Meet the Team
Mike Cooper is a qualified accountant with extensive experience of large and small enterprises He worked for a major international firm of accountants for 17 years and was then finance director for two prominent local companies. Mike is now semi retired and is on the Finance & Employment Committee at Suffolk New College. A resident of Wickham Market he is very enthusiastic about getting the George up and running. Mike is the Society’s Finance Officer.
Steve Elliot has had a career in a large utility company in technical roles. He came to Suffolk in the mid seventies and is still here! His technical background is broad and includes working in multidisciplinary teams to deliver large scale projects. Much of his work has been in a formal project management environment. These are the relevant skills he brings to the Saving the George project. His role on the project is Compliance & Records Officer.
Richard Fordham has lived in Wickham Market for the past 10 years. He joined the pub project group as a committee member as he wanted to be part of this exciting project. He works for a major insurance company in Ipswich, so what spare time he has is limited but he trys to help the project group in whatever way I can. Richard is the Society’s Data Protection Officer and Volunteers Coordinator.
Tony Franklin is experienced in funding and setting up start-up businesses. In the past, he has been instrumental in raising large amounts of venture capital to fund high-tech spin-out companies from corporate organisations. For 5 years from 2008 he was an accredited business advisor. Tony is the Society’s Company Secretary.
George Hering has experience which spans more than three decades in marketing and brand development. With a passion for the arts, food and drink feels strongly about the necessity for a thriving and welcoming pub in our village. He is currently involved in the community as a Trustee of the Wickham Market Partnership and as a Director of Inspirations CIC, a community led shop.
Sue Hering is now retired but has worked as an office administrator/book-keeper for various small and medium sized companies, some with a turnover of £1 million+ . The work included all aspects of running a busy office accounts, payroll for 75+ personnel to Trial Balance and I finished working on a freelance basis for up to six companies at any one time, working from home and visiting client’s premises. Sue is the Society’s Treasurer.
Ray Lewis is an IT specialist with many years of project and delivery management experience at senior level within the Telecoms Industry, Investment Banking, and IT Consultancy. His role in the Society is providing IT support including the development and maintenance of the Society’s web site, social media channels, and communicating with ‘Friends of the George’.
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Robin Nielsen is a Heritage Consultant experienced in the project management of large construction-related archaeological and buildings projects. Robin is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. Robin is responsible for coordinating the Society’s grant applications.
Colin Owens has many years’ experience in General Management, Change Management and Project Management of multinational multidiscipline teams in the industrial sector. Community engagement includes successful funding and project management of the construction of Wickham Market Youth Football Club Pavilion: Founding Director of Suffolk Libraries IPS: Founding Director of Inspirations CIC (community shop); Member of the community group that established the community/commercial partnership for purchase and operations of Lehmann House (a health, care and wellbeing centre): Founding Chairman of Wickham Market Town Team. Colin is the Society’s Vice Chair.
Bill Wolf Evans has many years experience in business management, marketing, communication and brand building. Managed Manchester United’s brand for 10 years and ran his own graphic design agency for 15 years. Is now MD of a Suffolk based food business supplying artisan food nationwide and a neighbour of the George pub. Bill is the Society’s Chair.