms, Fair Havens Hospice, local  schools and sporting clubs. Philip is currently on the board of the  Southend Hospital Trust, and also provides an annual free day out to  Adventure Island for under-privileged children involved with ‘Kids  Day Out - London Taxi’ and ‘Kids Day Out - Rotary Club’. Councillor Ian  Robertson approached Philip back in 2007 with a proposal to begin  an awards scheme to reward our towns un-sung hero’s. Philip and  key members of the community then began a committee to create  ‘The Citizen Of Southend Awards’. Yusuf has lived in Leigh-On-Sea for 44 years apart from 8 years whilst  he was in Birmingham and is married with 2 adult sons. Yusuf is a  Chartered Engineer and over his career he has worked for A E I  Limited, I C I and British Rail. Since his retirement from British Rail he  has been involved in various local organisations. He is the Founding  former Chairman of the Southend Ethnic Minority Forum, the  Chairman of British Transport Pensioners’ Federation (Southend  Branch), a Non-Executive Director of the Southend Hospital Trust and  a Governor of South East Essex College. Yusuf has been participated  in Voluntary work for the Past 10 years. Peter was born in Southend in 1951 and attended Belfairs High  School in Leigh before following a childhood interest in Aircraft  through studies at Southend College of Technology and then an  Apprenticeship in Avionics at Southend Airport. In 1972 Peter joined  the then fledgling company KeyMed, which saw his career change  direction as the rapid international acceptance and development of  Imaging Technologies in both Medicine and Industry presented  continued opportunity for the company and it’s employees.  During  his career with KeyMed  for 35 years, which included a 4 year period  heading the companies US Subsidiary, Peter then returned to the UK  in 1988 to take up a Main Board role as Technical Director.  In  keeping with the companies ethos and it’s expectations of it’s senior  employees, Peter has also been involved in a variety of community  support initiatives. These included School Governor at Westcliff High  School for Girls and Chair of The John Grooms Southend Appeal,  where he worked with a team which successfully raised a significant  amount of funding towards the £5 Million cost of building ‘Kenway  House’ in Prittlewell, a home which provides ‘assisted independent  living’ for the disabled. Since retiring in 2006 Peter has participated as  a committee member for the ‘Citizen of Southend Awards’ and  retained an involvement with fundraising on behalf of ‘Grooms’, now  renamed ‘Livability’ Mick Thwaites has lived in Southend for over 30 years. Mick has  spent most of his life as a Police Officer and the majority of that has  been with Essex Police. From 2000 to 2005 Mick was the Divisional  Commander at Southend and during that time he was the Chair of  the Crime and Disorder Group and Vice chair of the Local Strategic  Partnership. This brought him into contact with many outside  partners and voluntary groups as well as the numerous diverse  communities within the Southend Borough. His last role was as head  of operations for Essex and within that role for the last 3 years he has  been heading the Olympic Project for Essex Police until he retired at  the beginning of 2009. Mick is a firm believer that Southend has a  very caring community and that the Citizen of Southend award plays  an important part in recognising the wonderful work that goes on  across the Borough John Barber was born in Southend, and apart for a short period  during the War and National Service he has spent his whole life in the  area. In his youth he had close links with St. Mary’s Church as a  member of the Cubs, the Scouts, the choir and then in 1958 he  married his wife Brenda at the Church. After leaving school John  worked for Ekco both before and after his National Service. He  subsequently spent a number of years in the retail industry, and in  1970 he purchased his first business on the west of Southend Pier. In  1982 he developed ‘The Three Shells’ Restaurant and in 2008 he sold  the Business to Philip Miller. For 18 years John was the Chairman of  the association covering the business sector for leisure and tourism  in Southend On Sea and is currently acting as the link between the  trade association and Southend Council, and other bodies regarding  the regeneration of the Seafront. During his life in the town John has  had privilege of meeting many wonderful people, particularly since  becoming involved in ‘The Citizen of Southend Award’, which has  given him the opportunity of meeting many unsung heroes, who  have devoted so much of their time for the benefit of others.

Philip Miller MBE

Mick Thwaites

John Barber

Yusuf Goolamali

Peter Virgo

The Judging Panel

© Citizen of Southend Awards 2019
© Citizen of Southend Awards 2019