The founding Management Committee is a group of five volunteers with a wealth of experience and talent in key areas for establishing the shop, including project management, marketing, PR and communications, business planning and development, retail concept development and supply chain management, fundraising (grants and events), construction project management, and staff and volunteer management.
We all live in Wigginton, and all passionately believe that the community needs and would benefit from the shop. We have invested our time and energy voluntarily without financial reward.
Debbie Meech (Chair)
Debbie has more than 25 years’ experience as a senior HR manager, including as Group HR Director for 2 FTSE 100 technology companies. Debbie has experience as a Trustee for a national charity for the elderly.
She is now running her own business as a Social Media Consultant for SMEs and is also Vice Chair of the Wigginton Parish Council.
She has lived with her family in Wigginton for over 5 years.
Deborah Simcock (Vice Chair)
Deborah Simcock has more than 20 years’ experience as a senior PR & communications consultant to global technology companies, and now runs her own freelance consultancy business.
She has also recently been appointed as a governor of St Bartholomew’s Primary School.
Deborah and her family have lived in Wigginton for 3 years.
Caroline Burrage has built her career in the international charity sector, working in large part as a fundraiser and donor manager.
She has experience of working with large corporations, charities and foundations but also frequently works in start-up and business development situations and loves nurturing new ideas and relationships.
Caroline lives in Wigginton with her husband, two children and dog, Jasper.
Simon Crichton (Treasurer)
Simon has 35 years’ experience in the licensed retail, restaurant, hotel and catering services sector, covering marketing, operational and P&L responsibility, capital investment and project management, supply chain management and retail concept development.
Specifically relevant is Simon’s management of 100 ‘Costcutter’ retail stores across university sites and military installations.
Simon was also responsible for the retail catering operations at major events such as London 2012, the Open Golf Championships and Ascot racecourse.
Terri Baker (People Management specialist)
Terri Baker has over 25 years’ HR experience in a wide range of companies including household names such as Tesco, Coca-Cola and Cadbury. For the past four years she has run her own business which is focussed on HR and training support for smaller businesses and start-ups. Terri has two grown up sons and has lived with her partner in Wigginton Bottom for over 15 years.
The Working Party
The committee is grateful for the support of a working party of Wigginton residents, which includes professionals with specialist skills such as architect’s drawings, 3D model building, structural engineering, property law, planning consultancy, retail management, construction management, book-keeping, website design, event management, social media marketing, supplier management, and many more skills, who are donating their expertise to the project.
The project is also supported by the Plunkett Foundation, a charity that has helped hundreds of community shops start up and thrive in the UK, and by The Community Shares Company that has worked with more than 30 projects in the last 4 years to raise over £5.4M through Community Share
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