ENRYCH Berkshire Trustees

Board of Trustees

Alan Fleming (Chair)

Alan describes himself as a rebel and a people person.  Alan spent much of his working life at British Gas as a shop steward and worked in the safety department around the world. Following redundancy, he moved into construction and was health and safety and environment director Wathes Interiors Group where he worked on projects such as Red Bull H/O, Shell Building, Graff. He has always been passionate about people’s welfare and rights and spent time in RBC and West berks councils disability group committees. Alan always sits on West Berkshire council disability equality scrutiny board. He sits in the West Berkshire Executive committee of the West berks disability alliance and disability access at RBC.

Alan joined Enrych as a founding trustee in 2008 and remains the chairman of trustees to this day.

Alan enjoys most sport and was an active participant over his life. He brings this interest and his passion for people to his role as chairman.

Martin Jeffery (Treasurer)

Martin originally qualified as a Mechanical Engineer in 1965 at what is now the University of Portsmouth. He then trained as a computer programmer at Rolls-Royce Aero Engines working on the design and development of the RB211 (now Trent) family of engines powering the very largest aircrafts. Career progression within the IT sector meant that he retired from full time employment in 2002 having been a senior executive in a large software house for many years.

For nearly 30 years he was a volunteer in the Royal Naval Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. Shortly after Enrych Berkshire was formed, he became a Trustee with the specific role of Treasurer and IT manager. He is a volunteer licensed Boatmaster on the Kennet and Avon Canal, where he skippers both the trip boat Rose of Hungerford and the Bruce Trust holiday boats for disabled and disadvantaged people. He is also one of the trainers for the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust volunteers as well as treasurer of the Gloucestershire Disabled Afloat Riverboat Trust (DART). He is the Treasurer and Trustee of the Woodcote Charitable Association, raising funds for local organisations through the annual Woodcote Rally, a veteran transport event. He also volunteers to assist people new to IT at Reading Central Library as part of the Reading Voluntary Action Get Online scheme.

Martin is married to fellow trustee Sandy Jeffery, and they have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Sandy Jeffery

Following a varied career in television, PR and the Post Office, Sandy has been involved as a volunteer in a number of organisations including the Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Samaritans, Kennet & Avon Canal Trust and Woodcote Rally. During the summer months, Sandy also volunteers as an Assistant Lock Keeper on the River Thames. From 1998, Sandy worked as the Programme Manager for Ryder-Cheshire Volunteers, later to be rebranded Enrych, having gained her Hons Degree at University of Reading. Together with Alan Fleming, Enrych Chair of Trustees, Sandy and Alan set up Enrych Berkshire as an independent registered charity. Sandy is married with two children and three grand-children.

Cathy Smith

Cathy joined Enrych Berkshire as a Trustee in June 2016 and helps with our social media. Cathy’s career has been in HR, leadership and organisational development in various global and regional roles mostly within blue chip and international organisations. A key part of Cathy’s work has been ensuring a strategic focus on diversity and inclusion, promoting the removal of barriers to the workplace for people from diverse backgrounds, including supporting people with disabilities.

Cathy developed a passion for improving social inclusion, in particular for people with disabilities, after being involved in community activities in her younger years and seeing the positive impact that organisations such as Enrych Berkshire can have on people’s lives. Cathy lives in Reading and in her spare time enjoys kick-boxing, walking, catching up on village news at her local book group, as well as helping local charities.

Richard Stowell

During Richard’s working life, and after an early career in social research, he spent most of his career in the voluntary sector, with a particular focus on disability, and on international development. During the last 10 years before retiring, Richard was founder and director of Reading Children’s Fund, and then Director of Age UK Berkshire. He has been chair of the governors of a primary school, coached girls’ football, and for a number of years now has run a small charity – the UK Association for Schools for the Blind in Sierra Leone. Richard joined as a Trustee of ENRYCH Berkshire in September 2017.

Contact:

To contact any of our Trustees please email berkshireinfo@enrych.org.uk.