Our Trustees

The Community First board of trustees oversees the organisation and its governance. Find out more about our trustees below.

Our Trustees

The Community First board of trustees oversees the organisation and its governance. Find out more about our trustees below.

Community First Trustees

Community First is Recruiting for New Trustees

We have exciting opportunities for up to four new Trustees to join our Board and help us support growth, innovation and development.

We are committed to equal opportunities and we looking for Trustees with a variety of different skills, life experience and backgrounds. We are particularly interested in applications from people with business or Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector experience.

For more information please see the Trustee Information Pack

To apply for a Trustee role, please send a short statement and CV addressing the person specification to Bernadette Lowe. Email: blowe@communityfirst.org.uk.

The deadline for applications is 22nd March 2021

James Moody

Chair of Trustees

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.

Jane Rowell

Vice Chair of Trustees

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 Finance Committee.

Steve Boocock


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.

Edward Heard


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 James


Jane and her family have lived in Wiltshire for over 20 years. Jane has a background in management and service delivery in health and social care and continues to work as an Expert Witness providing quantum reports for Personal Injury Litigation. Jane has been actively involved as a Trustee for Community First for over 10 years, with a special interest and involvement in Youth Action Wiltshire.

Jane is the Chair of Community First’s Human Resources Committee

Piers Dibben


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. 

Tony Pooley


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.

Ginnie Keen, MBE


Ginnie has lived in Wiltshire for many years and been a pivotal support to Youth Action Wiltshire for more than 25 years. Over the years she has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for young people supported by YAW. She has been involved in helping young people, through various organisations including the NSPCC, RDA, Pony Club, British Eventing Youth Teams. Outside of her charity work, she is now retired from running her husband’s engineering business, and her own animal feed business.

Patron, President & Vice Presidents

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

Mrs Sarah Troughton HM Lord-Lieutenant for Wiltshire

George McDonic MBE
Vice President

The Earl of Radnor
Vice President

Ken Whatley
Vice President

James Layton
Vice President

William Wyldbore-Smith DL
Vice President