Who's who

H4W trustees

Board members

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


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


Marcus French

Marcus French

Marcus French is the owner and director of Wells fish and chip shop, French’s. He is also Treasurer of Wells Scout Group and a committee member of the Wells Lighting Fund. Marcus is member of the Housing and  Finance sub-committees.



Stuart  Rangeley-Wilson

Stuart Rangeley-Wilson

Stuart Rangeley-Wilson, now retired, was formerly Operations Director of IBM UK and of several subsidiaries. Other relevant roles within IBM were as Marketing Director and the Director responsible for Major Projects where he represented IBM on the Major Projects Association


Gilly Cook

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.


Julia Wildin

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.


Claire Sands

Claire Sands

I worked in estate agency here in Wells for 6 years prior to having my daughter in 2006. Since then I have been working and continue to work for our local family building company.
When the opportunity to work with Homes for Wells arose the aspects which interested me the most were property, Wells and the community. I am an active member of Creake Drama Group, A member of the North Creake Village Hall committee and the secretary for the North Creake Christmas lights committee.