Trustees at Red Gables
Lawrence Reekie, Chairman is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and qualified director. Having trained and operated as a Business Coach for 14 years he is now semi retired and has been Chair of the Board of Trustees since November 2018.
Brij Sharma, Treasurer
Mark Coburn has been one of the Lunch Club volunteers since its launch in 2012. He had previously volunteered for the Thorntrees Lunch Club and volunteers for a number of local groups. He is also handy with an ukulele.
Sue Hollands is a retired teacher and has recently managed the Oxfam shop in Stowmarket. Thus she has a keen interest in encouraging people into volunteering.
Sue Vincent, joined the Board as a Trustee in July 2017. Trained as a Nurse and Midwife. Worked in the Health Service and in the Army at home and abroad. Has volunteered for the Alzheimer’s Society for the last 10 years. Runs the Dementia Café with Mark Coburn.
Trustees & Staff
Robert Horn, Manager of Red Gables, has a background in construction and event management. He has been advising village halls for over 15 years and is passionate about community buildings and how they can enrich people's lives.
Colin Lay, Assistant Manager, has been part of Red Gables since 2012, as a volunteer and 'Head Gardener' to our Garden Project which he continues to lead. He has a background in mental health support and outdoor activities.
Jackie Claridge is our Finance & Administrative Officer. She looks after our bookings, the day to day finances and ‘front of house’ reception, ensuring that our visitors, users and tenants have a welcoming friendly face.
At Red Gables our volunteers play a considerable and important role in keeping us running and helping to run our various 'wellbeing projects'. We have over 35 who help us, including 15 for the Garden Group and 13 at the Lunch Club.
In the office we depend on volunteers to carry out important roles.
Helen Carless has developed this brilliant website for us and produces all of our marketing leaflets, as well as running our Facebook page and completing the booking and admin for the Lunch Club.
Betty Spencer volunteers in the office and has sorted out our filing system and archive. She undertakes a number of administrative jobs for us and runs the new ‘Friends of Red Gables’ service.
Jack Kennedy has been with us for many years and is a great help welcoming the Redwoods Lunch Club diners, calling their regular raffle and carrying out odd jobs in the office.
Sue Hollands as well as being a Trustee at Red Gables, Sue also runs our volunteering ‘drop in’, trying to match those who would like to volunteer with organisations that need extra help.