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Faversham Society Trustees

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KATIE BEGG

Trustee 
I joined the Society when I moved to Faversham in 2016, and quickly became involved as a volunteer - taking Board minutes and helping out with the Society’s campaigns, including our opposition to the proposed Cleve Hill solar power station. I became a Board member in June 2019, and as well as continuing to take minutes, I am getting more actively involved in the Society’s work. My particular areas of interest are our campaigns, promoting the cultural heritage of Faversham to residents and visitors alike, and ensuring the Society is in a sustainable position to continue its vital work for the future. 

JONATHAN CAREY

Trustee 
Jonathan is a conservation architect and leads on the maintenance of Faversham's historic buildings.

HAROLD GOODWIN

Trustee and Society Chairman
I have lived in Faversham since 1977, in the same half square mile. When I graduated the only work I could find in adult education was in Kent. If I had not found, and fallen in love with, Faversham, I would have moved back north. I did move to Leeds and Manchester, but only for work, commuting weekly by rail. In 2014 Arthur Percival asked me to consider joining the Board, and after 37 years of having enjoyed the benefits of the Faversham Society’s work conserving the best of Faversham I could not see how I could reasonably decline. I was elected to the Board in April 2014 and to the Chair in June 2016. With close to 1,000 members and 250 volunteers there is much to do to keep the many activities of the Society going. Faversham is facing as much change now as it did with the coming of the railway and we are heavily involved with the planning of infrastructure, housing and traffic management. 

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ANDREW HOLDEN

Trustee
I joined the Faversham society in 2018 when we moved into Faversham. I was elected as a board member at the 2019 AGM.

I am a qualified accountant and spent most of my career in the public sector, spending over 20 years in the NHS (based in central London) where I was a Finance Director at two of the largest Trusts in England. In 2011 I moved across to the private sector (working back into the NHS), as well as working as a non-Executive Director (currently hold the position of Vice Chair) at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.

In 2018 I reduced my working commitment so I am now able to actively support the Society in my spare time.   

BRIAN KELSEY

Trustee
Trustee biography awaited

SOPHIE KEMSLEY

Trustee
I joined the Society as a volunteer in 2017 and since this time have been overseeing our use of social media, and looking at ways we can use this most effectively.  I joined the Board in June 2019 and, with a background in the charitable sector, am excited to now have more involvement.  I will be part of the Publications, Education, Talks and Events Committee whilst continuing to work with all committees on any publicity needs that could be supported through social media.

LAURIE McMAHON

Trustee
Trustee's biography awaited

DAVID MELVILLE

Trustee
I am currently Chair of Pearson Education Ltd and a Board Member of Policy Connect. Most of my career has been in Higher Education as a Professor of Physics and most recently as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent. I have lived in Faversham since 2011 and been a Trustee of the Faversham Society since 2018. I am proud to be involved with such a vibrant amenity society at the heart of a town with a strong sense of identity and community. I am passionate about the importance of educational opportunities at all levels from schools to universities and for ensuring there are leisure and employment opportunities for young people in Faversham. I am particularly interested in the future of Faversham Creek and am a Patron of the Faversham Creek Trust, Chair of the Faversham and Oare Heritage Harbour Group and a member of the Faversham Future Forum.

PAT REID

Trustee 
Trustee biography awaited

ANNE SALMON

Trustee 
Trustee biography awaited

TIM STONOR

Trustee  and member of the  Environment Commitee
Tim Stonor is an architect and urban planner. He joined the Board of the Faversham Society in 2016 and has been a member since 2001.

Tim is a member of the Environment Committe and is involved in the Society’s work on the future of transport across the town. 

Outside the Society, Tim is Deputy Chair of the Design Council, a Director of the Academy of Urbanism and a Visiting Professor at University College London. He is also a founding member of the 20’s Plenty for Faversham Community Working Group and the Friends of the Westbrook and Stonebridge Pond. 

GRAHAM WARNER

Trustee 
Trustee biography awaited

JAN WEST

Trustee and Chair of the General Purposes Commitee
I have been a member of the Society for the past 25 years and on retirement, some 11 years ago, decided to volunteer for the Society firstly in the VIC then in the curators office.  I joined the Board of Trustees in 2010 and am currently the Chair of the General Purposes Committee which meets monthly.  My duties involve the paying of all invoices, ordering of stationery/cleaning materials, testing of the fire alarm systems, general health and safety and a plethora of other duties too numerous to mention.

HEATHER WOOTTON

Trustee and Chair of the Museum Commitee
Trustee Heather Wootton is also Chair of the Museum Committee and represents the Museum at the Faversham Society General Purposes Committee (both meet monthly). Several days a week she can be found volunteering in the Curators office ("back-of-house") carrying out various duties such as: record keeping; training new volunteers; reviewing collections/donations and liaising with other volunteers on day-to-day issues. As Museum Committee Chair she interfaces with South East Museums Development team and our Museum Mentor regarding Accreditation and general advice. Heather is also an active member of the Faversham Society Archaeological Research Group taking part in all aspects of archaeology throughout the year such as digging and finds processing. Heather is secretary to the Faversham Society IT Working Group.

CHRIS WRIGHT

Trustee and member of the Environment Commitee
As a retired civil engineer and specialist in transport research, he has a particular interest in how Faversham will cope with the growing pressure of housing development, and in the highway authority’s strategy for protecting and enhancing the Town’s heritage in the face of the travel demand that it will generate.  In pursuing this and other related themes, he has co-organized and presented material at four members’ meetings on transport matters in the area, is managing a project for measuring traffic pollution at various sites around the Town, and continues to engage with our local authorities at a technical level to ensure the Society is well placed to make its case.  He also supports collaboration with the Creek Trust to promote replacement of the swing bridge as the key step towards renewing the Town’s waterway as a commercial, recreational and environmental resource.
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The Faversham Society - Registered Address: 10-13 Preston Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 8NS

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