Citizen of Southend Awards
© Citizen of Southend Awards 2021

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. 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

James Miller BA(Hons) MBA

James is the Operations Director of the Stockvale Group, and

has learnt business from the ground-up after 25 years working

for the company.

As part of his role, James Chairs the Stockvale Volunteering

Committee, whose mission it is to help as many people in the

community as possible.  The committee has led beach cleans;

taken part in ‘Sleep Outs’ to raise money for HARP and the YMCA;

and provided volunteers across the town from the Stockvale

team.  James also leads the Stockvale Fundraising Partnership,

which brings together charities and schools who are then

able to raise significant funds for all their different fundraising

goals.

James, together with the Stockvale team, helped win the Queen’s

Award for ‘Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility’, which

is widely known as a knighthood for businesses.  Stockvale were

the first in the industry to win such a coveted award and won

because of the transformational leadership programme that has

enabled over 1000 young people to have been promoted within

the company.

Deacon Sarah McDowall was a Methodist Minister in different parts of Scotland and then Cumbria before being stationed in Southend from September 2020. Her town centre ministry role includes serving as chaplain to the staff at Adventure Island and the Sealife Centre as well as being the minister at the Trinity Family Centre in Westcliff.  Sarah is originally from the seaside town of Ayr, on the west coast of Scotland but hasn’t lived there for many years. Sarah is enjoying being in Southend and getting to know so many friendly people!  When Sarah has time off she enjoys spending time with her husband Archie and the family and exploring the local area, pottering in the garden and knitting. She looks forward to the day when theatres and concert venues will reopen.

James Miller BA(Hons) MBA

Sarah McDowall

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. 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

The Judging Panel

© Citizen of Southend Awards 2021

James Miller BA(Hons) MBA

James is the Operations Director of the Stockvale Group, and

has learnt business from the ground-up after 25 years working

for the company.

As part of his role, James Chairs the Stockvale Volunteering

Committee, whose mission it is to help as many people in the

community as possible.  The committee has led beach cleans;

taken part in ‘Sleep Outs’ to raise money for HARP and the YMCA;

and provided volunteers across the town from the Stockvale

team.  James also leads the Stockvale Fundraising Partnership,

which brings together charities and schools who are then

able to raise significant funds for all their different fundraising

goals.

James, together with the Stockvale team, helped win the Queen’s

Award for ‘Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility’, which

is widely known as a knighthood for businesses.  Stockvale were

the first in the industry to win such a coveted award and won

because of the transformational leadership programme that has

enabled over 1000 young people to have been promoted within

the company.

Sarah McDowall

Deacon Sarah McDowall was a Methodist Minister in different parts of Scotland and then Cumbria before being stationed in Southend from September 2020. Her town centre ministry role includes serving as chaplain to the staff at Adventure Island and the Sealife Centre as well as being the minister at the Trinity Family Centre in Westcliff.  Sarah is originally from the seaside town of Ayr, on the west coast of Scotland but hasn’t lived there for many years. Sarah is enjoying being in Southend and getting to know so many friendly people!  When Sarah has time off she enjoys spending time with her husband Archie and the family and exploring the local area, pottering in the garden and knitting. She looks forward to the day when theatres and concert venues will reopen.