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. 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.

Amy Ayris, Trustee 

I'm 30, lived in Great Denham for 10 years with my Fiancé, 3 children and dog and previously worked as Assistant manager and acting manager in retail for 7 years. I then worked in Pre school where I lost my job due to Covid. I was introduced to the Trustees after speaking with a previous member and decided to join the Trustee team as I am always wanting to help others where I can, especially the community.

 I'm very big on Christmas and bringing festive cheer to the community - my house is well known for it's Christmas display!

Ancuta Micu, Trustee

I have been living in Great Denham since 2018 with my husband and my fur baby Daisy. I am currently working as a teaching assistant and also running a small crafting business. Moving to Great Denham was one of our best decisions.

Eloise Leppkes, Trustee

Eloise has lived in Great Denham since 2017 and is a Senior Business Consultant working in FinTech.  After bouncing between Germany and the UK for 10 years, Eloise and her husband Daniel settled in Great Denham with their son Jordan and their fur babies Trevor and Travis. Eloise also volunteers with Cats Protection to safely recover and rehome stray or surrendered cats in Bedford

Contact us

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