The core of our committee was formed back in 2011 when a group of concerned individuals came together to respond to a series of planning proposals from Tesco, Sainsburys, Longleat, Bloor Homes, and Bristol Water all of whom were at the time threatening to tarmac over large areas of green space in our lovely village, cause traffic chaos, defile the natural landscape and in some cases all three. The current committee is as follows:
Having lived in Cheddar since 2002 Simon has been a trustee of the Cheddar Youth Trust since 2008, he is also a member of the Cheddar Football Club committee as well as an Educational Volunteer for the RNLI, and has recently been elected Chair of My Cheddar.
Commencing his career as a photographer Simon has worked for multinational companies such as Agfa and Sony in various sales and marketing roles and is currently a self-employed marketing and business development consultant. He believes that a Cheddar community partnership will become an umbrella organisation to link the need and the resource in our community, as well having potential to deliver a sustainable income stream for projects of varying sizes and complexities that otherwise may have been seen as unattainable.
Adrian has worked in social work and social care management at a senior level for over thirty years. He has worked in Devon, Plymouth and Bristol. He has also worked at board level for a private fostering agency and been a self employed consultant and interim manager.
He has run youth clubs and games club in the village. He has acted as safeguarding officer for both Cheddar Football Club and also the local Methodist Church. He serves on an Adoption Panel, is treasurer for Friends of Cheddar Library and helps with the Cheddar Challenger magazine. He is a season ticket holder at Bristol City and a member of Somerset Cricket Club.
Lesley has lived in Cheddar for over 35 years, has raised three children here and worked in the village for over 18 years. She therefore has a good understanding of what Cheddar has to offer and is extremely community minded.
Being an active member of many different groups over the years as well as starting a toddler group, working as a dinner lady and supporting all school and sporting events has given Lesley an insight into different sectors of our community.
Recently retired from her role as Accounts Manager for the largest employer in Cheddar, she has been using her organisational skills in managing gardening projects in the village for My Cheddar.
Mel has lived in Cheddar for 15 years and in 2011 he initiated the setting up of the My Cheddar group. Its aim was to bring people together to agree and carry out community led projects, as a first step towards forming a community partnership. Mel works in town planning and regeneration and has experience in the public, community and private sectors in North Wales, London, Radstock/Midsomer Norton, Bath and Bristol.
He has been involved in the setting up and running of community partnerships and a community interest company, the latter raising over £1m in funds, purchasing land and entering into an arrangement with a development partner to share revenues for community benefit.
Secretary and Parish Councillor
Martin has been on the My Cheddar committee since the group was formed in 2011, and is involved in a number of local initiatives including running the cheddarvillage.org.uk web site since 2004. He has lived in Cheddar with his family since 2001 and provides a web site design and maintenance service for local small businesses, alongside an e-commerce shop for board games.
Previously Martin was an IT quality assurance and PRINCE 2 project office consultant in London, having worked for British Gas, Legal and General, and Siemens Business Services amongst others. Martin became a Parish Councillor in 2014, looking to integrate the work of My Cheddar more closely with the Parish Council. He is looking forward to the challenge of helping to implement a community partnership.
Patient Group Chair
John has been Chair of the Award winning Cheddar Medical Centre Patient Group since 2014 and involved in many of their community and NHS activities, joining the My Cheddar board in 2015. He has lived in Cheddar with his wife Rita since 2008 when he started a company providing Business Excellence assessments to organisations such as Bosch and Siemens.
Previously John was the Business Excellence Leader for the Gates Corporation and divisional Director Global Quality working at both strategic and operational levels in differing cultures. John and the Patient Group team are focussing on community preventive health and wellbeing which will be an essential part of the community partnership’s holistic forward direction.
Patient Group Vice Chair
Elizabeth has been Vice Chair of Cheddar Patient Group since 2014 and on the board of My Cheddar since 2015. Her background is local government, followed by marriage into H. M. Diplomatic Service and work in British Embassies and High Commissions in Prague, Kenya, Lagos, New York, Madrid and latterly in Chennai, South India. This was followed by ten years as Administrator of the National Trust’s Knightshayes Court at Tiverton, Devon.
She has an Open University Diploma in Health and Social Care. She has a small unit for profoundly deaf children with additional special needs in Chennai. She is now working on preventative health and wellbeing in Cheddar with the Patient Group and is excited by the partnership concept.
Richard has lived in Cheddar for 35 years with his wife Lesley. Their three children have all attended the three schools in Cheddar. A Chartered Insurer by profession, prior to his retirement Richard was Operations Manager with the Financial Services division of Halifax Bank. Richard has contributed to many community groups over the years, has run two of Cheddar’s junior football teams and is currently Chairman of his local residents’ association.
Richard helps project-manage many of My Cheddar’s initiatives including the renovation of Hannah More gardens, Cheddar SpeedWatch and most recently the renovation of the Island Beds in the Lower Gorge.
Other vacancies may be filled as the need arises. The Committee meets 4-6 evenings a year in Cheddar as well as meeting with the wider My Cheddar membership at full sessions held during the year.
The main functions of the Steering Group are to co-ordinate all the project work, manage funds and carry out promotional activities. This may all sound a bit formal, but it’s important to have a properly constructed organisation when it comes to applying for grant funding and liaising with external bodies. My Cheddar is formally constituted and has its own bank account.
If you want to make contact but aren’t sure who to write to, email the whole team at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of us will get back to you. Most of us have day-jobs or other commitments so do allow time for a reply.
Click the link to see the group’s Constitution document (PDF format) which was agreed and adopted on 6th Feb 2013.