Phyllida has a background in social housing particularly regeneration and social and economic development. Locally, she is involved with community land trusts and Magna Housing as well as working for a large London based association. She feels strongly about the need for more social justice, a kinder and more diverse community as well as caring about the environment.
John had a career in Dorset’s Public Sector in accountancy, audit and business change, culminating in managing two whole-organisation business change programmes. Outside work he has led environmental and community groups and served as a district councillor. John is the lead trustee of the West Bay Discovery Centre and is also Chair of West Bay Community Forum. He is an active member of Transition Town Bridport and West Dorset Friends of the Earth.
Alan recently retired from a challenging and successful career in the Financial Technology sector. Having held international leadership positions he brings a wealth of knowledge of diversity, inclusiveness and working with many different cultures. Alan is on the board of a Dorset based mental health charity, an active member of a number of Bridport clubs and societies and an enthusiastic participant of events at the LSi, Bridport Art Centre, the Electric Palace and other venues.
Andrew’s early career was spent with a recruitment company working his way up from recruitment consultant to director before leaving to set up his own business. He also volunteered as an independent custody visitor for Hertfordshire Police Authority / the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire, spending 11 years as chair of their Western Panel covering Watford and Hemel Hempstead custody suites. After 33 years in recruitment, he sold his office and became a business adviser for nine years before retiring but continues volunteering as a business mentor and board member for Dorset Business Mentors, a director of a CIC, and a trustee for BADT.
Michael is a practising barrister, mediator and adjudicator specialising in construction and property. For 20 years he has been the Head of 5 Pump Court Chambers, a common law set of 60 barristers covering civil, criminal and family work. He is on the governing body of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple, a West Dorset CAMRA committee member and a member of Bridport History Society, Golden Cap Association, BridLit, Bridport Millennium Green, Bridport Arts Centre and several conservation and preservation organisations. He plays bridge, swims and pursues interests in brewery history, architecture, real ale and as a shareholder/member of four community-owned pubs.
Ian moved to Bridport in 2013 after working in education and running his own business as a teacher and a designer supporting and inspiring people to achieve their creative goals. He has served as a parish councillor for Bothenhampton and Walditch and was elected to Bridport Town Council in 2019, serving three terms as town mayor. Other roles include chair of the Greater Bridport Neighbourhood Plan Joint Committee, Bridport Community Orchard Group committee member, Bridport Food Bank trustee, Plastic Free Bridport ambassador, and a miller / trustee at the Town Mill, Lyme Regis. Ian is an award-winning allotment holder, a lover of the outdoors and a doting grandfather.
Marek WakarTrustee and Company Secretary
Marek had a career in business, helping large companies manage strategic change projects with major benefits; a business unit, and large-scale operations; business planning and other management processes at FTSE 100 companies. He moved on to become a director and company secretary of both a small consultancy and a software business. He is now company secretary of the Trust. He has supported charities involved in theatre, education, and the preservation of historic parks for community use and enjoyment. He has been linked to the Bridport area for more than 40 years. His interests include gardening, travel, theatre, history, long-distance walking and socialising with friends.
David spent his career in print media, beginning in local weeklies and finishing on a national Sunday newspaper. In between he worked on regional dailies before setting up his own business with clients in national magazines and newspapers. He has been a member of the Guild of Editors and president of the Young Newspapermen’s Association. In his native West Yorkshire, David was involved in a community environmental project, the Round Table and a twinning association. Since moving to Loders he has been a founding member, and later chair of a community sports and arts charity for young people. He is an enthusiastic gig rower and a director of Bridport Gig Rowing Club.