The Community First board of trustees oversees the organisation and its governance. Find out more about our trustees below.
Community First Trustees
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Martin lives in Burbage and has been Chairman of both the Parish Council and the Village Hall. He has a background in Finance, Education and Management Consultancy – and is currently Treasurer of both a voluntary oil purchasing consortium and a major voluntary organisation in Wiltshire.
Martin is Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Steve lives in Bradford on Avon and is Chief Executive of Wiltshire and Swindon Sport. His background includes a long career with the Probation Service and heading up a specialist Child Protection Unit with the NSPCC.
Steve is a member of the Youth Action Wiltshire Committee.
Peter has a business background in healthcare technology. He is a director of the Wiltshire Community Bank (Credit Union) and holds a number of non-exec directorships with high tech start-up companies.
Edward was born in Lacock and has lived most of his life in North Wiltshire. His career has been in property across the UK, and is now focussed on property from offices in Chippenham.
He has a strong interest in Wiltshire, and the future for its communities
Jane was born and brought up in Cheshire and has first-hand experience of living and working in rural areas. Jane has a background in finance and business management and gained over 40 years working in industry, business, and charities.
The latter included nine years working for ACRE, the national charity for rural community councils, followed by 13 years at King Edward’s School in Bath: itself an educational charity. Jane hopes to bring the knowledge and experience gained to her role as a Trustee in support of Community First.
Jane is the Chair of Community First’s Human Resources Committee.
Although not a native of Wiltshire, Julian has lived in Marlborough for more than 20 years. He has a background in journalism, PR and internal and executive communications. He is currently Corporate Communications Manager at MOD Lyneham. Julian hopes his experience in communications could be useful in helping to promote the work of Community First in the county.
Piers runs a Calne based business which works predominantly with Councils around the UK to deliver amenity services to the local community. His previous experience has ranged from trading futures on the old futures exchange through to rare breed pig production.
Piers came to Community First from Youth Action Wiltshire, where he was chiefly involved with fundraising. Piers is Chair of the Youth Action Wiltshire Committee.
Brian has lived in Nunton for fourteen years. He is a Trustee and Treasurer of the local village hall and chairs the village fete committee. He served as a parish councillor and school governor until recently. He is currently represents South East Wiltshire on the Executive Committee of the Wiltshire Village Halls Association.
Brian has a background in healthcare management and consultancy and has worked at a number of the U.K’s leading hospitals and in America and the Middle East. He also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and has lectured in Business and IT in Further and Higher Education.
Brian Clake is the Chair of Community First’s Finance Committee and is the nominated representative on the Plain Action Partnership Management Group.
Tony has lived in rural Wiltshire near Malmesbury for over twenty years. He is Chairman of his Parish Council and has a background in transportation planning, the oil industry, marketing and management consultancy. Until recently he was a Trustee of Enham Trust, a charity in the South of England specialising in supporting disabled people achieve work, independence and their ambitions.
Tony Pooley sits on Community First’s Finance Committee.
James lives in Devizes and has a background of working both within Local Government and the Voluntary and Community Sector. Currently the Policy Manager at Test Valley Borough Council, he has a wide ranging corporate brief that includes place shaping, strategic planning and partnership working. James was previously Chair of Trustees for DEVELOP and oversaw its merger with Community First in 2016. Prior to this, he was also one of the founding members of the charity that established the UK Youth Parliament and served as its first Chair of Trustees. James is passionate about community development and the role of volunteering as part of supporting strong and vibrant communities.
Patron, President & Vice Presidents
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
Mrs Sarah Troughton HM Lord-Lieutenant for Wiltshire
George McDonic MBE
The Earl of Radnor
William Wyldbore-Smith DL
Youth Action Wiltshire Committee
Piers Dibben (Chair)