Meet the Trustees

We’re governed by our Board of Trustees who are all volunteers for the Great Denham Community Hall. The trustees have ultimate responsibility for the CIO's vision, activities and community engagement. They meet regularly to discuss our governance and operations. We're always looking for local people who are passionate about Great Denham to join us as Trustees, so if you are interested, then please get in touch by emailing manager@greatdenhamcommunityhall.co.uk.

Will Sinclair, Chair

Will has lived in Great Denham since 2014. One of the original trustees and a Civil Engineer by training, he helped to guide the Hall through it's design and construction phase. A two year stint in Dublin meant he was unable to see the Hall officially open. On his return in 2019 he was keen to be involved in the running of this wonderful community asset. He was elected Chair in 2020. A father of 2 children, Will can often be seen on his 8Freight cargo bike around Great Denham. He also enjoys canoeing from GD, Sailing and Scottish Country Dancing (Just don't ask him what he wears under the kilt).

Gemma Dilley, Secretary

Gemma trained as a Solicitor with a leading Luton-based firm before setting up her own private practice. She lives in Great Denham with her two children, and has been a member of the Board of Trustees since its incorporation in 2016.

Rob Tansey, Treasurer

Rob retired at the end of 2020 after 38 years in various HR roles in Retail, Pharmaceuticals, and most recently Group HR Director for a major Housebuilder. He lives in Great Denham with his wife Diane and their dog, Bo. Rob and his wife have two grown up children living in London. Social Mobility is a passion of Rob's, and he has been involved in numerous charities and initiatives to improve the opportunities of those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds.

Sam Swann, Trustee

Sam proudly joined the Great Denham Community Hall as a trustee in December 2020. Sam has been in Great Denham since 2011, where she resides with her son. Sam works as an IT Strategy & Planning lead for Costa by day, a broad role, covering assurance, planning, financial management and governance of IT projects. Sam is also a parent Governor at Great Denham Primary school.

Rachel Smith, Trustee

Rachel joined as a trustee when the hall first opened in April 2016. Rachel has been living in Great Denham for the last 22 years when the majority of the village was green fields, so it has been an amazing experience to see it develop and grow, hence the interest in becoming a trustee of the hall and giving something back to the community. Rachel lives close by to the country park with her husband and two boys.

Katie Meredith, Trustee

Katie moved with her family to Great Denham in 1999. After having studied abroad in Australia for a number of years, Katie returned to the village in January 2019. Katie is currently working with the Bedford Probation Services. Katie has previously worked at the Bedford Golf Club and has a strong attachment to the local area. She has a keen interest in encouraging youth engagement within the community.

Donna Parsons, Trustee

Donna joined the Great Denham Community Hall as a trustee in 2018, having moved to Great Denham with her family in 2014. Alongside her work in financial services and raising her family, Donna is also Chair of the Great Denham Parish Council.

Jim Weir, Treasurer

Jim first became involved in the Community Hall project from 2011 which started with a consultation asking the community what it wanted. As the then Chair of the Parish Council, Jim put forward a business plan to run the hall through a registered charity. In 2016 a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) was created with 14 trustees. Jim has lived in Great Denham for 22 years and has a son and daughter-in-law and two grandchildren living in the parish. He left the Parish Council in 2018 and was elected as a Borough Cllr in May 2019. Jim was chair of governors at GDPS for 8 years and still serves as a governor at the school. He also serves as a governor of East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) NHS.

Contact us

If you want to contact the Trustees, please email manager@greatdenhamcommunityhall.co.uk with "FAO: Trustees" in the subject line.