Board of Trustees
Martin Jeffery (Chair and 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.
Martin is married to fellow trustee Sandy Jeffery, and they have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
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 the late 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.
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 EnrychBerkshire in September 2017.
Teresa has lived in Reading since 1964 and attended St Joseph’s Convent school. She lives in Tilehurst and has 2 adult children who both live in Berkshire. She has been a Career Civil Servant serving a total of 37 years in various Departments. After returning from a career break to care for her young children she spent 19 years in the Intervention Board/Rural Payments Agency in Reading, which role included replying to Minister’s questions and drafting Minister’s correspondence. Teresa became a Volunteer with Enrych Berkshire in 2014 and was matched with a Member who is blind. The member was looking for someone who would go shopping with her for special items such as clothes or soft furnishings, to be her eyes and describe the colours and styles to her. They are now firm friends, meeting for coffee and cake or lunches and going to events of interest as well as shopping. Teresa became a Trustee of Enrych Berkshire in 2018 with particular responsibility for helping with the administration and management tasks of the Charity.
Paul is originally from Glasgow. He is a fellow of Chartered Management Accountants and an Associate of the Tax Technicians. He worked for a number of blue chip companies (IBM, DEC, Sony, Hitachi and Motorola) during his paid employment, a total of 41 years, and has lived in Reading since 1982. He retired in 2015 and volunteered at CAB (general advice), Lauchpad (homelessness) and Frontline (debt management) in Reading and became a Trustee at Enrych Berkshire in 2020.
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