Candidates for election to the BCA Management Committee
David has lived in Blockley since 1947 and attended Blockley and Chipping Campden Schools. His parents lived in Blockley for the rest of their lives. David worked in the electronics industry, latterly as Vice President and then Chief Technology Officer for a Canadian company which employed about 4000 people worldwide. He was also a board director of several businesses located in Europe, North America and Asia. He retired to live in Blockley in 2001 and later served on the Parish Council. He was deeply involved in the original SOS (Save our Shop) campaign and played a very active role in getting the Old Coach House Village Shop and Café off the ground. He is very keen to see the new Shop prosper.
Martin has lived in and worked from Blockley for 15 years. Having seen the Post Office close, Murray's deli-café come and go and been a founding member of the BCA, he cares about the Shop and Café. He recognises the benefit it brings as both a social hub and valuable amenity. Since the March EGM, Martin has been at the centre of recent recovery plan analysis and representations to the Social Investment Business and the Big Lottery Fund. He has worked to help resolve recent concerns and been proactive in encouraging and informing members willing to stand for the BCA Committee. Martin is married, has a degree in Electronics and works in IT and Telecommunications. He is not afraid to get stuck in with manual tasks.
Mary has lived in and around Blockley since 1960 when she first visited her late husband's parents. For years she split her time between Blockley and London where she was a magistrate (JP) in North London (Highbury Corner) between 1989 and 2008 when she reached the retirement age of seventy. Her working years were spent at the BBC, Financial Times, Sunday Correspondent and Classic FM. She does not do management-speak but brings common sense and a clear head.
Natalie is a practising Corporate Solicitor and also Company Secretary of the law firm at which she works. She works alongside a variety of businesses and has a good grasp of company law and related areas. Whilst studying for her LLB Law Degree, Natalie worked at another Co-op store as a Duty Manager, where she gained managerial experience. Natalie moved to Blockley when she was very young and has now lived in the village for twenty-four years. She knows that the Shop and Cafe are critically important to many members of the Blockley community, including some of her own family who have lived in Blockley far longer than she has and she wants to work hard to ensure that the Shop and Café remain a real Community Hub.
Beth has lived in Blockley for sixteen years and her two daughters attended Blockley Primary and Chipping Campden Schools. She has worked at Cotswold friends for over ten years and, as Charity General Manager and Company Secretary, has experience of both managing the organisation and being accountable to a committee of trustees. She also chaired for some years the management board of a countywide Gloucestershire charity supporting victims of domestic violence. Beth has a background in linguistics and, although not practising, is also a qualified lawyer. She believes that the Shop and Café are an important centre for the residents of Blockley and must be preserved and developed for the good of the whole community.
Amanda has lived in Blockley for eleven years and her son goes to Chipping Campden School. She works from home and relies on the Shop and Café as somewhere that provides a welcome break from the solitude of freelance work-the equivalent of the corporate coffee machine! She believes a successful Shop and Café is vital if the village is to retain its heart and soul and she'd like to play a part in helping the new venture thrive. The skill she brings to the Committee (in addition to being down to earth and pragmatic) is an understanding of marketing, gained during the course of a career in this sector over thirty years, initially working for large agencies , and latterly working for a wide variety of small businesses, helping to raise their profile and achieve their full potential.
Bella has lived in Blockley for over thirteen years and is married with two daughters attending local schools. Bella worked at the Nursery School for several years and consequently knows Blockley's residents and their children well. She has retail experience having recently worked directly with Elizabeth Ashcombe at Sudeley Castle developing a product range from the idea in its inception, through to branding, design, production and finally an order from John Lewis. Latterly in her work there she was part of a team re-designing and re-stocking the Castle shop and Garden Centre. Currently Bella is studying part time for an English degree at the University of Oxford, working part time for Emma Heathcote-James, founder of the highly successful Little Soap Company and standing as a candidate for the District Council in the forthcoming elections. She loves Blockley and the Shop and Café and is constantly reminded of how lucky we are to have it here. She is a genuine team player.
Keith has lived in Blockley for almost nine years. He has been Chair of various local organisations and is currently Chair of St Georges Hall Committee. He worked for the Newspaper Proprietors' Association and for the University of Warwick where he was Professor and Director of the Industrial Relations Research Unit. Latterly he was Head of Strategy Development for the Advisory, Conciliation & Arbitration Service (ACAS). He has an expert knowledge of HR practices and procedures and experience of “supportive management" and training/development in non-hierarchical organisations. He has spent a life-time working through committees, chairing them and getting them to do things.
A Blockley resident for nearly twenty years, Bernard has taken part in village life by belonging to many societies and doing backroom work for several. He has served on the St George’s Hall and Traffic Committees and for four years was Open Gardens Co-ordinator. He also helped to decorate the original BCA shop, helped with stock-taking and attended awareness meetings about the new build. If elected to the Management Committee, his priority would be to contribute towards a hymn sheet from which all can sing. His starting point would be his firm belief that the shop manager should be left to organise the day-to-day business, but should work within the broad guidelines set by the BCA through its elected Committee. Accountability, through agreed channels, should apply both to the manager, in respect of the Committee and to the Committee, in respect of BCA members. Though at seventy-five some may think he is too old to embark on a new venture, he still feels forty-five.