Who's who

H4W trustees

Board members

Homes for Wells is an independent body and has the support of ten Board Members:

David Fennell

David Fennell

“I and my wife Angela moved to Wells in 2015.  Our neighbours were delighted that we were not just occasional visitors, but would be living here all year round. We soon appreciated the strength of feeling about unlit, unoccupied homes out of high season.

It was the wonderful sense of community here, and many activities to join in, which drew us to making Wells our new place to call home.

My career has been in recruitment for health and social care. I’ve served as CEO for two national companies and set up and grown my own.  I’m a great believer in quality management and maintaining an excellent reputation, as well as ploughing all you’ve got into growing your business. I sold my business in Kent in 2015 and retired, ready to start a new chapter in my life.

I’m a member of the Institute of Directors and find it useful to attend their talks and briefings in Norwich. I’ve joined the badminton group, the Wells Discussion Group and go to St Nicholas church. My Saturdays are spent helping the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway! 

Joining the Board of Homes for Wells, I’ve met many talented people with unique experience and skills to offer and I believe we can work in the best, collegiate, way together. I offer my best endeavours to lead the next chapter in the
growth of Homes for Wells.”

Jim Fergusson

Jim Fergusson

Jim Fergusson, now retired, was formerly a certified accountant, fruit farmer and cider maker. He has been involved with Homes for Wells as a Board member and treasurer since 2006. Jim is a member of  the Finance sub committee

 

 

 

 

Geoff Finkemeyer

Geoff’s career spans 35 years in the corporate sector. His role has included financial and company directorships.  Geoff joined Homes for Wells as a Co- opted member of the Allocations Committee and has now taken the role of Chair.

 

Christine Abel

Christine Abel

Christine Abel was born in the West Country and moved to Wells, in 1970.  Her two children were born here and attended the primary school in Wells.  Christine was Clerk to the Wells Harbour Commissioners from 1974 to 1994 and became the first woman Harbour Commissioner in Wells.  She completed her law degree at UEA and her law finals in London, and then joined local law firm Hayes and Storr, where she worked as a solicitor, from 1994 onwards in the property and private client departments.  She became a partner of Hayes and Storr in 2001 and then subsequently became head of the private client department, which spread over five offices.  She retired from the law in 2012, and has enjoyed the freedom to garden, travel and spend time with her grandchildren since then.  Christine has joined the Board of Homes for Wells and the Allocations Sub-Committee.

 

Rod Day

Rod day

Rod is a qualified accountant with over thirty years experience of working in finance. He is currently the Finance Director of the shipping management company V Group. Prior to that he has also been the Finance Director of various real estate and on-line companies. He is the Treasurer of Homes for Wells and also on the Finance sub-committee.

 

Joanna Tennant

Joanna Tennant

Johanna has lived in Wells for the last 9 years but has a much longer association with the town as both her grandmother and father were born, raised and educated in Wells next the Sea. Johanna was born in Norwich and moved with her family to live in Hertfordshire before returning to live in the area in the 1970’s.  She later moved to live and work in London.

After several years of working in the commercial and residential property sectors in north London, she founded her own Design, Build & Project Management Consultancy in 1988-2008 when she returned to live permanently with her husband Christopher in Norfolk.

Johanna worked for the Holkham Estate as Projects Manager from 2008-2017 being responsible for property refurbishment and overseeing new developments.  In 2014 Johanna and Christopher refurbished their own commercial property in Wells where they established a café and guest accommodation business.

Johanna currently works as a freelance Design, Build and Management Consultant in the property sector and is also an active member of the Wells Coastal Communities Team.

 

JANE BERWICK

Jane Berwick is a local person and a professional estate administrator with extensive experience managing many aspects, including agricultural and residential properties, experience of working with tenants, recruitment of employees and HR responsibilities. She also is used to setting up and developing IT and telephony systems, personal assistance, and support to senior staff. She is currently Land and Property Manager at Holkham Estate.

 

Pippa cooke

Pippa Cooke has grown up in and around Wells and bought her first home in the town in 2016 under a local housing scheme. Whilst studying for her Mathematics degree at the University of Portsmouth, Pippa returned home in the holidays to work at Pinewoods Holiday Park. Following University, Pippa joined IBM under their graduate scheme and now with 5 years experience she is currently an Associate Project Manager for the company. Alongside her employment she is also studying for a Masters degree in Management at Durham University. Pippa has acquired many business, communication, technical and project management skills and will be supporting Homes for Wells with IT. 

 

Eleanor crisp

Eleanor studied languages at university and lived in Russia for three years, returning to London where she worked in investment banking for over sixteen years in operations, project and product management, relationship management and trading. On changing careers, she retrained as a chef, became a skilled cheesemonger and baker, but also acted as a regular food judge and writer. Having moved to Wells in recent years, she first become involved in the community by becoming treasurer of the Wells Coastal Communities team, whose goals closely align with those of Homes for Wells. She will be part of our finance committee and also look into funding and grant opportunities.

Chrissie farley

Chrissie retired as principal of an inner-city college of further and continuing education in 2007 and has a wealth of experience of senior leadership. Since she retired to north Norfolk, Chrissie has continued to work in the public, voluntary and community sectors, offering professional development, coaching and mentoring. After moving to Wells she was keen to continue to use her expertise to help HFW with governance and fundraising. She believes that it is really important to develop homes for local people and increase affordable housing stock to meet the needs of a changing population.

Michael martin

Michael had an early career as an officer in Royal Navy submarines and subsequently trained with Proctor & Gamble in sales and marketing. Michael progressed through various management roles to become managing director of a housing construction company and later moved on to develop the market for light steel frame houses. He was involved in the first major residential development in the UK for housing associations, using modular, sustainable housing systems. He developed a £60,000 house through English Partnerships and for the Blair government. He then moved into managing large multi-million pound projects for many housing associations.

annie golding

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