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.

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.

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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.

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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