Weymouth Area Development Trust

Who are we?

We are a group of people who live in Weymouth and love our Town and the countryside around it. Weymouth is a great place to live. We have the sea, some great Georgian buildings, beaches, sailing, some fab shops, some great walks and the food has been getting better and better over the last few years and the people are wonderful (we could be biased of course, but we don’t think so).

So what is a Development Trust?

A Development Trust is

  • Community based, owned and led
  • Engaged in the economic, environmental and social regeneration of a defined area or community
  • Independent but seek to work in partnership with other private, voluntary and public sector organisations.
  • Self sufficient or aiming for self sufficiency, and not for private profit.

(Wikipedia 2016 from the Development Trust Association 2011, now part of Locality.org)

So that’s who we are. We are a not for profit, no shareholders and if, at any time, we had to close down all assets go to the community.


Weymouth Area Development Trust was established in May 2016 as a ‘constituted community organisation’ by a small group of people, at the suggestion of a much, much larger group of people. The need for a Development Trust came from research done on behalf of the Weymouth and Portland Partnership and consultation and discussions with residents and community groups.

In March 2017 we were approved as a not for profit Community Interest Company, and are now Weymouth Area Development Trust CIC Ltd. Regulated by the CIC regulator. We are a not for profit company with charitable aims.

Other local coastal towns with Development Trusts include Lyme Regis, Bridport and Swanage.

Our team

Chris Wilson. Director (Founder) 
Chris loves to work with people who make a difference and the Development Trust has given her the chance to meet individuals, businesses, community workers, entrepreneurs, doers and makers all making a difference to this town. Chris works with businesses and communities, and spent 25 years working with teenagers and families. Chris chairs the Our Place: Team around Melcombe Regis, an ‘anti poverty’ collaboration of third sector, community and public service people.

Simon Newport. Director (Founder)
Simon is passionate about developing the local economy and tourism business. A manager with Yellow Buses with a big interest in making Weymouth a vibrant place to do business.

Lucy Hamilton. Director (Founder)
Lucy has been a strong supporter of the Trust since its inception in early 2016. Lucy works part time for the Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust and is a local Councillor. She is passionate about community engagement and regeneration.

Sue Prescott. Director. (Chair)

The focus of Sue’s profession is teaching and learning and she is particularly passionate about exploring opportunities to use her skills and knowledge to make a difference to the future of people in the Weymouth area.

She was a founder member of the Chapelhay Community Play Garden and the Chapelhay Community Partnership, which secured the lease of the Old Town Hall and formed the Guardians of the Old Town Hall CIC.

Lee Cullinan. (Administrator)

Lee is our core administrator and brings to us a wealth of experience from a broad range of areas including IT and Systems Management, Retail Management, Business Management, Sales and Marketing.