Mark Waller returned to the UK in 2010 after 20 years living and working on the Continent and chose to make his new home in Ledbury. The obvious appeal as Herefordshire’s pre-eminent market town with its historic centre, a vibrant high street and welcoming community making it an easy choice. After a career in engineering and telecoms, he is now enjoying the opportunity to play a part within his local community. He was delighted to be invited to join Ledbury Places as Chair in 2015, alongside his other roles as Deputy Chair of Wye Valley NHS Trust and Chair of Herefordshire Mind, the local mental health charity associated with Mind nationally.
Alex Clive moved into Ledbury High Street in 2001, though he has lived close to Ledbury all his life. He has variously worked as a fruit farmer, metal worker, bar and restaurant fitter, and building designer and maker. He has been chairman of the Ledbury Civic Society and of the Barrett Browning Institute trustees, and is a trustee of the Ledbury Area Development Trust. As a representative of the civic society, he has been involved in the formation of Ledbury Places from the outset. His wife and partner Phoebe runs the shop Tinsmiths just off the High Street in the showroom which he designed and built.
Melissa Hawker moved to Herefordshire in 2007, and lives just outside Ledbury. Being part of a thriving community has always been important to her, she was a school governor for many years in Cambridgeshire and involved in various community projects. Her eclectic career has included working in retail and the Civil Service but mostly as a counsellor and coach for a small management consultancy, a business development manager for the Careers Research and Advisory Centre, a Cambridge-based educational charity, and a freelance development trainer. Now retired, she hopes that her experience in organizing events, recruiting members and raising sponsorship, together with her communication skills, can be put to good use!
Stuart Houghton trained as a potter at Birmingham College of Art and design before establishing the Collection Gallery specialising in contemporary craft, and a successful gift manufacturing business in the city. He moved everything to Ledbury in the early 1980s; family, gallery and works. 40 years after leaving college he went back to his roots, producing pots by hand on a traditional wheel. He has taught in schools and helped set up a pottery for the young people with learning difficulties at Salter’s Hill. In 2012 he and Peter Arscott set up Belatrova, making furniture and ceramics, in Ledbury. He has now passed his pottery business over to Fleen Doran, and is supposedly ‘retired’ He is also a trustee of Ledbury Area Development Trust.
Clive Jupp moved from the Guildford area to Ledbury in 1991 and lives in the town. The move to Ledbury gave Clive the opportunity to get involved with local issues and organisations; working in London for 17 years before arriving in Ledbury meant he had no time for such activities. Clive was on Ledbury Town Council for 20 years; he is still part of Ledbury in Bloom, Ledbury Carnival, Ledbury Community Association, Ledbury Area Development Trust and Ledbury & Strömstad Twinning Association. Now semi-retired Clive is reducing his other commitments to provide time for Ledbury Places. He spent 22 years in various IT roles and since moving on from IT he has been a requirements analyst working on the initial definition stages on a range of major projects.
Peter McCann came to Ledbury in 2017, having lived in Dartmouth for six years and prior to that bringing up our family of 4 in Great Missenden, Bucks. A physicist, data scientist and marketeer, he was Chair of a marketing and data warehousing business called PMpL Ltd operating in financial services, a Trustee of St Loyes in Exeter ( mental health and unemployment Charity) and the Managing Director of a mentoring and coaching business called CertaintyOne Ltd. He now runs a new data business called DataWise Intelligence. When living in St Albans, Peter ran an executive redundancy outplacement service for the CEO of the local council and local college, and he has an interest in helping young people find work and develop their careers. His wife Diane is a retired nurse (a former PCT director, district nurse and nurse trainer), and leads the care for their youngest daughter Rachael who has complex learning disabilities. He has four lovely grandchildren based in High Wycombe.
Christine Tustin returned to Ledbury in 2014. Her career had been in corporate and travel PR with the Heart of England Tourist Board and managing special projects, events and publications on behalf of the English Tourist Board and the British Tourist Authority. Her interests lie in architecture and design and she has an MA from the Courtauld Institute of Art (London University) and a post graduate certificate in historic conservation from Oxford University. She has been involved in many amenity societies, and is currently company secretary for Ledbury & District Civic Society. Believing that visitor promotion is essential to Ledbury’s economic wellbeing, she wrote the tourism section of the Ledbury Town Plan and sits on the working party.
Gill Rivers born and bred in Herefordshire, and now lives on the outskirts of Hereford city. Gill was contracted to work for Ledbury Places on a freelance basis in December 2017 to provide a Development Officer and administrative supporting role to Ledbury Places. Gill has an established background and proven experience of over twenty five years in senior level PA support, secretarial services, office administration, project and event management before setting up her own business in 2006. In her spare time, Gill volunteers for St Michael’s Hospice and enjoys cooking, running and golf.