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 Shares.

The Management Committee

We’re a group of volunteers with a wealth of experience and talent in key areas needed to establish the shop and support BAU, 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 have invested our time and energy voluntarily without financial reward.

We are currently looking for new members to join us. If you are passionate about our village and would like to be part of this fantastic team CLICK HERE to find out more about the role and responsibilities of the Management Committee and get in touch at

Deborah Simcock (Interim Chair & Marketing/PR)

Deborah Simcock has more than 20 years’ experience as a senior PR & communications consultant to global technology companies and ambitious start-ups, and now runs her own freelance consultancy business.

She is also a governor of St Bartholomew’s Primary School.

Deborah and her family have lived in Wigginton for 5 years.

Terri Baker (People Management)

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.

Hilary Sheppard

Hilary has lived in the village since 1998, and until she retired two years ago was the Registration Manager for Hertfordshire, overseeing Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Hatfield and St Albans Register Offices, having had a career as a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Among her many duties, Hilary had the pleasure of registering babies and the privilege of conducting over 3,000 marriage ceremonies. Hilary has been a volunteer since day one and also set up and maintains the shop’s shares register. Hilary is an active member of St Leonard’s WI and sings in the Hospice of St Francis choir. Hilary has also put her knitting skills to good use throughout the pandemic, making blankets for homeless hostels and refuges.

Bernard Bailey

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Simon Crichton (Treasurer 2017 – 2020)

Devastatingly, Simon passed away on 9th November 2020. He was central to establishing our wonderful shop. His contribution was immense and the shop continues to benefit hugely from his expertise and input. We have a huge Simon-shaped hole in our team.

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Past members of the founding committee

Debbie Meech – originally co-chair and then chair when Rebecca Fleckney stepped down. A passionate leader that made sure our shop was built to budget and opened the doors on time (stepped down July 2020).

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Caroline Burrage – had responsibility for grants and made sure our share offer was topped up with enough financial firepower to make sure we could build our shop (stepped down June 2020).

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Rebecca Fleckney – the one that had the amazing idea to establish a shop in our village… convinced the founding committee and working party to join her on this mission (stepped down 2018).

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