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

Ubaldo Cortese, Chair Person

Born in Bedford, Ubaldo has lived in Gt Denham for the last 22 years is married to Antonietta and has three daughters and seven grandchildren. He is a retired Financial Adviser and a keen car enthusiast.


Gemma Dilley, Secretary

Gemma trained as a Solicitor with a leading Luton-based firm before setting up her own private practice, and worked in the legal sector for 17 years.  However, after home schooling her own children during lockdown, she decided on a complete change of career and has now retrained as a primary school teacher. She lives in Great Denham with her husband, two children and dog 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.

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, 

Zoe Midgley, Trustee

Zoe has lived in Great Denham with her husband and son for just over 7 years. She works in the film and television industry, and is known for her work on: Cruella, Mowgli, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and most recently: The Legend of Ochi. Over the years Zoe has helped out at many of the events at the village hall and decided to become a trustee in Feb 2023.

Nneka, Trustee

I joined this beautiful community in 2020 and remember how happy I was looking at the environs. I feel incredibly honoured to have this opportunity to serve in my area of residence and give back in the best way possible. I live in Great Denham with my husband, 2 fantastic daughters and one more on the way. I'm running my own business and looking forward to working with the trustees in building a better and safer future for Great Denham

Sophie Field, Trustee

Sophie has lived in Great Denham since Oct 2021 with her husband, son and an energetic labrador.

She's worked for over 10 years in community roles in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, focusing on volunteers, events and engagement.

Ross Light, Trustee

Moved into the village in 2021 with my wife and 3 children. I work in London as a Construction Director and in my spare time I mostly find myself as a taxi driver to my children. I enjoy playing and watching rugby

Karen-Grace, Trustee

Karen-Grace is a seasoned communications professional with expertise in strategic communications, global advocacy, and media relations.
Her experience includes providing PR and communications for many consumer and corporate entities, high-level supporters, global leaders and their NGO environments.
A Great Denham resident since July 2023, Karen-Grace is particularly invested in initiatives that promote equality, fairness, diversity, inclusion and equitable access, and ensure that these values are reflected in every facet of her work and personal commitments.
Albeit she is presently on a hiatus from directing the Great Denham Community Choir, among her many passions are singing, cooking and spending time with her family, loved ones and friends.
Karen-Grace is engaged and blessed to be marrying her Fiancé and 4SCOTS Highlander, Stephen, later this year.

Contact us

If you want to contact the Trustees, please email with "FAO: Trustees" in the subject line.