All directors of the hub club are volunteers from the local community, each with interests, skills and experience that are relevant to the project. There are usually three nominated by the Tamar and Tavy Gig Club and three nominated by the Weir quay sailing Club, operating under the guidance of an independent chairman. This may change to become four from each club as the ideal number.
The first directors were:
Rod is a member of the Tamar & Tavy Gig Club and a former committee member. He has extensive experience as a site manager for George Wimpey plc. and was a senior manager at Hunting Gate, a commercial property company, developing and managing large industrial estates, together with a private house building section. He was managing director of Highacre property Company, developing a large commercial property portfolio which was managed and held as a long term investment. He was also managing director of his own company, Turncliffe Ltd. specializing in the development and leasing of fully fitted out NHS GP surgeries. He lives in Bere Ferrers.
Carolyn is a long-standing resident of Bere Ferrers, also a serving committee member of the Tavy & Tamar Gig Club. She is an active rower, involved in racing and training, and is a qualified first-aider, providing an essential service in this rural community by acting with the emergency services as a ‘First Responder’
Peter is the Chairman of the Watersports Hub Club. After his early career in the Navy he has just retired as a director of two companies, one of which he founded, and was chairman of the board of one of them. Peter also works as an organizational development consultant in the UK and internationally. He also has considerable experience at director and chief executive level in large public sector organisations. He too lives in Bere Ferrers
Originally a foreign correspondent specialising in the Middle East Mike left the American newswire UPI in order to write books. To support this adventure he passed DoT Yachtmaster Coastal and Ocean Certificates of Competence and skippered boats including, for six years, the classic 30m schooner Aschanti IV. Several books later, marriage and three children brought a return to ground, this time as a freelance publishing editor. In the past 15 years Mike has initiated and been a director and CEO of a number of not for profit companies involved in pioneering aspects of environmental and sustainable management in businesses and the NHS, always with a strong emphasis on the practical. He currently runs his own consultancy and has lived in Bere Ferrers for 30 years.
Peter is an active cruising member of the Weir Quay Sailing Club. He has 30 years experience of managing his own landscape and specialist building works business, including complete project management. He is also a CSRT qualified surveyor. Peter too is a local resident, from Collytown.
Mike is also a cruising member of the Weir Quay Sailing Club. He is a recently retired professional ecologist, with 38 years experience of field ecology, of managing ecological research and habitat or green infrastructure projects, wide experience in the design, development and management of green infrastructure, involving landscape management, the creation, restoration and management of wetland, woodland and meadow habitats, and ecological monitoring. He lives at Cotts, close to Weir Quay, and is secretary for the Hub Club.
Bob is treasurer of the Hub Club and another long-standing resident of Bere Ferrers. He was a founder member of the Tamar & Tavy Gig Club and chairman for the club’s first 5 years. A retired RAF officer and pilot with 25 years military service, he subsequently headed his own yacht delivery company for 25 years before finally standing down in 2004.
The board has benefitted from this considerable combined expertise and commitment in reaching our present position. There has been the inevitable turnover of trustees as other demands are made on them, and the board has been recruiting new trustees. The Sailing Club has now put forward five names, the Gig Club has three members willing to serve, and two more are considering volunteering. The board will therefore shortly be making several new appointments after evaluating and matching the skills and expertise available with the needs of the Hub Club for the next phase, the development of the site following the granting of planning permission.