I have lived in Emsworth for over 40 years, working locally in Portsmouth in the defence industry, after service in the Royal Navy. My first involvement with the Friends was as a volunteer, supporting a past and sadly missed Chairman, Denis Howard, a close neighbour. As a result, I became a member of the Friends some 25 years ago, and after a period of time, was invited to become a trustee.
I enjoyed the involvement and the ability to support the cottage hospital. When the treasurer's position became vacant, I was very happy to fill that role.
After the hospital closed, it enabled the Friends to broaden our objectives in the wider support of health and wellbeing in and around the Emsworth vicinity, which I think has been hugely beneficial and very satisfying.
As of April this year I assumed the role of Chairman.
I have lived in Emsworth since 1950 and worked as Health and Safety Officer at Portsmouth Naval Dockyard. I joined the Friends of Emsworth Hospital when it was formed, and am the longest serving committee member and a trustee of the Garden since the date it was given to the Friends. I was also a Case Worker for SAFFA for twenty years, and helped set up the First Emsworth Scouts troop, and the Thorney Island Air Scouts.
I have lived in Emsworth for just over 15 years.
I am the Minutes and Membership Secretary and very much enjoy being involved with the organisations we support. I work part time in a local legal office.
Before moving to Emsworth I lived in Twickenham in Middlesex for over 30 years. I have two grown up daughters and seven grandchildren. I spend most of my free time chauffeuring my three youngest grandchildren to and from their schools and all their after-school activities.
I was a general practitioner in The Medical Centre, Shipston on Stour, Warwickshire UK for 35 years. I was involved in primary care team development, and worked with the local community to build a Day Centre in the Community Hospital, and to set up a community transport scheme, Shipston Link.
I also held academic posts in the University of Oxford, and was a Member of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
My wife Gill and I moved to Emsworth in 2012. I am also Chairman of the Emsworth Residents Association.
I became a trustee of the Friends in 2016, and organised the Emsworth Friends Health Fair in 2017.
I have spent most of my working life in the healthcare industry, initially working as a drug rep in the Emsworth area and then heading up a sales team for NHS blood plasma company, BPL. Currently I own and run a growing care agency called Right at Home, based in Havant, which has just recently been awarded an overall rating of Outstanding from the Care Quality Commission.
Whilst growing up the emphasis on care and support in the community was ever present. I learned from watching my parents, a village GP and a practice nurse, how you can make a big difference in people's lives through offering your time and assistance.
In my mid thirties I attended night school to train as a Garden Designer and landscaper where I achieved a Diploma. To this day I am a very keen, hands on gardener, but more a hobbyist than an expert.
Through this blend of care and gardening it seemed obvious to be involved with the fantastic work of FECH and, when approached by Vic Evershed 12 months ago to become a trustee, I jumped at the opportunity.
I started my working career in the Army Medical Corps as a Hygiene Technician.
After leaving the forces I then spent 40 years working in Local Government Environmental Health and retired around 5 years ago. I have a great interest in motor sport and enjoy getting involved in community projects.
I was approached and asked if I would like to become a trustee of the Friends of Emsworth Community Health. This gave me the opportunity to widen my views on what is happening and how we can help our community.
I was born in Emsworth and am a long-standing member of the Friends.
I was a hospital visitor for many years, and also worked as a Red Cross volunteer in the hospital.
I have been part of the Emsworth community for 20 years running Girl Guides, and with my family have both worked and lived in Emsworth.
I am currently the Division Commissioner for Girl Guiding Havant, of which Emsworth is a large part. I have and still run community events and fundraisers in my roles as Arts & Education Officer, Community Centre Manager, and Marketing, Web & Digital for The Sustainability Centre.
My involvement has come from spending many years of summer evenings meeting with Girl Guides in the old Hospital Garden. Having rediscovered the garden, and all its wonderful improvements, I am excited to join the Friends of Emsworth Community Health.
I hope to add my support and enthusiasm to raising community awareness of The Friends. To encourage community engagement with the wonderful work of The Friends through the grants scheme, health events and all the resources that the garden has to offer.